Nahargarh Biological Park or Nahargarh Zoological Park is one of the latest additions to Rajasthan’s adventure tourism. This modern menagerie is located in the environs of the Nahargarh Fort on Jaipur-Delhi Highway and is spread over an area of 7.5 km square. Situated close to the Aravalli Hills range, this park was among the chosen Rescue Centre of Rajasthan and has been closed since a very long time. Elephant Safari was started here to support eco-tourism.
Our very own Ram Niwas Bagh Zoo or Jaipur Zoo, which was established in 1876 by the then ruler of Jaipur, Sawai Ram Singh-II, has now been merged with Nahargarh Biological Park in June 2016 making it full of various species of flora and fauna. The construction of the park took three years, starting from 2013 to the completion in March 2016. The park consisting of the zoo was inaugurated by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
The Nahargarh Elephant Safari is two-kilometer long safari which take around six to seven hours to complete. In the way, Sura Ka Baori waterhole acts as a resting place during the safari. The route of the safari allows watching different species of antelopes and deer from the bird's eye point of view. Some of the exotic inhabitants which can be observed during the elephant safari are lion, tiger, leopard, caracal, panther, crocodile, gharial, pangolin, fox, wolf, jackal, hyena, wild dog, civet, otter, sloth bear, ratel, langur and rhesus monkey.
The Elephant Safari provides a unique experience to the tourists for admiring and relishing nature in a very appealing and pleasing way. The birds and other wild animals remain undisturbed by the elephant which is wild by nature even in confinement. Hill climbing on the elephant back is further embellished by the breathtaking views of the hills and jungle. Nahargarh Biological Park is a typical example of the combination of three ecosystems i.e. Aravalli Ecosystem, Desert Ecosystem, and Wetland Ecosystem, natural habitat of which can be enjoyed during the elephant safari.
A beautiful array of birds can be seen in the park through the convenient Elephant Safari of Nahargarh Biological Park. The Nahargarh Biological Park provides an amazing experience of the diversified avifauna and different ecosystem methods. During winters, hundreds of migratory water birds like coot, teals, large cormorant, pin-tail and grey-leg goose can be seen in the park whereas the surrounding forests are inhabited by the migratory Indian pitta, golden back woodpecker and other beautiful birds. One of the worth mentioning resident bird of the park is the rare white-naped tit. Other birds like peacock, falcon, grey hornbill, tree-pie, black-partridge and short-eared owl are also found in this park.