Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by Shekar

  1. Continue with Day Three at Pattadakal The sun was shining though not in a favorable angle, the Pattadakal complex is photographer's delight. We engaged a guide at Rs.350 at the main entry. There is an entry fee for person and camera. After a click from view point we proceeded to see each style of temple architecture. We were told that there used to be dwelling over these temples before ASI took over and unearthed this beauty. Out of all these temples only Virupaksha temple is complete and active temple. We left Pattadakal at 3.30 PM and reached Badami by 4.00 PM. 22 Kms road is between these two is also newly laid and butter smooth. We had made advance booking in Mayura Chalukya KSTDC hotel at Badami and the rooms are very good. Food is also good but same slow service here too. After fresh up we thought of visiting Bhoothnath Temple complex so that we can visit cave temples in the morning and start early from Badami for return journey. Google is showing only 2 kms distance from hotel. we inquired at reception about the place and they said it will be open up to 5.30 PM only. We were out of rooms by 4.30 and wanted to have tea before start and ordered the same in the restaurant. Even after waiting for about 25 min they did not served the tea and after shouting on the restaurant manager we left the place. while boarding the car the waiter brought tea and bill. after firing him again we finished our tea and went ahead for Bhoothnath temple. Google was showing a right turn and at that location road is occupied by vendors. When we moved ahead google asked us to make a U turn. we took U turn and stopped at the place where it is showing a turn and asked the locals for the route to Bhoothnath. They said the route is correct but every Monday the road is closed for weekly market. They also suggested to hire a auto riksha and they will take us from other small roads to Bhoothnath. Instead of engaging an auto we took the same road what he was telling and it lead us to Badami Caves. The road ended at the Caves and we parked the car at 5.30 PM. Security guard there said the caves will be closed for visitors by 6.00 PM. There is an entry fee for visiting the caves and camera fee too. After couple of minutes dilemma we decided to visit part of the caves as we came all the way up to here. If some thing is missed we can see in the morning. After purchasing entry tickets, we thought of visiting last cave first so that we need not climb again tomorrow. We went up to last cave (number 4). Aunti who have knee pain stopped at first cave and uncle came up to 3rd cave with multiple breaks (He is at 69 and underwent 2 open heart surgeries). Lots of crowds are seen even on a working day. We took some photos but they were not so good compared to next day's clicks. I gathered information online that the caves will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM. But we came to know that they are open 6 to 6. at 6.15 we left the place and went to Banashankari Temple which is about 5 Kms from Badami. Came back to Hotel by 7.15 PM and after dinner in same hotel went to bed. Road leading to Badami caves is narrow and half of it is closed for laying cement road. Limited parking space is available at the base of caves. Cave 4
  2. Day Three-07-01-2019 Morning we started by 7.00 AM from Hampi for Aihole. Initially we wanted to visit Tungabadra Dam but skipped it.We thought the roads will be bad and it is going to take long time to reach Aihole which is 140 Kms away. But to our surprise first few Kms is NH 67 Six lane road and later NH 50 Four lane road. Only in Karnataka i saw even 4 lane NH roads also have speed breakers. From Hungund to Aihole is two lane road 85% good. We had breakfast before Ilkal at Arun Family Restaurant abt 80 Kms from Kamalapura. Idli was bad, Puri and Dosa were OK. Toilets are average. We reached Aihole by 10.30 AM. We saw tourism restaurant nearby. Our initial thought was that Aihole is a small place and only important things to see are Durga Temple and Ladkhan Temple. Same time we were thinking Pattadkal is large place. But on reaching Aihole, we came to know that it is reverse and about 120 temples scattered in vast area including ona hill with 150 steps. Guide at Durga temple complex told us that it will take a full day to see all the temples. We have seen only couple of complexes as we are not planned for longer stay and it was too hot in January. Let some photos tell the story. Durga Temple This is not a temple of goddess Durga but it is Durg means Fort temple. It is most decorated temple originally a Surya temple. Some clicks in the temple. Well near Durga Temple A small temple nearby Ladkhan Temple. Ladkhan made this temple as his residence for some time. About 12.15 we started from Durga Gudi Complex. Entry fee is only charges at this complex. ASI museum also available in the complex. Ambigere gudi Complex apposite to Durga Gudi Complex Ravanaphadi a cave temple dedicated to Siva in Aihole Mallikarjuna Temple complex Some more temples in the village. Private houses are constructed adjoining them Jain cave temple complex over the hills. We did not go there. Another Temple complex Huchchapayana Matha Temple By 1 PM we started towards Pattadakal which is 14 Kms away and the road is newly laid 2 lane smooth. All the temples here are in one complex. Pattadakal is very small place compared to Aihole. We have not found any stay options at both places. food options are very basic at Pattadakal and we skipped lunch.
