A short drive out of Chandigarh, near Zirakpur, lies the sprawling Mahendra Chaudhury Zoological Park, better known as Chhatbir Zoo. This 202-hectare property is home to some 52 species of animals, including the Royal Bengal tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, hippopotamus, elephants etc. and 62 species of birds.
The zoo, which completed 30 years in April this, is a popular picnic spot and receives over 500, 000 visitors every year. One can drive inside the zoo, stopping by at the various enclosures to look at the animals.