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I Find them funny

A few snaps I found hilarious. Do you have any?

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A photo is equivalent to thousand words. It says all. Enjoy 🙂

Oh is it?!

Oh is it?!

What the hell was the advertiser thinking? Anyway, it is funny 🙂

What would you order?

What would you order?

I found this at Pondicherry. Who got the spelling of Samosa chat wrong?

Photogenic!

Photogenic!

No comments! but you are free to 😉

Little technical?

Little technical?

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I got up at 5 in the morning and I wasn’t happy. I did not want to leave that beautiful place. Our flight to delhi was at 6:30AM and capt. Upul had arranged for a jeep to drop us. We got ready in time and met our jeep driver Ranjith Mehra, bid adieu to all army men, Tarun(our sahayak) and capt Upul and left the place with a heavy heart.

Leh Airport

Leh Airport

The Leh airport(Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ) is a small and pretty airport. It’s one of the highest airport in the world at 3,256 m (10,682 ft) above mean sea level. It works only from morning 6AM to 9AM everyday for 5-6 months in a year. Only 3 planes take off from this airport. One each from the Kingfisher, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways. We reached as early as possible and asked for window seats. We could finally bag 3 window seats and boarded kingfisher’s small 120 seater plane.

Bird's eye view of sakti village

Bird's eye view of sakti village


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Hide and seek with clouds

Hide and seek with clouds


If you are flying back I advice you to request for a window seat. It offers a breath taking view of the mighty Himalayas with all its flamboyance. Numerous glaciers, snow capped mountains appear as minnows playing hide and seek with the ocean of clouds. We landed at IndiraGhandi International Airport at around 8:30AM. I felt the heat wave hit me soon I came out of the plane. We had our Paaji Balbir Singh’s taxi booked before and he was waiting for us at the airport. We drove straight to SBI holiday home where we had a cottage reserved for us. We got freshened up and went to a friend’s place for lunch. We realized the low altitude effect when the tasty lunch was kept in front of us. The amount of food we ate in one lunch was equal to the total food we had during our stay in Kashmir!
Akshardham

Akshardham

Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple


Musical fountain

Musical fountain


Akshardham_fountain (cout. Wiki)

Akshardham_fountain (cout. Wiki)


We had Akshardham in our must visit list. So we decided to spend the evening at this place. It is no doubtedly one of the most beautiful man made structure. It has taken 5 years and numerous man hours of work to construct this marvel. No cameras, phones and metallic objects(not even waist belt) are allowed inside the premises. Even the Taj could not create a kind of mesmerizing effect this temple imposed on me. We took the complete show ticket and went to the main temple. This temple(beemed world’s largest comprehensive Hindu temple) is built in memory of Bhagvan Swaminarayan. After visiting the main temple, we attended the robotics show, Imax theatre show and a boat ride named Sanskruti Vihar that explains India’s rich cultural heritage and technological achievements. There is a huge pure vegetarian food stall which caters variety of food items. The main temple closes at 6PM and Musical fountain show starts at 6:30PM. DO NOT MISS IT!. The famous Mysore KRS musical fountain doesn’t even come close to its beauty, variety, color and grandeur. The show is based on spiritual theme and carries it of very well. After the show, we went back to guest house.

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Friday the 13th. An auspicious day :-). Saurabh and I had decided to go to Chembra (Waynad) for a trek. We were waiting for the bus at symphony theatre and so were others. We did not know anybody else. At last there came a known face – Janak, whom I had previously met at Saavandurga. Chandra and his group were the first to introduce themselves. Then came shubadha(If I remember the name correctly) and Eli who were on their maiden trek in India. Making sure everybody has arrived, we left MG road by 10:00 pm in a white bus named Greenline. After traveling for about an hour an a half we stopped at a dhaba for dinner. The dhaba was quite shabby and gloomy but people managed to eat something.

Route map

Route map


I don’t remember when we crossed the Kerala border for I wanted to stay awake and watch out for a possible elephant sighting but fell asleep. It was 6 in the morning when I woke up and we reached Kalpetta bus stand( Waynad district) by 6:30 am. After a round of tea we traveled to the Chembra estate located some 15km from Kalpetta.
Fit IN!

Fit IN!


