Visit a zoo? Not so hot with the idea. It isn’t usually a part of my travel itineraries. To be quite honest, I’d rather walk around a foreign neighborhood and watch people as they go about with their daily routine. But then, this was offered as part of an optional itinerary, so why not? It would be interesting to see what an Indian zoo looks like. The verdict? Not to shabby, thank heavens. I was glad I joined. Children, particularly, would love it.
|Nehru, the first Indian Prime Minister.|
The terrain was undulating, with dust-covered bushes and makeshift moats where animals could frolic in the warm sun. Once the gates slid open, our jeep was ushered into this artificial macrocosm. Not long after, we saw the 42-acre (17 hectares) span of what could be a jungle, parched but adequately vegetated. Punctuated by Lantana bushes and acacia trees, the land also has rocky outcroppings and concrete foot paths.
If you were to go all the way to this zoological park, you might as well take the safari to make the trip well worth your while.
|Gate opens. Our safari jeep were allowed in. The gates closes again.|
|Sloth bear says hello.|
|Relaxed in her environment, a Gujarati lion moves towards us.|
The zoo is open Tuesday to Sunday, so do not go on a Monday. Zoo facilities include a train, boat, elephant rides, a jeep safari, a cafeteria, and they even have a guest house.
April to June - 8 AM to 5:30 PM
July to March - 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Zoo entrance is 20 rupees; another 20 rupees for use of camera; 100 rupees for video cameras; the safari ride is just 25 rupees. For more information, email them here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|A fruit and juice stand outside the zoo.|
Their official website - http://www.hyderabadzoo.in/