Since I started working as a lawyer I have been staying at Darjeeling. Now its 3 years past and I still hadn’t explored Darjeeling. I was always delighted and excited about travelling to newer places and relish the historical beauty of our country. I made sure that unlike other corporate ladies, I gave enough time to my children and family. Whenever we get time, we go on a touring spree. It’s always fun picnicking with family! And this time it was Darjeeling’s turn.
It was a freezing winter morning and we decided to visit the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park Darjeeling. My kids had just read about zoos in their environmental science text books and were excited about witnessing the elegance of Lions and wildness of Tigers. While I took care of getting food ready for the picnic, Shahuji took care of getting Chintu and Motu ready. And yes, we were off to our first picnic heading towards exploring Darjeeling.
Darjeeling zoo or the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, established in 1958, is the largest high altitude zoo in India. It houses animals adapted to temperate conditions. It has also successfully established captive breeding programs for Snow Leopards, Red Pandas and Himalayan wolf which is critically endangered. Chintu and Motu were so thrilled that they wished to go and hug the panda sitting inside the cage. It was an adventure for them. Greeting to every animal with a ‘Hello’ was followed by a piece of biscuit. Animal habiting in this Zoo includes Wolves, Jackals, Tigers, Leopards, Indian Bison, Sloth Bear, Sambar Deer and Langur. The majestic Tigers are a delight to eyes.
After taking a stroll throughout the entire zoo we bid goodbye to all our fellow beings and departed. It was time for lunch and we settled ourselves amidst sprawling greenery under a banyan tree. The cold breeze welcomed us! We had a delighting meal and retired ourselves on the green grass for a short doze with nature. It was a great feeling. You got to experience Darjeeling if you haven’t!