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Summer getaways in and near Bangalore

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The mercury is soaring and you barely feel like moving. Going out of the city over the weekend seems too tedious a task for you and anyway you have to come back for work on Monday right? So, why bother at all to move out of the city? Sitting in an air-conditioned room is an option but for the traveller in you that is not an option. For the uninitiated, the concrete jungle that Bangalore is fast turning into might offer few options to find your own place to cool down but here is where we bring you some of the treasures of nature which can give you a  summer getaway from the summer heat.

Mahabodhi Society

Mahabodhi Society

Hidden from the chaotic traffic, heat and noise, the Mahabodhi Society in Gandhinagar area of the city, is a welcome break from the city's breakneck speed. As the name suggests, this Buddhist retreat, although not a big place, boasts of a statue of Buddha, a congreagation hall and a stupa. The monks, the students and the devotees all add to the feeling of nothingness. It's good to do nothing at times.

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Omkar Hills

Omkar Hills

A relatively unknown place, the viewpoint from Omkar Hills offers a stunning view of the entire city. Apart from the breathtaking view of this place, there is also a banyan tree which is home to many statues of sages of India. There is also a huge clock which chimes every hour and some claim that it is the biggest clock in the word after the Big Ben in London. The recently built Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple attracts thousands during the festival of Mahashivaratri.

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Big Banyan Tree

Big Banyan Tree

The Big Banyan tree(Dodda Alada Mara in Kannada) is a perfect weekend getaway to be combined with a trip to the Manchinbele dam and Savandurga hill. Located at Ramohalli, some 28 kilometres from Bangalore, this is a more than 400 year old tree that covers an area of 3 acres. Sit in the shade of this tree and enjoy a picnic. Beware of the monkeys here though who will attempt to snatch anything and everything. Situated on the Bangalore-Mysore road, follow the road on the right at the Kumbalagod junction on Mysore road and travel further for 7kms till you reach the spot.

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Nrityagram

Nrityagram

The brain child of dancer Protima Bedi, Nrityagram is India's first residential school or Gurukul focusing on teaching Indian classical dances. This follows the ancient Guru-Shishya tradition and even today students and teachers work on the fields within the village and grow their own food. The village is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday.

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Cubbon Park

Cubbon Park

300 acres of greenery await you as you venture into this landmark of Bangalore city. Home to naturalists, walkers and loners this park will give you much needed respite from the summers. It is also host to the state library, museums, a toy train and many statues and pavilions. In the mornings and evenings, it is a jogger's paradise.

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Lal Bagh

Lal Bagh

The famous botanical garden has a vast collection of tropical plants and trees over a 240 acre area. It also has a lake within its premises and flower shows are held every year at this place. A good place to escape from the city and unwind. It remains open daily from 6am to 7pm.

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