Nandi hills- A detour from a bustling city
A little more than 18 months to this trip, and still each and every moment is as stark as it can be etched in my memories. A small hatchback left from Bangalore as the cosmopolitan city of India still slept. Driving down the roads at more than 100kmph (a speed that is never touched in busy traffic of Bangalore), with my best buddies, I was making it to Nandi hills about 60km from the city.
The original plan was to trek up the nearby Skandagiri Hills and watch the sunrise. Delayed by the female contingent, we gave up on it soon as we were pretty much sure we were not gonna make it in time.
Still the early rays of the sun were coming in, the weather fantastic- the morning chilly and nippy winds, little drizzles every now and then, tall trees and the huge patches of grass that covered the trail.
As it was part of a fort built by the King Tipu Sultan, there were various stations where we could relax and have a hot cup of tea in the biting cold. What really caught our eye was the point which is now called the Tipu’s drop. There are legends which say Tipu dropped his prisoners down the hill plummeting them to their death. There also exists a secret passage on the west which presumably helped the Kings escape unforeseen attacks. A stone doorway in the fort on the North-eastern side mostly was used as a horse way for helping soldiers to climb the wall on horsebacks. A ninth century Dravidian style Nandi temple is present atop the hill along with a few other temples.This hillock which resembles a sleeping bull (Nandi) is also the origin of three rivers namely- Pennar, Palar and Arkavati.
Alright let me get to the most important part of the outing here – monkeys. There are plenty of them. It is a paradise for bird-watching too with Warblers, Flycatchers, Thrushes, Woodpigeons, Falcons and Yellow-throated Bulbul found here.
It was the most memorable trip I had to a really amazing place with the best and incredible people I have ever met in my life. For what it was, it will inscribe in me for a very long time indeed. I can’t replace days like these. I can’t bring back days like these. But what I can is just smile recollecting these moments and stare at the glimpses of them time and again.
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