And awaits the Kunti Betta. Black lead granites shining in golden moon.
I read over internet that Pandavas spent 14 years of exiles around this area so the town is named after them “PandavPura”.
Steep slippery rock faces. Gradient: 30-40 Degrees.
A bare mountain:
– Hardly any trees or springs on the way
– Some stone imprints might had stored water within them in monsoons.
– A paradise for freshers and cake walk for regulars.
So, the journey begins: and that too with some technical side-step foot works.
– And along with flashing lights
– While queue crawled
– Crunching foot steps resonated with deep silence
– Hovering moon watching us from over
– And some of us? Moving without flashes under full moon on black golden igneous rocks.
Until some flash lights from down below scared us and made us almost run.
So, how freshers behave?
– Make them silent and they would be (reminds me of a kindergarten kid)
– Ask them to drop their bags & ascend freely over rocks and they would do that like a pro (Terms & conditions: You have to show them the technicality of hiking).
– Hey! you got to pull up a bit!
– You might find this way easier, try it!
– “you alright?”
– Yup! I am
– “Sarthak! lead them”, we are here sweeping them from behind
And, bunch of like-minded people from unlikely background were walking the way together.
I had an odd opinion about girls that it was always tough to drive a gang of girls in treks.
But fair sexes proved me unfair. They almost matched guys at each steeps and ascends.
So, I must say now that:
Together we pushed it; rode it; crossed it; and we finally tamed it. “Tamed the summit”.
– Threw ourselves.
– Threw the bags too.
– Caught some breathings.
– Smelled the teen spirits.
– Moon was ours then
– As was the peak
– As were us being true ourselves
– Discovered a hiker inside us lately.
And we reached the summit:
The moon was high; so were the breeze.
Couldn’t hold off flying shirt and pounding heart.
Breathes were warmer and so were us.
We felt the wild living inside us and so felt the wild there.
Dogs barking in distant villages.
Shout; wonder; get amazingly shocked; thank the team leader thousand times; confess it was the best trek of life; feel the wind whispering into your ears and caressing your hair at 950 feet.
Love yourself; Love the nature.
Finally, it was time to break out of the rapture that was carrying us away and return to pragmatism.
“Boy! its time to collect fire woods.”
– Thorns prick, chafe the thorns
– Pull it and you realize you were pulling the whole tree. (Damn it)
– If knife does not work, kick the tree; uproot it (At any cost find the fire woods :))
– And it was time for camp fire. (But it did not lasted for long 🙁 )
(Did you see my sad face?)
But fire still had got some fire in it
Enough and long enough to lit a cigarette (To you Jatin ;)).
With course of time, the course of trek shifted to dumb-shell-arts. People mimicked.
And Anshul! if you are reading this then you were a Hero-Honda in singing 🙂
And how night started engulfing us in her cold winds, we did not notice it. Hard rocks were bed of roses now.
Find a place and make yourself comfortable until a small frog wakes up everyone and stirrers some late night fun.
Some slept; some chatted; some rocked with music and I was hard asleep.
Dark red to yellow; yellow to orange; orange to little white and we watched it. We watched the sun changing is shape and color. As the sun rises in the sky so as Our Pahadi Guy climbs over the stone pillar. (Not appropriate to put the photographs here in public forum!)
Now we could see the panoramic tiny villages and the Thonnur lake beside.
– It was time to trek down.
We almost ran and crossing moorlands and stepping over rocks, we were down below well within half an hour.
We reached at the base.
It was time to move on but before moving ahead we played, snapped and spent some fun time together.
And, it was time to witness another epic journey.
Tonnuru Kere, Near by Kunti Betta
How to reach?
Bangalore (100 kms)->Mandya (26 kms)->Pandavpura (4 kms)->(To Kunti Betta) / Mysore (28 kms)-> Pandavpura->Kunti Betta
Trek Distance: almost 2 kms (easy but technical)
Photo Courtesy: Sarabjeet Singh & Vikas Verma
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