Photo trip to Mysore Rail Museum

Photo trip to Mysore Rail Museum

Participants : Samaresh Biswal & Dr.KJS Chatrath

Mysore rail museum timings : 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Monday closed)

Mysore Rail Museum

Mysore Rail Museum

 

Social media has always been my third love after food and off course road. However, how it can lead to surprises and adventures in life has always been my astonishment. And so it had begun somehow with my droopy eyes bleakly looking at the blink of my phone. I opened up to have the info of the world at my finger tips on a lazy and hazy looking morning. And came the news that Dr KJS Chatrath is in Mysore. I text him and to my surprise, he called up. Somehow i sobered up myself to be best over the phone and I introduced myself and also told him that am a great admirer of his works and blog. I wished to meet him and he readily accepted to meet me and enrich me with his knowledge. So we set a date and out I went to see my second love with my ride. However, somehow I thought, let’s skip the road for once and cheat on her with a rail trip. Off course the rail trip was always on my mind after the Jayaram Rail fanning blog, but the roads have always given me the pleasure of fresh air and freedom of a lone rider.

Anyway, i dropped in the SBC station and booked for Mysore and informed about my details to Mr. Chatrath & will rendezvous at MYS platform 1. Meanwhile, some spotting at SBC are: PF1-12608 Lalbagh Express with LGD WAP-7 30237, PF2-12677 ERS Intercity Express with ED WDM-3D, PF6- 56213 Tirupati-Chamarajanagar. Fast Passenger had arrived with AJJ WAM-4 20622. I went to PF7 where the 16235 MYS Express was scheduled to depart. It is a 18 coacher with 6 GS,2 SLR,1-HA1,1-2A,1-3A and 7 SL since it shares rakes with the 16592 SBC-UBL Hampi Express and 16535 YPR-SUR Gol gumbaz Express. The same train also shares rakes with the 16559 MYS-YPR Express and returns to YPR. However, the AC coaches are kept locked and the SL class coaches are treated as open for the SBC-MYS leg of the journey which makes the 16235 a fully UR train. Basically, this seems to have been introduced to take the load off the long distance trains bound to MYS from SBC like the 16231 MV-MYS Express, 16731 TN-MYS Express and the perennially crowded 56213 TPTY-CMNR Fast Passenger. I wanted to check out the loco so went ahead to see the power. It was an original EMD UBL WDP-4 20006 LHF. I started to lookout for some corner to take some photos and videos, I started hunting for a right place to sit and soon found coach S6 to be perfect.

Our train left dot on time and the run up to Nayandahalli was quite sedate. I have always raved this part of the city on road, but to see it on a rail was a whole different experience. Later, the train gained speed slightly and we entered Kengeri (KGI) at around 8:35 AM for a two minute halt. The train then left and crossed the SBC bound 16215 Chamundi Express at Bidadi (BID) led by a KJM WDM-3A.This route is a must for all rail fans who love the mean hard old diesel engines. It has an MPS of 90 if I am not mistaken and there are numerous curves and gradients which make rail fanning a joy. It is not hard to understand why most IRFCAns from SBC prefer this route to capture the Shatabdi in this stretch.

Also, the hills around  Ramanagaram and the lush green fields of Mandya district which offer a lush green carpet are indeed a feast to the eyes. The serenity and silence of the route is only shattered by the horn of the loco and the chugging of the trains at MPS. One can gaze at eternity out of the window in this stretch fall in love with the scenic barren beauty of the land. Sholay played on in my mind, and I hope that some horse would follow by the train side to mob it or so. Well, seems it only happened in the 70s or in the films. When the train halted at Ramanagaram (RMGM) (Gabbar’s Heaven) my Whatsapp beeped. And as if telepathy was at work, I got a text from my Basanti. I told her I am on my way to Mysore to meet Dr.KJS Chatrath. Then we started texting dialogues of sholay as we immersed ourselves in the character of Veeru & Basanti, with a promise that soon both will plan for a trip together (may be on Dhanno’s tanga). We were just enjoying our chat and the song of Koi Haseena Jab Ruth jaati hai, and the diesel loco came to a halt at Hanakere (HNK) for about 15 minutes and had a crossing with the 56229 MYS-SBC passenger led by a KJM WDM-3A where the following spotting. It had a GR AC Sleeper coach attached with POH at MYS and base as SBC. It also had a JS liveried guard cum coach of WCR. And at Maddur (MAD), I had a taste of my first love in the form of the famous Maddur Vada. Though she was not hot, but she tasted alright. The train then had another excellent run and passed Mandya (MYA) at 10:08 AM with a minute’s halt and finally entered Mysore (MYS) on PF4 .

As soon as train reached I called up KJS Sir & he told me to wait at the designated meet up point . Though we haven’t met before, but reading about his travel blog for a long time has made me feel as if I was meeting an old friend. We greeted each other and came to know how small the world was. I was surprised to know that he was a retired IAS officer of Orissa cadre & he started his career from my home town Hirakud. Well, surprises always keeps on coming to the seeker. We chatted for few minutes and then I suggested we should check out Mysore rail museum, which is situated at the other end at the platform 6 exit. This museum was established in 1979 by Indian railways after National Rail Museum, New Delhi. It showcases the rich history of Indian railways through pictures. There were also a few important restored locomotives. There was a restored 1925 Austin car fitted with a rail wheel. Joy ride in toy train inside the museum bought back child hood memories. Our conversation drifted from colonial cemetery to sustainable development. After a while, and with aching body and legs, we headed to a nearby restaurant to end our meet with a south Indian thali. As we bid adieu at the station, MYS 16557 was ready for departure to SBC. I grabbed a window seat & dozed off after a fruitful and enjoyable but tiring day. I was waken up by whatsapp beep & was surprised got a text from my Basanti. Something had gotten into her and she had texted me dialogues from the movie DDLJ

SRK: pyar karti ho mujhse

Kajol: sab se zyada

SRK: bharoosa hai mujhpar

Kajol: khud se zyada

SRK: to bas phir to doli uthne ki dair hai

So when i got down, I waited for my Simran to someday hold my hand and catch the train of life with the adventure and mysteries of life waiting ahead of us. A bleak smile came on my lips thinking of my Simran, My Basanti, My Love…..

Mysore Maharani's Saloon

Mysore Maharani’s Saloon

 

Toy Train Mysore Rail Museum

Toy Train Mysore Rail Museum

 

maddur vada

maddur vada

Samaresh Biswal & Dr.KJS Chatrath

Samaresh Biswal & Dr.KJS Chatrath

Album Link : https://picasaweb.google.com/117454660176366446537/MysoreRailMuseum?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Youtube link : https://www.youtube.com/user/samareshbiswal

Jayaram blog : http://jayaramrailfan.blogspot.in/

Dr. KJS Chatrath blog: http://gravematters.in/

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Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel

In search of Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel

Gustav Hermann Kruniegel

Gustav Hermann Kruniegel

Cubbon Park has always been a city that brings the nature out of any person coming to or living in the city we all dearly call – the garden city. But how the city got its name is still a talk in the folklores. Many claim many stories, but the truth was realised in one of the marathon training session in the Cubbon Park. Gustav Krumbiegel, a name that is hardly known to any in the city, is the person who had the vision to make this city the garden city. He was a horticulturist by profession but more than that, he was the architect of many famous gardens in India namely Kamati Baug, Vadodara; The Govt. Botanical Garden, Ooty and our very own, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore. His association to this city is nothing sort of destiny. The folklore goes by the story that once the King of Mysore & the King of Vadodara were playing cards, and the King of Vadodara lost the game. Impressed by the Kamati baug of Vadodara, the king of Mysore asked for the services of Mr. Gustav as the prize for winning the game. He undertook the work of beautifying the province of Mysore which included Ooty & Bangalore. He joined Mysore State Service in 1908 as curator of the Botanical Gardens in Lalbagh. He planted various flowers in the garden serially so that the garden is always filled with flowers. For example, ‘tree of gold’ or Tabebuia Argentea, is one of the early bloomers coloring the city with its bright yellow flowers. Another brush of yellow comes from the yellow silk cotton or ‘arasinabooruga’. The Tabebuia Rosea and Queen’s Flower added a dash of pink and purple colour respectively. Later I came to know that this great man not only lived here, but also breathed his last here. I contacted Dr. KJS Chatrath, one of India’s leading experts on Colonial cemetery for the details regarding his cemetery so that I could atleast pay homage to the architect of the garden from which the garden city is named. With details regarding his cemetery in Hosur Road and with the help of the keeper of the cemetery, I finally found the grave of this great man whose efforts have led to many of us at peace & happiness during our visit to the garden. Finally, I could locate the great man’s grave buried under an African Tulip tree (his favourite) resting in peace and galore upon from the heaven to see the many happiness that the garden provides to its denizens. A few drops of the pearl from the eyes is the best I could pay homage to a man for whom we know this city as the “Garden City”.

arasinabooruga

Arasinabooruga

Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel Grave

Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel Grave

Tabebuia Rosea

Tabebuia Rosea

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Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel

born December 18, 1865 & died February 8, 1956

Text on the grave stone :The brave domb that did their deed and scorned to blot it with a name men of the plain heroic breed that loved heavens silence more than fame.

Grave location: Hosur road cemetery,gate 1, plot 6 ,row 7 ,grave 6

Album link: https://picasaweb.google.com/117454660176366446537/GustavHermannKrumbiegel?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Dr. K.J.S Chatrath blog : http://gravematters.in/

“We will be known forever by the tracks that we leave”.- Native American Proverb

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Nandi Hills Bangalore

Bike Trip Nandi Hills Bangalore

“The true joy of life is the trip.” ~Robert J

Participant: Pooja, Samaresh,Samir, Nitin

Route : Bangalore – Hebbal Flyover – Bellary Road -Nandi Hill

Distance : 60 Km

Album Link : https://plus.google.com/photos/117454660176366446537/albums/5403609485393482705?banner=pwa

Early days in Bangalore, and four strange souls united by adventure met and soon what became apparent as soul buddies. Evenings and days were spent with each other dozing around at the lazy Bangalore weather and endless casual talks. One such evening, with filter coffee in the hands under the gloomy sky of Bangalore, madness crept into Samir’s mind to see a beautiful sunrise, and that too in Nandi hill. I was certainly up for it, and it was a matter of convincing the other two for the same. And it didn’t take long to do so. The plan was to set out of Bangalore by 2 AM, and so we did, taking our dearest Pooja along. We left the town with chillness but surely freshness in the air.  The view from the Hebbal flyover has never looked so beautiful, and we were amazed by its sight on a serene night. We rode slowly taking frequent tea breaks to recharge and enjoy our ride. We reached the base of the hill when it was still dark and the sun a hour or so to gleam into the sky. We got our self ready for the steep hill ride through the early morning fogs and dodgy bendy roads. A short stop to take the blessings from the temples dedicated to Sri Ugra Narasimha and Sri Yoga Narasimha with the small Kalyani pond within the premises. We headed to explore the place well maintained with a garden & a rest house. There were various food options available which came as a relief and was surprised to find a repeater set up on the hill having call sign VU2RSB. We grabbed a cup of coffee & headed to Tippu’s Drop to wait for the sun rise. And as the sun rose at the distant horizon with clouds below, the feeling was WOWWWW. And as if that was not enough, we saw Para-jumper of IAF jumping from the planes. A near perfect way to start the day. Soon, we left the place, with a promise to return back. Yet to fulfil that promise again, but soon will do. We may have moved on with the race of life, but friends, lets meet up for the sake of old times. As I pen the words sitting on the steps of HDFC bank stair case, CMH Road, I hope that I keep my promise to the the hills, the fogs, the roads and to the moments.

