Himalayan Zoological Park

The Himalayan Zoological Park in Sikkim is one of the best attractions of the North East Himalayas. Unique and first of its kind in India, the zoo lets animals reside in their natural habitat. Spread across a vast 230 hectares forested land with altitudes ranging from 6,500 t0 8,000 feet.

The zoological park is about 6 kilometers from Gangtok town. The entrance to the Zoo is located at the end of a short pathway opposite to Ganesh Tok, another must visit attraction in the mountain town.

What to See?

The Himalayan Zoological Park is home to many rare and endangered species of animals. The animals of north East Himalayas call it home. The zoo covers diverse vegetation, from gentle grassy land to dense jungles. Animals inhabiting the zoo includes Himalayan Black Bears, Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, Common Leopard, Leopard Cat, Clouded Leopard, Tibetan Wolfs, Himalayan Palm Civets, Large Indian Civets, Bharals, Gorals, Barking Deer, Yaks, Porcupine, etc. Even diverse range of birds here like Silver Pheasant, Golden Pheasant, Kalij, Lady Amherst Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, etc, can be easily spotted. 

The zoological park is spread over a vast expanse of hill overlooking the snow-capped Kanchendzonga. Since the area is massive, the animals are kept in open enclosures. The thrill of visiting the zoo is you have to look for the animals as they camouflage in the natural environment. Be patient in spotting.

The zoo is a fun place to visit for tourists in Gangtok and Sikkim of all ages. The tourist facilities include, a watch tower from where you get a panoramic view of the zoo and the surroundings. You can visit the cafe and souvenir shop, wash rooms and drinking water points. The zoo is one of the modern ones with latest facilities, creating cherished memories for visitors.

Admission & Timings

Admission fee is 25 INR per adult (for Indians) and 10 INR per child. There is no additional charge for camera or video camera.

The Zoo is open from 9am to 4pm daily (except Thursday).

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