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Manchinbele dam - Incredible View 29/03/2015

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Place:manchanabele reservoir and Dodda Alada Mara, BangaloreDistance: 30 x 2 = 60 kms
Route: Vijaynagar -> Manchinbele dam -> Bigbanyan Tree -> Vijaynagar Crew: Abdul, Arun and Sagar (Myself) Type: Sight seeing Ideal for: Friends & Family Bikes: Bajaj Discover 125 and Honda Trigger 150
Budget:50/Head

On this lazy Sunday I was neither ready for long ride nor for trekking. This place is very close to the city limits. So we just headed to this awesome place. 

Brief about the places: Manchinbele Reservoir: Its a small reservoir close to Bangalore, the Dam is built across the river Arkavathi. Can't get into the water as level of water is dam is very deep and getting near the reservoir itself is prohibited.

Dodda Alada Mara:Literally translated to Big Banyan Tree, is a giant 400-year-old single tree which covers 3 acres and is one of the largest of its kind. In the 2000s, the main root of the tree succumbed to natural disease, and thus the tree now looks like many different trees.

Shirdi and Ellora Caves - Experience of a Lifetime 07 & 08/03/2015

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Places: Shirdi Saibaba Temple, Shirdi. Shani Signapur,  Ellora Caves and Biwi ka maqbara Aurangabad.Distance:  2000 kms overall
Route:  Bangalore -> Ilkal (myhome town) -> Shirdi -> Shani Signapur -> Shirdi -> Ellora caves -> Aurangabad -> Ilkal -> Bangalore
Type: Temple, Caves, Sight Seeing Ideal for: Friends & Family Transportation: Bus
Crew:Chandu, Nabhiraj, and Sagar (myself)
Budget:3,000 Rs/Head


Nabhi and Chandu had planned this trip since two years, finally Sai called us to see him on my long vaction on Holi Festival. Initially we had planned to go on car but we were only three on the final list, so we ended up taking bus. Since mode of transportation changed we had lost the flexibility to visit places we had planned but things worked out very well, we visited more places than we had thought.
Friday Night: Boarded Suhas bus from Ilkal at 8 pm. National Highway NH13 was comfirtable till Solapur after which we joined SH158, the road transformed into hell. I don…