Spread across more than 60 acres in the heart of Mumbai, Rani Baug or the Veermata Jijabai Bhonsale Udyan is the oldest public garden in the financial capital of the nation. Constructed in the year 1861, this verdant landmark of Mumbai was named after Queen Victoria, the then Empress of India and consequently referred to as the Victoria Gardens or Rani Baug (Queen’s Garden in the Marathi language). It was later renamed the Jijamata Udyan, after the revered Jijabai Bhosale, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s mother.
Opened to the public in the year 1862, the botanical garden houses a zoo, a museum named Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, and a statue of King Edward VII of England. Located in Byculla, Rani Baug is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna, including more than 800 species of plants and 3,000 plus trees. The biodiversity of the place makes it a popular destination for nature lovers and photographers.
Home to 330 animals and birds, Rani Baug is a place where you can see penguins, crocodiles, leopards, elephants, giraffes, and deer, to name a few. Owing to its rich diversity of inhabitants, the zoo is frequently visited by people of all ages. You can visit Rani Baug on any day of the week except Wednesday. The zoo is open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm at an entry fee as given below:
The proposed entry fee is revised in different categories, as below:
- ₹100 for a family of four (mother, father, and two children). An additional ₹25 will be charged for each extra child.
- Jijamata Udyan penguin tickets: ₹100
- Rani Baug ticket fare for children below 12 years: ₹15
- ₹25 for children under 12-18 years.
- ₹15 for the students from private schools on a picnic to zoo.
- Mumbai zoo ticket price is free for senior citizens and physically challenged people.
- Zoo entry fee for foreign tourists - ₹300