Friday, December 26, 2014

Karnataka Tourism

Information of Tourism Department(s), Karnataka

Department of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka

#49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan,
Race Course Road, Bangalore - 560001
Tel - 080 - 2235 2828
email -

Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation

(For tour packages / KSTDC Hotels)
Badami House Main Booking Office & Tour Starting point (06:00 hrs to 20:30 hrs)
Opp. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Office
N.R. Square, Bangalore - 560002
Tel - 080 - 4334 4334, 4334 4337
email -,

Jungle Lodges and Resorts

(For Wildlife Safari and Packages)
Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd.
Ground Floor, West Entrance, Khanija Bhavan
Race Course Road, Bangalore - 560001
Tel - 080 - 4055 4055
email -

The Golden Chariot

(For luxury train tour packages)
No. 8, Tourism House Pappanna Lane
St. Marks Road, Bangalore - 560001
Tel - 080 - 4346 4342 / 43 / 44
email -

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Road Trip # 2013 - Exploring cities along Kaveri River

Travel is not bound by any month or weather for a true traveler. I too always try to grab any opportunity knocking and trying to get in #MeAndMySuitcase to go exploring.

It was 2013 August, the month when monsoon is at its peak. It was my friend's wedding in Kerala, when I thought of clubbing it with visiting Bangalore at my cousin's.

I broke my journey from Mumbai to Kerala at Bangalore for 2 days and explored the place and around. Me, bro and a friend, one car and a long road. We covered Bangalore - Shivasamudram Falls - Talakad - Mysore - Bangalore in just 2 days.



Shivasamudram falls is located in Mandya District and is the second biggest waterfall in India. Situated on the banks of Kaveri River, it is the location of one of the first electric Power stations in Asia, set up in the year 1902.

The island town of Shivasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls viz Gaganachukki and Bharachukki which are just a km apart.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Masoomiyat ka katleaam

हाथों  में  हथियार, ज़ुबान  तेज़  तर्रार 
दिल  नही  उसका  और  दिमाग  में  कड़वाहट  का  बूरा 

जिहाद  के  नाम  पर, खूनी  दस्तावेज़  लिखते 
बस  कॉम  कॉम  करके, खुदा  के  नाम  को  बदनाम करते जाते 

Monday, December 15, 2014

On the Trail of Western Madhya Pradesh - Day 1

Have you ever thought of a marathon trip? Well I am used to doing it. Less days and more places to cover, after all life is short and there is so much to see.

Well wanderlust never ceases to leave me and yes I am quite happy with that. With every new place I check, in my list or not; it starts all over again. R&D on the place, planning trip, itinerary, food etc., gives me a sense of containment. 

My 6th trip of the year 2014, I planned to visit heart of India - Central India with my family. With a weekend in hand we planned on visiting 5 places viz. Ujjain, Mandav, Maheshwar, Omkareshwar and Indore. Yes it is possible. 

Our journey at a glimpse

DAY 1 - A Day in UJJAIN - an ancient Indian city, situated on the eastern bank of the Shipra River.

Known as many names Ujjain, Ujjayini, Avanti, Avantika, Avantikapuri; the city dates back to an era of Mahabharata. It also has a mention in Buddhist Literature and was the capital of Avanti Kingdom. Ujjain is one of the four places to hold Kumbh Mela. The city is full of temples but is much famous for Mahakaleshwar Temple and also as a place where Lord Krishna, Balrama and Sudama, received their education from Maharishi Sandipani.

If legend is to be believed its a drop of nectar which spilled and fell on Ujjain from the pot containing nectar of mortality (Refer Samudramanthan) which makes it a sacred city.