  3. Thank you. I am using Tokina 11-16 mm 2.8 lens Yes images are captured as RAW and processed using Light Room. But I am not expert in LR. I use crop, align and light adjustment mostly.
  4. We had lunch at Hampi Paradise at Kamalapura very close to Mayura Bhuvaneswari. Food is good, ambiance is OK though not great. What I liked more is the quick service. Post lunch we proceeded to Virupaksha Temple direction without going to Hotel. Our guide skipped Underground Siva temple, Krishna Temple stating time is short. At the end of the day, I thought of having another day without guide to see all those small and big places we missed. First place we saw after lunch is Badavi Linga and Laxmi Narsimha temples. Development of circulating area is underway. Next we went to Sasivekula Ganesha. We did not went up on Hemakuta Hill. Next we went to Kadalekalu Ganesha before going further to Virupaksha Temple. View from Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple. With request of our guide and we drove up to temple duly ignoring the police stating senior citizen. I had a different (better than what I saw now) vision of Virupaksha Temple. But the same neatness is not seen now. Lot foul smell is in the temple complex. We were told that temple is now taken over by ASI and they are dismantling additional constructions added later. We had a nice darshan and also saw the reverse gopuram image. kids took blessings of the temple elephant. shkarani at Virupaksha Some one taking selfie with his ancestors. After visiting the Virupaksha Temple, while coming back, police person was again shouting on our guide, we simply did not look that side and went towards Coracle point. Time was about 4 PM and guide said bye bye. Uncle and Aunt said they will not come in Coracle and sat down near parking. We engaged a Coracle for 5 of us for 30 Minutes at Rs.350 each adult and Rs. 350 for both kids. One foreigner who was waiting alone also joined us. Kids enjoyed the ride very much. Pushkarani at Virupaksha We went under the rocks. Clear photos are in mobile. I will try to upload later When we came back from ride, the sun started descending fast. It was about 5.15 PM and we want to cover some of the places missed. After couple of clicks at Virupaksha Bazar, we stopped at Krishna Temple. It is really big and beautiful temple one must not miss to see. Sunset through pillars of Krishna Temple. Krishna Bazar It was fast getting dark but when we saw underground Siva temple, we thought we will see it. Sun about hide Some ruins near under ground Siva Temple. By 6.30 PM we were back to Hotel. We had dinner by 9 PM at the same hotel and called it a day deciding to start early in the morning to Aihole. End of Day two and Hampi drive.
  5. We have seen it later. Our guide conveniently skipped it. But we could able to see during sunset
  6. Next we went to Hazara Rama Temple. This is the first temple either working or ruin having sculptures on every stone including compound wall. I just imagined how it might have looked like 500 years back. No further explanation is needed other than photos. From Hazara Rama we went to Zenana by paying entry fee. In the first week of Jan, the temperature is above 30 Deg and it was scorching. It was Sunday and lots of people were seen in the place. After some photo shoot at Lotus Mahal, we went further to see Elephant stable. This is the musuem having small artifacts but beautiful. After visiting this place we went for lunch.
  7. In fact we started at 12 noon from Badami and reached Hyderabad by 12 Midnight. Road up to Lingusur was better and after that bad patches and too many speed breakers. We took 1 hr lunch break and 1 hr plus for two tea breaks. No dinner.
  8. Day Two- 06-01-2019 We had engaged a guide for the day through tourism hotel @ Rs.1800/- per entire day. We asked him to come to hotel before 8.30 AM and plan was to start by 8.30. He came by 8.00 but as usual serving breakfast took lot of time and we started from Hotel by 9.30 AM. My wife was feeling better and joined us. First place visited was Queen's bath Next we stopped at Dasara Dibba and visited all nearby places like stepped well secrete chamber & assembly etc. We saw royal enclosure from a distance and went next to Hazara Rama Temple
  9. Thank you @sagar actual drive time excluding breaks while going is 6.30 Hrs and return via Raichur is more than 9 Hrs.
  10. Shekar

