The Jijamata Udyan popularly, Ranichi Baug is a famous zoo in overcrowded Mumbai. Spread over 48 acres in Byculla, it is one of the oldest zoos in India dating back to 1861. Back then, it was called Victoria Gardens. If British wanted everything to be named after their queen, Mumbaikars today want everything named after Shivaji Maharaj – A Prominent Maratha Ruler. Here again, the zoo has been named after Shivaji’s mother – Jijabai. In the heart of the garden is a statue of Jijabai with her son Shivaji. The zoo although vast is in an unimpressive state. The animals are few and apathetically caged. Among the one’s present, you may enjoy viewing the Monkeys, Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, Deer and Hyena. The white Peacock is another extinct bird still in there. It has to be your very lucky day to spot a lion. But the best view is that of the Elephants. A large piece of land is dedicated to the elephants so they can move freely in an open space. Visitors either stand near the 4ft wall or comfortably sit and enjoy viewing these mammals. Another sight worth a mention is that of the flamingoes caged in the company of other birds. Together they make for a perfect definition of harmony. Just besides the zoo is the Bhau Daji Lad museum formerly, Victoria and Albert Museum. It has been recently refurbished and is a must visit for Art, History and to some extent Architecture lovers.