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Trip To Nandi Hills,Nandi Hills:Reviews,Tourism,Tourist Places,Travel Guide

Are you staying in Bangalore and feel stressed because of its traffic, pollution or your hectic schedule@Work Place ?? If so, this is the time to take a small break from your life and go for a trip. If you want to enjoy your outing as you would like to being in Shimla , but unfortunately don’t have time to go there, then the best place for you is Nandi Hills, a place filled with breathe taking scenic beauty, laced with mountain, dew,fog, strong wind and offers a pleasant climate on economized budget for  honeymooners. Previously, its name was Ananda Hills, meaning a place of happiness and it indeed is a place where you can happily unwind yourself. Interestingly, its present name is based on the shape of hill which resembles a sleeping bull.


Location:
Nandi Hills is located in Chikkaballapur District of Karnataka State, which is 60 kms from Bangalore city and situated 4851 feet above sea level.

How to reach there ??
Bus : Government buses runs from Bangalore, Chikkaballapur and Nandigrama. It takes 2 hours from Bangalore and 1 hour from Chikkaballapur to reach Nandi Hills.The hills has an 8 kilometers road from all the way to the top. But it is preferred that you take your Personal Vehicles. To reach there, from Majestic start towards Chikkaballapura on NH-7. After about 10 kms from the Airport crossing, turn towards left towards Nandi Hills. Google Maps for the location available here

Timings:
As it’s name suggests, it is a hilly area with strong wind blowing across and that too at high altitude laced with dew drops and mist. The best time for visit is from sunrise time(typically around 6 AM) to 10 AM (when the fog starts disappearing pretty fast). There is an entrance gate leading to Nandi hills and is  open from 5:30 AM to 6:00 PM, on all seven days of a week.

Climate:
Here the climate is moderate so we can enjoy the trip anytime but specially from June to August because of intermittent rain, we can experience little bit problem. The temperature is 25 to 28 centigrade during summer and 8 to 10 centigrade in winter. You can also choose to go at the time of Dussehra, during which a number of devotees pay homage at the temple situated on hill-top.

Prior Preparation:

  • It is very important to take proper winter clothes and snacks items in bag, as you will be taken by surprise by the temperature on hill-top, if you go unprepared.
  • Start your journey at proper time to reach the Nandi hills as early as possible in order to be able to see the sunrise on it.

Entry Ticket:
Entry fee is 5 Rs per person and 60 Rs for parking the four wheeler and 15 Rs for two wheeler.

Precautions:

  • We should be careful with  monkey and dogs on the hill (You can be sure there will be plenty :-))
  • We should take care for driving the car or vehicle also because there is only one road to the top and you can expect vehicles coming from the other side as well, that too amidst dew and fog. There are around 40 sharp curves in the way so one has to be extremely careful while driving both ways.

Accommodation:
There is only one hotel on top that is Mayura pine which is run by KSTDC (Karnataka state tourism development Corporation). It is  very basic one but its location is fabulous. It is situated at one edge of the hill and you can enjoy to see deep down into the valley .On the other hand there is one Nehru house also which has more than 15 rooms ,in which you can enjoy ancient world.

Places Of Interest:

  • Temples:There are temples for Sri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha .
  • Tippus Drop:During Tippus empire the prisoners were pushed down from this point to death.
  • Rivers:Arkavathi river originated on the south-west of the hill,Palar river on the eastern side and Pennar river also originated from it but most of the sources have dried.
  • Tippus Residence:This was used as Tippus summer residence but now it’s not open to public.
  • Amruth Sarovar:It’s a beautiful water lake decorated with plants.
  • Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple:It has beautiful carving and also has a beautiful Kalyana Mantapa.
  • Secret Passage : A secret passage which was built for the Kings to escape during unforeseen attacks.

So what are you waiting for ?? Go, pack your bags and visit Nandi Hills 🙂

Indian Railways Introduces New Guidelines For Tatkal Ticket Bookings From 11th Feb 2011 : To Carry Original Id Proofs During Travel

Are you planning to travel by train with a Tatkal Ticket on or after 11th Feb 2011 ?? If you are, you should be aware of the New Guidelines introduced by Indian Railways, otherwise you may end up paying a hefty price for your ignorance. In its latest circular released on 31st Jan 2011, Indian Railways has made it mandatory for passengers traveling on Tatkal Tickets to carry an Original Identity Proof during the course of their journey. Failing which they will be treated as Ticket-less Travelers and penalized accordingly.

