Do you know which is the largest zoo in the Northeast region? It's the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden. Since this major tourist spot is situated in Guwahati, Assam, it is also called the Guwahati zoo. Initially, it was home to 236 birds and 42 animals. But now as many as 895 birds, reptiles, and animals from various parts of the world inhabit this special zoo. Every year, around 55 lakh tourists visit this zoological park.
Wish to visit? Then don't stop yourself from taking a Delhi to Guwahati flight to witness the diverse flora and fauna of this prized zoo. It's only 28.2 km away from the Guwahati airport if you take NH17. Here’s what will be waiting in the Assam State Zoo plus Botanical Garden to surprise you on your trip.
The Assam State Zoo dates back to 1957. It started welcoming visitors from 1958 onwards. Spreading over 175 hectares, the zoological park was set up in the Hengrabari Reserved Forest area of Guwahati. In 2005, it launched the scheme of animal adoption, and since then became a significant site for animal education and welfare. Now not less than 113 various species of animals and birds have found their abode here. The large lush green area with a rich variety of flora soon earned the title of the "Green Lung" of Guwahati.
The Guwahati Zoo shelters many rare and endangered bird and animal species. Amaze yourself as you catch glimpses of jungle cats, binturongs, leopard cats, Himalayan black bears, slow lorises, brow-antlered deer, serows, hoolock gibbons, golden langurs, clouded leopards, one-horned Indian rhinos, and other prime animal exhibits. The zoological park also houses nearly 277 varieties of birds, 37 types of animals (in the mammal section), and 358 reptiles.
The wonderful Botanical Garden became a part of the zoo in 1982. It extends over 85 hectares and showcases a myriad species of herbs, shrubs, palms, and conifers. The Orchid House flaunts above 40 kinds of rare orchids from the whole of Northeast India. You can even find various broad-leaved plants and colourful fragrant flowers in the botanical garden. If you love nature, check out airfares on domestic flights to get here.
The list of visual pleasures doesn't end yet. You'll also see a park for kids with several recreational tools. Besides, you can also explore the forest museum and tower house and absorb the mesmerising view of the lake. When you're done enjoying these beauties, you can stop at one of the fast-food corners or eating outlets in the zoo premises. The delicious Assamese cuisine at the end of the day will make your trip fulfilling!
Remember that the zoo charges only ₹30 per person, and remains open from 8 am to 4 pm in winter, and 7 am to 4:30 pm in winter. Enjoy the best trip to a zoological park you’ve had in a while and take back a bunch of memories on your Guwahati to Delhi flight.