Spanning over 59.86 sq km, Van Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary divided into
two parts Van Vihar and Ramsagar. As a matter of fact, these are actually
two separate wildlife sanctuaries. Vanvihar is situated on Vindhyan plateau
and is inhabited by animals like Sambhar, Chital, blue bull , wild bear
hyena and leopard. The sanctuary is surrounded by Dhok and Khair trees.
It is believed that Maharajah Udaibhan Singh of Dholpur had a great liking
for the wild animals of Van Vihar. He used to hand feed not only the deer
and antelopes in the reserve but also animals like foxes, jackals and birds.
There is an old forest rest house in Van Vihar. It was initially built by
the rulers of Dholpur. Ramsagar part of the sanctuary has Ramsagar Lake. The
lake is very picturesque and supports rich aquatic life including fresh
water crocodiles and a number of species of fishes and snakes
» Talab Shahi :
Built in 1617, Talab Shahi is a picturesque
lake that lies 40 km from Dholpur. A palace was also built along lake. The
lake attracts a large number of winter migratory fowls like pintail,
Shoverller, Red crested Pochard, wigeon and Gadwall.
» Muchchhakund :
Muchchhkkund is an ancient sacred place about
8 kms from the Dholpur. The Palace is named after Raja Muchchhkund and it
offers a picturesque view.
Best time to visit
If you want to view good migratory birds then its recommendable to visit
the sanctuary between September to mid winter.
The best way to explore the flora and the fauna of the jungle is through
petrol jeep and Gypsy available during day time.