Enjoy The Exuberance Of The IT City – Best Things To Do In Bangalore!

Bangalore has been going by the names ‘Garden City’, ‘IT Hub’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ for years now. However, this pleasant place has much to offer to both residents and tourists. It has monuments and temples which belong to another era. It has hills, waterfalls and even bird sanctuaries in close proximity. It is home to the Bannerghatta Forest and Zoo and houses numerous serene lakes within the city.

Bangalore City

Bangalore City | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

IT Hub Bangalore

IT Hub Bangalore | Image Resource : ostrichtours.com

Bird watching is one of the best things to do in Bangalore, which are enjoyed by many tourists. The Mysore city is approximately 150 km from the city of Bangalore and is home to the Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary, which is one of the largest in the state. The sanctuary is also home to a large number of fresh water crocodiles and is visited by a variety of birds throughout the year.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Bangalore

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Bangalore | Image Resource : .team-bhp.com

Walk On The Lanes of the Busy MG and Brigade Roads – Things To Do in Bangalore!

Bird watching, are important things to do in Bangalore and most frequently happens in the town of Ramanagara. The town is famous because the popular cult movie ‘Sholay’ was shot in this location. The town is dotted with hillocks piled high and small water spots. It is home to the Long Billed Vultures, which have been declared as an endangered species. The pick – up location is Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore and the guests are welcomed with a cool drink and complimentary breakfast.

Bannerghatta Forest

Bannerghatta Forest | Image Resource : tourmyindia.com

Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore

Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore | Image Resource : newindianexpress.com

Horse Riding, Shopping Are Few More Preferred Things To Do In Bangalore

Going on road trips is an exciting thing to do in Bangalore. Bheemeshwari, Saavandurga and Shivagange. Shivagange & Devarayanadurga trips via Sedan are being held at Arekere Mico Layout as the starting point. Trips are also organized to historical places like Belur, Halebeedu, Sravana Belegola which have temples and monuments belonging to the royal era. They are being covered via Indica at Arekere Mico layout as the start point.

Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari | Image Resource : trekkerpedia.com

Some event organizers arrange for day tours to other cities like Mysore and nearby locations like treks to Tadiandamol peak at Yavakapadi village.

Destination Of The Week : Dodda Ganeshana Gudi Bangalore

Dodda Ganeshana Gudi Bangalore

Dodda Ganeshana Gudi Bangalore | Image Resource : hibengaluru.com

Summarization : The name Dodda Ganesha Gudi translates to ‘Big Ganesha Temple’ in English. It is quite close to another famous location called the Basavangudi and is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore and is significant as a historic location in the city. I was lucky to catch it on my trip here.

Vashisht Temple Manali – Magnificent Creation In Nature’s Lap

After exploring the magnificently crafted cave temple of Hidimba Devi and viewing the footprint for which the temple is famous, we moved on to our next destination.

It was another temple and is named as Vashisht Temple Manali. From Manali, we had to hire an auto rickshaw which drove adventurously along the slightly slanting road and took just Rs 50 as fare. It is located on one of the slopes along the banks of the Beas River at a distance of around 2 km on the northern side of Manali.

Vashisht Temple Manali

Vashisht Temple Manali | Image Resource : allwonders.com

On reaching the Vashisht village, we were simply fascinated with the compact and composed ambience which reminded us of the old Manali. The village is considered to be one of the best tourist spots in Manali. We could see many fellow tourists bathing inside the hot springs and some others having a view of the temples. We could also spot many foreign tourists who stay in the village in order to avail cheap accommodation and get drowned in charas while enjoying the chilly atmosphere.

One of the locals told us that it becomes almost impossible to visit the village during the months of winter between November and April and most of the guesthouses and lodges stay closed.

The Vashist Temple derives its name from the sage, Saint Vashisht, to whom the temple is dedicated. We were simply mesmerized with the beauty and intricacies involved in the wood carvings inside the temple. There is no doubt about the fact that the hot springs are the main attraction of the village and are believed to have therapeutic capabilities.

Bath Tank in Vashisht Temple Manali

Bath Tank in Vashisht Temple Manali | Image Resource : allwonders.com

The hot springs have been controlled through pipes and cemented so that the common public can bath easily. The lush green outfields of the village were a treat to watch. We could spot many nicely cafes with the local residents taking care of many rich traditions of the village. During the peak seasons, it is very difficult to get an accommodation in this part of the world. The streams of the hot springs come from the mountain’s base. One of the key attractions of the village was their traditional style of creating houses and we could spot many large sized cows and buffaloes here and there.

Hidimba Devi Temple Manali – A Magnificently Crafted Cave Temple

The next destination in our list was the Hidimba Devi Temple which is also known by the name of Hadimba Temple. The temple is actually in the form of a cave with the main deity being the Hidimba Devi who is Hidimba’s sister who in turn was an important character in Mahabharata.

On reaching the temple, we could find that it is in the middle of the cedar forest and is located at the bottom of the massive Himalayas. In the olden days, the rock coming out of the ground naturally was worshipped as the deity. But the original structure in the form of the cave temple came into existence in the year 1553.

Manali Hadimba Temple

Manali Hadimba Temple | Image Resource : homestaymanali.in

It is believed that Hidimba Devi used to meditate inside the cave and used to live here along with her brother who also had the name of Hidimba. The locals say that not much information is available regarding their parents.

They were actually part of the Rakshas family with Hidimba promising to get married to an individual who had the courage, bravery and strength to defeat Hidimba, her brother. It was Bhima, a part of the Pandavas group who had killed Hidimba when they were in exile and had visited Manali.

