Me and Dimpzy boarded a semi sleeper bus (Kalpaka Travels) from Bangalore to Kannur yesterday night. We got that spacious seat just behind the driver and we were happy since we could keep our luggages with no hassles. We started yesterday around 9:30 pm at night and this morning when we reached Peravoor around 5:15 am, the driver lost control when a biker crossed the road from the side street all of a sudden. The bus was going over 100kmph and the driver braked in such a force that he lost control and hit the telephone post that was on the side of the road and the bus flew across the road and plunged into the nearby woods and into the bushes. The windshield was completely destroyed and the huge window at our side shattered and poured onto both of us. Luckily, we had our eyes closed and so nothing got into our eyes, but the bus hit in such a force that Dimpzy was hurled forward, but luckily I got hold of her hand and pulled her back, only to land on those shattered pieces of window pane. At the same time, I also fell onto the glass pieces and we had all the blood coming from our hand and our body. People were screaming and crying. Around 40 passengers were there in the bus and all of them in some way or the other got injured. Both the doors at the front were jammed and so everyone were taken out of the bus through the broken windscreen. Most of them were taken to the hospital in ambulance and the driver was in a pool of blood. It was sheer luck for both me and Dimpzy. We just had few bruises here and there and shattered glass pieces all over us, even inside our nostril and ears. When I made sure that nothing serious happened to us, I started taking some snaps of the bus, but I couldn’t go to the front of the bus where it was completely destroyed as the front portion was inside the bushes. The cops came and took my statement as we were the only passengers left and I was busy taking snaps and waiting for the daylight to get better snaps. 😉 We boarded another bus and headed home. God bless..
This is my 5th time driving to and fro from Bangalore to Kannur and the best route to drive is Bangalore – Mysore – Gundalpet – Sultan Batheri – Mananthawadi – Kannur. I have driven all the other routes to Bangalore previously and trust me, all the other routes are mercilessly horrible. For the 1st time, I really enjoyed driving to Kannur and back to Bangalore. When going to Kannur, it was raining so badly that we couldn’t even see the road and by the time we reached kannur, it was midnight. So, we started back to Bangalore early and this time, the climate was cool with not much rain and enjoyed the ride.
Check out some of the snaps that were taken while driving and from Wayanad district.
A fine Sunday!!! Woke up late in the morning and we 3 of us had breakfast at Forum, Transit.
Then we went to Bangalore Palace. The Bangalore Palace was built in the year 1887 by the Wodeyar dynasty. It is built similar to medieval castles in Normandy and England. It’s interiors boasts of elegant woodcarvings and Tudor -style architecture. The building stands in grandeur on palace grounds in the heart of the city. During a trip to England the King, Chamaraja Wodeyar was inspired by Windsor Castle in London, and along similar lines he built this palace in Tudor style. The palace was earlier surrounded by beautiful gardens in the midst of a vast open area, which have reduced considerably today. The structure has fortified towers and its interiors boast of elegant woodcarvings and Tudor-style architecture, complete with Gothic windows, battlements and turrets. This palace, is largely constructed of wood, and is famous for its carving and paintings. An exquisite door panel at the entrance leads to grand settings inside. The construction of this 45,000 sq ft palace cost just over Rs 10 lakh. Reverend Garret originally owned the land, on which the palace rests today. Located between Jayamahal and Sadashivanagar areas, the palace ground has become a venue for various exhibitions, concerts and cultural programs. The palace is truly a case of an architectural splendour. The Bangalore Fort was built by Kempe Gowda and expanded by Tippu Sultan. Within its walls is the well preserved 16th century Ganapathi Temple. Inspired by the Windsor castle, this palace was built complete with Gothic windows, the foiled windows, battlements and turrets resembling the Daria Daulat Palace in Srirangapatanam.
An interesting thing to note is that there exist a present king who lives in Mysore palace and he is a memeber of Parliament and also a fashion designer. These are some of the cool snaps of Bangalore Palace that we took. From outside it looks like this. Just a note for people who are visiting this palace. They charge you extra 500 bucks for using camera and the entry fee for Indian is 100 bucks and foreigners its 200 INR.
The interior of the palace is really awesome. The celing, the wall etc are all designed with gold paintings. They are renovating some of the room though.
The one below is the seating arrangements in a courtyard.
There is a great dancing room where the royal people dance with their partners during their leisure hours.