    Beaches to visit around Hyderabad

    Hi @rkamal try Gokarna and other West Coast beaches which are not yet polluted.
  11. Shekar

    Hyderabad to Leh-Ladakh road trip!

    Yes It is preferable to do it via Srinagar as the altitude will increase gradually and one will acclimatise to the high altitudes.
  12. Shekar

    Hyderabad- Munnar-Hyderabad

    It's a hell a lot of driving. Nice clicks even in the hectic drive. Keep driving.
  13. Shekar

    Gandikota exploration drive meet and camping

    Thank you @sagar. I will try to post the Hampi trip log before I go to Spiti trip.
  14. Shekar

    Gandikota exploration drive meet and camping

    Few clicks from my album of 2016 trip to Gandikota It was way back in 2013
  15. Shekar

    Gandikota exploration drive meet and camping

    Nice trip. I had visited Belum once and Gandikota twice. Still I would like to join the team but starting on 24th jan to see White Spiti. Happy Drive to all.
  16. Yes I recommend the same. I had traveled in this route on 5th of this month. Never think of going through Mahaboobnagar -Raichur.
  17. Shekar

    Hubbli to hyderabad road condition

    Last week I did Badami-Hyderabad via Lingasur-Raichur-Mahabubnagar. It is pain in the ... number of speed breakers and bad patches in Karnataka and Road work in progress once we enter Telangana after Raichur towards Mahabubnagar. I will suggest you stick on to Gooty route even though it is longer.
  18. Hi Friends, This is my last drive in 2018. First time I had visited Bidar Fort during first week of May, 2017 while returning from a Train Accident site near Kalgapur which is about 55 Kms further from Bidar from hyderabad. Me and my colleague went to the place to over see the recovery of a Locomotive (Railway Engine) and a coach which were drifted away from track due to derailment. Though unrelated to this forum, thought it will be interesting as it is also a mode of transportation. Few Photos... This restoration was planned after midnight of 04-05-2017 and we went by car instead of a train and actual work started at early hours of 05-05-2017 and completed by noon. Post lunch we started back and thought of visiting Bidar Fort on return. We reached a couple minutes before closing time of the fort at 5.00 PM. Security guards started locking the buildings (Museum, Jail etc). Even on request and telling them that we came from Hyderabad they did not stopped locking. We made a round of the fort saw it from locked gates and returned. At that I had decided to visit this fort during winter months but could not succeed. Couple of mobile clicks on first visit. Coming to the present trip, It was not planned in advance, One of my travel partner from Betul MP with whom I traveled to Ladakh in 2016 invited me for his daughter's marriage being performed at Udgir MH on 29th Dec, 2018. I checked up train services and bus services to the place but none is convenient. Then decided to go by car. When my wife declined to travel, I asked two of my friends to joint with me. One among them is also traveled with us to Ladakh. So plan was to start early and reach Bidar before 9AM and after visiting Bidar Fort, reach Udgir by lunch. (marriage was at 12.45). Total one way about 240 Kms. I read the log of ID member's visit to Bidar twice before starting. As planned I started at 5.30 AM and picked up both partners from nallakunta and started our journey by sharp 6.00 AM. We took Mehidipatnam and entered ORR at Kokapet. Though it was early hours we did not tried Kukatpally road as it is time for long distance buses. Reached Mahindra Paradise by 07.30 Hrs to have breakfast. It was too cool out side. We had Poori for breakfast and started again by 8.10 AM towards Bidar. NH to Bidar bypass road is in very bad shape at few places. Further road up to Karnataka border was not so good. Once entered Karnataka, road is newly laid and smooth. We reached the fort just before 9.00 AM. we saw the clock tower and Gawan madarsa on the drive and did not stopped and clicked any photo. We were the first in the parking lot near the entry. When we entered in to main gate, we saw the unlocking of buildings by security personnel. I just remembered my last visit. The weather is cool and the sun light is lovely for photos. Missing is greenery of monsoon. Some views from my camera at entry The Main Entry Reverse view from Main Entry The unique two lane mote We three together This is behind the walls of Rangeen Mahal. A beautiful garden used to be here for a view of Rangeen Mahal inmates from their balconies. Back wall of Rangeen Mahal I tried to click the main entry dome from inside. First we saw the Jail area. Some more photos. View of Main entry from inside. Left side is the Museum and exactly opposite of it is Raneen Mahal. Behind the tree is Jail complex. View from Jail complex entry. Left is entry for Solah Kambha Mosque Wide angle view of the building Next we went in to Mosque area. We only found that the Solah Kambha Mosque is locked same way Turkish Mahal is also locked. We asked the security guard available there about it. He said they will not be opened and similarly Rangeen Mahal also locked. We pestered him to tell us how the locks can be opened. He said if we know some one in ASI, it may be possible and none of the ASI staff have come yet. We contacted our Railway official but they said they have no contacts with ASI. Disappointed, decided to see the museum and large canon and start to Udgir. Some clicks at Solah Kambha Mosque. The Solah Kambha Mosque full view Turkish Mahal Building in which ASI office is situated. We decided to visit again with proper recommendation and started for visiting Museum and then the large Canon. Then came the luck A wood pecker near Museum. I will take a break and explain our Luck.
  19. Shekar

