Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal and off the beaten track

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Part 1- The journey to Badami !

It’s almost a month now, since I visited Bangalore and a few other places en-route. But writing a trip report about the places I visited did not seem very interesting as I got engrossed in reading 2 wonderful trip reports on another forum here on IndiaMike – the reports and the photographs posted took me to an entirely new world for days together and made me forget that I was still to write my trip report. Sagarneel’s report & PKanti’s report are excellent and deserves to be read again and again. Hats off to you boys! With that note, now I feel I could continue with a write up from my side too!!

A visit to Bangalore is always special, this time around it would have to be double special as I would get to attend a wedding and meet almost all of my relatives under one roof at the same time . Loads of fun, food & merry making, what more could I ask for? Think again, I could definitely ask for something more . Oh, I would miss visiting some beautiful places while travelling down south from Mumbai, if, yes ‘if’ I did not make some small detours ! For a person who gets involved in a great thread on IM, WWTPT (Where Was This Photo Taken, even if it means just observing the puzzles posted there), would not find it difficult to find some unusual or lovely place to visit! So, even I had found certain places worth visiting closer to the NH4 (Mumbai/Bangalore, National highway)! Having traveled this route a few times now, I always thought we could do with some sightseeing near Belgaum.

While I was searching for some answers for the photo puzzle in the above mentioned thread, I had stumbled upon this place called Saundatti or Savadatti near Belgaum which had a popular temple and also a fort! Well, what else would I do ? I put forth my idea of halting at Belgaum to my hubby, visit these places and proceed forwards to Bangalore the next day. This idea got an instant nod and was finalized in a matter of few minutes. This was planned almost a month in advance but as days passed by and my curiosity to check if any other places worth visiting were nearby, led me to Badami, Pattadakal & Aihole, famous for rock cut and other structural temples. But then these were not off-beat and then it is November & touristy season and places like these would have crowds brimming. But then, in a weak moment I had already mentioned to my hubby that Badaami was very close (around 75 kms) from Savadatti if we took a State Highway (30)! I had seen his eyes shine with great pleasure to know that we could drive towards Badaami & cover these places too as it was his long standing wish to visit these places . After this, it was never my itinerary!!! HE decided we will go to Badaami, Aihole & Pattadakal. There was no mention of Savadatti at all!!!! PERIOD.

Yes, there was a lot of silence at home for 2 days. It is but natural, self confessed chatter-box that I am , was wondering & thinking fast as to how I could manage to insert a few places of MY choice too in HIS itinerary .

Oh well, it did not take much time to steer him towards the places I wanted to visit as we had to drive back through the places I intended to visit . Also, with a little bit of extra sweet words from my side and patient hearing to his technical talk on vehicles, computer, some note pad, camera & current affairs for a few days , WE decided on a relaxed trip, even if it meant extra night halts if we liked some place. This was my chance to sneak in those off beat places into OUR itinerary . So the program was like this: Mumbai – (Via Belgaum) Badaami & nearby places (3 nights) – Savadatti – Bangalore and also one or two additional new places of interest! That I will reveal as the write up progresses!

Route taken from Mumbai to Badaami:
1. Mumbai – Pune – Satara - Belgaum Via Expressway & NH4. Distance – 525 Kms.
2. From Belgaum (Off the NH4, 2nd exit to Belgaum take the Belgaum/Bagalkot State Highway 20) to Badaami via Yaragatti, Lokapura & Gaddara Keri to take State Highway 57 towards Badaami. Distance - Anywhere between 160-170 Kms as there are many internal roads to reach Badaami after Yaragatti.

Road conditions: Mumbai to Belgaum is excellent with expressway & 4 lanes on NH4! From Belgaum onwards, the State highway too was very good though it was 2 lanes. Some patches of road near Lokapura were being laid, but nothing to worry as the drive was mostly smooth.

Time Taken: 14 hrs including 3 breaks for - tea, breakfast & Lunch. Still, we could have reached Badaami a neat 2 hours early had it not been for some other reason!! It is this reason which I can say made the rather touristy trip to Badami more interesting! Or atleast the journey to me was different this time.

Let us get going then ! So as pre-decided, on November 18th, 2011, we start off from Mumbai at 4.25 am towards Badaami. It’s still dark outside and it’s the best time to start the journey and get out of the city limits before the regular traffic gets on to the road. Around 6.00 am we are on the Expressway towards Pune and around 8.30 am, we are crossing the Satara ghats. The journey is eventless and smooth. But ofcourse, I do click some interesting photos en-route:

On NH4!







