Best time to visit9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open hours8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Things to doWildlife trails, photography
BudgetRs 40 (incl. charges for the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute), Additional Rs 10 for cameras.
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank2 out of 94 attractions in Darjeeling
The Darjeeling Zoo is also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to honor the ex- governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu. This is a beautiful zoo where you can find some of the high altitutde animals as well as some endangered species of animals too. The zoo is in the Birch Hill area which is presently known as the Jawahar Parvat. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had dedicated the zoo in the honor of Padmaja Naidu who was also a poet and the daughter of the famous freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. This is one of the best zoos in the world and is the first recipient of the International award of "The Earth Heroes 2014". This is an award given away by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The reason this zoo was chosen among more than 300 zoos all over the world is that it has successfully conserved and looked after Himalayan Animals and also those which are of the Alpine Region. You will find the endangered species such as Red Panda, Snow leopard and Tibetian Wolf here among many others. There are also a number of Siberian Togers and Yaks here. Very old herbs, shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants and orchids cover most of the zoo and you will also find trees such as birch and aldar here. There is a huge aviary too where very bautiful birds find home. The birds conserved here include Rose ringed Parakeets, Ring Necked Pheasants, Himalayan Mynahs, Blue- Gold Mackaws and others. There are steps on many sides inside the zoo and these are for the ones in search of extra adventures. Beyond these steps are the area which are home to H8imalayan bears, Sambhar deer, Blue Sheep. tahr, barking deer, goral and Musk Deer. They roam about openly ball around and thus a trained guide is a must when you opt for these places. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also closeby.
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Reviews • 8
This zoo is an ideal place for animal lovers. Seeing them caged breaks our heart a little though . Variety of animals and birds will make you fall in love.Tea GardenDarjeeling aaye aur tea garden nahi dekha aisa ho sakta hai kya ? After exploring we went to main market for some tea shopping too !That was all ! Next day we were back to our routine life which is hardly routine for us . Hope it was enough of a glimpse in our trip to explore northeast marvels Gangtok and Darjeeling ! Keep travelling and Do not forget to be Snazzy !This post was originally published on Snazzism.
One of the most interesting places is the Darjeeling zoo. It has great inmates - Red pandas, leopards, exotic birds, so we parked on the angled road and paid a quick visit.
A beautiful zoo with red panda as its center of attraction
The Darjeeling Zoo consists of all the wild animals found at the high altitude in the upper Himalayas. Some rare animals like red panda, snow leopard and Tibetan wolf are witnessed. I was lucky enough to have seen all of these. The surrounding is splendid as it is covered with mountains.
The red pandas, the snow leopards and the Everest museum are why this place is a must visit
Also called as the Darjeeling Zoo, this has to be the most well managed zoo I have been to. Quite huge and housing a variety of animals from birds to the Leopard, and the most favourite Red Panda. There is also the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute inside , started by Tenzig Norgay, one of the firsts to climb the Everest. The museum inside tracks the history of various ascents to the highest peak in the world by the students of the institute. It also houses the gear used by Tenzing during the first climb. Moreover, it has a memorial to the man himself. It is a bit of a walk from the zoo, but worth it.
The Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park houses varied species of animals, the prime attractions being the Black Mountain Bear and the adorable Red Panda. This is India's highest zoo and is located at an altitude of 7,000 ft above sea level! It was open in 1958 and is a short distance away from the main city. It is a significant tourist attraction and is on the must-see list of all animal lovers and tourists alike. Spend around 1 - 2 hours at this sprawling zoo before heading out. The zoo also serves as a captive breeding centre for snow leopards and red pandas.