We hired jeeps from the entrance of the estate to the base of Chembra. There were just 2 jeeps and 24 of us had to fit in. It was fun riding with 5 people plus a driver in the front row of the jeep and 2 sitting on the roof and 2 guys hanging behind the jeep . After a quick round of introduction, we shared the lunch packs and started our trek. It was flat muddy estate road with beautiful tea gardens till the watch tower.
Watch tower

Watch tower


Inside watch tower

Inside watch tower


Ramneek and saurabh were cribbing about jeep taking us half way and wondering how much of distance/altitude is left to cover. For their disappointment, the steep 60 degree never ending climb started right from the watch tower. Pit stops were scheduled for every 15 minutes. Water bottles were of great demand. Experienced Chandra’s group and we were ahead in the trail and it extended well over 2 furlong. Aravind was bossing over everyone shouting and screaming at people who were running ahead of the lot asking us to wait till everyone are at his visibility.
Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak


Half way up

Half way up


For you, with love

For you, with love


At half way we reached a plain stretch which had a beautiful heart shaped lake. We spent some time at this lake taking photos and cooling ourself. The chembra peak was visible from this place. Since it was getting very hot we did not want to waste time and started our ascent. The stretch got steeper and more difficult to climb. Surprisingly we met a German lady and a Canadian already on their way down. They would have started very early. We even had another group trekking with us and a bit ahead of us. A few girls of their group had decided not to climb anymore and had camped at a place and greeted us when we passed them.
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Peak

Peak

As we climbed further, the weather turned pleasant. Clouds started gathering around the peak and winds conditioned our tiredness. We finally reached the peak after 3 hours of climb. The peak was a small flat place. The group who were ahead of us were about to leave and we occupied the entire peak. After clicking a few photos and hoisting Karnataka flag(brought by Chandra and his friends) we opened our bags and unpacked the lunch packets. We were so hungry that otherwise impossible to eat MTR chapattis and cold channa masala/ panner masala tasted like mom made birthday dish. It started drizzling and with no shelter, it was fun having rain lunch.

Soon after lunch we started our descent. We moved down very quickly and were split into 3 groups. Chandra’s group were first to leave and went down at lightning speed. Myself along with a few followed them closely and rest were far behind. We reached the heart shaped lake and waited for them cooling out legs in the lake water. A first few took around half an hour to reach us and we could still see Janak and Poonam a mile away when it started raining heavily. We had waited enough and decided to leave before our cameras get wet. Rest of the folks who had just arrived stayed back for some rest watching the rainbow.

Sunset from Watchtower (sun?!)

Sunset from Watchtower (sun?!)


It was pouring cats and dogs and we were running at our destiny – The watch tower some 4km away. It was the only shelter which was in our reach. The bags already wet and our precious cameras in danger we ran downhill as if some mad dog chasing us. The trail forks were confusing and we were not sure if we are heading in the right direction in the jungle. Finally on seeing the tower we were relived. We went to the first floor and dried ourself. By now the wind speed had increased and so was the rain. We pity those poor people who were in the second batch who came half an hour after us completely soaked in water. We called up for the jeeps and waited for the rain to stop. Once it did, wasting no time we ran to the jeep. Since people were wet, we decided to send 2 batched in 2 jeeps and one jeep would come back to pick up the rest.

The clouds were afloat at or below our level though out our jeep journey from the chembra base to Meppady village. We reached our bus and waited a long time for other batch to arrive. Then went for some shopping – chappals fro those who had gotten water into the shoes, and for some food. There was some confusion for our dinner arrangement and it took an hour more to sort it out. Finally we went to a place half a kilometer away from suchipara falls for dinner – at 9:00 pm. Then came tragedy. No one were ready to pitch tents due to fear that it might rain. Though a few of us were against it, we had to go with the majority’s decision to stay in a dormitory. We traveled for another hour and reached a place called Ambalavayal and slept in one big dormitory.

Meenmutty 2nd stage

Meenmutty 2nd stage


Meenmutty 1st stage

Meenmutty 1st stage


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The next morning, after quick coffee at Ambalavayal we left to Meenmutty falls. We had breakfast in bus( bread jam). The meenmutty falls is located in some tea estate where we stopped our bus. Hiring a guide( yes, in kerala its mandatory) we started our trek to the 2nd step of the three step falls. The trail was very steep and guide looked more terrified than any of us. He scrapped our idea of going to the third step of the falls telling the route is very dangerous. We were disappointed on reaching the view point of the second step of the falls as all it had to offer was partially hidden view of the massive falls. The guide said we can get into water in the first step of the falls and hence we quickly started the ascent and reached it. The view was very pleasant and we spent no time in getting into water. The rocks were very slippery and in no time I saw poonam slip and three guys trying to rescue her in 10 feet something water. I was confused if they were actually trying to rescue her or push her deep into water. After sometime I learnt that two of them were tucking each other to come up and drowning themselves. Finally Janak and Aravind brought her to rocks. Till date I ‘ve been asking her for a replay ;-). We stayed in water for some half an hour and started our trek to bus. On reaching bus and gulping 2 liters of masala buttermilk I slept in bus enjoying cool wind on our way back to Mysore.
Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace


We stopped in Mysore and gave a short visit to the Palace. We did not go inside the palace but roamed around inside its compound for a while and left to Bangalore.

