I have always been a person who purchased many things thinking about how useful it was to me but as time passes by, i often forgot the value or importance of those things which I purchased or have it already. People used to call me rich and even think i don’t care for money as i have enough in my pocket always but that was not true. I don’t blame them because they don’t know me nor my life completely. Things got more easy to buy with the help of credit card which lured people (one of them being me) into buying things which they never thought of purchasing or buying. But as they say, time changes everything so did my attitude. We as humans never understand the value of a thing/person/moment until we have a first hand experience ourselves. And I had one such kind of experience which changed my perspective for all the things in life. I wouldn’t like to divulge into the incident in the present post but will surely talk about it in future posts.
For now, I purchase things only when I feel desperate about it (except books which i m passionate about). By doing so, I value what I buy and also keep a check on my expenses :-).
Day 2 started badly for me. When i woke up from sleep, i saw one of my legs swollen and i wasn’t even able to stand. My friends helped me with spray which gave a bit of relief. Just then one of the funniest and memorable moment happened in our room. The situation involved Chandra and Biswa. Even now, if we (Me, Pradeep, Akshay, Chandra and Biswa) remember it we laugh till our core. Just then, Harsha came into our room and informed that he hasn’t slept whole night. when asked why he didn’t sleep? he answered Shakun didn’t let him sleep. When he tried sleeping, Shakun started snoring which left many people awake 😉 . After a while, all of them were ready for the next destination. We took few pictures around the cottage and left the place. We decided to visit BABA BUDANGIRI as it falls in the way to Mullayangiri. Baba Budangiri is a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims. The road to Baba Budangiri and Mullayangiri are narrow, steep and bad in condition.
After visiting Baba Budangiri, we decided to have our breakfast here instead of having it in Mullayyangiri. This is when Prashanth started having motions due to reasons which cannot be disclosed 😉 . One of the scariest moment of the trip for everyone (including the driver) was when Biswa shouts “STOP STOP! I CANT SEE THE ROAD”. It scared the hell out of all my friends and also the driver which made him push the brakes much harder. Biswa was sleeping at the last corner seat of the Tempo Traveller and when he got up and look out of window, he saw no ground below him which brought his heart in his mouth and made him shout that loud. We reached MULLAYANGIRIaround 11.30 PM and sun was heading its way up. Mullayangiri is considered the tallest peak in Karnataka and has a temple on its peak. Prashanth was on his on way to perform nature call and rest of the friends started climbing the hill. By the time, we reached the top it completely drained our energy but the scenic view made us energize. It was a completely different experience and the cool breeze touching your face even at afternoon time was simply amazing.
At the start of the hill
Resting for a while
At the cliff of Mullayangiri
Outside the temple on the peak
A view from Mullayangiri Hill
On top of Mullayangiri Hill
Parking At Mullayangiri
On reaching back at the bottom, everyone was thirsty so we all had ice creams and started to get into our vehicles for our next destination. As planned, our next destination was YAGACHI SPORTS PARK which entertains people with various kinds of water sports. But when enquired about it near chikmangalur, we got to know that it was closed due to reduced water level. It was then decided to visit HALEBIDU. We had a quick lunch in one of the hotels and started our journey to Halebidu. We reached Halebidu around 2.30 PM in the afternoon. The architecture was simply jaw breaking. We were looking around the temple and found a guide explaining about the sculptures and temple details to few foreigners and we sneaked in and started listening to the information provided by the guide. Each and every sculpture has its importance and some specific meaning attached to it. It was one historical place to visit and get the feel of it. We visited all the temples and surrounding places and strolled around the garden for a while. We rested for a while near the Buddha statue in the garden before starting the journey back to Bengaluru.
The main entrance of the temple
One of the sculptures
In the garden, Halebidu
It was 6 PM when we bid adieu to Halebidu and started our journey back to Bengaluru. All my friends were tired but still we had one last stop before Bengaluru and it was for dinner. We looked out for many dhaba’s on the highway but none were good and finally got into one dhaba which was good enough to eat. Non-veg guys (Bapi, Sachin, Anuj, Shakun) started ordering their starters and veg guys (Akshay, Pradeep, Harsha, Pralay and myself) their food but there was one guy who didn’t want to eat. Guess who? Its Prashanth 😉 (rem due to motions). We insisted him to have curd rice a bit which settle him stomach. By the time starters and main course appeared, we were baffled to see one big chicken at our table and when we enquired it was called “Punjabi Chicken”. Even the non veg guys were surprised to see that quantity given. Once the diner finished, we were back on road to complete our wonderful trip. It was around 11.30 PM – 00.00 AM when all my friends reached their respective room’s or home’s.
