Sunday, 7 October 2012
A beautiful place to visit in early morning (5.30-6.00) that too on bike. Nature lovers must go place. Free from Pollution but not quiet as we saw nearly more than 500 people were there. Morning breakfast is available at the top as well as on the way. Those who want to go for cycling it is a suitable place again in the morning. Government buses are available from majestic not sure of timings,definitely not in early morning. Buses will drop you till the top.Lodges are available not sure it is private or Govt. Trekking is also a option because you have all other means to reach the top. Best place for Photographers as well.
Monday, 1 October 2012
The Pune trip was totally planned and collective effort put by all my friends! Not an easy task of putting people together and planning for destinations which is unknown for most of them
But ultimately it was one more successful tour. It took whole lot of perseverance to travel all the way from Bangalore to Pune in train. The journey started with buying playing cards and unexpectedly train was late for one hour. Pune trip was totally like UPA alliance 4 guys from started from Bangalore, 5 amigos started from Hyderabad, 1 from Mumbai and 1more in Pune itself.
Day -1: As planned we all reached at different timings. But freshed up very soon as always. We had booked TT well in advance for 2 days. The first destination is MATHERAN. The National Highway safar was really awesome with Hills, Rocks, Kamshet Tunnels and even good weather. Via Lonavala we reached matheran basement. The road was very narrow from the basement so we was forced to take a rented Car. It costed Rs.60 per/head. After that we had 3 option to reach matheran Horse ride, Toy train,Walking. All of us choose to walk by taking aid of kooli for luggage carrying. As we were heading we were having pitstop for rest as well as for clicks.
Since it was an extended weekend it was crowded and almost all hotels were full! Luckily we got a cottage but not so good. Few had some issues but no other go. We couldn’t go anywhere 1st day as it was dark and no power and it was drizzling! We freshen up and went for dinner and walk as well!
Day2: Matheran is very calm and quiet, cold, But definitely its not honeymoon destination. Personally speaking I dint find anything more special in matheran except a ropeway which we dint get chance. There were many places to see but we decided to see only few which we thought it is good to visit!
Places to see in Matheran:
The following is a list of some major places of interest -
1. Mount Berry
2. Luisa Point
3. Echo Point
4. Panorama Point (Sunrise Point)
5. Porcupine Point (Sunset Point)
6. One tree Hill
7. Garbut Point
8. Chowk Point
9. Olympia Racecourse
10. Monkey Point
11. Hart point
12. Rambaug Point
13. Charlotte Lake
14. Alexandria Point
15. Malet Spring
Day-3: The excitement, expectation, creepy was too much about Kundalika White Water River Rafting, since it was first time ever we all were trying for River Rafting. Let the adrenaline rush with the increasing rapids at the white water rafting, Our Batch was first to come to the base of river rafting.
River was very calm and our raft moved slowly. All of us were quietly enjoying the calmness of river and beautiful valleys around Kundalika except me who was shivering and my teeth were creating small noise for me like stain gun. Sitting side and behind watching each and every moment of water was an experience to count.
|End of Rafting|
|Group Of Kayakar's|
Day-4: Day started very late as usual as it was a planned rest day and Pune darshan as well for some time. Visted Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati temple and Chaturshringi Temple in the 1st half and Initial 2nd half and Packed our bags from lodge and went straight away to bus stand to board a bus to Bangalore. The journey ended in the morning 6.30 AM at Bangalore.
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Since from 2010 shivarathri festival I was thinking to visit Kotilingeshwara temple after watching sandalwood movie SRI MANJUNATHA. Earlier also I have seen that movie but I was not aware that it is a place near Kolar. We planned a short bike ride only to Kotilingeshwara temple not nearby places.
Kolar is about 68 km from Bangalore. Buses ply on regularly from Bangalore. Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport. Bangarapet Railway Station and Marikuppam Railway Station are the nearest railheads to reach Kotilingeshwara Temple. Passenger trains are available from Bangalore to Marikuppam.
|Way to Temple|
How we Reached Kotilingeshwara Temple
Jayanagar 9th Block à Old Madras Road àBangarupet à Kotilengeshwara Temple
Kotilingeshwara Temple Features
A huge Nandi (Nandishwara – the Vahana of Shiv) which is 35 feet (11 m) tall lies in front of this huge Shiva Linga. The Nandi stands on a platform which is about 4 feet in height. About eleven small temples of various deities are constructed within the premises of the Koti Lingeshwara Swamy Temple. There are temples dedicated to Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, followed by the main deity temple Lord Kotilingeshwara. Other important temples are Lord Venkataramani Swamy Temple, Goddess Annapoorneshwari Temple, Lord Panduranga Swamy Temple, Lord Panchamukha Ganapathy temple, Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita Temple, Lord Anjaneya Temple, Goddess Kannika Parameshwari Temple and Goddess Karumaari Amma Temple.
|Nandi & Shiva|
Saturday, 1 September 2012
Starting at 2PM from Bangalore via Electronic city, Hosur, Ambur to Vellore. Awesome road condition because of Chennai –Bangalore Highway which our riders enjoyed biking and I too enjoyed as pillion as usual!! A complete rest with SAND PIPERS made more energetic for the next day. Must say Chennai has only 3 seasons Hot, Hotter, Hottest!!
|View on the Way|
|Vellore Fort Map|
The vellore golden temple is the Mahalakshmi temple called ‘Sripuram Golden Temple’…something that will definitely catch your eye!!! Made out of more than a tonne of pure gold it is the only temple in the world that is fully covered with gold. Located around 6 km from Vellore, the temple structure is known for engravings, and while the deity of Mahalakshmi is caved of granite stone, it is covered with gold ornaments! Importantly more than the mahalakshmi photos we could see swamiji photos all around which is nothing but self advertisement!! We had taken tickets of VIP darshana which costed 250/- per head.