Bhubaneswar: Bharatpur Forest in the south eastern part of Chandaka-Damapara
Wildlife Sanctuary over an area of 20 Sq. Km. in the heart of the capital city is rich in biodiversity. It abodes Asiatic elephant, Spotted deer, Wild pig, Honey Badger, Porcupine, Jungle cat, Mongoose, Civet, Hare, Python, Cobra and variety of avifauna and flora. This patch of forest acts as Carbon Sink and Green lungs of
It also caters the need of drinking water of the city by recharging the ydrological cycle. Bharatpur Nature Tourism Destination near Utkal Multicare Hospital, Lumbini Vihar, Bhubaneswar is developed to create mass public awareness among public through nature education and jungle safari for conservation of this unique ecosystem of the State not seen elsewhere in the country near any State Capital.
Bijayashree Routray, Minister Forest and Environment, Odisha opened Jungle Safari vehicles for the public on 07th March, 2019 to experience wilderness of nature.
Shri Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary, Forest and Environment Department, Odisha; Dr. Sandeep Tripathi, I.F.S., Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & HoFF, Odisha, Bhubaneswar and other dignitaries graced the occasion. Nature camping programme for students of SAI INTERNATIONAL
SCHOOL, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar conducted. There are five eight seater open jungle safari vehicles procured and customized out of CSR funding of MCL & NALCO.
Two sorties will be made from 6 AM to 10 AM in the morning and one sortie from 4 PM to 6 PM in the afternoon. The tariff for each vehicle per sortie is Rs. 2,000/-(Rupees two thousand) only. Online booking facility through www.ecotourodisha.com will be available for the tourists within a week.