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Sagina September 28, 2023

Bandipur National Park is a very famous wildlife park and tiger reserve in the dense forest regions of the south Indian state of Karnataka. The 912 square km National park located amidst the picturesque surroundings has Karnatakas Nagarahole to its Northwest, Kerala’s Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary to its Southwest and Tamil Nadu’s Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary to its South. The national park is also flanked by three prominent rivers: river Kabini in the north, Moyar in the south and Nugu River running through the park. To Know More Lets Get Back In History Peaceful environment at the tiger reserve in Karnataka. Initially the park was a hunting ground of the Maharajas, subsequently adjacent reserve forest areas were added to the reserve and was named as Bandipur National Park. The national park was a breeding ground for Tigers and Elephants, hence this reserve was identified as one of the thirty reserves across the country to save them. Apart from Tigers and Elephants other animals like Panther, Sambar, Wild Boar, sloth bear, Jackal, Gaur, langu, and mouse Deer can be spotted here. The rich collection of flora and fauna has earned Bandipur National Park the tag of being one the best national parks of India. If you are a naturalist who gets easily drawn towards wildlife and nature, then a visit to the Bandipur National Park just cannot be missed.  Weather In Bandipur National Park The forest looks extravagantly rich with different shades of green during the monsoon months. Summer Season (March – June) – Temperature in Bandipur National Park begins to rise from the month of March and continues to peak till the end of June. The temperature during this time of the year is very hot. Maximum temperature can go as high as 38°C. Chances of spotting animals is high as the park dwellers come out in search of water and food during this time. Monsoon Season (July – September) – In Bandipur monsoon begins in July and goes on till September. Accessibility to certain areas of the park is limited as the terrains get slippery due to heavy rains. The forest looks extravagantly rich with different shades of green. Average temperature expected during this time is between 22°C-28°C. Winter Season (October – February) – It is during the month of October when winter touches the grounds of Bandipur National Park. With the onset of winter, the entire region becomes quite cold and wears a misty look. Temperature can drop down to as low as 15°C during the winter months. Wildlife can be easily spotted during this time of the year. How To Get To Bandipur National Park Bandipur National Park in Karnataka is well connected by air, rail and road. Here’s a quick look into how to reach the National Park by each of the three modes of transportation. Country highway through the forest of Bandipur in Karnataka. By Air – One can either take a plane to Coimbatore or Mysore airport which is just 84 km away from the park or fly to Bangalore international airport which is 255 km away. After reaching the airport, rent a car or take the local bus to reach Bandipur. By Train – Getting to Mysore railway station is very easy as Mysore is connected with a lot of cities and states through railways. Once at the Mysore railway station take a connecting train to Chamarajanagar which is 48 km away from Bandipur. You can also take a bus or book a cab from Mysore rail station to reach Bandipur. By Road – Several private and government run buses from all major cities of Karnataka will take you to Bandipur. You can also hire cabs or drive your own car. Please make sure to avoid late night and early morning travel as movement of vehicles are restricted in the forest range during this time. Distance between Bandipur National Park and few nearby cities are as below: Mysore: 80 km, Ooty: 80 km, Wayanad: 80 km, Kabini: 94 km, Calicut: 147 km, Coorg: 200 km, Bangalore: 220 km, Coimbatore: 126 km Suggested Reads: Famous Wildlife Sanctuaries And National Parks In Karnataka Things To Do In Bandipur National Park Apart from spotting the tigers and elephants, there are many interesting things to do in the National Park. Here are some of the must dos.  Go On A Jungle Safari Tourists trying to catch a glimpse of animals during the jeep safari. When it comes to safari in Bandipur National Park there are a variety of options. One can either choose between a Bus, Jeep or Elephant safari. Bus can accommodate anywhere between 14 to 25 people and takes about 45 minutes to complete. For a more personalized experience opt for the jeep safari that will take about 1.5 to 2 hours. Next is the elephant safari that stretches for approximately 20 minutes. As Bandipur is one of the best places to spot wild animals in their natural habitat, safari is a must do activity while here. Enjoy Camping Within The Wild All camps set up before sunset. Set up a tent around the Bandipur National Park to enjoy camping with friends and family. Keep your camera ready to capture the amazing flora and fauna around. However before doing so make sure you take prior permission from concerned authorities. Trek For Some Breathtaking Views A local guide walking ahead of the trekking group. Trekking too needs prior permission from the Karnataka Forest Department but all the efforts put in is completely worthwhile. Trekking through the different segments of the reserve will take you through lakes, rivers, waterfalls and if lucky, can spot some animals too. All treks have to be mandatorily accompanied by a guide.  