Category Archives: Bangalore

Krishnagiri dam

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To escape from the city mundane life, my constant search for new places lead to this dam. Not far from Bangalore, it is located at a distance of around 100 km. Definitely a good place to send a day during the weekend. One has to take House road to reach here. Road conditions are also pretty decent. 


This dam is built on the Thenpennai river surrounded by rocky hills.

The dam has a park adjacent to it where kids can play around. Well surprisingly Google Map directed us to a place that was far from the dam entry point. But this mistakes took us to almost a fairy land. Meandering street covered by shady trees running by the dam, was truly a mesmerising sight.

And one must not miss fresh fish fries, that is sold right outside the dam is truly lip smacking. Do not bother much about the hygiene. Some food are better left without hygiene. 


You can also buy fresh fishes from the local fisher men at dirt cheap prices. I got myself 3 KGS of fishes for just Rs 150. Live and fresh, fishes surely couldn’t get  better. Pay some extra and they will even clean it for you. What more can you probably ask for.

All together it is definitely worth a visit on a lazy weekend.

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Namma Bengaluru’s Own Hop On Hop Off Service

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If you want to visit tourist spots and malls at one go in Namma Bengaluru, hop onto a Volvo bus. From the first week of March, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will introduce a Bengaluru Rounds Hop On Hop Off service. The ‘Hop-On, Hop-Off‘ service is yet another innovative idea implemented by BMTC, a convenient service to empower tourists and enable quick and comprehensive tour of Bangalore city.

Seven buses with conductors and drivers will take commuters to 40 tourist places, including shopping malls.

While BMTC will charge Rs 250 for adults, Rs 150 for children, kids below five years of age can travel free. Along with the ticket, commuters will be provided a brochure which will have brief information of the tourist places and their pictures. As the bus goes past the tourist spots, the conductor will educate commuters about them.

 

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l.No. Places Sl.No. Places
1 Kempegowda Bus Station/Majestic 12 Gurudwara at Ulsoor
2 Tippu Palace 13 Ulsoor Lake
3 Bull Temple 14 Commercial Street
4 Gavigangadhareshwara Temple 15 St. Mary’s Basilica Church
5 Lalbagh West Gate 16 Fun World/Snow City
6 Freedom Park 17 Lumbini Garden/Nagavara Lake
7 Nehru Planetarium 18 ISCKON  Temple
8 Vidhanasoudha/High Court 19 Orion Mall
9 Cubbon Park/ Museum and Art Gallery

/Bal Bhavan/UB City

20 Sankey Tank
10 MG Road Metro Station 21 Mantri Mall
11 Garuda Mall

 

Pick up & Drop off points

Sl.No. Places
1 Corporation
2 Vasanthnagar
3 Mekhri Circle
4 Hebbala
5 Sadashivanagar PS
6 Yeshwanthpura
7 Malleshwaram 18th cross

 

SL.No. Places Departure times
1 Kempegowda Bus Station/Majestic 0830,0900,0945,1010,1040,1115,1150,1155,1230,1255,1340,