Hidimba Devi Temple Manali

Hidimba Devi Temple Manali | Image Resource : homestaymanali.in

It was after this phase that Bhima got married to Hidimbi with their son being named as Ghatotkacha. The design of the Hidimbi Devi Temple inside the cave is quite exquisite. We were very surprised to see the intricacy of the designs and just kept wondering at how they were executed in the era in which it was constructed. At the top of the tower, there are three square shaped roofs. On the main door, there are carvings of Goddess Durga. The base of the temple is made of mud covered, whitewashed stonework.

The deity of Hidimbi Devi is in the form of a massive brass image on a big rock. We could also spot a rope hanging down ahead of the massive rock. The locals also informed us that her son Ghatotkacha’s temple is located around 70 metres away. We also came across the area’s most interesting feature which was a massive footprint of Goddess Hidimba spanning over the entire valley close to the temple.

Visit to the Simhachalam Temple – Hill of the Lion Lord

After the visit to the Yarada beach in Vizag, the next place that we all decided tovisit in the city was one of the historic temple dedicated to Narasimha Swami. It is called Simhachalam temple. The temple was built in the 11th century and is an example of the rich cultural heritage of the Vishakhapatnam city. The temple is located atop a hill at a height of around 250 meters and thus known as the Hill of the Lion Lord. Lord Narsimha Swami is one of the incarnations of Vishnu and the temple was built by King Krishnadevarayam. The inscriptions found in the temple dates back to 1098 AD.

Simhachalam Temple

Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource : journeymart.com

There are millions of devotees who visit this temple especially during the Chandanotsavam festival. The temple serves as a beautiful attraction of the city and is surrounded by lush green views. It is a quiet place. The peace and solitude that one finds inside a temple is immense. According to the legend there was a devotee of Lord Vishnu named Prahlad who was tortured and beaten by his father for his belief. Lord Vishnu then took the incarnation of Narsimha to kill his father and save the child from violence.

Simhachalam Temple Entrance

Simhachalam Temple Entrance | Image Resource : holidayiq.com

The visit to Vishakhapatnam is incomplete without a trip to this historic temple. One can reach Simhachalam temple from almost anywhere in Vizag. There are buses, private taxis and shared taxis that ply on the route from Waltair railway station to the temple. There is a step path that reaches the temple. However there is also a bus service which charge Rs 6 and are available every 10 minutes. The way to the temple is full of narrow and curvy roads. One may also take his private vehicle to the hill top. The parking fares are bare minimum.

Lord Varaha Stone Statue at Simhachalam Temple

Lord Varaha Stone Statue at Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource : panoramio.com

Lord Narasimha Statue Backyard Simhachalam Temple

Lord Narasimha Statue Backyard Simhachalam Temple | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

One should visit this place not only for its religious significance but also for the amazing views and adventurous location. There are many good spots for taking photographs and having some hot and cold beverages along the way to the temple.

Outside View Of Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam

Outside View Of Simhachalam Temple Visakhapatnam | Image Resource : google.com

After this visit to the temple the next place that we visited was the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.

Destination Of The Week : Kailasagiri Park Visakhapatnam

Kailasagiri Park Visakhapatnam

Kailasagiri Park Visakhapatnam | Image Resource : ebharat.in

Kailasagiri Park Visakhapatnam :  Kailasagiri Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vizag. Since I visited the place at weekend time, there was a lot of crowd. The view of the beach from hill top was amazing. I was astonished by the beauty of the gigantic idols of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. It one of the places, that will never fade out of my memory.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai – Symbolizing the Greatness of Hindu Mythology

The national park in Guindy is the best place to relax during weekends. Next, we made our way to Sri Parthasarathy Temple. We scheduled it in the evening for the timings in the temple. It is located in Triplicane at a distance of about 3.5 km from Egmore.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple is known for its existence during the Pallava period, which was in the eighth century. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is honored as Divya Prabandhams in the mythology.

When we reached the temple in the evening, it was open. I had a good look at the temple, which has two towers called gopurams. The gopuram on the eastern side is believed to have been built by the ancient emperor Thondaman Chakravarthy. The other gopuram is on the western side at Narasimhar sannadhi. There are also five ‘shikara’ or ‘vimana’ called Ranganathar Sannidhi vimana, Ramar Sannidhi vimana, Anatha Nilaya vimana, Andal Sannidhi vimana, and Narasimha Sannidhi vimana.

sri parthasarathy temple chennai

Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Chennai | Image Resource : templeservices.in

There is a holy tank, which is considered to have five sacred wells in it. It has a lot of prominence in the temple for the Goddess Mahalakshmi is believed to be born in a lily flower in this place to Sage Bhrigu. People believe that the name of the place Tiruvallikkeni is derived from this.

We entered the temple and walked to the main shrine facing east, where the Lord Sri Parthasarathy is accompanied by Rukmani, Balarama, Satyaki, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. We walked around the temple stopping at every shrine dedicated to Sri Raama, Sri Gajendra Varadharaajar, Sri Yoga Narasimha, Sri Ranganaatha, and Sri Vedavalli Thaayaar.

lord sri parthasarathy

Lord Sri Parthasarathy | Image Resource : thechennai.wordpress.com

We prayed for our well being and waited for the pooja, “Nithya Anusanthanam”. I was intrigued by the architecture of the temple in the ‘Mahamandapam’ and ‘Thiruvaimozhi Prabandamandapam’, which depicted the art in the Pre-Pallava period. There is a big Kalyana mandapam, meaning marriage hall, where marriages are conducted.

Nevertheless, Sri Parthasarathy Temple carries the age-old history of the place with its shrine. There were some renovations made though they didn’t belong to the main shrine. With a lot of devotion and the blessings of the Lord we returned to our room. For my kids, it was a new experience as they have never been to a temple like this before.