Bird Watching To Spot Rare Species Bandipur National Park is a heaven for birwatchers. Over 200 spectacular species of birds, both local and migratory ones are sure to delight tourists. This is a heaven for birdwatchers. The rare species are a little difficult to find but birds like peafowl, woodpeckers, Indian Pitta, hawk eagles, kingfishers, ospreys can be easily spotted.  Also Read: The Mighty Five Must Visit Utah National Parks Concluding Thoughts Always follow the guidelines and stick to your guide’s instructions. Drinking, smoking and campfires are strictly prohibited inside the park. Show some respect to the animals by not creating nuisance and spoiling their habitat. With all the required information at hand, make sure to implement them while visiting Bandipur National Park and tiger reserve for a fascinating experience.  Some FAQ’s For You Which month is best for Bandipur National Park? As summer in Bandipur is very hot and monsoon has heavy rainfall, the months just after monsoon from September to February is the best time to visit.  During this time the national park looks greener and much more beautiful. What are the Bandipur Safari timings? Bandipur National Park safari timings in the morning are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 am and evening timings are from 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 pm. It’s mandatory for all safari vehicles to exit the forest before 6:30 pm. What are the chances of seeing tiger in Bandipur? One needs to be at the right place at the right time to spot the tigers. The safaris take you quite deep into the forest but spotting the tigers is purely based on luck. However chances of spotting them are more during the summer months as this is the time animals come out in search of food and water. 

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Have you ever wondered what the happiest place on Earth looks like? Well, Walt Disney created a magical kingdom which is a fitting example to this. He created a revolutionary vacation destination where one can immerse and relive the fond memories of the past. Our favorite characters that we have loved for years like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Cinderella, Lion king and many more are sure to take you on a magical journey. Setting foot on Disneyland California is sure to bring out the child inside of you. It’s a place that offers endless fun and adventure for people of all ages. Its incredible attractions, popular characters, thrilling rides and the different lands has made Disneyland California a go-to destination for millions of visitors from around the world since its gates opened. 8 Magical Things To Do In Disneyland California There's so much to see at Disneyland California that it can be pretty overwhelming. The big question here is, can one possibly see and do it all at Disneyland? Yes, we are here to make that possible by listing the top attractions that will add more fun and delight to your experience. Interact with Your Favorite Disney Characters Image Source: klook.com There is nothing more magical than getting an opportunity to meet your favorite characters and heroes during your Disneyland vacation. Make sure to check the Disneyland app to know the time for character meetings and ensure you get there on time. You can interact with scheduled characters in specific locations and also meet and greet characters that are simply roaming and wandering throughout the place. Some of the popular characters to look out for are Disney Princesses inside the Royal Hall in Fantasy Faire, meet Mickey and Minnie’s at Mickey’s Toontown, spot Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, catch Captain Hook and Peter Pan in Fantasyland and you also interact with beauty and the beast. Character greetings and capturing some moments with them are definitely a big part of a Disneyland vacation and your vacation will be incomplete if you don’t meet at least a few of them.  Attend Special Events And Parades Image Source: dlnewstoday.com If you want to see your favorite princesses or superheroes in action, do check the schedule of the events and parades as they are something you just cannot miss. The energetic and entertaining Disneyland parades with favorite characters, big events like the Oogie Boogie Bash at Halloween and Disneyland during the holiday season are the coolest thing to see. Often you need to pay extra to go to the special events but these tickets often give you exclusive access to rides and other experiences. So it’s all worth the money. The decorations and the ambiance of the parks during this time is at its peak. From the cast members to the rides and attractions, everything gets a makeover as per the theme. This brings about a total festive vibe and adds extra magic to the place. With so many parades and events happening, there is something for everyone here.  