Its not necessary to praise every place you visit by sacrificing your weekend, is it? So, this time I am not going to praise it. Okay, don’t take that to mean that I have a negative recommendation for just everybody. Depends on your mood, purpose and expectations. So, just read on.

We went to this place called Shivagange, around 70 kms from Bangalore, last Saturday. There were three of us in total. We were warned that nothing suitable can be gotten for lunch there. So, I exercised my newly found cooking skills at making roti and sabji and packed it up too. In fact I had planned it even before the warning came through because of my previous trysts with South Indian food (no insults intended – its just that I do not like it) on the trips. That was the only good decision taken I suppose 🙂

Well – so this place has a rather tough climb uphill. And what you are supposed to get as a treat at the end of the terribly tiring trip is a statue of Nandi carved out of the rocks. When we had just started climbing up we saw a statue of Nandi and then laughed at ourselves at attaching too much of importance to that. The real treat was waiting up there, right? Now the place misguides you with the decent stairs made in the beginning of the climb. They end soon and all you are left with is the single option of making your way through the rocks. Some unhygienic “Ganne ka juice”, “Neembu Paani” and cucumber are the things you can console yourself with. Right when you are thinking that you have been adventurous for quite sometime by climbing through those rocks, you get to see another stair. Just that this time it is steep as hell, and many a time the steps are so small that you have keep your legs at ninety degrees to your body to let them fit it. After a while, you are simply clinging to the railings to get up. Reminds of those old Hindi Movies with an old lady clinging to whatever comes in her way and somehow managing to reach “bhagwaan ke dwaar” to pray for her son bleeding profusely in the hospital. Well – we did not have any such desperation either. Still we clinged on and climbed on. For that real treat. And when we finally reached there, we saw a statue not only much smaller than the one we had seen at the beginning of the climb, but smaller than several others you will see scattered around in the city of Bangalore too. The population density of monkeys made mockery of any plans we were still left with of eating our food at the top of the hill. We hardly felt like staying there much longer. I was so disappointed that I forgot to even look for the “Suicide Point” where Queen Shantala is supposed to have committed suicide from. Well – that’s a tourist spot – I can’t help it.

However, if you like climbing for the sake of it. Do go ahead. And its not bad for weight loss either. I lost a full 200 gms 😀

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe ( with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: Twitter: @jayajha Facebook:

5 thoughts on “Shivagange

  1. So, you dont like south indian food during trips. or you totally ignored to take south indian food. Roti-sabji won’t suit for south indian climate. Anyways, just wanted to know how a north indian will feel the taste of south indian food.

  2. I am not representing North Indians or anything here. I, personally, do not like South Indian food. And my taste is pretty limited anyway. Don’t like continental, most of Chinese and 80% of North Indian either. Hope that sets the context right.

  3. haha.. I went there when I was in school, and was rather disappointed as well. didn’t they have decent views from the top though?

  4. Hi,

    I am really afraid of this girl. Really a competitor in everything. I have trekking as my hobby. Have been to highest pass in the world(isn’t it great). Assam, Goa(Beaches), Rajasthan(desert), Leh, J&K, and almost every state of India( except Kerala).

    I write myself.
    But still just willing to start a blog.

    Miles to go before I sleep.
    And miles to before I sleep.

    Bye for now.

    Yaar itna time lag gaya .. kabhi phir aayenge padhne ke liye.

    but in the last, really afraid of this girl. But know it is great to know you are going on.. Keep it up.


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