on way to nandi hill bangalore

on way to nandi hill bangalore

Nandi Hill Bangalore

Nandi Hill Bangalore

Nandi Hill Bangalore

Nandi Hill Bangalore

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Philatelic Museum Bangalore

Philatelic Museum Bangalore

“All science is either Physics or stamp collecting.” – Ernest Rutherford
Location : 1st floor Bangalore GPO near Vidhana Soudha
Timing :10 AM – 16 pm
Monday – Saturday
closed on Sunday & holidays.
Entry Free :)

Album Link : https://picasaweb.google.com/117454660176366446537/PhilatelicMuseumBangalore?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Youtube Link : http://youtu.be/5GFT4q5yO9I

Firstly I would  thank fellow blogger Nisha ( http://www.lemonicks.com/Travel/ ) for introducing me to Postcrossing .I was in GPO to buy stamps for the postcard . I was surprised to see a board of philatelic museum ,staying over a decade in namma bengaluroo & had no idea about the hidden gem.as entry was free I went in to check out . it bought back my childhood memories & my stamp  collection :)

Bangalore GPO

Bangalore GPO

collect stamp collect knowledge

collect stamp collect knowledge

Stamp radio telescope ooty

Stamp radio telescope ooty

Philatelic Museum Bangalore

Philatelic Museum Bangalore

Philatelic Museum Bangalore

Philatelic Museum Bangalore

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chikka tirupathi

Bike trip to chikka tirupathi
Man & Bike: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100
Total distance: 80 km
No of days: 1
Place Visited: chikka tirupathi
Album link:https://plus.google.com/photos/117454660176366446537/albums/5718283421212167809?banner=pwa
Camera: Nokia E63
Youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKsMio_66RU
Route:Sarjapur road – sarjapur town ( market / bus stand ) – left turn – Chikka tirupati
map link:

After finishing lunch it was time to head back home when i saw a sign board of distance to chikka tirupathi, when i ask my friends to accompany me they refused . The question of doing the trip alone or not was bothering me, so as my favorite travel blogger nisha ( http://www.lemonicks.com/Travel/ )always said when your friends ditch Don’t postpone your plans..Make it a solo voyage and discover the life that make the square miles of a political boundaries human..Learn that cities are confines and people are kind, and that a biker is never alone on the road… . As i have already visited tirupati & bangaru tirupati only this place was remaining so i followed the sign board trail till the sarjapura taluk the road was nice , after that it was pot hole for few km but the surrounding country side was breathtaking till the eye could see only marigold flower farm. Chikka Tirupathi in Kannada means Small tirupati temple & it is a miniature version of Lord Venkateshwara temple of tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. Had my darshan & a long chat with the lord Balaji .It was time for me to head back home .

Samaresh @ chikka tirupathi

Samaresh @ chikka tirupathi

Samaresh @ chikka tirupat

Samaresh @ chikka tirupati

Samaresh @ chikka tirupathi

Samaresh @ chikka tirupathi

Samaresh @ chikka tirupathi

Samaresh @ chikka tirupathi

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Naganatheshwara temple begur

Bike trip to Naganatheshwara temple begur
Man & Bike: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100
Total distance: 84 km
No of days: 1
Place Visited: Naganatheshwara temple
Album link: https://plus.google.com/photos/117454660176366446537/albums/5718282900372031809?banner=pwa
Camera: Nokia E63
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilpKtG8Pljs
Route: Madiwala- bomanahalli – Begur main road
Imp info: from bomanahalli signal turn right into begur main road continue straight temple will b on the left side
Highway:Hosur Road ( NH 7 )
map link:

When one of my friend notified me that he had moved to his new apartment , so being a weekend i went ahead to give him a surprise . As far my knowledge begur is a village but when i reached that area was in a surprise this small little hamlet has developed . Saw a small sign board of the temple being heritage & restored by INTACH , as a curious child i went ahead to check out the Shiva temple which is believed to be 1200 years old .The temple is in a dilapidated condition. There was a lone caretaker of the temple site , i offered him coffee & cigarette .He narrated me about the rich history of the temple . This is where a 9th century inscription was found which first makes mention of the name Bengaluru .This temple & four other near by temple constitute Panchalingeshwara temple . A unique feature of this temple is the idol of Surya Murthy ( Sun) facing west.

Samaresh @ Naganatheshwara temple begur

Samaresh @ Naganatheshwara temple begur

Samaresh @ Panchalingeshwara temple

Samaresh @ Panchalingeshwara temple

Samaresh @ Naganatheshwara temple begur

Samaresh @ Naganatheshwara temple begur

Samaresh @ Naganatheshwara temple begur

Samaresh @ Naganatheshwara temple begur

Samaresh @ Naganatheshwara temple begur

Samaresh @ Naganatheshwara temple begur

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Pyramid valley

Bike trip to Pyramid valley
Man & Bike: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100
Total distance: 98 km
No of days: 1
Place Visited: Pyramid Valley
Album link https://picasaweb.google.com/117454660176366446537/PyramidValleyBangalore#
Camera: Nokia E63
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfitvBOYj8M
Route: Bangalore – kanakapura road
Highway:NH 209
map link:

Got a facebook event notification about full moon meditation happening in pyramid valley . So early morning went ahead to check out the place . As soon i crossed banashankari temple  signal WTF all the greenery of kanakpura road has vanished to urbanization the green  cover replaced by high rise apartment. A short ride later i reached the place , first i check out the information center where they showed us a clip about the benefits of meditating under the pyramid .Then searched the way to cafeteria had a light breakfast & soak my self in lap of nature . After doing a 30 min meditation under the pyramid whether i have reached enlightenment that only time will tell . As they provide free lunch which i could not resist, So after having  yummy south Indian lunch i head back home .

Samaresh @ Pyramid Valley

Samaresh @ Pyramid Valley

Samaresh @ Pyramid valley

Samaresh @ Pyramid valley

Samaresh @ pyramid valley

Samaresh @ pyramid valley

Samaresh @ pyramid valley cafeteria

Samaresh @ pyramid valley cafeteria

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Shoolagiri Dam

Bike trip to Shoolagiri Dam
Man & Bike: Samaresh Biswal & Durgesh Panda (Hero Karizma)
Total distance: 176 km
No of days: 1
Place Visited: Shoolagiri Dam
Album link:https://picasaweb.google.com/117454660176366446537/ShoolagiriDam
Camera: Nokia C6
Route:Bangalore – Hosur – krishnagiri – Shoolagiri
imp info: from highway turn left inside town on reaching police station take immediate right turn to reach dam
Highway:NH 7
map link:

Just receive a sms from durgesh that he got the delivery of his new bike(Hero Karizma ) & invited me for a test ride. So we head out of town to my favorite  stretch of highway (hosur road ) . I could feel the feel the surge of acceleration (and the surge of adrenalin!). Had my lunch at A2B & saw a sign post of shoolagiri town . As i had heard about this perfect week end get away which is located in Hosur taluk,in one of the bikenomads meet went ahead . The place got its name from the hill appearing as the trident weapon or trishul of Lord Shiva and hence it is  known as Shoolagiri (shoola – trident, giri – hill).Asking the villager we got the way to the dam . Both of us discussed of our school days & fun time we had spent in hirakud dam area . Dark clouds in the horizon . We bid au revoir to this serene place .

Durgesh & Samaresh

Durgesh & Samaresh

Samaresh at Shoolagiri Dam

Samaresh at Shoolagiri Dam

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Tataguni Roerich Estate

Bike trip to Tataguni Roerich Estate

Man & Bike: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Total distance: 174 Km

No of days: 1

Expense: Priceless

Place Visited: Tataguni Roerich Estate

Camera: Nokia E 63

Album Link:https://picasaweb.google.com/samareshbiswal/TataguniRoerichEstate#

Route: Bangalore-kanakpura highway

Highway: NH 209

Riders ride, but its not always have to be on road. Sometimes, a riders heart can take pleasure form just a 10 minutes ride on a nice chilly ride with the red sun shining in the eastern horizon and sometimes, its just in the company of some historical moments that will lead to some kind of redemption to the daily tired soul.

I not only go out when my riders soul tell me to ride, but at times, even my empty stomach says, lets go for a ride and have something to enjoy (actually was too lazy to cook). I left home for Hotel Vasu, one of my favourite food joint on the kanakpura Road. But by the time I reached, except for the delicious smell, nothing else was having a place to rest and eat there. So I decided to parcel vangi bhath and decided to simply return. However, as I have interest on any past history with little colours in it, Tataguni Estate was one o such property with disputed history and landscape. I had a faint recollection of the painter (Svetoslav Roerich)and his beloved wife(Devika Rani). Though the property is sealed by the order of the Supreme Court, one can always rely on Karnataka Police’s honesty to get a preview for some bucks. Its huge and a beautiful estate. I decided to have my lunch beside a lake in the company of the cranes and nature’s silence. By the look of it, it has been very well maintained. I was interested in visiting the studio, but the govt seal was too strong to break. There is an oil extracting plant which is also shut down. But above all, one can always drink and bask upon the serene beautiful and pristine environment of the estate and help himself to get some redemption.

Samaresh @ Tataguni RoerichEstate

Samaresh @ Tataguni RoerichEstate

Samaresh @ Roerich Memorial

Samaresh @ Roerich Memorial

Samaresh @ Lake Roerich Estate

Samaresh @ Lake Roerich Estate

Samaresh @ Roerich Residence

Samaresh @ Roerich Residence

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Nrityagram

Bike trip to Nrityagram

Man & Bike: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Total distance: 84 Km

No of days: 1

Expense: Priceless

Place Visited: Nrityagram

Camera: Nokia E 63 (Thank u Manohar Sir Jee)

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 10AM – 2PM

Album Link:http://picasaweb.google.com/samareshbiswal/Nrityagram#

Route: take the Bangalore-Pune highway (National Highway # 4; also known as Tumkur Road) At Dasarahalli (after you pass Yeshwantpur and Peenya), you will see the ECIE factory on the left.Across the road on the right, is a large black glass-covered building. Immediately after these, there is a right turn to Hessaraghatta. On the Hessaraghatta road, follow signs to Nrityagram it is 35 kms from Bangalore and 5 kms from Hessaraghatta.