Just before the Satara Ghat starts we take a tea break at a roadside Tea stall - almost a regular place for our tea!!





Continuing with our drive after our tea, somewhere close to Satara, we pull off the road to have our packed Vegetable sandwich breakfast! A good 20 minutes break, stomach comfortably filled and with renewed vigor to reach Badaami as early as possible, we jump into the vehicle! At this point in time I notice a sparrow like bird just flies by the window & perches on the nearby branch of a tree. I give it a casual look, point the finger towards it and tell my hubby that there is a ‘Sparrow’s bigger version’ sitting on the branch to which he promptly says why don’t you try to take a photo! Huh, the only birds that sit quietly when I click are the ‘Humble sparrows’ which perch on the nearby bougainvillea creeper outside our bedroom window, I say. But then my hands are already searching for the camera! Within seconds I have the 1st photo of the ‘Sparrow’s bigger version’!





I silently tell to myself, not to worry, I will get it’s name once I post the photo on the ‘Which bird is this’ thread here on IM !! Hahahaha, life is so simple, you see! And true to my thoughts, I was given the name of this bird as 'Red vented Bul bul', by the experts on the thread !

From here onwards, it was my turn to drive for some time when my hubby took a catnap. I thoroughly enjoy driving especially if the road condition is as good as the NH4, and there we start with me in the driver’s seat. Some few kilometers down the journey, while I am still enjoying the scenery around as I drive, I see a colorful bird flying away right in front of me! Even before I could wake up my by-now-sleepy hubby to keep the camera ready, the bird is gone. With a sigh, I continue with my driving and I should say by now I am already keen on turning my head around in search of any new bird in sight. Fortunately or unfortunately there weren’t any and I was able to concentrate on the road and not on the trees passing by.

Comfortably we are past Kolhapur by 11.30 am after a short break for refueling our vehicle at Konduskar petrol pump just off the highway near Kolhapur. And from here my saga starts! Oh, there is this some blue bird flying here, a mynah flying past there, something like a sparrow too now seems exotic and I feel the need to click the photo . Upon all these, I don’t know any other bird’s name – to me either the bird is a sparrow/a crow or a Mynah!!! All this while my hubby is enjoying his beauty sleep . But I need to get away from the steering wheel, I am not able to concentrate on the road and I am sure I have seen a few new birds and I haven’t got the camera in my hand!! Somehow I managed to drive till Belgaum and finally decided that it was high time that my hubby took over and I would safely hold the camera in my hand rather than the steering of our vehicle!! It was around 1.00 pm and had to exit the NH4 to take the Belgaum/Bagalkot state highway to reach Badami.





By this time, my well rested hubby offered to drive (thank god for small mercies!!) and I most willingly got off the driver’s seat. From here onwards it was a pleasure to perch next to the driver’s seat and go click, click and click!! The journey became more interesting once we were on the state highway.

We saw many shops making and selling these local rice ‘noodles’!








I think it’s a dessert called the ‘pheni’, to which milk & sugar powder should be added before consuming it.





It’s around 2.00 pm; we have travelled about 530 Kms in about 9 hours with a break too. We had maintained a decent average until here. As we continued to drive past the quiet surroundings, the dull views of the NH4 changed into interesting & colorful hues! The best part of the drive started from here onwards. The yellow and green fields along the highway beckoned us to stop and take some photos. Some crops had already been harvested leaving the fields yellow and in the immediate vicinity, there were different crops looking still young and green swaying in the light breeze.





The weather was cool and cloudy perfect for a good drive!! Oh, I love such drives! Infact the journey becomes more interesting than the destination! But it’s lunch time hence we decide to have our packed lunch of Chapattis (Indian bread) and a south Indian dish ‘Gojju’ (Tangy & spicy Tamarind curry) and some fruits and chocolate! Unwanted detail at this point , still , chocolates are my constant companions ! During our lunch, it seemed, there is more to take photographs than to relax and eat! A dragon-fly busily moving around but obliging me by sitting still on a plant for few seconds, wild colorful plants along the road, cattle egrets at a distance walking by the side of a buffalo, and a few birds perching comfortably on the wires mindless of the activities below the very wires they were perching on!











