Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan And Zoo(Raani Baag )
Jijamata Udyaan formerly called Rani Bagh (meaning Queen's Gardens) after the original British name Victoria Gardens, and now also known as Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, is a zoo and garden located at Byculla, in the heart of Mumbai, India. It was laid out in 1861 and is one of the oldest zoos in India.it is only zoo in Mumbai.
Originally named for Queen Victoria, it is now named after Jijabai, mother of Shivaji.
Type: Botanical Garden
Jijamata Udyaan was some time ago called Rani chi Bagh or Victoria Gardens. It is a spectacular zoo garden at Byculla, in the heart of Mumbai, India. Additionally, arranged in the Gardens is the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, which is the earlier Victoria and Albert Museum, and is chiefly of streamlined and agrarian interest. On the grounds to the east of the exhibition hall is the mammoth statue of an elephant which was brought there from the Elephanta Caves on Gharapuri.
The zoo was originally built in 1861 by the British Empire and was called the Victoria Gardens back then. It was renamed post-independence and is now affectionately called Rani Bagh by Mumbaikars. The zoo is now under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation which was donated to the then called city of Bombay by Mr. David Sassoon, the same Jewish businessman who also developed other heritage structures like the David Sassoon library, Victoria and Albert museum and the beautiful Victoria tower clock which is right inside the udyan.
Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan And Zoo(Raani Baag), 91A, Lalbaug Flyover, Near Railway Station, Byculla East, Mazgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027
Type of Place
- Picnic Spot
- Senior Citizen
- ~Chhatrapati shivaji international airport is 16.2 kms distance from jijamata udyaan
- ~Byculla station is 1 kms distance from jijamata udyaan
-The zoo is open every day except Wednesdays and the timings are as follows-
-Summer: 9:00 AM to 6:15 PM
-Winter: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
-Monsoon: 9:00 AM to 5:45 PM
-The entry fee is Rs. 5 per person (which might increase without notice)
~best time to visit- November to February
- NEARBY ATTRACTION>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
~khada Paris statue
~gateway of India
~the art society of India
~kashmir art museum
~hutatma rajguru udyaan
- MAIN Attraction>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
~At the primary door to the arrangements is a clock tower which is archaic in its architecture, but interestingly, it doesn’t work.
~The garden has an Ornamental Gateway and a curved design screen. It is enriched with a building in Greco-Roman style.
~Several trees of rare origins give the visitors shade and relief.
~The zoo has a wide variety of animals and depicts the natural wealth of India very well. It is the perfect place to take kids in Mumbai.
Things to Buy
- ~Linking Road, Bandr
Situated: Right opposite R.D. National College
Best for: Accessories, clothes, shoes for both men and women.
~Colaba Causeway, Colaba
Situated: Close to Fort area and Cuffe Parade
Best for: Books, jewelry, handicraft and cloths.
~Lamington Road, Grant Road
Situated: Near Grant Road railway station.
Best for: Electronics, gadgets, mobile phones, laptopns etc.
~Fashion Street, MG Road
Situated: Near Azad Maidan
Best for: High street fashion trends in cheap prices.
Situated: North of Shivaji Terminus and near J.J. flyover.
Best for: Wholesale home utility products, exotic fruits
~Hill Road, Bandra
Situated near: Elco Restaurant
Best for: Hardware, wood work, wholesale general stores and cloth shops
Things to Eat
~Kung of iran- mughlai,north Indian
~regal restaurant- fast food
~byculla restaurant- fast food
~persian darbar- Chinese, north Indian
~indikitchen- rolls l,North Indian
~mama Mia!- fast food, pizza,Chinese, rolls
~hufflepuff- cafe,fast food,desserts
Things to enjoy
SITES IN UDYAAN>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
~Statue of Jijamata and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Jijamata Udyaan
~Jijamata Udyaan Clocktower
~Dr. Bhaudaji Lad Museum, Byculla
SPECIES IN AN ZOO>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
~Mammals: 189 mammals of 20 species including Lion, Hyena, Foxes, Black Bucks, Elephants, Hippos, Blank Monkeys, Langoors, Black Spot Deers, Giant Elephants, Giraffes, Wild Dogs, African Lions, Rare Zebras, Leopards, Pangolin, Mouse Deers, Orangutans, Jungle Cats etc.
~ wildlife attraction-house of many rare and endangered species of animals and birds
~Birds : 449 Birds of 38 different species their inside zoo.
~Reptiles : 43 reptiles of 9 species in at Jijamata garden.
~there are also 3213 trees which belongs to 57 different families with 173 genera and 285 species inside jijamata garden.
~Two giant elephants can be seen just on the left side of entrance, quite far because of the zoo safety rules.
~At one corner of Byculla zoo is a huge open ground for the group of black spot deer, the borders are safe.
This zoo currently give shade to varieties of animals among which few of them are Lion