Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park

Zoo in Darjeeling

This zoo, one of India’s best, was established in 1958 to study, conserve and preserve Himalayan fauna. Housed within its rocky and forested environment are species such as Asiatic black bears, cloud leopards, red pandas and Tibetan wolves. The zoo, and its attached snow leopard–breeding centre (closed to the public), are home to the world’s largest single captive population of snow leopards (currently 11). The zoo is a pleasant 20-minute downhill walk from Chowrasta along Jawahar Rd West.

Alternatively, take a shared jeep (₹20, about 10 minutes) from Chowk Bazaar bus and jeep station, or hire a taxi (₹250).