Van Vihar Ramsagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Dholpur
of Animals Found
chital, blue bull
Rajasthan Govt. recognised Van Vihar and
Ramsagar, old wild life reserves of the users of the rulers
of Dholpur spread over an area of 59.86. sq. kms, in 1955
A.D.From Dholpur, Van Vihar is about 18 kms. and Ramsagar
is about 36 kms. As a matter of fact these are like two separate
wildlife sanctuaries. Van Vihar, located on Vindhyan plateau,
supports a rather open stunted growth of Dhok and Khair trees.
It is inhabited by animals like sambhar, chital, blue bull,
wild boar, sloth bear, hyena and leopard. Tigers were present
in the area till the end of the 1960's.
It is said that Maharaj 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 which was initially built by the rulers
of Dholpur. It is now maintained by the forest department
and can be booked in advance by contacting the Dy. Conservator
of Forests, Dholpur.
Ramsagar part of the sanctuary has Ramsagar lake. The lake
is very picturesque and supports rich acquatic life including
fresh water crocodiles and a number of species of fishes and
snakes. Water birds like corrnorants, darter, ibis, white
breasted water hen, moorhen, jacanas, stilt, river tern, ringed
plover, sand piper and herons (grey, and purple) are quite
common. During winter months migratory ducks and geese also
visit the lake in good numbers. A four wheel vehicle is necessary
if one intends to visit Ramsagar area and the lake.
Historic and picturesque lake, Talab Shahi, is about 40 kms.
form Dholpur. The lake and the palace were built in 1617 A.D.
as a shooting lodge for Prince Shahlahan. Later on it was
maintained by the rulers of Dholpur. The lake attracts a large
number of winter migratory fowls like pintail, shoveller,
red crested pochard, comnion pochard, tufted duck, common
teal, garganey teal, wigeon anti gadwall.