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Himalayan Zoological Park, Gangtok

The unique feature of the Himalayan Zoological Park is that it is more of a natural habitat for wildlife than the conventional zoo that limits the movement of animals. Situated 3 km from the city and on a scenic hillcrest, the sprawling 230 hectares of land captivates your senses. The picturesque surroundings of the zoo include the majestic Khangchendzonga range. The altitudes of the park, range from 6545 feet to 8152 feet and you would love your walk through the rich greenery. When human mind seeks natural environment to relax and unwind, is it not justice to let animals enjoy their natural abode? Though zoo is the only way through which man can view wild life directly, the thought behind Himalayan Zoological Park to ensure the best atmosphere for wildlife in the process is very inspiring.

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More than the variety of animals you see here, it is how you see these animals that matters the most. Within the small enclosures that restrict animals in a normal zoo, you will be seeing the animals minus their spirits. Here, the enclosures are so huge that you have to walk a good distance to reach each of the ‘enclosures’. This ‘home’alike’ atmosphere makes animals move about with their spirits intact.

The zoo was established in the year 1991. Owing to the splendid and massive shelters for the animals, you may end up viewing lesser animals during your visit. Here, it is the animals’ world and they live the way they are used to and comfortable with. Even if you spot only a few animals, you will be glad to have viewed them real ‘live’. Some of the wildlife seen here are snow leopard, clouded leopard, leopard cat, Himalayan black bear, red panda, barking deer and Himalayan palm civet. Never mind if you missed a few, the dense forests have more on offer. Your mind will be fully occupied being amidst the stunning landscape with lush greenery and flowers that you will have far more to say on your return.

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