By the time I wake up everybody of my tribe (bikenomads) had left the town for hogenakkal falls. So I started towards tumkur road for a short breakfast ride. What caught my eye was the sign board of nrityagram.Which is a dance gurukul (based on Guru-shishya parampara) for various Indian classical dances, consisting of seven gurukuls for the seven classical dance styles established by Protima Gauri. The route is split between quiet roads through fields of maize, passing cattle and mud houses & over gently rolling country roads. Saw odissi dance for 30 min was bowled over. As it was 2 pm & time for outsider to leave I went to taj kuteeram for a sumptuous buffet lunch. As the time came for me to leave this idyllic village of dance with the words of Protima Gauri echoing “I am just a dreamer. I come and I go.”

Samaresh on way to Nrityagram

Samaresh on way to Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Odissi dance Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Odissi dance Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Temple Nrityagram

Samaresh @ Temple Nrityagram

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Bike trip to shirdi

Bike trip to shirdi

Man & Bike: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Total distance: 2359 Km

No of days: 4

Expense: Rs 2577 (Petrol Rs 1860, Food Rs247,Misc Rs470)

Place Visited: Shirdi & shani shingnapur

Album Link: http://picasaweb.google.com/samareshbiswal/JourneyMemories#

Route: Bangalore-tumkur- chitradurga  - davangere – hubli – dharwad – kolhapur – satara – pune – ahmednagar – shingnapur – shirdi

Seasons & seasons, I have embraced the road as my home & have flocked all the scenes it has endeared me upon – mountains, rivers lakes, & rains. But the adventurous soul needed some more but this time with peace. Mind boggled upon various possible ventures, but none could tingle my adventurous bone except one, Bengaluroo-Shirdi-Bengaluroo trip. Whole 2359 Kms of adventure between the hills & mountains of mahabaleswar, the blooming Mustard field of devanagere and the scenic forts & mountains of Pune. The ride would surely be pleasurable, peaceful & adventurous enough. I set my sights, bag & bike to reach Sai Baba & seek his divine blessings.

Samaresh @ maharashtra border

Samaresh @ maharashtra border

Stardate: [-28] 03485.00: after too many hectic days at office, I applied for a 10 day leave. I had made my preparations to leave for my hometown to see my parents & just chill down eating the desi foods. But somehow the night before I was to leave for Odisha, heart craved for something peaceful. I had this desire for a long period to have a trip to Shirdi Sai where people flock like ants. The next morning, instead of the iron wheels, I opted for the rubber ones & once again the smell of the burning rubber filled my aesthetic. I took the name of Sai baba, left the city early to feel the fresh air & avoid traffic. The road was not pleasant from Devanagare to Dharwad, but a roadie like me doesn’t care the turf. Besides, the yellow blooming flowers of mustard made the vision more than pleasant. The song of Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam played through my mind, somewhere, I missed her. But road beckoned me more than anything else. With perfect sunshine & perfect wind, I blazed through the road without much hesitation. Had a late breakfast at Dharwad & then the tyres burned again. Panaji was only 165 Kms away from Dharwad, but Sai baba’s call was much stronger than the beaches. So I said to myself, “May BE later”. I drove til afternoon, to refuel myself. Found a Punjabi dhaba in Belgaum to get some much needed energy. Ordered Roti, dal & egg burji. But WTF, Dal was red, & curry leaves in burji. After an awful meal, I moved along & reached Kolhapur by dusk. Found a neat place to sleep jst few kms from Satara. 707 Kms on Day 1. Not Bad at all for a nimble soul like Bajaj CT-100.

Samaresh @ Katraj Tunnel

Samaresh @ Katraj Tunnel

Stardate: [-28] 03490.00: Wake up early started the ride @ 5.30 am. A typical Maharastrian welcome of rain was bestowed, but a wild soul like mine was not bothered about what came down. Drenched in rain, I continued to explore the road. All along the road, I can see sugar canes & sugar canes & sugar canes. Reached the outskirts of pune late morning & gave a call to Lutu, who moved to Navi Mumbai recently. But time was not enough to meet him. So just gave him a call & carried his wishes wth me. Before entering the city of pune, I passed through a tunnel, which was surprisingly first tunnel of my life. As soon I came out of it, the waterfall at the side & the sceninc beauty of pune took my heart out. Awesome! Reached pune city & the traffic was chaotic people were ride as if they were the only 1 on the road. No road sense at all. Asked the auto driver on my way 2 ahmednagar. Then called up ace photographer Harshad Sharma that I am in town. So lets catch up. Met him at the desired Rendezou point & we went for a short ride. We reached the cafe & started discussing photography & bike trips. He gave me a crash course on better photography & a lot of my basics were cleared. Bid him goodbye & went on my way 2 shani shinghnapur. Since it was Saturday, it was too crowded. The road condition was horrible, & i could have started a fish farming in the water filled craters there. Offered my puja & went 4 a village sightseeing. I was a bit surprised to see that there was no doors in the houses. They believed that Sahni Dev will protect their houses form any kind of mishaps. I carried on with my journey & then reached Shirdi late in the evening & got the accommodation in Sai Prasad. Had a quick diner and went on for a nice & cozy sleep in the serenity of Sai Baba’s blessings.

Harshad & Samaresh (Bike nomads)

Harshad & Samaresh (Bike nomads)

Samaresh @ shani shingnapur

Samaresh @ shani shingnapur

Stardate: [-28] 03495.00: Woke up at 2.30 & refreshed myself. By 3.30am I was in queue for the early morning aarti. As I entered the inner sanctum of the temple I was spell bound by the beauty of the place offered my prayers 2 baba & collected th udi. By 6.30 am, I was on my way back 2 pune. Called up ravi who was my batch mate in IHM to inform him about my visit. He insisted to stay on & I obliged. Met him after a long period & I got an opportunity to know the maharashtrian people much more closer. Had an awesome lunch at their home & then we moved for some sightseeing and fun in the evening. Took proper rest & gorged upon some more Maharashtrian Cuisine as dinner.

Samaresh @ Shirdi

Samaresh @ Shirdi

Samaresh & Ravi (IHM Buddies)

Samaresh & Ravi (IHM Buddies)

Stardate: [-28] 03500.00: Had an authentic maharastrian breakfast (poha) and then bid farewell 2 all. Left the city early, but was lost in the twists & turns of the city. After some crucial help from the auto drivers, I was able 2 find my way out. The climate seemed just about perfect with the sun shining between the creeks of the clouds & the sweet wind just about blowing as pleasant as ever. The return trip seemed getting passed by as early as possible. As the trip ended, the bond between an old biker & his old machine has became more stronger & stronger. With a promise that I will conquer the roads till the last breath, I lie down to wear off my tiredness, late at 4 AM.

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kempegowda tower

Bike trip in search of kempegowda Tower

Man & Machine:

1. Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100,

2. Udhaya Kumar V & Royal Enfield Thunderbird

Total distance: 49 Km

Tower Location :

1. Near Mekhri circle
2. Near Kempambudhi lake
3. Inside Lalbagh park
4. Near Ulsoor lake

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Tower#

Stardate: [-28] 03355.00

Camera: Sony cyber shot 10MP

All the time I have been exploring many cities & landscapes, but not the city closest to my heart, Namma Bengalooru. And I knew just about the perfect guy to help me find something new in the city. I buzzed up Udhaya, who has been my internet buddy for more than a year. But this was the first time I was gonna meet him f2f. I called him up to reach Mekhri circle a s a p. As soon we met, highways & roads are the only things we could talk & talk & talk. Till we realized it was quite some time, I asked him if there is anything new we can explore. He said the usual Lalbagh & others. But it stroked my mind about this story about Kempegowda II of Magadi. As pr legends, he set out four bulls in four different directions & the places they reach until evening will mark the territory of the city. The four stops were marked by four towers & is known as the Kempegowda Towers. The trip started right where we were standing,. Mekhri circle, we clicked up some nice snaps of the place & then set out in the search of the other three. After burning our tyres for some more time, we reached Kempambudhi Lake, where the second of the tower was located. Again few snaps & the hunt continues. In the mean time, we shared our innumerable experiences on the road & our romance with highways. We reached Lalbagh, but this time not for the blossoms but for the historic tower. Never realized about the tower before, but it was somewhat really nice. We decided to have a meal, & Kamat made it even better. Highways, landscapes, experiences are all we could talk about. Finally took some rest & then left for the final tower. Though it was inaccessible (cause it was inside a defense premises), we were still overwhelmed for our little but sweet success. We bid our adieu at the Vidhana Soudha, & couldn’t stop marveling about its grandeur. We paid our heartfelt respect for the great visionary who set up this beautiful city. We bid goodbye each other & wished to get to a trip soon, together. In the end, I could only think of the lines form Motorcycle Diaries “on the journey of journeys solitude find solidarity I turned into We”.

Samaresh & Udhaya (Biker buddies)

Samaresh & Udhaya (Biker buddies)

Samaresh & Udhaya @Mekhri circle

Samaresh & Udhaya @Mekhri circle

Samaresh & Udhaya @ Kempambudhi lake

Samaresh & Udhaya @ Kempambudhi lake

Samaresh & Udhaya @ Lalbagh

Samaresh & Udhaya @ Lalbagh

Samaresh & Udhaya @ Ulsoor lake

Samaresh & Udhaya @ Ulsoor lake

Samaresh & Udhaya @ vidhana soudha

Samaresh & Udhaya @ vidhana soudha

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Bangalore Old Church

Bike trip Bangalore old historical Church

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Total distance: 89 Km

Church visited:

  1. Wesley English Church (Promenade Road, 1888)
  2. St Francis Xavier Cathedral (St John road 1932)
  3. St John’s Church, St John Road,1853
  4. St Mary’s Basilica, Shivajinagar,1803
  5. St. Andrews (Cubbon Road, 1867)
  6. St. Mark’s Basilica (M.G. Road, 1808)
  7. St Patricks Church Residency Road 1841
  8. East Parade Church (Dickenson Road, 1862)
  9. Holy Trinity Church MG road 1848
  10. Memorial Church Whitefield 1886
  11. Sacred Heart Church, Ashok Nagar,1867

12.  All Saints Church, Richmond Road,1869

13.  St. Luke’s Church(Fort, 1830)

14.  St. Joseph’s Church(Briand Square, 1857)

15.   Hudson Memorial Church (1904).

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Church#

Stardate: [-28] 03350.00

Camera: Sony cyber shot 10MP

On my quest of knowing a little more about the place that I call home I went in search of old historical Church which are part of this bustling settlement .As it  is home to a number of historic and extremely impressive cathedrals, basilicas, chapels and churches, which are important architectural symbols and landmarks of the city& these churches belong to diverse Christian communities, such as the Roman Catholic Church, the ancient Syrian Church , the Mar Thomas Church, Protestants from the Church of South India (which includes Anglicans, Lutherans etc…I visited 15 of the old churches .

