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185 Kms from Gulbarga
A fascinating blend of the Hindu and Muslim cultures, every frame of Hyderabad - the joint capital of Andhra Pradesh and...
We really didn’t want to return back from this journey. I think that is the feeling that makes a journey perfect. We returned back to Hyderabad by 2:30 PM, after stopping for lunch, on the way.This small 3 day trip definitely gave me the urge to travel more !Happy journey !!
I started at around 6:30 in the morning and met my friend at 7:30 near Uppal which is towards eastern side of Hyderabad, on the way to Warangal. The road from Hyderabad to Bhuvanagiri is 4 lane newly built toll road. We cruised along the highway with a average speed of 80 kmph. After crossing Yadagiri Gutta, we stopped for breakfast around 8:30. From there on, the road is under construction, hence we rode cautiously and reached Warangal by 11:00.
Known for its lip smacking food culture, Diwali in Hyderabad is a gastronomic blast! From scrumptious sweets to mouthwatering savoury dishes, during Diwali, the by-lanes of Secunderabad, Char Minar and Nampally are awash with pungent aromas that fuse typical Andhra cuisine with rich Nizam culinary offerings. If you are on a food trail in the city, there's cuppa Irani chai and a buttery-soft Osmania biscuit waiting for you.Photography Tip: The golden rule of food photography is that your capture must reflect the food's best traits and its inherent deliciousness. Celebrate the colours and textures of the dish. If your mouth doesn't water while looking at the picture, you didn't do it right.
We boarded the bus at Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station in Hyderabad and after having slept like babies all night through, in the ensconced pushback Airawat thrones of our KSRTC Hyderabad Mangaluru Bus, we reached KSRTC Bus Stand of Mangaluru at 10.30 AM. The journey in a multi axle Airawat is always smooth and so we were tireless. Having seen the road paralleled with the Sea beside us at Ankola we were rather excitement- filled in anticipation of what our trip had in store for us.This was the first time I had taken my family on a trip to this coastal city of Mangaluru. During my childhood I remember my dad having taken us on a tour to Chikmagalur, Mangaluru, Ullal, Mysore, Srirangapattnam and Bangalore. And I keep telling my children about my childhood trips and share with them my Beautiful memories. So now, years later, it was my turn to play the role of a dotting father to my children. After all, they too should carry fond memories to narrate to their children. Isn't it?
How on earth did I discover Faroe Islands...?The far-off places have always fascinated me, as a child. Last Saturday, as I was watching a program on Luxe TV "Asian Women Looking For Love in the Faroe Islands", I could not contain my curiosity to google this place to know exactly where on earth it is. Go watch some 4K programs on Faroe Islands, and if you don't fall in love with this place, do some soul search, it needs some repair!
Last Sunday, as I lazily sat watching TV at home, I heard my feelings whisper softly in my heart, why not let the New Year ring in Dubai?.But....?(even before I could think further, my heart again whispered, "you have your friend Rangaswamy Krishnan in Dubai na, why worry"?)Well, that's true, my feelings resonated with my heart.So, I swept all the 'ifs and buts' under the carpet, and let my fingers do a little homework of googling the net, before I could finally embark upon the journey to Dubai.My imaginations had already started running wild, in their own imaginations. Of how, when I land in Dubai, I would be greeted by my long lost friend Rangaswamy Krishnan (fondly called RK). My association with RK goes back to the era of 1970s, when life was idyllic and beautiful. We would now be reuniting after a spell of 34 years. We were in fact, family friends in Tungabhadra Dam in Karnataka.
228 Kms from Gulbarga
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments ...
How to go: You can follow either NH44 + Bellary road or Nh150A+ NH48, the approximate time drive is around 7 hours. Tough the second option is shorter in distance but poor roads make it difficult to drive, especially the last 150 KM stretch as a lot of bad patches and some narrow deserted roads. I would suggest taking the first option even though its 30Km more but it takes the same time. It also has some of beautiful landscape on the way.,
Airtel signal was quite poor, had hard time calling our contact person Murali. He picked us up on his bike. We stopped once one the way. There was an broken Aqueduct, reminded me of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. Later found out it’s called Pillars of Bukkas Aqueduct.
Our third day was the most special one as it was reserved for exploring the majestic temples of central Hampi. You can literally feel the hum of a past gone by throbbing slightly in the air and the weight of so much history humbles you to the core. We started out with the Virupaksha temple and the Hampi bazaar complex, which has one of the oldest shrines dedicated to Shiva and is an active Hindu worship site. You also get to seek the blessings of Laxmi, the royal temple elephant, by handing her an offering. We followed this with Achyutaraya temple and the Vitthala temple, which can easily be called the most artistically sophisticated Hindu temple in all of Hampi. It has the Garuda shrine shaped as a stone chariot, often symbolic of Hampi's depiction. Other monuments followed in the form of Hemakuta hill complex, the underground Shiva temple, elephant stables, lotus temple and the zenana enclosure. It would seriously be impossible to list down the kind of splendor these places boast of so my suggestion to you, dear reader, is just pack your bags on the next long weekend and embark on this enchanted experience known as Hampi.
