Nainital Zoo Entry Fee
- 50 per person for Adults (between 13 Yrs - 60 Yrs)
- 20 per person for Children (between 5 Yrs - 12 Yrs)
- 25 for Still Camera
- 200 for Professional Video Camera
- Free entry is provided for Senior Citizens and Disabled People
- Students get free entry on World Environment Day, Zoo Foundation Day, Ozone Day and during Wild Life Week
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Nainital Zoo Address: Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand, 263002, India
The Nainital Zoo is a high- altitude zoo located on the Sher Ka Danda hill at a height of 2,100m or 6900 ft above sea level. The zoo is spread over a green area of 4.6 hectares or 11 acres. It was established in 1984 and was opened to visitors in the year 1995. The zoo was officially named as Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo in 2002. This zoo is one of the three high altitude zoos in India, the other two being in Sikkim and Darjeeling.
Fauna at the Nainital Zoo
The Nainital zoo is a home to various endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar, Tibetan Wolves, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, Japanese Macaque and the Himalayan bear. The zoo also houses various birds like Golden Pheasant, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Kalij Pheasant, Lady Amherst Pheasant, Steppe Eagle, Hill Partridge, White Peafowl, Blossom Headed Parakeet and Red Junglefowl. Most of the animals are adopted by either people or animal organizations.
One of the popular sightseeing places in Nainital, the zoo offers an exceptional landscape to its visitors, being situated in the between the middle Himalayas and Shivalik mountain range.
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Nainital Zoo Entry Fee and Timings
The entry to the zoo is paid with Rs. 50 for adults and Rs. 20 for children. There is a fee for carrying a camera as well, Rs. 25 for still camera and Rs. 200 for a professional video camera.
There is no entry fee for senior citizens and differently-abled people.
Also, the students are entitled to free entry on the World Environment Day, Ozone Day, Zoo Foundation Day and throughout the Wild Life Week.
The zoo opens at 10:00 am and closes at 4:30 pm on all days of the week except for Monday. The zoo remains closed on Holi, Diwali, Republic Day and Independence Day.
Events and Programs at Nainital Zoo
The zoo is managed by The Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Management Society Nainital which often organizes various outreach events. These events mainly focus on creating and spreading awareness in the society regarding endangered species, wildlife conservation and natural habitat of the animals. The events are organized on occasions like:
- World environment day, 5th June
- Wildlife week, 1st to 7th October
- Ozone layer conservation day, 16th September
- Zoo foundation day
The programs include zoo visiting, painting, quizzes, debate competition etc. This outreach program sensitizes students towards the issues related to wildlife and animals.
How to Reach Nainital Zoo
The zoo is located at a distance of 1.8 km from the Nainital bus stand at the Sher Ka Danda hilltop.
If you are traveling from outside of Uttrakhand, you can travel by train or by air. The nearest railway station to Nainital zoo is the Kathgodam railway station which is around 27 km away and the nearest airport is the Pantnagar airport which is around 57 km from the zoo.
You can hire a taxi cab or travel via a luxury bus from both, the railway station and the airport. You can also hire a shared jeep for Rs. 30 per person. Recently a shuttle service has also been started from Tallital Boat Stand and Mallital State Bank of India.
Alternatively, you can book a cab from top car rental companies in Nainital for a hassle free commutation, especially when you are travelling with children and senior citizens.
Apart from these motored options, you can trek to the zoo from the Mall Road.
Things to Keep in Mind
1. If you are traveling with senior citizens and toddlers, it might get tiring for them as there is a lot of walking.
2. While you are in the zoo, be vigilant of your surroundings. Although the security is well taken care of, it is advisable to be careful.
3. You must carry some eatables and water with you while visiting the zoo.
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