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Nubra guest house

Nubra guest house


There was absolute silence. My peaceful sleep was disturbed by my cell phone alarm. It was 3AM. Yes, I was sleeping in our guesthouse at an army camp in Leh. It was my responsibility to wake up everyone else so that we can be ready by 4AM. After quick ablutions we were ready by 4:15 as we heard LangChung honking his scorpio. We hit the highway in no time with the army clearance arranged at all check posts.
Road to Pangong tso

Road to Pangong tso


Why did we leave so early? There was a reason. We had decided to visit Pangong Tso – One of the most beautiful lakes on earth. As elders say, the most beautiful of the things are not easily accessible. The road to the lake crosses a few streams and it has to be crossed very early in the morning and come back before 10 AM. The water levels increase due to melting of snow in the day time making it impossible to cross it. If we are stuck on the other side, we’ll have to spend rest of the day and night by the lakeside.

Langchung making the road!

Langchung making the road!


This is what happens if you dont have an SUV

This is what happens if you dont have an SUV


We were happy to be there on time but on seeing the stone clad river bed we felt it would take a hummer to cross it. But all it took was none other than the confident LangChung and his impressive scorpio to do it. He asked us to get down and cross the river bed on foot and arranged the small rocks and stones so that the vehicle could pass. He then drove the vehicle in what could be –the best scorpio Ad- style. We caught a glimpse of the lake from a kilometer but the view on reaching the lake bed really pleased us.
Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso


Pangong tso

Pangong tso


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Cout. Wiki

Cout. Wiki


Pangang Tso Panorama cout.Wiki

Pangang Tso Panorama cout.Wiki


It was a never seen before beauty of the lake with the entire spectrum of light sketched on its surface by the just born sun. The reflection of those huge mountains in the lake and fresh oxygen annihilated all our tiredness and sleep. Only 1/4th of the lake belongs to India and 3/4th of it belongs to China. On the lakeside there is a small check post and a shop – The last shop of India where you can purchase clothing and a few antique pieces. We roamed around the place until Langchung threatened us that we’ll have to spend rest of the day and night here if we do not leave immediately.
Chang La

Chang La


The Himalayan Marmot

The Himalayan Marmot


On our way back, after crossing the river bed, we stopped at many places and I caught a Himalayan Marmot in my camera. We stopped at Chang La where the visitors will be greeted with tea by the Army people. One of my friends threw up again! Believe me if not acclimatized properly, AMS can hit you anytime. We reached Leh at around noon and bid goodbye to Lang Chung Tsering promising him our return to the place again.

After a good lunch and sleep, I went around the city of Leh the same evening with one of my friends. Roamed around it’s famous bazaars, antique showrooms, cloth street, vegetable market. The people are extremely friendly and soft spoken. Be cautious when you are trying to buy antique show pieces or the famous kashmiri tea makers. It is advised to go with a trustable localitie for any kind of shopping. One can avail the extremely cheap shared cab facility to reach any place within Leh. We took a drop in one of those till the airport and walked back to our guest house. We packed our bags and talked to Capt. Upul and thanked him for all his hospitality before retiring to bed.

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Good morning Diskit!, I said as I woke up and opened the door of my 2nd floor room at hotel ‘Guest house’. I then realized that the place I was staying was like a Buddhist monastery located beside the river and Diskit’s famous desert. Jumping jack (as referred in my previous post) was waiting below looking up right towards me! I asked him “Garam paani milega? “ for which he replied “das minute saab mil jaayega” and hopped inside the kitchen. We were more than happy to have got warm water for bath. We had tea, settled our bill and left the place.

