Place: Nijagal betta / Siddara betta, Tumkur
Distance: 62 x 2 = kms
Route: Vijaynagar -> Nelamangala -> Dabaspete -> HaleNijagal Betta -> Shivagange
Crew: Santosh and Sagar
Bikes: Bajaj Discover 150
This trekking would have never been possible without Santosh. After canceling trekking to this place for around 3-4 times had thought I will never be able to conquer the Nijagal Peak, fortunately Santosh joined this adventure.
1 – Nijagal betta / Siddara betta – Exploring ancient temples (One you are reading right now)
Brief about the place: Nijagal betta is a rocky hill lying close to Dobbaspet town in Karnataka. The hill lies very near to the Bangalore Pune National highway (NH4) and is also called as Siddarabetta. Nijagalbetta has ruins of ancient temples and fort built by Chickadevaraya Wodeyar. The hill has excellent rock formations. There is a carved idol of Hindu deity Lord Hanuman near to the fort entrance where people come and feed the monkeys as a sign of worship. There is a Muslim Dargah inside the fort. There are some ponds inside the fort formed by water trapped between the gaps of rocks. There are many unexplored archaeological ruins near Nijagalbetta.
|Carved idol Lord Hanuman near to the entrance
|The scary tree
|First gimps of the hill and ruined temple
The Peak: We next encountered the Carvings on the rocks. There is a pretty amazing thing we can see here, there is a Hindu Siddartha temple at one side and on the other side, there is Muslim Darga. Nice to see two greatest gods at the same place. Because of the temple, the place is littered. There are rock caves on the top, took a couple of photos, after spending a couple of minutes we left the place. On the way back visited that ancient ruined temple. We started down on the same route. Saw a couple of people in opposite direction. Had a nice breakfast at Kamat hotel on the other side of NH opposite to the underpass. Santosh insisted we will have one more trek to the great Shivagange Hill so I agreed and we left for our next trek to Shivagange. I have written Shivagange trek on the other post.
|Santosh taking selfie 😛
|A look from the peak
|Ruined Hindu temple
|Darga on the hill
1. The local people easily get confused when you ask for direction to Nijagal so better you explain using words – Nijagal Betta, Siddara Betta. It’s on the left side of the NH.
2. After crossing the Dabaspete underpass keep looking for the Reliance petrol bunk (comes after 2 km – 3km). Just opposite to the petrol bunk there is a small underpass, you have to take this route.
3. You can take bike only till the base of the hill where it is risky to keep so better park on the highway side in front of some shops as we did.
You can check out these Google sphere photos if you are more interested in the place:
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