Visit Himalayan Zoological Park
The Darjeeling Zoo, also called as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is a 67.56 acre zoo in the town of Darjeeling.
The Darjeeling Zoo, also called as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is a 67.56 acre zoo in the town of Darjeeling. It is located at an average elevation of 2,134 metres and is the largest high altitude zoo in India. The zoo was formerly known as Himalayan Zoological Park and was established on 14th August, 1958 as a joint venture of Govt. of India (Department of Science and Technology) and Govt. of West Bengal (Department of Education). In the year 1975, Late Smt. Indira Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India dedicated the Himalayan Zoological Park to Late Smt. Padmaja Naidu, ex-governor of West Bengal. Hence, the zoo was re-named as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.
Darjeeling Zoo is the only specialised zoo in India which is internationally recognized for its conservation breeding programmes of Red Panda, Himalayan Newt, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya. One can see here animals like Indian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Black Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Asiatic Black Bear, Red Panda, Blue Sheep, Yak, Musk Deer, Barking Deer and Jackal. The zoo also houses various species of birds such as Kalij Pheasant, Golden Pheasant, Ring Necked Pheasant, Red Jungle Fowl, Rose-Ringed Parakeet etc.
Summer Season: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Winter Season: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open all days except Thursday.
For Indians and SAARC visitors: Rs. 20
For Foreigners: Rs. 50
Camera Charges: Rs.10