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Bangalore's backyard hill station: The historic Nandi Durga or Nandi Hill

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Introduction
Nandi Hill is one of Bangalore's best known outdoor and wilderness areas and considered as the closest hill station to this city. Although it is located inside Kolar District, it was never considered far from Bangalore. But the rapidly expanding state capital has literally brought urbanisation right to Nandi Hill's doorsteps - foothills in this case. Fortunately much of the wooded area around is a reserve forest which is far more difficult to denotify for non-forest purposes or to be encroached upon, given the fact that the Forest Laws of India are among the strictest and are mostly implemented in earnest by the forest officials.

Nandi's human history is centuries old. It precedes the history of the erstwhile state of Old Mysore. It has hosted for history its share of dramatic events. Some of them have been captured on canvas, like the firing of artillery on the slopes of Nandi hill in 1791 by the forces of British East India Company which led to the capture o…