Are you an animal lover? Do you want to witness the beauty of the Himalayas while getting up close and personal with some of the rarest creatures on the planet? Then, I have the perfect spot for you!
Introducing the Himalayan Zoological Park – a place where you can experience nature at its best!
Located in Bulbuley, just 3 km away from Gangtok, this park is a must-visit for all you wildlife enthusiasts out there. And let me tell you, the view of Mount Kanchenjunga from here is nothing short of spectacular.
Established in 1991, the Himalayan Zoological Park is the first of its kind in the North-Eastern part of India. It’s like a zoo, but with a twist – the animals are kept in their natural habitats and are safeguarded and tamed without being annoyed. And with 205 hectares of land, the park is home to a variety of creatures, including the snow leopard cat, goral, Himalayan palm civet, Himalayan red panda, Himalayan monal pheasant, crimson-horned pheasant, and Himalayan black bear.
Now, if you’re planning to visit the park, let me give you a piece of advice – hire a car for half a day. Trust me, you don’t want to be walking around for hours on end. And once you’re in, be sure to check out the cafe, souvenir shop, drinking water points, washrooms, and the watchtower for the best view of the entire area.
But here’s the kicker, folks – the entrance to the park is along a small pathway, opposite to Ganesh Tok. So make sure you grab a cab, because exploring this hilly terrain can be quite the adventure.
Oh, and don’t forget to mark your calendars – the best time to visit the Himalayan Zoological Park is from mid-February to May and then from mid-September to December. The climate during these months is just perfect for a pleasant and enjoyable trip.
And the cherry on top? The admission fee is just 25 INR per adult (for Indians) and 10 INR per child. And there’s no extra charge for cameras or video cameras.
So there you have it, folks – the Himalayan Zoological Park in all its glory. Come for the animals, stay for the view!