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Published: August 4th 2010
When I first heard of Bannerghatta, I didn´t give it deserved credit. I had added it to my To Do list as another tourist "chore". I never really cared much for Zoos but I was positively surprised by this visit. It was an early start for a Sunday: 8am. I had arranged a car to get there since I couldn´t find alternative transportation in short notice.
After approximately 1 hour drive, the Park didn´t seem to be a hot spot as not many people were around. Since I had my mind set to go on the Grand Safari, I made it my priority for the day. Off I went on a full bus where I managed to get a priviledged seat in the front of the bus, right behind the guide and bus driver.
Nature was gorgeous and I was absolutely ecstatic after the bus drove past a pond and we stopped to gaze the beautiful lotus flowers. Hopefully I´ll have the opportunity to see them again in the future... The safari bus drove us through the Bannerghatta National Park giving us time to see spotted deers, bears, tigers, lions and their cubs in the wild. Although the lions
and some tigers were caged, it was still fun to experience the close visit of a bear to my bus window and watch them play along with each other. My grand safari highlight goes to the white tigers which are majestic creatures. I felt priviledged to see four of the only 250 white tigers there are in the entire world.
The white tigers were really lazy and I couldn´t spot them make one single move - the not-so-charming moment picture was Arun´s contribution to the album (who visited the park a week later). Among all animal species, wild cats have always been my favorite. Frida: I miss you, cutie. lol
Finished the grand safari, I got off at the butterfly park to see some of the species. The place is gorgeous and it was really inviting for a family pic-nic. I actually saw some families sitting on the lawn enjoying their meals. As I walked back towards the zoo, I was surprised by tall ant´s houses. As I was preparing to take some shots, someone passed by saying "Oh, snakes!". I stopped for a minute and agreed it was not spoken to me. Only by the time I
was taking the second picture was I explained that these were originally ant´s houses, but judging by the size of the exit 'holes' in it, one could be sure that snakes have taken over it and made it their nest. Oh boy... If only I knew so when I was really close for the pictures... (I wouldn´t have taken them! lol)
Speaking of snakes, they were the highlight of my visit to the Zoo (but never leaving the Leopards behind. Leopards are my number ones, no doubt about it.) Among the many cobra types, the python didn´t impress me when I came to think of the Amazon anacondas!!! However, you gotta give the Naja´s their deserved respect... too bad I didn´t find the King Cobra (black naja) - I heard there was one there at the Zoo. Actually the same King Cobra was 'adopted' by a famous Indian cricket player who donated 20 thousand rupees to the National Park for the Cobra´s caretaking. (( I will try to post this paper article here sometime.))
At the end of the day, I stopped at the fruit market downtown and looked around for the local businesses. I saw very busy
streets and was told that once we took the next corner into Commercial street, any price would be tripled as opposed to what the backstreet businesses would charge for. I was not as impressed as I was by Brigade Road which was by far my favorite spot for shopping as you can find all services you want. Besides, Brigade road was conviniently near the hotel. 😊
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