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Siddara betta - Trekking the Hill of Saints

The monsoon rains knocked Bangalore on Friday evening and a forecast of a beautiful weekend landed on my mind. Sagar had planned a team outing - Siddara betta trek Tumkur,  with his colleagues and invited me. Meeting new people is one of my resolutions of 2017. So upon checking my calendar, I said him I would be coming to the outing. 25 odd strangers, completely new to me and I was pretty nervous, how would I mingle with them. To my surprise, it turned out to be one of the memorable trips of recent times. Brief on the place Siddara Betta is located in Madhugiri Taluk of Tumkur, 100 km from Bangalore. The hill has an elevation of 1700feet from ground level. The trekking distance of Siddara betta is around 6kms uphill and downhill. The place is suitable for a weekend trip of trekking and cave exploration. Siddara Betta has centuries of history with it. As the name "Siddara betta"  refers to " Hill of Saints " in Kannada. Many years ago, the hills were the home of s

Vishwa Shanti Ashram visit - Glimpse of Mahabharatha

Rains were lashing Bengaluru again. The monsoon winds summoned for a short drive. The NH4 - Tumkur road is the nearest highway to my place. Very near on this highway, the outskirts of Bengaluru has a peaceful place - Vishwa Shanti ashram Bangalore - Vijaya Vittala / Vishwaroopa / Vishvarupa temple. Brief on the place: Vishwa Shanti ashram is located near Nelamagala, around 27kms from Bengaluru . The Ashram is here since long and is believed to be established in 1982 by Sant Keshavadas and inaugurated in 1990. The place is an ideal for a day out picnic and relaxation. This spot has been featured in few movie shoots, mainly famous for the giant Vishwaroopa Vishnu Statue. Journey: On a Saturday afternoon after a delightful lunch, my friend and I started driving to the Vishwa Shanthi ashram. The sky was covered with dark clouds. The NH4 has great roads and a fast drive on the flyovers was really thrilling. A straight ride of 40mins led us to Vijaya Vittala Nagar. Note that the entrance is

Melukote, Thonnur lake and Ranganathittu - A memorable day outing

Melukote was on my travel list on finding out that ancient temple architecture to many movie songs being shot there. It sounded a sublime place for a weekend outing - 150kms from Bengaluru. Also, It had been a long time I met my LG friends. This was so perfect to call out for a weekend drive. Dragged out my friends - Teju, Pradeep, Sud, Rocky for a hangout and there we go !! Melukote Melukote is famous for Cheluvanarayanaswamy and Yoganarasimha temples. The place gained importance after the Srivaishnava reformer Ramanujacharya lived here for 14 years. Many devotees of Sri Vaishnava and Brahmin cult visit here to seek blessings frequently. We were excited to explore the temple architecture and the ancient remains. The journey towards Melukote So, the journey started on a Saturday morning. We were pleased with Pradeep's driving adventures ;) So we gave him a chance to drive this trip. On the other hand, we did not have any better option! That's a different story !! :D We had plan

Pyramid Valley and Art of living - Rediscover Inner peace

The quieter you become, the more you hear. Yes!! Between all these adventurous journeys of life, there were invisible walls in my mind I wanted to crack. This drive towards inner peace needed a calm and spiritual place, off the city to embrace the incoming thoughts. Upon checking out, my friend suggested me two such places - Pyramid Valley and Art of living. I mostly include my parents, when I visit religious and spiritual places. They do enjoy them. After visiting Omkar hills, we had the whole afternoon and evening with us. Just suggested my parents on visiting these two places. Kudos to their energy and we were set to drive to Pyramid Valley via Kanakapura road. Although Art of living is nearer, we scheduled it to the evening as there would be beautiful lightings and great view. Pyramid Valley Pyramid valley is the best meditation centre I have visited so far. It has been a centre for promoting pyramid energy, self-realization and spiritual science. Pyramid Valley is situated 30kms f