Who is the founder of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park?
Dilip Kumar Dey is the founder of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park. He was also the first director of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park.
Which specialty the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park has?
The park is specialized in breeding programs. Here breeding animals adapted to alpine conditions. The park has breeding programs for the “Snow Leopard”, “Himalayan Wolf”, “Red Panda”, “Clouded Leopard”, and other highly endangered animal species of Eastern Himalaya. The park is the largest high altitude zoo in India.
When the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park first opened?
This park is opened in 1958. It was established with the purpose of preserving and studying Himalayan Fauna.
Why the park is called Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park?
The park is named after Padmaja Naidu, the former Governor of West Bengal and daughter of Sarojini Naidu.
What is the history behind Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park?
- On 14th August 1958, a zoo was established with the purpose of studying and preserving Himalayan Fauna.
- The venture was taken under the Department of Education of the Government of West Bengal.
- Dilip Kumar Dey, the founder of the present zoological park and first director of the zoo wanted to establish a high-altitude zoological park that will be specialized in Himalayan Flora and Fauna.
- In 1960, The Park was established a pair of Siberian tigers, presented to the Government of India by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
- In 1972 the park became a registered society.
- In 1933, the park was transferred to the West Bengal Department of Forests.
- In 1975, Indira Gandhi visited the park and renamed it after Padmaja Naidu.
What do you get to explore in Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park?
This park has lots of animals of rare species among whom “Red Panda” is the most notable one.
Some animals name are given below-
- Tibetan Wolf
- Snow Leopard
- Black Leopard
- Clouded Leopard
- Siberian Tiger
- Himalayan Black Bear
- Sambar Deer
- Blue Sheep
- Himalayan Tahr
- Barking Deer
- Musk Deer
Some birds name are given below-
- Rose Ring Parakeets
- Hill Mynas
- Ring-Necked Pheasants
- Blue Gold Macaw
The park has a huge variety of Flora. There are almost 200 species of Trees and Plants, Climbers, Shrubs, Medicinal, etc. Almost 60 varieties of Orchids are also available there. Some Oak trees are more than 100 years old.
What is the number of animals of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park?
According to the 2006 census, the number of animals of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park is 156.
When Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Park open and close?
During summer: 8.30 am – 4.30 pm (open all days except Thursday)
During winter: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm (open all days except Thursday)
How much one needs to pay to visit?
- ₹30 per person (for Indians)
- ₹100 per person (for Foreigners)
- ₹10 (for still camera)
What safeties does one need to take while visiting?
Don’t move without a local guide.
There are also so many restaurants are available for enjoying foods.
Nearest Visiting places:
As you are visiting Darjeeling, on the same trip you can enjoy another lovely visiting the nearest visiting places of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.
- Himalayan Mountaineering Institution
- Shiv Temple
- Mountaineering Museum
- Selim Hill Tea Estate
- Bajrangbali Temple
- Tenzing Rock
- Zoological Museum
- Sacred Heart Church
- Bengal Natural History Museum
- Lloyds Botanical Garden
What is the national COVID-19 helpline in Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park?
National COVID-19 helpline in Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is 1800118797.
- Central Heritage Resort and Spa, Darjeeling
- Ramada by Wyndham Darjeeling Gandhi Road
- Little Tibet Resort
- The Elgin, Darjeeling
- Windermere Hotel
- Crescent Resort
- Hotel Sunflower
- Udaan Dekeling Resort, Darjeeling
There are also so many hotels available for booking.
- Hot Stimulating Café
- Douglas Bar
- Delicious Moments
- Nathmull Tea
- Sanam’s Kitchen Himalayan Coffee
- Kunga Restaurant
How to reach:
By Rail: The park is only 1.2 kilometers away from the Darjeeling Railway Station. Take a shared taxi which will take 10 rupees or walk for 20 minutes.
By Air: Bagdogra Airport is the Nearest Airport which is 72.5km away from the park.
Taxi: It will take 1h 5m to reach the spot. ($40-$50 taxi fees)
Town car: It will also take 1h 5m. ($29-$45 fees)
Drive: It will take 1h 5m. ($7-$11 fees)