Nandi Hills, just 60 km away from Bangalore! is a small yet beautiful town has emerged as the perfect weekend getaway for Bangaloreans.
Nandi Hills offers more than just breathtaking views and greenery. The town is home to a number of historical sites and heritage monuments. The famous ruler Tipu Sultan used Nandi Hills as his summer retreat, and traces of his life and legacy can still be found in the area. His summer residence, Tashk-e-Jannat, is still standing today with its beautifully painted walls, intricate archways, high pillars and artfully crafted ceilings, attracting tourists and visitors from far and wide.
Nandi Hills is also home to some famous temples and shrines, such as the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his companions- Parvati and Nandi. The temple is an architectural wonder and pilgrimage spot, being one of the oldest temples in the area.
But that’s not all! Nandi Hills also offers adventure sports like paragliding, camping, cycling, and trekking. Paragliding is a must-try activity, giving you the chance to glide over lush green valleys and mountains, while camping on its foothills is the perfect contrast to city life in concrete buildings. The well-made biking trails and the altitude coupled with the scenery make Nandi Hills the perfect place for biking alone or with friends. And if you’re an adventure enthusiast, check out one of its many trekking trails, like the day trek to Horagina Betta and the trek to Channagiri.
Be sure to visit the Amrita Sarovar, a perennial spring that has been bound on four sides with steps-like structures and archways, providing fresh water to the people of Nandi Hills since time immemorial. And don’t miss Tipu’s Drop, a steep rock that was once used by Tipu Sultan to punish his prisoners by tossing them from the top of the hill. Even though it is safely fortified with fences and barricades now, it remains an intriguing attraction.
And if you’re seeking even more peace and quiet, visit the Brahmashram, an ancient cave believed to have been used by the famous priest Ramkrishna Paramhamsa for meditation when he was in Nandi Hills.
In conclusion, Nandi Hills is not just a well-known weekend getaway, it’s a hidden paradise waiting to be discovered. So pack your bags, leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and come experience the natural scenic beauty, history, and adventure that Nandi Hills has to offer!