With all its state-of-the-art technological advancements and modernisations, Naya Raipur is the first integrated smart city in India. The Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) has ushered in making the city full of prime features for rendering a premium life style to its residents.
One of these features is the Jungle Safari in NayaRaipur that residents can pay a visit to garner the wonders of the Chhattisgarh wildlife.
Formally known as the Nandanvan Jungle Safari, it spans over an area of 202.87 hectare and is said to be India’s largest man-made jungle safari.
Position and Connectivity:
This jungle safari is situated -
- 15 km from the Swami
Vivekananda Airport, Raipur
- A distance of 35 km from Raipur
- 30 km from the Raipur Bus Stand
Located in Sector 39, Nandanvan Jungle Safari sits southwest of Mantralaya Raipur and southeast of the Botanical Garden in Sector 34.
One can access this safari from NH 30 via the New Raipur Road. Additionally, visitors can also use the NH 53 located north of Naya Raipur smart city India to access this safari via the Naya Raipur Marg; although distance might be an issue in this case.
Features and Zones:
A massive Jungle Safari Lake engulfs this area and enables visitors to go boating.
The entire land of Jungle Safari is divided into 8 zones that consist of:
Parking Zone –
Parking space is available for 640 two-wheelers, 300 cars, and 100 Buses. In addition it also has accommodation facilities for visitors and chauffeurs.
Administrative Zone –
It includes offices and residents of the safari management officials.
Water Zone –
This comprises special attractions like pathways, area for water birds, and floating garden.
Waiting Zone –
This area features entertainment and hospitality for visitors like food courts, canteens, IMAX movie theatre, orientation centre, amphitheatre, nature camp, and floating deck.
Zoo Zone –
It features animal enclosures with a landscape theme depicting the Indian biography.
Safari Zone –
This zone is split into 4 sections – Herbivore, Bear, Tiger, and Lion.
The NRDA has laid down few points for establishing this safari in the middle of this green and smart city:
1.To develop wildlife protection centre not only for the people of Chhattisgarh, but, also for the ones located across nations.
2.Bestowing wildlife knowledge and developing a natural research and amusement centre for the resident of Naya Raipur.
3.To strengthen and enhance nationwide efforts for the conservation of fauna.
The Nandanvan Jungle Safari was inaugurated back in 2016 by the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It opened for public in 6th November 2016 and initially started with 3 tigers, 4 bears, and around 80 herbivore animals on its first day it saw a footfall of 8000 visitors.
People visiting this Jungle Safari in NayaRaipur, travel in enclosed vehicles for safety reasons. The NRDA operates around 16 vehicles for this safari; these let tourists closely understand their habitat and behaviour more minutely.