If you haven't read part 1 of SOlO TRIP then click here.I wanted to go on a trip badly. And the long weekend was finally here. I asked my friends but it was so difficult to convince everyone together. If you have ever planned a trip with a bunch of friends, you can understand my pain. Not every one is on the same page. Someone wants to see mountains, someone wants to see beaches, someone wants to relax and booze, someone wants to explore, someone doesn’t want to go with a particular person, someone would only go if that particular person comes along. Uff!! Who would want to go through this much pain when the idea is to enjoy and refresh yourself? If everyone you travel with are not on the same page, then it is very much possible that few of them would not enjoy at all and few would end up having arguments or fights over something.After so many if's and but's, I booked a bus ticket, packed my bags, and head to HAMPI, on my first solo trip!The hesitation went away the moment I reached HospetBus dropped me at Hospet, 13 Kms away from Hampi. As soon AS people deboarded the bus, bunch of Auto drivers came up with excitement, with different schemes and packages as if we were celebrities. Nothing strange about it, you see the same scenario in any tourist places. Most of the people were going to Hampi and I could have asked anyone for the company but the hesitation was still there. I saw them leaving one by one in Auto, cabs or by walk. I did little bit of homework, so I knew that there were frequent buses from Hospet to Hampi. When I asked Auto drivers, most of them said “bus is a waste of time”, “don’t go in bus”, “you might have to wait for hours”, “it will drop you little far from Hampi” etc. Now I usually trust people easily and for whatever they say. As I was new to the place, it made me skeptical. They started asking Rs. 250, Rs. 200, then Rs. 150 to hampi. I thought of giving a try to bus and headed towards the bus stop. The bus was there and within 15 min, it left. It cost me Rs. 12 only and dropped me at the center of Hampi, nearest to my Hotel. So, the learning was not that I wouldn’t trust auto drivers anymore but I used to prefer comfortable transport to commute always like most of the youngsters - Metro over buses, Private Cabs over sharing cabs or flights over Train, thus, according to this small experience, I learnt to let go my preference. It was my first and small achievement and I was excited for the rest of the adventure.You will love flexibilityThe best part of a solo trip is you can do whatever you want, go wherever you feel like and eat whenever you are hungry. You don’t have to be dependent on anyone. You will love this sense of freedom during the trip.I rented a bicycle and traveled as much as I could. You can ask any local person about the places to visit and everyone has the itinerary ready for you. Hampi is a very hot place, so I put a bit of sunscreen and head to the ruins of Hampi. I still rode around 15 kms everyday despite too much heat. You see if I were with someone, I had to take care of his/her opinions too whether he/she was comfortable with bicycle or the scorching heat or the unorthodox ruins and then I might not have traveled this much on a bicycle and in this much heat. It was completely my choice. I covered so much in just few hours, took breaks, carried dry fruits and ate them once in while, sat and witness the beautiful ruins and architecture for as long as I wanted to, came back to hotel to take nap and then again went out to explore in the evening. Neither the time was a problem nor I had to deal with other’s opinions and expectations.You will meet amazing peopleIf you are alone, you will have the urge to talk with someone. That’s human psychology, you miss the thing you don’t have and in solo trip, it’s the company. To talk about the place, to ask questions, to enjoy a little more – sharing enhances the experience. Thus, this urge will make you come out of your comfort zone and talk to random strangers – be it the hotel staff or the people at the restaurants or the co-tourists. But you don’t have any expectation from them. You can easily talk to someone for sometime and then say goodbye without being attached to them. Some will be very formal, some will treat you like an old friend, some will listen to you and some will end up telling their whole life stories.As there are many foreign tourists in Hampi and they are much more friendly, it was quite easy to start a conversation with them. I met a painter who makes graffiti inside and outside restaurants wall, a French man who came here for some internship, a 22-year-old girl running a guest house, the handicraftsmen, a wanderer, an explorer, an architecture and many more.Less selfies and more photosNow with smart phones, it is pretty simple and easy to take selfies but if you are carrying a big camera and you are alone, you won’t be asking people every single time to click your picture or take out your phone every time you see a marvellous background for your facebook display picture. As I was carrying a camera, the ruins and the landscapes inspired the photographer in me. So, I clicked pictures - more pictures and less selfies. And luckily few of the photos came out pretty well. The little amateur photographer in me was ecstatic.With no offence to selfie freaks out there, I just can’t see my face in every photo I take when the whole beautiful background is out there and I am blocking it. That’s the reason I told to myself but the truth was due to traveling in hot weather, I looked like alien. I could not recognize my face in the few selfies I clicked. So, it was always better to click the things I saw and admired without putting my alien face in it.I got boredLet me be honest, yes, I got bored and even felt lonely, for sometime. When you travel alone, you tend to do things quickly, be it eating in a restaurant, seeing a monument, visiting markets or shopping. You cover everything much quicker alone than with a group. Thus, you are left with ample time each day with nothing else to do.I