Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hyderabad Zoo

On Sunday I paid a visit to the Hyderabad Zoo and it was a lovely experience. The name of the zoo is Nehru Zoological Park and it is present on NH7 which goes to Bangalore and it is fairly easy to find using Google maps.



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Timings of the zoo

It is opened from Tuesday to Sunday and every Monday is holiday.

April to June: 8.00 AM to 5.30 PM
July to March: 8.30 AM to 5.00 PM

Tickets :

Entrance : Rs. 20 for adults and Rs. 10 for Children.
Camera : Rs. 20 and Video Camera : Rs.100
Own Car : Rs. 200 with free entrance for five members.
Visitors Van : Rs. 25 for adults and Rs. 10 for children.
Safari : Rs. 25 for Adults and Rs. 15 for Children.

For more information visit their website.



We reached the Zoo at about 10:30 in the morning. The Zoo is 380 acres and it is nice and green. What we realised that by about 1:00 PM it gets really crowded with a lot of cars and its not a pleasure to drive around the zoo anymore. So get in early and get out by about lunch.



The first thing we did was to take the train ride as it gives a good idea of what is in the zoo and the general layout of the zoo. The train ride costs Rs. 25 for adults and Rs. 10 for children and its for about 10 min and its quite a pleasant experience. After we finished the train ride we did the safari - it consists of 4 safaris - lion, tiger, bear and bison. Its completely your luck to see any animals in the wild - we got to see a lion and lioness from far (about 100 yards) but we got to see a tiger right in front of the van. We did not see any bears. The safari takes you around enclosures that are about 130 acres and you get some good views of Hyderabad from here.



We then drove around the zoo and got to see some animals but after about an hour we did not even see half the zoo and we were quite tired. The zoo is huge so be prepared for a lot of walking. There are pay and use toilets in the zoo which are decent and there are also a couple of restaurants that don't burn a hole in your pocket. So go with a view that you are going to spend a considerable portion of your day in the zoo. A lot of families come there for a picnic getting their own food.



On the whole the experience was good and everyone had a lot of fun. I would put it on my list of must visit places in Hyderabad. The only issue being that it will be a full days trip and on a weekday going there can take some time. So on a short trip to the city it may not be really feasible.

8 comments:

Sheetal said...

hey, i was looking for info on the zoo and found ur article pretty useful. You had all the info that i was looking for! We want to take our 2 yr old daughter to the zoo :)

sudeepdsouza said...

@Sheetal : Thanks for the compliments. Wishing you a great time at the zoo I think the weather is just perfect for a visit to the zoo. My advise is get into the zoo as early as possible as it can get pretty crowded.

Raza Rizvi said...

Hyderabad zoo is one of the few green places remaining in the city. Compared to Indian standards, it may be tolerable, but people who have seen zoos in developed countries will be disappointed if not shocked by the poorly maintained facility and the sorry state of the animals. As a Hyderabadi nature lover, I contacted them with suggestions and even put together a website for them but got absolutely no show of interest or no zeal for progress, which I suppose reflects the state of our society as a whole.

Here's what I put together...
http://www.hyderabadzoo.in

This is the official site...
http://www.hyderabadzoo.org

Sudeep D'Souza said...

@ Rizvi : It is quite amazing what you have done on this website for Hyderabad Zoo. It is sad the official apathy that is done to showcase what we have in a better manner. I wish our administrators are more open to people helping them out and doing things in a better manner so that everyone can benefit and India is exposed to the world in a better way.

Do not lose heart and keep up the good work. I am planning another visit to the zoo soon and I will try and do my bit in promoting your website in my next post.

Lunatic said...

Hi Sudeep,
Nice post about the zoo. I have also posted an article about the Hyderabad Zoo on my blog about travel in India. Would love to see your comments there. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi,
This article cleared all doubts about hyderabad zoo and made it easier for me to prepare for zoo ride. thanks for info, good work.

Vikesh said...

I appreciate the website as the original/official website is no more avialable. Atleast when I tried.

Secondly the details provided in the wbesite are very helpful.
Keep the great work.
Thanks

Vikesh

Sudeep D'Souza said...

@vikesh : Thank you so much for your comments. Glad that this could be of help.

Did not know the original site was down. Check out this site http://www.hyderabadzoo.in - its an unoffical - official site which is maintainted by Hyderabadi Friends of animals. And I think they have done a phenomenal job on the website.