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Friday, January 2, 2015

Makalidurga Trekking with Bangalore Hikers

 Trekking to Makalidurga with Bangalore Hikers/New Year Celebration 2015 

Diwali is known for the Festival of Lights.
Holi is known for the Festival of colors.
Pongal is known for the Festival of Harvest.
And if you say, New-year is for the Festival of Resolutions then I am sorry you are in Retro’s. New Year is the festival of Drinks (not Nandini Milk), DJ and Night Party.
Ahan…Don’t give an atrocious look. That’s what people in metro say. And for people like me who don’t like to go to parties and drinks they suggested an extraordinary option. I.e. Sit at home and sleep.
Sarcastic!!!

Then there came an Email from Bangalore Hikers– “New Year Celebration - Night Trek to Makalidurga." Let’s welcome the rising sun of the New year from the Hill top."It sounded very exhilarating and I registered the next moment!!! 

ROFL. If you think so, then the answer is "No". My Laziness encouraged me to register later. (Filling that Membership ID seemed to be a huge task). My amnesia did an exceptional job and I remembered about the event only when I received the follow up e-mail "Thanks to the overwhelming response. Registration is closed"


Awful!!

After a few days, I checked whether any dropouts are there and my luck, there was and I am in for the Trek!!!
But there came another twist. The train was at 5.45P.M from Majestic. Getting leave or permission to leave early from office was impossible, but somehow I managed to get permission at 4.30 and planned to catch a train from Yelahanka. My team mate booked a cab and it was on time. There was less traffic and I reached Yelahanka Railway station at 4.45 and my train was at 6.20. Even the hikers boarding the 5.45 train from Majestic might have not reached. It was a very dry area with only countable people at the railway station and was damn boring to sit alone.
Then there came a bunch of guys with loads of luggage. They saw their train number in the display. The platform number was not displayed yet. But their eyes glued the symbol “A” which was meant for Arrival/Departure and a guy (seems he was the leader) said, Platform “A” and he guided others. This is the platform “A”, and this is platform “B”. Our Train will halt here and waited over there.
WTH?!
After many such funny incidents, I got a call from Santosh to buy Cool drinks. I was double excited since going out of the railway station and buying it would be a good time pass. I went to the shop and saw a big queue. Everybody was busy in buying the cake and it took so much time to enter the shop and get the shopkeepers attention. It was 6.10 and I was nervous whether I might miss the train.


“Anna, Anna, please fast Anna, Train Train, I miss Anna” after repeated begging, he gave finally and it was 3 bottles altogether 7.5 liters. I felt like lifting a barbell and hard to take it back to Railway station.
The train arrived and Santosh waved his hand to get in. As soon I got in, there were ‘guess-who-I-am' games. I terribly failed. Pulling off each other’s leg started rapidly and in a fraction of second everybody got comfortable. But I got close only with 2 hikers. One is with Sumithra, since she had DSLR camera :P and the other one. . . Who carries the CAKE!!! We wanted to ban Santosh for forgetting his Torch, but somehow we forgave him.

As soon as we got down in the station, one hiker went missing. Later we found that, he went to take selfie with the Makaliduraga station board. Later, we went to Tea shop and had tea in a very big cup and waited for Shree, who missed his train just by 30 seconds. He saw the train taking off slowly and tried to catch the train like the Bollywood hero’s. But the people stopped him, thinking that he is going to kill himself by jumping into a train. After purchasing Maggi, water bottle, we kicked off our journey.
Big Tea Cup

Some adventurous hiker suggested doing railway trekking, but we dropped the plan since it was dark and would be risky. But trust me, that highway road seemed to be risky. Since it was a New Year eve, People were drunk and driving crazy and making noise. Imagine 5 guys came in a single bike to buy a cake. 

We maintained pin-drop silence while crossing the Village thinking the villagers may stop us from doing a night trek, but the dogs barked and revealed us. 8.45 PM we started from the base and reached the top by 10.15. The trail was straight forward and we were able to find the route easily even in that dark. The mountain was full of dried Cymbopogon and it was swaying rhythmically to the tune of wind breeze. I felt it was better than the music played in DJ. It was a pretty difficult trek with huge steps. I was a bit disappointed because when I surfed about Makalidurage it was mentioned it’s a granite hillock. But I could not find a Single Granite stone. I met Bhavisha and heard of lot interesting information from her. She explained about the 30 day Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) offered in Nehru Institute Of​​ Mountaineering and the places she explored till date. 

