Each one of us has a ‘Mowgli’ in us, waiting to manifest. All we need is a good, green Jungle (forest). Unleash your ‘Mowgli’ in Bandipur National Park. Who knows you might even spot a ‘Bagheera’ in the Jungle & befriend a ‘Baloo’?!
Where the Deccan Plateau meets the Western Ghats, God created Bandipur National Park – home to deciduous forests and shrublands. Among the rosewood, sandalwood, kadam & bamboo trees, live mighty elephants, ferocious tigers, cuddly sloth bears, sharp-tongued pythons, cute antelopes, howly jackals & many a bird.
Who would not want to pay a visit to the medley of life?!
Plan your trip to Bandipur National Park:
Bandipur is 80 kms. away from Mysore en route to Ooty. You could fly or wheel your way to Mysore & then take a bus/ book a car ride to Bandipur.
Or you could be a little more adventurous & take a road trip from Bangalore to Bandipur via NH275. I highly recommend it. If you take this option, this is the route you must take:
Bangalore –> Mandya –> Srirangapatna –> Mysore –> Gundupete –> Bandipur National Park
Estimated journey time – 4 hrs. 39 mis.
Book a Jeep Safari or a rickety Van Safari in Bandipur:
Once you reach Bandipur, you could either book a Jeep Safari (recommended) or a Van Safari & enjoy the forest & click some pictures to adorn your living room walls.
Jeep Safari will cost you INR 2500 – INR 4000 while Van Safari will cost you INR 200 per person.
Safaris are done in two slots:
- Morning, 6:30 to 8:30
- Evening, 3:30 to 5:30
Chuck something old; befriend someone new:
Bandipur National Park (or Tiger Reserve) is absolutely picturesque. In the deep, dark forests, when you spot a tiger, you will be beaming with joy. The sight of a herd of elephants or that of antelopes – fill you with happiness to the core.
There is something deeply satisfying about roaming around in a jungle. You feel as free as a bird, as fierce as a tiger & as wild as elephants.
Riding in the middle of a free jungle amidst free animals lifts your spirits. It’s therapeutic at some level & spiritual at others. When you come back from the safari, you develop new perspectives & see life from the eyes of an animal – who survives in the jungle every day, but never forgets the art of living.
That’s what a forest can do to you. That’s what Incredible India houses.
“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything”, Alan Watts.