“you don’t need good memory to have good memories !! “
5 weeks passed in a whisker. I was in Bangalore , doing my intern at “Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore” which took place by sheer luck (had mentioned in this post) and followed up with some serious dedication. Now i am back to college but besides working from Monday to Saturday what i cherish are the amazing 5 Sundays i experienced. I still remember the minute details of every Sunday. Here are some :
1st Sunday: 13/6/2010 : Innovative Film City
My initial den was my sister’s place. Plans were not finalized till the previous night , I woke up after 10 am after a few not so used to hectic days gone by. I had started making a plan to meet my childhood friend, but suddenly after a few conversations at home we are off to “Innovative Film City”. First of all it’s not a film city , its kind of amusement park with major attractions like mini golf,mirror maze, miniature of “Madam Tussaud’s” museum, go-karting,virtual beach, haunted house (lasted fr half an hour or so !! ) and many more.
It’s a good place to spend a holiday with your friends and relatives. A full day is needed for paisa vasool and you will certainly come out with long-lasting memories. We missed on rock climbing and rope walking and i still regret it. It’s approximately an hour away from Bangalore on Mysore Road and there is no conveyance available while returning, so its better to have your own arrangements before you visit this beautifully built place. I had an amazing time with my jiju,sis and gaurav bhaiya. :)
2nd Sunday 20/6/2010 : Mysore Trip
Yes, its was my b’day and we planned to go on a Mysore Trip. I could manage only few hours of sleepand had to wake up at 5 am to get ready for the trip. We reached Majestic, a place where you get buses for any possible site and loads of travel agent. We were a group of 5 and booked tickets with a travel agent for a Mysore package tour. Initially bus moved with snail’s speed but picked up later. We reached a place with remains of Tipu Sultan’s Palace and also visited a temple near by.
We left for Chamundi temple on a hill-top and got an amazing view of Mysore city. Our guide was just too funny, I remember him telling the details about a palace which had now turned into a five-star hotel “yaha ek cup coffee ya tea ka price only Rs 500 hota, isme cup and saucer ka price nahi include hai” (one cup tea or coffee costs Rs 500 which does not include the price of Cup and Saucer).
Our next destination was the magnificent Mysore Palace .Camera’s were not allowed inside. After examining the interior for sometime it tells you what “Live Life King Size” means , as my friend Nikhil rightly told “Assume you are the KING of the palace while you are roaming inside” and believe me it will really make you feel like all the artistic works were just done for you. I was just amazed to see the hard work that may have been put in to build this awesome palace.
We then headed to a church and finally to Brindavan Gardens which is known for its fountains. We could see Sea of Heads across the parking area. Built on the backside of a dam, the major attractions lies with the fountain show. Different patters of water shoot were shown. There’s also an option for a boat ride which was fully used to reach the other part of the park. Again there were loads of fountains with different colors and styles. It’s an apt place to spend time, once the fountains start shedding water.
As we had time constraint we could not wander throughout and had to return. The bus journey was just amazing, I still remember few red faces when we were gossiping at loud voices. We reached back to Bangalore by 1am after a fun-filled experience.
3rd Sunday 27/6/2010 : Banerghata National Park
As earlier Sundays we still had no plans made. We decided late night to visit Banerghata National Park. Hardly an hour away from the city premises this park is known for its grand safari. We reached Banerghata Bus stop which is at a distance of 2km from the premises and decided to walk . Many vendors were to be seen outside the park . Among other attractions included Zoo and a Bird sanctuary. Being a Sunday the crowd was overwhelming. We bought the tickets and stood in queue for the safari ride , excited and ready to be surprised.Our ride was a mini bus with a 20 seat capacity. The journey started with an advice to “not to feed the wild animals”, on the contrary we were hoping that animals do not feed on us :P. The trip began with instant show and we saw deers at first. As the bus proceeded we saw many big bears , the reaction was much different from what I had expected.
It seemed like they were too used to tourists and did not react to buses stopping near them. We then moved to the lion’s area. The park is built in such a fashion that each creature gets ample space to live in. Lion’s with mane were seen but most of them were very lazy. Then we entered the National Animal’s area and saw many big beasts, a white color tiger was also seen.The ride always came to a standstill when an animal was seen. We turned back and reached the main entrance of the zoo after a 30 min ride. The zoo occupies a decent amount of land with many varieties of birds and animals.
The first 3 weekends were great in terms of what I had learned in IISc as well as the explorations we did in and around Bangalore. I had met amazing new people be it my prof,my colleagues in my department or my new friends. Its friendship day today and what could have been the best time to publish this post. Friends I had an awesome time with you people. Thanks for making my Bangalore trip so memorable. :)