Bathinda Zoological Park, commonly known among the locals as the Bir Talab Zoo is one of the most visited places in the city of Bathinda. This zoo houses a wide variety of animals and birds and reptiles and is a treat to the lovers of wildlife. It is one of the largest zoos in the whole of Punjab state. Established in 1982, Bir Talab Zoo has gained a great reputation among travelers and hence thousands of visitors flow to this place every year. It is just 5 kilometers away from the Bathinda City Center.
Bir Talab Zoo is spread over an impressive area of 161 acres and has been ever expanding from its establishment. The boundary wall of this place is expansive since it opens to vast free spaces and is one of the main reasons for the mind-blowing development this establishment has gone through as a zoo. It was established in 1978 by the Red Cross Society to spread the awareness of the protection of wildlife and to introduce the public into the lives of different animals. In 1982, Forest and Wildlife Protection Department took over the responsibility of administration and development of the zoo from RCS. It is a beautiful place managed in such a way to entertain and please the visitors with refreshing scenes. There is a one of a kind garden and a lawn where the visitors can spend time relaxing. This zoo is surrounded with tall trees all around and thus creates an environment of a real forest within.
Forest and Wildlife Protection Department took a great initiative to develop the place and introduce more wildlife to the place from time to time. There are various varieties of deer here, which are one of the most famous attractions in the zoo. Black Buck, spotted deer etc. are found in abundance here and there is also a Deer Safari facility available which will specifically take the visitors in a jeep to the places where groups of deer are spotted. There are other animals like cheetah, Sambhar, Blue bull, Hog deer etc. also. Birds are kept in a completely different environment, in a beautiful garden by creating an enclosure. There are birds like parrots, peacocks, pigeons, parakeets, other colorful fowls etc. that can be found here in abundance. The trees like yellow flowered amanitas, bamboo, shisham, teak, and khair create an incredible atmosphere of a forest that the visitors will love.
There are walk trails all over the zoo connecting various attractions of the place which the visitors will find pretty enthralling. Bir Talab zoo has such an environment which is admirable by any age group, both aged and young. There are rides(Gypsies and battery operated) available from the entrance of the zoo taking the visitors to the places of interest inside the zoo. There are food stalls around for grabbing quick bites.
Bathinda Zoological Park is an amazing destination for everyone to spend time in nature and explore wildlife. Take a walk through the trails in the zoo and enjoy the sights of various animals. Bathinda Zoological Park is a haven for wildlife lovers. The wide variety of animals and birds and the atmosphere of the place are quite incredible and this attracts a lot of visitors all around the year. It is a must visit if you are in Bathinda. It remains open to the public on all days of the year during timings: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. It is better to visit in the mornings or evenings. There is an entry fee of INR 5.