Hunder

Hunder


Bactrian camels(Double humped camels)

Bactrian camels(Double humped camels)


Camel trek

Camel trek


Hunder – according to me is the only place on earth where you can find desert, river, snow, storms, rain, small streams, cultivated land, village, mountains, forest, natural gardens and the world famous endangered species – Bactrian camel(Double humped camel) all at one place. This is no less than heaven. We stopped at a place and roamed around in the desert taking photos waiting for the camels to come around with their guardians. The camels came at around 9:30 AM. We took a long ride on them.
Diskit Gompa

Diskit Gompa


Prayer hall -Diskit gompa

Prayer hall -Diskit gompa


New Diskit gompa

New Diskit gompa


We then returned to Diskit to visit the famous Diskit gompa – One of the few Tibetan state of the arts martial arts’ school. We also met a kannada speaking monk who showed us around and explained us how much it costs them to run this school and shortage of funds. We contributed an ant’s bit for a cause and bid bye bye.
Gateway of Nubra

Gateway of Nubra


Jai ho!

Jai ho!


We traced back our route – North Pullu, Kardung La, South Pullu, Leh. We again stopped at Kardung La, took a few photos with the army men and roamed around for a while. We reached Leh army camp at around 6PM and rest of the evening was spent watching tom and jerry at our guest house.

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Gateway to Nubra

Gateway to Nubra

Nubra Valley is about 150 km north of Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, India. This is where Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. We were exited to go to that place. We left Army camp at Leh by 7AM and proceeded towards Nubra valley. We met the first check post at South Pullu. There were two check posts – One from the District police and the other from the Indian Army. The police did not allow us to pass the check post even after telling it is an army vehicle. They needed written permission from the army as per the direct orders from SP. We called up captain Upul and instructions walked up to the army check post where he called on the secure line and authenticated our permission. It was nice to be inside the army bunker sitting beside a heater and watching the working of capacitor charged phone like secure equipment.

Kardung La

Kardung La


Kardung La top

Kardung La top


After passing the check post and an hour’s drive, we reached Kardung La – The highest motorable road on the planet. Just before this place we pass through a gateway like rock called Gateway to Nubra. It was freezing cold there and clouds passing over even threw a few hailstones at us. There were a few Bike enthusiasts who were congratulating themselves upon their successful voyage to the so called ‘Biker’s Mecca’. This place is secured by the army and there is a communication tower too. No one can leave this place without his/her photo in front of the stone slab that declares its altitude – 18340 ft!
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The descent to great valley of Nubra starts soon after passing the kardung la. The Nubra Valley had blown the beauty of my previous sights right out of the water. All the adjectives in the dictionary cannot do justice, and my attempts to capture the tiniest bit of its essence on camera have so far proved futile. I can only suggest you come and see for yourself. We passed through small streams flowing across the road. All along the road there were cheesy saftey slogans like “If married, divorce speed”, “If you sleep, your family will weep”, “Be gentle on my curves”, “Feel the curves but don’t hug them”, “Check your nerve on my curve”, “Mountains are pleasure if you drive with leisure”,”It’s not a rally, enjoy the valley” and my favourite, “Love thy neighbour but not while driving”! 🙂 .
North Pullu

North Pullu


We passed through another check post at North Pullu – Infact they were waiting for an army vehicle with us to pass the point. The garden like Kardung village is 45 minute drive from North Pullu. We stopped at a small hotel – the only hotel – for some tea and snacks. Two of my friends fell sick and threw up because of altitude.
Left to Diskit, Right to Panamik

Left to Diskit, Right to Panamik


road to Paradise (Siachen)

road to Paradise (Siachen)


Spot the car - Siachan river bed

Spot the car - Siachan river bed

After an hour’s drive we reached the Nubra desert. It is a desert located in the middle of mammoth mountains. The road forks here. One road leads to Diskit and hunder and another straight road bisects the white desert and continues towards Panamik. We took the panamik road and stopped in the middle of the desert to enjoy the view around and take a few snaps. The road to panamik passes through wonderful gardens of Sumer village. Panamik is located just 40kms from Siachen base camp and is famous for its hot sulphur springs. It is not that good a tourist place since the springs were no good compared to the ones at Manikaran. On our way back we stopped at a place 8km from Sumer and began our trek. We crossed the Siachan riverbed – we had great time and fun crossing that river – and saw a hill standing in between us and our destiny – the green lake. After trekking filled with numerous breaks we reached the lake, of course took some photos, rested for a while and returned via the same route back to our car.
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Green Lake

