The Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary puts life back into perspective. Or rather it puts the perspective back into life. Trying to spot elusive animals, listening for bird calls and commuting on the first elephant into the heart of the forests which were once the private hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysuru himself - it's a little like everyday life, only drastically different. The elephant safari is an experience not only because you feel like the lord of all that lies before you, but also because, you never know what you might see. Depending on the Peacock's temperament in the moment, you could get treated to a Peacock dance, or you might catch it on a bad day when it might get modest and a vividly-hued tail peeking from the thick foliage is all you'll get. You might spot a bison playing peek-a-boo from behind a bush, or a crocodile sunning itself on the banks of the River Kabini. The Sanctuary is home to the Spotted Deer, the Sambar Deer, Pythons, Sloth Bears, Porcupines, Monkeys and over 230 species of birds. That's a lot of spotting to do - just might help you see the good things in life again.Bandipur is steeped in history and one can see it evolve over the centuries. The Maharaja of the Mysore created a sanctuary of 90 km2 (35 sq mi) in 1931 and named it the Venugopala Wildlife Park. The Bandipur Tiger Reserve was established under Project Tiger in 1973 by adding nearly 800 km2 (310 sq mi) to the Venugopala Wildlife park.