    Bidar Fort an Half full filled Thirst

    What I was told is the the way through water to Narsimha Swamy Temple is closed now since some one died of heart attack in the water. Ezpanding the path and air circulation arrangements are being made. Once they are in place, the path will be opened once again.
  20. Shekar

    Bidar Fort an Half full filled Thirst

    Thank you for liking @Anand Singh. There is always next time. We have passed in front of Gurudwara on return, but as we were already late did not stopped there to see it. I always love to visit Gurudwara and sit peacefully for some time inside.
  21. Shekar

    Bidar Fort an Half full filled Thirst

    Thank you @Ranger. Yes I am an expert in Railway Accident Rescue and Restoration. It took us more than 3 hours to visit the places excluding the old fort area. Took about 2 hrs for small edit. Took double the time to put up the report.
  22. Shekar

    Bidar Fort an Half full filled Thirst

    Not now but when I find a link in ASI, yes the doors will be opened.
  23. Shekar

    Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar

    Hi Friends, This is the first travel after joining the group and happened on the suggestion of the group in Whatsapp. I saved a lot of leaves for traveling to the USA this October/November. But due to some reasons, that tour did not materialised and some 13 leaves were left to be utilised in December. First I had availed 3 days leaves from 12th Dec. First day I had attended a marriage engagement at Hyderabad and two more days plus Saturday & Sunday were with me. I wanted to go out only for 2 days and as per the suggestions of the group decided to visit Sagar on 13th & 14th. I made a booking in Tourism Hotel Vijay Vihar at Vijayapuri in the morning before starting. Me and my wife started at 10.10 Hrs from Hyderabad and reached Sagar by 13.00 Hrs with a stop at OOR exit on Sagar road to meet a family friend for 15 Min. and had a late breakfast at a way side hotel. (another 30 Min). Had buffet lunch in tourism hotel and out in car by 14.00 Hrs. My friend in Sagar project arranged for a visit to the dam and inside dam (inspection galleries). Generally visitors are not permitted to go on to earth dam and main dam for security reasons. Mean time local person called me asked us to reach the dam by 15.00 hrs as the staff have gone for lunch. Then we made a round in the hill colony where I had stayed for couple of years in the childhood. With great difficulty I could able to find out the quarters where we had stayed. All the Sagar quarters are now seems to be occupied by locals unauthorised including some top politicians. Quarter where I stayed in childhood We made a round up to the road bridge on Krishna river in front of the dam and came back to Earth Dam. Took permission from special police and entered on to it by 15.00 Hrs. We were asked not stop the car in between and not to click any photos. So we obeyed. Views of either side over the road bridge. When we reached main dam, the security staff received my car number and opened the gate and allowed us over the dam. After speaking to Irrigation AE, we stopped at first tower (Lift). Then we were guided in to the lift and taken to first inspection gallery at 140 Feet Down from top. There is an exit towards spillways side and a ramp which will lead us to first spill way on left bank. We did not carried the camera, but we took some snaps with mobiles. Three more inspection galleries are available below the one we visited. Lift for the same was having some problem and we did not go down further. These galleries are used to check the health of the dam. at every 10 Mtrs tel tale vents area available and the water leakage from these will indicate the internal leakages and the health of the dam. These galleries also used for repairing any leakages (How I do not know). We were told that every day morning staff will inspect all the four galleries each is of a length of a 1000 mtrs. After spending some time inside, we came on to the dam. due to heavy clouds and fog, we could not see the water in dam properly. With great difficulty we could able click some photos. After thanking the irrigation official we went to Ethipothala falls. We were not expecting any water in the falls but there were some. On the way back to hotel we had clicked sunset over the Sagar Dam. We could not get it exactly over the gates area. We came back to hotel before it was too dark and spent the time sitting in the balcony with Sagar backwater view. (Though the water is not visible due to fog) End of day One.
  24. Shekar

    Hyderabad to Nagarjuna Sagar

    Thank you @Ranger for liking.