Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Shivgange

We went treking up Shivgange, this Saturday. Shivgange is about 70 kms from Bangalore.

I am not much of an outdoor person, but this was great ! The view got progressively better as we moved up. This was not mountain climbing or walking through a forest. It was about climbing steps. Now the word 'steps' is very misleading. Because it was not easy as it sounds. Climbing up required effort, and we were all giggling at how much effort. We kept climbing with many stops at stone structures on the way, for chips & bhelpuri and drinking water, buttermilk & sugarcane juice.

We didn't make it to the top, because monkeys attacked us near that point. They wanted our chips packet. Anyway it was 2 pm and we needed lunch.

Climb down was a different adventure altogether. Steep portion were a bit scary. The huge green expanse seemed to spread out from the next step. Very deceptively inviting. And knees got all wobbly from climbing down so many steps.

I thought I would be really really tired and had planned to spend rest of the day & Sunday in bed. But surprisingly I was very active on both the days. But exhaustion did catch up with me on Monday :D !

8 comments:

AfricaBleu said...

Great pictures - sounds like a wonderful hike - other than the darn monkeys...

khelnayak said...

Hey...but the photos are frm year 2004. I too so much want to go hiking but am hindered by infra structure problems. :(

Prithi Shetty said...

Yup Becky, darn the monkeys. And they have 'learned' a lot by experience - they know exactly which bag to grab first.

Amarnath, ya the camera date is not set. What 'infrastructure problems' ? I know of two Blogger groups who frequently go trekking: Blogout & everymanscity.

Thomas said...

Sounds like you had a great experience. Next time, remember to pack the Monkey Repellent!

Prithi Shetty said...

Sure Thomas :D

Thomas said...

Does the mountain really look like Ganesha, a cobra, Nandi, and a Siva Lingam?

I found a few Google Images, but I'm not seeing it, even when I squint really hard.

SonSon said...

Beautiful! Sounds like quite an adventure. I find steps incredibly hard; I much prefer an incline. Coming down does sound hard though.

Anonymous said...

sounds an experience one has to get ..feel the nature..must go place..

how long does it take for the entire 'climbing down the steps'?

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