After visiting a number of historical places in Lucknow, next destination I planned was a bit different- the Lucknow zoo. Though this place is also historically evident as it is the oldest in northern India and was established in the year 1921 to welcome the trip of the then Prince of Wales to this city of Nawabs - Lucknow.
This zoo was originally managed by a registered society and came to function on November 29, 1921. It is being talked about that Nawabs and Zamindars of that time contributed a huge sum of Rs.
7.3 L towards the management and functioning of the society.
Afterwards, government constituted a trust, called as "Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens Trust' under a prevailing act and the zoo then moved under government administration. In 2001, the zoo was renamed as ‘Lucknow Zoological Garden. The zoo is located in the central part of the city, so I opted for a local ride of rickshaw to enjoy my ride till then as well.
The zoo has an entry fee for everyone. For adults, it’s Rs 50. I paid an additional cash of 50 for taking my camera along with me. On entering the zoo, I was pleased with the lush green environment that was maintained. The region was clean, thanks to the set of rules applied on the visitors. I was told by a fellow visitor that A toy train used to run daily through the zoo, equipped with 3 coaches, starting from the main gate of the zoo. Anyone could enjoy the train ride and simultaneously have a look of the entire Zoo. But now, the toy train was pulled out due to plans of revamp and was expected to restart in mid 2014.however, a vintage train is present in the zoo, just to have a look.
Within the zoo I got to see a variety of animals, notable ones are the royal Bengal tiger, white tiger, giraffe, black bucks, fish house and what not. The children there were amused by the sight of so many animals.
A museum is also present in the zoo. It is a centre of Lucknow’s sculptures, paintings, natural history, etc. the museum has unlimited such artifacts exhibited in this 4 story building but the most thrilling part was to see the (1000 BC) Egyptian Mummy and wooden sarcophagus.