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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala August 21st 2021

"If there is a Heaven on Earth, it is in Kashmir." I realised the age-old proverb after completing the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. When I was young, my dream was to be a wanderlust and travelling to Himalayas. Like many Bengalis I was influenced by the epic travelogue written by Parimal Dey and Umaprasad, the legendary travel-writers of Bengal. But now I am 60 plus and around six months back, when our family friend Mr Basu offered for participation in the Himalayan Trek of “Kashmir Great Lakes”, I did not take it seriously, at least initially. He was a seasoned trekker and participated in many trekking tours at different parts of Himalayas. Age creates physical disabilities. We became slow, our muscle and limbs do not function as it should be. My fear was I should not ... read more
Melting ice ridge nourishing the mountain river
Approaching the Pine Forest far away
Picturesque trek route following the mountain stream

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala October 2nd 2020

This trip was planned to go back and stay with my dad and grandmother in Delhi.So I planned it for Gandhi Jayanti long weekend.It was raining for past few weeks and there was a doubt that it can play spoilsport for our plan since we were on a tight schedule. The first hurdle came when our luggage to be mounted on the carrier exceeded its capacity and we had to cover it with car body cover (bad decision!).Now the 2nd problem was that we have packet additional items which did not fit in our boot space.We had to discard a few bags at the very last moment before starting from home. As we sat in the car it started raining, but it was short lived and after a 5 min scare it subsided and we were ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore March 2nd 2020

Bull Temple, BasavangudiHundred of years ago, Sunkenahalli (as Basavangudi was known then) was a fertile farmland dedicated to the cultivation of groundnut crops. But a wild bull began to devour and destroy the crops. This infuriated the farmers and in an attempt to drive away the bull, one of the farmers hit it with a club. The bull sat down, became motionless and turned to stone. The stone then began to grow in size and the worried farmers turned to Lord Shiva for help. A trident (which you can see in the picture) was placed on the bull's forehead to prevent it from growing further and a small temple was built around it. Later, Kempa Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, constructed a much bigger temple in Dravidian style ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 24th 2020

This amazingly beautiful 9th century Shiva temple located at the foothills of Nandi hills, 60km from Bangalore city, Karnataka. This incredible Dravidian style temple was built by the Nolanda dynasty and later taken over by the Ganga, Chola, Hoysala, Vijayanagar, Mysore dynasties and finally by the British. The temple now comes under the management of the Archaeological Survey of India and is open for all. The temple has two main shrines for the Arunachaleswara and Bhoga Nandeeshwara. There is another small shrine dedicated to Uma-Maheshwara. Each of the pillars and walls of the templ... read more
The temple tank

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 4th 2020

The last trip of 2019 was to Chikmagalur, also known as the ‘Coffee Land’ of Karnataka. Though travelling to Chikmagalur was not by choice but by chance. While planning for Gokarna and then Varkala, finally ended up with Chikmagalur as because train tickets were not available for those places. More over it was a peak time for Bangalore folks. Bus tickets to Chikmangalur were available at a very reasonable price ?. However, since it is only 243.2km from Bangalore, one can easily drive to this place. (Direction: Accordingly, on 26th Dec 2019, we a group of 7 members boarded bus to Chikmaglur from Mesjestic at around 10:45pm. Tickets approx.. 500 INR per person on a Sleeper coach. We reached Chikmagalur at around 4am. We booked a homestay named ‘Chikmane Homestay’ about 3km away from th ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Koramangala September 21st 2019

Nearest point of River Cauvery would be around hundred kilometers from Bangalore city. Whenever opportunity comes I visit this majestic river to get rid of monotonous urban life. River has an unmatched attraction in human life. We were looking for a nearby place around Bangalore to spend the extended weekend of Ganesha Chaturthi. After a brief net search, we selected Galibore Nature Camp, a resort managed by Jungle Lodge & Resorts (JLR). Galibore Nature Camp was an outstanding tourist spot located on the bank of Cauvery river surrounded by hills, deep inside Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. Distance from Bangalore was around 100 kms which could be covered in around four hours. Myself and my wife were frequent visitors to JLR (Jungle Lodges & properties) properties. Unlike the indifferent attitude commonly experienced in Government managed hotels, their management ... read more
Croc immobile
Green Bee Eater

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore June 26th 2019

Here is my astonishing travel experience from the Bangalore to Wayanad road trip through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Located close to the Karnataka border, Wayanad the wonderful hill station located in Kerala is unique with its scenic nature and lush beauty. Wayanad, known for its beautiful hills, valleys, dense forests, mountains, and coffee/tea plantations is the perfect holiday destination in Kerala for nature lovers. Located on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau, this greenish spot is deal for a short distance drive from Bangalore. The best part of the drive itself is the lush green nature on the Kerala border following the Bangalore-Mysore highways. Our Drive from Bangalore to Wayanad A road trip is always exhilarating for travel lovers like me. When it is with our family, happiness will be double. ... read more
Wayanad Gate
Just before entering the Bandipur forest from the Karnataka side
Beautiful cottages in Abad Brookside resort

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore August 16th 2018

Well !!! Weekend was approaching and it was Friday. So i decided to take rest from regular work and go some places which is not so far from Bangalore city. "Nandi Hills" the first thought came to every Bangalorian mind if they planning some random trip, so i called two of my friends decided to visit Nandi Hills, although i visited there in summer but this the first time i planned to go in monsoon. we get up and got ready early morning, the best thing in Bangalore is, it has many agencies renting all kind of cars/bikes on hourly and daily basis. Although we decided to go by ola outstation cab, we started journey at 4:30AM from Mahadevapura Bangalore. At early morning, you can reach your destination pretty fast with minimalist traffic. it takes 1.5 ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 23rd 2018

Woolly says – Having someone hammering on your door at 6am in the morning doesn’t make for a great start to the day, I opened one eye and tried to ignore the disturbance and left Zoe to get up and see what the problem was. I heard the words ‘check out’ and thought I might need to open the second eye, as I rolled over both women vanished from the room and I could hear their voices in the reception area, this didn’t seem good. We were being told that we had to check out, having shown them our booking which clearly said we could leave anywhere up to 8pm that day as well as the advert on Booking dot com that we had used, which said the same, the man on reception kept telling us ... read more
Tipu Sultans Summer Palace
Beautiful arches

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 22nd 2018

Woolly says – We awoke feeling slightly better and after a lazy morning and late chapatti breakfast we set off to continue with obtaining our ongoing travel tickets. Tickets for trains and busses seems to make vey tiring work, having found a travel company we managed to sort out bus tickets for one of our journeys and then set off, back to the central train station to see if we could complete our transaction from yesterday, which had been so rudely interrupted by our lack of cash and working ATM’s. Holding the tickets in my paws I felt a sense of jubilation and having had a celebratory lime soda (our current drink of choice for being refreshing and cheap) we argued the price of a rickshaw and sat back as the lunch time traffic seethed around ... read more
First of the flowers
Making new friends
One of the fountains

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