From our common experience, the entire stretch beginning at the left hand turn from the CM House road, precisely from the temple with an elaborate bronze lion statue at the entrance, was a picnic spot. Boys would speed down the inclined road and frequently be turned back by the sight of surprise police check posts or speed up to the gate of Van Vihar or Manav Sangrahalaya. Every new vehicle owner in the city has an unnamed tradition of rolling their new vehicle down this stretch overflowing with tourists, joggers, weekend loiterers and of course, hawkers.
|A Tiger Yawning in Van Vihar|
|A herd of Black Buck crossing the road next to a board describing them|
Once after a brief rain spell, when my mother and I had stopped to catch the shade of a tree, a wandering black buck had allowed me and a little boy, the luxury of caressing him, while it grazed the grass surrounding the tree. My mother had switched on a camera with shaking hands but the moment she could focus the lens, the buck galloped back into the verdant that grew victoriously inside the park.
|A Female Neel Gai|
During the wildlife week, safaris would be organized both by the zoo administration as well as adventure companies and the visitors would be taken to the enclosures of bears, leopards and tigers that have been rescued from various poachers, animal entertainers and traders. Taking pictures of the enclosures were forbidden and information regarding the rescue and the well being of the animals was provided during these trips.
|A Cattle Egret|
|An Indian Stripped Hyena|
|A Singapore Turtle|