deliberately did not carry laptop, movies or any other passive entertainment medium, so that I would not end up sitting in the room for hours rather than exploring the place, and I do not regret it at all. Yes, I had mobile phone but luckily there was no network and internet. I wanted to experience few days without passive entertainment things that we always use at home, and that was the apt time for me.In most of the small places, in my case Hampi, everything shuts down early. As soon as the sun sets, the time passes very slowly, everybody sleep early. I could only walk to near by small market for an hour or so, then had to spend time in the room only.So, I started to do things slowly to cope with the pace of the place – I sat in the restaurants for hours, ate slowly, walked slowly, observed people more, talked more to strangers and shopkeepers, saw the same market again and again etc.The more I explored my boredom, the more I become comfortable with it. I relived the whole day in mind again, explored every feeling and thought I had while traveling, planned the next day and slept with quite mind at last. You don’t experience it every day. It was peaceful, mindful and no chaos in the head.This time the boredom taught me to be in present, to be mindful and to be with myself.You will get to know yourself more and understand betterThat’s the most obvious and best part of the solo trip. The people’s opinions, judgments, attachments and comments start to fade away and the experience of traveling WITH YOURSELF will take you a step closer to knowing yourself more and understanding yourself better. You will start to judge people less and observe more. You will become less conscious and more confident.Someone said if you know yourself, you know the whole universe. It still is and will always be work in progress for me and traveling solo takes me a step closer to MYSELF.
Places of interest: For me its all about the ride first than the places at the destination. I was not keep to visit the places, but thanks to my friend I made an attempt to visit a couple of places, which I would have regretted if not visited. Vittala temple, the huge and majestic temple in the heart of the city with sculptures and carvings is a delight to the eyes. The elephant inside which blesses the visitors with her tusk is an attraction too. From the we walked for 1.5 km to reach Virupaksha temple, passing through river side ruins, Hampi bazaar and the relics. It was summer and of our long ride and the walking, we were exhausted a bit and decided to explore the other side of the river. The archaeological museum is also a major attraction for tourists. The places have entry tickets which are nominal Rs 10/- for Indians and Rs 250/- for expats. We thought of checking in the popular Mango Tree Restraunt on the river side, but again it was closed.The 'Other Side' of Hampi: Having heard a lot about the other side of the river, we didn't want to waste any more time and get there to see ourselves what's so special about it. It started with a Ferry Crossing, riding down all the steps to reach the boat, loading it onto the ferry and crossing the beautiful river is one of the best experiences. However this is not the only option to reach the other side, you have a road which connects but is around 35km detour. Once we are there, the first feeling for me was the Goan feeling, with lot of shacks facing the paddy fields, national and international travellers around, the bike rentals of small scootys and royal enfields, etc. It was peace and trance. We have opted to stay at the Goan Corner, which was quite popular on the social media, and to reach there you need to ride in between the paddy fields and some rocks. But sadly it was closed that time of the year.Next to that was our Bobby's One Love guest house, operated by Mr. Steve Spiteri. Beautiful place wonderful hospitality and a great host. I visited this place again after few months, this time with a group of around 50 bikers. It was just to share the experience I had with Bobby's One Love. Small decent mud cottages, a nice central dining hut and good music with some colourful lights. We had our small party going on till late night along with Steve joining us. The weed and the music was complete trance. It was a beautiful night may be because of Hampi or Bobyy's one love or my friends sweet company, a journey and memory to cherish. The second time when I have been here with my biking group, a surprise was arranged by Steve. It was a jam session along with some fantastic fire crackers to begin with. The very popular local musician Gali Durgappa was here to play for us. The guitar, banjo and dijgeridoo he play took me and my friends to a different world. Check out the Hampi song composed by him on Youtube here Our Video. The area is also quite popular for some rappelling and rock climbing, which were not in mine or my friends interests. We have missed the sunset point and the Hanuman temple as we were running short of time and kept them for our next visit very soon. If you have visited Hampi and have not been the 'other side' of Hampi, you have not travelled to Happy Hampi.See you soon in Hampi !&nbsp;&nbsp;
Hampi, a temple town in Karnataka, is a fascinating spot. An open museum, Hampi can be best described as a quaint place, lying amidst striking ruins of the past. The unearthly landscape, the magnificent boulders, the carnival of carvings, the story of the past, Hampi is a sight to behold. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an exemplary historical place in India where you can spend a day or spend a month, and still it will not stop surprising you. Hampi, a backpacker's delight, has 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire. From the elephant stables to the massive stone chariots, Hampi is fascinating beyond imagination.Entry fee: ₹15 for Indians and SAARC country tourists, ₹500 for others.Opening hours: 8.30am to 5.30pmBest time to visit: November – FebruaryNearest Railway Station: Hospet, around 13km away is the nearest railway station to Hampi.
