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Pre-monsoon drizzle has already started boozing up the Delhiites. It’s time now to curl on the bed gripping a torrid mug of coffee or plan a day long outing around the city. The capital city of India is laid out with many enticing hangout zones, parks, eateries, majestic monuments and much more to offer. Amongst many such destinations, stepping into the National Zoological Park with family and buddies is always a brilliant idea to execute for Delhiites.

National Zoological Park, commonly known as the Chidiya Ghar or Delhi Zoo is a great place to stop by. Especially when you are accompanied here by your family and kids, Delhi Zoo or Chidiya Ghar leaves you an awe-inspiring experience altogether. Let’s take you for a ride to one of the offbeat sites in Delhi, Chidiya Ghar, which is quite popular but gradually losing its grip in front of the towering malls, lavish multiplexes and plush food courts around the city.

An Overview:

Delhi Zoo

Address: Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, PIN-110003

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Nestled close to Old Fort on the Mathura Road, the journey of Delhi Zoo was initiated way back in 1959. However, officially the zoo has gained the status of Zoological Park in 1982. Today, with more than 175 acres of sprawled areas, the famous Chidiya Ghar in Delhi inhabits nearly 1300 animals and 130 species of birds making this place an absolute delight for people of all age group.

If you plunge back to decade, in 1955, Mr. N.D. Bachkheti from India was assigned the responsibility to execute the plan of setting this zoo. To enact this plan, Director of the Ceylon Zoological Garden, Colombo, Major Weinmann was also invited to join his hand and make this plan a grand success. Later, the owner of the famous Animal Park at Hamburg, West Germany, Mr. Carl Hagenbeck was called for sharing his effective ideas and useful contribution to incorporate this project. Mr. Carl Hagenbeck gave an idea to setup a moat here and catered a layout plan of animal enclosures. Consequently in 1959 the construction of this zoo was initiated.  Today, the National Zoological Park of Delhi set a new benchmark by establishing a favourable ambience for so many endangered species of animals and birds where they still breathe as in jungle.

Key Attractions:

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Chidiya Ghar in Delhi boasts plenty of animals and birds. Considering the numbers of animals and birds, the entire zoo is segregated into four sections such as; mammals, birds, reptiles and flora. The best way to explore this 175 acres zoon land is battery operated vehicles. However, you may take absolute pleasure from the wildlife here on foot as well. It will consume nearly 2-3 hours time of yours to visit the entire zoo. Let’s catch a glimpse on the key attractions here at Delhi Zoo:

Mammals: This is one of the major tourist pullers at Delhi zoo. You get to spot here some of the astounding wild mammals including black buck, leopard cat, chinkara, leopard, himalayan  black bear, jackal, African cape buffalo, jaguar, zebra etc. Wildlife photographers love to spend long hours here by capturing the energetic moments of animals.

Mammals at Delhi zoo

Birds: People who love birding, this section is an absolute delight for them. The key attraction here is its 130 species of birds that include hornbill grey, eagle stappee, peacock, munia black headed, owl barn, parakeet rose ringed, stork lesser adjutant, vulture white, IBIS white etc. Blend of colourful birds of all sizes amidst the green forest leaves you completely spellbound at birds section.    

Birds in delhi zoo

Reptiles: How about catching a close view of some of the endangered reptiles that you often watch on infotainment channels? It gives you immediate goosebumps after observing those vigorous reptiles from such a close distance. There are several reptiles at Delhi Zoo out of which, gharial, Indian rock python, marsh crocodile, monitor lizard, Indian mud turtle, Indian cobra, spectacled caiman and Indian star tortoise are prominent.

Reptiles in delhi zoo

Flora: This section probably best justifies the name of Delhi’s Zoological Park. Galore of plants or refreshing flora entice many zoologists, research analysts and students here for gathering important information on plants. Out of many, floral species like acacia nilotica, artocapus heterophyllus, azadirachta indica, ehretia laevis, phoenix rupicola, bamboos and ficus amplissima are quite worth exploring. The overall environment in the midst of green bush is absolutely breathtaking. For a nature enthusiast this section is a must visit. So there are plenty of interesting things to see and do here at Delhi zoo.

Plants in national zoological park delhi

Timing and Fees:

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If visiting Delhi Zoo is in your wish list for long then you should keep a tab on the timings and entry fees here. In a calendar year, the timings at Delhi Zoo are decided as per the season. If you visit here from 1st April to 15th October, the visiting hour is from 9AM to 4:30PM. On the other hand, if you pay a visit at Delhi Zoo from 16th October to 31st March, the timing is from 9:30AM to 4PM. However, the zoo remains closed on Fridays.

battery operated vehicles at delhi zoo

Accessing to the zoo incurs some entry fees as well. Depending on the category and age group of a visitor the charges may vary. The following table lists the fees details for visitors:


Fees (INR)

For Indian Visitors


INR 40/per visitor

Children (Under 3 ft. height)


Children (Between 3 to 5 ft. height)

INR 20/per visitor

Senior Citizen (60 and above )

INR 20/per visitor

For Foreigners


INR 200/per visitor

Children (Under 3 ft. height)


Children (Between 3 to 5 ft. height)

INR 100/per visitor

Students/Educational Excursion

Student (from 1st to 5th std.)


Student (from 6th to 8th std.)

INR 10/per visitor

Student (9 std. And above)

INR 20/per visitor

Accompanying Staff

INR 20/per visitor

Tatkal Tickets

INR 200/per visitor


Still Camera

INR 50/per day


INR 200/per day

INR 2000/per day

Feature Film

INR 20, 000/per day

These are the basic info on visiting hours and entry fees at Delhi Zoo. Besides, visitors can also avail different types of battery operated vehicles at the zoo. Depending on the number of seaters, the charges of these vehicles will range between INR 399 and INR 799. In addition, visitors can also use the cloak room by spending only Re 1. Furthermore, the zoo authority also facilities the physically challenged persons by rendering them free wheel chair.

How to reach Delhi Zoo?

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For Delhiites, reaching the zoo is not a challenging concern. The nearest bus stand is Delhi Zoo, which is named after the zoo itself. There are plenty of DTC buses that pass through this route. Some of the important buses to reach Delhi Zoo are 894-A and 445 (from New Delhi Railway Station), 402 and 403 (from Old Delhi Railway Station) and bus numbers 405, 425 and 429 that run from ISBT. The frequency of buses on this route is quite regular.

DTC bus

For metro commuters, the nearest metro station is Pragati Maidan (Blue Line), which is located within 2Kms reach from the destination. If you want to visit here by cab or auto, the distance from New Delhi Railway Station is nearly 6Kms, from Old Delhi Railway Station is around 11kms and from ISBT the distance is merely 12Kms. On the other hand, places like India Gate and Red Fort are located around 2Kms and 10kms away from Delhi Zoo.

People who want to reach Delhi Zoo from the Airport; the distance is around 16Kms, which can easily be covered by cab or any other private vehicles.

Travel Pointers:

  • While entering the zoo premises you may notice some instructions/information board, read them carefully.
  • Avoid getting too close to the animals and feeding them up.
  • Don’t imitate or tease animals.
  • Try to stay well behind the set barriers.
  • Don’t throw anything pointing the animals.
  • Avoid carrying any eatables inside the zoo and don’t mess the clean and green areas inside the zoo.
  • Making noise or playing songs and loud music in front of the animals are not allowed.


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