“Good & memorable trips are the ones which happen unplanned”
I have been in Bangalore since August 2014. The day I arrived in Bangalore, I heard a lot about the beautiful places around that one could explore. I know these are excuses which all of us makes so did I: “I don’t have the time”. But ya thank God & thanks to my Dear friends Abhay & Ankush who came to Bangalore for “some work” in late Dec’14. We wanted to go somewhere away from the noise amidst greenery & have a road trip. As we were short on time we decided to go someplace which was nearby Bangalore & could be covered in a day or so. We already wasted 2 days figuring out the place where we could go. Then one fine evening one of my colleagues’s suggested me to go & visit Nandi Hills. It was Friday evening when we decided to go the very next morning to experience the fantastic view of the sunrise at Nandi hills for which it is famous.
The trip is even better if you travel on a bike & experience the spectacular view on the way to Nandi hills. The cold breeze & the absolute silence of the night comes as a cherry on the cake.
Before I proceed I would like to tell my readers more about Nandi hills, Nandi Hills or Nandidurg (Anglicized forms include Nandidrug and Nandydroog) is an ancient hill fortress in southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is 10 km from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bangalore.
It is 4,851 ft (1,479 m) above sea level. It is located close to the Bangalore International Airport. In addition, the hills are located about 20 km from the National Highway (NH-7) just after Devanahalli Town.
We decided to go on a bike as we all had never gone on a night road trip. So we gathered a group of friends & arranged some bikes/scooty and were ready for the trip.
We started our journey at around 4:00am in the morning (thanks to some of my sleepy friends). We took the Marathalli-Hebbal-NH7 road towards Hyderabad. Tip to the travelers: get your petrol tanks full a day before the trip as most of the petrol pumps are closed inside Bangalore.
The road till Airport was really good; we all were driving our vehicles at a speed of 70-80kmph in the early mornings of Dec. That feeling of your hands getting numb & the super cold breeze was just priceless. After we crossed the airport (take the road towards Hyderabad not towards the airport) the real journey began. As we were approaching the top of the hill, the temperature started decreasing gradually. There was sudden fog followed by slight drizzle, it was really good. By the time we reached a place which was nearly 5kms to Nandi hills, I could see traffic jam since it was weekend and Nandi hills is the best place to hangout on weekends for the Bangloreans.
Firstly all the 2 wheelers were allowed inside the check post followed by the 4 wheelers.
Once we crossed the check post, the remaining ~5kms road was awesome. The round & round route up towards the Hills was just scintillating. To add to the effect the light fog & cold breeze were around all the way. It was simply awesome.
By enjoying the road side nature we reached Nandi hills by 6:20am. We parked our bikes, bought the entry tickets and made our move towards the peak of the hill.
After about another 15mins of walk we reached the peak. OMG, what a beauty it was, Literally it was unbelievable. I was standing above clouds!!! The feeling itself was awesome.
We sighted the crowd of people who were standing at one side of the hill. We just started moving towards them. I was speechless. Literally, it was simply superb, the Sunrise was ultimate. I have never seen such a beautiful sunrise till date in my life. We took a hell lot of snaps and enjoyed the beauty of the nature. Since the crowd was huge we struggled a bit to take the perfect snaps. After enjoying the nature till 8’o clock, we headed towards the parking place.
On our way back we stopped at one of the local restaurants to munch something as we all were really hungry plus we had another 2 hrs of journey back to Bangalore. Overall the experience of going to Nandi hills on Bike was really good. Highly recommended if you want to enjoy the nature, the cold breeze & a road trip with friends.
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