Visiting Chilika on the first day itself was more like a dream that came true. It was my only destination which was planned outside Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. The rest of my trips were all planned within the city. Bhubaneswar itself is known as the ‘Temple City’ due to the presence of large numbers of temples here. Several temples seen here are more than 1000 years old. Anyways, it was the day two and I had scheduled to visit the Nandankanan Zoological Park in the city. The zoo is located at a certain end of the city which is about 15 kilometers from the central Bhubaneswar where one would go across several farmlands and under construction buildings. The bus service in the city has improved over time and therefore I easily found a city bus which drove me to the zoo from the nearest bus stand to my hotel.
I reached the Nandankanan Zoological Park at about 11 am in the morning. I entered into it by paying nominal fees of Rs 20 per head. The zoo has a collection of 16000 animals which are from over 120 species. A healthy variety of large numbers of animals are preserved in the zoo in their natural habitat. A total round of the zoo is possible in 3 hours continuous walk. I tried to cover up the entire area within my time and I rested at few places in the mean time.
There are white tigers, Asiatic lions, black panthers, Royal Bengal tigers, Macau etc. found within the zoo. One can also find a variety of reptiles and a bird dwelling place within the zoo. Aquarium and 3D video galleries are the newest add-ons to the zoo. The aquarium hosts large numbers of fishes in artificial dwelling place. The scientific names of each fish and their culture are written against each of the aquariums. The 3D video gallery is a place which is interesting for children mostly.
Established in the year 1960 amidst the tranquil of the Chandaka forest reserves, this is one of the oldest zoos of the country. Lion and tiger safaris are also offered in the zoo which gives an extensive view of the royal animals roaming freely in the forest.