Back in September 2012, when along with few friends, we were roaming in the highlands of UK we discovered Ben Nevis Track. I still remember that evening, I was going crazy with all the green beauty around me. Scotland is a beauty that can make anyone fall in love with her. I can bet on that. The high mountains, the crystal clear water flowing in the rivers, cool weather, the quite environment, friendly people. What more would you ask God for?
I started walking in the track expecting my friends to join me. But my friends were so busy in their photoshoot that they didn’t mind following me. I started walking. Deep in my mind I knew if my friends aren’t accompanying me to the top, they might call me anytime and ask to come down as they are waiting for a long time. This is one more reason why I like travelling solo.
I was so cheerful, greeting all the British people coming down the mountain. Few enquired about my whereabouts and encouraged me to go to the top. I knew my clock was ticking. I might have to return back when my friends gave me a ring. I literally started running as much as possible to reach the target before that call happened. And finally the call happened, and till date I feel bad for not conquering the mountain.
Anyway for a traveller, its about the journey and not the destination.
Before Ben Nevis, I have climbed to the Uchi Pillayar temple in Thiruchengode. Ok some might not consider that a mighty task. But yeah I am not Tenzing Norway trying to climb Everest.
After coming back to India, my first solo trip happened to Hampi. I wanted to climb the Mathanga Hills to witness the sunset. Started all alone with my backpack. And that was the time when the movie 127 was released. I was scared to death of falling down somewhere and I might end up there till some tourists find me. I checked the mobile and there was no mobile coverage. This place was scary like hell. No humans around, completely deserted and with no mobile coverage. The terrain here also was a bit different and a bit scary. After around 50% of the ascent my fear overcome my courage and made me return. First attempt to climb the hills a failure. And to add salt to the injury after reaching the bottom I was able to hear kids shouting from the top of the hill.
That actually broke me. When all these kids could do it, why not me. Enquired a local about the way to reach the top. He informed me that the way I took was so steep and their is a much easier way to the top. I made myself believe it and felt a little better for not going to the top.
The second time I was back in Hampi, it was in my list of things to do in Hampi. This time I tried in a different path. I would say I was about to complete the track. Fear over took again. This time I returned back convincing myself that I had to catch the last bus, and it was already late. Second failure.
The third time I went to Hampi with my friends and did try to climb the hill to witness sunrise. And so Mathanga hills are done.
Before the climb @VVS
Sunrise @Mathanga Hills
After the climb @VVS
During the climb @VVS
Saavandurga night trek, Tadiyandmole trek, VVS Dam in Coorg and hope the list continues.