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Old 29th September 2008, 11:51   #1
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Default One day trip to Nandi Hills & BhogaNandishwara Temple...

I had my relatives who visited Bangalore for the last week. Since I was little busy in office, i could not take them out anywhere. But they managed to go to places like Vidhan Soudha, Cubbon park, Baneerghatta safari etc all by themselves. Infact they managed to get into Vidhan Soudha and visited all inside. I have never got a chance for this.

Anyway, so I was planing to take them to Nandi hills for the Sunrise. Since when I saw the Bogalingeswar temple in hari's thread, I wanted to visit there too. So, talked with hari, got the direction and all set to go.

We planned to start by 5Am from Brooke field so we can reach there before 6:30AM. With this plan in mind we go to sleep.

Saturday Morning 3:30AM

I got up even before the alarm went off. I was trying to get others wake up, have bath and get ready for the trip. Had garam garam Coffee, and packed teh stuff for Nandhi since our Guide (Hari) said you get nothing good in nandhi hills. Finally when we all set and boarded the car, it was 5;30AM.

Took the K.R.Puram, Hebbal, Devanahalli route. I was driving at 90-100kmph and it was a delight to go so early when there was no traffic.

Saturday Morning 6:00AM
But when I reached Devanahallli railway cross, it was 6;15am and I could see the Sun comming up on my right. So we thought we will not be able to get to nandhi hills before sun rise. My uncle son was keeping the camera and takign pictures of the Sun. i thought ok, since I was driving. (Later in the noon we came to know that he was ONLY seeing through the cam - LCD view - and not actually taking pictures ). So, thats how we missed those orange ball.

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When I was driving almost near the left turn to the Nandhi Hills, I was doing around 80kmph and there was no sign of any humps. So far I was searching for the BIG hump mentioned by hari and since I did not find any, I took some confidence and doing 80kmph. Bad luck, I suddenly see a hump and almost near it so I could not control. Anyway I braked and thud on the breaker and it was a real jump. I was cursing myself since I was informed of this the previous day and still missed it.

Man, I don't mind having huge humps, but please make a sign or something so its visible. This one was not at all visible unless you are very near to that.

Saturday Morning 6:30AM
Then I took the left (There was a small board, which you cannot miss IF you are careful) The Hill is around 24KMs from this point.

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Took that till the end (around 12Kms.) and then took left to Nandhi Hills. If you take right from here, you reach Bogalingeswarar in next 5-6 kms.

After the left, the roads was pretty ok and i was doing around 40-50.

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Old 29th September 2008, 12:04   #2
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Good pics and explanation. Was just think where were you as there were no posts from you from past couple of days. Keep the pics coming. BTW, did you not what is the FE of the vehicle?
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Wow nice why don't we go there in next month i would follow you in my bike, 5:30am on hill top is the target.
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Nice pictures of the road & the car (we understand your love for the car ) and perhaps next lot is of nandi hills.

You are right there are no proper road signs and you have to be careful as the stretch is clear and wide open.
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Continue on this road for next 2 - 3 Kms.
Wherever you go, you are not far from "Barley water"
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Starting of the climb to hill
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You see a small Nandhi sitting on top of a pillar. We took that right and stopped immd for having some coffee. Anyway the sun rise is over, so we thought no need to hurry.
The Nandhi that shows us the direction to the Hill Entrance
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Had some good tea. I think it should be like 25ml if I am right. He he.. thats was he gave as tea in a tiny cup.
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We saw a small puppy and kids started to play with it for a while. Then usual photo session and left for the hill.
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The Gang
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Hey, are you ok, Puppy?
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Road to Nandhi Hills
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The road to Nandhi is well maintained, ofcourse we do have some pot holes but thats understandable if you are living in bangalore.

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So far I was searching for the BIG hump mentioned by hari and since I did not find any, I took some confidence and doing 80kmph. Bad luck, I suddenly see a hump and almost near it so I could not control. Anyway I braked and thud on the breaker and it was a real jump. I was cursing myself since I was informed of this the previous day and still missed it.

