January 19th, 2009 by admin

art of living international center, bangalore
Main meditation hall – Vishalakshi Mantap


The Art of Living
Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth
21st km, Kanakapura road,
Bangalore south – 560082
Email: ashraminfo@artofliving.org, ashramcourses@gmail.com
Website: www.vvmvp.org, www.artofliving.org

Distance: Around 36 km from Bangalore city center

Journey time: By bus 45 – 60 minutes depending on traffic, private vehicles can reach earlier

How to reach there: Regular BMTC buses ply on Kanakapura road from Market, Majestic and Banashankari. It is advisable to go to Banashankari bus stand where frequency of bus is higher. Bus # 211P, N, 212 – 214.

Stay: If you take up any course, you can stay there.

Food: Lunch is provided to visitors free of cost

art of living international center, bangalore
View from Sumeru

The Art of Living foundation was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar a spiritual guru in his endevour for stress free, violence free and peaceful world. There are numerous centers Art of Living centers in India and around the world which offers courses in Yoga, rejuvination etc. Today I will talk about the Art of Living international center located in Bangalore. The campus spread over 65 acres is built to suck stress out of you. After the entrance to the ashram on the left had side you can see a little bit of wildlife with two elephants The buildings built to co-exist with the natural habitat on the Panchagiri Hills will in itself make you feel good about you. The main meditation hall which resembles a lotus cen be visited if no courses are going on then or after 6 pm. One can climp to the top floor and have a bird’s eye view from there.  Photography is not allowed without permission inside. Just opposite to the meditation hall, there is information center and the gallery where many conventions take place.

art of living international center, bangalore
View of the lake

Behind the meditation hall if you walk down the bridge, you can find many hostels where people stay and the dinning hall where food is served. Volunteers serve food and one should wash their own plates. The campus is nicely planned architechture. At the starting of the bridge if you take left and keep walking along the hill side, you will reach Sumeru. It is like a mantap or like a view point. It is atop a hill and one can climb to the first floor of the structure to get an awesome view of the surrounding country side. It is very peaceful here and one can just sit here to be with oneself, read a book, think about plans or just take a quick nap.

Besides Sumeru there is a library featuring vedic literaures etc. One can also find uniquely built quarters for people who work there. From many locations the lake is visible alongside the garden Vrindavan. For tea – coffee or some lighter food, you can visit the cafeteria at the entrence. Also, you can check the counter which sells organic fruits and vegitables. Also, you can have fruit juice there. You can also do little bit of shopping at the stores located there.

One should be there to experience it! To take a virtual tour, click here.

art of living international center, bangalore
Evening congregation at the gallery

If you are interested in staying here, I suggest you to enroll for a Weekend Yoga Retreat which includes:

1. 2 day stay at the campus

2. Joyful yoga sessions

3. Pranayama

4. Meditation

5. Ayurvedic consultation

6. Ayurvedic Massage, full filled stress busting activities

For more info call: 9916399464, 080 – 32922160
Email: info@srisriyoga.in

Also, you can check one of their sister concern:

Vyakti Vikas kendra
#19, 39th A cross, 11th Main,
4th T block, Jayanagar,
Bangalore – 560041

They also conduct Ayurvedic cooking course featuring:

1. Info on Ayurveda
2. How to deal with health problems through food
3. Practical demonstrations of correct food preparation techniques
4. Diet plan according to body constitution
5. Recipie and home remedies
6. Duration: 6 days ( 2 hrs every day)

For more info contact: 09916035018
email: ayurvediccooking@vvmvp.org

January 12th, 2009 by admin

Most of the times one can hear from people who wants to see or explore new things that there are not enough things to see in Bangalore. That may be partially true inside Bangalore but just outside Bangalore within a radius of 100 km a lot of unexplored teritorry is waiting for you. In this post I will discuss what could be the options for you:

1. Makali Durga: Makalidurga located around 60 km from Bangalore near Doddaballapur offers various options to visitors like trekking, hiking, bird watching, strolling around on the hills and wild etc. The hills here are the same of Nandi Hills ranage. You can also visit a fort and a Shiva temple located on top of the hill at fort on top 1,350 mts above sea level. At the base of the hill there is a big beautiful lake. The hill along with the fort is located around 2 km from the railway station.

Route: Bangalore – Guntakal line

Train and buses are available to reach there. Planning for activities here, click here

Makali durga Hill Fort View


2. Ghati Subramanya: Ghati Subramanya is around 60 km from Bangalore and is famous religious center. Here the famous Ghati Subramanya temple is located. The chief deity here is Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. It also has Adi Sesha and Vasuki. The uniqueness of the temple is, Sri Subrahmanya is facing east and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha is facing west in a single image. One can have darshan of Lord Narasimha through a mirror placed rear side.

Distance: Around 60 km from Bangalore, 12 km from Doddaballapur

Route: Bangalore – Devanahalli – Ghati Subramanya

Ghati Subramanya Temple
Ghati Subramanya Temple Entrance

3. Devera Betta: It is located around 50 km from Bangalore in Hosur district of Tamil Nadu. It offers rock climbing on the two monolith hills and has a temple on top of one hill. Read more ….

