Taxi Fare I Paid for Bodh Gaya to Pawapuri via Rajgir-Nalanda to-and-fro Journey

Rs. 2500 for Indigo car said a travel service in Bodh Gaya upon the query for journey to Rajgir, Nalanda, Pawapuri and return.

Rs. 500 paid as advance.

7:10 am next day we started the journey from Bodh Gaya reached Chariot Wheel Mark and Shell Characters and nearby Bimbisar Jail (right-hand side of the highway) in Rajgir at 9:10 am after covering distance of 73 km approx.

Bodh Gaya to Rajgir 2 hours approx. travel time.

Next stop at 10 am was Sone Bhandar and 1 km further Battle ground of Jarasandh.

Since morning no breakfast and the time close to 11 am. We stop at Green Hotel (suggested by the cab driver) situated almost opposite hot water spring in Rajgir. We had Aalu Paratha, Dahi (curd) , Aalu Dum, Egg Curry, Salad. Cost – Rs. 408/-. Aalu Dum and Egg Curry was the best prepared meal I had in recent times. I love food from Bihar.

After lunch we had a visit to hot water springs and a halt at Venuvan on left hand side little further.

11:50 am we reached Nalanda to visit Nalanda Mahavihara. We met R.B. Prasad – the guide and a walk to listen history.

2:10 pm we left Nalanda and dropped the idea of visiting Pawapuri as we were tired by now. We have to visit Vulture Peak in Rajgir also which is a short climb – I said.

At Silao we stop to purchase the traditional famous snack – Khaja and further continuing journey to reach Rajgir again.

3:20 pm we started climbing stairs to reach Vulture Peak. 30 minutes trek – maximum. 4:40 pm we started walking down.

5:00 pm we left Rajgir for Bodh Gaya.

6:30 pm we reached Gaya and 6:50 pm Bodh Gaya.

Total distance covered from Bodh Gaya to Nalanda to-and-fro 194 km. Road condition – brilliant.

I am happy with the travel services quote. Rs. 2000 pending amount paid. It was a nice tour. Thank you – said I.

How much Taxi Fare I Paid for Bodh Gaya to Patna to-and-fro Journey?

Taxi fare many times fluctuate a lot specially if the journey is outstation but during search & bargain finally I found a travel service at Bodh Gaya that was offering Rs. 3000/- for Bodh Gaya to Patna to-and-fro journey (same day return) by Indigo car.

Offer accepted. Advance amount paid to Asian Travel Services (0-9234772239/9471477707) , near Chinese Temple, Bodhgaya. Done – said I.

We started our journey at 7 am from Bodh Gaya to Patna via Makhdumpur > Dhanurua (famous for lai). At Dhanurua (9:20 am) – 90 km approx. journey we stop for a cup of tea and finally reached Patna Railway station at 10 am.

Total journey time from Bodhgaya to Patna Railway Station was 3 hours approx.

Road condition between Bodh Gaya and Patna is very good except few Kms after Jehanabad, not that good. Need improvement.

The distance between Bodh Gaya and Patna Railway Station is approx. 120 Kms. The driver said if there is more traffic on road specially when you enter Patna – travel time could be more.

In short 120 km x 2 (Bodh Gaya to Patna to-and-fro) plus approx. 25 km travel within Patna Town. Total 265 km journey maybe or even more and total taxi fare I paid Rs. 3000. I am happy with the car rental service. The driver was punctual and efficient too.

A Visit to Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat

The idea of visiting Sakkarbaug Zoo was because of a pamphlet I received at Geeta Lodge. The pamphlet enhanced knowledge – Sakkarbaug Zoo situated at Rajkot road is the oldest zoo in Gujarat and third oldest in India. It was established in the year 1865.

Fantastic. I have a reason to visit – said I during our short trip of Junagadh to attend Bhavnath Fair – 2015. We hire an auto and paid Rs. 40 fare for two people from S.T. Bus stand to Sakkarbaug Zoo approx. 3 km distance.

Rs. 20 is the zoo ticket price for adult (above 12 years) and Rs. 10 for senior citizen. Camera fee – Rs 20.

The moment you enter zoo it is visible – well maintained, well made paths with directions for visitors.

During the tour I saw varieties of birds such as Black Ibis, Greater Flamingo, Ruddy Shelduck, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Indian Spotted Eagle, Sun Conure, Dusky Lory, Lady Amherst’s Pheasant, Lovebird, Budgerigar, Silver Pheasant, Ring-necked Pheasant, Domoiselle Crane, Common Crane, Rose-ringed Parakeet and many more..

