Thursday, April 21, 2005

Nandi Hills

Last Sunday, we went on a trip to the Nandi Hills outside Bangalore - granite monoliths that thrust out of the plains that comprise much of the area. We saw a temple built around 850 A.D., a cliff the Tipu Sultan -- who ruled Mysore in the 18th century -- used to get rid of people, and lots of monkeys.

More details when I can draw breath and write them.

2 Comments:

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Nandi sounds dandy, unless you were an 18th century Mysorian monkey!
J

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Karthik said...

Two lesser known aspects of Nandi Hills: the amazing trek route and the magnificent temple at the vase of the hills.

A trek to the top will take about 2-hrs (if u r trekking leisurely, enjoying the beauty of the hills). Not too much of shade on the way, so not recommended during sunny days.

There is a Bhoganandeeswara temple at the base of the hills. Itz in the Nandi village. To reach the village, you need to go about 5 kms beyond the junction where you take a left turn to reach Nandi Hills. The temple dates back to 9th century AD, and is a must see. Itz huge, with a huge pool and a nice auditorium where you can almost visualize a king enjoying a dance recital! Pretty well maintained too since ASI took over the maintenance.

 

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