It's an Indian Roller...I got to know...where else , ofcourse on 'Which bird is this' thread on IM!!





I wonder how everything becomes so attractive once we leave the city limits and take the less trodden path into the heart of rural India! After our lunch and a few photographs here and there , we start moving towards our destination. We expected to cover the remaining distance of around 140 Kms in about 2 hours time as we saw that the road conditions were pretty good. But what has our thinking got to do with the birds, sheep flocks, roads and the people whom we would meet along our journey and how it would put us totally off our schedule? In retrospect, while I am writing this report a Kannada song comes to my mind…A few lines are like this:
Thaanondu nenedare Manava,
Berondu bagevudu daiva…
!!’

When translated roughly means ‘what if a human being/soul thinks about (or expects) something, God has some other plans for us’! We were in for some pleasant surprise !! Before the journey had begun, I was fretting that we would be in some crowded place once we were in Badaami but this drive more than made up for all my fears! This was truly a wonderful journey. As we were travelling on the Bagalkot state highway, it turned out to be a birdie treat for us as we were passing through some protected forest land. A special thanks to my hubby for not minding me pestering him to stop the vehicle every now and then to take a picture or two! The moment I sighted a bird I would shout a ‘new bird, a new bird’ and the poor chap had to pull the vehicle off the road and come to a screeching halt! Ofcourse, the birds were all perching at a distance but the opportunity to sight them and watch them preening, gliding and even hunting in wild, was an experience worth cherishing forever.

My eyes by now were searching for as many different birds as possible, but I could in no way miss the rustic charm of the village surroundings as we drove past them. It was a funny sight when the sheep fearlessly crossed the road following the leader ahead of them.





Sometimes the roads were silent with no soul in sight, but the very next moment we could see that there was this flock of sheep resting by the shade of a tree on one side.








Drive ahead and again we see birds! A Green Bee-eater! Oh yes, I know the name by now !!





But I would still want to know the name of this bird though !





The moment one feels that the drive is becoming monotonous; suddenly one enters some village limits and the surroundings become colorful again!








Some more birds pose for the photo!








It was not just birds, trees and villages that looked colorful! As it seemed, Sugarcane crops were harvested, throughout the highway we encountered these overloaded tractors transporting sugar canes.








If that wasn’t enough color, the Sunflower fields looked at it’s attractive best!








Just to get closer to the flower, this photo !





Does anyone realize that we are already behind schedule!!! No…not me , I'm busy clicking photos ! So, it was but natural to reach Badami, let me remind the readers, our destination, almost 2 hours late!!! And I still had so many places en-route to click! Ofcourse we had to keep track of the route and also the distance!





It did not seem that the birds would cease to come before us!! One more Indian roller, this time much more closer and looking it's handsome best!!





A white throated Kingfisher in a meditative mood !





Was wondering which bird this would be !





A small but very attractive temple by the side of the road:





It was around 5.00 pm that we reached the outskirts of Badaami after our innumerable but thoroughly enjoyable breaks. The village around was bustling with activities.


The birds were returning back to their nests!




The shepherds in the fields wanted a group photo clicked.





A girl was already on to household chores after her school hours!





Finally we are almost close to Badami, the railway station!!




The sun was setting and the surroundings were fast turning into a molten lava color, which to me, looked absolutely stunning!! The color was distinct. Within few minutes, the blue sky, dry mountain ranges, water and the surroundings turned into a mesmerizing crimson shade! One had to behold the sight to believe the sudden change!











Around 5.30 pm huge board welcomes us to 'Chalukyan Kingdom of Badami', at the entrance of Badami town!!





Just a few hundred metres drive further, we find this beautiful hotel on the right hand side of the road.





It’s the Heritage Hotel just around 1 Km away from the Badami City bus stand and 2 Kms away from the main place of interest, Badami caves!! We have a handsome 4 legged friend waiting for us at the entrance!





But as I enquired about the accommodation availability inside at the reception, I am told that all the cottages were occupied. We immediately moved ahead to the main town centre. I had made preliminary enquiries over phone from Mumbai regarding the availability of accommodation at 2/3 hotels, for our 3 nights stay at Badami and had found that we could easily manage to get it!