Day 2 was all about exploring the renowned places of Hampi.Vijayanagar was the capital of Vijayanagar Empire, the kingdom known for it's grandeur and pomp. Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal.Hampi is the ruins of this empire.The ruins are a witness to the invasion faced by the kingdom by the Sultanate. It is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site.Hampi has innumerable temples, small shrines of Gods and Goddesses and pushkaranis (temple tanks). Small arch-like structures can be seen at the entrance of places.Here in Hampi the first place to be visited is the Virupaksha Temple. Kodandarama Temple, Hemakuta temple complex and the Kadalekalu Ganesha are in it's vicinity. Virupaksha temple is intact among the surrounding ruins and is still used in worship.The sanctum of the temple has a mukha-linga, that is a Shiva linga with a face, in this case embossed of brass. The temple has two towers & artistically beautiful pond 'Loka Pawana Teertha'. Much of the temple's beauty couldn't be seen as some restoration work was in progress. We also missed to see the temple elephant Lakshmi :(
The once forgotten ancient city of Hampi has been brought to life again by recent archaeological excavations. The ruins of the ancient city of Hampi are strikingly, unexpectedly even eerily beautiful. This 16th century capital of the kingdom of Vijayanagar lies on the banks of river Tunghabhadra and is surrounded by stark rocky ridges and mammoth boulders seemingly precariously balance on each other. The vast spaces are silent but the ruins are eloquent. The bazaars, the temple, the boulders everything will take you back into the past and will once again make you fall in love with the astonishing art of India!Best time to visit: November - February. Timings: Vittala Temple, Zenena Enclosure Elephant Stable & Lotus Mahal and Queen's Bath - 6am to 5pm. Heritage Museum, Hampi Bazaar - 10am to 1pm & 3pm to 6pm. Archeology Museum at Kamalapura - 10am to 5pm (closed on Friday) and Virupaksha Temple is open from sunrise to sunset. Entrance fees: Vittala Temple, Zenena Enclosure Elephant Stable & Lotus Mahal all have one ticket that costs ₹30 for Indians and ₹500 for foreigners. Heritage Museum, Hampi Bazaar, and Queen's Bath have no entrance fees. Archeology Museum at Kamalapura has the entrance fees of ₹5. Virupaksha Temple has the entrance fees of ₹2, however the still camera fees is ₹50 and video camera fees is ₹150. Where to stay: Hospet is the base town for visiting Hampi. Vijayshree Heritage Village and Malligi are some popular stay options in Hospet. You can check out more here. How to reach: Hospet is the base town for visiting Hampi. The nearest airport to Hospet is Bangalore, 334 km away, and from there you can either take a train or a bus to Hospet. Hospet has its own railway station as well as bus stand. Between Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation and private operators, there are around 20 buses daily between the two cities. There are five daily trains between Bangalore and Hospet.
Karnataka is blessed with a strong lineage of history and heritage. This state is a gem in the Indian map of heritage sites and archeological wonders. Hampi is one of the most prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the state of Karnataka. Hampi is a poetry in stone!History - Situated by the banks of Tungabhadra river, Hampi became a capital of prosperous Vijayanagar Empire during the 14th century. By 15th century Hampi became one of the largest and most prosperous medieval-era cities in the world. It was a trading capital where traders from across the globe used to come. From Chinese to Parsi to Portuguese to Iraninans Vijaynagar empire was a global melting pot! During 1565, the Muslim Sultante brought in a tragic end to this beautiful empire. Henceforth Hampi remained a pile of ruins until Colin Mackenzie discovered the ruins of Hampi in 1800. The rulers of Vijayanagar were inclined to the art of architecture and thus they left behind a legacy of the finest examples of Indian architecture.DETAILED ITINERARYHampi has a lot to offer to the onlookers. Spread over 16 sq mi there are remains of various temples, shrines, mandapas, memorial structures, water structures, royal complexes, forts and other monuments. It takes a long time to do justice to this large historical city. Although, the major architectural points can be covered in 2days. So here is a detailed itinerary of places to visit in Hampi in 2days.DAY 01 - VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE, KRISHNA TEMPLE, NARASIMHA, SHIVA LINGA, VITTHALA TEMPLEWeather in Hampi does not allow visitors to explore much of the stone structures during the afternoon time. It gets very hot and thus, most of the attractions are best seen during early morning or late afternoon. Most of the temple complexes opens during sunrise and close at sunset. "Early to bed and early to rise" should be one's main mantra while visiting Hampi.
