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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bandipur

20-21st February 2010

I was in Bandipur with my family last weekend. The exciting part of the trip was the sighting of a Tiger. It was resting on the edges of a pool.

The best part was that we could watch the Tiger for more than 20 minutes in peaceful conditions. More jeeps started trickling in as the news of the Tiger spread across the Safari groups. The Tiger was not very happy about this development and decided to move towards the bushes.


Elephant family
Just before the Tiger sighting, we had an interesting encounter with an elephant family. The Elephants were not happy seeing our Jeep due to some reason. From a higher area, we could see their angry behavior. Presence of a calf was also added to the commotion. Situation changed when our Jeep reached an open area. One of the Elephant started moving towards the Jeep.



I was trying to take snaps at that time. Suddenly, I saw only black color in my view finder and the camera refused to focus!! As I moved my camera down, I was stunned to see the pachyderm right in front of the jeep. Being at the window side of the open Jeep, I was within the reach of that Elephant.

Elephant lifted its trunk and trumpeted with rage. This was the crucial part where the Elephant decides for final attack or flees.

Fortunately, the giant creature could not muster enough courage to continue to attack and turned back!! All this happened within few seconds. I felt that I should have had a video camera.


I must say this was the closest and scrariest experience with elephants. The previous one was while trekking in Parambikulam forests.

Wild dogs
I would say that these are courageous animals as they were least bothered about our presence. They came very near to our Jeep.


Jungle fowl
This was the first time I managed to take a photo of it. Every time when I tried to take a snap of them, they used to run away!!


More photos of the trip can be seen here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hong Kong

6th February 2010


Hong Kong as a city consists of three main logical area.
· Lantau Island – the least populated of all areas has the airport and some tourist places like Big Buddha and Disneyland.
· Kowloon – The peninsula area physically connected to mainland China.
· Hong Kong Island – This is place that has the major landmarks (I mean the “big buildings”) of Hong Kong.

Though Hong Kong is merged to China, but China has a policy of “One country, two systems”. So, one has to pass through immigration process to gain an entry into Hong Kong (even from China).

One of the tourist attractions in Hong Kong is the peak. Situated in the Hong Kong Island, one can see the entire landscape of Hong Kong. There is a peak tram that takes people from the base to the top of the hill.

But on the day I visited the peak, cloudy weather played spoilsport. After spending few minutes on the top, I got down to the base.
The other attraction was the Hong Kong Island view from Kowloon area (Tsim Sha Shui). I took a ferry to cross over to peninsula.

From here, one can see the landscape of the Hong Kong Island.

I perambulated in the area for some time before I decided to head back to Hotel.


I was there again in the night for the light show. Taking a photo without a tripod was tricky. The rains made the matters even more difficult.


More photos of Hong Kong can be seen here.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Big Buddha, Hong Kong

6th February 2010


Big Buddha (also called as Tian Tan Buddha) is one of the major tourist attractions in Hong Kong. Even though it is situated in Hong Kong it is completely away from the “concrete jungle”.

Big Buddha is in Ngong Ping village Lantau Island (one of the island in Hong Kong). The exhilarating here is the cable car connecting to Big Buddha. It runs from Tung Chung railway station to Ngong Ping village for 5.7 km.


The glass bottom provides a great experience!!


There is also a trek path to Big Buddha. It runs along the Cable car path.

It was a cloudy day. We entered into the mist zone as we climbed up the mountains.

Big Buddha as seen from the cable car.

Once we get down from the cable car, we have walk through the Ngong Ping village.

Statues near Big Buddha.

Po Lin Monastery entrance.

Po Lin monastery. They also provide vegeterian meal!! Obviously, I had my lunch there!!

High rise buildings of Lantau island as seen from the cable car.