It was Mahesh's idea to go on a drive during the weekend. We decided on the Meenakshi temple on Bannerghatta road. Sundar joined us. At 11:00 Am three of us took off on two bikes. Mahesh has recently bought a pulsar and hence is pretty excited about driving and as for me, already tired of the Bangalore traffic happily chose the back seat. :-)
We reached the temple in just half an hour. The temple is constructed by the same trustee that runs the Madurai Meenakshi temple. Of course this is a miniature version of the original master piece. But what pleased me the most about this place is its serene atmosphere. I loved the place for the divinity it generated in the midst of busy, hectic Bangalore life. For Bangaloreans, who want to spend some divine moments at a temple that provokes Bhakti, this place is a must go.
After spending some time at the temple and absorbing some grace both Mahesh and I agreed that the journey had to continue, not back home but to some place, even far. So we decided on driving to Bannerghatta Biological Park. We had to convince Sundar, which wasn’t that difficult though. Soon we set off on another drive. On our way to the park, we got lost by taking a wrong turn that would have led us to Annekalu. But that road, (seemed less taken) was even more exciting, that made one think of fleeing away on a long journey, to some place unknown, where no one knows you and you know no one; a journey that probably would never end. Sundar was the first to figure out that we were heading in a wrong direction and gave us a call. So we had to return back to the reality of two day weekend. :-)
Bannerghatta Park was a surprise. We took the Lion-Tiger safari. It was a good drive in a mini bus into the Lion and Tiger Park. Few tigers walked very close to the bus. A white tiger stole the show. Lions were dull, probably heavy with sleep after a good meal.
That Was A Heavy Lunch
After Lunch Walk
I am Cool, I am Different
After the short safari, we took a tour of the zoo. We were very disappointed by the maintenance there. Crocodiles looked as though they were on diet. :-) Monkey’s sad as never; a dirty duck pond which probably has not been cleaned for a decade. In spite of the tourist crowd, in spite of fairly reasonable entry fee, if this is the case, then it definitely needs some investigation. I would love to see this place developed as it is truly a big treat to have a national park, so close to one of the major cities of our country. (Only 22KM South of Bangalore) Need to check and contact the respective authorities.
Look, I can Walk With One Leg Closed.
A Drop Of Water Please
All in all it was a great trip. Bannerghatta road has plenty of nice Dhaba’s. So we treated ourselves with some good food, along the way back. Well that was a short, unplanned trip, yet for me a special one for various reasons. Every unexpected journey is special for plenty of reasons, for what is seen, heard or felt. At this point I recall a thought that had once come to me – “It’s not the place where we go or what we see, that makes trips memorable, it’s how we feel at that particular moment, is what stays.”
Weekends Up :-(