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Shamirpet Deer Park, Hyderabad

It was our first family outing post pandemic and all of us were excited to get out of house and enjoy a day out in open fresh air! We chose a less crowded place and on the outskirts of the city.

The park is itself is quaint like any other park you come across in the city with lot of trees, play area for kids, rocks etc., and an extension to the forest area. Since this park is in the middle of nowhere, there will be hardly two to three families in the park at any given point in time. How do I know this? You will get the answer to this as you read on.

This park is maintained by the government. The deer only come once every few hours for the food provided by the reserve. My idea of deer park was deer will be going about their business – eating, playing and killing time. Visitors like me can walk in any hour of the day and watch them. Easy peasy!

NOT!

After walking for almost a kilometer post lunch no less, we get to know the deer make an appearance when they like! ☹

Having driven so far out of the city with literal dark clouds hanging on us we did not want to go back without seeing them. And so we waited for their darshan!

Finally they made their appearance for 15 minutes and disappeared into the forest. There was a flurry of activities around the park for those 15 minutes! People taking pictures, shouts of excitement and what not!

So if you plan to visit this place, try visiting with a big group. So you won’t go crazy waiting around for the deer and have enough company to keep you occupied.

Watching those deer for however short time was worth the wait. It felt peaceful watching them having no care in the world, living a wild life in open. The deer were beautiful from a distance – not that they came any closer for us. They were living in sanctuary. Their sanctuary! Content with their lives!

When we came back home and checking our pictures which ones can go on our social media, we realized one thing. With technology growing and evolving I forgot to change settings from portrait mode to normal picture mode. With this, I effectively blurred the deer in the background of all the pictures I have taken of my family. Needless to say, I never heard the end of it from them! 😀

Overall, we had a good time in the park with family. The long drive back home got even better when the sky opened and poured out its worth. And we had lots of fun listening and singing monsoon songs!

Saudhamini Mylaram

HR by profession. Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do apart from gardening, cooking and driving.

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