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BabaBudangiri, Chikmagalur: History, Treks & Map from Bangalore


near Bababudangiri trekAbout:

Altitude: 5905 feet
Distance from Chikmagalur: 35 kms
Distance from Bangalore: 275 Kms
Distance from Mullayangiri peak: 25 Kms
Best time to Visit: September to March (Check for the rainy days sometimes)
Average Temperature (September to March): 22-32 degree celsius

A villege in chikmagalur


Bababudangiri shrine/ dargah is named after the Sufi saint Baba Budan (also known as Guru Dattatreya). Guru Dattatreya/ Baba Budan is equally revered by both Muslims as well as Hindus. That’s why sometime you would find bababudangiri being called as bababudangiri temple and sometimes as bababudangiri dargah.

Foggy morning western Ghats

Chikmagalur, origin of coffee and Baba Budan:

Chikmagalur, being a famous state for coffee, links its origin of coffee to Baba Budan. Although around the shrine there are no coffee plantations. The nearest ones being nearer to the Jhari falls (alomst 7-8 kms far). So, it is believed that the Baba Budan brought coffee to India for Dattatreya, an incarnation of Shiva (or of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu). However, in modern history, a controversary has feud up recently because of the status over the shrine.

Legend says that Dada Hayath, who was a direct disciple of the Prophet, came to India in 11th century from Saudis to spread the message of Islam and peace. He was a Sufi and in the true spirit of Sufism, there was only one God for him and the whole world had only one religion. To develop a universal religion, he equally valued the lord Shiva, Vishnu and Sufi culture. Since localites were being oppressed by the landlords. This way, he found a way to unite people and fight against the oppression.

trail from Mullayanagiri towards Bababudangiri

Divided by religion and unified by humanity, people of different religion rever the Saint in their styles. Hindus believe the Baba to be an incarnation of Dattatreya (Lord Shiva) while Sufis consider him as a formless God. If we combine the both faith, the similarities lies in the fact that the, though people rever him in different way, still both of the community believe in formless incarnation of the God.

For more stories click here (Story one) & (Story two)

How to reach?

There are two ways to reach to the BabaBudangiri:
1. By road
2. By trek (Click here to know the trekking details from Mullayanagiri to BabaBudangiri)

1. By road to BabaBudangiri from Bangalore via Chikmagalur:

Roads, beauty and landscapes on the way to BabaBudangiri:

Road to BabaBudangiri becomes very scenic after chikmagalur. The Journey of next 35 Kms passes through coffee estates plantations, Nilgiris hills, serpantine Western Ghats roads, valleys and later you can see the vast plain grasslands overlooking the hills. In the monsoon, the hills wear bridal green and the parched dry water points gets filled with the rain water and turns into a small pond. You would see these ponds all throughout the way. Moreover, you can witness seasonal western Ghats wils flowers on the hills.

On the way to bababudangiri

Places to See around:

1. ManikhyaDhara waterfalls
2. Jhari waterfalls
3. Mullayanagiri peak: the Highest peak of Karnataka.
4. Caves near the Dargah

Jhari waterfalls, near mullayanagiri BababudangiriJhari waterfalls

Mullayanagiri templeNear Mullayanagiri top peak Shiva Temple

Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri trekOn the trek way to BabaBudangiri from Mullayanagiri

BSNL tower near BababudangiriThe BSNL Tower placed at the high altitude near BabaBudangiri

Near bababudangiriLandscapes, on the way to Bababudangiri

near Manikhyadhara waterfallsShops near Manikhyadhara waterfalls

Nilgiris near bababudangiriLandscapes near Bababudangiri

While returning from Bababudangirigrasslands/ Moorlands landscapes pictures near Bababudangiri


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Gangtok: rafting, HMI Darjeeling, Tsomgo lake & Nathula pass


Sikkim, though a small state is full of natural landscapes ranging from green river teesta, reserve forests and lower Himalayan ranges to Indo-China border.

River Teesta in Sikkim

How to reach Gangtok?

New Jalpaiguri is the major railway station nearest to Gangtok. New jalpaiguri, in short, called as “NJP” connects Bengal and Sikkim to most of the India. There are many trains coming to NJP everyday from around the India,

Fare NJP to Gangtok, how to reach

*Prices are indicative and keeps on varying according to weather, road conditions and tourist seasons

1. Prepaid & Private taxis are available at Bagdogra airport, Siliguri and in front of NJP railway station.  The prices are fixed and keeps on varying according to the weather, road conditions and diesel pricing.

2. Private taxis range from Alto (4 persons) to Innova (7 persons). On the other hand, a Jeep can accomodate 10 people on shared basis.

3. Prefer a vehicle with Sikkim registration becasue vehicle with West Bengal registration drops Deorali taxi stand near Gangtok which is about 2kms below the town center due to restrictions in Gangtok for non-state vehicles. From Deorali taxi stand, one needs to take a local taxi to reach hotel. Charges would be around Rs. 200 – 300 depending upon the location.

 Bus services to Gangtok:
Bus service is there between Siliguri and Gangtok operated by Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT). The bus terminal at Siliguri is situated on Hill cart road, close to the Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminal. From NJP railway station, one take an Auto Rickshaw to reach the bus stand in about 10-15 minutes. However, buses also drop Deorali stand in Gangtok.

Contact number: Sikkim Nationalised Transport: (0353) 2517528, 2511496, 2432751

What to see and what to do?

Along river Teesta in Sikkim:

River Teesta on the way siliguri to GangtokRiver Teesta

A tributary of river TeestaRiver Teesta in Sikkim

River Teesta in morningRiver Teesta at sunrise

River rafting Teesta, SIkkimRafting in river Teesta

 For more information about river rafting in Teesta, Click here

 Adventure at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute:

Building crossingCrossing Building on rope



For more information on HMI, Click here

Rope sliding or zip line Zip line

To Changu (Tsomgo) lake:
Changu lake is situated at almost 12000 feet, not so far from Nathu la pass, Indo-china border. The lake gets frozen in winter and considered as sacred by the local people.

Tsomgo also called Changu lake oval in shape, dripping water over clouds

 For more details on Changu lake, click here

Partly Frozen sacred Changu Lake also calles Tsongmo Lake

To Nathula pass:

Nathula pass is one of the three passes of India situated on the old silk route in between India and China. One can see the border and soldiers standing on the border under frigid temperature.

A Chinese soldier at Nathula pass

For more details on Nathula pass, click here

A Himalayan peak from Nathula pass


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