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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi October 11th 2013

Distance: Hyderabad 361 km 7h, 50m Bangalore 372 km 7h, 10m Pune 537 km 11h, 20m Chennai 578 km 12h, 20m Mumbai 696 km 14h, 50m Best time to visit: October-March Road Conditions: Very Good/some patch of village road (Mostly Toll Roads) Fooding/Lodging: Yes Days needed to see : average 3 full days. The historical town of Hampi, is one of the most important tourist destination on the Indian as well as international map. Located in the state of Karnataka, the town is popular for its intricately carved temples and stone sculptures. Some of the most popular temple structures here include Shri Virupaksha Temple, Balakrishna Temple, Shri Vijaya Vitthala Temple and Sasivekalu Ganesh Temple. Few must see are : the Stone Chariot at Vitthala Temple and Ugra Narsimha statue at Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. For history lovers ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore October 2nd 2013

A trip to the south Indian temple town of Kumbakonam is indeed a very informative and exhilarating experience.The trip invariably leads one to the various temples of the Chola dynasty replete with religious fervour and architectural finesse.I commenced my journey from Bangalore and travelled by an overnight train.It covered the journey of about 600 Kms in 11 hrs.This small temple town draws crowds who come mainly to pay obeisance to the presiding deities of the navagraha temples.Some of these temples are indeed marvels of architecture built by the Cholas.It definitely helps if one has a personal transport since the temples are situated in different directions and to make it to all these places in a brief span of time can be strenuous and tiresome.There are a number of hotels for the budget conscious traveller. One could ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Dandeli September 11th 2013

“ Hey Shaf, be ready in the morning, we're going somewhere with Pradeep and shall be back after a day or two “ It was Melwin over the phone, We used to call him Mel or Melly. He was my classmate and Colleague and is a dear friend in Bangalore. Pradeep is his childhood friend; I met him couple of times and became his friend as well. Nice guy and a driving passionate. He is good at driver seat on any roads. Next day Pradeep came a little late and picked me from the spot and the car directly went to pick Pradeep’ s friend.I do not remember his name now, after a year or so since we met, one accident has taken his soul away from this world. It was early in the year 2011, ... read more
L to R : Deepu, Mel & myself(xtr.R) with some medi. students @ Davengare Med. Col'g.
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore September 10th 2013

Here are some photos taken during a trip to Bangalore. Just fascinated by all the British names you see in this Hitech city.... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi July 27th 2013

Geology Rocks! - Ross Gellar, NY Stepping off yet another overnight sleeper train with the standard array of snorers, starers and people that think it’s acceptable to hock the nastiest sounding loogies from way up in their sinuses and flob them out the window, we arrived in Hospet. From Hospet, we would need to take a 30 minute or so Tuk tuk to Hampi for which we were already dreading the obligatory haggling with the local drivers. ‘Fortunately’ for us, there was a guy on our train who had a tuk tuk parked outside (how this was possible, I don’t know) who followed us down the platform asking if we needed a ride into town. Having had this kind of hassle many times before, we decided to sit on the platform with a cup of unbelievably ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore July 23rd 2013

‘’Its not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can be hit and keep moving forward – Rocky Balboa So, after a fairly relaxing time in Kodai, we were off in search of even more downtime in the city of Mysore, home of Ashtanga Yoga. We had booked ourselves into a great little hotel not too far from the centre for a great price and were looking forward to seeing what Mysore had to offer. We were willing to stay here for a few weeks or even a month if we liked the feel of the place and if we could get something good going on with one of the local Yoga places….but with no real plans, we were just going to play this by ear. Our first venture out ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 20th 2013

The LONGEST day of my life Who knew it was possible to experience one day for more than twenty-four hours??? Sounds impossible, but it can be done and I have lived it! I lived 30 hours of July 20, 2013. It started out in Bangalore, India and ended in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Leaving was bittersweet. I enjoyed my time in India, but I missed the United States and the people I love back there. It was a nice experience to undergo and I am very glad I participated. I am very glad I went to the Taj Mahal and was able to successfully tour Delhi by myself and not get sold into the slave trade (I was so nervous for that…). The people were phenomenal, so hospitable. Just because the residency ended, doesn't mean the adventure ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 19th 2013

Friday Our last day of the residency of getting packed prior to our departure for the morning. Our last two visits consisted of GE and Micro-labs But before we could get to either, we got to experience a true Indian traffic jam. It took us about 2.5 hrs to go less than 20 miles. From GE we were off to Micro-labs who served us Jainism food. The part of GE we visited was GE Aviation as two of the students work there in the USA. At GE they are big on digital solutions for aviation and being able to effectively use data. The compound has been in Bangalore since it began in 1999. It is a global research center - facility for 300 ppl, aviation 700, P&E, transportation, health care The main competitor is Rolls Royce. ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 18th 2013

This was a big day for my partner and I, as we were going to be presenting to Infosys in the afternoon. First, we had a stop at Intel. Intel India doesn't have its own website from Intel, like 3M had, so the link is to Intel India’s website. The campus is fairly large. There we had presentations from couple of people and were given a tour of the Testing facility - pretty sweet to see all the latest and greatest tablets, smartphones, and notebooks. Intel’s mission is to create computing technology to make life easier for everyone on the globe. They invest a lot in rsearch and design. The site we were at in Bangalore is the largest non-manufacturing site outside USA. Much insight was re-laid on how starting an office is challenge and getting ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore July 17th 2013

Third Day of Residency This was probably the most interesting day of the entire trip. This day we were heading to a town (by Indian standards, city by American standards) outside of Bangalore called Mysore. There is large, beautiful palace there we were going to tour. After the tour, we had lunch and then were off to a rural village to see where some of the Selco solar panels are being utilized today. It was about a three hour bus ride to Mysore. We made a stop halfway through to get coffee and take a bathroom break. However, in the bathroom stalls, there was no paper. We had to get the paper handed to us by the lady who looked like she was there to clean the bathroom. When I came out to wash my hands, ... read more
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