The ruins of Hampi are an arresting sight with the rugged landscape forming the frame around it. A visual delight, this place is in sharp contrast with the other tourist areas in Karnataka. The huge boulders form a scenary that is unforgettable. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in south India and an ideal spot for lovers of history and nature. And every year, these majestic ruins and the historical dynasty is celebrated with a cultural festival called the Hampi Utsav or the Vjaya Utsav.
299 Kms from Gulbarga
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,July
Kolhapur, in Maharashtra, is a land of temples and regal palaces. The most revered of them is the Mahalaxmi Temple, whic...
Now the D Day arrived it was 1st of Dec and I was sitting in my office preparing powerpoint presentation for the client instead of our roadtrip and celebrating our anniversary with my wife . My wife availed the leave as she had informed all her colleagues that we are going for the roadtrip and if she will go offc everyone will ask what happened. She was angry too and we didn’t talked in the morningMe : Hello, Happy AnniversaryWife : So ??? Do your offc work ( I can feel the Angriness on the other side of phone )Me : Lets continue our tripWife : How ????Me : Will travel in Night , pack the bags and be ready . We will start the journey once I reach home from OffcWife : Is it possible ?Me: Yes we will start today and cut short the journeyWife: YipppieMe: Ok, I will reach home by 4 will start soonSomehow pleaded to my manager that I will leave a bit early and he agreed. Now the wait was killing. Once the clock strike 3 30 PM I left office and was at home. When reached home found that the luggage is full ( Thanks to my wife who travels very heavy ) .Now there is no time to repack bags so we started from Pune by 5 PM with a good pace in chilling winter reached Kolhapur by 11 PM. Time to take rest in a pre-booked hotelNow another jolt of hammer, we informed the hotel earlier that we will be doing card payment, thanks to demonetisation we had only INR 6000 of hard cash. He agreed upon that but once we reached Kolhapur found that his swiping machine was not working as the internet is down ( Thanks to NHAI fellow who cut the broadband line while digging) and also he didn’t had any Paytm account. We tried for Online Transfer also but we failed. Now with no option left, we paid 2k to him in hard cash.Now the biggest question “Shall we return to Pune as we have only INR 4000 left”. Wife said will decide tomorrow morning as it’s already too late
It is a historical place and has great temples too
The closest central place, to cover the spots, in Kolhapur one can visit Mahalakshmi Mandir, Binkhambi Ganesh Mandir, Shahu Place, Rankala Lake. Also you can visit famous Jyotiba temple which is hardly 26 Km from the place all places can be covered in 2 days span
From Kolhapur to Malvan it takes 5 hours. There are two routes to reach Malvan- via Gaganbawada ghat or via Radhanagri. We took the route via Radhanagri village. The road condition is good. But the route has lots of turns and swirls. We left from Kolhapur at 7.30am and reached Malvan at 1.30pm. On the way we stopped at Radhanagri for breakfast and at backwaters, a little ahead from Radhanagri near Anuradha village.
315 Kms from Gulbarga
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
The seven hills surrounding Satara give this picturesque district its name. Home to the popular Panchgani and Mahableshw...
As I reached Satara it became even worse - the mad traffic and the road, and finally reached Pune at 8 pm. It was so nice to see my favorite Mama and Mami. Went for local Pune ride the next day and found myself like AK in PK. No one was following traffic rules, no helmets, no rules nothing. Saw people staring at me for following regulations. While coming back from MG road a guy in Merc was shouting at me for waiting for traffic light to turn green. Educated illiterate eh!? Spent the next two days in Pune and got much needed rest and most needed sleep. Running short of time, energy and most importantly money I decided to skip Mumbai and head to Goa. On 29th Dec left for Panchagani and Mahabaleswar. Visited Ganapati Temple in Wai and started climbing the hill. Reached the next destination by 11 am. Spent some time in city and at various places and left for Ratnagari. Joined Mumbai–Goa highway and reached the city of mangoes by 6 pm and stayed there for the night.
In the evening we started for Mahabaleshwar... Next day was fully dedicated to Mahabaleshswar. Visit to Mahabaleshwar Temple was quite ok. The highlight was after that. We reached one of the view point in old Mahabaleshwar. There was nothing to see the whole area was covered with fog. On reaching there in the jungle we saw the whole heard on Indian Bison. They were so big ab majestic and looking great......