4. Suvarna Mukhi at Bannerghatta National Park: Suvarna Mukhi is a stream which flows from the range of hills inside Bannerghatta National Park. One has to trek inside after reaching the park and requires special permission. Bannerghatta National Park is located around 25 km from Bangalore. Regular buses are available from Majestic and Market.

5. Doddaragi Halli Betta and Chikkarahi Halli Betta: These are two trekking routes opened to the public by the forest department sometime back located inside Bannerghatta forest range. These dense forests are home to various wild life like elephent and one can view them from the watch towers available here. One requires to take permission.

Distance: Around 30 km from Bangalore

6. Thottikal Falls: Thottikal Falls located around 40 km from Bangalore and around 12 km from kalkere in the Bennerghatta forest range.

7. Nandi Hills: Nandi Hills the name which most of you may know, is the popular escape of Bangaloreans. It is a popular trekking, picnic and outing spot.

8. Skandagiri or Kandavarahalli: Located around 70 km from Bangalore in between Nandi hills and Chikkaballapur Skandagiri is a popular trekking spot. Read more …..

Route: Bangalore – Hebbal Flyover – Yalahanka – Devanahalli – Chikkaballapur – Skandagiri

When to visit: November to January



9. Muthyala Madu or Pearl valley: Pearl Valley is located around 50 km from Bangalore city and is very popular with young people.

Route: Housur road – Anekal – Pearl velley

10. Savandurga: It is located around 60 km from Bangalore in the Magadi taluk. It is popular with rock climbers.

December 1st, 2008 by admin

Location: Near Mathikere bus stop, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore

How to reach there: BMTC buses available from Shivajinagar, Rajajinagar(401) and Majestic.

Where to eat: No eatables available inside or allowed.

Entry: Free

Jayaprakash Narayan Park, popularly known as JP park is located in Mathikere near Yeshwantpur, Bangalore. This park has been developed by BBMP and is spread over 85 acres of land. The foundation store for this park was laid by the late Ex CM of Karnataka Ramakrishna Hegde and it was complete during Kumaraswamy’s tenure. The JP park is indeed good and jogger or nature lover’s delight. It is very nicely landscaped, well laid foot path, well lit for evening visitors, sitting places at short distances etc. It is a green delight. The park displays village life by display of statues of rural people, monkeys, tigers etc moulded in cement. Some part of the park are given different names like Honge garden after the name of the tree which is in concentration there. There is abundance of flora and quite a bit of fauna. I spotted a few bird over there. One Theatre is under construction, however the gallery is already in place and is named after Kannada matine idol Rajkumar. One can get a bird’s eye view from the higher point of the gallery.

You will able to see various trees and ornamental plants. At one side it also has a lake, dotted by hut like places where one can sit with family or friends. However, during public holidays and peak hours it may not be a good place to store some kisses. lol! It some crafy architecture at the backside of the park, where if you would like you may sit. Behind the park, runs trains lines towards yeshwantpur railway station.

One of the thing which I noticed is that the park is very clean and well maintained. Many of the tree are still in their adolocense and once they are fully grown some part of the park may resemble a mini jungle. One should keep good amount of time in hand to explore the park completely. Bangalore need more of such green lung space.

Note: Eatables are not allowed inside. You if carry any, you may leave it with the security at the gate and you can take it back while leaving.

July 14th, 2008 by admin

Distance: From Delhi 2061 km, from Guwahati 2932 km, from Kolkata 1881 km, from Mumbai 998 km, Chennai 331 km

How to reach there: One can either opt for flying or train. People from nearer places like Chennai can even opt for bus.

Where to stay:


For budget hotel, visit here.

Luxuary/Start hotels:

1. Taj Residency

2. The oberoi

3. Hotel gateway

4. The park Hotel

5. Ista

6. Leela Palace

7. Hotel Ashok

8. Taj West End

Where to eat:

Cheap and Yummy Food:

1. Green Onion

Residency Cross Road,

Off Residency/ MG road


2. Shanti Sagar

Various locations in Bangalore like Indiranagar, Domlur, Jayanagar etc

3. Hotel Paramount

Residency road, off Brigade road

Star Resturants/Fast Food

1. Mainland ChinaChruch street and near Domlur flyover


2. Tandoor

MG Road

3. Sahib, Sind and SultanForum Mall, Koramangla


4. Kfc

Various locations in Bangalore

5. Pizza HutVarious locations in Bangalore


6. Mcdonalds

Various locations in Bangalore

Tour season: All round the year

Bangalore the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka is touted as the IT, BT, Knowledge hub or silicon valley of India. It is also know as the Garden City of India. One can find numerous gardens through out the city. Bangalore was sleepy city known as pensioner’s paradise in the 80s and 90s. However, from the late 90s things started changing with the advent of IT. Now one can see modern glass buildings, shopping malls, branded showrooms etc. In terms of tourism Bangalore has a lot to offer. Though Bangalore may not have huge number of historical sites but it has the weather, ambience and cosmopolitan nature to make you feel comfortable. There are quite a few to see in Bangalore which I will list below:

1. Vidhana Soudha: Vidhana Soudha is the state assembly of the government in Karnataka. It was built by Kengal Hanumanthaiah in the 1950s the then CM of the state of Mysore. It is the largest legislative assembly in India. Recently, a replica called Vikasa Soudha has been built during the tennure of CM S.M Krishna.