It is 6.00 pm by now! We checked into Hotel Rajsangam. A decent hotel but located right in the middle of the market and opposite to the city bus stand. Rooms are OK! It has a restaurant serving veg & Non-veg food. Vehicle parking could be a problem during busy hours but helpful security guy makes sure we secure a place for our vehicle. The rack rate of an A/C room, double occupancy was Rs. 1800/night + taxes & Non A/c around Rs. 1100/night. But with some bargaining and talking to the manager in Kannada did get us a discount of Rs. 400/night on the A/c room, ofcourse he expected something before we check out of the hotel (wink wink, nudge nudge). This place faces electricity shortage and hence the tariffs for A/c rooms are exorbitant.

A view of the room we stayed in at Hotel Rajsamgam:





A friendly advice to people who would like to stay in this hotel: Please ensure that the Air conditioner & the Geyser are in working condition before occupying the room! We realized that the geyser wasn’t working only the day after we checked in and it was a marathon task to get the hot water! If one is occupying a non-A/C room, better to check the working of the fan/air cooler in the room!

But if one likes a luxurious stay…then Heritage hotel is the best, Tariff somewhere around Rs. 3000/night!
In the evening after checking into the hotel, we freshened up and took a stroll along the busy main road of Badami for sometime & returned to our room for our dinner, called for room service & had early dinner of Roti & Sabzi and retired with a smile on our face reminiscing about how the day had passed and hoping we would have an equally interesting day the next morning! After all, we would be visiting the Badami caves in the morning!
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Love the photograhs! I would really like to spend some time in Badami and with the AS staff at their museum..
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Nice photos and writeup. And you have an eye for birds. TFS.
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Good to know that you liked the photographs ! I plan to upload a few more in the next part too!

About the AS staff, I did not see many there, only a person to collect entry fee was there .

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Thank you ! It's birdie season, probably that is the reason I was able to spot a few. Hopefully I get to click some here in Mumbai too!
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Loved the photos. And the write-up, too. Waiting for the next part.
"There is no happiness for him who does not travel ... Therefore, wander!" - Aitareya Brahmana, Rig Veda.

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Thank you, Biman ! Will post the next part in a day or two!
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Part – 2: Badami Sightseeing.

On the morning of November 19th, 2011, after a good night’s sleep & much deserved rest, we woke up fresh around 6.oo am. It was slightly breezy and cool in the morning!! We had a busy day ahead of us, so better we started early but the only hitch was geyser not in working condition and so, how the hell would we take bath in cold water ? After some frantic calls to the housekeeping, we were informed that we would get hot water in another half an hour’s time which ofcourse wasn’t true! My hubby managed with the cold water but I put my foot down and with some stern enquiries , made sure I got 2 buckets of hot water delivered to the room. After that ofcourse everything moved at a fast pace .

We were at a restaurant (not the in-house one, but another one, in the same complex) to have our coffee & breakfast! Some hot steaming Idlis & a cup of strong sugarless coffee prepared us for sightseeing! “Now, what are we waiting for…Christmas ?” I asked my hubby, who probably wanted to have a go at a Masala dosa too . Not that I wasn’t interested in sharing it , but then heavy breakfast would make us lethargic and it would be difficult to move around comfortably . So we decided against filling ourselves completely and made a hasty move.

We hop into our vehicle, double check our cameras (Oh, that's most important ) and start towards the first place of Interest, Badami caves. At this point, we could do with a brief introduction to the town of Badami – As we saw, it is a small town in the Bagalkot district, North Karnataka. The life seems simple within the town. People are simple and quite friendly, infact the first question everyone wants to know is ‘where have you come from?’!! Well, maybe that’s the way to strike a conversation! A common sight on the main road - pigs & piglets moving around everywhere, colorful tractors with blaring music, shops almost ready for their day business, tender coconut water vendors with their stock piled up just by the roadside at regular intervals, jeeps waiting around the corner for travelers, local people busily moving around with their daily chores in mind and ofcourse we the tourists stopping here and there to enquire the route towards the popular places of interest! Oh well, this is today’s Badami, as seen by me! But what does history say about this place?

Here it is:
Once the capital of the Regal Chalukyas who ruled much of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh between the 6th and 8th centuries, Badami, is said to be known as Vatapi back then. An interesting story about ‘Vatapi’ is mentioned under heading Etymology in Wikipedia.