1405,1435,1510,1630,1645,1735,1800,1830,1905,1950,2100

2 Tippu Palace 0845,0915,1000,1025,1055,1130,1205,1245,1310,1355,1420,

1450,1525,1610,1645,1715,1750,1815,1845,1920,2005,2115,2135

3 Bull Temple/Ganapathi Temple 0855,0925,0930,1010,1035,1105,1140,1215,1255,1320,1405,

1430,1500,1535,1620,1655,1725,1800,1825,1855,2015,2125,2145

4 Gavigangadhareshwara Temple 0830,0905,0935,1020,1045,1115,1150,1225,1305,1330,1415,

1440,1510,1545,1630,1705,1735,1810,1835,1905,1940,2025,2135,

2155

5 Lalbagh West Gate 0840,0915,0945,1030,1055,1125,1200,1235,1315,1340,1425,

1450,1520,1535,1640,1715,1745,1820,1845,1915,1950,2035,2145

6 Corporation* 0840,0915,0945,1030,1055,1125,1200,1235,1315,1340,1425,

1450,1520,1535,1640,1715,1745,1820,1845,1915,1950,2035,2145

7 Freedom Park 0830,0905,0940,1010,1055,1120,1150,1225,1300,1340,1405,

1450,1515,1545,1620,1705,1740,1810,1845,1910,1940,2015,2100,

2210

8 Nehru Planetarium 0845,0920,0955,1025,1110,1135,1205,1240,1315,1355,1420,

1505,1530,1600,1635,1720,1755,1825,1900,1925,1955,2030,2115,

2225

9 Vidhanasoudha/High Court 0850,0925,1000,1030,1115,1140,1210,1245,1320,1400,1425,

1510,1535,,1615,1640,1725,1800,1830,1905,1930,2000,2035,2120,

2230

10 Cubbon Park/ Museum and Art Gallery/Bal Bhavan/UB City 0900,1015,1040,1125,1150,1220,1255,1330,1415,1435,1520,

1545,1615,1650,1735,1815,1840,1915,1935,1940,2010,2045,2130

11 MG Road Metro Station 0830,0905,0940,1020,1045,1130,1155,1225,1300,1335,1420,

1440,1525,1550,1620,1655,1740,1820,1845,1920,1945,2015,2050,

2135

12 Garuda Mall 0840,0915,0950,1030,1055,1140,1205,1235,1310,1345,1430,

1450,1535,1600,1630,1705,1750,1830,1855,1930,1955,2025,2100,

2145

13 Gurudwara at Ulsoor 0845,0920,0955,1035,1100,1145,1210,1240,1315,1350,1435

,1455,1540,1605,1635,1710,1755,1835,1900,1935,2000,2030,2105,

2150

14 Ulsoor Lake 0850,0925,1000,1040,1105,1150,1215,1245,1320,1355,1440,

1500,1545,1610,1640,1715,1800,1840,1905,1940,2005,2035,2110,

2155

15 Commercial Street 0855,0930,1005,1045,1110,1155,1220,1250,1325,1400,1445,

1505,1550,1615,1645,1720,1805,1845,1910,1945,2010,2040,2115,

2200

16 St. Mary’s Basilica Church 0830,0900,,0935,1010,1050,1115,1200,1225,1255,1330,1405,

1450,1510,1555,1620,1650,1725,1810,1850,1915,1950,2015,2045,

2120,2205

17 Vasanthnagar* 0830,0900,0935,1010,1050,1115,1200,1225,1255,1330,1405,

1450,1510,1555,1620,1650,1725,1810,1850,1915,1950,2015,2045,

2120,2205

18 Fun World/Snow City 0840,09100945,1020,1100,1125,1210,1235,1305,1340,1425,

1500,1515,1605,1630,1700,1735,1820,1900,1925,2000,2025,2055,

2130

19 Mekhri circle* 0840,09100945,1020,1100,1125,1210,1235,1305,1340,1425,

1500,1515,1605,1630,1700,1735,1820,1900,1925,2000,2025,2055,

2130

20 Hebbala* 0840,0910,0945,1020,1100,1125,1210,1235,1305,1340,1425,

1500,1515,1605,1630,1700,1735,1820,1900,1925,2000,2025,2055,

2130

21 Lumbini Garden/Nagavara Lake 0830,0855,0925,1000,1035,1115,1140,1225,1250,1320,1355,

1440,1515,1530,1620,1645,1715,1750,1835,1915,1940,2015,2040,

2110,2145

22 Sadashivanagar P S * 08:30,0855,0925,1000,1035,1115,1140,1225,1250,1320,1355,

1440,1515,1530,1620,1645,1715,1750,1835,1915,1940,2015,2040,

2110,2145

23 Yeshwanthpura * 0830,0855,0925,1000,1035,1115,1140,1225,1250,1320,1355,

1440,1515,1530,1620,1645,1715,1750,1835,1915,1940,2015,2040,

2110,2145

24 ISCKON Temple 0900,0925,0955,1030,1105,1145,1210,1255,1320,1350,1425,

1510,1545,1600,1650,1715,1745,1820,1905,1945,2010,2045,2110,

2140,2215

25 Orion Mall 0905,0930,1000,1035,1110,1150,1215,1300,1325,1355,1430,

1515,1550,1605,1655,1720,1750,1825,1910,1950,2015,2050,2115,

2145

26 Sankey Tank 0830,0915,0940,1010,1045,1120,1200,1225,1310,1335,1405,

1440,1525,1600,1615,1705,1730,1800,1835,1920,2000,2025,2100,

2125,2155

27 Malleshwaram 18th cross  * 0830,0855,0925,1000,1035,1115,1140,1225,1250,1320,1355,

1440,1515,1530,1620,1645,1715,1750,1835,1915,1940,2015,2040,

2110,2145

28 Mantri Mall 0855,0930,0955,1025,1100,1135,1215,1240,1325,1350,1420,

1455,1540,1615,1630,1720,1745,1815,1850,1935,2015,2040,2115,

2140,2210

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

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Tipu Sultan’s Palace located in the heart of Bangalore near K R Market is a magnificent building. The palace used to be the summer palace for Tipu Sultan. The place would not fit into the exact description of a palace. It is built out of rose wood with nothing flashy about it.

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There isn’t anything fancy about this place but still you might like it if you admire Tipu Sultan.

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The palace is well maintained with a lovely garden surrounding it. You would not be allowed to take photos inside the palace due to the wear and tear that have been caused to the paintings over the passing years.

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Definitely a worth visiting place if you have some spare time in hand.

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Bangalore Palace – Beaware !!!!

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Visiting Bangalore Palace? Beware!!!

It had been a long wish of mine to visit the much talked about Bangalore Palace. Wish got fulfilled when my hubby got the opportunity to shoot a Pre Bridal shoot for a friend of ours. So one Saturday morning we all headed out for the place. The tickets are priced at Rs 225 per person and a camera charge of around Rs 600. The building looks magnificent from outside but once inside you will not find much to catch your interest. In fact if you try to take a picture of the palace from outside you would be stopped if you have not purchased the ticket for the camera.

The furnitures are mostly fake replicas made out of cheap wood copying some antique design. The paintings too are not much to be awed about.

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Anyways once in we decided to continue taking pics. But soon we were stopped by the guards and were told that we are not allowed to do any professional photography without permission. We explained that we were not professional photographers and that we were only doing it for personal purpose. But the guards started misbehaving. They even went ahead to say that we are not allowed to stay in the premises for more than 45 min. Nowhere on the ticket was it mentioned that the ticket was valid for only 45min. The argument got so heated up that these people started abusing us and would not even refrain from abusing the girls. The staffs are totally money sucking bastards who would go to any extent to suck some money out of you in any pretext. So if you are planning for a visit to the Bangalore Palace think twice. In my opinion the place is a highly over priced and mismanaged place. Totally not worth shelling out so much money.