Location:In the compound of Digambar Jain Temple, opposite Red Fort, Chandni Chowk
Famous as: Charitable bird hospital
Open: On all days
Admission: Free and open to all.
How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this hospital, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.
Preferred Timings: 8.00 am- 8.00 pm
Photography charges: nil
Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Delhi Main
Functional Metro Station: Delhi Main
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time required for sightseeing: 25 minutes
Jain Bird Hospital situated just next to Digambar Jain Temple in the same complex is situated a unique. Jain Bird Hospital is an interesting hospital where the patients admitted are only birds. Run by Prachin Shri Aggarwal Digambar Jain Panchayat, Delhi, the hospital was founded in 1956 on the Jain principle of aversion to killing. The hospital has separate wards in form of cages for different species like sparrows, parrots, domestic fowls and pigeons. It also has a research laboratory and even an intensive care unit for its serious patients.
especially on Saturdays after they are declared fit and healthy.
The people especially the Jain merchants of the area bring the birds that are usually wounded by fowlers, ceiling fans or by other means for treatments. The hospital admits a maximum of sixty injured birds on a day. They are then treated, bathed and are given nutritious diet so that they recover soon. They are eventually released
The interesting thing about the hospital is that they reluctantly and in a very special case treat the non-vegetarian birds. Though they have no hassles treating a squirrel, as they do not harm the birds. Visitors can also see flocks of birds on the roof of the hospital. Though most of the birds are those who have been treated here but who know there are some visitors too for their respective patients!
Since it is a charitable hospital, visitors should and are expected to lessen the weight of their wallet or purse by one or two currency notes.
Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali Gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre of Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there for refreshment.
Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), Daryaganj book market (on Sunday) and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewellery and handicrafts)
Last Updated On: 2011/07/01