It was one of the wonderful experiences which included funny, scariest and wildest moments which i will cherish for the rest of the life. Thank you guys for making it so special. Hope we go for many more such trips ahead :).
Its been more than an year that many of my friends at SOFTWARE AG were planning for a trip and it was delayed or cancelled due to one or other reason. Everytime someone raises the topic of trip, me n my friends used to laugh at it thinking it would get cancelled any way. But as times went by we were more inclined n serious towards going to a trip which looked far fetched dream to some one them. But one fine day, while having lunch at office the topic rose up again n my friends acknowledged each other for the trip rather than laughing at it (as they did earlier). It was decided then and there that we would go for the trip even if only couple of them turn up.
We started discussing where can we head for and people started pouring with their own places to visit. Then we picked up the places which were feasible for us to plan for a w day trip. Once the places were picked, we put forth the same to all our group. And almost of them choose CHIKKAMANGALURUas there were many other beautiful n scenic places nearby it. We started sharing the responsibilities among ourselves. It was decided tat Akshay would take care of budget n collecting money from our friends so that he would track down everything we spend in the tour. He also informed our friends that he would bring khakra’s and other delicious stuff. I (avin) took up the task of arranging the vehicle which was a Tempo Traveller and also food items which can be used in the course of the journey.
Aerial view of kemmangundi hill
Rose garden, Kemmangundi Hill
On the way to Hebbe Falls
Everyone were waiting eagerly for the day i.e. Friday 26th September 2013 which was the day planned to leave for the trip. Anuj decided to come to the trip at the last hour and we were very happy to take him aboard. I was the last one to get on the traveller and the fun began. We had dinner at a dhaba and reached chikmangalur early morning around 3 AM. Some of them rested for a while and few of them watched TV. It was around 8 AM when we started from our lodge to our first placeKEMANNAGUNDI. We had a small break in the way to have tiffin and take pictures.
Finally we reached a garden on top of kemmanagundi Hill where we rested for a while and started for HEBBE FALLS. It was just after 15-20 mins, we got a shock saying the route to hebbe falls is closed due to a recent Supreme Court order banning tourism in tiger reserves. It was a huge setback for all of us who were excited about visiting hebbe falls. But as they say “Nothing can stop determined people”, we were determined to visit the falls come what may. So there comes a person who says he can take us to the falls via private coffee estates but will be charged heavily. Few of them were reluctant at first but then agreed. We had to park our vehicle along road side and walk for around 2 KM because there was road construction in progress. It was one hell of a ride with loads of bumps and jumps. It was more like a dirt race except we were in commader jeep. Vehicles were stopped nearly 2km away and we had to walk to reach the falls. Then, the moment arrived when we finally saw the water falling from very high and believe me its was BREATH TAKING view.
Pradeep wlaking on water 😛
First view of Hebbe Falls
Landscape view of Hebbe Falls
Friends enjoying the chill of water
The pain and efforts put by my friends (travelling, walking, jumping and sometimes scolding me 🙂 ) were payed well. When we went closer and felt the water, it was damn cold. Many of my friends starting jumping into water and few restricted themselves. It was getting dusk when we started to leave hebbe falls. We stopped at one of the smaller falls and had our food which we packed on our way to falls. When we reached our vehicles it was complete dark. Now there was still 2 KM to be walked in complete dark with a tyre (which was punctured earlier) in our hand to reach our vehicle. We watched the sky which was shinning with numerous stars. Finally, we reached our vehicle and decided that we would stay in a cottage kind of house which was on top of kemmangundi hill. We were given two rooms to stay and decided we would get up early and start our journey to MULLAYANGIRI. Pradeep, Akshay, Chandra, Biswa and Me were in one room and Bapi, Harsha, Prshanth, Shakun, Anuj and Pralay were given the other room. There was no electricity and complete darkness except our cell phone torch and in the process of reaching our room, i twisted my ankle badly.
Every smallest thing in our daily life has it’s own time to come forward with or to showcase itself how hard we try.
I sometimes believe what few people said to me when I was very young that GOD has written your fate and someone up is watching your every step. I personally feel, it’s the choices we make and not what was written. Life always gives you choices to make, its matter of only looking a bit further for the other option. There are many such occasions which wherein i felt i should have done that thing in different way but then realize that i have traveled long way further to undo. I’m sure many of you had this experience in your life.
So instead of waiting for right time, it’s better we move towards the right time by doing what best we do. TRY!