Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok

The Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok, Sikkim would probably be one of the biggest zoo that I’ve been to. They also have lesser animals (mostly Himalayan native animals only) which gives the animals ample spaces to move around.

The zoo is located on a hill which is just around 15 minutes taxi ride from the town center (cost around 100-150 Rupees one way). The entrance fee is just around 50 Rupees per person.

The main zoo is 2.5 Kilometers away from the entrance gate and it would be more convenient if you ask the taxi to bring you up to the main zoo. There might be an additional fee though. In our case, we just got off at the entrance and walked up to the main area of the zoo.

Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok

It’s an uphill and scenic walk and it’s definitely worth the effort.


Here are some of the animals that I saw in the zoo:

Red Panda
Red Panda

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard

Tibetan Wolf
Tibetan Wolf

Common Leopard

Himalayan Civet
Himalayan Civet Cat

Indian Civet Cat
Indian Civet Cat

Before or after your trip to this zoo, you could also drop by Ganesh Tok to catch a view of the Khangchengdongza Mountain.

Ganesh Tok

If you’re in Northeastern India and would not be able to make it to the Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok but still interested to see the Red Panda and Snow Leopard, you could also visit the Darjeeling Zoo.

Happy Travels!


  1. Amazing! The photos are just beautiful. Hopefully I can visit the Himalayan park one day. By the way, I have added you on my favorite links ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. i saw red panda in Hong Kong and they are so lovely. Civet cats are so scary-looking pero sila ung nagbibigay ng pinaka-expensive coffee in the world, the civet coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ace blogger says:

    Brilliant photos…you have really captured the beauty of the animals. Particularly love the snow leopard and the tibetan wolf!


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