Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Chamunda Mataji (Devi) Temple in Jodhpur

The Chamunda Mataji Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is located in the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort. Chamunda Mataji was the much loved goddess of Rao Jodha. In 1460, he brought her idol from the old capital of Mandore in 1460. Then, it was installed in the Mehrangarh Fort. Till date, the goddess remains the Isht Devi (the adopted goddess) of Maharajas and the Royal Family.

During Dussehra celebrations, the Mehrangarh Fort is thronged by ardent devotees to get a glimpse of Goddess Chamunda Devi.

More recently the temple has been in news because of the stampede during Dusshera celebrations when nearly 140+ people lost their lives.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Nehru Zoological Park (Zoo Park), Hyderabad

Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad was opened to the public on 6 Oct 1963. The park extends over 380 acres, and is a sought after recreation spot in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

There are separate zones for different sets of animals/birds

Birds of Prey
Nocturnal Animals
Reptile House
Otter House

There are 5 types of safaris conducted in the zoo

Lion Safari
Tiger Safari
Bear Safari
Bison Safari
Butterfly Safari



Nehru Zoological Park,
Hyderabad- 500 264

Phone: 040-24477355

Bus numbers to reach the Nehru Zoological Park

From Bus Route Nos.
Secunderabad Railway Station 1Z, 7Z and 8Z.
Nampally Railway Station Reach Afzalgunj in Bus Route Nos 8M, 8R, 8U, 9, 9D, 9F, 9K, 9L, 9M,
9N, 9Q, 9R, 9X, 9Y/F, 65M and 65S. From Afzalgunj board bus route Nos is
7Z, 8Z, 94, 94K, 94R, 94U, 95A, 95L, 95M, 95P and 95R.
Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station 1Z, 2Z 7Z, 94, 94K, 94R, 94U, 95A, 95L, 95M, 95P and 95R.
Jubilee Bus Station Reach Afzalgunj in Bus Route No. 8R. From Afzalgunj bus route no .is
1Z, 7Z and 8Z.

Overall, a fun place to spend the entire day. Kids will love it as well as the adults.

You might like to view some pictures from the ZSL London Zoo as well - The Aquarium at the ZSL London is the first aquarium to be established and opened in the whole world. It has an amazing collection of aquatic life.