Where is Himalayan Zoological Park
Himalayan Zoological Park is a must visit place for anyone interested in wildlife.It is situated in Gangtok the capital city of Sikkim.You can see animals in natural habitat here.It is at a distance of 2 km from MG road Gangtok.In case you are not aware of Gangtok then read Gangtok travel guide.
You can take shared taxi from Gangtok taxi stand or MG road to reach here.The entrance gate of Himalayan Zoological Park is situated near Ganesk Tok.Ganesh Tok is famous God Ganesh temple and is included in Gangtok local sightseeing.Himalayan Zoological Park is also known as Bulbulay.
There is one reason of it not being included in local view point.It is time consuming view point.It is located in large area.Every animal are in their natural habitat.So from one animal to other animal you can to cover good distance.So you need more than couple of hours to cover all the animals.So you can plan to cover Ganesh Tok,Hanuman Tok and Bulbulay in morning or evening part of your tour.
Himalayan Zoological Park details
Bulbulay has beautiful entrance Gate.The entry gate with dragons on top of it welcomes the tourists.On the left hand side of the entrance is the administrative office.There is big picture of Red Panda here.Red Panda is official animal of Sikkim.Bulbulay is also famous as Red Panda breeding center.
The entry fees of the park is mentioned below.Note the entry fees may have changed from what mentioned below.
- Adult — 10 INR/head
- Children — 2 INR/head
- Two Wheeler — 10 INR/head
- Car and Van — 25 INR/entry
- Commander,Gypsy,Armada and Bollero — 40 INR/entry
- Picnic (people less than 20) — 200 INR per day
- Filming with video camera — 500 INR per day
- Filming with movie camera — 1200 INR per day
Considering the attractions in park the fees is negligible.The park is situated over large area so it is good idea to take vehicle inside the park.Taking vehicle inside the part will minimize the time taken to cover the place.The animal habitat area is situated at good distance from main entrance gate.But you will miss scenic beauty along the path.There are some good view points situated on the way.
Himalayan Zoological park of Gangtok is well designed and planned zoological park.The animals live in natural habitat and care is taken so that the tourist inflow does not disturb the animals.To minimize the impact on animal and protect biological balance of the park the park has come up with set of rules for visitors.
The do’s and don’ts list is displayed near front gate and every tourist is requested to read that.Tourists should follow the do and don’ts inside the park.I am producing the rules mentioned on information board of the park below.You can read and act accordingly to avoid any issues in the part.
Do list for visitors
- Enter the park with an appropriate entry fees which may be obtained after paying prescribed fees at the ticket collecting center.
- The permit should be produced for inspection on demand by any park official
- Maintain absolute peace and silence inside park premises
- Keep your eyes and ears open but not mounth
- Help to keep clean the park premises
- Report/inform park officials in case of any emergency or occurrence of accident for help
- observe natural behavior of animals silently
Do not list for visitors
- Enter the park without proper and valid entry permit.
- Destroy,pluck,cut,remove the plants,trees,flowers
- Tease provoke the animals
- Feed the animals
- Go beyond the stand-off barrier of visitor gallery
- Litter the park with waste papers/things etc
- Enter the park with weapons and other apparatus with can kill,injure or decoy,destroy or harm animals
Tourists should abide by the rules as it will help keep the park in good shape and protect natural habitat of animals.As in words of Himalayan Zoological park administrators explained that tourist safety,satisfaction,comfort is of topmost priority but animal safety and care is also of equal importance.This balance is reflected in each plan carried out by the park.Proper implementation of this principle has made this park one of the most beautiful and planned park in India.
Animals in Himalayan Zoological Park
Guide maps are placed for tourists for ready reference and maps are pretty self explanatory.Guide maps serves as a great help for the visitors.Also near the entrance of animal habitat area you will find information board.The information board gives valuable information about every animal.Major animals present in this park are
Red Panda is State Animal of Sikkim.This beautiful animal is in endangered species category.Their number is decreasing every year.In effort to increase the number Red panda breeding centers have come up.One such breeding center is Himalayan Zoological Park.The scientific name of Red Panda is Ailurus Fulgens meaning Shining Cat.
