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Emirates Park Zoo and Abu Dabhi Corniche

Emirates park zoo , located 35 kms from the Abu Dabhi is a good place to visit for the weekend. With buses going all the way to the zoo, one can easily get there in 40-45 min paying only 4 dhs. I had decided to pay a visit to the zoo on fri as it was a weekend. The zoo opens from 9.30-8 pm and the activities and other details regarding the zoo can be found in their official site http://www.emiratesparkzoo.com/.

The zoo from the bus stop in Abu Dabhi to the zoo took around 45 min and I was at the entrance by 11 am. Paying 25 AED for the ticket i began to explore the zoo. The zoo has a wide range of animals from lions , zebras, elephants, flamingos etc. It would take around 2-3 hours to cover the entire place.

Emirates Park Zoo

IMG_6480_resizeThe zoo has been segregated into various categories like predetors/elephants etc which can be easily accessed. There are also animal feeding sessions conducted by the zoo authorities and animals like the girafee, zebra, elephants, goats can be fed.

Animals in emirates park zoo

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Evening was spent walking on the corniche. The corniche or the corniche road is a manicured waterfront which has a cycling track, running and walking spaces. Spread over 8 kms the place is designed so that people and enjoy their evenings while enjoying the sunset on the horizon. The emirates presidential palace is on the same road and is one of the iconic buildings in Abu Dabhi

Abu Dabhi Corniche

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Sunset @ corniche

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Snaps can be found here

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Gummanayakanapalya Fort – Revisit

After a recee to GN Kote in december, it was time to pay another visit to the fort. Time constraints prevented me from trekking to the fort during the last visit. Now that the route was known, I could reach the place easily. With the new flyover opened on airport road,it was a easy ride all the way and soon I was at Devanhalli while enjoying the drive on the new flyover. The drive continued after a short stop for a cuppa. Another hour of driving saw me reach bagepalli. Taking right here I proceeded further, careful not to miss the left turn which we get after few kms.

From here on it was one straight road which was covered easily. I soon came across the sign showing the fort to be another 11 kms. Take another left at the signboard i continued the drive and soon reached the fort. Upon reaching the fort, the next order of business was to find out how to get inside and explore the fort. I had remembered a local guy saying it would take 2-3 hours to explore the fort completely. Upon inquiring from the locals, i came to know the fort can be explored in an hour max 1.5 hours which is quite less. With the time estimation done, the next question was who would take me around. Surprisingly i found couple of small kids who had been to the fort and they were to become our guides for the day.

The initial path to the fort goes through the village fields before we begin the ascent to. One can see a ruined structure at a distance which I was not sure what it was.

Ruined structure near GN Kote

IMG_6361_resizeThe ascent continued and I could soon we reached first tier of the fort where I could find some inscriptions written. Couple of  snaps there and we continued the climb. The builders of the fort have constructed steps everywhere which allows for easy movement. As the locals said it took around 1.5 hours to roam the fort completely.

Path to the Top

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The only remnants left standing are couple of minarets and walls. The rest of the fort is completely damaged.

Look around at GN Kote

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Snaps can be found here

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