Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park Overview

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Sprawling across 67.56 acres, at an elevation of 7000 feet above the plains, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is recognised as the largest high-altitude zoo in the country. The Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) and Department of Education (Government of West Bengal) joined hands to establish the park on 14th August, 1958.

Previously known as the 'Himalayan Zoological Park', the park got its present name in 1975 when Smt. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, dedicated it to Smt. Padmaja Naidu, the former Governor of West Bengal. Also known as the Darjeeling Zoo, this wildlife park is renowned for specialising in conservation breeding programmes of Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf, Red Panda and other endangered fauna of Eastern Himalayas.

For animal lovers, the zoological park offers a special ‘Adoption Program’. Under this program, visitors can adopt an animal and pay for their care by entering into an agreement with the management of the zoo. They will not only get the satisfaction of helping animals, but also contribute to the conservation of the rich fauna of the country.

  • Opening Closing Time 08:30 am – 04:30 pm (Summer) and 08:30 am – 04:00 pm (Winter)
    Open all days, except Thursday

  • Photo Opp

    Photography at a zoo can be tricky as you have to deal with subjects (animals) that are not stationary. However, a little bit of preparation beforehand can help you take great snapshots. Follow this quick tip – set the camera in continuous shooting mode so that even if animals are on the move, you capture several back-to-back shots. From lush flora to common and rare species of animals, there are seemingly endless things to shoot while exploring the park.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 20 for Indians and SAARC citizens <br /> Rs. 50 for Foreigners <br /> Rs. 10 for Camera

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Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, 734101, West Bengal