The one you see below are real dead elephant trunks that was hunted years ago and some parts of the elephants are used as stools. Check the 2nd snap for stools made of Elephant feet. In the first pic, you can see a real dead head of an elephant.
These are the snaps of the kings who have ruled before and the 1st snap in the 2nd row, is the current king who is more than 50 years old. The second snap has the clocks used by the kings.
The snap below shows the weighing machine and system for measuring heights.
Then we went to handicrafts and jewelers shop to check out Indian gold ornaments.
We then headed to Iskcon temple. This is one of the best temple Iâ€™ve ever been to.
ISKCON temples are dedicated to Lord Krishna and were built by the Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult followers. These complexes are elegantly built and are few of the largest temple complexes in India. There are beautiful paintings of Russian artists on the different past times of Radha Krishna, Sita, Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Special programmes like Kirtan, Aarti, Pravachan and Prasadam are held every Sunday.
The ISKCON Temple in Bangalore was built recently by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. As you climb the granite steps you will encounter three small shrines before the main temple. The three idols of Lord Krishna in the main shrine are made of brass.
We are not allowed to take snaps of Iskcon temple, but somehow we managed to take one snap.
We bought 3 chains with Ganesha pendants and from the temple we put on each other’s neck as a symbol of friendship and to maintain the friendship for ever.
A snap of Ganesha chains on all 3 of us.
After that we went to Forum shopping mall to see a hindi Movie, Janeman. The german girls wanted to see an Indian movie and also wants to taste Indian food. So, we had a nice time later the night with beer and Indian cusine. They tought me a game called ‘mou’. Its basically a card game.
We didnt sleep the whole night and the next day, they headed to Mysore. Not sure if we will meet anytime, but i am hoping to meet both of them at some point of time.
Though i was here in bangalore for more than 2 years, i never had a chance, or may be i should say, i never tried to go see places around. Last week when two german girls came to India, they stayed at my flat and since all 3 of us got along well, we planned to visit different places in bangalore and had lots and loads of fun. I should say, that was one of the best time ever I spent in my life. I really enjoyed their company and here are some of the snaps and details on those.
This is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore situated in basavanagudi dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. Kempe Gowda built this temple in the 16th century. The magnificent Nandi, 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long has been carved out of single granite rock. Farmers offer the first groundnuts to the sacred bull.
It is a two-storeyed ornate wooden structure with pillars, arches and balconies flanked by gardens on either sides leading to the palace. The entire structure is built in Teak wood. An inscription on the wooden screen describes the palace as the “Abode of Happiness”. What ever remains of the fort, reminds of the struggle by Tipu against the British. The eastern and western projecting balconies of the upper floor contained the seat of state from where Tipu conducted affairs of the state. The summer palace of Tipu Sultan was built in Bangalore. This palace is beautifully decorated with floral motifs on the walls and ceilings. After the death of Tipu, the British used this building as their secretariat till 1867. In the busy market place of the city are the remnants of this fort built by Tipu.
It is a five minute walk south-west of the Bangalore city market. Few snaps of Tipu’s palace are as follows:
Tipu palace is beautiful, but there is one thing that annoys foreigners and thats this one below:
We then went to have some food at the Pizza hut in Brigades and these are couple of pics that we took from there:
This is one of the best park I have ever been to. Laid out by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon this park is located near the Vidhan Soudha and has a number of neo-classical styled government buildings. Over 250 acres of this green park is a joggers and walkers delight. This wooded and be flowered park was laid out by Lord Cubbon, the then viceroy of India in the heart of the cantonment in 1864. Since then fairy fountains and an august bandstand have been added. But the most important aspect of Cubbon Park is its newer buildings that have brought it cultural wealth. No one would be surprised if one refers Bangalore as the garden city of India after have a walk at the Cubbon Park. On a grassy expanse in the centre of Bangalore is this park, planned and laid out by Sir Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore. It is named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore’s longest serving Commissioner. These are acres of land dedicated to trees, flowerbeds and rolling lawns: which means Cubbon Park has got its fair share of monuments: red-faced government buildings that house the Public Library, the Government Museum and the High Court.
So, finally we returned back to our flat in a rickshaw.
It was a great day and three of us enjoyed the places we visited. Tomorrow we are planning to go Bangalore Palace and Iskon Temple.