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Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park in Jaipur/ Demystified

In October during the Dussehra holidays, I visited Nahargarh Zoological Park in Jaipur. It is also called Nahargarh Biological Park. The prime attraction of this visit was the recently shifted Jaipur zoo, from Ramniwas Garden near the Albert Hall museum to the Nahargarh Biological Park, Kukas, on Delhi Highway. This park has been in the making for the last few years and it opened in 2016.

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Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park, Kukas, Jaipur

I visited a part of this park having few enclosures with lions and tigers some 5 years ago. Old zoo being small forced the authorities to shift few cats to this place. I’m not sure if this section is still open to the public. I’m sharing a few pictures from that trip.

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A beautiful drive leading to the Nahargarh Zoological & Biological Park

 

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Visiting Nahargarh Biological Park zoo requires planning as it is 20 KM from the city center; a 45 minutes drive. I have wanted to visit the park because I have trekked in the vicinity many times. It’s a beautiful terrain that occupies 80 hectares.

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Nahargarh Biological and Zoological Park area as seen from a distance

The announcement board on the highway is subdued and one is likely to miss it. A narrow road from the highway leads to its entrance concealed by the Aravali hills. The road ends at a roundabout where you can purchase Nahargarh Biological and Zoological Park entry tickets.

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Announcer on the highway.

 

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Roundabout fountain near the ticket window.

It is here you can either park your vehicle or decide to take it further on paying extra charges. You can only drive a kilometer and half further from this point. My friend who had visited here before advised me to park the car in the parking lot.  I hired an e-rickshaw available at a flat rate of Rs 60 one way.

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One of many E-rickshaws operating in the Park.

 

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Taking e-rickshaw to the zoo

The road which leads from the roundabout to the zoo entrance is cemented. Many people choose to walk this distance. Still-camera is charged steeply and the entrance ticket is checked twice before you enter the zoo.

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I was delighted with the well-planned layout and landscaping of the zoo area. One gets a feeling of an expansive and open space.

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Direction board. Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park, Kukas, Jaipur

 

 

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Guide map of Nahargarh Zoological Park, Jaipur

The first open air cage was that of a white tiger. I’m assuming a reason for placing the white tiger away from other cats. Looks like the aim is to delight and wow visitors since white tiger is not common in a zoo.

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White Tiger at Nahargarh Zoo

One gets to see a variety of animals from sloth bear, crocodile, emu, civet, porcupine to various species of deer. Infomation about each species is also placed on a board adjacent to the enclosure.

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Black Bear at Nahargarh zoo
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Information board.

 

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Direction marker at Nahargarh Zoological Park, Jaipur

You will find benches placed along the walkway in case you want to sit & relax. There’s a resting hut along with public toilet, however the upkeep of the toilet is poor. It looked like it wasn’t cleaned for days and there were signs of vandalism.

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Plenty of benches to sit and relax at Nahargarh Zological Park
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Resting hut

In a zoo, the prime attraction is either exotic animals like Giraffe, Elephant and so on. However, in Nahargarh Biological Park it is big cats. The anticipation for the cat family starts building up when one notices painted paw marks on the walkway.

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Paw marks on the walkway at Nahargarh Zoological Park

 

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Sign board
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Royal Bengal Tiger
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Panther

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Enclosures of cat family are placed side by side. There is a lion, a Bengal tiger, and a panther.

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There are many such information boards at Nahargarh Zoological Park, Jaipur

The last section of this zoo is that of a fox family.

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Jackal

Overall, the zoo at Nahargarh Biological Park is bigger and better than the old Jaipur zoo. Bird section is yet to be shifted to here which is a dampener since it doesn’t complete the zoo experience. From the perspective of animals the topography is natural with no human settlement around.

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Birds’ eye view of Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park at Kukas, Jaipur

Improvements can be made in a couple of areas.  I do feel that there is a need for better facilities especially the food and water. Currently, there is no canteen or food court for the visitors. In summers the lack of drinking water will be a menace; make sure you are carrying enough water with you on your visit. There are talks of introducing Zebra and Giraffe as well under the animal exchange programme from Kenya but nothing has been finalized yet. Biological park section is slated to open in second half of 2018. The government has plans to start Lion Safari in Nahargarh Zoological Park starting from October 2018 and in all likelihood it will start as planned.