Our initial target for the day was Pune (845 kms from Bangalore), but since we got delayed and we didn’t want to ride through the night, we decided to stay at a place called Satara. Pune was still a good 100 kms away. After a bit of hunting, we found a decent hotel right on the highway and we were settled in. I slept like a baby that night!Day 1 Stay: Hotel Mahindra Executive, SataraPros: Decent Staff. Good Food. Right on the highway.Cons: Small rooms. Slightly pricy.Few Pointers: Start as early as you can. Make note that you need time to pack the luggage onto the bikes. Always keep spare bungee cords. Also thoroughly wrap your luggage with tarpaulin. NH4 has relatively fewer fuel stations, so keep this in mind when you’re running low. The hotels in Satara have something called permit rooms, which people rent to host alcohol parties. This can get pretty ugly with an unruly crowd. So please check thoroughly before you zero in.DAY 2:Satara – Mumbai (270 kms):We were all pretty beat from riding all day long, so we slept in even though we had planned to leave early. After having some yum MisalPav andPoha for breakfast, we were ready to leave by 9AM. Now we had the horrendous task of loading the luggage and wrapping it with tarpaulin. It was only Day 2 and I was already fed up with the wrapping and unwrapping of tarpaulin. It is such a tedious task.Anyway, we finally managed to leave by 10AM. The road from here is great, and the view is out of this world. The route is surrounded by the Western Ghats. This beauty is mesmerizing all year round, but during the monsoons she has an outer worldly charm. Serene, calm and soothing. What a refreshing start to the day.
217 Kms from Gulbarga
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Located in Andhra Pradesh, Kurnool is home to some of the most sacred temples of India, including the Shrine of Srisaila...
Want to chill out on a dreary long journey from Bengaluru to Hyderabad? Little more than 300 kms from Bengalure comes the city of Kurnool. After crossing the tungabhadra river bridge outside Kurnool, you can take a detour on the right to Alampur.
My family, along with my Sister-in-Law’s family, left by an Innova Car at 08.30 AM. The road to Belum Caves is not picturesque though, but only interspersed with villages. So, don’t expect much excitement en route. You can indulge in antakshari to while your time.Belum Caves are not only geologically important, but also has historical significance, since it is believed that Buddhist and Jain Monks occupied these Caves centuries ago. Many Buddhist relics were also found inside these caves which are now part of the Museum in Anantapur. In fact, it is for this reason, that the Government of Andhra Pradesh has erected a large Buddha Statue in from of the Caves.Selfie time folks!
At 02.00 PM we left for Jaganath Gattu, which was hardly 3 KMs from his house. We left by his Tata Scorpio vehicle. All our things were packed as per the list. We took a right turn from Nandyal Check post towards G Pulla Reddy Engineering College. This college is on the foothill of this Jaganth Gattu. The road to this Hill winds up till the Temple, where you can park your vehicle and from there you have to do some rock climbing to reach the top, not much though. But yes, if you don’t want to take the road, and want to climb the mountain top, for the sheer thrill of it, you can do so from Dupadu Village side on Bangalore Highway.The definition of a Hill and a Mountain is very vague, and so I am using both the terms, I hope my readers are not confused. But if height is the criteria, then it qualifies to be called a Hill, because anything below 2000 feet is considered a Hill and a mountain if it exceeds 2000 feet. Anyway, let’s not get into the technicalities.The afternoon Sun was receding and it was not scorching. The breeze up there was very cool and we settled under the rock, spreading the Bed sheet. We took out our flask and had a cuppa tea with snacks. It was heavenly. The scene around us was really very magnificent. Hey wait, it’s still not the weekend for you, where are you rushing to…?The golden rays of the setting Sun fell on the River Handri, and the Sunset looked spectacular. The Sun signed off here, to rise on the other side of the globe to wake people there from their sleep. It was 7.00 PM and I am a regular listener of Vivid Bharati’s programme for the soldiers’ called Jai Mala which is aired on radio daily at this hour. I tuned in, and my God, never in my life, had these songs sounded so mesmerizing. I myself felt like a soldier on the border. But really, how hard it must be for them, to lead the life of a soldier on the border without any facilities. And here, we sleep so ensconced and so safe because of their toil and sacrifices. A BIG SALUTE to each and everyone in the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.As night crept in, the stars made their way in the open Sky. It was beautiful to gaze at the twinkling stars, but the sounds of insects made us a little uncomfortable because it was the first time we slept in the open, with the insects and bees. Taking with us mosquito repellents helped us ward off these swarming mosquitoes. Not one dared to bite us.At 09.00 PM we had our dinner of Lemon Rice, Chapatis, Chips, Potato fry, Coconut Chutney and Maaza. When Nature gives you company, you feel your inner voice speaking to you. It cleanses your soul, mind and body. You feel refreshed. The view from the top, of Kurnool Town lit in lights was fantastic. And the occasional serpentine train passing by. The train track passes just below Jaganath Gattu. The trains looked like crawling centipedes.At 11.30 PM we started feeling drowsy and wanted to sleep. So, we laid our sleeping bags and slept. I was a little apprehensive to sleep in the open for fear that some insect may enter my nose or ears, childish thoughts na? But, my bones were so tired and my mind so relaxed that I slept in no time and woke up at 06.30 AM when the glare of the morning light was penetrating through my closed eyelids. It was indeed, a day (and a night) to remember.We packed our belongings and got down the Hill for the morning Chai (We Indians can’t do without it). After having my lunch at my friend’s place, I left Kurnool again by Tungabhadra Express which left Kurnool at 03.00 PM and reached Secunderabad Station at 08.00 PM.Getting there:Kurnool is 209 KMs from Hyderabad and 359 KMs from Bangalore and is well connected by both Rail and Road. In fact, it is strategically tucked between Hyderabad and Bangalore on NH No. 44. And if you are rich in time, you can head to other places of interest like Orvakal Rock Garden (20 KMs), Alampur (26 KMs), Mantralaya (92 KMs), Belum Caves (107 KMs), Ahobilam (135 KMs), and Srisailam (180 KMs).I think, no one ever thought of camping here. We set the trend for others to follow.Cover Picture Credit:http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Camp-Tent-Mountain-Camping-Cliff-Camping-Tent-1031360"When you start saying “YES” to experiences, you become enriched".
