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“A most depressing place” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
Jawahar Parbat, Darjeeling, India
0354-54250,53709
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Pongau
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“A most depressing place”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Having to look how animals are being kept in this "park" is really most depressing. Cages are much to small for wild cats that usually stroll around dozens of kms per day and here they are facing their miserable fate, being exposed to zoo visitors whose empathy is very limited, well, sometimes rather the opposite, when they are being teased by spoilt kids.
Do yourself a favour and avoid this place.

Visited July 2013
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Alan_Jha, Manager at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Dear Sir
We are sorry that you found the park a depressing place, even its green clean ambience could not lift your spirit.
Shall be interested in knowing a Zoo/Park where enclosures are kilometeres long--anywhere in world.In that case our complain shall be that animals are not visible.
In India,and in Darjeeling-- we keep animals in enclosures which are specified by experts in field -keeping in veiw " all consideration".And unlike many zoos outside India , we do not capture /buy animals from wild.
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“Zoo Darjeeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

good place interseting place for children lots of animals like snow leopards ; wolf bear and red panda was worth watching clean atmosphere but difficult roaming the entire area as it is huge . Pollution free golf cars if introduced would be helpful

Visited June 2014
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Delhi
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“Must visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A must go place in darjeeling. Very clean and not that big. kids will surely enjoy the place. red panda is the major attraction to watch along with tigers and panthers.

Visited June 2014
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Gurgaon, India
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“a must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Probably only place in darjeeling where you would find things neat and clean and along with well maintained ...environment is very good and natural ....good number of animal and HMI institute to see everest ..history of people going in theree ...overall a must visit .

Visited June 2014
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Gandhidham, India
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“Snow leopard and Red panda!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Ordinarily I do not enjoy captive animals as they are often poorly kept! But I found exception in this zoo, perhaps due to cool weather or something! But I found all the cages/caves clean and animals healthy! Children would definitely enjoy this tour!

Visited May 2014
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