Green Lake


We crossed Sumer at out 4 PM and got stuck at a traffic jam 8KM ahead. Traffic jam?! At 17000ft above sea level?! Hold on. There was this army truck which had met with an accident and had blocked the only possible route connecting Panamik to the civilized world. We had to wait for more than 2 hours until army rescue truck came and cleared the road. There are a few good – made for tourists – hotels at Sumer where we could have stayed. It is a strict no no to travel in Nubra after 6:30PM (Due to various reasons – winds, snowfall, landslides, extreme temperatures). Since there were many vehicles waiting waiting with us all the while, we decided to head towards Diskit. This was a rare experience and one of the most wonderful rides of my life. Our “Schumacher of Ladakh” Langchung knew this route at the back of his mind and was driving at 60kmph along perfectly blind curves masked completely by darkness and dusty wind. The road edged hill on one side and a welcome freefall awaiting on the otherside. His drive seemed as if the road is being formed exactly in the direction where he commands our scorpio as we could not see anything 2 meters ahead of us. We reached Diskit by 8PM and LangChung drove us to a pretty good lodge named ‘GuestHouse’ where we had dinner( soup, tea, noodles and bread) and retired for the day. (Before I forget – there was this guy named Jack whom we named jumping jack was jumping all around us like a Allauddin’s Geni waiting for our requests. He was very funny.)

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No trek for a month?! No, I cant live with that. My greatest of passions, with the never ending list of ‘Must see before I die’, I cannot afford to waste a weekend. I was successful in convincing Saurabh to come along with me.

Destination? Mullayanagiri –Bababudangiri- kemmannugundi trail.

Though I had been to the same trail twice, I had the same enthuse and eagerness as the rest of the group who were waiting for the bus. Day:April 17/09, Time:10PM, Location:Symphony theatre, Bangalore. A few known faces – Janak, Harsha and Poonam and rest 20 odd friendly souls busy talking within their small groups. A few had packed their homes inside mammoth sized rug sacks – all ready for relocation. I still cannot believe they had read the entire instruction manual and were prepared for worst of the scenarios, even a Tsunami. I could have easily tucked my backpack in one of them.

Making sure everybody had arrived, we boarded the bus. It was not a cozy one and had very less leg space. The journey had a dinner stop at a panjabi dhaba, bumpy ride, driver’s half an hour restroom time out in the middle of nowhere, diversions and numerous stops. On reaching Chickmaglur we checked into a hotel named Woodlands – Well don’t fall for its name; It was only as good as a public toilet. It did not take more than an hour to get ready and have a light breakfast at a nearby hotel.

Sarpadaari Begins

Sarpadaari Begins

After reaching the beginning of trek route called ‘Sarpadaari’ at the base of Mullyanagiri and a small round of introduction we started climbing the hill. We had Janak with us leading the way and Harsha (and Poonam, asusual) at the tail end. I was amazed to know there was a girl with acrophobia! (fear of heights) and it was fun pulling her legs (Not literally) – the first one to talk to among 20 so friendly souls. By half way numerous photos were clicked and water bottles were emptied.

Gufa

Gufa

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After a short break under a tree 300mts below the summit, we went to explore a cave nearby of whose existence I wasn’t aware of. The cave with multicolored walls was pitch dark. Torches flashing, we wasted no time in exploring all possible routes crawling on our knees. Harsha showed us a hidden route where we found a bat hanging by its wall and decided to go no further. It took a while to dust our clothes after coming out of the cave.
Mullayanagiri peak

Mullayanagiri peak


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Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri highway!

Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri highway!


We reached the top in another ten minutes and roamed around the stupa for a while. After refilling our bottles with super tasty water and a few more snaps on top of the highest peak of karnataka, we started our descent towards Bababudangiri. The surface of the hill was barren but during my last visit the whole mountain was covered with blue and yellow flowers. This was a very easy descent where Namratha refused to give up her lead until we reached our bus for lunch. Sitting inside a small bus stop we had parceled lunch- pulav, raita, curd rice and pickle which tasted like a million dollar meal.
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Campsite - Galikere

Campsite - Galikere


Sunset at Galikere

Sunset at Galikere

We then traveled for half an hour after which we got down and started our trek towards Manikyadhara falls. Our guide Krishna took us to the place. We were surprised to see the 50paise entry fee. After paying it(well 2 rupee for 4 people) and getting an yellow chit we entered the stairs that leads us to the falls. To our great disappointment the falls was just like a sprinkling shower which would take hours to wet surface of out body. We started swearing at our guide and made fun of Vani who actually took bath in it and Swetha who was cribbing for losing her hard earned 50 paise coin. It was late in the afternoon when we started our trek towards Galikere – our camping site for the day. This was a fascinating path revisited for me. We walked through the thin strip of hilly pathway with gush of winds threatening to take us off our heels. Saurabh and I were deviating from the trail every now and then to reach the verge of the hill. We reached Galikere just after sunset. The place had a small lake(galikere), a few shops, a small temple and our campsite was barren with chicken feathers and bones.