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Nahargarh Zoological Park Entry Ticket

Nahargarh Zoological Park Entry Ticket is priced at Rs 20 for students, Rs 50 for Indian adults and Rs 200 for foreigners. Kids under 7 years have free admission. Charges for a car is Rs 200 and camera Rs 600. Video camera is charged at Rs 1000. Ticket can be booked online https://sso.rajasthan.gov.in/signin

The timing of Nahargarh Zoological Park is 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM.

Nahargarh Zoological Park is closed on Tuesday.

Best Time To Visit Nahargarh Zoological Park

It is recommended to visit this park during the early morning in summer months, March to September. October- February is the most ideal months to enjoy a visit to this zoo as the weather is pleasant.

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107 thoughts on “Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park in Jaipur/ Demystified

  1. This looks like a good place for families to visit and of great educational value to children. There is a good selection of animals – I love the white tiger and would love to see that. As long as the animals are well kept and fed, and have plenty of space, I’m OK with zoos. From what you say, the visitor facilities need improving. I don’t like the sound of the toilet. 😦 Another good review, Arv, with great photos. 😀

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    1. Thanks, Millie for sharing your views. Overall, it’s a great attempt. Yes, it’s a great experience for the kids and family. I’m sure you will enjoy visiting and getting an opportunity to see some unique fauna from this region. I’m hoping that authorities will do something about these issues. 😃

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    1. I can understand. For us humans, they are like prized possessions or display pieces. When you think about it, we have robbed them of their home.

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  2. The expanse of the zoo is amazing. Do you think the big cats like the tiger, panther etc…had enough room for them? We visited a zoo in Jaipur and it was in bad shape. A tiger was injured and was locked in a cage. This looks much better in comparison. Have you ever seen a tiger in the wild?

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    1. Cheryl, if you ask me, I don’t like the idea of having a zoo. These animals were not meant to be in these enclosures. And for that reason alone I have only been to Jaipur zoo when I was a kid. So it’s been years. I don’t even like the idea of taking an animal ride. It’s a cruelty. Those are my personal beliefs. No I have never seen a tiger in its natural habitat. I have had experience of being close to a panther in one of the hikes.

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  3. I really liked the layout and the curiosity they built right at the entrance. It seemed liked an entrance to the Disney Land of animals!

    I have been to a few zoo’s myself (not in India) and loved the experiences.

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    1. I hope they add some more animals along with some improvements to the infrastructure to increase the visitor experience. I have heard that San Diego has one of the best zoo in US. Have you been there?

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  4. Wow. Great pictures. You’re not kidding about the highway sign. Just a little more growth on that greenery and it will completely disappear! The directional markers were cute.

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    1. Thanks for siding with my opinion, Jennifer. I think direction markers are very important as it can save you a considerable amount of time and effort. I hope you will agree with me, Jennifer. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Claire for considering my blog worthy enough to be included. Indeed, BUYB was great group and I feel the void cannot be filled up. The community was so awesome. Will check out your blog. Thanks once again, Claire 😊

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      1. Claire, If my posts help you to explore a place which you otherwise couldn’t have managed, it provides me another reason to keep going. Thanks for being around, Claire. Readers like you have propelled this blog to be where it is today. Thanks for being around. 🙂

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      1. Yes. I’ve taken my kids to the zoo every summer since they were babies. They got to feed the giraffes and pet the goats. They always had fun. Now they’re a little old for the zoo. Sniff.

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  5. I always come on to your site and enjoy your photos, always beautiful. I personally would never visit a zoo, (just my view, no judgement) and I hate to see natural pack/herd animals caged and alone, but it looks like they are at least trying to make the facilities better. I long to visit India, your blog always intensifies that.

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    1. Thanks, Kerry for all the encouraging words. I know many people don’t like to see animals in captivity. And I’m also one of them. My personal view is that animals are not meant to be caged. Let them be how they were meant to be. We already have so commercial interests even in game park and national reserves by way of selling tours and rides.
      I’m hoping that you do get to visit India, someday, Kerry. Thanks for appreciating and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  6. As usual a beautifully written post. I had visited Jaipur zoo very long time before. Must be in 1980s.i was not impressed. Visitors were throwing chappals at otters. I did not know zoo has shifted outside with a better plan. I liked what your picture showed. But I think time is passed when you put big cats in small enclosures. Modern zoos are like big reserve forest where animals roam free.

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    1. The one you visited was commissioned in the late 19th century and has served for years. The authorities are now starting a lion safari. So open zoo is also in plan but not the kinds we see in many other countries. thanks for sharing your views. 🙂

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