Punit Van – The Botanical garden

by Vivek Doshi
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Louts flower - Punit Van Gandhinagar

Developed in the year 2005, Punit Van is known to house around 3500 species of plants. The park is home to more than 100 species of birds. 

About Punit Van

One of the distinct features of this park is that the garden is arranged according to the various zodiac signs in Hindu Mythology. The park is divided into various sections like the Panchvati van, the nakshatra van and so on. Each of these sections resembles multiple features from the Hindu Mythology and also depicts what the zodiac signs mean through the arrangement of the trees. Puneet van also links the zodiac signs with the positioning of celestial bodies.

Wildlife and Other Attractions

The Park houses more than 100 species of birds and is a paradise for birdwatching. Ranging from common Eurasian Dove to Indian paradise flycatcher. Indian Peacock, Asian Koel, Pond Heron, Green Bee-eater are some of the easy to find birds. Paradise flycatcher, Yellow Footed green Pigeon, Indian White-eye are some difficult to sight.  There is man made pond in the center of the park as well. Park is home to some reptiles as same. A of word of caution, be vigilant around your surroundings specially near the pond, you may encounter  snake.  Most sighting of snakes are not venomous but there are few sighting of common krait and Indian cobra as well. 

Best time to Visit Punit Van

Punit Van is open through out the year. If you are visiting in summers preferable time is early morning and same goes for birdwatching. The park is closed during afternoons, reopens in evening. 

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