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5 Destinations for A Quiet Retreat on Week-Ends Near Bangalore

Bangalore is a city known for its amazing advancements and discoveries in technology and is one of the busiest places in the country. However, not a lot of people are aware of the fact that the city also has some wonderful calm and quiet retreats for those wanting to clear up their heads and relax their mind and body during the weekend.

1.      Cubbon Park

Home to various exotic species of flora, Cubbon Park is the ideal place to go to if you want to take a back seat from the hustle and bustle of daily life and simple enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. There is greenery as far as the eye can see which makes it an extremely peace and serene place. The delightful park has rides for children and walking trails for all ages.

2.      National Gallery of Modern Art

The gallery is home to many beautiful paintings and masterpieces, most of which have great historical significance. What the gallery lacks in size and space, it makes up for with the specimens it houses like contemporary paintings and works by artists like Anjolie Ela Menon and Raja Ravi Verma. Located amidst a stunning garden, this is a place that art lovers and history enthusiasts must not miss on their trip to Bangalore.

3.      Lalbagh Botanical Garden

A mesmerising garden with even more mesmerising scenery, the Lalbagh Botanical Garden houses some of the most striking floral exhibits found within the country. There is a flower show held in January every year in which the garden and glass house is beautifully decorated according to a particular theme and the area sees an increase in the number visits by locals and tourists during this time of the year. This is the perfect place to go to if you crave a morning walk or an evening jog or if you simply want some peace and quiet from the busy city life.

4.      Turahalli Forest

Located near Kanakapura Road, this forest offers stunning natural beauty and amazing trekking potential for the adventure enthusiasts. The forest is one of the few Reserved Forests within the country containing exquisite flora like the eucalyptus trees with their exquisite aroma and gorgeous fauna like the charming peacocks found within the spectacular wood land and the scenery all around is absolutely breath taking. It is the perfect refuge for those longing for peace and quiet and is an ideal destination for trekkers and cyclists due to the moderately challenging terrain in some places. The forest also offers sports like rock climbing and hiking for those amongst us that pine for adventure and the exhilarating thrill that comes along with it.

5.      Ancient Temples and Monuments

Be it the Chokkanathaswamy temple in Domlur, the fort at Devanhalli, Tipu Sultan’s palace, the Bangalore Palace or places of great historical significance like Chikkajala, Hejjala and Savanadurga, the stunning city of Bangalore has it all. Take a romantic stroll with your lover or take a walk through the compound with friends and family. The magnificent structures and incredible architecture will make your jaws drop and eyes widen as they stare back at you with their enchanting splendour.

With lovely weather throughout the year, it is no wonder that Bangalore is a much-visited tourist destination and is on the bucket list of almost every other Indian residing within the country and abroad. It offers delicacies that resemble heaven on a plate and the choices offered for food lovers are countless. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and treat yourself to all the peaceful and serenity that Bangalore has to offer.

Author Bio:
Rohit, an avid traveller residing in India enjoys writing about his experiences on TransIndia Travels and hopes to visit every corner of the country and discover the many exciting cultures and cuisines that each place has to offer.




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Katarmal Sun Temple, Almora

Call of the blue skies and sight of mighty mountains makes a thrilling combination for an Explorer’s heart beats. Enjoying on the mountainous snaky roads and sometimes making the way out of non-existent roads to uncover hidden spots truly justifies the explorer spirit of a vagabond.

Where the first ray of sun falling on temple enlightens statue of Sun God in the temple! This phenomenon happens once in a year and attracts thousands of devotees from the nearby places. Let’s unearth one of the perfect offbeat destinations in Uttarakhand. In the picturesque Almora district of Kumaon region is the hidden Katarmal Sun temple. Despite being one of the biggest and tallest temples in the Kumaon region, Katarmal Sun temple is relatively unknown in the tourist circles.
Spectacularly nestled in the nascent pristine Himalayan ranges and enveloped by lush green surroundings in the Almora district of Uttarakhand is the “Katarmal Sun Temple”. Proud addition and latest entry in the list of offbeat destinations explored by this vagabond…!

From Almora there are 2 options to reach this temple, either a trek of 3 km. from the Kosi main market or drive for 3 km. and then explore the way out through a 2 km. unpaved road. We were ready to trek for 3 km. when someone told about the unpaved road, which was actually road under construction. Nonetheless car was able to go all the way to the final point at Katarmal village. And the last 300 m. from inside the Katarmal village has to be covered on foot, around 10 minutes walk. With lot of expectations we started the final march towards the Katarmal temple. Our excitement to reach the temple, did not let us take a break even for a cup of tea. We were ready to click lifetime memoirs on this hill top temple. .
There are also 44 smaller temples around the main temple devoted to Sun God. The smaller temples are dedicated to Shiva-Parvathi, Lakshmi-Narayana and various Gods and Goddesses. The spacious compound in the front is enough to depict the glory of the bygone times. Check out the smaller temples opposite to the main temple...
Why One of the temple which is directly opposite to main temple has a square hole above the pillars? Strange...
Believed to have constructed by the King Katarmal of Katyuri dynasty, somewhere around 9th century. Main temple is dedicated to Sun God, Vraddhaditya or Baraditya...There is not even a proper approach road to this temple, think for a moment how this mammoth construction would have carried out in the past times. A proud moment for engineering acumen available in India in ancient times…!

Temples on the left hand side of the main temple. Some pillars look different from rest, due to restoration work by Archaeological Survey of India ..

One extremely small temple...

All of a sudden I realised that the gates of the main temple are not the original ones. The caretaker told that the original carved wooden doors and panels are safely resting at the National Museum, Delhi. Katarmal Sum temple has been declared a monument of national importance under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act of 1958.


One carved structure...










While moving around, I asked the caretaker, why this temple is called as Sun temple, just because Sun God is worshipped here? He took us in front of the Square hole visible in one of the smaller temples just opposite to the main temple. This square hole in the walls of the temple is meant to guide the first ray of sunlight to the Sun deity. The sun rays strike first the circular structure in front of the hole. That’s why this sacred moment which happens once in a year attracts devotees from far of places. The mystery of square hole finally resolved.


Lets enjoy a video walk through of the Katarmal Temple...


Finally the incredible views of the Almora valley from the temple! No words, just clicks. Someone has rightly said, it is the journey of thousand steps that makes the view from top so exhilarating…
Blessed are the people who are natives in these heavenly valleys. Vow, we also didn't wanted to go anywhere from this magical spot, but we had a train to catch in the night and come again to the maddening city life.
Good news for the travellers that a road is being constructed to ensure easy access to the Katarmal Temple.

We started early morning from Jageshwar Dham just to ensure we have ample time in hand to discover the Katarmal temple. If you are reaching Kathgodam in the morning, then you should first visit Katarmal on the way to Jageshwar Dham/ Patal Bhubanaeshwar.

Last spot in our itinerary was Bhimtal which we skipped during our drive to Jageshwar. And we still had time to enjoy that also. What this trip had turned out to be...simply Amazing...!!!

To reach Katarmal:
Situated in Almora district, Katarmal is 130 km. from Kathgodam, 16 km. from Almora town and 24 km. from Dwarahat (left turn) while on the way to Almora/ Jageshwar Dham. 2 hours are all which is required to experience this architectural marvel. Road is in pretty good condition, you may try for self driving too.

Keep travelling Guys...




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