If there are more than one passengers travelling on the same ticket, any one of the passengers will have to produce any Identity Proof in Original, failing which all passengers travelling on the said ticket will be treated as travelling without tickets and will be charged excess fare and penalty as per rules.

The Tatkal Ticket Booking Scheme was introduced in 1997, with a provision that passengers booking Tatkal Tickets would indicate their Identity Card Number at the time of booking and would be required to carry the same Identity Card during the journey. This provision was subsequently withdrawn in August 2004.

We already have a similar rule in place for all e-Tickets booked through IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), irrespective of whether its a Tatkal Booking or not. But now that rule has rightly been extended to cover all Tatkal Booked Tickets. According to Indian Railway Officials, the latest move to mandate an Original Copy of ID Card while travelling on a tatkal ticket, was aimed at putting to end massive complaints of Bulk Booking and the role of touts in cornering tatkal tickets. However it has clarified that you don’t need to carry it along while booking the Journey Ticket:-)

These are following 8 Original Identity Cards, which can be carried by passengers travelling on Tatkal Booked Tickets while travelling.

  1. Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India
  2. Passport
  3. PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
  4. Driving Licence issued by RTO
  5. Photo Identity Card issued by Central/State Government
  6. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students
  7. Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
  8. Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph

So next time, you go and get a Tatkal Ticket from a Broker/Travel Agent in your surrounding by paying extra, be careful, especially with this new regulation in place after 11th Feb 2011. The circular regarding this new guideline for Tatkal Ticket Booking is available at Indian Government’s website
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=69444

Best Sites Portals For Booking Flight Tickets India

If you are searching for Websites or Online Portals, where you can book flight tickets online, don’t worry. This article attempts to list out all such websites and portals, which offer online booking for flight tickets. This list is by no means exhaustive, but covers most of the popular and reliable ones.

Third Party Websites Portals

Individual Air Lines Websites Portals

So enjoy booking your flights on any of these portals and have a good time 🙂

Half Day Bangalore City Sight Seeing Trip Organized By KSTDC

KSTDC(Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation) organizes a half-day Bangalore Sight-Seeing Trip every day, Monday to Sunday. This quick half-day sight seeing tour of Bangalore’s covers following important destinations: Tipu’s Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh, Vidhana Soudha (Outside view), Museum, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple.

Its organized twice a day, once in the morning and other in the afternoon. So you can choose the slot, which are you are comfortable with.
Morning Slot
Departure time : 7.30 am
Arrival Time : 1.30 pm
Afternoon Slot
Departure time : 2 pm
Arrival Time : 7.30 pm

Fare: Rs.170/- (Non AC), Rs.190/- (Volvo AC)
(Children above the age of 5 years will be charged full fare. No seats will be given to children below 5 years.)

Detailed Itinerary

Bangalore Half-Day Sightseeing (Morning)

  • 07.15 am Departure from Badami House, Bangalore
  • 07.45 am – 08.15 am Visit Bull Temple (Basavangudi)
  • 08.30 am – 09.00 am Visit Tippu’s Palace
  • 09.15 am – 09.45 am Breakfast at Hotel Kamat
  • 10.00 am – 10.45 am Visit Lalbagh Botanical Garden
  • 10.45 am – 11.15 am Shopping near Lalbagh
  • 11.30 am – 11.45 am Outside view of Vidhana Soudha
  • 12.00 pm – 01.15 pm Visit Vishweshwaraiah Technological Museum
  • 1.30 pm Tour ends at Badami House

Bangalore Half-Day Sightseeing (Afternoon)

  • 02.00 pm Departure from Badami House, Bangalore
  • 02.15 pm – 03.15 pm Visit Vishweshwaraiah Technological Museum
  • 03.25 pm – 03.45 pm Outside view of Vidhana Soudha
  • 04.15 pm – 04.45 pm Visit Tippu’s Palace
  • 05.15 pm – 06.00 pm Visit Lalbagh Botanical Garden
  • 06.00 pm – 06.30 pm Shopping near Lalbagh
  • 06.45 pm – 07.00 pm Visit Bull Temple (Basavangudi)
  • 07.15 pm – 07.30 pm Visit Gavigangadhareshwara Temple
  • 08.00 pm Tour ends at Badami House, Bangalore

