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An invitation to Bangaloreans to beat the stress - Chairman's Jade Club & Resort

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Bangalore, referred to as garden city a couple of decades ago has recently graduated to being India's Silicon Valley. But with a growing population, it is increasingly hard to find a place where families can take a break. In such circumstances when you find a place in city that is away from the crowds where can comes rest you have to make the most of it.  I visited the Chairman's Jade Club and Resort near Devanahalli village in November 2013 and found it to be a place of high standards. A unit of the well-known Chairman's Resort in North Bangalore's Sahakar Nagar it is spread over 8 acres of lush gardens amidst the 250-acre Jade Gardens.  A view of the poolside lobby According to Mr. Ravi.G.S., Corporate General Manager, Chairman's Club and Resorts  "Chairman's Jade Club and Resort offers a guest experience that is intimate and discreet while providing the highest level of service. Hunger's busted at our à la carte restaurant and sna

BR Hills to Kollegal, Maddur and Bangalore - Travel through less traversed jungles and country-side (Part 3 of 3)

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A view of BR Hills village surrounded by tiger reserve forests The last day's drive View  Road trip Bangalore - MM Hills - Hasanur Ghat - BR Hills - Bangalore  on google maps Back in BR Hills, for breakfast we had rice idlis with some cocunut chutney served on plantain leaves, a tradition in this part of India. Rice idlis with coconut chutney served on plantain leaves at BR Hills We lost little time as we went straight up to the Ranaganathaswamy temple, around which the life and much of this village's economy revolves. The temple is centuries old and is very popular with Hindu devotees who visit it from far and wide. There are interesting idols and carvings at the entrance of the temple. A poster depicting the chief diety of Male Mahadeshwara Temple near the entrance of BR temple An inside view of the entrance to the BR temple The BR temple is popular and many devotees visit it from far and wide It seems life is frozen in this village. Among

MM Hills to BR Hills via Dhimbam Ghat and K.Gudi - Travel through less traversed jungles and country-side (Part 2 of 3)

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A mahout riding a captive elephant at K.Gudi The drive on day 2 View  Road trip Bangalore - MM Hills - Hasanur Ghat - BR Hills - Bangalore  on google maps We were glad to have left MM Hills early in the day as we could see hundreds of vehicles pouring into the village to take part in the  jathra at its temple . Getting down the numerous hairpin bends we crossed the narrow road in Kowdhalli village after which the road again passes through Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary for a couple of kilometres. As one approaches Hanur village the hill ridges that mark the northern limits of Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple (BRT) tiger reserve become prominent.  The MM Hills region is rich in wildlife, from lesser creatures like this ant to the jumbo Asian elephant At Hanur village, the fresh fruits and vegetables in the bustling bazaar made us take a small break to buy a few of them. Just after the Police Station in the village we took a deviation south (turned left) towards the sm