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Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling

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About Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling

With an average elevation of 7,000 feet, Padmaja naidu himalayan zoological park in Darjeeling offers an exciting trip experience for the visitors. The park was opened in 1958 and has been a home to different kinds of animals since. The park is popular as the breeding center for the animals that are adapted to live in alpine conditions. Different breeding programs have been successfully completed here. The park has handled The Red Panda Program and many others. Along with that, the park helps the endangered animals with these captive breeding programs.

Being a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the park fulfills all the responsibilities towards the animals. The zoo is popular as the center of India’s red panda program.

History of the zoo

This famous zoological park is also known as The Darjeeling Zoo. It is named after the Former Governor of West Bengal. Established in 1958, the zoo attained international admiration for the breeding programs and the conservation programs for the animals. It was in 1972 when the park went under the agreement with the Central and State governments. According to the agreement, the park was to get maintenance costs from both the Central and the State governments. However, the West Bengal Department of Forests gained the control over the park in 1993.

In 1975, the park attained the name when the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi dedicated the zoo in the memory of Padmaja Naidu.

Attractions in the zoo

Being the largest high altitude zoo in India, the park attracts animal lovers. The nature enthusiasts come to admire the beautiful Himalayan environment.

The zoo is the home for Snow leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Siberian tiger and other beautiful animals. In addition, there are the Asiatic black bear, barking deer, yellow Macaw, Himalayan Monal and many other animals. The zoo becomes the perfect place to meet the beautiful and endangered animals that are not found anywhere else. The Himalayan scenic beauty is another trait of the zoo that attracts the tourists to admire the beauty. Overall, the zoo is the complete package for the people who want to discover the exceptional beauty of the Himalayan regions and that too, in a safe environment.

Best time to visit

The zoo attracts tourists all year long. Some like to visit during the summers that are from April to June. On the other hand, couples love to spend time here during the winters, from October to December. Therefore, planning the visit depends on one’s personal preference, the zoo offers exciting trip the whole year.

Natural beauty and the beautiful animals, the trip to the zoo offers great experiences and memorable enjoyment. Capturing some incredible pictures that become precious memories of your trip to Darjeeling


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    Among various others, the most important animals that you will see at the zoo includes Himalayan salamander, red panda, Tibetan wolf and snow leopard.

    For Indians it is around INR 20, and for foreigners it is around INR 50.

    Although the park is famed for many things, one of the most fabulous things about it is that it is largest high altitude zoo in India, perched at a height of 7,000 feet above sea level.

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