Nandankanan Zoological Park and Botanical Garden in Bhubaneswar is a must-visit place for wildlife lovers. Nandankanan means the ‘Garden of Pleasure’. It serves as the first captive Gharials breeding centre of India. This park boast of having a wide variety of fauna ranging from white tiger, spotted deer, Lion, Chimpanzee, Orang Utan, Crocodile and many more which you can witness in their natural habitat while seating on the safari bus.
Our exploration at Bhubaneswar starts with visiting one of the oldest zoos in the country. Nandankanan zoo is a typical Indian zoo with few animals especially white tigers. Tiger safari, deer safari and bear safari's are worth mentioning. Our kids throughly enjoyed it. It took around 3 hours to complete the zoo visit.
4. Nandankanan Zoological Park - It takes 40 minutes to travel from Khandagiri to Nandankanan Zoo. Nandankanan Zoo is a very popular destination in Bhubaneswar. The zoo is vast and well maintained. The entry tickets can be booked online as well. The jungle safaris offered are White Tiger safari, Lion Safari, Bear Safari and Herbivore Safari. The ticket for these four safaris cost Rs. 60 per person. There is also a botanical garden and a lake in its vicinity. Since the zoo is vast, battery operated vehicles are available to take you around for a fee. Their tickets are available at the entry gate and also inside the zoo. The place is a very good option for kids. Fun as well as educative.If you don't have kids of your own, you can make faces at other people's children. No, I don't do that. It's just a suggestion. It's fun.These were the four places that we visited in Bhubaneswar. There were other places as well such as Rajarani Temple, Odisha State Mueseum, but given the time constraint, we visited only these four.That's it folks.Our taxi took 45 mins. to drop us at the airport from Nandankanan. Another two and a half hours of travel and we were back in Delhi. Ahhh.. Delhi.. the land of fresh oxygen.Until next time.....Frequent Searches Leading To This Page:-Fantastic & Exotic 4 Nights 5 Days Orissa, 3 nights 4 days Orissa Tour Package, puri itinerary, 4 Days Itinerary for Bhubaneswar, Puri Trip Planner
There was a beautiful name that made rounds during my search for the places of attraction in Odisha. It was 'Nandan Kanan' which translates literally to 'The garden of heaven'. Nandankanan is a zoological park, and no offence meant, I found the name quite deceptive . It had animals 'caged' in a forest, though we tell otherwise. Nary a thought, anyone can skip Nandankanan.
NandanKanan ZooUdaygiri and Khandagiri CavesMuseumDhauli Shanti StupaLingaraja TempleMukteshwara TempleKedar Gouri TempleRajarani TempleI had hired another shared cab from the same place. The journey started at 9 am; NandanKanan being our first stop. The Zoological Garden is spread across 1,200 acres of land and boasts of animals such as tigers, lions, elephants, zebras, bear, gaurs, crocodiles etc. From there we went to the Udaygiri Caves.