At a distance of 5 km from Bhavnagar Railway Station, Victoria Park is a man-made forest located in the heart of Bhavnagar city in Gujarat state. Situated on the edges of Gaurishankar Lake, this park is one of the oldest man-made forests in India and among the top tourist places in Bhavnagar.
Victoria Park was set up in 1888 by Maharaja Takhtasinhji of the Bhavnagar city. It was designed under the supervision of Councilor Mr. Proctor Sins. Spanning over an area of 500 acres, the park is built in triangular shape bounded with roads on all three sides. The park is maintained by the Indian Government as it is one of the oldest man-made forests in India. Thorny, scrubby, spiny and xerophytes are the vegetation mainly found in the forest.
Rich in biodiversity, the park consists of different varieties of plants, animals, reptiles, birds and mammals namely snakes, porcupines, peacocks, hares, jackals, and hyenas. The park has a small, beautiful lake called Krishna Kunj Lake which tends to attract a variety of birds to this park. One can spot nearly 224 species of birds including Bulbuls, Green Bee-Eaters, Robins, Tailorbirds, Silverbills, Peacocks, Sunbirds, Spotted Owlets, Shikra, Rose-Ringed Parakeet and Common Peafowl here. There is a walking track and a watch tower inside the park from where one can get the mesmerizing view of the surrounding areas and the Krishna Kunj Lake.
Besides, there are several small nurseries inside the park where one can buy some unique variety of plants. Recently, a picnic site is developed inside the core area of the park with many benches, tables, and concrete block pavements where one can spend some quality time with friends and family. One isn't allowed to carry any food item inside the park as it can attract animals and cause trouble.
Timings: 6 AM - 9 PM & 4 PM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 per Person