2. High Court: The Karnataka High Court is located opposite to the Vidhana Soudha. The red building called Attara Kacheri was built during the British era. Read more …..

3. ISKON Temple: ISKON temple is Bangalore is a very beauftiful temple located on a hill on west of cord road near Rajajinagar. The temple is decicated to sri Radha Krishna however other avatars are also available. From the top one can have a nice view. Security hassles can make you little uncomfortable but under present circumstances they have to do that. Inside one can buy starting from food, religious books, handicrafts etc

4. Lalbagh: Lalbagh is popular botanical garden in Bangalore constructed during the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. The park includes 240 acres of land. It has varierty of plants and an ideal place to refresh yourself in a busy city like Bangalore. Every year during Republic Day(26th january) a special flower show takes place. Entry fee – Rs 10.

5. Bannerghatta National Park and Butterfly park: Bannerghatta National Park is located around 25 km from Bangalore city center and takes around half an hour by bus. Now a days your journey can be more comfortable as Volvo buses ply on that route and charge Rs 50 per person from Majestic bus stand. The park encompasses 25,000 acres of land and have various flora and founa. The park basically has a zoo, butterfly park and a tiger & lion safari.

The butterfly park is a recent addition and is a must watch. Entry fee to butterfly park is Rs 25, zoo is Rs 25 and safari depending on the time. Read more …..

One can enjoy their stay at the near by Bannerghatta Nature Camp, Bannerghatta, Bangalore – 560 083, Tel: 080-25597021 – 25 (Corporate Office), Fax: 080-25586163 (Corporate Office), Email: junglelodges@vsnl.com, Tariff: Swiss Tent: Indians: Rs. 1000/- , Foreign citizens: US $30/-, Dormitory: Indians: Rs. 500/- , Foreign citizens: US $20/-

website: http://www.junglelodges.com/

6. Lumbini Garden: Lumbini garden on the rejuvenated Nagavara lake is good place to visit in the evening with family. One can take their kids and pass time easily. There are quite a few kids games, boating, bathing pool etc. Website: http://www.lumbinigardens.com/

7. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat: The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath was established in 1960. It is a center of art which also imparts education in the field of art. One should visit the gallery over there.

Address: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Art Complex , Kumara Krupa , Bangalore- 560001

Landmark: Near Grand Ashoka Hotel

Phone: 080-22261816 ,22263424

8. Rajarajeshwari Temple: The Rajarajeshwari temple is located in Rajarajeshwari nagar off Mysore road. The temple is built in intricate Dravida style.

9. Bull Temple: The Bull temple is located on the Bull temple road, Basavanagudi and was built by Kempe Gowda in 16th century. A giant bull is the deity of this temple and also Ganesh is worshiped here. Read more …..

10. HAL Museum: The HAL museum is one of the best aerospace museum on display in India. Maintained by HAL it has a large collection of vintage fighter jets, modern aircrafts like MIG 21, LCA, helicopter etc. Officially know as HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum was inagurated in 2001.

Date and Timmings: Closed on all Mondays and national holidays. 9 am to 5 pm

Entry fee: Rs 20

Camera Charges Rs 25

Video Camera Charges Rs 45

For HAL Employees Rs 10 per head

ATC and Flight Simulator Rs 10

Address: HAL Heritage Center and Aerospace Museum

Airport-Varthur Road

Bangalore 560 017

Phone: 91-80-5228341




11. Cubbon Park Cubbon is a large park spread over 250 acres in the middle of Bangalore. It an essential lung space. One visit there to spend ideal time or refresh themselves. Entry free.

12. International Tech Park (ITPL): The international tech park is the most visible epitome of the IT success of Bangalore. It is an technology park where hundreds of companies operate and thousands people work. One may not get entry there but seeing from outside also worth it. It is located in Whitefield.

13. Jawahar Bal Bhavan: Bal Bhavan is a children’s amusement park. The park offers boating, hobby classes like art, painting etc, children’s movie shows, doll museum, toy train etc. The park remains closed on Mondays and second Tuesdays. It is located one side of Cubbon park on the Kasturba road – MG road junction. Phone: 080-22864189

14. Nehru Planetarium: The Nehru Planetarium shows laser shows about the solar system and stars in Hindi, English and Kannada. The planetarium was founded in 1989.

15. Bangalore palace: Bangalore palace located near palace ground is built on the design of Windsor Castle in UK. Rev. Garrett, the first principal of Central High School, Bangalore( Now central college) built this palace. Later, Chamaraja Wodeyar, the then King of Mysore bought it in 1884. Read more ……

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