Krishna is supposed to have learnt the art of playing flute in this forest. As the name denotes it was the place of His favorite past times. Vihar Van is one of the biggest forests of the Braj region. It is an important camping place for the traditional Braj 84-Kos Yatras.
This forest is spread in the area of 140.37 acre, which is almost rectangular in shape. The forest is on the both sides of the road. This forest was once very densely populated with Kadamb trees and was very rich in terms of the plants, trees and wild life. Around 40 years back, this forest was cut down by one village Headman (Pradhan) and since then this forest has been degenerating. It has now lost its identity and has become a land full of thorny bushes and the soil has degenerated with increased salinity. Like many other forests of the Braj area, this forest is also being encroached by the local people.
Vihar Van as barren field
Concerned villager of Raal village approached the Vrindavan field office of Braj Foundation to restore this forest. Foundation’s survey team conducted its detailed land survey and prepared the development plan. The same was submitted to a leading Public Sector Company, which is considering to contribute some portion of the required budget. However we have ambitious plan for its regeneration and beautification.
Considering the historic importance of the Vihar Van and its use as the camping ground of various Braj Yatras, The Braj Foundation would like to make it very attractive. We need to do the soil treatment and create drip irrigation infrastructure. The entire area need to be fenced for its future protection. Pathways, stone benches, shaded trees, water bodies, camping facilities, open platform to perform, staff quarters, overhead tanks, diorama, signage and other facilities will have to be developed to make it a real happening destination. We need about Rs. 2.48 Crores for this project.