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Old 4th February 2016, 20:52   #1
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Default Birthday with the Pyramid, Bangalore! Pyramid Valley International

It was my birthday and we were on a day off from office. There were no plans in place, the week being very hectic. Woke up late in the morning got groomed up and sat down to think, where to go?

We wanted to go to a place which would not take up the entire day.

Wifey: There is a pyramid in Bangalore
Me: Pyramid?? in Bangalore??
Wifey: Yes, Google it
Me: (After googling) Ah! It's called Pyramid Valley International.
Wifey: How far?
Me: About 50kms
Wifey: Let's go?
Me: Why not?

It was already 11am. Took water, some snacks, the DSLR, shades and off we went.

Stopped at the newly opened Udupi Grand, opposite Shell petrol bunk near Graphite India, Whitefield and had sumptuous breakfast. Nice idlis and dosa with awesome sambhar and chutney.

We drove smoothly and it took about 1.5hrs for the onward journey and we followed the following route:

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Started from Whitefield, took the ORR and entered HSR to avoid the Silk Board junction. Proceeded towards the NICE road junction on Hosur road. Paid a toll of Rs.60 till Kanakapura exit.

The drive was peaceful even though it was a weekday. My Jango (Grand i10) is a perfect city car but does not disappoint on long drives as well. It was a hot and sunny day but the aircon did an excellent job of keeping the cabin cool.


The NICE road stretch is very scenic as most of you will be knowing.
Triple digit speeds easily achieved on this road. The road is broken at some stretches.

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Took the Kanakapura exit and and entered the NH 209. This is a narrow road compared to the amount of traffic at some places, especially at junctions. Mostly, state run buses and tata sumos, which stop anywhere they want. But I don't fret as Jango is very easy to maneuver. Rest was peaceful. The road condition is very good.

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We approached the left turn we were waiting for towards Pyramid Valley. The route after the highway has been marked appropriately for the ease of visitors.

This stretch of road is badly maintained, lots of broken patches and one needs to be very cautious while driving as it passes through a village and mostly occupied by kids, cattle and the like. There are small lakes on either side of the road. Clicked some pics and moved on.

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The road leads to the entrance of the Pyramid Valley. A watchman was ready for my welcome. Paid Rs.20 as parking charges and found a parking spot below a mango tree. Letting Jango rest there we were on foot here afterwards.

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There was very less crowd, it being a weekday. There was a group of college kids who had come to practice yoga. There was an instructor as well.

The whole place is very scenic. Trees and beautiful flower plants all around. There is a water body, a miniature river which runs throught the middle of the place.

There is a beautiful wooden bridge over it.

There is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

There is another Gautam Buddha statue.

We reached the pyramid, it looks beautiful in the broad daylight.

A few pictures of the pyramid:

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The Bridge:

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There is a book shop which sells books on meditation and motivational books. They also have decorative items, like a mini pyramid and rock salt lamp.

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We then went inside the pyramid. It was very quiet inside and even whispers were amplified by many times.

There were stairs leading to the King's Chamber. The King's Chamber is a specially built platform for meditation. It is said to be built at exact 1/3 of the height of the pyramid.

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Funny part is, a person fell asleep while meditating and his snores were heard till the other corner of the pyramid. The person incharge rushed up to the King's Chamber to wake him up.

We were now hungry and went to one of the restaurants. The place was very clean and had typical South Indian menu. All vegetarian of course. We ordered masala dosa and lemon rice. Food was good for the price we paid.

We rested for some more time in the restaurant clicking pictures and chit chatting.

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There are dormitories and A/C rooms available for people who want to live there and practice meditation. There was a Med Lab where they use scientific techniques to heal certain body ailments.

They had couple of view points. We decide to give them a miss since we were already very tired of walking.

We then came back to the car parking area and after clicking some pictures we decided to leave for home.

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We took the following route while coming back:

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Though it was 6PM, surprisingly we didn't get stuck anywhere in traffic. It was a smooth drive back home.

We then freshened up and went for a nice dinner. The day well spent.
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Old 4th February 2016, 21:02   #2
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A few more clicks.

Please pardon any bad photographs. I am still learning to use the DSLR.

Also, I have compressed the images for easier upload.

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Wow, I never knew this actually existed! Great travelogue
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