Caught: Some cloud-filtered light

Catching the light: One evening at Nandi Hills. Only 60 miles away from India's Silicon Valley, Nandi Hills has for long been one of Bangalore's most favourite day-trip destinations
Cloud-filtered light, Nandi Hills


One late Sunday afternoon we felt the weekend slipping away and thought we should just get out of the house for a bit. Hubby was in the mood for a drive and because driving around Bangalore city is not exactly our idea of fun, he said let’s just drive up to Nandi Hills and come back.

Honestly, this time the idea was not to see Nandi Hills. All we wanted to do was a leisurely drive before the weekend ended. And since it was a holiday we didn’t expect to find parking space up there. It was already half-past-four when we began our ascent up the hill. We were driving up when everybody else seemed to be driving down the hill and back to the city.

Sunday was already wrapping up but this is what we got to see as we were driving up the hill — some cloud-filtered evening sunlight. (photos above and below)

Sunbeams, Nandi Hills
Late afternoon light filtering through some clouds; a sight we saw as we were driving up.

Now if we’d gone one Saturday or Sunday morning like we normally would have done, we just might have had trouble finding parking space, even some shade to sit for a while and take in the birds-eye view of Nandi Hills’ environs. And since it was evening, we and the DSLR — I decided to take, just in case there was a photo-opportunity — didn’t have to deal with harsh sunlight. Perfect. Period.

Catching some evening light, Nandi Hills
Catching some light on a hillock; a sight from the top of Nandi Hills.


Rocks near Nandi Hills


Evening light, Nandi Hills
More of that cloud filtered light; another shot from the top.


One evening on Nandi Hills
Don’t miss how the light plays on the plains below.

A Nandi Hills sunset

Nandi Hills sunset
Later that evening.
It looked like the clouds were there to stay.


Sunset, Nandi Hills
A closer look at some late evening light fighting its way through the clouds that refused to move.


Sundown at Nandi Hills
And then, the sun just set behind those clouds.


Nandi Hills sunset



Now, that I’ve been up there on Nandi Hills during the sunset hour, I wonder what early mornings up there are like πŸ˜‰


Nandi Hills is around 60 Kilometres from Bengaluru (or Bangalore) city. It’s is one of Bangalore’s favorite day-trip destinations. Now that you’ve seen the pictures in this post, you know you have a great option for a sunset drive just a little over 50 kilometers away from the city.

In case you would like to know more about this place situated in the district of Chickaballapur(a), you can read about itΒ HERE

Note: Nandi Hills is close to traffic after 6. So if you don’t want to be too late to arrive, you might want to remember that. If you are there by 6, you might be allowed some grace time to walk around and enjoy the evening breeze or gusts, whatever is in nature’s plans for the day.


(Have you caught a sunrise up there? Or a sunset? Or would you like to do either of the two —Β there on the top of Nandi Hills ? Let me know in the comments. πŸ™‚ )


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74 Comments on this post.
  • Bikramjit Singh Mann
    23 February 2015 at 12:29 pm

    and VERY well caught mam… Awesome pictures


    • dNambiar
      23 February 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you so very much Bikram?

      Why have you been 'maam'ing me? πŸ˜€

    • Bikram
      26 February 2015 at 4:46 pm

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 5:26 pm

      So no 'maam,' next time, ok. πŸ™‚

  • Nicola SeaThreePeeO Carpenter
    23 February 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Wow, what amazing views and I love how you've captured the rays of light streaming through the clouds. Fantastic pictures.

    • dNambiar
      23 February 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks a ton, Nicola. I love your submission too.
      Have a great week. πŸ™‚

  • Judy
    23 February 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I love the way you have captured that afternoon sunlight coming through the clouds!!! I had to go back and admire all the images a second time!!

    • dNambiar
      23 February 2015 at 5:29 pm

      Really? Your comment just made my day.
      Thank you so much, Judy. πŸ™‚

  • Andrea Priebe
    23 February 2015 at 3:50 pm

    There is something very spiritual about light rays shining through the clouds … maybe it is because I have seen to many movies, but I really think it is because the rays guide our eyes to the heavens and we feel the peace. Such nice pictures D. and I wonder if you have any pictures of the river that is supposed to have originated in Nandi Hills.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

    • dNambiar
      23 February 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you Andrea. Yeah, those rays do lead our eyes up to the sky.
      I didn't know about the river until recently. The next time I go that side, I'm going to look for signs of it.

      Have a nice day and a great week, Andrea. πŸ™‚

  • Lmkazmierczak
    23 February 2015 at 5:51 pm
    • dNambiar
      24 February 2015 at 4:30 am

      Thank you Laurie.
      Your submission for this week is gorgeous too. πŸ™‚

  • NatureFootstep
    23 February 2015 at 10:58 pm

    gorgeous sun beam images. All of them. but my favourite for today is the Nandi Hills. That is a work or art πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      24 February 2015 at 4:34 am

      Thank you so much, Monica.
      I'm guessing you mean the picture of light falling on the hillock seen from the Hills. Thank you so, so much. πŸ™‚

      Have a lovely week.

  • Krishna/കࡃഷࡍണ
    24 February 2015 at 4:39 am

    Beautiful Photo of Nandi Hills.

    "Light from Heaven"


    • dNambiar
      24 February 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you, Krishna.

  • Prasad Np
    24 February 2015 at 6:51 am

    Reminds me of those old paintings where divine light is falling from heavens on the mortals…

    • dNambiar
      24 February 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Isn't that such a beautiful sight? I'd seen photographs like this but never did I think I'd get to witness something like this. I feel lucky.

  • ladyfi
    24 February 2015 at 11:11 am

    Wonderful rays of light!

    • dNambiar
      24 February 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you for visiting again, Lady Fi.

