Sunday, January 25, 2015

Glimpses of Nandankanan Zoological Park

Glimpses of Nandankanan Zoological Park
The Giraffe in a sub-enclosure at Nandankanan Zoologcal Park. I find giraffes always photogenic!
Nandankanan Zoological Park was always in my wishlist. It is not that this was my first visit to Nandankanan, but on all previous occasions my visits were too short to mention. My past visits were part of the Golden Triangle of Odisha day trips and this zoo cum botanical garden used to be the last stopover for the day each and every time. Who can preserve energy till then, after eight hours of bus journey and brushing half a dozen of monuments/temples along the 150 kilometers route? So, this time my visit to Nandankanan was exclusive and devoid of distractions (as per my planned itinerary). The jealous weather couldn't see me strolling happily amidst wildlife with my cameras and hence the drizzle had to continue the whole day! Anyway I made it from Puri and spent the day there despite the monotonous raindrops and muddy paths. It was a flop show but at least I did put up a show.
Glimpses of Nandankanan Zoological Park
This Asiatic One-horned Rhino of Nandankanan is not as small as he looks in the photo.
If you're a backpacker like me and do not intend to spend two grands on a reserved cab from Puri, your best bet would be the passenger train that leaves Puri in the morning and would drop you at a small station named Barang in less than 2.5 hours. From Barang station take a shared auto rickshaw and get down at the main gate of Nandankanan in 5 minutes... quite a convenient and undoubtedly the cheapest option! Well, the alternate option can be faster but little more expensive. Avail those AC-nonstop buses plying between Puri-Bhubaneswar and surprisingly they take only an hour. From the bus terminus of Bhubaneswar, either take those small buses for Nandankanan or reserve an auto. If you're game for the train journey you'll be happy to know that there's a return train for Puri from Barang in the late afternoon which allows you to explore Nandankanan in your own sweet pace. My first adversity was the rain and second one was the real killer- In a zoo or wildlife sanctuary, photography without a telephoto lens is not fruitful. My point and shoot camera batteries betrayed and all I had was the 18-55 mm lens of my DSLR which was never enough to reach distant animals/birds. But again, there's always a next time...
Glimpses of Nandankanan Zoological Park
The tired, old Lion which we spotted from the safari bus. Bus safari was the stupidest decision!

7 comments:

  1. Giraffes are photogenic..with long, aristocratic necks :-D

    Konark Temple er chhobi gulo kobe dekhte paabo? ...waiting....

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    1. Muskil holo, Konark er eto chobi tulechi je folder ta khule select kortei bhoy lagche :-P
      Tobe hobe... hobe... apatoto checkout coming two posts on Mahishadal Rajbari :-))

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  2. I loved the sleepy Lion.
    I suddenly remembered two other lions, the 'Make in India' lion and 'Aslan' from Narnia.
    :P

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  3. Thanks to this post. I never knew there are Giraffes in India too. Loved all the pictures and how I wish I get a chance to see your part of the world.

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    1. Parul, please come to Kolkata if you haven't seen a giraffe till date... we've healthy giraffes in Kolkata zoo :-P

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