Like i mentioned in an earlier post, one of the first things to strike us about Bangalore is the number of green spaces. While there are a zillion things that I miss about Bombay, this is one thing that i really like about our new city…the trees and open green spaces!
Anyway, we have now visited Sankey Tank, Cubbon Park and the Bannerghata Bio Park. Sankey tank is nice…green, lovely promenade by the water..and a couple of large play spaces for kids. A little run down given the number of kids using it but fun all the same. The boys enjoyed running around and exploring all the jungle gyms! The highlight for Amu was the monkey dustbins and he kept looking for stuff to toss inside!
Cubbon park was lovely too…we went to the Bal Bhavan there and indulged in a train ride on a toy train (Putani express). It was a fairly realistic experience…we bought tickets, waited at a ‘platform’…moved solpa this side and solpa that side and then finally boarded the train once it had pulled in. The boys were most excited and Amu waved “bye-bye” to all and sundry as we chugged along. The train ride also gave us a good sense of all the other stuff in that park…the play areas, the science park (which i think these guys are still too young for but we will come back to it later i am sure). Then we treated ourselves to some candy floss – the boys’ first taste and I think amu fell in love with it because he grabbed at it and took fistfuls to shove into his mouth saying “nice!”
Next we moved to another part of Cubbon Park…a large green expanse with a big climbable rock in it. The boys pretended to be climbing a mountain and that was loads of fun too! Then we tossed a frisbee around and played some ball before heading back home.
Bannerghata was nice as well…much farther than i thought it would be and it took us over and hour to reach. The boys were fortunately pretty decent and patient on the way there and back so it was fine…else it could have been a nightmarish drive.
Once there we decided to do the “safari”. We waited for our bus and then when it arrived, got pushed and shoved behind as everyone else clambered to get on first. Nish was horrified and asked me at least thrice why people were pushing and running and i really did not have an answer for him. We ended up on the absolute last seats as everything else was taken but then the conductor took us right to the front and gave us seats just by the driver so we actually lucked out big time and had a super view!!! The safari was quite decent actually…especially after the animals we have seen (or not) at the Mumbai zoo. there are large green enclosures with gates that we went through and each enclosure has a particular animal. So we saw bears, tigers (regular and white), lions, elephants, peacocks and deer. We got really close to some sleeping lions too. The boys really enjoyed it and we got some good pictures as well.
After the safari, we decided to skip the zoo as it was really hot and the boys looked tired too. We treated ourselves to some nice coconut water and cold cucumber slices before heading back home.
All in all, a nice experience, though the vendors are extremely unfriendly and everything is sold above MRP.
Next stop Ulsoor lake!