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Alipore Zoo (Kolkata Chiriakhana)

Alipore Zoological Garden usually called as Alipore Zoo (Alipur Zoo) or Kolkata Zoo was established on 1875. It was opened for people from 6th May in 1876. Locally it is called as Alipur Chiriakhana or Kolkata Chiriakhana in West Bengal. This garden covers approximately an area of 20.4 hectare (50.4 acre).

The first Superintendent of the Zoological Garden of Alipur, Rai Bahadur Ram Brahma Sanyal had played an important role to develop it. Today, it is the main tourist attraction in Kolkata.

Attractions in Alipore Zoo

Alipur Chiriakhana (Chiria means – Animal and Khana means – down place) is the one of the most popular winter tourist attractions not only in Kolkata but also in India. You will found here a large number of crowd-pulling large animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, African Lion, Jaguar, Hippopotamus, One-horned Rhinoceros, Reticulated Giraffe, Grant's Zebra, Dromedary Camel and Elephant. Some attractive Kangaroo has taken recently from Australia.

Alipore Zoological Garden, Kolkata

(Kangaroo in Alipore Zoological Garden, Kolkata)

There have a collection of attractive rare species birds like, large parrots including Macaw species, Conures species, Lorie’s species and lorikeets species; Touracos and Hornbills; the Golden Pheasant, Lady Amherst's Pheasant and Swinhoe's Pheasant and some large flightless birds like the Emu, Cassowary and Ostrich.

Basic Information of Alipur Zoo or Kolkata Chiriakhana

Country India
State West Bengal
City Alipore (near Kolkata)
District South 24 Parganas
Address Kolkata Zoo (Alipore Chiriakhana)
2 No. Alipore Road, Kolkata 700 027
West Bengal, India

Phone: (+91) 33-2479-1150
            (+91) 33-2439-9391
Fax: (+91) 33-2479-1585
STD Code 033
Road Route Nearest Airport -
Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (locally called as Dumdum Airport).

Nearest Ralway Station -
New Alipur or Majherhat Railway station on Budge Budge railway zone.

Metro Ralway Station - 
Jatin Das Park Railway Station. You can hire a taxi or travel by bus to reach Alipore zoo from these stations.
Best time to visit Any Time but Winter Season is best.
Clothing Summer Season - Light Cottan
Winter Season - Light Woolen
Fooding Rice (Vaat), Dal, Fish - Hilsa, Katla, Misti (sweets) - Rasogolla, Sondesh, Laddu and many more.
Language Bengali (main language), Hindi and English.
Climate Summer Season - vary from 25°C to 45°C
Winter Season - Minimum temperature 10°C
Nearrby Tour Spots Victoria Memorial Hall, Fort William, Eden Gardens Stadium, Birla Planetarium, National Library, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace, Nicco Park, Saheed Minar, Botanical Gardens, Science City and Indian Museum (Kolkata Jadu Ghar)
Restrictions You are not allowed in zoo with any type of polythene bag, plastic bottle, foods, audio-system or musical instrument, any pet animals and firearms or any sharp objects. You should maintained a save distance from any type of wild animals.
Geographical Characteristics Kolkata Chiriakhana situated in plain land, which is under the Kolkata metropolitan area.
Police Station Lal Bazar Police Station
42, C.R Avenue, Kolkata-700069
Phone: (+91) 33-2214-3230
Open Days Every Day except Thursday. If any holiday falls on Thursday, then the Chiriakhana remain opens and the next working day observed as the weekly closure.
Visiting Hours Ticket counters - 09:00 am to 04:30 pm
Chiriakhanacounters - 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Aquarium of the zoo - 10:30 am to 05:00 pm
Entry Fees Zoological Garden Ticket - Indian Rupee20 per head (Above 5 years of age)
Aquarium Ticket - Indian Rupee5 per head (Above 5 years of age)
Video Photography - Indian Rupee250 (per hour)
Hospital Calcutta Medical College & Hospital
88, College Street Calcutta-700 073
Phone: (+91) 33-2241-4901
Currency Indian Rupee (Indian Rupee)
Tourist Enquiry Tourism Centre (Kolkata)
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East)
Kolkata - 700 001

Phone: (+91) 33-2243-6440
          (+91) 33-2248-8271

Fax Number: (+91) 33-2248-5168
E-mail :

Animals Kolkata Chiriakhana

Kolkata Chiriakhana is enrich with a large verities of animals. It is the residence of 1266 wildlife, which are belongs into 108 different species of animal kind. Kolkata Chiriakhana is also a winter destination for many migratory birds.

African lion Gaur Lion-tailed macaque
Asian elephant Giant squirrel Nilgai
Asiatic lion Golden jackal Red kangaroo
Assamese macaque Grant's zebra Reticulated giraffe
Axis deer Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros Rhesus macaque
Banteng Hanuman langur Royal Bengal tiger
Blackbuck Himalayan black bear Sambar deer
Bonnet macaque Hippopotamus Sloth bear
Brow-antlered deer Hog deer Striped hyena
Brush-tailed porcupine Indian muntjac Swamp deer
Dromedary camel Jaguar White tiger
Fallow deer Jungle cat Wild boar
Fishing cat Leopard Lion-tailed macaque
African lion Gaur Nilgai

Hotels, Lodging and Restaurants

You will get some suitable Hotels, accommodations and restaurants around Alipur Zoological Garden. Some major of these are given bellow.

Hotel Taj Bengal
34B, Belvedere Road, Kolkata
Phone: (+91) 33-2223-3939
Hotel Hindusthan International
235/1, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata
Phone: (+91) 33-2280-2323
          (+91) 33-2283-0505
The Peerless Inn
12, Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, Kolkata
Phone: (+91) 33-4400-3900
          (+91) 33-2228-0301
The Park Hotel
17, Park Street, Kolkata
Phone: (+91) 33-2249-9000
Chrome Hotel
226, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata
Phone: (+91) 33-3096-3096
          (+91) 33-2289-4433