The Hesarghatta de-tour

My wants are vague… This weekend I wanted to drive… drive through country side…

I had read about this place and the livestock farms there in one of the files from my mom’s office.. and a little help from google.. My Mom, Dad and I headed straight to Hesarghatta on a warm Sunday morning..

We started from home at around 8.00.a.m and a 45kms drive.. we reached the poultry farm. Here, they have varieties of poultry breeds(or whatever they refer to in biological terms) They also have a pair of Ostriches meant for experimental purposes. Emu’s are being reared on a large scale whose meat is of high demand. The duck farm also houses many breeds like white geese, grey geese, swans etc. The Turkey unit is also in the same compound.

The lone Ostrich
The lone Ostrich
A young Emu in the enclosure
A young Emu in the enclosure
The Indian country side - Rooster
The Indian country side – Rooster

With permission from the concerned authorities, we could also visit the Indo-Danish cattle farm. I was awestruck with their massive size- comparable with elephants (referring them as “BABY” elephants wouldn’t do justice considering their massive size). I may sound a little dumb quoting this- but, the milking machines were something new to me.

There is also rabbit farm, pig farm etc. which we thought of giving a miss since we could not figure out the way. Hesarghatta is also a centre for Horticulture-research.

Further ahead, as we passed through a narrow pot-holed road, we reached the once famous Hesarghatta lake which fed water to most parts of Bangalore. This is now just a stretch of barren land open for cattle grazing and a playground for some village boys who go there to play a game of cricket.

Further ahead, I followed the direction boards to reach “Nrityagram”. This is a Gurukul dedicated to “Learning Dance”. Unfortunately, it is not maintained well after the founder- Pratima Bedi passed away. Sadly, we could not attend any Dance classes. But the dance halls, temple and other stone constructions is worth a visit. This place is open to public only from 10.00.a.m to 2.00.p.m.

Nrityagram
Nrityagram

Then it was lunch time for us. We headed to “Taj Kuteeram”. This was a part of “Nrityagram” which is now taken over by the Taj group and converted into a 5-Star resort. We had a table booked already where a nice 4-course meal was served based on our prior booking over phone. We walked around the area and spent some quality time amidst the chirping birds and the splendid nature till evening.

Taj Kuteeram
Taj Kuteeram
Taj Kuteeram at sunset
Taj Kuteeram at sunset

It was sunset time. We thought of heading back home and so we started.

Half a kilometer from The Taj, we saw many vehicles going to a place to our left- The place looked more secluded but I definitely wanted to check out what was in there. And so we did.. It was a vast-neverending-wide-barren-uncultivated-open stretch of land.

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The Hesaraghatta grasslands
The Hesaraghatta grasslands

All those vehicles were actually ferrying some film crew. So that means, we also got to be on the sets of a movie shoot. A stage was set, some other make shift pillars were put up etc. We learnt that, many many movies and ads are shot here almost everyday. This Barren land is converted to anything from a helipad to a swimming pool, a crowded village to a concert hall depending on what the requirement is. We also had a good view of the sunset from here.

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On the sets of a film shoot
On the sets of a film shoot

It was getting dark by then.. so we drove back home.. back to hustling and bustling city—away from the calm and rusty countryside..

It is hard to believe that such a calmness prevails in our very own Bengalooru.. I will surely go back there soon.. Very soon… It was a total get away from the maddening city life.

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One thought on “The Hesarghatta de-tour”

  1. Hi all… Feels weird commenting on my own post: well, this is for a purpose.. Please read the below passage and click on the link below to show your support 🙂

    Dear Supporters,
    Earlier in 2012 we met up with the then chief minister of Karnataka, the chief secretary and several other senior officials to save the grasslands of Hesaraghatta. The principal secretary of Animal husbandry department and the director of information department did forwarded the petition signed by you to the government as well. Since there was no response from the government, Arkavathy & Kumudvathy Nadi Punaschethana Samithi/Arkavathy and Kumudvathy River Rejuvenation Trust (AKNPS) filed a writ petition at the High Court of Karnataka in November 2012. The petition came up before Hon’ble Mr.Justice K.Sridhar Rao and and Hon’ble Mrs.Justice B.V. Nagarathna on 5/1/2012. The Hon’ble court admitted the matter, issued notices to the Govt.of Karnataka and ordered that a status quo be maintained by all the parties.
    The writ petition will come up before the Hon’ble Chief Justice as soon the government files its initial response. Meanwhile please circulate this online petition widely and get us another 4064 signatures to reach the goal of 10000 signatures.

    http://www.change.org/en-IN/petitions/karnataka-government-don-t-destroy-hesaraghatta-grasslands

    Thanks in advance 🙂
    Hitha.

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