Man, I don't mind having huge humps, but please make a sign or something so its visible. This one was not at all visible unless you are very near to that.
I think all the humps are 'marked' except one near an old fort. The trick on NH7 / Bellary Road is to watch out for speed limit signs that say 30. Two of these at close proximity and you can expect a hump there. Only the hump near the fort (there are two forts, the humps near one are not marked) is not marked. I realize all the markings are for speed limits and not humps as such.

Looks like you had fun, which is the most important thing. Nice report.
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Good photos, Mjothi!

So now we know why you dropped out of the OTR trip with Khan.

The car looks very clean!
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Interesting travelogue and amazing pictures. Brought back a flood of memories... Eagerly looking forward to the imposing stature of Mahishasura with the sword. As a child I was scared of this statue....LOL

It would have been nice if you had posted a picture of this small board...

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Then I took the left (There was a small board, which you cannot miss IF you are careful) The Hill is around 24KMs from this point.

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@MJ: Complete the story asap. It will lower our anxiety. ;-)

BTW did you notice any incidents worth to be shared...
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@MJ: Complete the story asap. It will lower our anxiety. ;-)
BTW did you notice any incidents worth to be shared...
I am uploading and narrating from my office, So now you know why it takes time

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Interesting travelogue and amazing pictures. Brought back a flood of memories... Eagerly looking forward to the imposing stature of Mahishasura with the sword. As a child I was scared of this statue....LOL

It would have been nice if you had posted a picture of this small board...
Where is this Statue? I have not seen any in here. Are you talking of Chamundiswari Hill? If so, then you should wait. its on the pipe line.

I was eagerly driving to make it for the Sun rise, so did not stop often to take pics. Yes.

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The car looks very clean!
Clean, yes. You can see the clean marks on that too. lol.

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Looks like you had fun, which is the most important thing. Nice report.
Yup. Fun, fun and fun. Especially if you are with the kids, double fun.

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Wow nice why don't we go there in next month i would follow you in my bike, 5:30am on hill top is the target.
Ok, You can follow me on your bike. Seeing the hills and people drive there, I am really scared to "sit" with you on the bike and come.

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BTW, did you not what is the FE of the vehicle?
I did not measure for this trip since I did not do any tank full filling in here. Will be posted in my Mysore trip logs.
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Old 29th September 2008, 13:51   #11
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Some pictures on the way up. [The upload is really slow and often i get Database error! So, I am not uploading many pics in one stretch.]

Solo tree. [For some reason, I love to shoot trees which are alone like this.]
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"We welcome to our home Sir."
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Btw, the monkeys here are so fearless. We had one window partially opened, and this smart guy jumped, got hold of the glass in one hand, and was hanging outside while I was driving slowly. Then we closed the door and went all the way.

Entrance to get in to Nandhi Hills
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Reached the top and we could hear a loud music (noise!!!). We saw many guys and girls grouped together and listening (annoying others!!!) to music from their open Swift. We passed them and entered into the gate to go further up. Got the ticket for Rs.60 and went up. Its almost 1km from here.
The Main entrance
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We went there with big expectations, since we kept hearing about Nandhi Hills from friends and others and never been even once there.
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But to my surprise, we did not have much attractions. Usual children park like in my Apartment, restaurants etc. We do have some temples and we visited each of them.
A painting on the rock on the way to temple.
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Then usual photo session and head back down from hills. Some ore pics in the next post.

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The road to Nandhi is well maintained, ofcourse we do have some pot holes but thats understandable if you are living in bangalore.

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Have mercy on our necks!

I had to turn sideways to see some of your kids photos.
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Hey mahesh, I was in that impression that you had a chill time at Sakleshpur but looks like you chilled out @ Nandi.

Nice pics yaar. You indeed took lots of pics which I tend to ignore in nandi hills drives thinking that it is near our house and we will take more pics in the next visit.

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Looks like he did not visit Nandi hills. He has taken pics of each and every items in theat stretch of Nandi hills.

How much time did you stay on top of the hills?
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The lingeswar temple.
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They had these hand made stuff inside the temple. Not sure if these are for sales.
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Nandi, facing lord ganesha
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Some views from Nandhi Hill top.
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Finally a Good Bye to Nandhi hills.
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