National Zoological Park, originally known as Delhi Zoo is situated in a vast land area of about 176 acres or 71 hectares near the Old Fort in Delhi. It is a 16th Century fortress, with rich flora and fauna all in the middle of the Delhi. Zoo has accommodated about thousands of different kind of species from around the world. Currently, Zoo can be seen on battery operated vehicle which can be rented in the zoo. No outside foods are allowed in zoo premises but there are Canteens in numerous places to satisfy your hunger during the visit.
The idea of having a zoo in New Delhi was developed in the year 1951 and it takes almost 8 years to completed. In 1959, Delhi Zoo was inaugurated. The Indian Board for Wildlife built a Committee for the creation of zoo.Mr. M.E.F. Bowring Welsh was appointed as a secretary of committee.
The committee met on 9th September 1953 and an approval was passed to build the zoo on the site between Old Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. The construction of zoo was under the supervision of the Central Government, after which it will be handed over in running condition to the Delhi Government since wildlife was managed by Forest Department of the Delhi Government. An official from Indian Forest Service Mr. N.D.Bachkheti was assigned the duty on 1st October 1955 to set up this Zoo.
Initially, for the zoo plans Major Aubrey Weinman of the Ceylon Zoological Garden (now the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka) was consulted, but he was not available for continued consultations in long terms. So Mr. Carl Hagenbeck of the Zoological Garden of Hamburg was hired, who gave the idea of open moat enclosures. He presented a preliminary report on March 1956 and provided a general layout plan for the zoo. The plan was modified as needed to account for local conditions and approved by the Indian government in December 1956.
By the end of 1959, the Northern part of the zoo was complete, and animals which had been arriving for some time and which had been housed in temporary pens were moved into their permanent homes. The park was opened on 1 November 1959 as the Delhi Zoo. In 1982, it was officially renamed to National Zoological Park, with hopes that it could become a model for other zoos in the country.
Animals in National Zoological Park
Following is the list of animals which can be seen while in a zoo visit.
DEER BROW ANTLERED
LION – TAILED MACAQUE
HIMALAYAN BLACK BEAR
AFRICAN CAPE BUFFALO
How to Reach
|Places at the approx, distance of Zoo|
|New Delhi Rly. Station||: 6 Kms.|
|Old Delhi Rly. Station||: 11 Kms|
|I.S.B.T||: 12 Kms|
|Sarai Kaley Khan Bus Terminal||: 5 Kms|
|Red Fort||: 10 Kms|
|India Gate||: 2 Kms|
|Nearest Metro Station from Zoo|
|Pragati Maidan Metro Station||: 2 Kms|
|CGO Complex, Lodi Road||: 2 Kms|
Zoo Timing and Tariffs
|1st April to 15th October||9:00am to 4:30pm|
|16th October to 31st March||9:30am to 4:00pm|
|ENTRANCE FEE (Normal)|
|Adults||Rs. 40/- per head|
|Children (Height Under 3 ft.)||Free|
|Children (Height 3-5 ft.)||Rs. 20/- per head|
|Senior Citizen (60 Years and Above)||Rs. 20/- per head|
|ENTRANCE FEE (Foreigners)|
|Adults||Rs. 200/- per head|
|Children (Up to 5 Years)||Free|
|Children (Above 5 Years.)||Rs. 100/- per head|
|Visitors on educational tours from Schools, Colleges, Universities and other educational Institutions are provided concessional entry ticket at the following rates :|
|Student (1st -5 Std.)||Free|
|Student (6th -8th Std.)||Rs. 10/- per head|
|Student (9th And Above)||Rs. 20/- per head|
|Accompanying Staff||Rs. 20/- per head|
|Tatkal Tickets||Rs. 200/- per head|
|Still Camera||Rs. 50/- per day|
|Amateur||Rs. 200/- per day|
|Documentary||Rs. 2000/- per day|
|Feature Film||Rs. 20,000/- per day|
|Note: Zoo remains closed on every Friday and National Holidays.|