Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Adventure travel at its best

Trekking and camping have turned out to be a passion in the recent past. India is blessed with the list of Himalayan trekking from Jammu/Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in the north to Assam and Sikkim in the east.Covering different passes to frozen lakes, Glaciers to alpine forests which allure trekkers, bird watchers, and nature lovers across the globe. Himalaya is one of nature’s untouched beauty and secrets in addition to wide range of flora and fauna. Nepal is the home of the mighty and beautiful Himalayas. The Himalayas have always ignited the adventurer inside a person and every year people cross continents to trek and have a memory for the lifetime. Nepal and India share a wide range of challenging trails and expert Sherpas. Many treks and camping across the Himalayas are very challenging in terms of height and accelerating peaks and trails. Well, acclimatization is a key factor for your safety and to enjoy an experience of breathtaking views, Buddhist Monasteries.

The winters have started and the snow blanket has almost covered every mountain range. This is the right time for the frozen lake and snow mountain treks. The Ultimate peak “The Everest”, also known as the “Mother Goddess of the World” is the most sought after peak for all mountaineers. It is the dream of a climber to scale its height. We have heard a lot of interesting and unique experience of Everest Base Camp trekking. It is one of the most inspiring places in the world and trekking is possible all year round, but the best times to visit are March to May and September to December. Everest is a dream of every hiker and adventure lover. The Everest base camping trek is the most sought after the trek. It's set amongst the breathtaking snow covered mountain, prestigious peaks, and also the colorful Nepal villages. There are many travel and hospitality caretakers amongst one is Mojhi they provide a wide range of packages with discounts, especially for Everest Base camp trekking.

Climbing the Everest is not a cup of tea. But, the average trekkers need not be disheartened. There are a number of trekking trails which are not only beautiful and mesmerizing,/ but also possible for common people to soak in the beauty of mountains. Nepal is one of the few places in the world that can offer awe-inspiring mountain vistas and incredible trekking. Many trekking trails like that of Annapurna Range, Mardi himal and Mera peak are few of the wide range of trekking places where people can enjoy.

 Nepal is definitely the mother of nature. Every year Nepal attracts +200,000 trekkers and ts rightfully called the best- valued destination.

                            “If you respect the Himalayas, Himalayas will respect you”

Friday, 24 February 2017

Review of Open Eyed Meditations By Shubha Vilas

Open-eyed Meditations is a wonderful gathering of musings wherein every reflection takes you on an adventure to the past, bringing a mystery herb to recuperate an issue of the present. A genuine refining of old intelligence tips for current lives, this extraordinary self improvement guide utilizes the shrewdness of the Ramayana and the mahabharatha to tackle your regular issues. Past the storyline, something more profound is holding up to be found from these old writings. This book is an endeavor to reveal the concealed layer of riches that is keenly bundled inside the generally known storylines. There are 64 chapters and every section reveals insight upon contemporary problems. The portrayal is clear and addresses the different issues each individual face in their life. It answers probably the most troublesome inquiries identified with individual, proficient and societal issues that we confront. Each part is extremely concise but each is trailed by a consolidated synopsis which makes it simple to summarize. It will be exceptionally compensating to start every morning by perusing a part of this book and spending a couple of minutes in contemplation. This book is a powerhouse of information and unquestionably merits a place in each bookshelf. This is a book that must be perused over and over to hone and teach our brain into taking care of various circumstances that we may experience in life. It gives a more extensive picture of life and prompts us on the best way to act with individuals, see each other, identify with issues, and handle intense circumstances. I would prescribe this book to everybody as it has every one of the components that which took after will help us lead a cheerful and significant life. The writer has splendidly deciphered the different situations of Ramayana and Mahabharata to display moving life lessons. Can be perused at whatever point life hands you over odd circumstances. The Specialty of the book is you can read any section. The book records issues that we experience in todays' age in our work environments, at home, and so forth. It gives radiant knowledge and approaches to manage it. The book is composed in a basic dialect which you can specifically associate with and manages our everyday life and connections .Highly prescribed to each one of the individuals who try to wind up distinctly better people. This is a self-improvement guide with a distinction. It can be delighted in by the youthful and the old similarly. The best part of the book is that each chapters doesn’t need a continuity of previous chapters, But yes definitely it links each one’s life in one or other part.

