Did you know that Bangalore has a clock tower that chants ‘Om’ at every hour of the day? Yes, Omkar Hill is a beautiful and spiritual place where you can hear Om chanting. I had visited the Omkar Hill when Rajarajeshwari Nagar was still considered as outskirts of Bangalore.
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Where is Omkar Hill?
Omkar Hill, a short form for Omkareshwara Hill, is a small hill in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar area of Bangalore city. The hill is at a height of 853 metres and is considered as the highest point in Bangalore. Omkar Hill is home to two temples, Matsya Narayana and Dwadasha Jyotirlinga temples and a clock tower.
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The temples are open between 7 AM and 12:30 PM and between 4:30 PM and 8 PM on weekdays and Saturdays. And between 7 AM and 9 PM on Sundays and public holidays. The best time to visit the temples and the clock is either during the morning or at sunset. Sunsets are spectacular and the views of the sky is really worth it.
How to get to Omkar Hill?
Omkar Hill is around 15 kilometres from Bangalore city. It takes about 40 minutes to reach by road. The route is towards Mysore Road and note that Mysore Road is always jammed, especially at Rajarajeshwari Nagar arch. Usually, everyone drives or rides to Omkar Hill.
Even though public transportation can be a bit tricky, there are many buses that stop at Srinivasapura. The buses leave from main bus stops at Majestic or Kengeri Satellite bus stops. And Srinivasapura is around 600 metres from Omkar Hill. The fares for the local buses are purchased on the buses and needs to be paid only by cash. Ensure to take the exact change for the fare.
Things to do in Rajarajeshwari Nagar
Rajarajeshwari Nagar has now become one of the hotspots of Bangalore and it has so much to offer. While you are already in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, there are a few other things you can do before heading back to the city.
- Shrunga Giri Shree Shanmukha Swamy temple – A very interesting place to visit is the Shree Shanmukha Swamy temple. The gopuram has 6 big faces of Shanmukha statue.
- Shree Nimishamba Devi temple – Another ancient and popular temple to visit in Rajarajeshwari Nagar is the Nimishamba Devi temple. The temple is open every day between 6:30 AM and 1:30 PM and between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM.
- Gopalan Arcade Mall – Rajarajeshwari Nagar also has a shopping centre, just near the arch. This is the shopping centre that also has a theatre (cinema) where the locals of Rajarajeshwari Nagar see the movies.
- Restaurants and cafes – As I mentioned, Rajarajeshwari Nagar has become one of the hotspots of Bangalore and hence there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that cater to all kinds of cuisines. For a delicious list of restaurants and cafes in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, read LBB website.
Safety for solo female travelers
Bangalore is relatively safe for solo female travelers. However, there are places that get isolated and hence one needs to be careful. Omkar Hill is safe as well but make sure you get back to the city before it gets dark. Also, be cautious at all times, especially at night.
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Omkar Hill is peaceful and a nice place to visit over the weekend. It makes a perfect one day trip from the Bangalore city and it is definitely worth visiting.
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