There will be hardly anyone who has lived in Bangalore for more than a few months and has not paid at-least one visit to the famous Nandi hill, the most-visited place in and around the garden-city. So much so that it has actually become a cliché now. I myself have visited nandi hill more than a couple of times over the five years or so I have been living here but the reason for my visits has been slightly different from that of others who visit it, at-least most of them.
Reason behind my visits to this hill-fort, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka has always been the ride involved to reach there.
Be it a pre-dawn ride in the dark with the cool breeze blowing on your face, making the ride even more pleasant or be it a ride during a bright and sunny day, allowing you to see the greenery spread on both sides of the twisting road as you ascend to the top, the ride has always been very relaxing for me, every time.
As you get-off the highway and head towards nandidurg (another name of nandi hills), the scenery starts to change fast. The BIG, six-lane highway and its fast-moving vehicles give way to a two-lane but much more beautiful road with greenery on both sides and much less traffic.
As you get closer to the hill and then start to ascend, taking the narrow twisting road to the top, the view gets better. Be it an abandoned temple by the side of the road or the abundant greenery around, everything adds to the beauty of the place.
The view of the valleys below covered with a thin layer of haze that makes it even more beautiful, will make you stop more often than you would expect. Stop just to soak-in the beauty around, and below 😉 .
The beautiful winding road keeps you involved until you reach the top and are blessed with even more beautiful views than those which had kept you company until now.
I have always been a fan of evenings. Seeing the sun going down, the night taking over, that is something I have always enjoyed back home. Sunsets are always beautiful in the north-eastern part of the country (a beautiful sunset).
After moving here in this big city, full of multi storied buildings, I have hardly ‘witnessed’ a beautiful sunset.
The view of the setting sun from the nandi hill is however different from that of the city.
You can just sit and relax here and witness the magical colors of the sun as it gives its way to the night.
As darkness sets in and the lights come up, the roads with fast-moving vehicles below, the small and large towns at a distance seem to become more lively than they had been under the bright sun, all day long.
Which is your favorite place to witness the setting sun in and around bangalore, or may be anywhere?