In the lap of Mullayangiri…

11.09.2016

Some of our friends told us that the sunrise at Mullayangiri would be too good and we decided not to miss it. But our driver is so reluctant to drive us there so early in the morning. As we didn’t understand why he was so reluctant, I called up Mr. Mahesh to convince the driver. But at the very mention of sunrise, he was like as far as he knows there won’t happen any sunrise in Mullayangiri at that point of time and that he won’t recommend a drive to the hill during the dawn. So, we have dropped our plan of starting at 5.30 and we decided to start at 6.00 AM instead.

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We woke up at 5.30 and were downstairs by 6.00 AM just to see our driver still sleeping in the car. It was only by 6.30 we started our journey to Mullayangiri which is located at a distance of 16 km from Chikmaglore. The drive is an amazing experience as the expanse of greenery on the road sides seems endless, the lofty hills surrounding the way and the coffee blossoms filling our noses. We decided to trek for a short distance rather than reaching the hill-top in our car.

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We stopped at Seethalayyanagiri which is 4 kms down from Mullayangiri to start our trek. It was too foggy and cold and alas we forgot our jackets 😀 . After a few steps we saw a stair case leading to the Mallikarjuna Math. The math is most frequented by the members of the Lingayat community. Also found here is a temple dedicated to Seethala and Mallikarjuna and it is believed that the water level here neither decreases nor increases.

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We started ascending the hill and the environment around us was quite lively as the Amber Valley School children were also on their cross-country trip on the same day. While a few children were running to reach first, few others were walking as if they are totally out of the competition and were there to relish the moments. We also started running along with them and stopped when we found a trail through the woods beside our road. Though we were not sure whether the trail leads us to the hill-top, we thought of giving a try.

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There wasn’t any clear trail of footsteps, but yes we found footmarks might be of some cows, or of goats perhaps, am not sure J The rocks were slippery due to the mist and as it was quite open the speed of wind was more, but it’s one good superb view. The misty mountains, green bushes and soothing breeze, we cherished the moments. After 150 mt or so, the climb turned out to be difficult and we didn’t find any clear trail leading to the hill-top and we decided to climb down and take the road itself 😦 . Though the hike was short, it was quite adventurous and memorable 🙂 🙂

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Mullayyanagiri, the highest peak in the Bababudangiri Range, at a height of 1,930 mt, is a trekker’s paradise. It has to be climbed up to savour the real beauty of nature. The best part when once we reached the top is getting Mirchi Bajji 🙂 😉 The chilling wind, a foggy view, a walk around the hill with a bestie and few hot Mirchi Bajji in hands, isn’t this life? 🙂 🙂 . There is a small temple on top of the hill and it is believed that Arabian Sea is visible from the topmost point of this hill on days that boast of clear skies. I doubt whether there can be any such days 😀

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After clicking few snaps here, we started descending the hill and it took us very less time to reach Seethalayangiri. We decided to go to another place called Kavikalagandi which is some 6 kms away from Seethalayangiri. We have to ascend few steps in order to see what Kavikalagandi has to offer us. The panoramic view from the top of this view-point is breathtaking. After relishing the calmness of the place, we returned back to our car and headed to Chikmaglur.

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On our way back, we stopped at the restaurant “Siri Coffee” and I would definitely recommend this to everyone as one can get fresh breakfast and a tasty brew of coffee. The restaurant is quite happening place and well-maintained. Quick breakfast and we headed to the M.G.Park in chikmaglur, which is not a big one but hosts a toy train :-D. And we didn’t miss it. I won’t say that it’s a must place, but if you have time, you can definitely try..

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An Exciting Sunday.. :) :)

Day 3:

I woke up at 7.30 AM only to see Neetha sleeping sound wrapped in her blanket. I opened the door to see whether it was still raining as it was raining heavy last night. It wasn’t raining, but the weather was cloudy and pleasant. By the time I entered back the room, Neetha was awake. I told her to get ready and we would be going to the place which no Delhiite would miss in such a pleasant weather.

We quickly freshened and were out on the roads. I told the cab-driver to leave us at the North Block of the Secretariat building. Neetha didn’t ask where we were heading to and that’s the best part of her, she love surprises. The driver left us at the North Block and I explained her about the various departments and all. By this time Neetha could see where we have come to or the place we headed to. We started walking along the road leading to the India Gate which is like a km walk from the North Block. As the weather was pleasant, many families were out there with their children, some having their breakfast sitting on the lawns, while some were playing, cycling, and some youngsters running, playing cricket and football etc.

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India gate, designed by Edwin Lutyens, located at the heart of Delhi is a 42 m high, and “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway. It commemorates the 70000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. It also bears the names of more than 13516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The eternal flame Amar Jawan Jyoti burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pak War of Dec 1971.

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We walked around the memorial and passed through the lawns to reach the road leading to the Andhra Bhavan to have our breakfast. Andhra Bhavan which is one among the many other buildings dedicated to the respective states in Delhi, offers the visitors the taste of Andhra cuisine. We ordered our breakfast which comprised of a Masala Dosa, a Idli and a vada with two different chutneys and sambar along with a choice of tea and coffee. After finishing off the breakfast we headed to Connaught Place (CP), one of the Delhi’s most popular shopping places.

We decided to go to Palika Bazaar first. This is a underground, air-conditioned market located below the inner circle of CP, and is famous for cheap electronic goods and clothes. After a hard bargain, Neetha struck a deal with a shop-keeper selling hand-bags and bought two for her mom and my mom. We roamed a little around the complex and walked towards the inner circle of CP.

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Connaught Place, named after the Duke of Connaught, this market was designed by Robert Tor Russell in collaboration with WH Nicholls. Built in 1931, this still continues to be Delhi’s premier shopping destination. A horseshoe-shaped market has two circles each circle divided into blocks and has several brand houses and eating-houses.  We hit the Costa Coffee outlet and sipped a hot cappuccino before we chalked out our next plan. The clock ticked 10 AM 🙂 🙂

Where next? 😉 😀