Victoria gardens or Jijamata Udyan (Ranichi Baug) in Mumbai is one of the earliest zoos of India. This zoo is also called as Byculla zoo as it is located in Byculla region of Mumbai. This is a very big zoo rich with various endangered species of flora, fauna, various types of animals and birds.
Victoria Gardens Mumbai Information:
Jijamata Udyan Zoo is located in Rani Jijamata Udyan Mumbai (also called as Ranichi Baug) or Victoria Gardens at Byculla in Mumbai. Byculla zoo was established in the year 1861 and among the oldest zoos in India. The zoo is a home to various rare species of birds and animals. The garden has spread over a wide area more than 48 acres in Byculla. The locality of Byculla is situated in the heart of Mumbai city. Byculla zoo is one of the popular sightseeing spots in Mumbai among tourists.[caption id="attachment_251" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Deer’s!![/caption]
Victoria Gardens was the property of Jewish businessman David Sassoon. He later donated this Byculla zoo land to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. There is a big clock tower at the entrance of the Ranichi Baug. The clock has designed with beautiful Italian architecture (But sadly, this clock does not work anymore). Many old trees along with a rich botanical garden having rare species of plants are well preserved here for study purpose. Apart from various wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra, this zoo is of the different type!
What To See in Jijamata Udyan Mumbai
There is a huge statue of an elephant inside the Victoria Gardens (Ranichi Baug) Mumbai. This statue was brought here from the Elephanta Caves. It was found in the year 1864 at Gharapuri Island. At the starting, the zoo was having total 200 animals of 26 species, 450 birds of 45 species and 8 reptiles. Various stuffed animals fabricated by some talented taxidermists can be seen. Every year around 25 lakhs people gives the visit to Jijamata Udyan zoo & garden. Bhau Daji Lad museum (earlier the Prince Albert museum) is located in this garden.[caption id="attachment_252" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Italian Clock Tower![/caption]
According to the survey done few years ago, Ranichi Baug houses 3213 trees belonging to 57 different families with 173 genera and 285 species. Among these 285 listed species, 30 species are endangered and few of them are of rarest species of trees. The Zoo used to house 189 mammals of 20 species, 449 Birds of 38 different species and 43 reptiles of 9 species. Animals in Byculla zoo include Lion, foxes, a single hyena, Elephants, monitor lizards, black bucks, snakes, Hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, black spot deer etc.
Present Condition of Ranichi Baug
However, the present condition of this zoo is not satisfactory. Jijamata Udyan Zoo has often been accused of poor maintenance and negligence. Many animals in Byculla zoo don’t even get proper nutritious food. Today, the zoo premises are in poor conditions and some institutions had listed this zoo among the worst zoo’s in the world. Due to this, some NGO’s and PETA’s have taken the responsibility to feed & save the animals inside Victoria Gardens Mumbai.
Best Time To Visit: Tourists can visit this zoo all year round.
Location: Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Byculla (W), Chinchpokli, Mumbai – 400027.
Transport: As it is among popular tourist attractions in Mumbai, one can easily reach here by city transport including buses, taxies and trains. Being one of the top cities in Maharashtra, Mumbai is well connected to all other cities by Road network, railway and air.
–By Road: State Transport buses and tourist buses regularly ply between Mumbai & other important cities in Maharashtra. Distances between Mumbai and other cities are: Pune (163 kms), Nashik (184 kms), Mahabaleshwar (239 kms), Kolhapur (376 kms), Aurangabad (392 kms), Vadodara (432 kms), Ahmadabad (545 kms) and Panaji (597 kms).
-Nearest Railway Station: Byculla is the nearest railway station to reach Victoria Gardens Mumbai. One can take a walk from station till zoo or else taxies are available from the station up to the Byculla zoo.
-Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the closest airport to Jijamata udyan Mumbai. The distance between Victoria Gardens zoo and Mumbai airport is 17 kms.
Timing: Everyday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Byculla zoo remains closed on every Wednesday.
Phone Number: +(91)-22-23772414/ 090095 59756[caption id="attachment_254" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Hippopotamus![/caption]
Ticket Charges: Nominal charges as entry fee are taken at Jijamata udyan. Rs. 5/- per adult and Rs. 2/- per child are taken. Charges for the camera have to be paid extra.
Eating Stuff: There are many restaurants, cafes and food stalls nearby the Byculla zoo. You can check the restaurants nearby zoo at this link.
Stay: There is a wide range of budget, semi-luxury and luxury hotels in Mumbai for accommodation purpose. Out of them, these hotels are worth trying.
Map To Reach Victoria Gardens:
Nearby Attractions to Jijamata Udyan
- Marine Drive
- Gateway of India
- Jehangir Art Gallery
- Prince of Wales Museum
- National Gallery of Modern Art
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
- Film City
- Juhu Beach
- Global Vipassana Pagoda
Many schools & families conduct picnic to Jijamata Udyan (Victoria Gardens). It is famous as Ranichi Baug (Queen’s Garden) among children!