Byculla Zoo

Our very own Zoo which I visited a number of times on school trips. While it is not fair to compare it to the zoos abroad, with an entrance fee of Rs 2 and Rs 5 it offers a wide variety of animals such as tigers and elephants. My suggestion would be to pack some food and do a half day picnic with the kids. It is ideal to go there on a weekday although weekends are also not very crowded and relax on the grounds. Out of curiosity I decided to find out more about the zoo. It dates back to 1861 and is one of the oldest zoos in India. Now know as the Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan it also houses the Bhau Daji Lad Museum (formerly Victoria and Albert Museum) mainly of industrial and agricultural interest in its garden. On the grounds to the east of the museum is the giant statue of an elephant, taken from the Elephanta Caves on Gharapuri toBritain in 1864, and later returned to these gardens. The statue is worth showing to the kids.

Timings: 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, Closed on Wednesdays.

Entry Fee:  Rs 2 (children) Rs 5 (adults).

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