20 km from Bhubaneshwar
Located at a distance of 20 kms from Bhubaneshwar, Nandankanan
justifies its literal meaning i.e.
"Garden of Pleasure" picturesque Nandankanan,
or the Garden of the Gods, is a beautiful biological park, 20
kms from Bhubaneshwar, established in 1960. It sprawls across
the Chandaka forest, where the flora and fauna flourish in their
natural habitat. The park houses the very first captive
gharial breeding centre of the country. The zoo at Nandakanan
is world-renowned for its white tigers. In 1980, for the very
first time, three white tiger cubs were born from normal coloured
facilities for boating, white tiger and lion safaris, a nocturnal
animal house, reptile park, aerial ropeway and cable car, it is
the place for a person with a penchant for the great outdoors.
beatifully versatile environs offer the tourists a great opertunity
to be advanturous or laid back......If you donot feel like tearing
aroud sighting animals and watching the birds,you can settle down
to a leisurly picnic and mid-afternoon nap under the trees .If
you feel a little more energetic you can meander along one of
their nature trail.
One of the rarest creature in the World , the regal white
tiger ,received the new lease of life with the important reaserch
and concereted efforts initiated to try and breed then in the
natural invirons of Nandankanan . 1980 on a day full exitement
and jubilation, the first litter of White tigers were born to
Deepak and Ganga , to twany tiger . Subsiquent litters of white
tigers have been distributad to zoos both at home and abroad.Currently,
Nandankanan is home to over 34 white tigers.
The sanctuary can be approached by bus from Bhubaneshwar.