We sat on the resin sheets spread on the camping site where all our backpacks, sleeping bags and tents had been dumped. We first decided to sleep under the sky and not pitch tents. But later somehow everyone wanted to pitch tents for the sake of learning the art of pitching one! Harsha and Janak went on to give the demo and we followed. A few misplaced the colored sticks resulting in a handicapped tent and it was fun watching the fight between girls and guys over a cursed stick which girls finally managed to snatch!
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Campfire!

Campfire!

After setting up tents Janak, Harsha and others got busy preparing soup and demanded money for the same. Finding no buyers they had to give it for free. There was roti and ready to eat MTR channa masala and Paneer masala for dinner. Our Harsha CHANDRA SHEKAR ate all extra roti (all? I’m not sure). We brought a huge log from somewhere for campfire and there was a fight between Janak and another girl(Swetha if I’m right) for lighting the bonfire .
Then started a session of extreme PJs where everyone gave a tough competition to crack the worst possible PJ.

“How do you find out if a housefly is male or female?
– Usko darao, agar uda to Male, udi tho Female “ for a sample.

A few of us got our sleeping bags and slept outside near the bonfire while the rest settled inside their tents. After a while, one by one came out with their sleeping bag to sleep outside. It got cold and windy later that night and even showered a few drops of rain.
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We got up early in the morning (by 6 AM) and wow! The clouds were right beside us. I could see the ocean of floating clouds below our level, slowing gaining altitude and coming towards us. The panoramic view forced the cameras to come out of their bags. Poonam(christened chaiwali) prepared tea which was called “makki ka chai”, well yes there were a few insects which committed suicide wanting to taste the tea. After tea and breakfast (bread and jam), we packed our tents and bags and dumped them in to the jeep. We saw tens of villagers climbing the nearby open hillock for their morning works. By the time we started wondering how can they be so foolish to have chosen such an open place, the clouds had gained altitude and covered the entire place! Within seconds we couldn’t see ten feet from us. What timing!
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From the sword of Zorro

From the sword of Zorro


We started our trek to kemmangundi by around 7AM. The trail was more friendly, foggy and cold. We had made good acquaintance with rest of the group and it turned out to be comfortable morning walk with lot of witty conversations (well yes, on a moony day ;-)). We stopped by a small falls at a stream and a few of us took a dip in it. It got sunny by the time we reached halfway and most of us were burnt and out of fuel by the time we reached Kemmanugundi. Here the guide dragged us further down from the guesthouse where he said the food was available. We fell for it and reached to find out nothing was available to eat. Too bored to go back I slept in the bus for a while. After an hour filled bellies came back with packets of Bisibelebath for those who stayed behind. How sweet of them!
Indian Hummer

Indian Hummer


Hebbe falls

Hebbe falls


We then decided to go to Hebbe falls. Having seen it twice before, to make up for Manikyadhara’s disappointment I was pestering Harsha to visit it. We booked 4 jeeps which took us for a heavenly ride . These jeeps are super old killer Indian Hummers driven by super kids and has modified engines which can conquer any terrain. Run by half diesel half kerosene mix they even have a 2 wheel/4 wheel drive toggle! Attached photo is of one such hummer I traveled during my last trip. We got down at the estate house and after passing 3 streams reached the massive 2 step falls. Within no time we were in the cold water sitting under the falls and enjoying the water massage which was thwacking us with all it force. After an hour of play, we returned to our bus via the same route.

It was 7PM and we did not want to reach Bangalore at some odd hour. Hence we charted out a plan to delay everything so that we can reach the city not before 4AM. We left to Bangalore after a round of tea and some snacks. The bus broke down(No this was not part of our delay plan) at Arasikere and we used this time to have dinner in some stinking restaurant. After the dinner, our laughter for Harsha’s anecdotes were never ending. Finally we reached Bangalore by 4:30 AM. I could not say bye to every one of them but their smiling faces saying adieu would remind me of all the fun I had during this trip. The trek was partially successful in bring together a group of strangers and creating a clique out of it. Miss you all!

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