Being in Bangalore for 2 years it was time for some good times with nature for a short duration and the first thing came in mind is Bannerghatta National Park. It is situated in the south of Bangalore which can be accessed via Majestic Bus stand with 365 number Volvo AC bus.
You can take a full day pass for Rs 110 each and you can go anywhere in bangalore whether AC or Non AC bus (not Vayu Vajra or Airport buses numbered BIAS). Reaching there max by 11am is the best time coz it is the start of Safari. Each safari is of 1 hour each and the grand safari consist of dear bear lion and tiger safaris. Later than that you might have to wait for your turn.
Ticket costs Rs 210 each. Get in the KSTDC buses and here we enter The National Park. First seeing deers and herds of them in shade. As sun was playing hide and seek in Bangalore and it was warm and hence all the deers were far near to water areas. Next were a herd of Elephant and a baby Elephant just few days old. There were bears and few of them were feeding on morning foods. It was fun seeing two bears playing in morning sun. Next to Lion safari. All lions were lazy enough to sleep in shades little far from the road rather than roaming.
The best part was the tiger safari. The royal tiger and the majestic white tigers just came near our bus. Wow and it was such a thrilling experience seeing such a huge beast near you makes you get goosebumps. All these safari was done in an hour. You can visit the butterfly park and entry fee is Rs 25. You might see numerous butterflies outside but going inside a closed glass house kind space it was all green but saw many butterflies dead at a place. Seems the heat inside the place took a toll on these beautiful creature. Felt sorry for that.
You can hire an ac bus inside the safari or a jeep from KSTDC. No other private or personal cars are allowed inside the park. This time is the best time to visit the park as its monsoon time and you can enjoy the moment of being in forest for some time. Sitting outside at butterfly museum is refreshing with full greenary around.
The only negative is the food are little costly outside the park with respect to the quantity. Otherwise time and money is worth spending seeing the animals and having fun.
If ever to Bangalore in monsoon and winter season this place is worth visiting. Summer time mostly we might find animals inside shades and its difficult to watch them.
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