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Karanji - Lake, Birds and Butterflies

Mysore again !! Mysore has been my second home now. The reason being the peaceful atmosphere the city guarantees me. A great sight-seeing place, well maintained and traffic free zone. What more to ask for a relaxed weekend. Whenever I am in Mysore, that one place I would never miss to pay a visit - Karanji lake. Two years ago, my friend Abhi showed us this beautiful nature park. Since then, I have been visiting it, every single time I go to Mysore.

Early mornings and evenings are always the best time to visit Karanji lake. The lake is located just behind the Mysore zoo, and maintained by the zoo authorities. We reached the Karanji at 9:30 am. A beautiful entrance welcomed us. Tall palm trees and the greenery excited us to rush in.
The entrance
As we entered, it appeared as if these tall palm trees paved the way to the paradise. Adjacent to these trees, well maintained shrubs, bamboo shoots, and colorful flowers added beauty to the scene.
The palm trees - a road to heaven
The colorful flowe…

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bengaluru

"To not know what happened before you were born, is to forever remain a child" - Cicer, Roman philosopher.
History and heritage have always excited me. The palaces, forts and rulers, and what remains today is a small part of their dream centuries ago. Being in Bengaluru for such long years, I had this urge to discover Bengaluru's history and heritage. A weekend fortnight before, I chose to visit the Bengaluru fort and Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Bangalore which is located in the heart of the city market. The Bengaluru fort covered a huge area and also enclosed the Tipu's palace. Sadly, only 5% of the fort remains today. Have a look to discover Bengaluru Fort and its history.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace is a unique palace. A typical palace will have rich marbles, carvings and filled with luxury. But, this is an unconventional palace made up entirely of teak wood and has its own grace. So, let me take you through the tour of this palace.

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Sand Sculpture Museum - Creative art with sand

Sand Sculpture Museum at Mysore. You might be wondering, Mysore doesn't have a beach.. and Sand Museum.. ??. Yes, you are right !! :D This Sand museum is not on any beach, but on a plain land protected from sun and rain. This is a unique Sand Sculpture museum, which would definitely attract an art lover. The sculptures depict on Mysore heritage, religion, public awareness, mythology, education and emotions.



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The more astonishing fact is that this sand castle is a dream of a young artist M N Gowri. She is a graduate in Master of Fine Arts and passionate about sculpting. Using 115 trucks of sieved construction sand and taking 5 months to create these huge 3D sculptures with 16 themes and 150 sculptures totally. The artist mentions she has used just sand, water and glue (for vertical compositions) for sculpting. The sculptures require maintenance using insecti…

Bangalore Fort : Rediscovering the history

Bengaluru, currently is a hub of IT companies. This city has given lives to millions on daily basis. Have you ever pondered over the history of this city. If you are curious on knowing that,I have this story of Bangalore fort which dated 1537.

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Yes it has history of 479 years. Finding this fort in the busy KR Market was not straightforward. Before exploring the current status of the fort,lets go back to 1537 and discover some history.
History of Bangalore Fort
The history of the fort relates to prominent rulers. A brief history of the fort as follows.
Kempegowda : The founder of modern Bengaluru
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Kempegowda, widely known as founder of modern Bengaluru. He served as a feudatory under Vijayanagara empire. He had a grand vision on building of a suitabl…