Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden
Guwahati is a beautiful place and the Assam Zoo adds some more to it. Its the largest zoo in the North east of around 432 Acre (175 hectare). The zoo is exactly located over the Hengrabari Reserved Forest , Guwahati , Assam. The total number of animal here are 895 which consists of Birds , Animals and Reptiles of 113 species from accross the world.
It was opened in 1958 and the number of average annual visitors are 4.5 lacs.
It’s a beautiful place with amazing wildlife and ecosystem. It’s a great place for wildlife and photography lovers. People from around the world come to the place to spend quality time with family and friends. This place was built for reserving the exotic and endangered animals. It’s really a relaxing place and calms anyone’s mind. It’s also popular for sightseeing and enjoying nature. The view of the zoo is mesmerizing and children can also feed the animals with their hands. There is a small park attached to the zoo as well where children can go and have a good time with several recreational tools. Along with the park there also lies a museum , lake and a tower house. If you have time then you can visit these places as well. The main habitats of this place are One horned Indian rhinoceros , Tiger , Clouded leopard , golden langur, hoolock gibbon, brown antlered deer, serow, elephant, leopard cat, slow Loris, Himalayan black bear, binturong, Jungle cat.
How to reach Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden?
The zoo is 6 km away from the Guwahati Railway Station which can be covered by public transports or else you can also take a cab to reach here. It’s really a short distance so you can also go by walking.
During the 64th session of Indian National Congress (INC) which was held in Guwahati in the year1957. An exhibit was organised in which few animals and birds were included. After the meeting a few members from it had a thought that there was a need for a zoo to shelter these animals. The animals were shifted to Japorigog in Hengrabari Reserve forest which was later named as the Assam Zoo cum Botanical Garden. It was opened in 1957 and the general public was allowed to visit the place in 1958.
The total number of animals and birds at that time were 42 animals (22 species) and 236 birds(31 species).
The museum in the zoo was added in 1959 whereas a botanical garden was added in 1982. Also the total area of the zoo was expanded upto 175 hectare in 2002.
Main Motive of the zoo :
Apart from the zoo and botanical garden, this place also offers quality services in rescue and rehabilitation of wild animals around here , environment awareness and assure people a response to nature and wildlife tourism. The zoo and botanical garden directory board also want it to be the best educational destination in North Assam. These are one of the main motives of this place.
Entry Fees :
The entry fee is different for people of every age group and nation. The price chart is as follows :
•Adult : ₹30/per head
•Foreigners: ₹100/per head
•Child(5-10 years old): ₹10/per head
•Foreigner Child(5-10 years old): ₹30/per head
The visiting hours of the place are different in summers and winters which are mentioned below :
Monday : 7:30 A.M – 4:00 P.M
Tuesday : 7:30 A.M – 4:00 P.M
Wednesday : 7:30 A.M – 4:00 P.M
Thursday : 7:30 A.M – 4:00 P.M
Saturday : 7:30 A.M – 4:00 P.M
Sunday : 7:30 A.M – 4:00 P.M
Monday : 8:00 A.M – 4:30 P.M=
Tuesday : 8:00 A.M – 4:30 P.M
Wednesday : 8:00 A.M – 4:30 P.M
Thursday : 8:00 A.M – 4:30 P.M
Saturday : 8:00 A.M – 4:30 P.M
Sunday : 8:00 A.M – 4:30 P.M
Nearby places to visit:
If you are here for a long vacation then you can also check-out the places mentioned below for more enjoyment :
° Kamakhya Temple
° Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
° Umananda Temple
° Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple
° Saraighat Bridge
° Navagraha Temple
Most frequently asked questions :
There are 5 Restaurants within the distance of 1 kilometers i.e. Strawberry fields , Gam’s Delicacy Restaurant , Zaika – the taste , The Glocal Guwahati. All of the Restaurants are really great as well as cheap and the food has an amazing taste.
The ideal duration to visit Assam Zoo cum Botanical Garden is 3 to 4 hours.
You have to book your tickets online through the website ( https://assamstatezoo.in/home ) a few weeks ago as the demand for them are really high and you may not get the tickets on the same day.
The summer and rainy seasons are generally avoided due to farthest heat and heavy rain in Guwahati. So , the best time to visit the place is in winters and spring.
Assam is a great place and the zoo cum Botanical Garden here is amazing. The museum and small park for children just adds much more beauty to this place. It’s a place which can be visited with friends , family and even alone. People come here from around the globe to see the vast species of flora and fauna. You can have a great time here watching the animals and birds. People with their family come here to enjoy as people of every age group can come here and spend their time. It’s an amazing place to visit. People with wildlife and photography interests come here to have a good experience and also to learn new things. It’s a must visit place when you are in Guwahati as it’s really adorable. We recommend you to come to this place once and feel nature. Its really relaxing so you can also come here to calm your mind.