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Nandi Hills - Short & Exciting trip from Bangalore
It is human tendency to ignore the best things in life when they are very near, isn't it?
I would extend this analogy to tourist destinations also.
I have been living in Bangalore for last two years. During this time I have visited Coorg, Chikmagalur & Mysore but never the Nandi hills. The reason was it being so near and so probably not worth it! For those not in the know, Nandi hills is a small tourist spot about 60Km from Bangalore.
Last week, during the usual after-dinner walk in our terrace on a Saturday, it was windy; the monsoons were almost there in Bangalore and we were having light rains almost every other day. My cousin had come that weekend and we were both wondering what to do on the next day (Sunday) and I just said to everyone we will go to Nandi hills to see the sunrise in a tone when your boss decides the plan of action in an official meeting. And to my surprise all (read as "home minister") agreed to this plan.
We started promptly at 5 AM and google was telling me it will take 90 minutes to reach the destination. I already knew we can't make it before sunrise (the main reason I wanted this trip ). After an hour's drive , I knew that due to that morning fog that day it didn't matter and I was happy that we didn't plan to start even earlier.
We reached the destination by 6:15 AM. The drive has around 8 hairpin bends and is tailor made for first time drivers to a hill station. On the way we saw so many bikers. Apparently it is a popular spot for bikers/cyclists which I didn't know till then.
Misty roads - From the car parking you need to walk for 15-20 minutes to get to the top where there is a fort and temple.
Nehru Nilaya - apparently Jawaharlal use to stay here
Misty conditions ensured that sunrise view was not possible that day even if we had reached on time. We were glad that it didn't rain as it was very cloudy till 8AM.
This spot is called Tipu's drop.
My camera doesn't do justice to the actual view
My ride. Got to confess I'm loving my car in these drives rather than the usual the traffic infested city roundabouts. The steering feel is awesome.
One of the many views offered while coming down. While driving up it was very foggy
Spotted in a café at the end of the hill before joining the highway
Summarized below are the key points as reference for anyone visiting this place from Bangalore
Overall, it was fun trip for my family. All of us enjoyed including by dad who is 70 years old as the hill climb was not too tedious. It is so close to Bangalore that you don't need to really 'plan' for this trip. I will be surely visiting this place during non monsoon season to check out the beautiful sunrise. Until then ciao..
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re: Nandi Hills - Short & Exciting trip from Bangalore
Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the Travelogues Section. Thanks for sharing!
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