More information regarding this tour is available on KSTDC website www.karnatakaholidays.net

 

Review For One Day Bangalore City Sight Seeing Trip Organized By KSTDC

Before going on a One-Day Bangalore City Sight-Seeing Trip Organized by KSTDC , I didn’t now much about Bangalore’s tourist places. So I was very happy, when I get to know that such options do exist and I would be able to cover most of things, if not everything, in and around bangalore and that too in a single day.

Here is how to go about planning your one-day bangalore city sight-seeing trip

  • Take a printout of your booked-ticket(a copy of which is already sent to your email address) and also carry a valid identity proof(Voter ID, Pan Card, Driving License, Passport, Any type of i-cards issued by school/college/company) during the trip.
  • Go to Badami House for pick up (preferably by 7:00am. Trip starts by 7.15 am and you should plan to be there 15 minutes in advance) .
  • Enquire about the timing and vehicle-number of the bus, you are going to board, from the enquiry counter .
  • Do carry some snacks items along side a bottle of water. Since breakfast and lunch are not included in the trip, its better to make your own arrangements.
  • Remember, all entrance fees, if applicable, at the tourist places, will have to be borne by travelers booked on this tour. So do carry some cash with you :-). You should try to take about five-hundred to one-thousand rupees per head.
  • If you are a student, do carry your identity card. At some-places, you will be surprised to see a discount of 50-75% on entry-fees !!
  • Last but not the least enjoy the trip 🙂

Here are the pros and cons for this one-day sight-seeing tour.
Pros

  1. Save your time and money compared to other means of transport, say cars.
  2. For safety purposes, very good, especially for foreign-nationals and people who are new to this city
  3. You don’t have to worry about where to go 😉 You will go around the city, wherever the bus takes you !!

Cons

  1. You will not be able to spend much time at tourist-places, even if want to, because there are too many places to be covered in a single-day.
  2. Not all tourist places are included as part of this trip
  3. Far too many temples (as many as 3 of them). You wish at least one of them should not have been there and in stead, you would have been taken to other good places like Vidhana Soudha, Vishveshwarya science and technology museum.

Overall, a very good value-for-money not-too-tiring-and-taxing-on-pockets trip. Do share with me your experiences, if you happen to go for this trip !!

One Day Bangalore City Sight Seeing Trip Organized By KSTDC

Every Wednesday to Sunday, KSTDC(Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation) organizes a full-day Bangalore Sight-Seeing trip. The tour covers following places : Rajarajeshwari Temple, Bannerghatta Biological Park, HAL Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, ISKCON Temple, Prasanna Anjaneya Temple, Musical Fountain & Kamataka Chitrakala Parishat. Its a VOLVO bus(A/C or non-A/C, you can choose), which will take you around the city. Here are other relevant details for the tour.

Departure time : 7.15 am
Arrival Time : 8.00 pm

Fare: Rs.290/- (Non AC), Rs.300/- (39 seat AC Coach), Rs.360/- (Volvo AC)
(Children above the age of 5 years will be charged full fare. No seats will be given to children below 5 years.)

Detailed Itinerary

  • 07.15 am Departure from Badami House, Bangalore
  • 07.45 am – 09.00 am Visit ISKCON Temple & Breakfast
  • 09.15 am – 09.45 Visit Anjaneya Temple
  • 10.15 am – 10.45 am Visit Rajarajeshwari Temple
  • 11.45 am – 01.15 pm Visit Bannerghatta Safari
  • 02.00 pm – 02.30 pm Lunch
  • 03.15 pm – 03.45 pm Visit HAL Museum
  • 04.30 pm – 05.30 pm Visit Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
  • 05.45 pm – 06.30 pm Visit the Chitrakala Parishad Art Gallery
  • 06.45 pm – 07.45 pm Visit Musical fountain
  • 08.15 pm Tour ends at Badami House

More information regarding this tour is available on KSTDC website www.karnatakaholidays.net