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Nandi Hills – Sacred, Historically Evident and Fun-Filled Site

May 2, 2014

On the very next day of our visit to the city of gardens- Bangalore; we were all set to explore our next destination. As per our planning, the next immediate site was the “Nandi Hills.

Nandi Hills or otherwise known as Nandidurg or Nandi Betta is an old hill fort that is situated in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. This assemblage of hills lies at an average altitude of about 1,478 meters above the sea level and as it was only at the distance of around 65 km from Bangalore; we reached there within an hour.

Nandi Hills Bangalore

 Nandi Hills Bangalore | Image Resource : ashishaggarwal122.files.wordpress.com

The place is a famous tourist’s attraction. The hill assembly has got its name from the ancient Dravidian temple that is dedicated to the mount of Lord Shiva- the Nandi Bull. The temple has a statue of the Nandi Bull.

We also went to a temple of Yoga Nandeeswara that was built at the top of the hill. A fort is also present that was strengthened by the great Tipu Sultan. The fort was considered as impenetrable in olden times and covered a vast area. It no doubt facilitated soldiers to attack from all the directions without being seen. We also saw the “Tipu Drop” . It was a high cliff from where the convicts were pushed to death during the Tipu’s reign. The kings were really strict...Weren’t they?

Apart from historically significant, the hills were also pleasing to the eye with its green slopes surrounding a lake- Amrit Sarovar.As there assemblage of hills is also source of many rivers which ultimately join with the River Cauvery in the further course, they are considered sacred. The scenic attractions were enhanced by the vegetation and the wildlife inhabiting the moist green forests of the hills. We didn’t walked into the forest but admired it. However, we were more interested in the activities that were going on in the vicinity. There was opportunity of paragliding for people who wanted to fly like a bird, and I almost ran for it. The experience was amazing and all four of us tried it again and again.

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