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Old 27th April 2010, 12:56   #721
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I looked at the site of the place. Is it some kind of a weekend resort?
The site says its some where on the Kanakpura road.
Yep it's mostly a weekend resort. Hardly you can find people on weekdays.
It was around 750Rs/person for a day visit with food+snack + sport activities.
You have to deviate from Kanakpura Road.
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If you like the looks of Swift DZire , Close your eyes and buy DZire ZDi. It has all the features you have mentioned and under 8L OTR.
DZire looks as beautiful as the Manza (trying to be diplomatic here, haha!). Let me add one more requirement - I need electric mirrors too. This effectively removes Dzire from contention right? But seriously, Manza kills Dzire with a single shot when it comes to space and practicality.

Moreover, I'm a Tata Motors shareholder and I admire the company - so it has to be either a Tata or a Fiat.

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Enough of OT. SC has made up his mind on his car. Let's leave it at that. When are you unveiling the cavemen Mr. Hobbes?
Cave Woman doesn't like to be photographed nowadays!

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I looked at the site of the place. Is it some kind of a weekend resort? The site says its some where on the Kanakpura road.
Guhantara is also a weekend resort - they charge Rs. 750 per person for using their facilities. When we were there, we had teams from ACC, Airtel, Novell and a few other companies.
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so it has to be either a Tata or a Fiat.
How about Logan?
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Old 27th April 2010, 23:44   #724
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Logan only meets one (diesel engine) of my three requirements

GUHANTARA REVIEW (CONCLUDING PART):

Pic 1 & 2: The pathway leading to our rooms is quite long and looks something like this. The walls & the roof is covered with mud like the one you see in a termite mound. Watch out though - it is not well packed. Give the wall a firm hit and you will soon be covered in mud.

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Pic 3: I finally figured out how to take photos in low light conditions after all these years. Had to hold my breath to take this one!

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Pic 4: The dining area is a large underground open space where most of the team building activities take place. This is where the software "dudes and dudettes" sing, laugh and dance and generally do silly things. Buffet Food at Guhantara at simply outstanding.

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Pic 5, 6 & 7: The waterfall and a mini-swimming pool is the main highlight of Guhantara.

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Pic 8: The game room has the usual TT, carrom etc along with an ancient pre-historic game called "Chenna Maney". Anybody heard of this?

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For somebody who plans to visit Bangalore for a stopover, Guhantara is a pretty unique place to stay for a couple of nights - an excellent alternative to 3 or 4 star hotels. Since the cave is quite cozy, it is not a bad honeymooning resort either. It is close to NICE road, so getting into Bangalore city would be a cinch. Interesting tourist destinations like Shivanasamudram, Talakad and Somnathpur Temple are hardly 100 km away from this place.

But eventually, it makes more sense to visit this place through one of those "team building events" organized by your company - costs Rs. 750 per person per day.
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In tamil it's called pallankuzhi. Nice old game. It's fun. Used to play with my grandma when I was 5 or 6. Later realised that mostly womenfolk play this. I moved to more manly games like "carroms"
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My wife tried to teach me how to play that game. But you know how our skulls are - very thick. We just cannot learn something new - especially if it doesn't have a touchscreen.
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My wife tried to teach me how to play that game. But you know how our skulls are - very thick. We just cannot learn something new - especially if it doesn't have a touchscreen.
Speaking of touch screens, I'm damn excited about Nokia c6. Waiting to pocket one! Is it available in Bengaluru?
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@Smartcat - that was a good memorable stay you'd there, I hope I'll make someday over there (not until both of my kids grow up )

So the caves do not have any doors right? So how's the safety & privacy protected?

OT - Where're the pics of skies? I'm a person who keeps changing the wallpaper everyday, its been 2-3 days now with the same old wallpaper.
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How did you get to know of this place? I have never seen any add or any corporate guys talking about it. Did it come up recently?
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Speaking of touch screens, I'm damn excited about Nokia c6. Waiting to pocket one! Is it available in Bengaluru?
Looks cool in white. But do you need that sliding keyboard? It makes the phone bulky. If you want a phone for internet browsing, go for iPhone 3GS. You'll find the sliding keyboard of Nokia useful only if you intend to make a post on team-bhp with your phone.

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@Smartcat - that was a good memorable stay you'd there, I hope I'll make someday over there (not until both of my kids grow up )
I'm pretty sure the caves will implode if you take your kids in there. In our room, there was a 10-point notice for the guests asking them to keep their kids under control.

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So the caves do not have any doors right? So how's the safety & privacy protected?
Our pre-historic cave had doors - the main door looks like a small hut's door you see in villages. The balcony had an old school 2-piece door. Note the tree root look-alike on the roof of our room.

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OT - Where're the pics of skies? I'm a person who keeps changing the wallpaper everyday, its been 2-3 days now with the same old wallpaper.
Whoops! This is the only one I got -

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We were underground most of the time, remember? Instead, will some pre-historic carvings on the cave walls do?

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How did you get to know of this place? I have never seen any add or any corporate guys talking about it. Did it come up recently?
I saw "Guhantara" boards on the Kanakapura Road at many places while going to The Pyramid a couple of weeks back. Must be new - I don't see them advertising anywhere.

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I can buy 3 C6s for the cost of one iPhone 3gs. Hope people don't go hooting around in the caves.

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Hope people don't go hooting around in the caves.
Ocassionally they do but can't help it. Neanderthal caveman instincts kick in.

Coming up next, a travelogue of our road trip to Chitradurga Fort (about 200 kms from Bangalore). I'm introducing a new character "Shaiju" -

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He's quite harmless though - doesn't do much.
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You've moved up from your fixation to feet to fixation to bottoms is it? Do you read Douglas Adams by any chance?
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Well.. the feet pics were much better
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Do you read Douglas Adams by any chance?
Douglas who? I only read Chandamama and Amar Chitra Katha.

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Well.. the feet pics were much better
I guess I shouldn't be uploading the other bum pics collection then.



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Pic 1: Chitradurga Fort is in Chitradurga town, about 200 kms from Bangalore on the Bangalore - Mumbai highway. Binny, Karthic, his wife, Shaiju and myself were the intrepid travellers on this trip.

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Pic 2: uh oh, this picture doesn't make me look good. I'm either overtaking this vehicle from the left or worse, I'm being overtaken by a bus!

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Pic 3: Suzlon windmill farm - this means we are close to Chitradurga now.

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Pic 4: Reached the Fort finally after around 4 hours (or more than that, if that bus really overtook me).

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Pic 5: Karthic & Anu were "Just Married" - so I was forced to take many pictures like one (Hey bro, take our snap! Hey Dude, one more - from this angle).

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Pic 6: The enemy forces that try to invade the Fort are welcomed by boiling super-refined sunflower oil, showered from the top.

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Pic 7 & 8: Chitradurga is a hot and dry region, but this fort built in 15th century uses rain water harvesting. The Fort never faced any water shortage, even in the summer.

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Pic 9 & 10: The Hidimbeshwari Temple inside the Chitradurga Fort. For those who haven't seen Mahabharata on Doordarshan, Hidimbey is Ghatotkacha's mum and Bheema's wife. Note the monolithic stone frame/structure infront of the Hidimbeshwari Temple.

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