Other than birds the zoo is also one of the best for wild animals watching such as Leopard/Panther, White Tiger, Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Giant Squirrel, Bonnet Macaque, Marmoset, White Buck, Hippopotamus, Indian Bison, Star Turtles, Crocodile, Striped Hyena, Porcupine and many more..

There is an aquarium too having varieties of fish such as Golden Fish, Guppy, Rosy Barb, Red Parrot, Koi carp, Red Eye Tetra, Sukkar Fish, Silver Dollar, Angel, Molly, Platy, Pearl Scale Fish etc. etc.

We also saw Cobra, Common Rat Snake, Common Sand Boa, Indian Trinket. And display boards enhancing knowledge about snakes in general and its features, myths, precautions to prevent snakebites and cure.

A mini-bus was parked. Upon query we were told there is a small ride for Rs. 25/per person to watch few more wild animals kept little deep inside the zoo. We purchased the ticket for tour.

Altogether it was a knowledgeable tour. I suggest one should visit specially because it is one of the oldest zoo in India.

Sakkarbaug Zoo Timings: 9 am – 6 pm and Wednesday closed.

Ruddy Shelduck

Local Name: Brahminy Duck, Bhagavi Surkhab.

Distribution: north-west Africa, Ethiopia and Asia.

Food: Aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.

Habitat: Wetland

Features: It has orange-brown body plumage and a paler head. The wings are white with black flight feathers. It swims well and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, usually found in pairs or small groups and rarely forms large flocks.

source: display board

(The photo was taken at Sakkarbaugh Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat)

Silver Pheasant

Distribution: South-western China, Eastern Burma, Southern Vietnam.

Food: Grain, leaves and invertebrates.

Features: The male is black and white, while the female is mainly brown. Both sexes have a bare red face and red legs. The males of the southern subspecies have greyer upper parts and tail with extensive black markings, making them appear far darker than the northern subspecies. Female are brown and shorter-tailed than the males.

source: display board

(The photo was taken at Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat)

Dusky Lory

Local Name: White-rumped Lory or Dusky-orange Lory.

Distribution: New Guinea and Indonesia.

Food: Mainly flower and sunflower seeds.

Habitat: Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests and subtropical or tropical moist montanes.

Features: The Dusky Lory is short tailed parrot about 25 cm long. It is mainly brown and has whitish back and rump. It has two color phases; the band across the upper chest together with its abdomen are either yellow or orange.

source: display board

(The photo was taken at Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat)

Ring-necked Pheasant

Local Name: Ring-necked Pheasant and Common Pheasant

Distribution: Manchuria, Siberia, Korea, Mainland China and Taiwan.

Food: Fruit, seeds and leaves as well as a wide range of invertebrates, with small vertebrates.

Habitat: The birds are found in woodland, farmland, scrub and wetlands.

Features: There are many color forms of the Male Common Pheasant, ranging in color from nearly white to almost black in some melanistic examples. The body plumage is barred bright gold and brown plumage with green, purple and white markings. The head is bottle green with a small crest and distinctive red wattle. Colchicums and some other races lack a white neck ring.

source: display board

(The photo was taken at Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat)

Indian Bison

Local Name: Gaur.

Distribution: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Food: Wild gaur feed mainly on grasses, herbs, shrubs and trees with high preference for leaves.

Habitat: Evergreen forest.

Features: Gaur is the largest bovine in the world. It is the state animal of Goa. Gaur are side to look like water buffalo at the front and domestic cattle at the back. They are the heaviest and most powerful off all wild cattle and are among the largest living land animals; elephants, rhinos and hippos the weight Gaur may equal or even surpass that of a Giraffe.

Source: display board

(The photo was taken at Sakkarbaug Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat)

White Buck

Distribution: Mainly in India and also in Nepal, Pakistan, Texas and Argentina.

Food: Herbivorous. Feeds on fresh grass, leaves grains, crops etc.

Habitat: Grasslands and fields, not noticed in hilly area.

Features: White Buck is not different from BlackBuck but White Buck has not retained pigments for natural color although they have retained the elegance. It is speedy among the all deers. It can run 90 km per hour.

source: display board

(The photo was taken at Sakkar Baug Zoo in Junagadh, Gujarat)