Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling is one of the breathtaking attractions that is well renowned for its diverse ecosystem. It is a must-see for nature and wildlife lovers as this zoo houses a wide variety of Himalayan animals and other rare animals that you usually wouldn't get to see elsewhere in the world.
This zoological park's popularity is due to its elevation of 7000 feet, which makes it the largest high-altitude zoo in India. Breeding and conservation programs are also held here, and snow leopards and red pandas are breeding off-display. The former prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, dedicated this zoo to the ex-governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu, the daughter of Sarojini Naidu.
Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park in Darjeeling is also recognized for the Central Zoo Authority of India's red panda program. Not just this, it is also a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This zoological park is one of the best ones globally and has also received an award of "The Earth Heroes" out of other 300 zoos across the globe.
In addition to the rare species found at this zoo, you will witness many others, including barking deer, Eastern Pangolin, Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Lady Amherst, Red Jungle Fowl, Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar Deer, blue and yellow Macaw, Asiatic black bear, and more.
Duration - 4 hours
Timings of Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park
- 8.30 am to 4.30 pm in summer
- 8.30 am to 4.00 pm in winter
Open daily except Thursday
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park Entry Charges
- INR 60 for Indians and SAARC country residents
- INR 100 for Foreign Nationals
- Entry fee for children below 6 years of age.
- INR 10 for cameras
How to reach Zoological Park in Darjeeling
You can book a cab to reach Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park, or you can drive in your car. However, remember that the car is not allowed at the zoo's entrance. So, you can park your car, take Jawahar Road from Mall Road, and walk for 30 minutes to reach the zoo.
You can opt for battery-operated cars if you have small kids. They are available from Gorkha Bhawan and accommodate 8 persons at one time. The timings of these battery cars are 10.00 am to 4.00 with a minimal charge of INR 20 per person (one way). The entire car can be hired at INR 500.
Contact our tour experts to get more information about this zoo. You can also add this attraction to your vacation by booking a fully customizable Darjeeling tour package with us.