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Located north of Bengaluru, Nandi Hills houses a fortress built by the Ganga dynasty during the 11th century. The hill station will now be developed as a tourist circuit.
Plans for the same were announced by Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar K. In a social media post, he said that a detailed blueprint for the comprehensive development of Nandi Hills has been sketched out.
Visited Nandi Hills this morning to chalk out a detailed blueprint for comprehensive development of Nandi Hills as a tourist circuit. Nandi Hills attracts tourists of all age, round the year, due to its historical and religious significance and mesmerising natural landscape.(1/2) pic.twitter.com/hbTJtXESkZ— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) February 25, 2021
Owing to its historical and religious significance along with the beauty of its natural landscape, Nandi Hills attracts tourists year-round.
Sudhakar said that the plan includes the beautification of the entire hill station. In addition, eco-tourism facilities will be created, trekking trails will be cleaned and archeological monuments will be restored.
Nandi Hills is about 60kms away from Bengaluru. The destination is a popular getaway spot for residents as well as people who are looking to go on a day trip.
The plan includes beautification of the entire hill station and creation of world-class tourist amenities including eco-tourism facilities, trekking trails to surrounding hills, restoration of archeological monuments and preservation of Nellikayi Basava and Mantapas. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/y5794E0XeP— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) February 25, 2021
Visitors can explore the summer home of Tipu Sultan and the Yoga Nandeeshwara temple. The infamous Tipu’s Drop where people who were sentenced to death during his reign were pushed is also located here. However, today, the spot is known for adventure sports such as paragliding. It is popular for trekking and cycling as well.
Tipu Sultan and his father Haider Ali expanded and strengthened the forts built by local chieftains. They were divided into twin forts. After a siege in 1791, it eventually became a retreat for British Raj officials during the hot season. Bungalows and gardens were developed to suit the needs of the British.
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