The Hyderabad Zoo - One of the Best in Asia !!

Friday, September 19, 2008 Vishaal 3 Comments

Swathi and I visited Hyderabad last month to attend the wedding of a cousin. Swathi was travelling with me for the first time and was wide eyed , staring at all the things Hyderabad had to offer. Since I grew up in this city, I had a good idea about the effect it would have on any first time visitor. Hyderabad to me is the king of all tourist places in India, and , offers a wide range of activities to all kinds of tourists.

Since we were short of time, we did not get to spend much time touring the city, but I managed to take her around a few hotspots, including the Charminar, Golconda and the Hyderabad Zoo. This post will be about the Hyderabad zoo. There is much more than these places to visit in Hyderabad, and I have promised Swathi, another trip at a more leisurely pace.Hyderabad Zoo

The entrance to Hyderabad zoo (From:

My camera was not working, so could not get good pictures. But have managed a small collection of pictures to post here. The entry to the zoo is not as huge as the rest of the zoo. In fact one might be tempted to skip the visit. But once inside, you get a feeling of being in a vast forest, surrounded by all the beautiful animals. At the entrance, you are searched for plastic items , which are promptly confiscated or you can pay a 5 rupee deposit and collect the same when you return with plastic item. This is to prevent littering of the zoo campus. You have to pay a 20 rupee entrance fee if you are an Indian. People from outside India are asked to cough up 100 bucks. Camera and videography charges are extra.

Toy Train at Hyderabad Zoo

Well Swathi was all for a ride on the toy train inside the zoo. The toy train takes us around a small part of the zoo at a speed of about 20 kilometers per hour. You get to see a few animals, but otherwise is not so useful. Walking around the Zoo is a better way to see it. We took the toy train though and swathi had a great time, taking pictures and making a lot of noise.

Deer From The Train

The Nehru Zoological Park, that is the official name, has a huge collection of Deer. The Nehru Zoological Park, has bred some notable exotic and indigenous animals and birds, like the Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Tiger, Panther, Gaur, Orangutan, Crocodile, Python etc., not to speak of number of Deer, Antelopes and Birds. Several animals bred in the Zoo were rehabilitated in various Deer Parks and Sanctuaries to restock the depleted natural population.

Will post again later.


Punctured !!!

Friday, September 19, 2008 Vishaal 1 Comments

The roads in Manipal and Udupi are in such a bad state, that , it is very risky to travel on them. Add to that, the increasing traffic on this route and you are sure to witness an accident or two every day. Yesterday it was almost my turn. I had gone to the railway station at Indrali, and while returning with Swathi after booking the tickets, the rear tyre got a huge puncture. I almost skidded onto an oncoming truck. Luckily for me, the vehicle was coming at a slow pace (owing to the horrible, potholed roads) and I managed to drive us to safety.

I wonder does the District Collector require a huge office that's coming up near the End Point, when the same amount could be spent on repairing these roads to hell??