Monday, August 11, 2014

Photography at Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park

The idea was to go and watch the Blackbucks, as this was one of the preserved areas in Hyderabad that has good Blackbuck Sighting. However what turned out at the end was far more than expected. It was a park with a beautiful butterfly garden, so well maintained that my passion for bird photography took me into a new realm of butterfly photography all-together.

At the end of the day, I was able to get a lifer in the form of Purple Rumped Sunbird (not that it is rare - just that I never clicked it before) and obviously complimenting it with close to 8 different butterfly species. This was my first Butterfly Photography Outing. Click here for all the other Butterfly Pics I have clicked till date

Some Info about the location:

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The Park opens at 09-00 AM until 5 PM. It is quite near to Ramoji hence one can take the Outer Ring Road (ORR) to reach there, however the distance through ORR will almost be double of what it takes, if you go through Uppal and towards Vijaywada. I chose to go through ORR to avoid the traffic.
The entry ticket is for Rs. 5 per person with no extra charge for Camera. However at the counter the person forced us to buy 2 Rs.5 tickets for each person. Probably the other Rs5 is for the bus safari. Anyway, whether it is a dubious way to show that the number of visitors has increases or whether it is genuinely Rs. 5 x 2 for each, I have no clue.

The bus safari is just average, they don;t allow you to get down from the bus, they hardly even stop the bus, it's just a trip around inside the park to see the balckbucks and spotted deers. However outise the safari area, the butterfly park was a real treat to the eyes.

Enjoy the pics below.

Somehow the names of butterfly species are very strange when you hear it for the first time.

Purple Sunbird eclipse

Cattle Egret

Ashy Prinia


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    1. Thanks, it was good visiting this place. It has an amazing collection of butterflies much like the hyderabad zoo that also has a dedicated butterfly garden.