Sharp at 12.00 we cut the Death By chocolate cake, Death by Vanilla Coke(The Name we gave to Vanilla cake) on top of the temple and welcomed New year with full of positive energy. After Dance and Chitchats Surya suggested to play Mafia, but on hearing the description of the game we all felt our head spinning and dropped the idea. Later it was followed by Antakshari and we slept in the temple.
Camp Fire @ Makalidurga

Open Karnam Style

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Tea Preparation 

Next day, when I woke up, tea was ready. Everybody was busy clicking themselves and Ram got busy in washing the Tea utensils. We got a shortfall of water and hence used Coke to wash it. Abbbaa, The stain, rust, tarnishes got removed and it shined like a sun. “Let’s welcome the rising sun of the New year from the hill top”. I did not see any sun rising as it was cloudy. May be the organizer must have mentioned this Shining utensil!!!
We started descending down and in 30 minutes; we reached the base and halted to take a group picture.
After the Groupie :P 
We heard the sound of trains whistling off in the distance while trying to take groupie (Let me assume, if picture of yourself is Selfie, then the picture of the Group is Groupie). Still, we all were engrossed in Gropie and Santosh placed his costly camera on the Railway track and set the self-timer with the delay of 10 seconds. By the time, the 2nd Sense Vision detected the arrival of Train, our sixth sense did not click to get off of the track. The Train was getting closer, the countdown of the camera began, 3, 2 ,1 Click we all rushed out of track to save our life. But Santosh rushed to protect his camera. We waited for the bus grinding all the snacks and departed.
This trek was an excellent one to kick off the New year. 


"The best thing in life are the people who love, The places you've seen and the memories you've made along the way" 

Thank you each one of you for making this event a memorable one

Place: MaKalidurga, Karnataka
No. of hikers: 19
Event Organizer: Santosh Kumar
Trip Expense : 200 Per person

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15 comments:

  1. i dont know what but something is missing...let me try to pen down for u.

    so @ sharp 5:25 pm i reached railway station and after 10 mins train started. I was simply sitting at window and was noticing every1 as they all were new to me but i had Rasmita to it was fine.

    After half n hr we train stopped at Yehlanka and a simple n decent looking nerdy girl stepped inside out compartment.She was wearing Salwar suit with rectangular spects (typical south indian girl). Within 5-10 mins i realised that she is coming with us. Somewhere in mind (What this girl will do after coming with us!!!). Anyways i ignored.

    At around 8:30 we reached Makalidurga. We had to wait there for 1hr as Shree(one of the GURU for trekking) was about to come. We did some time pass at station as girls went to change. After killing 20 mins we went to a nearby coffee shop n everyone started having CHAI or snacks. And here it comes an interesting part INTRO. After 7-8 SO SO intros including mine here it comes a girl in Black trackpants black jacket n white sport shoes. She was kind of cool. Again somewhere in my mind(Now that how a real trekker should look like she is pretty cool yar).

    After fraction of seconds i realised she was wearing spects WTF she is the same girl(SALWAR SUIT) n please dont tell me that she is CO-FOUNDER of the club but YES she is. n Thats how i had 1st impression of DEEPIKA.

    Happy New Year.

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  2. i dont know what but something is missing...let me try to pen down for u.

    so @ sharp 5:25 pm i reached railway station and after 10 mins train started. I was simply sitting at window and was noticing every1 as they all were new to me but i had Rasmita to it was fine.

    After half n hr we train stopped at Yehlanka and a simple n decent looking nerdy girl stepped inside out compartment.She was wearing Salwar suit with rectangular spects (typical south indian girl). Within 5-10 mins i realised that she is coming with us. Somewhere in mind (What this girl will do after coming with us!!!). Anyways i ignored.

    At around 8:30 we reached Makalidurga. We had to wait there for 1hr as Shree(one of the GURU for trekking) was about to come. We did some time pass at station as girls went to change. After killing 20 mins we went to a nearby coffee shop n everyone started having CHAI or snacks. And here it comes an interesting part INTRO. After 7-8 SO SO intros including mine here it comes a girl in Black trackpants black jacket n white sport shoes. She was kind of cool. Again somewhere in my mind(Now that how a real trekker should look like she is pretty cool yar).

    After fraction of seconds i realised she was wearing spects WTF she is the same girl(SALWAR SUIT) n please dont tell me that she is CO-FOUNDER of the club but YES she is. n Thats how i had 1st impression of DEEPIKA.

    Happy New Year.

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  3. BLOG romba nalla irukku Deepika.

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  4. BLOG romba nalla irukku Deepika.

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  5. ������
    Super like s ��

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  6. I think you found the best use for Coke - washing utensils!! Budget trekking is a great idea, but I find walking up mountains difficult. Maybe I can trek inside my house, walking up to the terrace :P

    Destination Infinity

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  7. True.. Thank god Asa Griggs is no more.. if he stumble upon this post, he will feel bad for coke :P
    And....home to terrace :P very difficult level trekking :) .. no hikers cant do it

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