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Mysore: along a heritage trail

Easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, the heritage city of Mysore (recently renamed Mysuru) is synonomous with resplendent royalty, its larger than life Dasara festival, gorgeous silk saris and exquisite Mysore paintings.  Known as the city of palaces, this famous South Indian city lies in the state of Karnataka about 150… Continue reading Mysore: along a heritage trail

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Rangasthala, Chikkaballapur: a tryst with history

India, also referred to many a time, as the country of temples has scores of enthralling temples, many of which are over 1000 years old.  It is indeed amazing that we have these temples that remain as a symbol of our rich culture, heritage and legacy. One such ancient yet beautiful temple, right outside of… Continue reading Rangasthala, Chikkaballapur: a tryst with history

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Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: an ancient wonder

Located just under 60 km from Bangalore, is the remarkable Bhoga Nandeshwara temple in the quaint village of Nandi.  One of the oldest temples in Karnataka, the place is located at the foot hills of the popular Nandi hills and is a great idea for a day trip from Bangalore. What struck me was not… Continue reading Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: an ancient wonder

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Brickyard to Byadgi: beguiling sights enroute to Hubli

Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination – Drake. These words ring true as I recollect my recent trip to Hubli where I realized yet again that the journey is as important as the destination.  Driving down on a weekend from Bangalore, the weather seemed rather dry and got progressively hot… Continue reading Brickyard to Byadgi: beguiling sights enroute to Hubli

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Nanjangud Srikanteshwara Temple: magnificence and majesty

The little town of Nanjangud, about 25 km from the city of Mysore in Karnataka has been a place I have been visiting since childhood.  It has become a practice for us to visit the temple of Lord Shiva here at least once in a year. The renowned temple formally known as the Srikanteshwara temple, is… Continue reading Nanjangud Srikanteshwara Temple: magnificence and majesty

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Ramadevara betta: Ancient Rama temple in the hills of Ramnagar

Approximately 50 km from the city of Bengaluru is the small town of Ramanagara, which is located on the Bengaluru-Mysore highway.  The town is famous for its silk production, cocon market and its symbolic rocky boulders.  Most part of the terrain in and around Ramanagara is surrounded by natural granite rocks and it was in… Continue reading Ramadevara betta: Ancient Rama temple in the hills of Ramnagar