Who does not want to see wild animals on the lap of nature? Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is just like that. With the area of 67.56 acres and lush green Himalayan forest, it is one of the must-visit places in Darjeeling.
This Zoological park established on 14th August, 1958 with the goal of study and preserve the Himalayan fauna. In 1975, then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited the Zoo and dedicated it to the former Governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu.
The entire park is well maintained and full of greenery. You will get to see Himalayan wild animals, birds and yes fauna. The main attractions of this zoological park are Red Pandas and Himalayan Black Bears. You also have the opportunity to see Snow Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Blue Sheep, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer, Satyr Tragopan, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Clouded leopard at the zoo. There is a separate section for Indian reptiles in the park, which is displaying different species of snake and tortoise found in India.
This is to be mentioned that you have to buy tickets which will cost you INR 60 per person and if you have a camera you have to pay an additional INR 10.
This beautiful zoological park will give you an idea about the Himalayan wildlife, fauna, and flora. So, if you are in Darjeeling or planning to visit soon, do not miss this Zoological park.