Lush green vegetation, hills and natural water bodies like ponds and streams form the ambience of the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, the biggest in entire Northeast. Located at the centre of Guwahati City, it is spread over an area of 1.75 sq.km and is home to several exotic species of animals and plants. There are 781 animals and 389 birds in the zoo. Owning to its rich fauna, the Assam State Zoo is popularly known as “Green Lung” of Guwahati city. The zoo is surrounded by serene landscape gardens; unique abundance of wildlife has a vital role in shaping the ecological outline of the state. Visitors can try a golf cart ride around the zoo, or they can walk around the zoo admiring its lush greenery and the enclosures in the zoo have small boards that give basic information about and traits of the animal and species within. With its abundance of wildlife, this zoo is a paradise and certainly worth the visit.
A day-long tour is sufficient to explore the zoo.
Assam State Zoo is home to a diverse range of animals and plants. The zoo is open for visitors to meander through and get up close views of the wildlife. They can also adorne the stunning orchid house with more than 40 different varieties of unique orchids. The kids will love the zoo because it also has a park for them with lots of fun equipment. There are also eating outlets and fast food corners inside the premises of zoo.
You can also check out the following locations while you are at Guwahati: Kamakhya Temple, Navagraha Temple, and Fancy Bazar. A ferry to Umananda Island can also brighten up your day which is accessible close to Fancy Bazar. If you are intending on staying in Guwahati for a little while longer, you may also visit the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located about 30kms from Guwahati.
The zoo remains open for visitors throughout the year except for Fridays; however summers can be quite humid here and doesn’t serve the purpose of sightseeing. The winter season is the best time to visit as it will be perfect to explore the surroundings.
The Assam State Zoo is unique and the largest zoo in the entire Northeast and is home to various mammals, reptiles birds and rare species.
A broad variety of hotels and homestays are offered in the city of Guwahati ranging from budget to luxury ones.