Hyderabad : Gardens & Parks
Lumbini ParkLumbini Park is situated on the Tank Bund Road in Hyderabad. It is a popular entertainment hotspot for kids. It has boating facilities and enough space to play around. The musical fountain is another feature of the park which attracts tourists during the evenings.
NTR GardensAdjacent to Hussain Sagar Lake, is located the NTR Gardens named after the great political leader of Andhra Pradesh Late Shri N.T. Rama Rao. NTR Gardens houses a memorial of the leader which is an example of modern architecture. The garden spreads over an area of 36 acres offering a very serene atmosphere and yet provides recreation facilities such as Machan Tree, Japanese Garden, Car Cafe, Souvenir Shops, Fruit Restaurant and Children’s playing area. It is also an amusement park for children.
Botanical GardensNehru Zoological Park spreads over an area of 300 acres and constitutes the biggest zoo in India. More than 250 species of animals and birds are kept in conditions as close to their natural habitats as possible. The park provides the animals with a living space that closely resembles their natural surroundings and also educates people about wildlife and its conservation.
The Zoo Park has been recognized by World renowned conservationists as the best in Asia for keeping many species and breeding many endangered species. The park has enough space for relaxing and getting fresh air. The park’s added attractions are The Lion Safari, Natural History Museum and Children's Train.
Mahaveer Harina Vanasthali National ParkMahaveer Harina Vanasthali National Park is located in the outskirts of the city at Vanasthalipuram, just 16 km from Hyderabad. The park is named after the great Jain saint,Mahavir in commemoration of his 2500th birth anniversary in the year 1975. The area encompassed by the park once was the hunting paradise of the rulers of Hyderabad – the Nizam. Today, this park has become a living and dwelling place for thousands of wild animals including blackbucks (the state animal of Andhra Pradesh), porcupines, water monitors, short-toed eagles, Indian pond herons, egrets, kingfishers, cormorants and several other bird species.
There are rest sheds and observation towers for viewing the animals inside the park. Facilities for a van ride are also available inside the park to see the animals from close quarters on payment of a nominal fee. There is also an exhibition hall displaying intricate problems of wildlife conservation.
Location: At Vanasthalipuram on Hyderabad - Vijayawada road; easily approachable from the city.
Timing: 9 am to 5.30 pm, daily except Monday
Safari Rides: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Main attraction: Black Buck