Chhatbir Zoo Chandigarh
Also known as the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir zoo, the distinguished zoological garden is located at a distance of 17 km from Chandigarh and 55 km from Patiala. The zoo sprawls across an expanse of 202 acres against a stunning green backdrop.
It is indeed a marvel to see how acres of raw scrubland have been transformed into a wonderful home for wild animals. The zoo paints a magnificent picture of the underlying ecological harmony that enhances the charm of the beautiful surroundings. The animals are kept in open enclosures so that their behavioral and physical needs can be met akin to their natural habitat.
The main attraction of the Chhatbir zoo Chandigarh is the Royal Bengal Tiger, which has developed into the perfect point of interest for visiting the zoo. Visitors are taken in a caged motor vehicle to the tiger’s refuge to savor its attractions. While traveling inside the tiger’s refuge, the visitors can enjoy close ups of this magnificent animal.
The Chandigarh zoo’s prized possessions are its eighty species of rare animals and variegated birds, dappled in a multitude of colors as well as fish and reptiles. The Chhatbir zoo Chandigarh officials go great lengths to keep the animals in an enclosure that closely resembles their natural habitat. The animals reside in large moats, surrounded by greenery and present an island like ambience.
The Chhatbir Zoo is the perfect place for picnic as it also has a water body and large wooded parks and jungle area. Children come here for a fun-filled day and also learn a lot about the different animals by carrying out research on them. During the winters the rush increases due to pleasant climate during the daytime. Many zoologists also visit the Chandigarh zoo for carrying out research on various species of life.
The Chhatbir zoo has about 950 animals and birds belonging to about 85 species housed in about 100 enclosures (animal houses). Most of the zoo animals are either from other zoos or are born here.
Visiting Days / timings: The Chandigarh zoo is open six days a week. It is closed on Monday.
Zoo Hours : 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM
Zoo Holidays: 15th August, 2nd October & 26th January.
Refreshment Options: Restaurant, Canteen, Ice Cream Parlor
Children between 3-12 years age Rs 5 each
Above 12 years and adults Rs 15 each
Cars/Jeeps Rs 250 extra
Auto Rickshaw Rs 150 extra
Contact telephone Numbers: 01762-286303
Address Chhatbir Zoo, Village Chhat, District Mohali, Punjab