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Nandankanan: The Garden of the Gods

The very first destination that we visited during our stay at Bhubaneswar was the Nandankanan zoological park. Both my kids sprang up with joy on discovering that they were about to visit a zoo.  This natural heaven on earth is situated adjacent to the Chandaka-Dampara wildlife sanctuary. The Nandankanan zoological park is located in the vicinity of the lake Kanjia. It lies very close to the Baranga railway station on the route from Howrah to Chennai.

As we reached the garden we were enraptured by the panoramic views of this natural forest. As the name suggests, “Nandankanan” has mythological significance in its meaning, i.e. it stands to be a celestial garden on earth.   The zoo comprises of 101 enclosures and as many as 202 sub- enclosures. It exhibits both caged animals as well as open moat enclosures. There are a total of 54 cages and 47 open moats for housing a variety of animals.

Nandankanan Zoological Park

Nandankanan Zoological Park | Image Resource : topnews.in

We were all very excited and eager to discover more and more about this garden that is a proud possessor of 126 animal species. There are 40 species of mammals, 56 bird varieties and 24 reptilian species housed in the premises of Nandankanan zoological park.

It is a glorious keeper of 1580 animals on the whole, out of which 634 are mammals, 812 are birds and the rest134 are reptiles. It also holds 32 exotic animal species which attract tourists from all over the world. Besides this the Nandankanan is the only zoo in the whole nation that houses the Patas Monkey, Open- billed Stork and the Eastern Rosella.

Deer at Nandankanan Zoological Park

Deer at Nandankanan Zoological Park | Image Resource : ephotosworld.com

It also acts as a habitat for Oran – utan, Spotted Munia, Indian Pangolin and Burmese Python. It is a dwelling place for very exquisite bird species like Cinereous Vulture, Nicobar Pigeon and the green winged Macaws.

The visiting hours for this famous zoo and botanical garden are 7.30 am to 5.30 pm from April to September and from 8 am to 5 pm during the time span of October to March. The park is open to visitors on all days of the week except for Monday. It was really a relishing treat for the children as well as us to pay a visit to this site.

Tiger In Nandankanan Zoo

Tiger In Nandankanan Zoo | Image Resource : ephotosworld.com

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Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Attractions, Tourism, Travel

 

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Nandankanan Zoological Park – An Encounter with Nature

The days of our stay were flying without us realizing it. After visiting the beautiful temples of this city, on the third day we decided to explore the zoological park of Bhubaneswar. Our nature-loving kids jumped with joy on hearing this. As we didn’t know much about this park, we took help of the travel desk of our hotel. We were told that the zoo was opened for visitors from 7:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening.

Though it was very cold in the morning, looking at the kids’ excitement we planned to leave around 8 am to make most of the time. We shielded ourselves with woollens to fight the cold weather while taking major precautions for kids as they are more vulnerable. We quickly had our breakfast and called the cab. The weather was on our side and sun was shining brightly outside.

Nandankanan Zoological Park is a 400-hectare zoo, a sanctuary and botanical garden in Bhubaneswar. It is the first zoo in the country that became a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Isn’t that great!

Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar

Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar | Image Resource : topnews.in/law/bhubaneswars-nandankanan-zoo-heralds-bear-safari-park-nature-lovers-2129451

Amidst the natural beauty of forest, adjacent to Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, Nandankanan lies in the vicinity of Kanjia Lake. The literal meaning of Nandankanan is Garden of Heaven. We were glad to see that the entry is well managed. There was a baby elephant interface zone right inside Gate 2 and I was delighted to caress a baby elephant there.

To move around in the park, there were battery operated buggies available, and we opted for that as it was expected to be a long trek. There was also a facility of bus safari in the course of open areas but we didn’t take it. We started our ride to the zoo with some other travelers and a guide on the battery cars. This was the first time I was moving in a battery operated car…it was so exciting!

White Tiger At Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar

White Tiger At Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar | Image Resource : flickr.com/photos/paulveltman/125689398

However, we all were waiting to see some wild big cats. Soon we came across the caged areas giving a perfect view of one tiger walking around. It was looking magnificent and everyone got scared when it roared. I quickly captured a few pictures of the tiger. .

The sanctuary is habitat to many rare and endangered species of wild animals though we didn’t came across all of them but we saw tigers, bear and Indian crocodile and many other animals. We spent the entire day witnessing the lush green vegetation and many animals within their habitat. It was great fun and I would love to visit this place again.

Indian Crocodile At Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar

Indian Crocodile At Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar | Image Resource : panoramio.com/photo/45904727

Bear At Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar

Bear At Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar | Image Resource : panoramio.com/photo/32314719

Elephants At Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar

Elephants At Nandankanan Zoological Park Bhubaneswar | Image Resource : flickr.com/photos/prasantkumarmohanta/7378876262

 

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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Attractions, Tourism, Travel

 

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