The name Vatapi has origin in the Vatapi legend of Ramayana relating to Sage Agastya. There were two demon siblings Vatapi and Ilvala. They used to kill all mendicants by tricking them in a peculiar way. The elder Ilvala would turn Vatapi into a ram and would offer its meat to the guest. As soon as the person ate the meat, Ilvala would call out the name of Vatapi. As he had a boon that whomsoever Ilvala calls would return from even the netherland, Vatapi would emerge ripping through the body of the person, thus killing him. Their trick worked until Sage Agastya countered them by digesting Vatapi before Ilvala could call for him, thus ending the life of Vatapi at the hands of Ilvala. Two of the hills in Badami represent the demons Vatapi and Ilvala.

Badami was founded in 540 AD by Pulakesi I (535-566 AD), an early ruler of the Chalukyas. His sons Kirthivarman (567-598 AD) and his brother Mangalesha I (598-610 AD) constructed the cave temples. Greatest among them was Pulakesi II (610-642 AD) who defeated many kings but failed to capture Pallava's capital Kanchipuram.

It is also believed that the name Badami has come from color of its stone/rocks (badam - Almond).


Time to move ahead, it is 8.30 am. The weather is perfect; the Sun is just bright enough to keep us comfortably warm . The whole day was dedicated to the local sightseeing. The main places of interest in Badami which we had shortlisted were the 4 cave temples, Bhootanatha temple complex, the archaeological museum and the Banashankari Amma Temple.

A drive of 1 km (just about 7 minutes) from the hotel through a residential colony brings us to the foothills of the Badami caves.





As we are driving towards the cave temples – On the right hand side - A view of the soft red-sandstone mountain from a distance!





On the left hand side - A small temple on the mountain, with habitation in the foothills!





Another 2 minutes and we are in the car parking at the foothills of the much acclaimed mountain which houses the gorgeous cave temples.

At the foot hills:



  1. Parking charges around Rs. 20/-, I think.
  2. No camera charges, but video shooting prohibited. Also we were not permitted to carry the tripod.

From this car parking, one can choose to visit the 4 Cave temples in one direction and the other part of the complex which houses the Badami Archaeological museum & the Bhutanatha temples. We would ofcourse first visit the cave temples for the simple reason that it would be easier to climb the steps onto the cave temples early in the morning when the sun was not very hot and then proceed towards the other side of the complex to cover the rest of the temples .

Something to note: We could not find any guide overtly approaching us to take through the place, but in retrospect did feel that it was a blessing in disguise. Me & my hubby had done some homework and read about the place & the monuments. Also, we had made our own notes and taken a copy of the printout along with us. So we had ample time for ourselves at each of the caves and around. This gave us a good opportunity to spend time viewing the details and also click as many photographs at our own pace without being rushed thru by the guide!

So, we take a look around and we find out that the place is celebrating a ‘World Heritage week’! Ofcourse except for this banner no other special arrangements were seen.





In most of the places, informative boards such as these were placed prominently, which ofcourse made it easier to understand the monument and some details! Please do take time and read this, it would help immensely.





We read the info and proceeded towards the first cave! Just a climb of about 25 steps brings us to the first level of the mountain where we have this 1st cave.

A view from the foot hills.





Well, here onwards what do I write or say? Just a lay-person that I am, any juvenile attempt to use adjectives like beautiful, amazing or even gorgeous to explain the beauty of the place, the caves and the views it offers, would only seem like holding a lamp in front of the Sun! So I will just say that it is interesting to note the location of Badami as it is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Rest, the exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs talk for themselves!

A close up of the 1st cave temple!





To the left of the 1st cave, it seemed as though this Red rocky mountain cliff stood still with it’s arms wide open and we couldn’t help but fall in love with this place, instantly!! The sun who had by now started playing hide and seek gave a crimson glow to these rocks every now and then.





Cave 1: Dedicated to Shiva: One cannot just enter the cave temple without admiring this much celebrated figure of 18 armed Siva demonstrating 9 dance postures!!





A better angle





Enter the cave, one comes into the Multi-pillared hall or the mantapa (Verandah) with a Nandi, the Bull, in the foreground and inside is the sanctum sanctorum with a stone platform upon which is the Siva linga!





A close-up of the stone Nandi!





Another view of the mantapa from another side.





Harihara flanked by consorts Parvati & and Lakshmi!





Next we move on to the sanctum sanctorum.








Coming back to the multi pillared hall and peeping inside the right hand side of the cave’s corridor, we get to see the sculptures!