Wesley English Church (Promenade Road, 1888)

Wesley English Church (Promenade Road, 1888)

St Francis Xavier Cathedral (St John road 1932)

St Francis Xavier Cathedral (St John road 1932)

St John’s Church, St John Road,1853

St John’s Church, St John Road,1853

St Mary's Basilica, Shivajinagar,1803

St Mary’s Basilica, Shivajinagar,1803

St. Andrews (Cubbon Road, 1867)

St. Andrews (Cubbon Road, 1867)

St. Mark's Basilica (M.G. Road, 1808)

St. Mark’s Basilica (M.G. Road, 1808)

St Patricks Church Residency Road 1841

St Patricks Church Residency Road 1841

East Parade Church (Dickenson Road, 1862)

East Parade Church (Dickenson Road, 1862)

Holy Trinity Church MG road 1848

Holy Trinity Church MG road 1848

Memorial Church Whitefield 1886

Memorial Church Whitefield 1886

Sacred Heart Church, Ashok Nagar,1867

Sacred Heart Church, Ashok Nagar,1867

All Saints Church, Richmond Road,1869

All Saints Church, Richmond Road,1869

St. Luke's (Fort, 1830)

St. Luke’s (Fort, 1830)

St. Joseph's (Briand Square, 1857)

St. Joseph’s (Briand Square, 1857)

Hudson Memorial Church (1904).

Hudson Memorial Church (1904).

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Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan

Bike Trip to Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Total distance: 15 Km

Places visited: Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan

Album link:http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Dargah#

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Stardate: [-28] 03290.00

Feeling bore at home I went to discover sufi influence in Bangalore .So I went to see the Dargah of Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan, which is situated in bustling area of cottonpet .As the story goes that when Hyder Ali Khan ascended the throne, he wanted to replace the mud walls of the Kalasipalyam fort with stone walls. Three men — Hazrath Tipu Mastan, Hazarath Manik Mastan and Hazrath Tawakkal Mastan — came to Bangalore and joined the work force. They were laborers by day and spent the night in prayer without accepting any wages. A puzzled Hyder wanted to get to the bottom of it. Investigations revealed that the trio went to a mosque in Kumbarpet after work and slept there. When an official went to the mosque to look for them, he saw no one there, only three parts of a human body, with two dogs standing guard. Hyder realised that the three were no ordinary men, but saints. Haider Ali initiated work on the dargah in 1777, which was completed in 1783 by Tipu Sultan. The shrine is dedicated to Sufi Saint Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan Baba.As I entered the shrine the atmosphere inside  is mesmerizing with the devotees singing for their lord and the burning of incense and the smell of the roses being offered.With the words of rumi echoing in my ear Excuse my wandering.How can one be orderly with this? It’s like counting leaves in a garden …

Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan

Samaresh @ Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan

Samaresh @ Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan

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Bike Trip to Wayanad

Bike Trip to Wayanad

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biwal & Bajaj CT 100

Total distance: 907 Km

Expense: Rs 1449 (petrol Rs 800, dormitory Rs 270, food Rs 379)

No of days: 3

Places visited: Edakkal caves, Banasura Sagar dam, Chembra peak, Soochipara waterfalls, Kuruva Island.

Highway: SH 17 – NH 212

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.com/samareshbiswal/Wayanad#

Route: Bangalore – Mysore – Nanjangudu – Begur – Gundlupet – Maddur –     Sultan Bathery – Kalpetta – Mananthavady

Stardate: [-28] 02895.00: The wild soul in me made me to pack my backpack & I went on a solo trip to explore the land of paddy (Wayanad). I left my home at dawn & hit the Mysore express way. The bike zoomed at 90 Ks & the wind was whisking my ears. I took a bypass road at Srirangapatnam town in order to avoid the city traffic. As soon as I crossed gundelpet, the thick forest of Western Ghats took over the roadside & the feeling of Late Veerappan invoked into my mind. I crossed the Karnataka border check post and the real pleasure of riding was felt amongst the bandipur forest reserve. My eyes searched for any wild life, but alas! I crossed in to Kerala border & soon I learned that always give way to KSRTC bus as the oxymoron bus driver won’t bother giving you a kick if u won’t give them pass. But riding in the Ghats was real pleasure for a city rider like me. Had a late breakfast in sultan bathery & went on to see the edakal caves which is situated 14 km from the town. In order to reach to the top of caves I had to walk some fair distance & the sign of aging was surely coming off as I was gasping for air. Thus sat there for few min to catch my breath & then went on to explore the caves. It’s basically 3 boulders stacked on top of each other. Inside, one can find the caves carved with a lot of pictograms. Had a rollercoaster ride while coming down on a hired jeep.  Refueled myself & went to see banasura sagara dam in the evening which is a small hydel project. With the sun setting down in the backdrop, I went on a high speed boat cruise while sipping on to chilled beer which was an awesome experience. Dead tired from the whole day’s excursion, I found myself a clean dormitory, freshened up & went for an early scrumptious meal of Kerala paratha , spicy beef curry & meen fry. At the end of the day, one cannot complain about nice road, nicer weather & even nicer food. What more can I wish for!!

Samaresh @ Bandipur

Samaresh @ Edakkal cave

Samaresh @ banasura Dam

Stardate: [-28] 02900.00: Woke up early & went for a jog in a tea estate. I was overwhelmed by the chilled freshness of the air which I had been missing for a long time. Had an authentic Kerala breakfast of appam & coffee. Decided to see the chembra peak and I rode my bike to the base of the peak. It’s a 2 hr trek to the highest peak in western ghat but mid way my aging body gave up. Even though my mighty heart made me go for few metres more, but surely body took over my heart & I backed up. To make me feel good, I chatted up with the plantation workers and left the place for soochipara waterfall. Once again I had to do bit of trekking but it was worth the effort. Spent quite a bit of the afternoon under the water playing with the cool & reverting back to my childhood days. After the child in me said enough, I left for Kurava Island. It’s a small island next to Kabini River but crossing through the river to reach the island was a thrilling experience, rather fearful to be honest. I had my authentic Kerala lunch in a small hut hotel and it was one of my best lunches I had on the highway. I thanked the lady for preparing such yummy foods. Rode leisurely in the spiraling ghat roads and by the time I realized, I was already in thealassery. Asked the local about the route to reach kalpetta .Reached the dorm & went to have my early diner of Kerala paratha, meen curry & beef kabab. God’s own country satisfied a diehard biker in me.

Samaresh @ Chembra peak

Samaresh @ Soochipara waterfalls

Samaresh @ Kuruva Island

Stardate: [-28] 02905.00: woke up early and went for a brisk walk in the valley. I had some putttu & coffee as breakfast. As the time came to leave this beautiful serene place I felt a bit nostalgic. But as a biker thousands of towns will beckon & thousands of miles will say me goodbye, but the ride must go on. I reached my home early evening .with the words of Richard Bach echoing in my ear “In the miles & sand& years, we have learned only a little about ourselves ………., we find our answer to the question of the journey. Four words. It was worth it.”

Lastly thanks to my biker friends who provided all the necessary trip info.

1. Aditya D Sondur

2. Samba Sengupta

3. Udhaya Kumar V

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Manjarabad fort

Manjarabad fort

Backpacker: Samaresh Biswal

Trip Stats:

Total distance: 260 Km

Total Expense: 100 bus fare

No of days: 1

Highway: NH 48

States: Karnataka

Route: Mangalore – Sakleshpur

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/ManjarabadFort#

It’s been such a long time I haven’t been on a backpacking ride, so decided to check out the beautiful manjarabad fort situated in the small coffee estate town of shakelespur. Though I have crossed the town many times but never had a stopover. So packed my back & catch the Govt bus. I told the conductor to drop me near the fort. As I reached I asked the tea vendor the route towards the fort, he instructed me the path. As soon I reached the top of the fort it’s a WOW feeling it’s the most beautiful fort built by Tipu sultan. This fort is constructed 1792 AD .The fort being always covered by mist & commanding views of the landscape was named manjarabad by Tipu .On the return journey I had taken a lift on an overloaded iron ore truck, it was the thrilling roller coaster ride of my life.

Manjarabad Fort

Manjarabad fort

Manjarabad fort

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Bekal Fort, Kasargod

Bekal FortKasargod

Backpacker: Samaresh Biswal

Trip Stats:

Total distance: 140 Km

Total Expense: 70 bus fare 30 snack

No of days: 1

Highway: NH 17

States: Karnataka, Kerala

Route: Mangalore – Kasargod – Bekal fort

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/BekalFort#

I just packed my back & went to the bus stop for a quick sightseeing place & the conductor was shouting Kasargod, so I just boarded the bus & went to see the Bekal Fort which was made famous by the bollywood song “Tu Hi Re” from the Mani Ratnam movie “Bombay”. About the fort is over 300 years old .The largest & the best preserved fort in Kerala. It stands on a hillock jutting into the Arabian Sea & provides breath taking view .Built by Shivappa Naika of Ikkeri dynasty .In 1763 the Mysore ruler Hyderali captured it.

Bekal Fort

Bekal fort

Bekal Beach

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Bike trip Bangalore to Vellore

Solo Bike trip Bangalore to Vellore

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Trip Stats:

Total distance: 531 Km

Total Expense: Rs 450 (petrol) & 60 (food)

No of days: 1

Stardate: [-28] 02535.00

Highway: NH 7, NH 46, SH 9, SH 59

States: Tamil Nadu

Route: Bangalore – Hosur – Krishnagiri – Vellore

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Vellore#

As soon as the alarm clock buzzed, I got ready & @ 4.10 AM I left home. On my way towards Vellore & was surprised the electronic city flyover is complete & I was zipping @ 80 Km .On reaching the border  I got the real feeling of riding in the highway & for the 1st time I touched 85Km  in my bike on NH 46. This stretch of road I think is one of the most beautiful with flowers in full bloom. Refuel myself at krishnagiri BPCL dhaba. Reached Vellore early morning & asked for the direction towards fort. As I reached I was captivated by the perfect specimen of military architecture. The fort is well maintained & inside there is a temple, church & mosque. 1st I went 2 c the Jalakantesvara temple the architecture is of vijayanaga style build around 1566 & awestruck by the intricate work done on the stone pillars .Then I went 2 see the ST john church built around 1846 AD ,from there I asked   the way towards cemetery . As I prayed for the departed soul who were killed while gallantly defending the garrison .With tears rolling in my eyes with the random question coming in my mind which side of the coin am I, should I be happy that we are independent now or should be sad for the soldiers who died with the belief of protecting, the turf of his majestic Queen Victoria the Empress of India .I called up Mahesh that I am in town &  he told  me to come directly to campus ,as soon I reached I was mesmerized by the sprawling campus of VIT .He showed me around the whole campus & also went to see preparation that was going on for  the college fest Riviera the students were  performing as like professional dancer . Had my scrumptious lunch at the cafeteria & Mahesh gifted me a VIT college fest T-shirt, I left the campus late afternoon for my way back to home .With the memories of meeting an old friend & praying for the fallen comrade. In short a day well spent.

vellore fort

vellore fort

Jalakantesvara temple

@ Jalakantesvara temple

St John’s Church

Soldier Tombstone

Soldier Tombstone

Prof Mahesh & Samaresh

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Sun Temple Konark

Bike trip to Sun Temple Konark

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biswal & Honda Unicorn

Trip Stats:
Total distance: 195 Km
Total Expense: Rs 150 (petrol) & 50 (food)
No of days: 1