  • Mari
    24 February 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Those are very beautiful puctures. Quite heavenly.

    • dNambiar
      24 February 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you, Mari.
      Welcome here. πŸ™‚

  • Rahul Bhatia
    24 February 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Have been there many years ago, so some happy memories are revived, Divya!

    • dNambiar
      24 February 2015 at 5:45 pm

      So nice to know, Mr. Bhatia. πŸ™‚
      I hope you are doing well.

  • The Artful Diva
    24 February 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Looks like heaven shining through the clouds!

    • dNambiar
      24 February 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Nice to see you here, Artful Diva.

  • Stephanie Robinson
    24 February 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Fabulous photos and great cloud porn! #ourworldtuesday

    • dNambiar
      25 February 2015 at 6:08 am

      Thank you.

      Cloud porn indeed. πŸ™‚
      Thank you for stopping by, Stephanie

  • Villrose
    25 February 2015 at 9:39 am

    Beautiful light and landscapes!

    • dNambiar
      25 February 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you, Villrose.

  • R Niranjan Das
    25 February 2015 at 10:50 am

    Wonderful captures, Divya. Love those rays.

    • dNambiar
      25 February 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you Nomad.
      That was such a treat. It was supposed to have been just a casual drive just to get out for a bit and I came back feeling like I had seen a miracle πŸ˜€
      It was an awesome sight.

      Have you been up there early in the morning?

  • TheChieftess
    25 February 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Lovely!!! Love the clouds…love the light…

    • dNambiar
      26 February 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you, TheChieftess.
      It was quite a sight. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for dropping in.

  • Molly
    26 February 2015 at 12:13 am

    Beautiful landscape and scenery and excellent shot of the sun rays


    • dNambiar
      26 February 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you, Molly.

  • magiceye
    26 February 2015 at 1:00 am

    Divine sights beautifully captured!!

    • dNambiar
      26 February 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Magiceye.

  • Indrani
    26 February 2015 at 1:19 am

    Great sights from your drive.
    I haven't been there for ages now.

    • dNambiar
      26 February 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you, Indrani.
      And I hadn't been there in ages.
      Some day when you are totally bored, just drive up there; you just might have a surprise like this.

    26 February 2015 at 9:07 am

    Wow. Great shots.

    • dNambiar
      26 February 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you, Svetlana.
      Nice to see you here. πŸ™‚

    26 February 2015 at 1:00 pm

    WOW! You take amazing pictures. Fantastic stuff. The hillock as seen from Nandi Hills is beautiful, and I also love the silhouetted figures in the pic titled "later that evening". The cloud filtered ones, of course, are magnificent!

    • dNambiar
      26 February 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you, girl.
      Those are some of my favourites too (from this lot) πŸ˜‰

  • Gattina
    26 February 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Stunning photos !

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 10:17 am

      Thank you, Gattina.

  • Mridula
    26 February 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Such a lovely collection! Such drama in the sky.

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 10:18 am

      Thank you, Mridula. It was a lucky day. πŸ˜‰

  • Anil Sawan
    26 February 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Nandi Hills is amazingly good on a morning! Especially a winter morning.. Of course you wouldnt see a sun rise even at 10 AM because it would be very foggy, still i love that place!

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 10:21 am

      It is?
      I would love to go on an early morning drive.
      Thank you, Anil. πŸ™‚

  • Anil Sawan
    26 February 2015 at 6:12 pm

    and good photos! πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

  • rupam sarma
    26 February 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Amazing photos

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 10:22 am

      Thank you, Rupam.

  • Meoww
    27 February 2015 at 5:10 am

    Lovely lovely shots DN! Want to bask in the sun and blue sky.

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 11:03 am

      Thank you, Meoww. The weather hasn't gotten any better in Seoul? πŸ™
      Here's wishing you some good weather.
      Have a great weekend.

  • Saru Singhal
    27 February 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Now, I am regretting not visiting it when I was in Bangalore. Awesome clicks, Dee.

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Never mind, Saru; there's always a next time.

      That light display was a stroke of luck. That day were were not up there to see the place or even refresh our memories. That drive was what came out of the need to get out for a while. And look what we were surprised with πŸ˜‰

      Thank you so much, Saru.
      You guys have a good weekend, ok.

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    27 February 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Nice clicks

    • dNambiar
      27 February 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Dhanyavadagalu, Shrinidhi. πŸ™‚

  • Aditya Sinha
    27 February 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Wonderful Clicks!

    • dNambiar
      2 March 2015 at 8:07 am

      Thank you, Aditya Sinha.
      Welcome to Tipsy from the Trip.

  • Akshay Kumar G
    28 February 2015 at 12:03 pm

    WOW! Fantastic pictures, Dee. πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      2 March 2015 at 8:08 am

      Hey Akki.
      Thanks, yeah. πŸ™‚

  • Santa
    2 March 2015 at 7:50 am

    Beautiful images….

    • dNambiar
      2 March 2015 at 8:09 am

      Thank you, Santosh. πŸ™‚
      Nice to hear that from the pros. πŸ™‚

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    3 March 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Beautiful clicks of the sunbeams

    • dNambiar
      16 April 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you, Shrinidhi. πŸ™‚

  • Ananya Tales
    13 April 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Great Post… Enjoyed looking at the awesome pics πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      16 April 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you, Ananya.
      Thank you for visiting again.:)

  • a Rat
    16 April 2015 at 3:02 pm

    beautiful photos. loved them all πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      17 April 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you, Meera.
      I'm so glad.

      Hey, and thank you for following. πŸ™‚

  • Shabd Beej
    25 February 2016 at 1:08 pm

    whohh ! just amazing
    Beauty is in eyes of beholder πŸ™‚

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