Archive forJanuary, 2009

A day at Nandi Hills


1. Dr. H. Krishnamurthy and Family
2. Mr. Ashok Rao and Family
3. Mr. Purushottom Suryarao and Family
4. Mr. H.S.Venkatraman and Family
5. Mr. P.C.Gautam
6. Myself

Date: 31st January, 2009

Mode of Transport: Tata Indica, Chevrolet Spark

Nandi Hills, gets its name from an ancient Nandi temple situated on top of this hill. This temple has a thousand year old sculpture of Nandi. An ancient lord Shiva and Parvati temple also adorns this hill. The hill is also known as Nandidurg hill. The hill is about 1478m above sea level.

Route Information:

Nandi Hills is about 70 kms from Bangalore. Start towards Chikkaballapura on NH-7. After about 10 kms from the Airport crossing, turn towards left towards Nandi Hills. One can see a board showing the way.

A view from top of Nandi Hills

View of distant hill from Nandi Hills

The whole group having lunch


Bajaj Platina 125 cc

Finally, after going over all through the specs of different bikes along with their comparisons, I gifted myself a new bike on the 2nd of Jan 2009, a Bajaj Platina 125 cc with DTSi technology.

There weren’t much reviews of this one as it was hardly 2 months old with it’s first release. I thought of taking a chance. The on road price for the bike is Rs 46000/- in Bangalore along with the tax and everything.


My experience with my bike:

1. Pickup is up to the mark and is good.
2. Look wise also it is good.
3. Mileage is also good. In the initial week, though it gave 60 kmpl, after the first service it went to 70 kmpl.
4. Light in weight and as such it adds to the mileage.

1. Shifting of gears is somewhat problematic, maybe being a new bike. And after the first service the problem was solved. It seems that it is a common problem as the moment I mentioned to the service person, he automatically said 2nd gear 🙂
2. Tyres are less in width.
3. Somewhere in the highway I felt the need for the 5th gear.
4. Max speed of 95 kmph.

Rest are as per the Bajaj website. The base is that if you want a good 125 cc bike you can buy it. It’s worth the money.


Night Trek to Skandagiri/Kalavaarahalli Betta


1. Aswin S.
2. Shrikant Gaikwad
3. Abdul K. Sharrif
4. Priya
5. Myself

Date: 3rd January, 2009

Mode of Transport: Maruti Zen Estilo

Skandagiri is one of the hill forts in the Nandi Hill ranges. This place is very near to Nandi Hills and Chikkaballapura. The dilapidated walls of the fort can also be seen today. It is surrounded by almost 6 walls of rings. The distance is about 70 kms from Bangalore.

Route Information:

There are two routes to Skandagiri:

1. From NH-7, turn towards Nandi Hills. At the base of Nandi Hills turn right (left goes to Nandi Hills) and proceed to Kalawara village via Muddenahalli.
2. From Chikkaballapura proceed directly to Kalawara village.
* Move towards Chikkaballapura. Follow the road until you find a Visweswaraih statue on to your Left.
* Take a left at this place and a right turn at the City Municipal Council a little further down. Later this shall directly lead to papagni Mutt, which is the basement of Skandagiri.

At Kalawara village ask for Omkara Jyoti Ashrama / Papagni Mutt. There is a Shiva temple near the base of the hill, where vehicles can be parked.

* Nandi to Kalawara to Papagni Mutt is 6 km.
* Chikaballapur to papagni Mutt is 3 km.

Sunrise at Skandagiri

Clouds formation at Skandagiri