|Ride and trek to Tadiyendamol
||[Jan. 30th, 2007|06:02 pm]
The trip/trek that was wrought with bad omens: tilak was down with cold, cough last week, I sprained my wrist on Wednesday and tilak couldn't find a bike to ride; but we went ahead with the trip on one bike with the tent, sleeping bags, food, clothes in one bag and the cameras in another.
We started at 7am on Friday, filling up the tank, and taking the Kanakapura road and then joining Mysore road. We stopped at Kamat but it was overcrowded, so headed further and had our breakfast at Tiffany's. The road after taking the deviation towards Virajpet is very good for riding, especially through the Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The demarcation of the park is very sudden: you see forests on both sides of the road and then suddenly you see a board at signifies the end of the park and right after start the plantations. We took the road through Napoklu from Virajpet, even though longer it was in good shape. The ride back on Sunday from Tadiyendamol to Virajpet in the cloudy morning was beautiful with slightly wet roads and refreshing greens on either side. We reached home at around 6 in the evening on Sunday.
Hot lemon juice anyone?:
Riding slowly through the main street at Virajpet searching for a hotel to have lunch on Friday, we stopped at Hillview hotel; After parota with fish curry, our waiter recommended Lemon tea, we did have it and it tasted just like hot lemon juice without any essence of tea; you would think that was bad, while coming back on Sunday we went and had the same lemon tea along with lunch, strange we are :)
Up and down:
Parking the bike at the end of the road, we started our trek at around 3pm on Friday; the climb up was uneventful with us reaching the top just in time for the sunset. We had seen a lot of day-trippers but to our surprise there were 6 other tents that night at the peak other than ours. We woke up Saturday morning to watch the sun rise over the misty mountains, and then went back to sleep. We got up later as it was getting a little hot with the sun shining in the clear skies, we were almost out of water too, so we decided to go back down to the stream, packed just the essentials and went back down leaving the tent behind.
After lunch, we found a nice flat place under the shade of trees, put down a sheet and read our books(Tilak was reading Tughlaq and I was reading On The Road) for some time with the music of the gurgling stream and a few chirping birds somewhere inside the forest. Later I took a relaxing nap; waking up it was getting cloudy and we started our climb back up at around 3pm. The last group of people who were there on Saturday were leaving a few minutes after we got back to our tent.
It was still 5pm, we took our books and went to the sunset point and sat there with only the sound of the wind and the company of small black birds(with a white strip across their back) flying around silently. If that was not enchanting enough, the sun started playing with the gaps in the clouds, creating beams of light that swept down and created a rainbow glow on the mist in the valleys. Later it lit up a part of a valley with a bright light orange glow with everything else pale and dark, it was beautiful.
7am on Sunday and there was no sign of the sun, just shades of gray all around. It was drizzling lightly, we hoped the sun would come out since our tent was not waterproof, had our breakfast of bun and sweet chili sauce and read some more. 8am, the peak which was 40 ft away was not visible with the heavy mist and it started raining, and in a few moments we had water inside the tent. The only thing we could do was to keep the water to one side and side on the other side hoping it would stop raining. It finally stopped raining at 9 when we quickly packed and started our trek down the mountain. We met a school teacher who had got a job at a nearby school and was on his first climb up Tadiyendamol; when he learnt that we had come down to get water and had gone back up, he was surprised and asked us why we just didn't dig a well on top instead of doing that!
This time I had taken my camera along, but when I opened it during sunset I realized that I had left the battery with the battery charger at home! Hopefully tilak will post some of his photos. Also have a look at a few photos from last year of a trek to the same place.