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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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