Hesaraghatta Grasslands and Nrityagram

Situated at an arm’s length from Bangalore, one would not expect to see the surroundings transform from the bustling urban to something completely different on the way to this place – the Hesaraghatta Grasslands. This is (sadly) the last surviving grassland near Bangalore. After escaping the urban jungle limits, one can see rustic villages, farms, vineyards and grasslands. In monsoons, this area is lush with vegetation, hues of green in every direction. Even having started really early in the morning, the sluggishness was gone and I was wide awake in no time, thanks to the air that was clean, crisp and invigorating. The grassland itself is a vast expanse of plane land (almost 2 sq kms). There are lots of trees which seem to be restricted to the periphery of the area. It is highly advisable to go there early in the morning for various reasons – that’s the best time for watching birds, that’s the best time for photography and as the day goes by, there is not much protection from sun/rains. Nrityagram is situated very close to the grassland. Its a unique dance Gurukul. They have tried to keep the premises natural as far as possible. One can get in with a entry fee of Rs. 50. The area is serene with lots of flowers and stone paths amidst trees. We could witness dance lesson sessions when they started. Below are a few more details of the place: Location Directions Best time for a visit Food Photography http://goo.gl/maps/NaeWg From Yeshwantpur, head towards Nelamangala until you see a traffic signal showing Hesaraghatta on the directions board. Take a right turn here and proceed towards Hesaraghatta village. En route, you will pass via Chikkabanavara railway station. After the Hesaraghatta village, proceed till you see a Jnana Bharati institution. (If in doubt, ask for Dasenahalli) Take a right turn immediately after this. Drive on till you see a large gate at what would look like a dead-end from a distance. Go till the gate, the road curves left. After this, the second right turn leads you into the vast grassland. For Nrityagram, take the same way out, as you came in from the grassland and turn right. Follow the directions to reach Nrityagram    Again...

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Bhoganandishwara Temple

Situated quite close to Bangalore, near Nandi hills, this ancient temple is a less known, but nonetheless a very picturesque and peaceful historical monument. After having learnt of this place, a visit was on the cards. Me, my wife and a couple of my friends made plans to visit this place on a Sunday. We started after having an early breakfast, at 8:00 am and reached the place by 9:30 am. The small quaint village – Nandi grama – seemed to be waking up rather late on a lazy Sunday morning. The temple itself was open and we spent a good two hours exploring it. Coming to some historical snippets regarding this temple (sourced from info got at the temple and from here): It supposedly has tell-tale signs of architectural styles from 5 different dynasties. Believed to have been built almost a thousand years ago, it seems to have got modified and developed by successive dynasties over the period of time. The temple has three sub-temples (garbha gudis) – Arunachaleshwara (childhood form of Lord Shiva), Bhoga Nandishwara (youth form of Shiva) and Uma Maheshwara (Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva). The other salient structures in this temple complex are the marriage hall, with stone pillars having celebratory carvings and the large kalyani (water pond). The stone shelters supported by symmetric pillars offer a tranquil, cool place where one can sit endlessly. Not being a widely known place, it is not too crowded even during the weekends (of course, being there early definitely helps). For me, this is exactly the kind religious place I’d love to visit, having a peaceful, calm atmosphere. Below are a few more details of the place: Location Directions Best time for a visit Food Photography Near Nandi Hills, Off NH-7 – http://goo.gl/maps/FBxY1 As one would do while going to Nandi hills, take a left off of NH-7, drive till hit a ‘T’-junction. Taking a left here would get you to Nandi hills. But one needs to take a right turn here. The temple is situated about 3 kms from this turn. Any time of the year should be fine. There might be festivities during festivals and some marriage ceremonies too every now and then. This just adds to the flavour of...

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Welcome to my new website. After having blogged for years before almost giving up the habit of writing, and meanwhile having developed photography as a serious hobby, I decided to ignite the habit of writing, posting pictures in my own website. For the domain-name, I tried to keep it simple. “Mithra” means friend but it also happens to be my (alternate) name in my family circles – hence this choice of the domain-name.Having no experience with web technologies and not much time to invest on learning from scratch, AND also having a certain idea of how the site should look at feel, I settled on a custom wordpress theme. From all the themes I searched and evaluated, this one seemed to be the only one which gave the image a good amount of real-estate on the home screen. Also, the navigation and options to customize seemed pretty good and straight-forward to configure and setup. For hosting, I have started off with a basic hosting plan from speedhost.in. It came recommended from a fellow photographer colleague at office. I have populated/am populating this site with a few of my earlier images as a kick-start for the showcase section. I hope to blog about my photography/travel experiences every now and then, and keep posting fresh images often. Please bookmark the site and I hope you enjoy the images and content that gets posted here. For any suggestions/brickbats, please contact me via email or via the contact...

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