Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling

4.2
#1 of 91 in Parks in West Bengal
Internationally recognized for successfully breeding Tibetan wolfs, red pandas, and snow leopards, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park specializes in providing habitats for wildlife naturally adapted to alpine conditions. Take time to learn about the indigenous creatures of Eastern Himalayas by observing a vast collection of mammals, birds, and reptiles. The zoo's shop sells items produced by members of the local community. Plastic bottles are not allowed inside the zoo, but drinking water and refreshment stands are provided on site. Add Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and other attractions to your Darjeeling trip itinerary using our Darjeeling itinerary planner.
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  • July 25, 2017
    This zoo is located near darjeeling town,at singamari.Small but nice to see animals.Royel Bengal was the best part.Snow leopard,Panda,Jackal,Panther etc was awesome.  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    When locals recommended this park, we thought of another zoo with animals kept in poor condition. However, this was a pleasant surprise. The layout is well designed as it is on slope and one can watch...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    Wear your most comfortable shoes. it is a long long trek. The zoo is big and the roads are one way...you need to go forwards on and on. There are animals ranging from the mountain yak to snow leopards...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Darjeeling zoo is officially known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, The combined ticket (Zoo + HMI) is Rs. 50/- (subject to change). There is also additional charge for taking cameras inside (Rs. 10/-). Some of the highlights of the zoo includes the conservation programs where you can see vulnerable and endangered high altitude Himalayan animals like the Tibetan Wolf, Red Panda, Snow Leopard etc. all in semi natural habitats. And then there are Siberian Tigers, Yaks and lot more. As you enter through the main gate, you will see some curio and souvenir shops on the left. And right in front is the Aviary, a huge circular birds cage. You can see different kinds of birds inside including Rose Ring Parakeets, Hill Mynas, Ring Necked Pheasants, Blue Gold Macaw and more. The striking ones are the two very large size birds of yellow and blue combination Macaws. As you walk along, high up on your right you can see the cages made out of iron nets. That's the upper section of the zoo. In about 75 meters from the main gate, you will see a road on the right which is going uphill. That's the one to take to see the upper section. Otherwise you can keep going straight to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and cover this area on your return.
  • April 11, 2017
    Gives the opportunity of seeing Himalayan fauna in clean and well maintained premise. Semi captive places for the animals. Hilly terrain of the land is dealt with gradual slopes and distances except few steep pockets. Each "captive" space is depicted with good basic information and image of the animal life. Kids can connect fast with the environment. the Zoo is also full of big trees making the experience even more richer. Please go with open mind by not comparing it with any other developed country Zoo. We appreciate this good Indian effort.
  • April 25, 2017
    This is a amazing place. Found lots of collection of animals. And they are living in good condition. The Royal Bengal Tiger and the red panda was a good attractions to me. Roads in there was clean. All the staffs and guards ware helpful.
  • June 4, 2017
    Liked it very much.. different collection of species are here.excited having seen red panda here..all over an amazing experience.. a super popular tourist spot..a must visit place.
  • July 6, 2017
    It was nice Zoo with Bengali Tiger and Himalayan Wolf. Zoo and HMI combination was really awesome. You can sea there Himalayan Animals and Red Pandas. Very beautiful Himalayan Mountainree Institution with museum. Nice place to visit.

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