291 Kms from Gulbarga
We reached Hubli at approximately 7:30 pm and checked into our lodge. We spent the rest of the evening watching Dangal a...
Day 3 Hubli to SataraLeft the hotel Metropolis after a pleasant stay and joined the NH4 again.Had breakfast from Belgaum and kept the wheels with the fast momentum that of the highway.For the first time our bike wheels touched the roads of Maharashtra by crosing the Twandi ghat.The big roads personifies the name Maharashtra ,the riders play ground where most of the bikers ,motor vloggers and bike enthusiast are from.
Seeing few of us stopping behind, our dear Ashish bhaai rushes to our help, with some fire and smoke coming out in his engine?? Oh yes, He is still on his bike and we could see fire and smoke just below the fuel tank in the electricals. We put water, sand and did put the fire off … One guy shouts, bhaai its my glucose water????????. Well, now two ‘Royal’ Enfields are down one jammed bolt and one electrical gone case, with not any option we had to stop the trucks passing by and get them towed till Hubli.
A district in Karnataka, that will take you to talented kids.
307 Kms from Gulbarga
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Belgaum is situated in the foothills of the Western Ghats and is 502 km from Bangalore and 154 km from Panaji. It is a b...
Belgaum or Belagavi came in my bucket list when I had to visit my new lab going to be shifted. I work as a research scholar and first thing my work offers is travelling. You can visit new places, countries, people etc all in academic expenses.We were excited to go Belgaum, as it was 6 hour distance from Goa (which we thought we would go but couldn't make this time) and a city which is in cool temperature and close to nature.Going there ...From Kolkata, Belgaum can be reached only by one train Amravati express. Its a 34 hours journey, the train trail goes through green paddy fields, palm forests, barren lands and when near to Belgaum you will find the change in colour of soil which is black reminding you the childhood lesson that Maharastra, Karnataka has the black soil due to volcanic ashes of past. The nearby station is Dharwad or Hubbali from where you can take a bus or cab to reach Belgaum which is well connected by highway.Going through the highway you can enjoy the changing terrains, small hills, up down land structures and forests.Belgaum city..Belgaum is a small city unlike my Kolkata. It has all the amenities and famous among students due to loaction of KLE university and cool weather and peace. During monsoon the city boasts of splendid weather like other cities in south India and similar to Goa. The summer days are a bit harsh but nights are cool.Places to enjoy..Belgaum fort:When searching places to visit in Belgaum, fort comes in list. However after reaching inside we got confused to see only ruins of past and human settlement. But exploring will never disappoint you! And we found the Kamalbasti (a must visit!).
205 Kms from Gulbarga
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Earlier the capital of the Chalukya Kingdom, Badami is located in the North Karnataka District and is a part of Bagalkot...
On day six we travel onwards to Badami, the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas, a town widely popular for its complex cave temples. In these caves are Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples. The first cave has the idol of Shiva as Nataraja; the second cave and third caves have idols of Vishnu carved everywhere; the fourth cave is known to house the Jain Tirthankars and the fifth cave is believed to be a place of worship for the followers of Buddhism.Sights Covered: Pattadakal and Badami cave templesMeals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner on boardTimings: 8.30am for cave exploration.After sightseeing in Badami, the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on board.
