The National Zoological Park of Delhi is popularly known as Delhi Zoo. Adjacent to the Purana Qila, Delhi Zoo is located on the southern side of the fort. Although it is an artificial habitat, the animals here are provided with spacious enclosures and other arrangements necessary for their survival in a man-made environment. Spread over an area of 240 acres, it is one of the better laid out zoological parks of the country,
The zoo features quite an amazing range of flora and fauna. Over one thousand varieties of mammals, reptiles and avian species can be seen here. Leopard cat, Indian Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Black Buck, Indian Gazelle and Lion-tailed macaque are some of the commonly found animals here. It also has nearly all varieties of deer spotted in the country. Donít miss the white tiger from Rewa, the elephant which plays a harmonica and the leopards. The zoo is home to many species now endangered in India. Several species of migratory birds have made this spot their favorite haunting ground. Winter is the time when the winged visitors including, storks, ducks and other species throng the large lake at the entrance of Delhi zoo.
Although battery operated vehicles are available for nominal charges which will take you on a tour around the park, but, you get the best deal when you are on foot. There are arrow signs placed in the park to guide you the direction. There is also a canteen where you can have good food because no eatables are allowed inside the park except drinking water. Although, there are many drinking water counters at various places in the park for convenient of the visitors.
The early hours of opening or late afternoon before the closing are the better times of the day to visit the zoo. Winter undoubtedly is the best season. Hot summer months should be avoided as animals prefer to rest in their hideouts and are not easily seen.
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