Nandi Hills is an ancient hill fortress in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka and is approximately 60 km from Bengaluru. It is believed that the hills are the origin point of the river the Arkavathy. The bike rentals in Nandi hills allow the passionate bikers to get a two-wheeler on rent and roam around the dreamy little town.
There are many stories about the origin of the name Nandi Hills. During the Chola period, Nandi Hills was called ‘Ananda Giri’ meaning ‘The Hill of Happiness’. Another story is that Yogi Nandeeshwara performed penance in this town hence they named the town after the revered yogi. The ruler Tippu Sultan built a fort here and people call it by the name Nandi Durg too and the hills look like the silhouette of a sleeping bull which might also have lead to christening the town as Nandi Hills. One can get a bike on rent and go on a road trip to explore the beauty of these ancient hills.
The hills are a paradise for nature lovers as well as devotees of Lord Shiva. It is home to very ancient temples of Nandi, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple in Nandi village is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka and dates back to the ninth century. The rock temple has two complexes. The first half houses three deities while the second consists of a huge and majestic Kalyani pond. The hills are now a popular tourist spot during summer and those who wish to visit can approach Nandi Hill bike rentals to hire bikes and ride around the town with friends.
There are several attractions that the hills hold and the state horticulture department maintains a garden for the tourists. Tipu's Drop, Tipu’s Winter and Summer palaces, Horse way and Secret escape routes are few of the major historic places that one can visit when in Nandi Hills. Sri Bhoga Narasimha, Sri Ugra Narasimha, Sri Yoga Narasimha and Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy are the ancient temples which offer solace to devotees. Brahmashram is a place where Sage Ramakrishna meditated and adds more positivity to the hills.
Nehru Nilaya, Gandhi House and Children's Playground have been well maintained by the tourism department of Karnataka. Jawaharlal Nehru used to stay at Nehru Nilaya while Gandhiji resided in the Gandhi house when they visited Karnataka, making them much visited resorts by history lovers. Tourists, as well as travelers, can pick up scooter and bikes on rent to visit these resorts at their convenience.
Apart from the historic attractions the hills also offer adventure sports like paragliding, cycling and biking. Many bikers from adjoining cities like Bangalore get Royal Enfiled on rent in Bangalore and ride out to spend the weekend in Nandi Hills.
Anjaneya temple, Nellikayi Basavanna, Antaragange, Baananthi Bande and Someshwara Swami temple are a few other places one can see in Nandi Hills. The Nandi Railway station is a small, old railway station in the middle of a forest, with big trees and looks like a time portal to the past. So hire a two-wheeler in Nandi Hills and enjoy the scenic beauty around you.