Chidiya Ghar – National Zoological Park in Delhi

The National Zoological Park
The National Zoological Park- A Glimpse of the Deers found in the Zoo
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


Email id: [email protected]

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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