Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhat Bir Zoo, Zirakpur

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    Location: Chattbir Zoo Rd, Chhat, Punjab 140603, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 2 to 3 hours (approximately)

    Situated at a distance of 20 km from Chandigarh, Chhatbir Zoo is a zoological park situated on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur-Patiala route close to Zirakpur, India, initially called Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park. This zoo is one of the largest zoological parks in North India and one of the most famous and most visited places in the city of Chandigarh, India. The wildlife animals roam here freely. Watching them from a close distance will be a thrilling experience for you. So, if you are in Chandigarh don’t miss this place.


    The main attraction of this zoo is the huge number of various kinds of animals that are habituated here.  The zoo comprises around 1240 animals as well as birds. And it belongs to around 103 species living in over 100 enclosures. The great Royal Bengal tiger, Lion reserves add extra attraction to this place. You can see them from a very close distance and have an unforgettable experience here. In the season of winter, many migratory birds come to this place. If you are a bird lover you will love this place. The setting of the place is close to nature and very relaxing. You would definitely enjoy your trip. You can click pictures of yourself and all those animals here. It will be a lifetime experience for you.


    Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park was inaugurated by the then-governor of Punjab Mahendra Mohan Chaudhary, in 1977 and it was named Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park. At that time it was populated by a small number of animals brought from Guwahati Zoo, Assam.  Now you can find various kinds of animals here. 

    Inside/Outside Views

    Sprayed over an area of 505 acres, the Chhatbir Zoo is the largest zoological garden in North India at present time. It is situated on the right bank of the famous Ghaggar river with the Shivalik hills in the background which gives this place a majestic look. This place gives you an opportunity to have naturalists take a close look at nature.  Nowadays this zoo is home to many wildlife animals. There you will see hundreds of mammals, reptiles, and birds from a close distance. 

    It has an excellent deer safari where Sambar, deer, Black Buck, and Hog Deer can be found roaming together which is sprayed over an area of 12 hectares. You can have a thrilling experience while visiting the Lion Safari. The lion safari is sprayed over an area of 8 hectares. The setting of this place is very natural and animal friendly so that they can have a normal life. You can also find an artificial lake inside the zoo which is a unique feature of this place that adds extra beauty to this place. A great number of migratory birds come here during the season of winter.

    Opening Hours

    1. Sunday 9 AM–5 PM
    2. Monday Closed
    3. Tuesday 9 AM–5 PM
    4. Wednesday 9 AM–5 PM
    5. Thursday 9 AM–5 PM
    6. Friday 9 AM–5 PM
    7. Saturday 9 AM–5 PM

    Entry & Others Fees

    1. Rs. 50 (per person, Adults) 
    2. Rs. 20 (per person, Children)
    3. Rs. 50 per person for Lion Safari
    4. Rs. 100 for Camera 
    5. Rs. 250 for Car / Jeep

    Electric Car: Rs. 50 for Adults and Rs. 25 for Children

    How to Reach

    By Air: The nearest airport to the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park is the Chandigarh International Airport. It is well connected with the other major cities of India. From there you can hire any local transport to reach your destination.

    By train: The Chandigarh Junction railway station is the closest railway station to the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park. It is also well connected with the other major cities of India. You will find taxis and cabs outside the railway station which can take you to your desired place easily.

    Tips for Travellers

    • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
    • Carry a photo ID card
    • Carry a water bottle with you
    • Do not harm any animal


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes this place is a safe place for tourists.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed inside Muchalinda Lake?

    Ans: Yes, photography is allowed here. You need to give a little fee for that.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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