Date with Siberian Guests - Sultanpur National Park
It was one of the usual catching up conversations with Vishnu that we realized it has been long since we had met and hence it was time to plan something to catch up and have an outing. This thought was further strengthened by the fact it we hadn’t been out for quite some time and the itch to get out was already aggravating. Our wives as always were on board at first signs of the proposal. And so the search for a suitable destination began. We began with usual search of weekend getaways which would serve the purpose. We both wanted to get away to a place with is calm and close and provides enough relaxation. While we had shortlisted a couple of locations suiting our criteria, Vishnu suggested visiting the Sultanpur National Park. On quick search and enquiry about it, we freezed it as our destination.
|Birds Taking the Flight|
So the venue was finalized and we decided to visit the place on upcoming Saturday and we began our research of the destination. On decided date. December 5th 2015, we began our journey after a relaxed late Saturday morning. I know the ideal time to visit a bird sanctuary is right at dawn but then it isn’t something that seemed possible after a horrible week at work. So we decided that we would catch the birds while on their evening return flight home. As planned we started from Delhi at about 11 and headed to our first stop at Vishnu’s house in Gurgaon. Wifey, Priya, was kind enough to pack in sandwiches and other snacks for the day as our research indicated dearth of eating options at the park. After about an hour’s drive we were there meeting Vishnu and his wife Priyanka. After picking them up we headed straight to the park. The road after initial congestion opened up and we were on the open highway, as if blocked for ourselves.
Outside of Dhanot, a village on the way, we found numerous fruit vendors on either side of the road. It had been over an hour and half’s drive and the slight hunger was calling out to stop for food. All it needed was one of us to give word to that hunger and there we were parked on the road side and negotiating with the vendors. After some quick negotiations, some fruits in car and a confirmation of route, we were off again for our destination. Apparently we were almost there and all that was left were 3 kilometers. Soon we saw the giant display saying “Sultanpur National Park” and we pulled into the walled parking by 12:45 PM.
We proceeded towards the reception area and asked for tickets – a car entry cum parking, entry tickets for four and a camera. The guy at counter punched out 6 pieces of different papers and says 55 Rupees please. Yes that was all and out of it 25 were for camera and 10 for parking. We took our tickets and talked to guides standing there to grasp what was ahead of us. There are enough guides available at the counter and they charge anything between 500 to 2000 bucks based on the season and your negotiating powers. It was then we realized that we could not take our food items into the birds’ zone but they had maintained a separate park around where we could have our picnic experience. So we gulped down a sandwich and began our journey into the wilderness.
|View as You Enter|
|The Information cum Display Center|
|That is us in the Information Center|
|The Trail into Wilderness|
|Into the Woods|
|Birds Flocking in the Winter Sun|
|Yum is the Word|
|Climbing the Watch Tower|
|Birds Taking the Flight|
We took the car and headed back. As we realized that a great outing was coming to an end, we were conscious of the fact that similar occasion may not come soon. All of us could feel the heaviness in atmosphere that is characteristic of any return journey. We took first stop at Gurgaon to drop Vishnu and bid them goodbyes. By about 7 we were back at our home, tired yet eclectic at the way the day turned out and reminiscing of the wonder time spent with friends, food and nature.
|A Parting Shot - Us and Birds|
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