Archive for the ‘Weekend Getaways’ Category

2 nice spots tucked away on NH207

On September 1, I wanted to go a temple that I had not visited earlier. I started checking out on the internet for the temples that I could choose. Sometimes the distances were prohibitive for a 3-4 hour drive. After some research, I selected 2 temples on NH207 – Venkata Ramana Swamy Temple @ Chikka Tirupathi and Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple @ Kalkunte Agrahara. What a surprise it turned out to be!

Chikka Tirupathi - View of the main gopuram Kalkunte Agrahara - Another view of the gopuram
The Venkataramana Swamy Temple and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
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On a trail of mystery and enchantment

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Watch tower at Jodigere

The muted thunders beyond the silhouette of the mountains kept the dark grey skies in a ceaseless flicker. The rain was imminent, it was easy to say. The moon was a tiny blob high in the sky but radiant enough to light up the track that had just brought us here. It was the same blissful feeling of letting one’s thoughts wander aimlessly as we stretched our legs on the stairs of the watchtower. One of us was soon quizzing the rest about stellar science, another was reminiscing about the day’s adventure and I was hopelessly attempting to capture the lightning on a friend’s digital camera. Our conversation soon reduced to a trickle and we were all beginning to enjoy the silence that enveloped us. We were all simply in love with time.
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The rains in the Ghats

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There is something magical about the rains, I am sure everybody loves them. Some like to get drenched till their bones go supple; some prefer to watch them fall down in sheets through the windows of their cosy homes sipping a hot cup of coffee while many others, just love the smell of wet earth as the first drops touch the ground.
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Weekend Photography

The digital camera has inspired many people into the field of photography and has probably been a source of frustration to many of their friends :-)

I have often witnessed this: A group of friends are hanging out together. The budding photographer in them, sees something beautiful when everyone else has ignored it. He attempts to capture the moment but struggles to find the right angle, the right frame or sometimes the right camera setting. If the pressure of losing the moment wasn’t enough, the friends pitch in to add some more by trying to hurry him up. The result… a missed opportunity.

I had been in this situation a few times myself, and was looking to hangout with a bunch of people who are also crazy about photography. This is when I stumbled upon the Bangalore Weekend Shoots flickr community. They are a bunch of shutterbugs who meet every weekend to shoot at interesting places in and around Bangalore. The community is open and people are welcome to join them on any weekend.


Memory Lane – from the early morning Nandi Hills shoot
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The Wealth Of The Sea

One of the prime attractions in the town of Srirangapatnam, the Dariya Daulat Bagh houses the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. The Garden House, as it is called, is a decorated structure made entirely of wood and has beautiful frescoes on various themes. This protected monument provides great insight into the life and times of Tipu Sultan and the prevailing culture.


The Dariya Daulat Bagh @ Srirangapatnam
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Weekend Getaway: Angsana Resort

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Slightly less than two hours away from Bangalore, on the Doddaballapur Main Road, is a beautiful, vast, enchanting, soothing, quiet, meticulously maintained, manicured and landscaped expanse of trees, plants, and clean, unpolluted air known as Angsana Resort and Spa. One of four locations worldwide, the Bangalore Angsana resort is a great place to get away for the weekend. Not only is it within easy driving distance (in case you just want to go and return the same day), it is also a wonderful place to stay over for a night or two.
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