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Old 20th February 2011, 00:48   #16
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No way. For the love of god, we have been planning trips to BR for quite some time, and everytime we keep putting it off. A bunch of us bhpians who are good friends, go on some planned drives actually.

I hope the leopard stays there.

U are very luck to get the leopard and to pose like that for you
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Wow!! You are one of the luckiest men on earth. Sighting not one, not two but three leopards in a day is really something when most other souls scour the jungles for months and never get a sighting. Congratulations nkrishnap
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Day 2 continued.

After the safari we headed straight back to the lodge packed all the stuff and headed for a late breakfast. We checked out at the lodge well before 12 noon and the next destination was the Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta. Soon we were atop of the hill. With my good friend (a forest guard) we dumped the luggage inside a room which belongs to temple. After the darshan we headed off for a small trek with the intention of spotting a few sambar deer and gentle giants.

We trekked down the hill till the fort and we were greeted by a herd of elephants. It is their world and we had to back off to a safer distance and watch these beasts go on with their routine stuff.

Now the very disturbing fact is that with more number of visitors flocking the place, the surroundings are getting real dirty and far from ideal for the animals. You would get to see all sorts of things, such as beer cans, beer bottles, cigarettes, lots and lots of plastic bags thrown around

The forest guard provided more information that the elephants in the region were getting more and more aggressive, but not with much of a clear indication of the cause for this aggression by the elephants.

Now I am trying to form a small group of people who would like to volunteer to run a small camp and ensure the surroundings are kept clean with the help of the forest officials.

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By now we had decided to head back to Mysore to stay at my colleague’s house. So we trekked back up the hill and relaxed for about 20 mins and it was time to ride back to Mysore. We planned to reach Mysore at least an hour before 7:30 pm to catch the Mysore Palace basking in the lights. The road up to Nanjanagud is pretty good. We stopped over for snacks and a cup of strong coffee to keep ourselves going for the rest of the day but not before we caught a glimpse of the sunset and the moon rise.

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The nightmare started right from Nanjanagud to Mysore. You don’t need to hire a rocket and head to moon to see the moon’s surface. The road is a replica of the moon’s surface on the entire distance of 25 kms between Nanjanagud and Mysore as the potholes ranging from small to extra large is very evident. Finally we reached the Palace only to know that the lights would be turned off in a couple of mins. Managed to click one pic of the entrance.

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Finally, reached my colleague’s house. After lapping up a tasty dinner it was time to hit the sacks.
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Day 3: December 19th, 2010

With not much being planned for the Sunday, we woke up to be familiar and inline for a Sunday morning. The plan was to visit the Zoo, finish lunch and head back home. As usual the visit to the zoo being pretty normal, I will let the pictures narrate more about it.

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The hornbill

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After the zoo visit we headed back to my colleague’s house. A late lunch and it was time to get back on roads to be back at Bangalore. Reached home by 9 pm due a very slow and leisurely ride with many stops.
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Wonderful narration Krishnap. You did not take the pictures of the herd of the mammoths?
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Wonderful narration Krishnap. You did not take the pictures of the herd of the mammoths?
The herd were actually behind the trees, the elephants came one after the other ruling out the possibility of taking snap of the all the elephants together.
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Excellent pictures.You are very lucky to spot a cat in the wild, and its a experience of a life time.

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Amazing photography. Some of them were national geographic moments.
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Hey can you please send the google link of the route that you had taken from Bangalore on your way to BR Hills.
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