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Bikes which made it to the top of Bilikal Betta

Bikes which made it to the top of Bilikal Betta

Been wanting to share this awesome experience with you all for a while and finally got around to writing this blog.

As part of our Sunday rides around Bangalore, we decided to check out Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta, this not so popular yet breathtaking destination which is located about 70 kms from the city beyond Kanakapura Town. Ask the locals for directions from Kanakapura Town circle.

The main reason this location isn’t spoilt is due to its lack of connectivity and motorable roads. Its however very popular among the trekking community. Bikers can get to the top only if they have a good machine and enough experience riding on harsh terrain, else do not even attempt. I’m not sure if a 4×4 jeep can make it to the top either since the road is completely eaten away with huge boulders sticking out.

So about 15 bikers headed towards Kanakapura town early sunday morning and breaked for quick snack at the only decent restaurant in town and were back on the road again. We took the road which goes left behind town and into the fields and soon we could see small hills and mountains. After about 10 – 12kms we reached the last village from where the dirt road begins to climb up and gradually gets steeper.

After another 2 kms, we noticed that the road had disintegrated into boulders and sharp stones. Many of the bikers decided to halt here and not try their luck while a few daring riders rode on. After cross a very bad stretch of .5kms the road again improves and finally only 2 bikes made it to the peak.

The 360 view from the top was just breadthtaking and peaceful. We spotted a small pond with dirty water and a temple with a small courtyard which was locked up. We also met a few trekkers who had just made it to the top after a grueling 1 hr climb. Soon we had to return back to the gang who were waiting for us half way down.

Trekkers at the view point

Trekkers at the view point

After another coffee break in Kanakapura town, we reached Bangalore by 11.30am and had covered a total distance of over 140kms.

Trekkers can take this route – Get to Harohalli on Kanakpura Road (about 30 kms from Banashankari) & take the road adjacent to the bus stand towards Maralawadi/ Doddamaralawadi (11 kms). Continue past Devarahalli to Onaaladoddi (another 5 kms) where you can dump your modes of transport and start trekking.

Posted a few links from my picasa album here

http://picasaweb.google.com/brian.ammanna/IFMRRideToBiliKalluBettaOn5thJuly0902#

If you have been to any destination which is not popular but worth the visit, do share it with us.

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Airconditioned Volvo service to Bangalore Airport

Air-conditioned Volvo service to Bangalore Airport

Most Bangaloreans are already aware of this excellent Airport service provided by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) but, this blog is for the benefit of those tourists visiting this garden city.

Most of us living in Bangalore may not appreciate the efforts put in by BMTC to keep this service going since most of these buses run half full. We also tend to underestimate the convenience this service offers us until it’s take away. The best part is that these buses run at half hr intervals 24 hrs a day with 1 hr interval post 1.30am up to 4.30am due to low traffic.

With air travel becoming the norm for long distance travel, we have been using this bus service to ferry our friends, relatives and clients regularly and they all love it. These buses are punctual, clean, comfortable, reliable and most importantly, they are cheap. This is the cheapest mode of transport to and from the airport which is located about 36 kms from the city centre.

Bus bay at the Bangalore Airport

Bus bay at the Bangalore International Airport

An average ticket is priced between Rs 150 to Rs 250 ($2.5 – $4) for an A/c Volvo coach depending on the distance traveled, while a Meru Cab or Ola Cab would cost between Rs 600 to Rs 1,100 ($10 – $18) for the same distance. So if you are a group of three or over four members, it makes sense to use the bus (since a cab can carry only 4 people).

There are 11 routes which span across the city to reach every corner with designated pick up points. You can even source the mobile number of the bus conductor from the BMTC control room or at your nearest bus depot who will tell you exactly when the bus would arrive at your stop.

When the airport was inaugurated, most travelers complained about the distance and the infrastructure and said that Hyderabad airport was better in every count. But today, the connectivity that Bangalore airport has to the city is much better than Hyderabad (which is also located about 40kms from the city) or any other airport in India. Today, these Volvo buses even ferry non airport travelers who either travel to their work place or home which has helped increase revenues for the department.

You will find a detailed table of various bus routes the moment you get out of the airport at the bus bay or at the link below. The link below will help you with options such as bus timings, pick up points and rates for different locations.

http://www.mybmtc.com/airportservices

Airport Bus timings as of Feb 2015 available here: You can access the website here for timings and fares

We are receiving a lot of requests on the various pick-up points in the city and have stopped accepting them. Request you to download the entire route list by clicking on this link

You can also see the map of the various routes here Vayu Vajra Map

BMTC Contact Details:
BMTC airport kiosk information: Telephone No: 08027607989, Mobile: 7760991269
BMTC, Kempegowda Bus Stand: Telephone No: 2295 2311 / 2295 2314
BMTC, Shivajinagar Bus Stand: Telephone No: 2295 2321 / 2295 2324

Alternate modes of transport include certified Airport A/c cabs (Meru Cabs – 080 44224422, Mega Cabs – 080 47474747, Ola Cabs – 080 33553355, TaxiForSure – 080 60601010, Uber – via the app) which are also available right outside the airport & will pick you up from any part of the city. These cabs are metered and will provide a bill at the end of your journey. Fares vary from Rs 14/km for Indica vehicles (from TaxiForSure) and go upto Rs 20/km. You will also need to pay a toll of Rs 115 on your way back to the city from the airport.

For safety reasons, do not engage with the local touts who are always trying to fleece unsuspecting travelers landing in Bangalore.

Team GreatEscapes

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Come long weekends and our phones start buzzing continuously and inbox get flooded with mails from anxious travelers looking for a decent package for the long weekend and in this case its from May 1st to 3rd.

Many of us just wake up at the last min and decide to do a trip to some popular scenic location as they have 3 whole days to spare. But recession or no recession, almost every popular hotel, resort and homestay run full especially on weekends.

With options only from lesser known properties, travelers have to make a choice whether to take risk and try out this hotel / resort along with pressure from their family members to travel. What can one do to avoid such problems and still manage a good weekend. We have a few tips below.

Tip 1 – Plan you holiday in advance. Saves all the trouble

2 – Try booking thru reliable travel agents who sometimes hold rooms for last min bookings

3 – Do a thorough review of the hotel before you confirm on it. It could be running vacant due to its bad location / service

4 – Call popular hotels n resorts a day before for last min cancellations. If you are lucky, u could end up with a bargain

5 – Best Tip: If all else doesn’t work, then lookout for you friends n relatives who own farm houses. You could self invite yourself like we are doing this time 🙂 It works out cheaper and is much more enjoyable

http://thejoshifamily.com/blog/2004/12/realization-of-one-of-dreams-farm.html

A beautiful farm house on the outskirts of Blr which belongs to Mr Joshi & fly

happy holidayin

Team GreatEscapes

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