Stardate: [-28] 02360.00

Highway: NH 203, NH 230E
States: Orissa,
Route: Bhubaneswar-Pipili- Sakhi Gopal – Raghurajpur – Puri – Konark – Gop – Nimaparha – Pipili – Bhubaneswar

album link:http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/SunTempleKonark#

I decided to take the bike for a short spin, so I headed towards konark the world heritage monument. In order to understand about the mysteries & truth behind the temple, which remained under construction & where no one ever dared to offer prayers .Yet is a world heritage monument .Rideing through the puri knorak marine drive , I get chance to be in the company of wildlife and enjoy the beauty of the ride. The highway cuts through the heart of Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary which is situated the along sea coast between Puri and Konark .While rideing along the road I can  see road signs, that lies a possibility of encountering the Blackbucks but I wasn’t lucky enough to spot a Blackbuck crossing along my trail. But I had the company of Langoors and I could spot many of them. I just stopped my bike & was lost in the calm and mystery that the ride offers. As soon I reached Sun temple konark I was awestruck by the sear beauty of the monument the 13th-century Sun Temple (also known as the Black Pagoda), built in black granite by King Narasimhadeva-I(AD 1236-1264) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.  It takes the form of the chariot of Surya (Arka), the sun god, and is heavily decorated with stone carving. The entire complex was designed in the form of a huge chariot drawn by seven spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels. The entrance is guarded by two lions, which are each shown crushing a war elephant. Each elephant in turn lies on top of a human body. The temple symbolizes the majestic stride of the Sun god. At the entrance of the temple is a Nata Mandir. This is where the temple dancers used to perform dances in homage to the Sun god. All around the temple, there are various floral and geometric patterns. There are also human, divine and semi-divine figures in sensuous poses. This temple inspired the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore to write “here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.” As the time came for me bid adieu to the magnificent temple .Of all the highways that I have travelled the Puri – Konark Marine Drive is special. As it has more to offer, a wildlife sanctuary along the coastline, few isolated beaches coupled with Marshy Jungles and one simply can’t get any better than this in a journey.

world heritage monument

Sun temple konark

puri konark marine drive

lions guarding temple

sun temple konark

nata mandap

wheel of sun temple

@ temple

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Raghurajpur (Artisans Village)

Bike trip to Raghurajpur (Artisans Village)

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biswal & Honda Unicorn

Stardate: [-28] 02360.00

Trip Stats

Days: 1

Distance: 70 Km from Bhubaneswar on the Puri highway road

Highway: NH 203

Landmark: from Chandanpur one has to take a left 1.5 km near the police station

Route: Bhubaneswar – Pipili – Chandanpur- Raghurajpur

Album Link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Raghurajpur#

Raghurajpur a quaint hamlet situated near puri around 70 km form Bhubaneswar  .As one reached this picturesque village situated on the banks of river Bhargavi ,Surrounded by coconut, jackfruit, mango and some other tropical trees, this village has a very pleasant atmosphere. The nearby paddy fields are dotted with numerous betel-leave gardens. As one enters the village the houses are arranged in two neat rows facing each other. The mural paintings in the homes are an exceptional piece of work. This place is famous for Pattachitra, Tassar painting, palm leaf engraving, paper masks, stone idols, sculptures, wooden toys, etc.This place has been designated as heritage village by UN & GOI, as every family (311) in this village is associated with art. Some of these artists are the National Award winners .This hamlet is famous for its traditional performing dance, known as Gotipua and is the birth place of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, the great Odissi dancer. As the time came to bid adieu! I am surprised there exist village like this, where art rules the hearts even in this age of crude materialism.

Tassar Painting

Artist Narayan Nayak

Tassar Painting

Palm leaf engraving

Aritist at work

Pattachitra

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Bike trip to Pipili (Applique Village)

Bike trip to Pipili (Applique Village)

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biswal & Honda Unicorn

Stardate:[-28] 02360.00

Trip stats

Days: 1

Distance: 17 Km from Bhubaneswar on the Puri highway road

Highway: NH 203

Album Link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Pipili#

During childhood days when ever visiting puri, always from the window I would stare at the beautiful appliqué work on the display. This appliqué can be found in every house & corporate offices. So finally before leaving Bhubaneswar I decide to go for a short solo bike trip in order to know more about the history of this tiny hamlet, which is famous for its handmade handicrafts. The village was set up by Maharaja Birakshore in 1054 for accommodating the craftsmen for providing regular supply of the items required for the rites performed at the Jaganath temple.

Pipili (Applique Village)

Pipili (Applique Village)

Applique work

Applique work

Artisians @ work

Applique work

Applique work

Applique work

Applique work

Applique  work

Applique work

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Ghanteshwari Temple

Bike trip to Ghanteshwari Temple

Man & Machine: Samaresh Biswal & LML Vespa scooter

Stardate: [-28] 02345.00

Days: 1

Distance: 20 km

Route: hirakud – remed – gosala – Chiplima – ghanteshwari

Highway: NH 6

Landmark: near gosala one has 2 take a deviation towards chiplima from the main highway. The place Ghanteshwari Temple is 14 Km straight road

Road condition: Ok

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/GhanteshwariTemple#

The only place of its kind in Orissa. The specialty of this temple area is thousands of bells hanging everywhere. The Goddess Ghanteswari from whom the place got its name. The temple is situated near the bank of river Mahanadi.

way 2 temple

whirlpool

Maa Ghanteshwari

Samaresh @ Ghanteshwari Temple

bells @ Ghanteshwari Temple

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Samaleswari temple

Bike trip to Samaleswari temple

Man & Machine : Samaresh Biswal & LML Vespa Scooter

Stardate: [-28] 02340.00

Distance : 10 Km from Hirakud

Just before living this town I went to visit the Samaleswari temple the local deity, on which the name of the town sambalpur derives. The temple is built by King Balaram Dev around 1540 – 1556. The temple is situated on the banks of river Mahanadi well accessible my road from any part of the town. The temple is of Sandhara order. The Idol of Maa Samalai Devi consists of a large block ofGranite rock with an inverted, trunk like projection at the bottom. Ashallow cut on her “Baraha” like face symbolises her mouth. Traditinal Sambalpuri nose ornament of pure gold hangs down from her imaginarynose Beaten gold leave fixed on two disproportionate golden eye like depression on the face acts as substitute for her eyes in an attemptto define the face of the mother deity on a mass of self shaped rock, the Devi’s idol inspires sublime sentiments of awe, fear, reverence, devotion, love and affection towards all.

Samaleswari Temple

Maa samaleswari

samaresh @ Samaleswari temple

banks of mahanadi river

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Be Blissful

Jai Maa Samaleswari

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Hirakud Dam

Bike trip to Hirakud Dam

Man & Machine : Samaresh Biswal & LML Vespa scooter

Stardate: [-28] 02340.00

About the trip

As ones grows in life ,ones passes through various places that one calls home .Now it was time for me to visit (Hirakud) may be for the last time ,the place that I grew up. It’s a small industrialized town located 15 km from sambalpur situated on the banks of river Mahanadi .It’s the place where the world’s largest earthen dam has been built.

wellcome to hirakud

wellcome to hirakud

mahanadi river

Hirakud Dam

samaresh @ hirakud dam

boat @ hirakud dam

evening @ river bank

As the time came for me to leave this place only thing coming in my mind is the TV series wonder years:“I remember a place… a town… a house like a lot of houses… a yard like a lot of other yards… on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back… with wonder.”

Album link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/HirakudDAM#

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Dhauli

Bike trip to Dhauli

Participant : Samaresh Biswal

Bike: Bajaj CT 100

Distance :  8 KM from Railway Station

Highway : NH 203

Stupa @ Dhauli

Stupa @ Dhauli

Staying in Bhubaneswar, the temple city, has many advantages. You have so many historical & nerve stirring archeological sites that can be any explorer’s delight. So to give my heart a peaceful stir, I rode out of the town to visit dhauli also known as dhauligiri. Legends has it that the Great War of Kalinga was fought here & after seeing all the bloodshed in the war, king Ashoka embraced Buddhism. The peace pagoda, as it is also known as, is just about 8 km out of town on Puri-BBSR NH 203. The site is located on the banks of River Daya which is believed to be flooded with blood during the Kalinga war. It is this river after which Ashoka became Chanda Ashoka (war mongering ashoka) to Ashoka, The Great. Many believed that his son Mahendra & daughter Sanghamitra, set out to tour the world & preach Buddhism, form here.

samaresh

samaresh @ dhauli

One has to take right turn just after crossing Daya river to reach for the Shanti Stupa (peace pagoda). The stupa is a brightening & dazzling white marvel that can be seen from the city itself. On the bottom of the summit there are edicts of Ashoka, engraved on a rock that preaches about peace & give insights about how & why he embraced Buddhism. The stupa has 4 statues of Buddha facing each direction. One can have the entire panoramic view of the city from its top & the serene & cool wind blowing into your face makes the experience even more exciting. But one thing is for sure. You can sit for the longest of hours you can imagine & still redeem yourself with something new. One can see the Daya river flowing down & can take a dip in the water if one wants to.

The entire monument is constructed & been maintained by Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha. This organization is also responsible for the excavation done around the monument & river sites where many arrow heads & swords as well as other warfare can be found dating back to 326 B.C. Finally, of all the jewels in the city of Bhubaneswar, Dhauli stands out the most shining emerald among all

samaresh

samaresh @ dhauli

samaresh @ Dhauli

samaresh @ Dhauli

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Bike trip to Chitradurga Fort, Chandravalli Caves & Vani Vilas Sagar Dam

Bike trip to Chitradurga Fort, Chandravalli Caves & Vani Vilas Sagar Dam

Route: Bangalore -> Tumkur -> Sira -> Hiryur -> Chitradurga.