Get On The Best Disney Rides Image Source: klook.com With close to 50 rides it’s impossible to go on all the rides in Disneyland in a day. From thrill-seeking rides to low-key rides there are plenty of cool rides to entertain all types of visitors. Be prepared to wait for your turn as there will be long queues at the entrance for most of the rides. Here’s a list of the most popular one’s to enjoy. Exciting rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Millennium Falcon- Smugglers Run, Radiator Springs Racers, Space Mountain, and Star Wars-Rise of the Resistance are great for people looking for an adrenaline rush. On the other hand, a little cooler Disneyland rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Jungle Cruise and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will bring a smile to your face. Pick the ones that match your preference to kick start your Disney experience. Explore The Nine Distinct Lands ANNAHEIM: people at the entrance of disneyland in Annaheim, USA. Foundend by Walt Disney, the park opened in 1955. Disneyland is home to a variety of themed park filled with endless fun and excitement. The 100 acres park is so big that it can accommodate 76 football fields. To make things easier, it was divided into nine district lands. They opened with the Main Street, U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Galaxy’s Edge, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland. Each of these zones are distinctive from the other in terms of features, rides, and attractions. There is something for everyone, hence don’t miss the chance to explore all that Disney’s nine lands has to offer. Just to walk around and appreciate the amazing work of the Disney imagineers and to see the importance given to the tiny details in itself gives a relaxed and immersive experience. It’s no surprise that Disneyland California is one of the most well-known theme parks in the US. Resort Hopping At Disneyland Resort Image Source: undercovertourist.com The best way to balance the chaos of the theme park is by Resort Hopping at Disneyland. It’s the best way to make most of your Disneyland vacation as access to the park is easy. Disneyland California is home to three beautiful resorts: the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, and Paradise Pier. This is where you can relax, explore and enjoy the magic that Disneyland has to offer. Each hotel has its own unique theme spaces, amenities, and experiences, however the biggest advantages of staying in Disneyland is the convenience factor and the extra magic hours that the guests are eligible for. Split your stay between two or more Disney Resorts to get a little bit of all. Even if you don’t intend to stay at one of the Disney resorts or hotels, you can at least take some time to wander around and take in the magical atmosphere.  Ride Or Walk Down Main Street Image Source: disneylists.com Taking a walk or ride down Main Street USA is a must-do attraction at Disneyland California. This iconic land is the first themed land you will see after entering the “Happiest Place on Earth.” It is known for its charming shops, restaurants and the feel of being transported to the yesteryear. The main street is inspired by Walt Disney's boyhood hometown Marceline, Missouri and resembles American small towns during the early 20th Century. The Main Street windows have names of people who helped Walt bring the first Disney Park to life. You can either take a walk or hop on to any of the Main Street vintage vehicles that include an omnibus, jitney, fire engine and horse-drawn trolley. Taking a ride down Main Street in one of the vintage vehicles is truly a nostalgic feel. It’s the most beloved and integral part of the Disneyland experience. Compete In A Race At Cars Land Image Source: disneylists.com How about a speeding car race in Disneyland California Adventure theme park. Cars Land is a Disney attraction inspired by the Pixar franchise Cars. You can meet and click pics of cars with different personalities. The intricate details that go into making these cars is so great that one can spend hours just admiring the cars. You will also be allowed to race at full speed in the desert scenery of the Pixar movie. This is one of the most fun and immersive lands at the theme park where you can meet and greet everyone’s favorite car. For those who love to ride in a Fiat Cinquecento can try their hands at Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters which are dedicated to two other characters from the film. Make sure you see cars land at night as there is something magical about the place when the light goes on.  Dig Into Some Great Food & Drinks Image Source: cuisineandtravel.com How can a day filled with fun and excitement go without snacking on some exclusive Disneyland California treats. So here we are with a list of some of the must-haves snacks and drinks and where to try them. An entire day is not enough to try the variety of snacks and drinks that are available here. Some of the must try snacks are Blue Milk, this is a frozen drink available only in Galaxy’s Edge. Then we have the Mint Julep and Beignets at New Orleans Square, the Raspberry Rose Macaron from Jolly Holiday Bakery, Boysen Apple Freeze at Maurice’s Treats, the mouthwatering Dole Whip at Tropical Hideaway, try the Monte Cristo sandwich from Cafe Orleans and the Churro Toffee from the Candy Palace. Another great way to enjoy dining at Disneyland is by trying the Character Dining where Disney characters will walk around the restaurant and pose for pictures. Tips For Planning A Perfect Disneyland Vacation To make your experience as magical as the place is, do check out our handy and useful tips mentioned below: Image Source: accidentaltravelwriter.com Despite purchasing tickets, one needs to book the Disneyland Park reservations to secure your dates. Book them in advance (up to 120 days) to get lowest rates and discounts.  