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Published: December 24th 2015
(I have now more or less became a 'Bengalurian' with almost a decade of my life in the City. Since from my childhood Bangalore was the vacation spot,Perhaps I would write about this 'Home-away-Home' some other time. For now..., I wish to pen down some day out or drive-aways from Bangalore. I have made these one day trips in the year 2011&2012. Let me start it with Nandi-Hill ride)
That night Majeed (close friend) literally Challenged, and told us "if you are men enough, then wake up at 4.am and ride", because we had been telling about an early morning ride to Nandi-Hills for a while. But that night we hardly slept and fortunately able to wake up on time. Me and Niyas(another friend) put the gears on and before leaving I did not forget to give sleeping Majeed a kick , told him to close the door.
We both warmed up our Enfield and started riding via empty outer ring road towards Hebbal, after a while it started raining and we stopped at an underpass tunnel, Rain continued its susurrating tune, and we finally resumed. I still get that cold through my helmet and jacket to my veins.
Leather jacket became so wet, we did not want to miss the sunrise. However the speed at which we were riding the bull in the rain was very low and we reached bit late.
It is said that Nandi-Hills is an ancient hill fortress of southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is located just 10 km from Chikkaballapur town and approximately 75 km from Bangalore city, it may vary up to 10km depends on where you stay in the city. It is located close to the newly constructed Bangalore International Airport. In addition, the hills are located about 25 km from the National Highway, and the area is undergoing a multi-crore development with numerous commercial and residential ventures to transform the hills into a tourist hub, It was also one of the favorite summer retreat of Tipu Sultan
When we took a left turn from the new Airport (NH-17) road, There was tremendous empty fields on both sides and very long road ahead. You can even visit grape garden from there. Before you take the final turn to Nandi-Hills main road, you need to go bit further from the same road to reach Wine
After Nasihk, Bangalore is one of the most prominent wine producers in the country, Nandi Hills is a recommended region for a wine tour in Bangalore, Wine tour Nandi Hills Bangalore is the latest entrant in the wine industry of India. With one of the recognized wineries set amid the lush greenery of these hills. Apart from wine tasting, this place also arranges personalized tours, where you can get detailed information about how wines are manufactured. Besides, you can also stroll around the lavish vineyards and click some snapshots amid the emerald vine plantations.
The ride via curvy road add much pleasure to your day. When you reach on top you would see a Nandi statue, and if you go further you can see the magnificent view of the sun rising from the clouds.It was all too foggy with constant high winds in and around Nandi hills. When we reached the hill top , we were just a little late for the sun rise and it was already rising above and any ways the view was splendid and we all enjoyed the scenic beauty. For some people there may not be much super exciting factors , but
some time out with family (in the park) or with your buddies for a ride you may go there. Some die hard love birds may be wandering here and there thinking nothing exist in this world except them. You will find tea shops and shops selling some other fancy items as well over there.
In the view point, I was told earlier there were no barricades, and people tend to walk in the fog without knowing the edge of the rocky mountain, and when we were there some metallic rods were in place. Later I heard they have built a metallic watch-point as well. Tippu's fort is another area and it has kept for some renovation purpose it seems. Yoga Nandeeshwara temple is another one built by Cholas.
It was very hot while riding back since we had spent some more time there, we sat on the rocks near the curvy road and took some pics , by early evening we reached our room and collapsed on the bed after the late lunch! NB :- As I remembered something from the title I gave to this write-up, Let me dedicate the poem 'Up-Hill' (written by Christina Rossetti)
to all my friends studied in Kerala Gov. primary school in early 90's, mostly taught by Maths or Physical training teachers and faced tremendous pressure in memorising and understanding it in those days.
" Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.
But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.
Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.
Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come. "
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