Before I head back to DC I thought let me see one last sight here in #Albuquerque…. So, I decided to drive on the #muscial#highway. There are only 5 #MusicalRoads in the world. On a stretch of the famous #Route66 if you drive exactly 45 miles and over perfectly spaced rumble strips the highway will play #AmericaTheBeautiful.
You will need to turn up the volume to hear the highway music on the video. Kind of amazing…
A Fort nestled in the Western Ghats with vistas that allow you to see as far as the Arabian Sea... In all these years of having passed by Sakleshpur which tends to a chai stop between Bangalore and Mangalore, I never once stopped to marvel at this little hidden gem! Well, hidden no more :-) Tipu Sultan built the Manjarabad fort in 1792 at a time when he was establishing his sovereignty over Mysore, fighting against the British East India Company. At this time even the Marathas and the Nizam of Hyderabad had aligned with the British. The Sultan wanted to make the highway between Mangalore and Coorg secure for his expansion programmes. Because he was allied with the French at that time against the British, he sought the help of French engineers to build a star fort of the european style.
The completed fort was inspected by Tipu Sultan who then found it enveloped in fog and hence named it as Manjarabad fort; the name Manjara is a corrupted version of 'manju' meaning "fog or mist" in Kannada.
For further reading, look up the source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manjarabad_Fort