Day 4 : “UNPLANNED THINGS ARE ALWAYS AWESOME"After a heavy breakfast at Kishkinda Resort with heavy heart bit bid Adieu to Hampi . It was an awesome experience staying at Kishkinda Resort nestled in between the heart of nature.Me: Trip is over, now we are starting our return journey . Not feeling goodWife : Yes , I want to stay for few more days and explore moreMe: Shall we go to Badami ??Wife : Whats Badami ?Me : It’s a surpriseWife : If its an awesome place , I don’t have any issueMe: I have seen pics only ,in the pics it seems awesomeWife: But we have to return todayMe : Yes we need 1.5 hrs there onlyWife: OkMe: But there is one issue, it will be 500 Km State Highway to reach Kolhapur if we go Badami and I am not sure how are the roads and I don’t know the route , have to rely on Google MapsWife: In this trip every risk we took turned fruitful, so let’s take this chance alsoMe: YooooAfter setting the google maps we left Hampi at around 10 AM and after crossing many Villages and State Highways we were at Badami by 2 PM . The view at Badami Caves is simply breathtaking.
Early morning 7am we boarded a bus for badami 114rs ticket and reached badami by 9am. Hired a autorickshaw for 700rs to show whole of badami, aihole, pattadkal and dropped us at aameenabad.Near badami you can also check the bhootnath temple which has a mesmirizing view at shown in the below pic.
Badami, about 450 km from Bangalore, is located in the rocky hillocks of Bagalkot district. The miles of emptiness is in contrast to what was earlier the capital of the Chalukyas, who ruled from this place during 6th–8th century AD. Chalukyas left their indelible glory through the rock cut caves of Badami and nearby temple sites of Pattadakal and Aihole.I booked my bus tickets and fished out a sealed copy of Premchand’s ‘Vardaan’ for the journey. I boarded the bus at night on Saturday and reached Badami around 9 in the morning on Sunday. Badami is a small town and one can walk across its length in half an hour. It is one of those towns whose main street is packed with hotels, autos, restaurants and fruit sellers, while the inside alleys are empty. Relieved to get off the bus, I refueled myself with a plate of idlis and rushed off to the famed Badami caves.My plan was to finish Badami by midday and then visit the nearby sites of Aihole and Pattadakal by evening. I had to return by 7:00 p.m. to catch my bus back to Bangalore. Unlike the famed Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra, Badami caves are smaller and fewer in number. However, unlike others, they are carved in a beautiful location, just on the edge of Agastya lake. On the lake’s left are the caves and on the right are the old fortifications. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) museum is nestled at the root of the fortifications.
Badami was founded in 540 AD by Pulakeshin I (535-566 AD), and was capital of the Chalukyas between 6CE - 8CE and the rock-cut Badami Cave Temples were sculpted during this period.
BadamiOn the second day after visiting Ibrahim Rauza in Bijapur, I started my journey to go 1000 years back in the history. It was the turn of Badami, capital city of Chalukya empire from 5th century to 8th century. After Islamic architecture, turn comes for the Hindu temple architecture very native to India.From Bijapur I moved towards south to Badami an ancient city situated on the banks of Malprabha river in the bagalkot district of Karnataka. While going from Bijapur to Bagalkot, I crossed Krishna river. It was really an amazing sight for me as I had already witnessed the origin of Krishna in Mahabaleshwar. Krishna river had expanded its course for approximately 2 km where I crossed the bridge. Before crossing the bridge there were too many highway restaurants of fishes. I filled my tummy with the delicious fish. Then, I left the Krishna and moved ahead to the bagalkot.I reached bagalkot at 12 which is approximately 80 km from bijapur. I didn't want waste more time as half of the day had already gone. I moved towards Badami which is 30 km from Bagalkot. I reached badami at 1 pm. Then I searched for a hotel and found a decent one. I checked in the hotel. I didn't waste more time and went towards Badami temple which was 1 km from the hotel.I reached badami temple from a narrow street but the sight was magnificent in the first glance itself. This was completely different from Bijapur where most of the monuments were built using black stone. Here we find red sand stone hills everywhere. The first thing I saw was the Agastya lake and Bhootnath temple on the south-west of the lake . There is also a museum to the left of the entrance. Museum also has some fine structures. One idol that amazed me was the idol of Lazza gauri, the fertility goddess, a unique type of sculputure in the art of badami chalukya period.
Badami is about 20-30 kms from Pattadakal. These are cave temples and are done out of huge monolithic rocks. There are 4 cave temples here. One for Lord Shiva, two for Vishnu and one dedicated to Jainism. It is just awe-inspiring. I know I’ve been telling this for like almost every other pic, but that is how you feel when you visit these places :)
The Badami cave temples in Bagalkot District of north Karnataka are one of the finest examples of rock-cut architecture in the country, and as such, an important part of our history. It’s one of the things that make you wonder at how artistically and practically advanced our ancestors were – they had the ways to make such structures, and they had the sensibilities to make them so beautiful and aesthetically powerful. There are four cave temples, all carved out of sandstone. One is a Jain temple, one is dedicated to Shiva and two to Vishnu. There is a fifth small natural cave with a statue of Buddha. These and other equally old temples are set around Agasthya Tank, which is an impressive sight.