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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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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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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

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

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

Album Link :

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

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

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

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