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Navabrindavan

Drive to Anegundi

On a drive to the legendary city of Kishkinda, the birthplace of Hanuman, I discover the Aanjaneya Temple, Pampa Sarovar, Durga Temple and the beautiful temple of Nava Brindavan each with its own amazing story.

Today we go on a lazy drive to Anegundi, also known as Kishkinda, the legendary ape city of Hanuman and Sugreeva, as told in the epic tale of Ramayana Tungabhadra Dam After the exploits of the day before in Hampi, we were a bit tired and decided to take it easy and just go on a long drive to Anegundi Along the way, we took a short break at the huge Tungabhadra Dam We had to park the car at the entrance and take a tourism bus to the top At the top is a small tower Visitors are not allowed inside the tower The reservoir is vast In the mist it was impossible to make out where it ended We stayed there at the top for
Hampi

The lost city of Hampi

Hampi is an ancient city on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. It used to be the capital of the Vijaynagara Empire where music, art and sculpture flourished. Join me on an exploration of over 300 exquisitely designed stone temples and palaces of a vanished civilization.

Today we walk among the ruins of an ancient kingdom that time forgot The rise and fall of Hampi Hampi is an ancient city on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Hospet taluka of Bellary district in Karnataka Granite boulders of varying sizes dominate the landscape, distributed as piles of smooth spherical rocks The former capital of Vijayanagara Empire and known as the City of Victory, the city is a sea of more than 1600 stone structures spread over an area of 25 square kilometers Once South India’s wealthiest and most powerful cities, it was sacked in 1565 by the armies of the Bahamani sultanates For years, the city lay abandoned
Kuntibetta Night Trek

Night Trek to Kunti Betta

Kunti Betta consists of two rocky but easy to climb hills that towers over a picturesque lake. It is said the Pandavas ended their exile of 14 years here in Pandavapura. Night Trek offers a unique experience from the hilltop with the Moon shining over the lake.

After the amazing experience of Savandurga Night Trek last weekend, I had to yield to this weekends Night Trek to Kunti Betta Legend has it that Kunti Betta consists of two rocky but easy to climb hills that towers over a picturesque lake The nearest town is Pandavapura, a panchayat town in Mandya district, located approximately 130 km from Bangalore It came into prominence during the Mahabharata period It is said the Pandavas ended their exile of 14 years here in Pandavapura It is also here that Bheema, one of the Pandava brothers slayed Bakasura, a demon who used to terrorize the local villagers The Hills derive their name from Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas The Journey The skies were much clear today My pick-up point
Savandurga Trek

Night Trek to Savandurga

Savandurga Night Trek was one of the most memorable treks I have been to. It is challenging, but also fulfilling and to add to it, the Hill is the largest monolith in all of Asia

Savandurga is an amazing place for a photo-op but Whoa! the fort of “death” and that too on my first trek!! History of Savandurga Located at a distance of 64 km west of Bangalore, Savandurga is reputed to be the highest monolith in Asia It comprises two looming granite hills, Karigudda, the Black Hill and Biligudda, the White Hill, both around 4000 feet tall Historically, the hills find a mention in the records of the Hoysala period in the 13th century In those times it was referred to as Savandi hills Later during the reign of Hyder Ali, this hill served as a fort prison from where it was said there was no escape

How to prevent Lightroom from crashing every time I click Preferences

I just updated Lightroom 64bit on Windows 8. The first thing I do is to set the preferences and add my presets, and as I went to Edit > Preferences it crashed. I thought the install wasnt proper and tried re-installing but it did that again. I searched online, a few places they mentioned removing […]

I just updated Lightroom 64bit on Windows 8 The first thing I do is to set the preferences and add my presets, and as I went to Edit > Preferences it crashed I thought the install wasnt proper and tried re-installing but it did that again I searched online, a few places they mentioned removing the preferences file but that didn’t work as well Eventually I found this on Adobe’s site itself: Choose Control Panel > Region > Additional Settings > Numbers > Digit Grouping Change the number format from 123456789 to any other format (for example, 123,456,789) Click Apply > OK Open Lightroom Choose Edit > Preferences

Photo walk at Devanahalli Fort

Devanahalli Fort is one of the rare forts in Karnataka to be built on flat ground. Because of this very structural weakness it has seen many rulers since the 1500’s. Today this heritage site lies in ruins from neglect and apathy of the government and in danger of being over-run by the local residents.

Today I visit he birthplace of Tipu Sultan for a photo-walk For all the sad things he did, he also did some good things A tale written in blood Devanahalli is a small town on the outskirts of Bangalore not more than 40 mins away on the NH7 Highway Devanahalli Fort is one of the rare forts in Karnataka to be built on flat ground Because of this very structural weakness it has seen many rulers since the 1500’s The fort was originally built in 1501 by Malla Byre Gowda, son of a refugee from Kanchipuram in

Weekend in Ooty

Ooty, a vast sea of breathtaking landscape, dense forests, mesmerizing flowers and flowing tea gardens. Udhagamandalam?? Not a lot of people are aware that the real name of Ooty, one of the most popular Hill Station in India, is Udhagamandalam. Ooty is a paradise on Earth and a delight for nature lovers. Elevated at around 3000 m above sea level, this bouquet of  hills has […]

Ooty, a vast sea of breathtaking landscape, dense forests, mesmerizing flowers and flowing tea gardens Udhagamandalam?? Not a lot of people are aware that the real name of Ooty, one of the most popular Hill Station in India, is Udhagamandalam Ooty is a paradise on Earth and a delight for nature lovers Elevated at around 3000 m above sea level, this bouquet of  hills has a lovely weather round the year Ooty the “Queen of Hill Stations” is a located in the Nilgiris in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu  Nilgiris is India’s first International Biosphere Reserve blessed with a fascinating ecosystem of the hill ranges of Nilgiris and its unique bio-diversity covering a tract of over 5000 square kilometers The Name ‘Nilgiris’ means Blue hills (Neelam – Blue and Giri – Hill or Mountain) The name,

Seagate Central 3TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS

A quick review of the Seagate Central 3TB NAS followed by some basic guidelines how to set up your first personal cloud network

As the camera mega-pixels increases, so does the hunger for backup space My new D7100 takes photos at 24MP and soon I found myself searching through online forums for a good backup solution I already had a Seagate 2TB BackUp Plus but it involved to many wires, so this time I was leaning towards a wireless solution After a bit of searching I finally ended up with two options: The WD My Cloud NAS and the Seagate Central NAS The WD My Cloud devices were a bit more pricey so I went with Seagate Central 3TB Compact Design Its a black device, very light in fact lighter than my Seagate 2TB BackUp Plus and about twice
Bhoganandeshwara Temple

Photo Walk to Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

It’s a breezy Friday morning and today I head out to a 1200 year old temple in the outer reaches of Bangalore. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple The Bhoga Nandishwara temple was built in the 9th century and is a classical example of Dravidian Architecture. It is located in a small village called Nandigram, some 30 km from Bangalore. This […]

It’s a breezy Friday morning and today I head out to a 1200 year old temple in the outer reaches of Bangalore Bhoga Nandishwara Temple The Bhoga Nandishwara temple was built in the 9th century and is a classical example of Dravidian Architecture It is located in a small village called Nandigram, some 30 km from Bangalore This village is surrounded by five hills – Nandi Hills, Brahma Giri, Vishnu Giri, Divya Giri and Skanda Giri The temple foundation is said to have been laid by Queen Ratnavali of the Banas in around 810 AD Thereafter the temple underwent many additions and modifications specially during the reign of the

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