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Chidiya Ghar – National Zoological Park in Delhi

Published on: October 1, 2013 | Updated on: April 25, 2019
The National Zoological Park

The National Zoological Park, Delhi – A Glimpse of deer found in the Zoo

Location: Near Pragati Maidan, Mathura Road, New Delhi

Who can forget visiting the super-fascinating “Chidiya-Ghar” during the childhood? It is an undeniable fact that kids love animals and zoo is a place that is adored by everyone. Almost every Delhiite has visited the National Zoological Park or “Zoo”, as we call it, at least once in a lifetime. Zoo is one of the most interesting picnic spots in the town and can be visited any time around the year.

Delhi Zoo

Set up in the year 1959, the National Zoological Park is spread across 176 acres of land. It was built after the Indian Board for Wildlife felt the need of having a Zoo in the capital as recreational facility for the people. The park was formally inaugurated by Mr. Punjab Rao, Honorable Minister of the Government of India and was initially called the Delhi Zoo. It was in 1982 that the park was given National status and came to be known as The National Zoological Park. Many of the state governments and individuals expressed their delight by sending gifts of animals for the park.

The Zoo now provides shelter to almost 1,350 animals and birds of 130 species from around the world. It has a plethora of reptiles, mammal and birds belonging to countries like Africa, Australia, America apart from India. The place also houses a green island and a 16th Century citadel. The National Zoological Park is a place of heaven for the nature as well as animal lovers. On a stroll around the park one can see squirrels hopping around up and down the trees, the white-tiger roaring with authority, black-bucks hiding behind the trees, birds perching on the backs of the rhinos and several such amusing sights.

The National Zoological Park is one of the most interesting tourist spots in Delhi. School children and groups of families are frequently seen visiting the park for picnics. The Zoo also maintains a Library and a Cafeteria for the visitors. Mobile vans are also provided for the Zoo tour if you don’t want to move around on foot. Quick snacks are also available at the kiosks and drinking water is served at every 20 meters. A tour of Delhi can never be complete without a visit to the Zoo and Delhiites can vouch for that!

Delhi Zoo Address : 

Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi – 110003

Website: www.nzpnewdelhi.gov.in

Email id: nzpnewdelhi@gmail.com

9 am- 4.30 pm (1 April – 15 October)

9.30 am- 4 pm (16 October – 31 March)

Closed on Fridays

Delhi Zoo Entry Fee:

  • Indians: Rs.40 (Adults), Rs. 20 (Children from 5-12 years), Rs. 20 (Senior Citizens)
  • Foreigners: Rs. 200 (Adults), Rs. 100 (Children from 5-12 years)

Entry is free for children under 5 years of age (both, Indians and Foreigners).

Concessional tickets are also available for students on educational tours at the below mentioned rates:

Student from 1st – 5th standard – Free

Student from 6th – 8th standard – Rs. 10

Student in 9th standard and above – Rs. 20

Accompanying Staff – Rs. 20

Tatkal tickets are also available for Rs. 200 per person.

Battery Operated Vehicles:

Rs. 61 per head (Adults); Rs. 31 per head (Children)

Rs. 363 Small 8 Seater per trip (Without school concession)

Rs. 605 – 12 Seater per trip (For School Rs. 100 per Trolly discount)

Rs. 726 – 14 Seater per trip (For School Rs. 100 per Trolly discount)

Rs. 968 – 20 Seater per trip (For School Rs. 100 per Trolly discount)

Photography & Filming Charges:

Camera: Rs. 50 per day; Amateur: Rs. 200 per day; Documentary: Rs. 2,000 per day; Feature Film: Rs. 20,000 per day

Please note that wheel chairs are available free of cost for the physically challenged and Rs. 1 per piece of luggage is charged at the cloak room.

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Showing 22 Comments :

very nice article keep it up 👍


hello sir,

when the zoo likely to get opened for pubhlic.
and sir i am totally agreed with you.
ravi khanna.


Will zoo open on Monday 15 August??


I love gardens , animals,birds and all natural things made by god ………..


Is mobile phone allowed inside zoo?


Today I m going to visit zoo wid my little son Daksh nd hubby


Will zoo open in diwalli..?


dear director sir , i love the zoo very much and now i have improved myself a lot nad i do not do any mistakes in the zoo . how do you like my visit alone in the zoo. just give me reply on my gmail address ravikhanna1000@gmail.com.
thanks sir.


sir really very great i didn’t know about the zoo where is but your website is showing me that the location of zoo THANK AGAIN

govind chowdhri August 28, 2015 at 8:33 am

jay hind jay bharat




dear director sir. i have last visited the zoo on may 2, 2015. it is a great time to be there when a person wants to go to a picknic. Coming to a national zoological park alone or with my family is a great joy in my life and i fell very happy over there.i am sorry for the mistakes i made earlier could you please excuse with my mistakes. it will not be done anytime in my life.
thanks director ji,
waiting for reply.


dear director sir, ciming to national zoological park is a great joy and experience. it is considered as one of the most great picknics spots in delhi.

laxmi katiyar June 14, 2015 at 2:51 am

Hii i asking you your zoo delhi jourasik Park available i meang dynasour Yes ya no thanks

Aamir khan vicky November 24, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Hii i asking you your zoo delhi jourasik Park available i meang dynasour Yes ya no thanks

shibani purohit October 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

i need a job in your zoo so will you give me a job to learn about animals so please


main to zoo dekhne ja
rha hun b/s main ghar padhai nahi kar pa raha aur meri rotiya, khan pan mere liye ye ghumna magta hai.


Hello Director sir
I m nalini sharma staying mayur vihar ph I.
Yesterday on 19th feb 2014 visited zoofeeling very sad to see the management. Toilets were very  very dirty. I coukd not enter because of its dirtiest position. Animals who stay with water like rhinoseros n gainda n magarmachh, there water was not clean. What is the duration of claning that water. Water should be very clran. Evrry where we saw vety dirty water to drink n playing of animals.
Inly one place we saw clean water where a new born gainda n its parents are there. We feel happy there only.
Please keep the water clean for animals.
Please make directions to move forward to see  all the animals in one way n come out like Mughal Garden in delhi.
It is very tiring n not able to see all animals . We miss somd animals like giraffe. ..
There dhould be map to see all animals on sthe way in the zoo .

.waiting for reply
Nalini sharma

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