January 30, 2011

Moonlight to Sunrise...!!

The mission of the travel was to witness sunrise, which has been a  rarity off late. To accompolish this feat we left Bengaluru well past midnight and headed to Skandagiri. Situated in Chikballarpur, this trekking site is quite popular with the Bengalureans and is well known for its night trekking. It was deserted drive all the way till the base point.    



We were in for a surprise as a large crowd had already gathered  to experience night trekking in the chilly climate. As a precautionry measure I had a couple of layers of sweaters to escape the cold. There were a few unauthorised guides who wanted to help us but we decided to go without them. With a small torchlight to guide us, we rumbled on through the unknown paths in the pitch-darkness of the night. The only option for us was to follow the crowd and we just did the same and reached the top after 3 hours of treacherous trekking. On reaching the top we were greeted by a huge crowd who were ready with their SLRs and tripods to capture the first rays of the day. Skandagiri is also the place where you can walk through the clouds as they float very low during certain months of the year. However we were not lucky enough as we chose the wrong time of the year (end of January) to trek. With more than an hour left for the golden rays to spread across the horizon, we made a fire with a few sticks available there and made ourselves warm and comfortable. Refreshments in the form of omelets and tea were easily available at the top of the hill and we happily relished the tasty eggs.



After a long wait the horizon changed colours and we could see glimpses of the crimson shade spreading all over. Slowly but steadily the darkness of the night gave way to beautiful shades of gold, yellow and orange. As the cameras went clicking all over the place and the trekkers posed for their silhouette shots, the lovely bright sun showed up from above the clouds and the small hills. With the lovely moon and the twinkling stars disappearing and the sun spreading its rays all over welcoming a bright morning, it was time for us to trek all the way down.

 





As we walked down we were quite alarmed to find the crooked narrow path through which we trekked the previous night without knowing where the next step was leading to. It got hotter as we went down and each layer of sweater on my body came off one by one. After a morning tea at the base of the hills we were off to Bengaluru for a well needed sleep and rest.

Signing Note: A blend of moonlight trek and colourful sunrise is absolutely enchanting...!!

Route: Bengaluru- Chikballarpur- Skandagiri
Distance: 75 Kms 

46 comments:

  1. Love the sunrise!!! Reminds me of Horsley hills sunset!!! Great pics Niranjan!!!
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  2. very pretty... love the sunset pics

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  3. Not to sound like a broken record, but I also love those sunrise pics. Very nice.

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  4. Beautiful! Loved your description of your trek there, I could imagine it well.

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  5. wow...!! never knew skandagiri is so beautiful...u should invest in a superior camera..missed it though was so close...

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  6. @ Doug...Thanks...Keep dropping in. tc

    @ Eleni...Thank you...Thanks for dropping by.

    @ Pengz...its absolutely a stunning place to be in during sunrise. I suppose its closed down now due to security reasons. Not sure though. Hope you are gona gift me an SLR soon...:)

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  8. Thank you...shall definitely go through your blog.. Keep dropping in..tc

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  9. Not only the story, but the photographs u tagged in yr blog are all remarkable! Superb!

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  10. Thanks a ton Neneng...Keep dropping in..tc.

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  11. Thank you Scott...Keep dropping in. Tc

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  13. Thank you...shall definitely go through your blog. tc. keep dropping in.

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  14. You are lucky to have spotted such a fantastic sunrise. I have been there so many times, but have never seen the sunrise clearly...

    nice shots btw....

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  15. Thanks Sankara... I suppose you get even better views during certain months. Also the place is covered up by clouds then.

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  16. Wow! I rarely see sunrises. This pictures are absolutely magical. I hear you find absolutely dramatic cloud around Skandagiri.

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    1. Thanks a lot. During certain months clouds look surreal. Now night trekking is banned in Skandagiri.

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    2. [Ah typos! *these pictures, *dramatic clouds]

      Night trekking is now banned eh. You were lucky you got to do it. :)

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    3. Yeah. Lucky to do it before the ban.

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  17. ...breathtakingly beautiful! Stunning!!

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  18. No words to describe. Almost tasted the eggs with you as I read it ;-)

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  19. It is a blessing to witness the day unfold like this. Thanks for sharing the beautiful captures!

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  20. Awesome captures...out of this world!!

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  21. The pictures also look enchanting.

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  22. Wow! Beautiful sunrise shots!

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  23. nice pictures. Now I think there're lots of restrictions around Skandagiri

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, there are a few restrictions in Skandagiri. I doubt night trekking is allowed now.

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