Highway: NH 4

Total distance: 487 km

As unusual as it seems, a bang in my head, & I was awaken at 4 am. And as bolt would strike, I just picked my jacket & went for a short ride. Its 5 AM. In order to get rid of the numbness in my hand, I stopped near a check post 2 warm up a bit. After that I asked a fellow truck driver “Which place it is?” & then I realized that I have already reached Tumkur & then called up my friend Samba to check out any place worth visiting nearby. I noted down whatever he mumbled & headed to Chitradurga district which was just about 200 km from Bangalore. With the adventure spirit riding high on my head & the road inviting my soul, I just kick started my butt. The road is four laned & awesome. With the morning wind blazing my ear & the drive as smooth as silk, soon I reached the town of Chitradurga. As far as the eyes can see there were windmills. It’s great to know that few places in India have taken initiative in generating green energy. I headed toward the fort. It’s also known as Elu Sutthina Kote (which means fort with seven circumambulation) as it comprises a series of seven enclosure walls. Legends have it that Chitradurga featured in the epic Mahabharata, where a man-eating giant named Hidimbasura lived here. When the Pandavas were in this place in the course of their exile, Bhima fought Hidambasura with the huge boulders around as arsenal, and Hidambasura was killed in the fight. After trying nth no. of times to reach the top of the fort by the stairs that seems to lead to the top, every single time I was surprised to see all of them ending at a wall. Hats off to the architects of the fort. I was drop dead tired by the mid-afternoon. I rested for few moments in the shadow of the wall to catch some breath & called it a quit & a promise to the fort to that it will see me again & this time, I will conquer it. After having my lunch I headed towards the Chandravalli caves which are definitely worth visiting (especially for u couples). There is a nice lake and in some caves here, one can see carvings and other structures created since 3 B.C. when Buddhist monks settled here. After spending few hours I left towards vanivillas sagar dam. It’s situated on the highway on my way back home. After 1st toll gate, it’s a 12km straight highway until you reach a big arch on the right side. From there, the dam is around 20 km. The dam is built in the saracenic style and is considered an engineering marvel. Built by the Maharaja of Mysore Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV built across the river Vedavathi. There is a place standing on the steps one can hear echo so I just stood there & shouted D****  & Voila! I could hear it seven times. I saw the sun setting down & the place reminded me of my home town. Late evening, I returned home having a great feeling of a day worth spending in getting to see one of the lesser known treasures of Karnataka. Chitradurga is definitely a place worth visiting. :-)  :-) :-)

Chitradurga Fort

Chitradurga Fort

Fort

Fort

Chandavalli caves

Chandavalli caves

Vani Villas Sagara dam

Vani Villas Sagara dam

Echo Point @ Vani Villas Sagara Dam

Echo Point @ Vani Villas Sagara Dam

Vani Villas Sagar Dam

Vani Villas Sagar Dam

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http://picasaweb.google.com/samareshbiswal/ChandavalliCaves#

http://picasaweb.google.com/samareshbiswal/VaniVillasSagaraDam#

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Bike trip to Antharganga ,Koti Lingeshwara,Bangaru tirupati

Bike trip to Antharganga ,koti Lingeshwara,bangaru tirupati

Participant & bike: Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Trip stats:

Stardate: [-28] 01985.00

Distance covered: 271

Day: 1

Route: Bengaluru – kr puram – Hoskote – Kolar junction – Antharganga –  Bangarapet -  Koti lingeshwara  -Bethamangala – Bangaru  Tirupati  – Mulbagal – Kolar- Hoskote – Bengaluru

Highway: NH 4, SH 5

Places visited: Antharganga, Koti Lingeshwara temple, Bangaru tirupati

It’s been long when my adventure spirit had gone on for some adventure. So just searched on Google & set my bike for a spin, but this time, a spiritual one, towards Kolar Gold Field. The road is familiar. With the Sun still under its blanket, I was out of city. The chilly wind kept blazing my face but it’s just got sweeter with time until I recharged myself with a sumptuous breakfast at Kamath Upahaar. Soon I reached Kolar junction headed right 2wards Antharganga aiming the hilltop as the destination (has 2 climb around 100 steps as if mornings exercise). But the exercise was worth taking. The top view was breath taking & the mental peace that I had was indescribable. It’s a temple on top of hill & with a Nandi (Lord Shiva’s Vaahan) 4m which water is flowing into a small pond that is so inviting for 4 a dip. Sat there 4 few min & left for koti lingeswara temple (of course needed help regarding roads). The drive through country roads was beautiful, fields covered with blooming marigolds. As soon I reached the place, one could see a shiv ling everywhere the eye can see. The temple has a huge shiv ling & below it are innumerable lings of different sizes. Had my pooja in the temple & I left towards bangaru tirupati riding through the paddy field which was anything but awe inspiring. It’s a venkateshwara temple & the darshan is only through a small window. I headed back towards mulbagal & the drive was accompanied with back pain. But as soon I reached the highway the drive was gr8 had my sumptuous lunch @ kamath upahar then head 2wards home reached home in the evening completely rejuvenated

Antharganga

Antharganga

Kotilingeshwara

Kotilingeshwara

BangaruTirupati

BangaruTirupati

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http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Antharganaga#

http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Kotilingeshwara#

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Bike Trip Bhubaneswar to Bangalore

Bike Trip Bhubaneswar to Bangalore

Man & the Machine:   Samaresh Biswal & Bajaj CT 100

Its my highway

Its my highway

Trip Stats:

Total distance: 1792 Km

Total Expense: Rs 1200 (petrol) & 250 food

No of days: 3

Highway: NH 5, NH 4, NH 46, NH 7

States: Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

Route: Bhubaneswar, Khurda, Balugaon, Ichapuram, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Nellore, Chennai, Sriperumbubur. Vellore, Krishnagiri, Yelagiri, Hosur, Bengaluroo

Day 1:16/06/09

Abhi buzzed me to come back to Bangalore ASAP. I picked up my backpack, filled the tank & hit the highway. It was a dream which I had cherished for a long time to drive down from Bhubaneswar to Bangalore covering the Golden Quadrilateral East South corridor. Before driving down, just standing on the NH 5 thinking whether to hit the road or take Lalu’s Charming Train Route but the adventure spirit persuaded me to take the solo bike trip. So I headed to lingraj temple for the divine blessing for a smooth ride & at 6.30 Am I left Bhubaneswar with my idol Richard Bach’s book Biplane as my lucky talisman. For the 1st few kms the drive was great. Four lane highway, me, early morning wind whispering in the ear, beautiful country side; it was nothing but heaven to me. But after Khurda the highway became single lane & the oxymoron truck drivers were driving as if they are driving in a Silverstone circuit. Time for my 1st stop. Balugaon. Had my breakfast there (got the feeling of spicy Andhra cuisine ahead) then a stopover at the beautiful chilikka lagoon with no luck of sighting any winter birds (coz its summer) & headed towards AP border.  The border post was full of pot holes &the petrol price rose by 6 Rs (As If Oil was imported by Andhra from Orissa). I filled my tank & crossed the border. As I reached the border town of ichapuram the true feeling of riding in the golden quadrilateral ran through my nerves. The roads are four lanes, well maintained by the NHAI. As I finished a couple of hundred kms, my body said “TAKE REST DUDE”. Had my food at a bpcl petrol pump dhaba. The food was great, rice & rasam tasted like divine. But the rider’s soul said my body to shut up… & I continued riding till dusk until I reached Vishakhapatnam.  Spent some time at the beach & roamed around the streets. The place was clean & beautiful. After spending few hours, I again hit the highway, covered few kms & then found a clean place to sleep under the velvet sky with twinkling stars beside the highway next to heritage milk plant. The sky was so clear that I could count the stars. I had never realized that dark nights could be so romantically awesome. The pollution of Bangalore had marooned me. I called up Sandeep of theroadrollers.com for the route to Bangalore & noted down his instructions.

@ chilika lake

@ chilika lake

@ vizac beach

@ vizac beach

Day 2: 17/06/09

The coolness & serenity in the air made my eyes to open as early as 4 am so as to cover more km today.  With me & my machine having enough rest we hit the road & the morning ride is indescribable. The ride was smooth as whipped cream, adventurous as eating cocoa beans & nothing would have matched those 6 hrs (Yeah I rode for 6 hrs without a stop & I dint get a feel of tiredness). Had my breakfast at a road side eatery & set for Vijayawada.  As I reached there the sun above me made the ride impossible. I stopped to have some rest under the cool shades mother nature. Took lunch & started again late in the afternoon. I continued my ride till I reached near a hut. Drank some well water & never realized that water could be so sweet. I met few truck drivers who enquired about the ride & wished me luck for a smooth ride.  Smelling the perfume of burning rubber, I rode along NH5. But suddenly the speeding traffic came to a halt. But I changed my lane & continued riding without giving a damn about the halt. But Hell Oh Mother Lord! There was an accident & I jumped to rescue the truck driver from the wreckage & they prompted to call to NHAI. The 108 emri service & the highway patrol arrived. But the driver had some cuts & bruises… nothing serious & I continued riding but random questions came to my mind whether it’s right to go on a solo ride? What will happen if I met with an accident? Will my near & dear ones will ever know about my unfortunate incident? As the questions came flickering in my mind I just stopped my bike & recited the hanuman chalisa & continued though ride. Stopped for dinner at a dhaba with a intolerable back pain. I just parked the bike next to the highway & slept on the ground on my backpack still around a 100 km from Nellore.

Golden Quadrilateral

Golden Quadrilateral

design for 100 km

design for 100 km

Day 3: 18/06/07

A buzzing truck waked me up. Its 4 am & still a long road to cover. Started my mean machine until I reached Nellore. Had some fuel for the aching body & geared towards Chennai. As the toll road came to an end I missed the turnings & the burning rubber & the screeching brakes. I got lost in Chennai & had to ask the traffic cop for my way to Bangalore. They asked for my bike papers then I told them that I am driving from Orissa to Bangalore, wth eyes opened wide, without checking my papers thy helped me with the route map with the landmark. They wished me a smooth journey. I headed out of Chennai & crossed sriperumbubur. The drive was pleasant; the highway from Chennai to Bangalore was 6 lane. I think it’s one of the best highways I have ever driven till date. Energized myself near yellagiri & for the 1st time I saw different shades of clouds with a blue sky playing its perfect background. The place was serenely beautiful. As far as the eye can see, it was covered with greenery. As I felt that the rain gods are arriving, I stepped on the throttle so as to reach home soon. Had my dinner near hosur it was yummy & cheap. as it was raining, I waited for it to stop as soon I reached the border there was a welcome sign to Karnataka from there it started pot hole road what a welcome sign to welcome that I have reached my village namma bengaluru the traffic became thick. & at silk board the traffic became heavy. It was late, & I reached Bholanath Mess. With my Ex-Roommates welcoming me, had a desi dinner while thinking all the time what I will miss; the velvet sky, the sunny clouds, the serene wind & the smell of rubber & went to sleep with the hangover of the trip memories. It’s now up to you guys…….

