Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park 1/undefined by Tripoto
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wildlife trails, photography
Rs 40 (incl. charges for the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute), Additional Rs 10 for cameras.
All year
Families, Couples
2 out of 94 attractions in Darjeeling

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

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.
Suvhojit Khan
Completing this we visit the most interesting place the Himalayan zoological park and Mountaineering Institute. We see different mountain animals and the most beautiful red panda. The place in which the animals are live in the zoo is very natural and are also maintained some distance from human disturbances.This location also contained an Institute of trekking, it is actually a Museum. We gain brief knowledge about mountaineering expeditions on Himalaya including Everest. From here and complete our lunch in the HMI canteen. We spent near about 3 hours on this large campus.From this zoo, our next destination is a tea Estate which is not so far from the zoo.It is an amazing place. Nature decorates herself with the different shade of green.on the afternoon light the tea estate glow beautifully. we don't have so much time; we take photographs of this greenish mountain and breathe this green in our lung look for our next and end viewpoint that is Tenzing rock, another creativity of nature. Tenzing Norgay practice here for his aim.As the coldness is increasing, and it's the time of sunset, we come back to take our cab.I think it is the most well spent 25th December up to my life.
Nayan Das
A Date With The Cutest Red Pandas At The ZooThe monsoons make for a fascinating time to visit a few more of Darjeeling's iconic places, including the Himalayan zoo. The animals can be found sprawled on the lawns, enjoying the scanty sunshine whenever possible.
Jinty Rajkhowa
The wild side of the hills:
Nirbhay Kumar Singh
Darjeeling Zoo-Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological ParkThe main attraction of Darjeeling Zoo was Red PandaThere were Tigers,leoperds and so many endangered species.
Alisha Raut-pimple
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.