National Zoological Park
Location: Old Fort, Delhi, India
Attractions: Humayun Tomb, Ashokan Rock Edict, Nizam-ud-din’s Shrine, Nili Chhatri, etc.
Visiting Hours: 9:00am to 4:30pm (1st April to 15th October) and 9:30am to 4:00pm (16th October to 31st March)
Best Time to Visit: Any time of the year
Entry: Adults: Rs10/- per head, children Rs5/- per head and foreigners Rs50/-
One of the best national parks in Asia, the National Zoological Park in Delhi was opened in 1959. It is one of the oldest national parks in the country as well and serves as a natural habitat to over 2000 animals and birds. The National Zoological Park is more of a recreational place; many endangered species of animals and birds are kept here, who are also bred in captivity. It promotes awareness about cruelty towards animals in the wild, due to a number of reasons, one of which is the destruction of forests and illegal poaching. So, people visiting the National Park not only go to see the animals of the forest but also learn to be kind towards them. The National Park was designed keeping in mind the natural habitation of the animals in the wild and tocreate an environment close to an animal’s real surroundings. The animals here are not only from within the country but also from different parts of the world. The article below illustrates more aboutNational Zoological Park, Delhi.
Delhi Zoo OfIndia
The idea of constructinga zoo in Delhi was conceived in 1952 and the next year the location for thezoo was chosen and approved. In 1956, Carl Hagenbeck of the Zoological Garden of Hamburg was hired to design the layout. He recommended to dig deep trenches (fill them with water if required) to fortify the zoo. The plan took pace and all the necessary improvements were made to create an environment suitable for animals, birds and reptiles of different species.
A part of the zoo was completed in 1959 and some animals which were placed in temporary pens were moved to the zoo, their permanent home. Finally, the park was opened on November 1, 1959, and theDelhi Zoo changed to National Zoological Park, in 1982.
The animals in the zoo include black bears, tigers,antelope, lion-tailed macaque, leopard, rhinoceros, chimpanzee, hippopotamus, spider monkey, African wild buffalo, Gir lion, zebras and many others. Apair of kangaroos from Australia and South American jaguars can also be seen.A large variety of birds of which many are migratory are also found. The reptile park is situated underground. There are 1350 species of animals out of which at least 130 species of animals and birds are from countries outside India.
Being home to at least 200 varieties of trees and the serenity which encompasses the zoo makes it a perfect weekend destination. It is a relief from the monotonous and buzzing city life providing a calm retreat to its visitors. The zoo has extended its facilities to include mobile vans, cafeteria, parksand a library where you get information on animals, birds, plants and other facts about wild life at large.
The zoo organizes a number of festivals and events based on wildlife and conservation. This not only attracts tourists, but spreads the message of saving forests and wild animals.
Where To Eat
- Hotel Shangri-La’s – Eros
- The Claridges
- Hotel Rajdoot
- Taj Mahal Hotel
- The Oberoi, New Delhi
- Hotel Le Meridien
If you are fond of shopping, there are number of places near the zoo where you can shop till you drop!The Sunder Nagar Market offers you jewelry, antiques, brassware and other handicrafts. Connaught Place, the best place to shop in Delhi, is located close to the zoo. Here you can buy clothes, electronic items, leather goods, gift items, books, handicrafts and many other goods for amazingly cheap deals. The Palika Bazaar is famous for electronic goods. You can also visit the malls in the zoo’s vicinity.
- Nila Gumbad
- Purana Quila
- Humayun’s Tomb
- Sabz Burz
- Nili Chhatri
- India Gate
- Ashokan Rock Edict
- Nizam-ud-din’s Shrine
- Khairul Manzil Masjid
The Indira Gandhi International Airportin Delhi is the base for domestic and international flights. Tourists herecan hire taxies or take the metro service inside the airport.Local transport services such as DTC buses are also available.
From Railway Stations
New Delhi Railway Station
Transport Facilities -Taxis
Nearest bus terminal – ISBT Kashmere Gate
Metro Rail – You can catch a metro from the station toPragati Maidan Metro Station or CGO Complex, Lodi Road, which are the closest to the zoo.
Delhi Junction Railway Station (Old Delhi Railway Station)
Transport Facilities- Taxis
Nearest bus terminal- ISBT Kashmere Gate
Metro Rail –The Chandi Chowk Metro Station lies close by, from where you can go to Pragati Maidan Metro Station or CGO Complex, Lodi Road Metro Station to get to the zoo.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station
Transport Facilities -Taxis
Nearest bus terminal-ISBT Sarai Kale Khan
Metro Rail-The Jangpura, Lajpat Nagar, INA metro stations are located close to the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. From here, one has to board the metro train to the Pragati Maidan Metro Station or CGO Complex, Lodi Road Metro Station to visit the zoo.
From Bus Terminal
The following are the chief bus depots:
- Kashmiri Gate Inter State Bus Terminal
- Sarai Kale Khan Inter State Bus Terminal
- Anand Vihar Terminal
The National Zoological Park is one of the best places to visit in Delhi, especially for children. It not only educates them on wild life but also offers a great opportunity to see different types of animals. Moreover, the greenery and the tranquility of the zoo provide relaxation to the mind and body.The zoo is the abode to a number of endangered species of animals and birds, some of which are bred in captivity and who may once again, thrive in the wild.The library which contains books and other sources of information on wild life is another popular place of interest in the zoo premises.