RIDE HARD OR STAY HOME…………….

village is 200 KM

village is 200 KM

dont stop breathing

dont stop breathing

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Olive Ridley Turtle Gahirmatha

Olive Ridley Turtle Gahirmatha

Participant : samaresh biswal

album link: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/samareshbiswal/Gahirmatha#

distance: 328 km

route: bhubaneshwar – cuttack – manguli – chandikole – kendrapara – rajanagar – gahirmatha

highway : NH5 , NH 5A , SH9 A

expence : 350 rs

all the regional news papper were covered with the turtle had arrived & me also not travelled for such a long time i started in search of th endangered species about olive ridley turtle they ar green in colour & they come evry year to orissa to lay th eggs its the few places wher they come

as the day was coming to an end sitting in the pristine white sand beach looking at the beautiful sun setting down & n no of red crabs dancing to the tunes of the waves only ting i could recollect the discovery channel tv add ” the world is just AWESOME”

And I know that I, I will do more than just pass through this life

I’ll leave nothin less that something that says

I was here, I was here, I was here, I was here

by Lady Antebellum

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Bike trip to tirupati

Bike trip to Tirupati

Participant: Samaresh Biswal

Bike: Bajaj CT100

Camera: Kodak 8.2

Expense: 961 (petrol 450, food 295 camera battery 100 (Duracell) communication 63 misc 53)

Route: Bangalore- Hoskote- Kolar – Mulbagal – Palamner – Chittor – Putalapattu – Tirupati

Just before chittor, there is a bypass which takes you to NH 18 (Chittor – Cudapah) & straight road goes to Chennai After about 10 km on NH 18 there is a right turn for tirupati, the place is called Putalapattu. The road to tirupati is SH61 & WOW what a road it is.

me ready to start th journey

me ready to start th journey

Trip Stats: Days 3

Total Distance: 699 KM

Accommodation: Srinivasam Complex @ Tirupati (for 400 /- deposit (refundable) one get a mat & locker for 24 hrs & there is also a APTDC restaurant on the complex 1st floor

Darsan ticket: Darsan ticket can be booked @ malleshwaram TTD office for Rs 50/- the office is open from 9.00am – 4.00pm weekdays & weekends 9.00am – 5.00pm & Tuesday TTD office holiday

Day 1 (15/02/09)

I left blore @ 6.45 am on my way to tirupati had a stop over @ krpuram bridge & looking @ the sun rise wow what a view & the rood to chittor is NH4 the road is not tolled as the tumkur NH4 & construction still going on but the road is very good to drive my next stop was @ Rose Farm @ (Hoskote) it was beautiful huge farm next to highway then my next stop was kamath upahar for breakfast looking at the crowd I understand why the place so packed I had masala dosa &coffee . Driving in the NH4 is gr8 & before mulbagal I had a stop over @ Ramalingeswara temple it’s situated on the right side towards kolar gold fields, the temple is well maintained by ASI I had my lunch @ reliance A1 nandi food plaza this place is 20 Km after Palamner on the right side for 65 /- the south Indian meal was not good .Driving through beautiful ghat roads was a delightful experience. Reached chittor bypass around late afternoon the bypass road is not gr8 with few rough patches & as soon I reached SH61 the drive was pleasant the roads are broad & will tempt to rip the bike. Before tirupati I had a stop over @ Chandragiri fort what I expected of the fort it was not that gr8 as I had seen bekal or chitradurga fort.The fort consist of two building raja building & rani building where the former is a museum & nothing much to see I left for tirupati I reached their by evening & head to srinivasam complex to stay I had my diner @ APTDC restaurant & slept.

@ rose farm (hoskote)

@ rose farm (hoskote)

@ ramlingeshwar temple

@ ramlingeshwar temple

@ chandragiri fort

@ chandragiri fort

Day 2 (16/02/09)

Morning wake up early & head to Sri Kapileshwaraswami temple this is the only shiva temple in the pantheon of vaishnava temples in tirupati. It is situated about 3 Km to the north of tirupati at the foot of the Tirumala Hills. Had my morning aarti & return to srinivasam complex for breakfast @ APTDC restaurant & then I left for Sri Venkateswara zoo it was a new well maintained zoo after seeing the place I left for the Tirumala collected my toll token & the ghat road is beautiful I had many stop over clicked so many pic standing at the various watch tower & looking at the breath taking views of the town below I reached the Tirumala parked my bike near the PAC1 (public amenities complex) collected my mundan token & had my mundan @ the PAC1 & head to the temple VQC for my entry after 3hrs waiting I had my darsan of the lord almighty (Lord Venkateshwara) & collected my two laddu from the counter & head back to tirupati the drive through the ghats in the nightswas gr8 the views of the tirupati townfrom the top was WOW .Had my diner @ APTDC

@ kapileshwara swami temple

@ kapileshwara swami temple

@ sri venkateshwara zoo

@ sri venkateshwara zoo

@ Lord venkateshwara

@ Lord venkateshwara

Day 3 (17/02/09)

Waken up @ 4.00 am & left the complex early for my return journey but I was lost for 20 km I was driving inside the town is search of my road that will connect to the bypass at last I was back in the road & driveing through SH61mist was a gr8 feeling had a stop over @ a place where I checked out the Jaggery Process. While driving on the bypass road I stumble upon a sign board of an Emu Farm went inside checked out the farm the care taker was very helpful in making me understand the farm management after spending some time I bid good bye & head back it was wonderful feeling the amount of practical knowledge I got no google can provide . While driving in theNH4 I had a stopover to clicked some pic of Terracotta & ten left early as I was feeling hungry I had my breakfast @ pavitra restaurant in palamner (food was not good) driving through the ghats was gr8 had stop over for lunch @ kamat upahar (65/- south Indian lunch) yummy with stomach full wile driving I was feeling sleepy so went to check out the Grape farm @ HSK slept for two hours under the shade of the grape vines

@ emu farm

@ emu farm

me

me

@ grape farm

@ grape farm

Reached my home in the evening with GBs of journey Memories with the question in my mind where next.

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Sri Krishna Temple Udupi ,malpe beach

the best thing in staying in mangalore is tht 1 can travel a lot & check out lot of placesas usual I head 2 th temple town of udupiit is situated @ 60 km 4m mangalore & 1 can catch alocal bus 4m state bank circle (frequency is good )

Sri Krishna Temple Udupi

sri krishna temple udupi

sri krishna temple udupi

sri krishna temple

sri krishna temple

is situated in car street not far 4m bus stand ths temple is surrounded by eight mutts called asta mutts founded by shreemadhwacharya in order 2 c t idol 1 has 2 c through th small window (Kanaka Kidiki) as th story goes the pilgrimage of Saint Kanaka Dasa to Udupi.the then chief priest of the temple made arrangements for his stay in a hut in the roadside on the western side of the temple. Being from a lower cast, by tradition he was forbidden to enter the temple. and have darshan. Krishna was so pleased with Kanaka Dasa’s devotion that the idol turned to west as Kanaka Dasa was singing on the western side of the temple. Subsequently a small window was constructed on the wall facing the western side so that Kanaka Dasa could see Lord Krishna from outside.

Restaurant : Hotel Diana (yummy masala dosa & coffee)

Malpe beach

malpe beach

malpe beach

@ malpe beach

@ malpe beach

malpe beach is 7 km west of udupi it is well conected by public transport malpe is imp fishing & fish processing centrre

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Rosario cathedral Church of Mangalore

Rosario cathedral Church of Mangalore

Portuguese built this oldest Church in the year 1568. The Church was reconstructed in 1910. Its attractive design is in Roman style

Holy Rosary Church

Holy Rosary Church

during my six month stay in mangalore th angles of  rosario church were my companion

History St. Thomas the Apostle of India kindled the light of faith during the first century A.D. in the Southern Part of India. The early Franciscan Missionaries later continued the Gospel preached by him in Kanara in the year 1510. Befittingly Mangalore is called “Rome of the East”. Alphonso-de-Albuquerque a Portuguese explorer conquered Goa and was its Viceroy of the Indies from 1510-1515. This made it easy to Portuguese King Immanuel to send missionaries to Kanara for evangelization of Christianity. Albuquerque conquered this territory from the Bijapur Sultan Ismael Adil Shah. Later in the year 1542 St. Francis Xavier a Spanish Jesuit arrived in Goa from Portugal and propagated the true faith. The Portuguese under Diego de Silveira attacked Mangalore in the year 1568. On January 5th 1568 the city was occupied and Portuguese built a fort called the “Fort of St. Sebastian” at the place where now stands the Deputy Commissioner’s office. Since they felt the necessity of a church for their spiritual welfare they built a church (Holy Rosary Church) referred to as the “Factory Church” of Bolar. The Royal stone emblem of the Portuguese king is lying at the entrance of the Cathedral as insignia of their landing in 1568. The Cathedral now stands in the same place where the Portuguese built their first church after capturing Mangalore on 5th January 1568.

rosario church

rosario church

this place is situated near  pandeshwar walking distance 4m state bank circle

angel veiw 4m rose villa

angel veiw 4m rose villa

angel veiw 4m my room @ rose villa

angel veiw 4m my room @ rose villa

th six month @ rose villa ar th best days of my lif  th wakeing up in th mornings with th prayers &  in eve having a good time with brother (nelson,beny) & sister (sonia , sandria ) sitting  in th roof top @ night 2 & looking @ th bunder

best restaurant @ mangalore bombay lucky swear never eaten as tasty chicken curry & kerala paratha

best bakery chochin baker @ ab shetty circle

i always had a guilt feeling tht its been such a long time i hav not been 2 mangalore th promise 2 th family tht i wil b @ christmas evry year had just taken th back seat in th rat race of life

:-( :-( :-(

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CTR malleswaram

Venue: CTR malleswaram

Foodie: Samaresh Biswal, Manohar P

Date: 01/01/09

Menu: Benne Masale & by 2 coffee

Camera : N 70

Benne Masale

Benne Masale

Imagine the crispy nei (ghee) roast filled with ullakazhangu(potato) curry or more commonly called the masala coated with a layer of melting butter in your mouth. Whoa! What a feeling!

when th dosa wil come

when th dosa wil come

yummy devine heavenly bliss

yummy devine heavenly bliss

As usual me & manohar thinking wher 2 go in th eve so I suggested lets go 2 CTR as its dosa has been voted thbest masala dosa in namma begaluru & this place is located in th 7th cross margosa road opp 2 malleshwaram play ground it’s the green door with sree sagar written in kanada on top but when u went inside 1 can c th CTR written on th menu board as 1 enter th hall 1 can find th old pendulum clock & the Bhagavad-Gita sayings that is hung on one side of the wall this place is open 7 days for just a few hours in the morning between 6.30 am till 12.30 pm and in the evenings from 4 till 8.30 pm.

yummy

yummy

yummy

yummy

can i hav 1 more plzzzz

can i hav 1 more plzzzz

me @ ctr

me @ ctr

manohar @ ctr

manohar @ ctr

Having benne masale dosa with coffee and go away smiling @ having experienced a piece of history. . Let me not talk more about it. Try it, to believe it!

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HUMA TEMPLE SAMBALPUR ORISSA

Deities: Lord Shiva
Location: Sambalpur, Orissa
Built in: 1670Built by: Baliar Singh
Best time to visit: October to April

visted : 07dec 07

huma temple

huma temple

Huma Temple: - World’s another Leaning Tower of Pisa

Sambalpur District is the westernmost district in the state of Orissa, India. Sambalpur is an illustrious place that is known for the Hirakud dam, the largest dam of not only India, but the whole world. Some of the features that best describe the district are its gorgeous waterfalls, rich cultural heritage; the historic city of Sambalpur is the district headquarters. As it does not stand upright and is tilted towards one side. Infact, almost everything within the temple complex is tilted .

