Trip to Hampi, Karnataka

Last weekend we went to the breathtaking historic city of Hampi. We traveled by car from Bangalore and the drive was a breeze till Chitradurga, where we stopped to visit the famous Chitradurga fort. It is a beautiful fort (hence the name “chitra” – picturesque) and you must visit it if you haven’t yet. Weather was pretty good and it was quite windy at the fort. This massive fort was built and maintained by different dynasties over many centuries and is spread across 1500 acres.

All of us at the fort

Road conditions worsened a bit after Chitradurga since the highway was undergoing widening and there were potholes due to rain. But weather was lovely and that was a big relief.

We had booked our stay at Royal Orchid in Hospet, which turned out to be a decent hotel with all basic amenities and good food.
The next day we booked a guide and covered the most prominent monuments. Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was probably the richest city of India in 14th century.
We went to Kishkindha the day after, which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. After an exhausting climb of 575 steps(I still can’t believe I made it!), we reached the hilltop of Anjaneya Parvat and the Hanuman temple there. Monkeys are in abundance here, so be careful with your cameras and bags.
This was meant to be a two day trip, but there was so much to see that we extended our stay by another day. The grand monuments in Hampi are something you shouldn’t miss.
Hazara(thousand) Rama temple
Virupaksha temple’s market complex
Stone chariot at Vithhala temple
Ugra Narasimha (ugra means fierce and nara simha translates to half man-half lion)
A magnificent water tank
Monolithic Ganesha Idol
Mahanavami platform





Mobydick, Koramangala

It’s been a while since I tried out a new place, have been going to the usual favourites over the past few weeks 🙂 Moby Dick in Koramangala is a cafe I recently ordered from for lunch. The place is probably named after the book‘s eponymous white whale.

I got an order for a grilled chicken sandwich, BBQ mushroom burger and potato wedges and everything turned out to be equally delish.

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Punjabi By Nature 2.0, BTM

“Punjabi By Nature” has been an old favourite in the family, since it never serves your run-of-the-mill artery-clogging greasy Punjabi food. Food menu here contains a large array of Punjabi dishes and drinks menu is interesting too. There is a microbrewery as well that makes delicious brews.

The restaurant is quite spacious and divided into different sections, all of them beautiful and comfortable. There is a pretty waterfall covered wall here and we took a table near that.

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Broadway – The Gourmet Theatre, HSR

Last weekend I was craving for some nigiri and there are very few places nearby that serve sushi, “Broadway” being one of them. Their menu offers a fairly decent range of Indian fares as well, along with the Japanese staples.

I am glad we made a reservation since the place was packed during lunch. Ambience is simple and the place is done up in neutral colours. They have some outdoor seating as well, which I am sure is lovely in the evenings. But it was way too hot in the afternoon, so we chose to sit in.

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Sunny Cafe & Kitchen, HSR Layout

“Sunny Cafe & Kitchen” is located at the same spot in HSR, where “Sizzling Monk” used to be. We visited the cafe over last weekend for lunch and tried out a few things.

The seating here hasn’t changed much, except for an increased number of tables outside. The menu offers a little bit of everything: burgers, sandwiches, pasta, sizzlers, North Indian curries etc. Beverages include a variety of coffees, teas, fresh juices and smoothies.

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