Byculla Zoo: All You Need to Know About Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsale Park

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13 December, 2023

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Byculla Zoo: All You Need to Know About Veer Jijamata Udyan

Spread across an impressive ~60 acres, the Veer Jijamata Udyan, or the Rani Baug in Byculla, Mumbai, is one of India’s oldest zoos.

Established in 1861, the Veer Jijamata Udyan was initially just a botanical garden named Victoria Gardens or Ranichi Baug (Queen’s Garden in Marathi). The zoo was added to the gardens around 30 years later.

The entire complex comprising the Byculla Zoo plus the botanical gardens was renamed Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsale Park as a tribute to the revered mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Things to Do in Rani Baug, Byculla

  • Zoo :

    The Byculla Zoo animals include tigers, lions, hyenas, deer, leopards, monkeys, elephants, Nilgais, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, bears, and many more. Every breed has a separate enclosure, where detailed information about the animals is available.
  • Aviary for aquatic birds :

    You can walk through this separate enclosed section on a wooden bridge and interact with and click pictures of all the beautiful breeds of birds housed there. The aviary includes flamingos, herons, cranes, albino crows, pelicans, storks, etc.
  • Penguin enclosure :

    The Rani Baug penguin enclosure is a recent attractive addition to the zoo. Seven Humboldt penguins were flown in from Seoul and are kept in dedicated cooled chambers that mimic their natural habitat.
  • Botanical garden :

    The ~60-acre Rani Baug in Byculla is a beautiful and lush botanical garden housing close to 3000 trees, herbs, and flowering plants across 800+ species. You can find Flame of the Forest, Cannon Ball, Rose of Venezuela, Tree of Heaven, Indian Banyan, Beggar’s Bowl, and many more.
  • Museum :

    The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum contains some interesting historical photos of the city, archaeological statues, and artifacts, including the original rock-cut elephant statue from the Elephanta Caves, and the Kala Ghoda statue at the museum.

You can also check out the statue of England’s erstwhile King Edward VII and the 75-feet David Sassoon Clock Tower at the Veer Jijamata Udyan.

Byculla Zoo Timings

The Rani Baug in Byculla is open from Monday to Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM. It is closed for visitors on Wednesdays.

Byculla Zoo Fees and Entry Charges

Adults (includes entry to the Rani Baug Penguin enclosure) ₹50
Children (includes entry to the Rani Baug Penguin enclosure) ₹25
Family of Four (Parents + 2 Children) ₹100 (₹25 for every additional child)
Foreign Tourists ₹300
Monthly passes for morning walkers ₹150

How to Reach the Byculla Zoo?

The Veer Jijamata Udyan is located in one of the South Mumbai suburbs of Byculla, which is easily accessible by the Mumbai Suburban Railway network and by road with a private cab or via public buses.

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For more information about Rani Baug, you can Call on 022-23772414.


What are some dos and don’ts in the zoo?

  • Do not carry eatables in the zoo.
  • Do carry a bottle of water.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for extensive walking.
  • Do not feed or upset the animals.

What are some places to visit near the Byculla Zoo?

  • Nehru Planetarium
  • Worli Sea Face
  • Mahalaxmi Temple
  • Haji Ali Dargah
  • Bandra Worli Sea Link
  • Gateway of India

What is the entry fee for Mumbai Zoo?

The Mumbai Zoo currently charges INR 25 per child between the ages of 3 and 12, INR 50 for anyone over the age of 12, and INR 100 for a family of four.

How much time is enough in Byculla Zoo?

Walking around and seeing the animals at Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan & Zoo would take about 2-3 hours. Aside from the garden and animals, there is also the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum within the premises to explore. Nature enthusiasts and people interested in history should plan on spending 3-4 hours at the Zoo in Mumbai.

What is the time of Byculla Zoo?

Here are the Byculla Zoo timings: Monday - Sunday (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

What is the rate of the Mumbai Zoo ticket?

The current entry fee for the Zoo in Mumbai is INR 100 for a family of four, INR 50 for those above the age of 12, and INR 25 for children between the ages of 3 and 12.

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