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About the Author:
Shubha Vilas: Has a degree of engineering and law, he is one of the motivational speaker and addresses youth and top level management across the globe and also inspires them. This is 4th book I am reading after his game of life series.

Title: OPEN-EYED MEDITATIONS Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life
Author: Shubha Vilas
Pages: 280
Price: Rs. 250
Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta is located around 80km from Bangalore in kanakapura. The hill is dedicated to lord Ranganatha swamy. The peak height is 3780 feet. The meaning of bilikal in kannada is bili means White and Kal means rock or stone. Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta has a place with the Forest Reserve and is loaded with bush woodland. Elephants and other medium estimated natural life creatures can be seen in these forest. The vegetation of the slope is average of high slopes. The vegetation is entirely thick particularly in post storm season. The connecting timberland's are known not elephants and other untamed life endemic to the region. The perspective from the top is unimaginable as should be obvious the hillocks from the encompassing Kanakapura. There is a yearly celebration held once every year on Jan fourteenth on the highest point of this spot to proclaim the eminence of the Gods of the sanctuaries arranged at these spot. Last strech (around 10 km) of the ride is total off-roading which needs utmost careful while riding till the top.The hill summit can be come to by trekking or by means of a substitute track available from Kanakapura but it’s completely banned. I wonder as the days passes many of the beautiful spot will be dominated by inhumane activities. Its quite stilthy and unnerving development to see these spots losing its value because of humans.

Trekking : Not Allowed
Eatables: Carry your own

Permission: Required
How to reach: Bangalore -- Kanakapura -- Chokkanahalli -- Mavathoor -- Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta.

Nearest Places to explore:

Parking: At the temple

Road Condition: Good --- HighWay till Kanakapura after that village road and last stretch is complete off-roading.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Ooty Ride Day -1

This is situated in the Western Ghats zone at an elevation of 2240 mtrs. It is the central station of the Nilgiri District, where the two mountain ranges meet. Udhagamandalam , prevalently called as OOTY by the vacationer, is the Queen of Hill Stations. Hundreds of years prior this was likewise called as Oththai-Kal (single stone)Mandu (Mund is a name of Toda Village). The British began calling it as Ootacamund.Summer temperature is most extreme of 25 C and at least 10 C . Amid the Winter it is least 5 C and a greatest of 21 C when it is marginally hotter. This region was repressed by the tribals called TODA much sooner than anyone could wander into this district. Inquisitively enough, this cut of heaven stayed obscure notwithstanding amid the times of the immense Southern Dynasties. the territory went under the tenet of the East India Company toward the end of the eighteenth century.The town is associated by the Nilgiri ghat streets and Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Its normal excellence pulls in visitors and it is a prominent summer destination.

The name importance blue mountains in Kannada.Because of the delightful mountains and green valleys, Ooty got to be known as the Queen of Hill Stations.Udhagamandalam railroad station is associated with Mettupalayam by NMR meter gage service.The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was worked by the Madras Railway until 31 December 1907 for the benefit of the Government.

In January 1908, the railroad line was given over to South Indian Railway.The closest air terminal is Coimbatore (96 kilometers (60 mi)). Ooty has three helipads, one at Theettukal and two at Kodanad. The Theettukal helipad was affirmed via Airports Authority of India for guard and VIP services.Ooty is arranged in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. A large number of the forested territories and water bodies are beyond reach to most guests to secure this delicate biological community. A few zones of the Biosphere Reserve have been reserved for tourism advancement, and steps are being embraced to open these zones to guests whilst monitoring the range.

