Going to visit Delhi soon? Then make sure that you include the Delhi zoo in your list of places to see in the city. If you are lover of the wild, you can spend a great time here.
The Delhi National Zoological Park
The zoo is also known as the Delhi National Zoological Park. It is a favorite tourist spot for Delhites. The zoo is known to be the shelter of more than 1200 reptiles, mammals and birds. These animals belong to countries like Africa, America and Australia, other than India.
The zoo is situated near Purana Quila, or the Old Fort, one of the famous historic spots in Delhi. It is located 4 kms away from Connaught Place.
What to see here
The Delhi zoo offers you a plethora of wild animals. The zoo in Delhi is in fact, a treat for all animal lovers. Some of the animals that you must especially see are:
- White tiger from Rewa
- Indian elephant (it is known to play a harmonica)
- Leopard cat,
- Indian Rhinoceros,
- Black Buck,
- Indian Gazelle,
- Lion-tailed macaque,
- Spider monkey,
- African Wild Buffalo,
- Gir Lion
- Almost every variety of Indian deer.
These apart, you can also find a lot of endangered species. A large number of migratory birds like Peafowl and Macaque come to visit this place during winter. The zoo has artificial swamps for these birds. The reptiles include
The national zoo in Delhi is known to contain about 200 species of trees. You can look at the description displayed before the trees to know their variety. The trees include
- Phulahi hedges/deep yellow Alamtas
- Drought resistant Lahura trees
- Delhi Bistendu
How to reach the zoo
The Delhi National Zoological Park is very easy to reach. It is situated 12 kms away from the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT). The place is well connected to railways. The New Delhi Railway Station is located 6 kms from the zoo. The Old Delhi Railway Station is 10 kms away from here. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is situated 25 kms from the zoo. Do you want to reach the zoo by metro? You must alight at Central Secretariat is the nearest Delhi Metro Station. Buses are also available from various local points.
Time to Visit
The zoo is open on all days except Friday. The preferred time to visit the zoo is
- 9 am to 4:30 pm between 1st April and mid-October
- 9.30 am to 4.00 pm between October and March
Normally, it takes about 2 hours to visit the zoo. Mobile vans with open roofs are available at special charges for visitors.
Indians pay 5 rupees to gain entry to the zoo. Foreigners are supposed to pay 10 rupees for access. If you want to take in your camera, you must pay rupees fifty as an additional charge.
So if you are visiting Delhi, do not miss the Delhi zoo.