The leaning temple of Huma about 25 km from Sambalpur. Located on the banks of the Mahanadi, the 17th century temple of Huma leans at an angle of 17 degrees to the west. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the Gods forming the Hindu Trinity.

temple premise

temple premise

kudo fish

kudo fish

The special type of fish found here is called as ‘Kudo’ fish. They are said to be so tame that they will eat sweets and other foods from the hands of devotee. Here nobody tries to catch them as they are believed to be the assets of the God.It was built in the reign of Baliar Singh, the fifth Raja of Sambalpur. The worship of Shiva is said to have been initiated by a milkman (Gauda), who daily crossed the Mahanadi to a place on the bank where the underlying rock croped out. Here he daily offered his dole of milk, which was at once drunk up by the rock, and this miraculous circumstance led to enquiries, which ended in the construction of the present temple. Huma is a place of pilgrimage, and is also visited by strangers out of curiosity to see the different kind of fish in the river.

feeding th fish

feeding th fish

ready 2 go

ready 2 go

 Festival:
A great fair takes place at the foothill in March every year on the occasion of Shivratri. The presiding diety is Bimaleswar Shiva.

How to reach:
by Air: the nearest airport is Bhubaneswar
by Rail: There are plenty of express trains that connect Sambalpur with major cities in Orissa
by Road: Buses and taxis are also easily available from Sambalpur for travelling to the neighbouring cities.

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lalbagh flower show (Bangalore)

Lalbagh flower show (Bangalore)

Participant: Samaresh Biswal

Camera: Kodak easy shot 2 mp

Date: 12/08/08

lalbagh glass house

lalbagh glass house

Deepa: hi

Samaresh: hi

hmmmm

hmmmm

Deepa: how ar u

Samaresh: iam f9

Deepa: how was ur off

Samaresh: it was gr8 went 2 lalbagh gardens

Deepa: 4 wht

Samaresh: 2 c th lalbagh flower show tht is held evry yr in jan & aug

Deepa; so tell me some thing about lalbagh garden.

Samaresh: The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was started initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, on the model of an extensive garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan Today, nearly 673 genera and 1,854 species of plants are found in Lalbagh. Of the many artistic structures in Lalbagh, the Glass House is the most famous. It’s in the form of a diamond. It was built in 1889 during the administration of Sri John Cameron to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. Designed on the lines of the Crystal Palace of England

Deepa: how it can b reached

Samaresh: it’s situated in th heart of town 4m any bus station majestic / shivaji nagar u can catch any jayanagar bus

Deepa: whts th garden timing

Samaresh: 6.00am – 7.00pm

Deepa: so wht was th main attaraction this time

Samaresh: many ther was a hampi model chariot made of rose only & ther ar so many entries 4 th flower competion many leading agri business company has showcased ther display ther was a lord hanuman made of flower & various musical instrument made of flower

Chariot made of rose

Chariot made of rose

Deepa: so  summaries ur exp of th day

Samaresh: The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.(Anne Frank)

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bike trip Arkavathy Dam , Chunchi Fall , Sangama

Places: Arkavathy Dam, Chunchi Falls, Sangama

Participants: Samaresh Biswal, Sanoop Jose

Date: 14/10/2008

Transport Mode: Bike (TVS Star city)

Hotel: Vasu Hotel, Kanakpura (yummy Wangi Bhat ,masala dosa ,coffee)

Camera: Sony cyber shot, kodak easy share

Route: Hudson circle – lalbagh – southend circle – bansankari – metro – kanakpura road (NH 209) – Art of living –Tri murthy Temple – kanakpura – Doddaladahalli – Arkavathy Dam – Chunchi Fall – sangama


Tri Murthy Temple (NH 209)

The temple has a beautiful lawn and big structures of Lord Vinayaka, Anjaneya and Lord Krishna. Temple can be easily sighted, as it is located on the Main road itself and is located on Left side while travelling from Banashankari towards Kanakpura

@ ur step

@ ur step

@ ur step

@ ur step

@ ur step

Arkavathy Dam

Arkavathi River is a river in India, originating at Nandi Hills of Kolar District. It is a tributary of the Kaveri River, which it joins at Kanakapura called sangama in kannada after flowing through Kolar District and Bangalore Rural district. The river is used by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board to provide 135 million liters of drinking water per day to the city of Bangalore, or about 20% of the entire city’s water. The water is taken from two reservoirs built on the river, the Hesaraghatta (or Hesseraggatta) which was built in 1894 and the Tippagondanahalli Reservoir (or T G Halli), which was built in 1933

Chunchi Fall

One day outing spot in Kanakapura taluk in Bangalore Rural district. The river is Arkavati. This place is about 90kms from Bangalore city. Beautiful place surrounded by wonderful forestfalls by the looking at the gorgeous rocks you can apprehend how ferociously water flowed in former years. Unfortunately we could not play in water at this place, as getting into water is not possible so. We have limited our self to just take so few snap’s in our camera and carried lot’s of memories with ourselves. We sat on a big rock, with water, green trees, rocks surrounding and wonderful clouds above us, frankly speaking it was one of the best lunches we ever had. We can never get such a wonderful feeling in n-star hotel also. It’s not what we had but it’s the way we had it.

Grape Farm

on our way 4m chunchi fall we had a stop over @ a grape farm(“Man being reasonable must get drunk; The best of life is but intoxication; Glory, the grape, love, gold – in these are sunk – The hopes of all men and of every nation” Lord Byron)

Sangama

Sangam is the confluence of Rivers Kaveri (Cauvery) and Arkavathi. One more nice picnic spot along (NH209) it can be reached by taking a 33km deviation to the left, soon after Kanakapura, The last five kms to Sangam is an enjoyable drive through the ghat roads, with picturesque hills all around you. Water is not so deep

biker buddies

biker buddies

@ 8.30 we were back to the concrete jungle and exhaust fumes that we call home.

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Bike Trip (shravanabelagola, halebid,belur,yagachi dam)

Its been such a long time that I had gone 4 a trip & I thank my frd (dsk) 4 gifting me th wonderfull book motorcycle diaries as Ia hav finished it couple of times I decided 2 follow che foot step & discover incredible IndiaI zeroed in hassan as I hav passed through this town may time during my stay in mangalore & only sharvanabelagola was remaining as I hav already seen jain basadi @ moodbidri & 1000 pillar temple @ karkalla I decided 2 do this trip in bike so got it serviced properly (it turned out bit costly) & downloaded as much info google can giv I had planned on a 4.00 A.M departure. By the time I put my bike on first gear and set the trip meter to 0, it was 4.10.as I headed north west towards Neelamangala to hit NH48. th road was lik village road Just after crossing Neelamangala, I was greeted with dense fog which reduced visibility to about ten meters. The sun was nowhere to be seen as suddenly the plains of Karnataka became more like some foggy hill station in North India. Iwas @ Kunigal. The sun had finally triumphed, dissipating the fog which had slowed down our progress. th drieving in NH 48 was senic

I had expected Shravanabelagola to be just this huge monolithic statue which would hardly take half an hour of our time. It turned out to be much much more. It is in fact a set of Jain temples set atop two hills

@ lord bahubali

@ lord bahubali

, Chandragiri and Vindyagiri. I climbed up the flight of 650 steps. I was gasping for breath at the end of it but the view from the top more than made up for it. The weather, needless to say, was lovely.

steps 2 th the lord almighty

steps 2 th the lord almighty

@ ur steps

@ ur steps

After spending a couple of hours there, I left for Halebid via Hassan (appox 89 km 4m sharvanabelagola). It was hot. All that walking on the rocks and climbing up the stairs, and that too barefoot, had left me a little tired. But the road can do wonders. The moment I started from Shravanabelagola, the wind hitting my face, everything was alright.

Riding on the very scenic NH48, with fields of paddy, sugarcane and other crops on both sides and the occasional coconut grove, I reached the relatively large town of Hassan in the afternoon. Halebid took another hour or so to reach as the road snaked through small hills and jungles. The 11th century Hoysaleshwara temple, the pinnacle of Hoysala architecture, was

halebid temple

halebid temple

spectacular in its detail. A treasure trove for anyone interested in Indian history, iconography, mythology or just the art of sculpture making, the Hoysaleshwara temple managed to amaze us and hold our attention for more than an hour. Be it the identification of a familiar sculpture of Brahma or one of the avatars, the intricacy of a piece of jewelry adorned by the human figures and figurines, the uniqueness of the hundreds of elephant sculptures that formed the lowermost panel of the temple (not one was completely similar to another!) or the mere thought of how it must have been a thousand years earlier, in its full glory and might, it was an unforgettable experience in any way you look at it. Astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls.This magnificent temple – guarded by a Nandi Bull This particular part of a conversation caught my attention as I heard a guide talking to a foreign tourist explaining the concept “The British taught us to preserve our monuments. They also taught us this language. And so we can earn a living now.I’m very thankfull 2 them

Chennakeshava Temple

Chennakeshava Temple

At around 3 o’ clock I headed for Belur, a 16 km ride from Halebid. Is located on the banks of the river Yagachi. It was once capital of the Hoysala empire, today made unforgettable for its exquisite temples. The Chennakeshava temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to complete this architectural marvel. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and frescos, with no portion left blank. Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous dancers… They are all there – awe-inspiring in their intricate workmanship. Hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars support the temple.

Then i headed 2wards yagachi dam Just less than 10 KMs from Belur while going towards Chikkamagalur comes a huge water body on the left side of the road. Yagachi dam (or reservoir) built across river Yagachi (one of the important tributaries of river Kaveri).is

yagachi dam

yagachi dam

relatively new to the list of reservoirs in India, which was dedicated to the nation in 2004. The main purposes of the dam are irrigation for thousand’s of acres of land in Hassan & Chikkamagalur district and source of drinking water for Belur & Chikkamagalur cities.And then, I saw the sunset. The second magic moment of the trip. Seeing the whole day roll by in front of my eyes from dawn till dusk is a rarity for me. Sitting in my dukan, I can hardly differentiate between day and night, let alone the periods of the day. From the first rays of the sun as I left Bangalore, to the foggy ride. From the heat and dust of the afternoon to the calm and cool of the twilight, this day had turned out to be very special it reminded me of my home town (hirakud)

& then its time 4 me 2 head back 2 th routine lif I left yagachi @ 6 on myway 2 nama bengaluru I had a stop over @ kamat yatri niwason NH48 2wards kunigal 4 th masala dosa& filtercoffee was gr8the ride was senic I had many stopover & clicked may pic I stoped @ a place wher they make jaggery I learned th process4m crushing 2 finished product & then th worst part of th journey due 2 early morning accident th headlight is not working properly & th driving in th highway is also dangerous I searched 4 a place 2 sleep 4 th nitezeroed in a hut next 2 a dhabba (relax dhabba ) th food was worst my room mate was a henit was cold so waked up @ 3 & left 4 home sweet home early morning th drive was pleasant I reached safely @ home @ 8 & left 4 th duakan

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5 Places to Buy Travel Backpacks Online in India

Some things as basic as backpacks can be ridiculously expensive. Those that are cheap are just downright bad quality. And you wonder where you should go to buy a good travel backpack. You’ll be using it every day, so you want it to be of a great quality but also of a reasonable price. And you want it carry all your things and most importantly you want it to suit your style! Look no further and check out the following sites and find that backpack you wanted!

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