Welcome to Byculla Zoo, Mumbai. Also Known As Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan. It Is Located In Byculla, Mumbai. The Zoo Timings Are Between 9.30 AM To 6 PM. Every Day Except Wednesdays & Public Holidays. The Entry Fees Is Rs.20/- For Adults & Rs.10 For Minors.
The zoo is about 15 minutes from Byculla railway station. There are various ways to reach the zoo. It is about 20 minutes journey from Kurla station. If you are coming from western railway, then alight at Dadar and then take a central railway train to Kurla. Then, from Kurla, take a train to Byculla. From Byculla, it is at a walking distance. You can also take a taxi cab from Mumbai Central. Please note that the park remains closed on Wednesdays and public holidays. It is one of the oldest zoo in India.
The zoo was originally known as Victoria Gardens during the British period. It was renamed to Rani Bagh and now it is officially called Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan. Although, most citizens of this city prefer to call it as Rani Bagh or Byculla zoo. The zoo was donated to BMC by a jewish businessman named David Sassoon.
Review of Byculla Zoo:
They do not have an official website which is a pity. You cannot book tickets online for the zoo. You will have to visit the zoo for the same. The queue for booking tickets is minimum and so you should get it without much waiting.
It is not very pleasant to visit this zoo in the summer season. The best time to visit it is between September to January. But, it is still fun for all grown ups to visit it with kids during any season. If it brings smile to their faces, it will sure make you happy!
I would suggest that you eat at home or out before you visit the park. No eatables are allowed inside the zoo. The security guards will check your bags and if they find any packets of food, etc then they will ask you to consume it or leave it before you go inside the zoo. You can take your water bottles and other belongings with you.
There are no places inside the zoo which sells eatables. Buy mineral water bottles before you enter it. Also, be prepared to walk a lot as there are no transportation inside this huge zoo which is spread about many acres. The drinking water facility is ill maintained and believe me you would not like to drink from the taps which are located inside the zoo.
Remember to take your mobile camera. There are some charges from digital and professional cameras but not for cellphone cameras. Keep your batteries pre-charged. Spare at least two hours for the tour. Weekends are good but weekdays are better to visit the zoo as there is less crowd.
Do not be so engrossed in taking the pictures and videos that you forget to enjoy the moment and time with your children. Sometimes, it is easy to spot an animal while at other times, you will have to wait to even get a glimpse of those exotic animals. Many times, you will realize that the cages or enclosures are actually empty inside and there are no animals living in it! On rare occasions, people have spotted a boa or snakes inside the zoo! That will be your bonus as they are not officially caged.
Some of the animals and birds that you will see are crocodiles, hippos, spotted deers, monkeys, emus, porcupine, lions, bear, a hyena and fox in small dark rooms, etc. You will also get a chance to see some elephants but from a distance. Among the birds, you will find African parrots, peahen, white crows (yes, you read it right!), cranes, macau, various species of colorful flamingos, etc.
Unfortunately, these wild animals and birds have to live in captivity so that they entertain visitors like you and me. Try not to make unnecessary noise or talk loudly when you are close to them. Some visitors especially kids tease them to get their attention. Parents should ensure that the peace and privacy of these animals and birds is not disturbed.
You should have patience to see these endangered animals especially crocodiles, hippos and bears. They are not there to please or entertain you even if you like to think so. The living condition of these wild animals and birds are not so great, so do not have any high expectations. It has been reported that the zoo will introduce some penguins, lions, polar bears, etc.
Even a complete makeover of the zoo is planned in the future. I am not sure whether all these plans have been implemented till date or not. Just be content and happy that there is at least something worth being treasured in this concrete city instead of complaining. Shift your focus and concentrate on the positive side.
There is not any proper directions or a mini map of the zoo so that you can plan your tour without wasting your energy. Everything becomes a random choice. Whenever you find a bunch of people looking somewhere, you can be sure that you will find an animal or a bird.
The summary is that your kids see such animals or birds only in the books, television or on youtube. Today, we are entrapped in the virtual world so much that we have almost lost contact with the physical world. It is time to show them these birds and animals in real time. Let them appreciate the nature and the wild life.
Since you will be visiting the zoo, I would also recommend you to visit the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum which is just at the entrance of the zoo. However, you should visit the museum only if you have any spare energy and time left after your tour!
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Address of Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan:
Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd,
Phones: 022-23725799/ 022 23742162