The Delhi Zoo: A Day Trip with Children

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Just a regular day hanging with my friend- the Royal Bengal tiger!

When the children of the family had the week off from school, we decided to explore the National Zoological Park, Delhi. The last time I visited was as a toddler, so I was as excited as them!

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Manicured entrance to the zoo

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The family buggy/ trolley

On a hot Wednesday morning in March, a group of 5 adults (including two nannies) and 5 children varying in age from 2 to 7 years, set off on their zoo adventure. We planned our trip well, and arrived at 9:40 a.m., 10 minutes after opening time. There was no rush at this hour and we sped through the ticket process as well as the security check.

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The first of the majestic big cats- the white tiger

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The leopard

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The jaguar

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The Royal Bengal tiger

We were fortunate to get a full family buggie/ trolley to ourselves. The buggie proved a blessing as the little ones insisted on being carried the entire time. They were also essential in the hot weather. They followed a certain route showing the main attractions of the zoo, timed to the one hour slot they were booked for. A family booking had the added advantage of not having to wait for other visitors. Buggies run out quickly so reach early if you’d like one.

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The gharial or Indian alligator

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The Indian elephant

We began the tour with the majestic white tiger, moved to the ferocious crocodiles before stopping to admire my son’s favourite- the monkeys and langurs. Next up were the stunning leopard and jaguar. The gharial or Indian alligator followed, along with the Royal Bengal tiger and the Indian elephants. The lion was hiding from the sun, so we barely glimpsed his mane and ears. The African elephants with their gigantic ears also preferred the shade. The hippopotamus family was very comfortable in their mucky water and made a cute picture. A large herd of deer was a picturesque sight, as were the peacocks dancing with their magnificent tails spread wide in a mating ritual. Our journey ended with the imposing rhinoceroses and bison.

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The hippopotamus family

We skipped the deer, bird and monkey enclosures. The zoo is currently missing zebras and giraffes with the latter expected soon. An animal I’d wanted to see was the bear but there was no mention of one and I remembered to ask when it was too late.

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The Rhinoceros

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The bison

There are rest and refreshment stops along the way to replenish body fluids but no healthy options are available except water. After much scrambling the kids were given Nimbooz which seemed the healthiest drink there! Animal sculptures act as markers of their live counterparts.

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Spot the elephant!

It was an enjoyable trip for the young ones, who were excited about the wild animals, but it was heartbreaking to see these fantastic creatures in cages or enclosures. Unfortunately, the zoo is the only way for many people to see any exotic animal, hence their raison d’etre. The entire area is clean and accessible, and I’d recommend a trip to everyone, preferably in the cooler months!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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Address: Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar

Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

                Mondays Closed

Entry fee: Indian adults: INR 40

                Children 5-12 years: INR 20

                Children below 5: Free

                Separate charges for foreigners, educational group tours and people with a camera

Buggy charges: Adult: INR 67

                         Children 5-12 years: INR 34

                         Children below 5: Free

                         Family buggy 8 seater: INR 399

                         Family buggy 12 seater: INR 665

                         Family buggy 14 seater: INR 799

ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR CHILDREN:

Sunscreen with high SPF

Hat

Water bottle

Sippy cup (if smaller children)

Notebook and pens for older children to draw the animals

Comfortable walking shoes

Mosquito Patches

All photos shot on Apple iPhone 7

Experience Rating: 4.5/5

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