If you are in Bangalore in the middle of the city stuck in traffic all the time and for those who are held-up in their busy work schedule, then you definitely need a break. Here is a place named Nandi Hills which is around Bangalore with breathtaking views, a place that you can visit even during weekdays and will not take much of your time. I would say it is a must visit place.
— Ravindra Joisa (@ravindrajoisa) October 28, 2015
Here are few things that you need to know. Nandi Hills is at a height of approx 1500 meters, 60 kilometers from Bangalore city. Take the airport road which has a toll (buy return tickets to save some money on toll). This route should take approx 75 to 90 minutes to reach Nandi Hills peak. The roads are in good condition as of this writing. Better to get your own vehicle or get a self-driven car for rent. Leave Bangalore city early in the morning at around 4 am so that you can reach the base of the Nandi Hills. There is a gate at the base of the hill which might remain closed till 6am sometimes depending on local police.
It’s a 20 minutes drive all the way up and drive straight into the main fort gate instead of the parking area, get the entry ticket and drive inside the fort for another 5 minutes to get to the other side of the Nandi Hills. See that you reach the hilltop by 6 am, in the worst case 7 am to see the sunrise and the cloud covered landscape view. There are many viewpoints. On weekends, this place might be too crowded and there might be a traffic jam at the hilltop. I would say leave early on weekends or go on weekdays.
The view from these viewpoints is beautiful. You may get to see nearby peaks, trees, and tall structures appear above the cloud. There are other places at Nandi Hills to visit – the pond, temple, summer palace etc. You can explore the inside of fort later on that day, but to get the view, the cloud covered landscape, early morning visit would be ideal. Check out the video and don’t forget to share and follow me on social media.
Camera Gear used: Nikon D610, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VRII, Manfrotto tripod.