Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Scenic Spot

 

Overview

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park located at the Jawahar Parbat, earlier known as the Birch Hill Park.  this is the largest high altitude zoo. It spans across 67.5 acres of area at an altitude of 7,000ft. In 1975, Late Smt. Indira Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India dedicated the Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling in Memory of Late Smt. Padmaja Naidu, ex-governor of West Bengal. The Zoo was re-named as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.
 
It was formerly known as Himalayan Zoological Park and was established on 14th August, 1958 in Darjeeling  as a joint venture of Govt. of India  and Govt. of West Bengal. In January, 1972, the Park was converted into a registered Society under West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961 with an understanding that the maintenance cost of the zoo will be shared by the Center and State Governments. The Society in May, 1993 was transferred to Department of Forests, Govt. of West Bengal. At the Govt. of India level the Zoological Park is under the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
 
This is the only specialized Zoo in the country and is internationally recognized for its conservation breeding programmes of Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya. 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. A recent study showed that the zoo has over 200 species of trees & plants, shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants etc out which there are some 60 varieties of Orchids. Some slow growing oak trees are over 100 years old. And then there are trees like Birch, Alder, and others that belong to Castanopsis species etc. 
 
 GTA initiated Battery Operated Carts are now operating between Bhanu Bhawan (i.e. Gorkha Bhawan) on Mall road and the Zoo/HMI during tourist season between 10am to 4pm. A cart can accommodate up to 8 persons. One way rate is Rs. 20 per person. It makes several round trips. You can also reserve a cart for Rs. 500. 
 
Zoo Timing:  Summer Season - 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
                      Winter Season - 8.30 am to 4 pm
Thursday -    Closed
 
Best time to visit: March to June and September to January
 
ENTRY FEE
Indian and SAARC - Rs. 20
 
Foreign - Rs. 50
 
Camera - Rs. 10 
                                  
How to Reach,
Cars are usually not allowed up to the gate. There are two ways you can reach. You can take the Jawahar Road from Mall Road and keep walking for a while (about 30 minutes) and reach the institute. Or below the Zoo at the Lebong Cart Road, cars and taxis can park along the roadside. It's 4-5 minutes uphill walk from there up to the gate. You will see big signs on the rock showing directions.
 
Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri
 
Nearest Airport:  Bagdogra Airport
 

Location

Country
India
State
West Bengal
City
Darjiling
Location
Darjeeling
Address
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101
Contact Info
Phone: 0354 225 3709
Mobile :
Fax :
Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Jawahar Parbat
Nearest Railway Station
New Jalpaiguri Jn (NJP)
Nearest Airport
Bagdogra Airport
IN
latitude : 26.681200030 longitude :88.328598020
Corporation : Siliguri
GPS Code : VEBD
Open Year
1958
Area
67.5 acres
Dedicated To
Indira Gandhi
Visiting Hours
Summer Season - 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Winter Season - 8.30 am to 4 pm Thursday - Closed

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  • Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park located at the Jawahar Parbat, earlier known as the Birch Hill Park.  this is the largest high altitude zoo. It spans across 67.5 acres of area at an altitude of 7,000ft. In 1975, Late Smt. Indira Gandhi the then Prime Minister of India dedicated the Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling in Memory of Late Smt. Padmaja Naidu, ex-governor of West Bengal. The Zoo was re-named as Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoolo

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