Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Price Range

20 - 50.00




The Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is a splendid enclosure in Darjeeling housing a large number of different sort of animals. Also known as Darjeeling Zoo, this is a haven for animals of all kinds and a huge centre of attraction for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts. The zoo is known internationally for its breeding and conservation programs and also includes an off-display breeding centre for snow leopards and red pandas. In addition to these rarer species, the zoo is also enriched with Asiatic black bear, barking deer, leopards, blue and yellow Macaw, Eastern Pangolin, Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Wolf, Lady Amherst, leopard cat, Macaw, Red jungle fowl, Red Panda, Royal Bengal tiger , Sambar Deer, Temminck's Tragopan, Yak, and lots of more.

This attraction was set up in 1958 and was named after the former governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu, who was also the daughter of Sarojini Naidu. Witha n average elevation of a whopping 7000 feet, it's the most important and biggest high altitude zoo in India. The Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park focuses on breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions and has successful captive breeding programs for the snow leopard, the critically endangered Himalayan wolf and the red panda. The zoo is the central hub for Central Zoo Authority of India's red panda program and is a member of the world Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Owing to its unyielding efforts to repopulate these endangered species, the Darjeeling Zoo has been awarded the prestigious honour of "The Earth Heroes" in 2014 out of over 300 zoos worldwide.



  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 04:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • By Private Vehicle : You can hire a cab from the main town. However, cars are not allowed to the entrance of the zoo. You can take the Jawahar Road from Mall Road and keep walking for about 30 minutes until you reach the zoo.


Ticket Pricing

  • For Indians and SAARC country residents : Rs. 20
  • For Foreigners : Rs. 50
  • For Camera : Rs. 10

The layout of the Darjeeling Zoo has been made such that it somewhat imitates the living conditions of the Alpine animals that are bred here. As you enter through the main gate, you are welcomed with a huge aviary that houses many different kinds of birds such as Rose Ring Parakeets, Hill Mynas, Ring-Necked Pheasants, and Blue Gold Macaw. From here on, there are roads that span into every direction possible, and you can choose your pick. If you decide to take the straight road uphill, you will see a flight of stairs which are supposed to be taken on your journey back and not into the zoo. After you walk a few paces, you will be able to spot a few Himalayan Black Bears lolling around which are originally native to the mountains of Tibet, Nepal and China.

A few steps beyond the bears' enclosure, if you peer to your left over the fence, you will see Yaks which are native to Himalayan and Southcentral Asia spending a quiet time here. Keep walking uphill, and you will encounter the upper section of the zoo. Take the road on the right and you will see a number of big cats such as Indian Tigers, Snow Leopards, Black Leopards and Clouded Leopards in open spaces but bound by wires. A prized possession of the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park is its very rare Siberian Tiger, which can be seen here as well. The section on the right has Tibetan Wolves in an open area, and a section next to it houses Jackals.

Once you reach the bottom of the zoo near the aviary, you will be able to see the Red Panda Conservation Section, where a suitable environment has been created for them to be able to live a healthy life and repopulate their species. Among other animals that you can see on this stretch are Sambar Deer, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Barking Deer, Goral and Musk Deer


Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling - Jorethang Road, Near Birch Hill Resort, Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Rating & Reviews

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Gaurav Taunk
Gaurav Taunk
09/11/2020 17:11
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (also called the Darjeeling Zoo) is a 67.56-acre (27.3 ha) zoo in the town of Darjeeling in the Indian state of West Bengal. The zoo was opened in 1958, and an average elevation of 7,000 feet (2,134 m), is the largest high altitude zoo in India.
Sourav Bhadra
Sourav Bhadra
09/05/2020 13:49
Inherently, zoos are rather sad places and the animals are not happy. As far the Himalayan Zoological park is concerned, it's mostly well maintained, the animals have some space to move around, and there is community support from Darjeeling. Preserving the differing Himalayan animal species is a worthy cause and I supported this endeavor by visiting. It's never going to be perfect, but it is nice to see some of the native animals that survive man's encroachment of the nearby environment. This zoo is definitely worth a couple hours of your time and the Red Panda display is always pretty lively and fun. It's also nice to see full grown native trees in the animal enclosures ....since a lot of India in this area has been deforested for decades.
Abhijeet Debnath
Abhijeet Debnath
08/31/2020 11:20
You'll love the ambiance of this place. Mostly covered with clouds and Fogg. Among the various types of animals, the Red Panda is most popular here. There's also a statue of Edmund Hillary here.
Oindrila Saha
Oindrila Saha
08/06/2020 19:23
A zoo with curved uphill path... Sounds of various kinds of animals and birds.... Most attractive feature of this zoo is having the RED PANDA, really enjoyed and experienced visiting here... The great red and blue macaws and also blue and yellow macaws draw attention of everyone. A medium sized herpeterium is there.. The zoo attaches the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which is a museum itself... Loved the place...😍😍
Pranit Bhujel
Pranit Bhujel
03/05/2020 22:53
The zoo is one of the must visit place in Darjeeling. The place shelters many different types of wildlife ranging from wild cat, wolves to bear and tiger. The main attraction of the place is the Royal Bengal Tiger which at least is 3 meters in length counting the tail. If you're luck then you'll surely get a chance to see the majesty of that beast. Also snow leopard might steal your show while you're desperately waiting for the tiger. Recently they've also introduced reptiles and aquatic creatures. And you might not wanna leave the sight of a sleeping red panda. P.S: If you observe the surroundings then you'll also find a roller that people use to pull while making roads. Do reach me if you find it :).

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No, there aren't any white Tigers in the zoo.
The last ticket is issued at 4:00 pm.
Yes, they have clouded leopard at the zoo.
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