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Old 14th October 2010, 12:50   #121
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Jacs, I had never seen our National Animal in real in wild. We always had seen them in zoos. Also many comments here from other fellow BHPians about never spotting one in numerous jungle travels makes you "the fortunate Jacs & Family".

Rich colors of your photos gives real feel about the greenery and the moments you all enjoyed out there. All in all a superb travelogue and many thanks for taking time and narrating the story for our readers.

Looking forward to many more such TLs and that too I am excited about your new camera, "Can't wait to see pics from your new buy".

I still feel you should have preserved your old cam, for the quality captures it did for you.

All the best again,

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Old 18th October 2010, 10:56   #122
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Your travelogue is getting better and interesting with your narration and photographs. Keep it coming.
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Thanks Fazal sab. Couple of more posts coming up soon.


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Jacs, I had never seen our National Animal in real in wild. We always had seen them in zoos. Also many comments here from other fellow BHPians about never spotting one in numerous jungle travels makes you "the fortunate Jacs & Family".

Rich colors of your photos gives real feel about the greenery and the moments you all enjoyed out there. All in all a superb travelogue and many thanks for taking time and narrating the story for our readers.

Looking forward to many more such TLs and that too I am excited about your new camera, "Can't wait to see pics from your new buy".

I still feel you should have preserved your old cam, for the quality captures it did for you.

All the best again,

NFS
Thanks NFS. Old cam served me well but had to part with it for funding the DSLR since my budget was very limited. And moreover I wanted it be used rather than keeping it idle. The guy who got it from me is already on his three months trip to Germany and making full use of it .


Sorry everyone, had to go native for couple of days for some personal matters. Shall continue with the thread from today.

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Old 18th October 2010, 16:48   #123
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We drove slowly to see if any hidden luck unveils. All regular sightings like Chitals, Monkeys, Langurs, Elephants etc. By the time we crossed Bandipur reception area, it started raining cats and dogs. I literally parked aside for about 5-10 minutes allowing rain to subside since visibility was really bad. We drove towards Gundlupet and while approaching a village noticed some yellow board towards left with a temple arch. Board was hidden by the branches of a tree but slowed down to see it says Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta. Road was not as good as we entered the route, overall a rough ride.


Road from Gundlupet to Check post
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A tree hut for safeguarding corn fields
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We drove for about 10 minutes to reach a check post in the bottom of the hill. We need to pay INR 50 for 4 wheeler entrance and from there its steep climb. Scenery from road started getting better and better, it was still drizzling. It took about 20minutes to reach the top where temple is located. Rough roads with steep climb but scenic of course.


Scene from road
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Road from check post to temple
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There weren’t much crowd there and enough parking spaces. Praveen has overtaken us on the way and his car was parked there. I parked side by side and just came out to feel the chill weather. Mist was playing hide and seek with us.

View from parking
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View of parking
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Temple as seen from parking
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Some clicks to give a feel of the weather
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Nature playing hide and seek with mist

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Ghat road as seen from top

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Man and the machine

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Family enjoying the view

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Notice the tempo traveller climbing

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Mist covered the view

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(to be continued...)
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Nice narration and pics Jacs..love the butterfly shots.
Seems like you had a really nice time at Bandipur. I'm planning a trip there too..shall get in touch with you for tips etc.

Enjoy your DSLR!! The 50mm 1.8 MkII you got is an amazing lens for the price it sells.
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Jacs,
Nice photographs of nature and landscape. Most of all three generations enjoying it.
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Jacs, what time you reached Gopalaswamy Betta? I had been there with my family, but there was no mist. Driving there in those conditions would have been awesome
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Nice narration and pics Jacs..love the butterfly shots.
Seems like you had a really nice time at Bandipur. I'm planning a trip there too..shall get in touch with you for tips etc.

Enjoy your DSLR!! The 50mm 1.8 MkII you got is an amazing lens for the price it sells.
Thanks Robi, do ping me for any help for the trip. If it was my DSLR and nifty fifty during the trip, I would have learned a lot. May be my next trip!



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Thanks fazal sab, you noticed it! Three generations enjoyed equally



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Jacs, what time you reached Gopalaswamy Betta? I had been there with my family, but there was no mist. Driving there in those conditions would have been awesome
Hey Raj, we were there from about 2:30 till 3:30PM. Seems like a close miss! Weather was really chill!
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Finally was able to catch up with the log. Amazing it must have been for you, we can feel it
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Hi Jacs

where exactly is this place "Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta" ?
it appears to be very scenic. BTW nice pictures.
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where exactly is this place "Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta" ?
it appears to be very scenic. BTW nice pictures.
This is near the Bandipur Wlidlife Sanctuary, actually a part of it. You reach it by taking a right deviation a few kms after crossing Gundupet on the Mysore - Ooty Highway. Boards are there
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where exactly is this place "Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta" ?
it appears to be very scenic. BTW nice pictures.

Star,

Actually, if one plans well, they can stay in this place. There is a building which can house some seven people. This is run by the ministry of forests. One can book this place from their office in Malleswaram. We had done this about 12 years back for a birthday party of my friend.

No food is available here. One needs to carry it from a nearby village. We had carried the required stuff from Gundlupet.

The only danger here is that, in the night this place is infested with elephants. If one is brave hearted, they can stay in this place in the night and see the elephants surrounding the buliding all through the night.

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Actually, if one plans well, they can stay in this place. There is a building which can house some seven people. This is run by the ministry of forests. One can book this place from their office in Malleswaram. We had done this about 12 years back for a birthday party of my friend.

No food is available here. One needs to carry it from a nearby village. We had carried the required stuff from Gundlupet.

The only danger here is that, in the night this place is infested with elephants. If one is brave hearted, they can stay in this place in the night and see the elephants surrounding the buliding all through the night.
thanks the additional information Raj and Nandan, In all looks like an exciting place apart from being scenic. Looks like one more interesting place added to the list of places that needs to be visited pending money and time.
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This is near the Bandipur Wlidlife Sanctuary, actually a part of it. You reach it by taking a right deviation a few kms after crossing Gundupet on the Mysore - Ooty Highway. Boards are there

The Gopalswamy Betta is the highest peak in the Bandipur Forest Area and can be reached from following location :

After entering on Ooty Road from Guldlupet, the first major village you see is Hangla Village, and on the other end of the village, from where the road descend, you can see an ARCH on your right side. Take that road and keep your vehicle on the left of the road to avoid any confusion because after few kilometers, there is a Fork and one road on right side leads to another village and the road on left leads to Gopalswamy Betta.

Once you reach on top of hill, you can see magnificent view of Bandipur Forest below the hill from the Temple premises.

I suggest do not go down on the other side of temple as that area is frequented by Elephants and Leopards and occassionally Tiger.

If climate is extremely cold and is early morning, then you may be able to see Snow formation inside the temple walls.

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Finally was able to catch up with the log. Amazing it must have been for you, we can feel it
Thanks for visiting Lalu and yes it was an amazing vacation.



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Hi Jacs

where exactly is this place "Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta" ?
it appears to be very scenic. BTW nice pictures.
Star as Raj and Nandan already guided. Its very close to Gundlupet and probably one of the quick to reach hill stations for us. The main attraction is the temple on the top of the hills. There are chances of spotting Guar and Elephants if you trek down hill but its strictly illegal .
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