Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The National Zoological Park

HOW TO REACH HERE: By metro- Get down at Pragati Maidan metro station
By road: The Zoo is adjacent to Old fort on the Mathura Road.

TIMINGS: 9:30AM to 4:30PM

Lake at the Zoo

HISTORY: The Indian Board for Wildlife felt in the year 1952 to have a zoo in the national capital of the country to provide recreation to people at large. Accordingly, an ad-hoc committee of some prominent nature lovers of Delhi, including Smt. Indira Gandhi, was constituted under the Chairmanship of Chief Commissioner to formulate a proposal for establishment of Zoological Park for Delhi. Mr M.E.F.Bowring Welsh, of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was appointed as its Secretary. The committee met on 9th September, 1953 and approved the site between Purana Quila and Humayun's Tomb for the purpose.

A white parrot
Sleeping leopard

The National Zoological Park, Delhi is a big place where you need to walk a long way. For the convenience of the visitors, open trolley cabs are provided at very reasonable prices which drops you at 10 major stops in the zoo.
A baby crocodile

The Zoo lacks exotic animals which is expected in a good park. You will find all the basic animals such as Lion, elephant, tiger, white tiger, leopard etc. The reptile house is quite interesting and you must visit it. For you photographers out there, it is an amazing place for Macro photography and portfolios.  
Old African elephant

The animals are kept in big enclosures and not in cages; this provides a natural, unobstructed view. I would recommend that the Zoo should be visited between November and February - when the weather is cold.