Thursday, April 17, 2008
Nandi Hills - March 2008
16th March 2008
As I have said earlier “That’s life. A journey of perpetual neglect towards what you have and unending pursuit of what you don’t have……”
From the peaks of Himalayas to the shrines in Kanyakumari to the wilderness around Seattle… I have soaked up more than my share in a span of 28 years…
Interestingly (or rather sadly) it’s been 5 years since I came to Bangalore and I had not seen Nandi Hills until recently. It was high time I visited the place, for my own sake.
I and Smruti set out early in the morning. (My early morning being 8 o’ clock:-)).
The weather was lovely. Ah! The Bangalore weather! The 60 kilometer drive made me see the one thing that I needed to see so much. Bangalore is still green. What an assurance it was. I had been loosing sleep over Bangalore’s depleting greenery. This March has given enough respite to my worrying mind.
The uphill climb was rather short. Even on a Sunday morning there was hardly a crowd (Thank God!). The Chamundi hills in contrast are so crowded. I can’t help the comparison as I visit the Chamundi so very often. Nandi hills are higher than Chamundi.
Also, Nandi is a lot cleaner and better maintained.
After reaching the top, we strolled through the well maintained garden indolently. We got some rare views of all the hills around. There were so many monkeys and they were all so fearless….
The rocky hill at the far end with its temples is beautiful in its own right… the edge of the precipice invites you…..as you approach the edge and try to look below, it is the winds that you should beware of …. One strong wind can bend your body in the wrong direction and then there is no salvage…..
The pictures are here for you…