Our country boasts of a variety of flora and fauna making it one of the most preferred destinations for watching and studying a wide range of species. The concept of zoo or zoological parks started way back in the 19th century in London for the first time and since then it has come a long way. Setting up zoos in India has helped conserve both rare and endangered species. Moreover, zoos play a major role in research and education sector for the study of the animal kind along with plant life. From travel perspective, zoos happen to be a great resource of enlightenment for the explorers, wildlife lovers, family groups and especially kids. Summer has already set in and schools are about to close for summer holidays. So why not take your kids to some of the popular zoos of our country. Here are some of our recommendations:
The City of Palaces, Mysore attracts tourists from all corners of the world. While the stories of valour and courage of the Sultan of this kingdom bring people here, the zoological park is no less than any of the famed attractions of the city. Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden, as it is known to the locals, was setup way back in 1892 and enjoys its name in the list of top 25 zoos in the continent. It is also the nation’s best zoo, a position it has attained by TripAdvisor due to the continuous efforts of the authorities.
The Chennai Zoo holds the stature of being the first public zoo of our country. Dating back to 1855, it has an estimated number of 2500 species of plants and animals. It has been in news for having achieved a name for its Conservation Breeding Program for endangered species. Chennai Zoological Park is the perfect place to make your kids aware about different kinds of flora and fauna. Vacationers coming along with kids should not miss the Elephant safari here. Apart from the zoo, make sure you visit a whole lot of attractions present in the city. Visit our Chennai Travel Guide for more information.
Known for its rich history, culture and heritage, the city of Hyderabad is one the most popular places to visit in India. Spread over an area of 380 acres of land, the Hyderabad Zoo gets its name after the first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawahalal Nehru. Featured among the best zoos in India, it offers the opportunity to enjoy elephant rides, children terrains and tiger safaris along with a display of numerous rare species of animals.
While South India may have received an upper hand when it comes to conserving wildlife, the north doesn’t really seem to have left behind. The Delhi Zoo is undoubtedly the most visited Zoological Park in India. Spread over huge acres of land at the proximity of India Gate, Delhi Zoo is a common destination amongst school kids and toddlers. Be it a weekend outing with family or a school picnic, Delhi Zoo can be visited for multiple purposes round the year. In order to reach the zoo, get down at Pragati Maidan metro station and take a rickshaw or an auto thereafter.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park or Darjeeling Zoo is spread over an area of approximately 68 acres. It is named after the daughter of Sarojini Naidu who was the former Governor of the state of West Bengal. The zoo is globally recognized for its contribution in the conservation of Himalayan Newt, Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf and a number of endangered species of the Eastern Himalayan region. Darjeeling Zoo has also been rewarded for having the highest number of mountain species in India.
If you are planning a summer holiday in any of these cities, then make sure you include these popular zoos in the travel itinerary for unlimited fun and a day full of adventure.