Tickets for Disneyland California vary from day to day. Ticket prices on weekends and holidays are higher when compared to the other days. Ideal time would be on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Staying on-site is the best option as commuting to and from the resort is easy. Another perk of staying on site is you get an early entry, 30 minutes before everyone else. If you can’t stay on site, check out for off-site hotels near Disneyland California so that you don’t lose any time in the parking or waiting for transportation. Generally the gates open 30 minutes earlier than the opening time. So being one of the first visitors of the day helps to maximize your time at Disneyland. First thing to do after entering the park is to rent a locker so that you can eliminate all unwanted stuff and travel light.  Download the Disneyland mobile app as all information regarding waiting times, show listings, character locations, restaurant menus, park maps and much more are available on the app. To avoid standing in long queues for rides, split up and opt for the Single Rider lines where you don’t have to wait for long. Wait until the end of the day for shopping as most of the shops are open until an hour after the parks close. Bring your own snacks and water as a major part of your time is lost waiting in long queues outside eateries. Food items are not allowed inside but you can store them in the locker outside.   Complete List Of Rides And Events At Disneyland California Image Source: wallpapersafari.com Main Street, U.S.A. - Disneyland Railroad, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Main Street Vehicles, Main Street Cinema, Disney Gallery Adventureland - Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Adventureland Treehouse  New Orleans Square - Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Disneyland Railroad Critter Country - Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Frontierland - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Sailing Ship Columbia, Frontierland Shootin' Exposition Mickey's Toontown - Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Disneyland Railroad, Mickey's House, Meet Mickey, Minnie's House, Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, Chip 'n' Dale's GADGETcoaster, CenTOONial Park, Donald's Duck Pond, Goofy's How-To-Play Yard Fantasyland - Fantasyland Theatre, It's a Small World, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Peter Pan's Flight, Pixie Hollow, Pinocchio's Daring Journey, Snow White's Enchanted Wish, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Matterhorn Bobsleds, King Arthur Carrousel, Mad Tea Party, Sleeping Beauty Castle – Walkthrough, Alice in Wonderland Tomorrowland - Astro Orbiter, Autopia, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Buzz Lightyear Astro, Blasters, Space Mountain, Disneyland Monorail, Disneyland Railroad, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Star Wars Launch Bay Star Wars Galaxy's Edge - Smuggler's Run, Rise of the Resistance Fireworks - Fantasmic, Believe... In Holiday Magic, Disney's Celebrate America, Halloween Screams Fantasy in the Sky during New Year's Eve, Wondrous Journeys Parades - Frightfully Fun Parade, "Magic Happens" Parade, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession Suggested Reads: 8 Amazing Things To Do At Universal Studios Hollywood Disneyland has been and will always be the historical legacy of Californian. The many things to do here is good enough to fill up an entire day. Experiencing Disneyland California is something you must not miss in your lifetime, why not, after all it’s the happiest place on earth! Let’s conclude with the inspiring words from the man himself, “Disneyland will never be completed, it will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” - Walt Disney. Some FAQ’s On Disneyland California Where is Disneyland located? Disneyland which is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company is located in Anaheim, Southern California which is about 30 miles south of Los Angeles. How many attractions are at Disneyland? As of June 2023, Disneyland has 52 attractions which includes all rides, shows, and exhibits. What are 3 facts about Disneyland that will surprise you? - Since its opening in 1955, this theme park in California has entertained more than 515 million guests.- Visitors can also own a piece of Disneyland by purchasing a brick for $150 that lines the path between Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.- More than 1 million gallons of soda, 4 million burgers and 3 million fries are served every year at Disneyland.  How much is a one day ticket to Disneyland in California? Price of the tickets keep changing as per the day of the week and the season. A standard ticket can start at $83 and can reach up to $179.  Why Disneyland California is so famous? As Disneyland was the first theme park opened by The Walt Disney Company under the direct supervision of Walt Disney it holds a special place and evokes the feelings of awe and nostalgia among all. In addition to that the theme park is also home to some iconic rides.

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