The panda dog can walk on the trees just like cats.Cats and Red Panda have similar built but Panda is bit bigger than the Cat.Red Panda can walk on wooden sticks or bamboo sticks just like the cats.It has similar characteristic as that of cats in balancing.The body and built of animal helps it in maintaining balance and walk on narrow sticks.This is why Red Panda is also called Shining Cat.
Scientific name of Snow Leopard is Uncia Uncia.It is in engendered species category.The park provides natural habitat to the animal.One Snow Leopard was released in the park on 28th June 2010 by the Deputy Chairman of State Planning Commission Government of Sikkim.The released animal was named Malaika.She is becoming one of the main attraction.
The whitish yellow color of the animal along with black spots throughout the body gives a unique look to the animal.The animal is similar in look to the Common leopard(the black spots) but color and built of Snow Leopard distinguishes it from Common Leopard.The color and pattern on body of Snow leopard makes it one of the best looking animal.
The scientific name of common leopard is Panthera Pardus.They are better climber than the Tigers.This helps them to co-exist with the Tigers.The yellow coated skin with black stripes also known as rosettes gives unique and cute look to the animal.Common leopard has powerful jaws and can climb on trees this makes them a fierce predator.The animal is commonly found in Indian subcontinent but in recent years the numbers are decreasing.This beautiful animal is identified as an endangered animal.
Himalayan Black Bear Bhalu
Himalayan Black Bear commonly know as Bhalu in Hindi and Nepali is one of the major animal found in India.It is also one of the most common animals.Street performance of Bhalu are very common attraction in India.Scientific name of Bhalu is Ursus thirbetanus.The animal is found from Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir state in India to Arunachal Pradesh state of India.
Himalayan Black Bear likes to live in green fields covered with trees and spacious ground covered with grasses.The habitat area of animal in zoo is separated from the tourist area by wall and a slope after that.This is for the protection of tourists as well as the animal as tourists can not throw plastic and other materials in the compound.You can also give eatable items to the animal from the top.But make sure these are eatable items as guards do keep an eye.
Large Indian Civet
The scientific name of Large Indian Civet is Viverra Zibetha.It is also known as Nigale Chituwa in Nepali.It is found in terai regions of Himalaya from Himachal Pradesh of India to North East states of India.It lives near human habitation and in the moist evergreen areas.Large Indian Civet lives in a big compound at Himalayan Zoological Park.A wooden hut type structure is created in middle of the compound.The wooden hut is created using Bamboo.This serves as shelter for animal during rainfall.It is also used as a sleeping place by the animal.
Himalayan Palm Civet
Himalayan Palm Civet is a carnivorous animal and belongs to family Viverrida.It is dark brown to black colored.It ejects foul-smelling liquid when disturbed.It has scientific name Paguma larvata.It is also known as Kala in Nepali.It lives near human habitation and montane forests at elevation of 300 m to 2000 m.The animal is found in Sikkim and Northern part of West Bengal.Park authorities have simulated exact habitat environment for the animal.
The path to Yak is very picturesque.It is situated at the highest point of the park.Also the path leading to the area is covered with large trees.You will feel like walking within woods.The only problem is getting glimpse of Yak.Taking snap of the Yak is very problematic.The dense green forest mixes well with Yak.The view of the place is very good.I would recommend you going to the place.It is worth the effort.Note you will have to walk uphill for few minutes to reach the point.The road is good and narrow.
Park authorities are trying hard to increase number of animals by providing natural habitat and other facilities.You can also contribute in efforts to save these animals from extinction by visiting this park.I remember the words by park official while visiting the park.He said
It would be great if you can publish about the park.Most of the tourists do not know about its existence.We need regular inflow of visitors to provide better facilities to animals and save them.This blog is not dedicated to animals but due to this very words above I wrote post on Himalayan Zoological Park and other animals of this zoo.
Many tourists do not cover the place on their Gangtok tour.They are not aware of the place.Also as it is time consuming local taxi drivers also do not include it in view point.I covered the place on my Gangtok tour.The time invested was worth.I really enjoyed being here.It was most memorable moment of my entire tour.So if you are visiting Gangtok do not forget to visit this park.It would be your contribution to help these animals.
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