National Zoological Park Delhi

Scenic Spot

 

Overview

National Zoological Park Located at Near Pragati Maidan, Mathura Road, New Delhi. In the year 1959, the National Zoological Park is spread across 176 acres of land. It was built after the Indian Board for Wildlife felt the need of having a Zoo in the capital as recreational facility for the people. The park was formally inaugurated by Mr. Punjab Rao, Honorable Minister of the Government of India and was initially called the Delhi Zoo. It was in 1982 that the park was given National status and came to be known as The National Zoological Park. Many of the state governments and individuals expressed their delight by sending gifts of animals for the park.The Delhi zoo came decades later after New Delhi was built. although the idea to have a zoo at the national capital was mooted in 1951, the park was inaugurated in November 1959.
 
In 1952 the Indian Board for Wildlife created a committee to look into creating a zoo for Delhi. The government of India was to develop the zoo and then turn it over to Delhi as a working enterprise. In 1953 the committee approved the location of the zoo, and in October 1955 it assigned N. D. Bachkheti of the Indian Forest Service to oversee the creation of the zoo.
 
The Zoo now provides shelter to almost 1,350 animals and birds of 130 species from around the world. It has a plethora of reptiles, mammal and birds belonging to countries like Africa, Australia, America apart from India. The place also houses a green island and a 16th Century citadel. The National Zoological Park is a place of heaven for the nature as well as animal lovers. On a stroll around the park one can see squirrels hopping around up and down the trees, the white-tiger roaring with authority, black-bucks hiding behind the trees, birds perching on the backs of the rhinos and several such amusing sights.
 
Going to the right from the entrance brings visitors to the enclosures for animals including chimpanzee, hippopotamus, spider monkey, African wild buffalo, Giraffes, Gir lion, and Zebras. Going to the left, visitors will see animals including migratory birds like peafowl, and well as hyenas, macaques, and jaguars in the swamps that were designed for water birds. In the center of the zoo is the underground reptile house.
 
Zoo is one of the most interesting picnic spots in the town and can be visited any time around the year.
 
Best time to visit:  October to March
 
Zoo Timing:
 
1st April to 15th October 9:00am to 4:30pm
16th October to 31st March 9:30am to 4:00pm
 
Closed on Fridays
 
Entry Fee:
Indians: Rs.40 (Adults), Rs. 20 (Children from 5-12 years), Rs. 20 (Senior Citizens)
Foreigners: Rs. 200 (Adults), Rs. 100 (Children from 5-12 years)
Entry is free for children under 5 years of age (both, Indians and Foreigners).
 
How to Reach,
 
Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway  Station: 6 Kms.
 
NEAREST METRO STATION:
Pragati Maidan Metro Station : 2 Kms
CGO Complex, Lodi Road : 2 Kms
 
Nearest Airport: Delhi Municipal Airport

Location

Country
India
State
Delhi
City
New delhi
Location
New Delhi.
Address
National Zoological Park, Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi - 110003
Contact Info
Phone: 011 2435 8500
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar
Nearest Railway Station
New Delhi (NDLS)
Nearest Airport
Delhi Municipal Airport
US
latitude : 32.410701750 longitude :-91.498703000
Corporation : Delhi
GPS Code : K0M9
Open Year
1959
Area
71 ha
Visiting Hours
1st April to 15th October 9:00am to 4:30pm 16th October to 31st March 9:30am to 4:00pm

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