Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park in Jaipur/ Demystified

In October during the Dussehra holidays, I visited Nahargarh Zoological and Biological Park in Jaipur. The prime attraction of this visit was the recently shifted Jaipur zoo, from near the Albert Hall museum to the Nahargarh Biological Park, Kukas, on Delhi Highway.

Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park, Kukas, Jaipur


This park has been in the making for the last few years and it opened in 2016. 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.


A beautiful drive leading to the Nahargarh Zoological & Biological Park





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.

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 entry tickets for the Nahargarh Zoological Park zoo.


Board on the highway. Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park, Kukas, Jaipur



Roundabout fountain near ticket window. Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park, Kukas, Jaipur


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.

One of many E-rickshaw at Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park, Kukas, Jaipur



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.



The gate just before the zoo. Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park, Kukas, Jaipur

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



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



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.


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.


Black Bear at Nahargarh Biological & Zoological Park,Jaipur
Information board.





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.


Plenty of benches to sit and relax at Nahargarh Zological Park



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.


Paw marks on the walkway at Nahargarh Zoological Park



Sign board



Royal Bengal Tiger







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


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


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





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.


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.

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Nahargarh Zoological Park entry ticket is priced at Rs 20 for students, Rs 50 for Indian adults and Rs 200 for foreigners. Charges for a car is Rs 200 and camera Rs 600. Tickets can be booked online

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

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83 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.


  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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