Ranked 21 among Places to Visit in Kolkata
Ideal Time: 2-3 hrs
The Alipore Zoo, also known as the Calcutta Zoo or the Zoological Garden of Alipore, is the oldest zoological park to have been established in India and is a major tourist attraction in Kolkata, West Bengal. The Alipore Zoo attracts tourists from all across the nation who visit the zoo to explore the wildlife that happily thrives here and to enjoy themselves. Spread over an area of 46.5 acres, the zoo has been operating since 1876, when it was first opened to the general public. The zoo is perhaps the most known for being the home of the expired Aldabra giant tortoise 'Adwaita', a tortoise who had lived for over 250 years before he died in the year 2006. The place is a must visit for nature enthusiasts, or for families with children, to explore the abundant and plentiful wildlife of the country at its best.
The Alipore zoo is home to a variety of exotic animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, the Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, White Tiger, Grant's Zebra, Antelope, Deer and more. At the same time, the zoo is also the home to various attractive birds like Macaws and Lorikeet, colourful and flamboyant birds like Swinhoe's Pheasant, Lady Amherst's Pheasant and Golden Pheasant, large birds like Ostrich, Emu, Hornbills and more. During the winter season, the Alipore Zoo also becomes the dwelling place of a few migratory birds like the Sarus Crane.
The Alipore Zoo becomes especially crowded during the winter seasons when tourists flock to this popular destination in Kolkata in huge numbers. Modernisation of the zoo, including the addition of new glass-walled enclosures and building of aviaries, has further led to an increase in the popularity of this zoo.
7 months ago by Soumita Ghosh
Keep your belongings safe if you are planning to visit this place during the peak season as it tends to get extremely crowded. Booking a cab is perhaps the best option because the transportation system around this area is poor. Buses are rare and crowded. Also, no vehicle is allowed to stop in front of the zoo. Spare at least 3-4 hours if you wish to see every animal present here. Make sure to follow the map provided within the premises if you do not wish to miss out on anything. Apart from the zoo cafeteria, there are several food shacks. The zoo has more birds than animals.
Whether there is any food stall inside zoo premises ?
Answer: Yes, you can find various stalls inside the zoo and there is also an air-conditioned cafeteria where you can get snacks
Is Parking facility available at Alipore zoo ..........?
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