Mind you, this one is only for the architecturally and historically inclined ! You won’t find anything else here apart from a lot of beautifully carved rocks and temples. And yet, the abundance of it all will enthrall a like … Continue reading Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal: Treasure Troves of early Deccan Art and Architecture !
“A bus stop, really ??”. This was my first reaction as soon as I alighted from my Bangalore night-ride, and even as I set foot on … Continue reading Agumbe Diaries: To Malgudi days and back !
That pretty much sums up this not-so-popular, but nevertheless a decent, worth-exploring weekend destination near Bangalore. An odd 160 kms drive, with cleanly paved roads all the way, and the GPS to guide you ( Kanakapura Road ); the view … Continue reading A temple on top, and a jungle below – BR Hills near Bangalore !
January 1565. That windswept street in front of the Virupaksha Temple looks deserted at best. That’s how a gloomy, cloudy day should end perhaps ! End of Business as usual though; people moving back to their homes after a day’s … Continue reading Hampi ‘rocks’ .. Literally so !
The gates of the citadel be closed, for my fate hangs behind them ! Should I choose a cowardly refuge, or should I fight my enemies yonder ? And well, I still have a few friends left in the lands beyond. … Continue reading Ishq-e-dilli ( For the love of Delhi ) – Part 2 – Qila-E-Mubarak, or was it – The Red Fort !
It was already a bit of a late evening when I started off from my abode near the Delhi gate, and inside the now broken down walls of Purani Dilli ( old Delhi ). Traffic was heavy, waiting for the metro line … Continue reading Ishq-e-dilli ( For the love of Delhi ) – Part 1 – The Friday Mosque that was, and still is – The Jama Masjid !
How/Where To Go: Hop on your ride, get the hell out of Bangalore, and start driving towards this small hamlet called Kattinahole; nestled in the Western Ghats in Shimoga district. Kattinahole will be your base camp, and the trail starts … Continue reading Up, close and personal with Kodachadri – A Trek !
This trip began as a not-so-used-to early morning wake up call for me, an almost 50km cab ride to catch up with the rest of the group, and finally whizzing along with a ‘rock-star’ driver to make up for the time lost … Continue reading Waterfalls of North Karnataka: Sathodi and Magod to begin with !
Literally so, when the clouds come upon you in a sudden rush, and then when they pass you off at the peak ! The view below gets clearer for a while, and then gets blocked again because of their drift. … Continue reading Kissing the clouds while @ Tadiandamol, the highest peak in Coorg !
My first wildlife sojourn this, it also proved to be a golden-triangle of sorts, with our parking place very conveniently located in the midst of it all ! A motley group of people had just come across the gems that these … Continue reading Nagarhole, Tholpetty and Irupu Falls: Triple Treat on one another weekend !