Ganesha





Kartikeya!





Durga/Mahishasura Mardhini (the slayer of Mahishasura)!





Ardhanareeshwara with sage Bhringi (the skeleton like figurine) and Nandi on left and Parvati in the right.




Now once you keenly observe the photo above, we could do with a short story about this character ‘Bhringi’ which is often told to children !

The story begins with sage Bhringi, who took an oath that he would only worship Lord Shiva. He took his oath so seriously, that he completely ignored Parvati, even when she sat next to the Lord. He insisted on circumambulating the Lord alone, provoking Parvati’s anger. In an attempt to force the sage to circumambulate her along with the Lord, Parvati sat on Shiva’s lap. The sage simply took the form of a bee and buzzed around the Lord’s head alone.

Parvati was incensed by this disrespect towards her and towards all women, and cursed the sage that he would lose everything he had earned through his mother. The sage thus lost all the skin and muscles, which come from a mother’s milk, and was left as a bag of bones alone – the only contribution of his father!

Even then, the sage refused to give up, and continued his prayers to the Lord. He couldn’t even stand straight, so the Lord took pity on him and blessed him with another leg to support himself – and that is how he is portrayed in sculptures – a skeleton with three legs!

Parvati was still not pacified, and tried once again to force the sage to pray to her. She prayed to the Lord to give her one half of his body. The lord accepted, and Parvati and Shiva became one – the right side remained that of Shiva, but the left side became Parvati, and they stood together as one when the sage arrived for his daily prayers.

The sage took one look at them and turned into a wasp, and tried to burrow through the navel, which was the dividing point for the male and female halves!

Parvati was certainly not happy with the outcome, but she admired the sage for his tenacity, and for adhering so strictly to the oath he had taken. She forgave him; though she deemed that he remain forever as a skeleton to signify the role of women and their importance in life.

Story source!

Moving ahead, the five hooded Nagaraja (The king of serpents) carved in the mantapa’s ceiling!




Having moved around for sometime in this place, and trying to absorb the visual treat we have just enjoyed, we come out and proceeded towards the next cave!

But before we start with the cave two in my next post , A view of Cave one from the next level!





Next...Cave 2!
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excellent write-upand photos !!! Waiting for the remaining
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Thank you! Other posts will follow, shortly.
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Reminds me our trip there 6 weeks before yours. The stories behind the sculptures are really fascinating. Keep up the inflow.
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@Naveena, just saw this bombardment of yours. Great photos & great trip report. You put in a lot of effort in your travelogues. Waiting for the next part.

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Originally Posted by biman View Post Reminds me our trip there 6 weeks before yours. The stories behind the sculptures are really fascinating. Keep up the inflow.
, I know! Infact when you had posted the Bidar puzzle on WWTPT, I did think that you must have visited these places too. Actually, even I was in 2 minds to travel towards Bidar, but my onward journey was towards Bangalore, hence did not want to rush through.

BTW, have I missed your trip report ?

Regarding those fascinating stories about the sculptures, well, felt that in an otherwise boring report that may be the only interesting part .

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Originally Posted by shahronakm View Post @Naveena, just saw this bombardment of yours. Great photos & great trip report. You put in a lot of effort in your travelogues. Waiting for the next part.

Ronak.
Thank you too, Ronak! Oh well, I had thought of sparing you from these bombardments! Now your luck has run out, it seems !

Effort, hmm, a little bit , not much ! I get so much from IM that I feel like giving back something too. If it is helpful or interesting for even a few, my effort is worth it!

I am still waiting for your other trip report and few more photos of Daroji Sanctuary, hmmmmmm.
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Originally Posted by naveenamohanrao View Post Thank you too, Ronak! Oh well, I had thought of sparing you from these bombardments! Now your luck has run out, it seems !

Effort, hmm, a little bit , not much ! I get so much from IM that I feel like giving back something too. If it is helpful or interesting for even a few, my effort is worth it!

I am still waiting for your other trip report and few more photos of Daroji Sanctuary, hmmmmmm.
Will post some more pics. of Daroji either today or tomm. Trip report is going to take ages.

Waiting for next lot bombardments in this thread.

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Thanks for sharing good snaps.
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Waiting for next lot bombardments in this thread.

Ronak.
Will not have to wait for long...your wish, my command, Sir !

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Thank you too, for taking time out and viewing them !
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