One down, eight more to go!!
Six of us, the school batch mates, decided to give our brains a break and get back to the simpler pleasures of life and indulge in commonly neglected pursuits, today. A trek up the Savanadurga fort, the biggest monolith in Asia, was a revitalizing activity. Every weekend, the place witnesses a melange of enthusiastic trekkers from Bangalore and other places around. Savanadurga has two prominent hills, one is the Karigudda (black mountain- lot steeper) and the other is the Biligudda ( white mountain- gentle slopes) . Both Karigudda and Billigudda are tough climbs that run vertically up the craggy rock faces. But, once on the top, one can have an exhilarating view of the region. As trekkers tell, “tougher the climb, higher the satisfaction”. To us, the quinquagenarians, the climb looked bit challenging, specially in the beginning. The fact that we are past our prime and that there have been a number of accidents in this region was constantly playing on our minds. However, we couldn’t have given up since there were fifty more batch mates who were keenly monitoring our climb, through WhatsApp!!! Coming down would have meant letting them down!!! Our first attempt was to climb up the vertical face and reach the top in quickest time, we didn’t pursue that path to be safe till we get a grip of things. The first landmark was a pair of frangipani trees. The trees had shed all its leaves and looked quite romantic. The trek route was peppered with enthusiastic youngsters trying to motivate one another. Courage is contagious, some of it rubbed on us as well. Interestingly, we met few passionate trekkers who were past sixty but their exuberance and enthusiasm was still that of a teen. We consumed around 90 minutes to reach the top. Savanadurga offers you a breathtaking view from the top. The hills are rich in flora and fauna. The hills are home to the endangered yellow-throated bulbuls and were once home to long-billed vultures and white-backed vultures. Other wildlife include sloth bear and leopard. The rocks with trees growing in the cracks and valleys serve are the favoured habitat of the yellow-throated bulbuls.
We spent about an hour amidst the splendid beauty of the hill before we decided to retrace our steps back to the base. It was a day most enjoyably spent, amidst nature and friends. Importantly, it gave us the spirit to move on to our next destination, some time soon. We have just conquered one, eight more to go!!
As some wise man has said, the trek is more like life, only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And, if you allow yourself the opportunity to be mentally present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit”.
It indeed was, without doubt!!