It is arranged at an elevation of 2,240 meters (7,350 feet) above ocean level.Boarding schools have been an element of Ooty since the times of the British Raj. They offer a critical commitment to the nearby economy. The offices and principles of training are considered amongst the most noteworthy in India,and so these schools are famous amongst the tip top of India and a portion of the neighboring nations. Ooty has numerous spots, in view of one's advantage and time can be secured likewise. Recorded the spots which we visited for 2 days.

How to reach :  Bangalore -- Mysore -- Nanjangudu -- Bandipur Forest -- Masinagudi -- Ooty

Places of interest around Ooty:

Day -1 :

Tea factories
Niligiri Mountain Railway
Botanical Garden

Day 2:

Dolphin Nose
Sims Park
Lamb's Park
Shooting Point
Pykara Waterfall

Doddabetta Peak:

Doddabetta is the most elevated top (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris, around 10 km from Ooty. It lies at the intersection of the Western and Eastern Ghats encompassed by thick Sholas. Pine woodlands arranged amongst Ooty and Thalakunda is a little downhill locale where pine trees are organized in an efficient manner. Wenlock Downs is a meadow range run of the mill of the first bioscape of the Nilgiris with tenderly undulating slopes.

Niligiri Mountain Railway:

Udhagamandalam railroad station is associated with Mettupalayam by NMR meter gage service. In 1882, a Swiss specialist named Arthur Riggenbach went to the Nilgiri Hills on a welcome from Government of India and he presented an evaluation for a line costing GB£132,000. The Nilgiri Railway Company was shaped in 1885 and arranging work started in 1886. The work on hold initiated in August 1891 and the Mettupalayam-Coonoor segment of the track was opened for activity on 15 June 1899. In January 1903, the Indian Government bought the line, and assumed control over the development of the expansion from Coonoor to Ooty.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ride to Dandiganahalli Dam

Dandiganahalli dam is one of unexplored places around Bangalore. Situated 100 kms from CV Raman Nagar towards Chikkaballapur. After Chikkaballapur take a left, and keep going around 35 km to reach Dandiganahalli dam. On the way you find many small villages where you can ask the way also google maps can help you. There was no restriction and we were freely allowed to walk on the dam, May be because reservoir was not full but had decent amount of water. Dam is covered with mountains and at the end of dam gate you find a village too. One more new weekend gateway away from hustle bustle Bangalore life. Better to spend weekend with nature instead with concrete forest!! overall it was very good weather and ride. There are 2 hills which can be trekked. There is no trekking to be done to the dam.The dam is the main source of water to nearby villages.There are 2 home-stays around the dam. Which offers few day and night packages. The dam can be reached by both 2 Wheeler's and 4 Wheeler's.

Nearest Places to explore: Varlakonda fort, Devanahalli Fort,Chikkajala Fort, Kundana Fort

Distance from Bangalore :

Time to reach from Bangalore: 2- 3 Hrs

Parking : Can be done in-front of Dam Entrance itself.

Food : Not available near dam.(Get your own food)

Activities: Bird Watching, Photography, Trekking to the nearby hills.

Not Required

Swimming: Its not Allowed , As the sign board says that crocodiles exists.

Fee: Not Applicable
How to reach : Hebbal -- Chikkaballapura -- Bommenahalli-- Dandiganahalli dam

Road Condition: Good --- HighWay till Chikkaballapur after that village road.

PC: Kevin D'mello & Lozil Noronha

Sunday, 5 June 2016

A Ride To Heaven

As it is said the journey of thousand miles begins with a single step. My experience from the past 4 years of biking, traveling, trekking and camping has been amazing for me. Those  breathtaking views, adventurous nights, sleeping under the stars, trekking alongside waterfalls, walking on the clouds and listening to birds chirping has changed the way of living. These moments cannot be lived again and again. But the memories are cherished. The destination is decided but the journey to reach it, is thrilling. I usually prefer to go on bike because it gives me that adrenalin rush. I like the feel of wind blowing against my body.

