I walk because it is hard.
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Walk to Kempe Gowda’s towers
We believe and claim to be the firs t people to walk to all the four towers of Kempe Gowda in modern
times . At Uls oor lake, s hot by a s tranger with KD's camera.
In a book “Best of Bangalore ” I got in exchange for old books at Blossoms in Church Street, I
read about the history of Bangalore. Kempe Gowda founded the city and his successor Kempe
Gowda II built four watch towers to mark the boundary of Bangalore which exists to this day. I
decided to walk to the towers. I found two friends to join me unlike before.
The towers are at Mekhri Circle, Ulsoor lake, Lalbagh and Kempambudhi lake. Thanks to Anoop
and Arun for locating the four towers and marking them on the map. The task for us was easy –
to simply walk
The North Tower at a park near Mekhri Circle. At 0600 morning we found
the tower occupied by joggers and s tray dogs - s helter from the unexpected
morning driz z le. The day was March 31, 2012
We walked in the rain via Fun World, Nandi Durga road towards Ulsoor lake.
It was clos e to 0900. We had break and s pent s ome time at Uls oor Lake.
Can you s ee the tip of the tower?
The West Tower at Ulsoor Lake near the Gurdwara is off- limits to civilians. Why?
We walked upto to MG road. Had coffee at Indian Coffee House in Church Street. We reached the
South Tower at Lal Bagh by 1130.
I had s een this before. I jus t didn't know what it is .
The Lal Bagh tower is a great view point as well.
That's UB Tower.
We treated ourselves to an awesome lunch at the famous MTR near Lal Bagh west gate.
Lunch at MTR: Me and KD later agreed not that awes ome.
The walk to last tower was hard. Painstaking. Heat and traffic. It’s the part you asked yourself
“Why the hell am I doing this?”. We retreated to interior roads away from the busy main road in
search of shade and peace. On the way we met these cool bikers.
At 1430 we set foot on the last tower at Kempambudhi lake near Chamarajpet. Picture? It’s
identical to the others. Was it worth it? YES. So my friend, that is how you find an adventure in
town, in the seemingly ordinary.
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Dr Rajesh o n May 3, 20 12 at 12:5 8 pm said:
good one……………. leaving in bangalore from past 25years was heared
of it but was not knowing the exact location……………..
and also camera clarity is very good………………
Benjamin Rualthanzauva o n May 5 , 20 12 at 1:5 6 am said:
Thanks Dr Rajesh.
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