I am penning down one of such experiences that came to me instantly. It was a two day trip in which we wanted to cover approximately 600 kms with a pillion. The major destination was Kolli hills which is 260 kms from Bangalore. The journey and the destination is spellbinding, from every age group and whether you are a lover of wildlife or a lover of photography or a religious person, it’s a complete package for all. We wanted to cover Yercaud too, which is famous for its mesmerizing view points.

It was the month of October and winter just started. As usual we all friends with 4 bikes and 1 car gathered at one place, silk board Bangalore. It is one of the busiest area in the peak hours. Since we started very early 4.30AM, before the traffic lights started functioning, the road was clear. After the morning cup of tea, we started our bikes. More than the destination, the journey towards it is important. I was happy that I had just replaced the tyres of my bike with CEAT tyres. My friend had recently suggested for them and I decided that it was worth giving it a shot.

The plan was to reach Kollimalai a.k.a Kolli Hills before 1PM. The mesmerizing beauty of hills which was covered with lush green vegetation and hairpin bends added more value to the beauty. Kolli hills have 70 sharp hair pin curves which teaches patience and tolerance! I was satisfied that my Ceat tyres went beautifully with them. They had a strong grip on the road and not once I lost my balance. There is a lot of use of brakes while riding Ghat roads and a good tyres will make balancing easier.

The beauty of Kolli hills that it is less visited by tourists although I am not sure of the reason. It has a very dense forest and a myriad flora and fauna with many waterfalls in and around. It is said to have many medicinal herbs also .it has been featured in the literature of Tamil and has religious importance as well. The places to see are Akaashaganga Waterfalls, Masila Falls, Arapaleeswarar Temple, Botanical Gardens, and Sikku Parai View point.After staying overnight at Kolli hills, we went to our next destination Yercaud. It is a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is situated in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats; and is known as the “Jewel of South”.

Kolli hills  and Yeracaud should be in the bucket list of every biker in south India.The region did have pleasant and soothing landscapes with many waterfalls cascading along the roads. The hair pin bends seemed dangerous but the CEAT tyres made them look easy.After finishing our journey and back to Bangalore, I could help but smile at the memories I had just created.

"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of bike ride"

‘I’m chronicling my road trip adventure for CEAT Tyres in association with BlogAdda.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Bekal Fort

Bekal fort is a coastal fort lying 16 km south-east of Kasargod situated on the backdrop of Arabian seashore of Pallikkara village in the Kasargod district (Kerala). It is one of the best preserved forts in Kerala. Kasargod has long and consistent history, since its near to the Karnataka region and thus Bekal range involving a key position, achieved significance from the times of Vijayanagara times. As indicated by south Canara Manual and other artistic works, the Keladi Nayakas (c.1500 - 1763), who had their capitals  at Keladi, Ikkeri and Bednore in Kamataka, were in charge of the development of a couple fortresses in Hosdurg –Kasargod region.  The other adaptation is that the fortification was in presence amid the Kolathiri Rajas and after the fall of Kolathiri and Vijayanagara Empire, this zone went under the control of Ikkeri, Nayakas, who reconstructed the fortress . In 1763, the Bekal fortification fell under the control of Hyder Ali. Bekal served as a vital military station of Tipu Sultan when he had the considerable military endeavor to catch Malabar. With the passing of Tipu Sultan while battling against the British in 1799 the Mysorean control arrived at an end and consequently the fortress went under the English East India Company. Slowly the political and financial significance of Bekal declined extensively.

Route: Mangalore -- Kasargod -- Bekal fort

Timings: 8AM–5:30PM (Gate will be closed @ sharp 5.30).

Buses from Mangalore:Every 5 mins buses fly from KSRTC Bustand to kasargod. From kasargod take a bus to bekal fort.

Time required from Mangalore to reach bekal fort approx 2 hrs.

Note : 1. Bekal fort and Bekal beach are different bus stops.
           2. From bekal fort bus stop to bekal fort is walkable distance.

Eatables: Allowed and available outside fort

Entry Fess: Yes, rs 15

Things to do around Bekal :
Ananthapura Temple ,Bekal Fort Beach,Valiyaparamba Backwaters,Hosdurg Beach.