7 June 2015
It was 1PM which was an odd time to start any trek. In front
of us was Makalidurga, the hill that we had planned to climb. While coming
towards Makalidurga we decided to climb Nijagal Betta which caused delay in
arriving at Makalidurga. It was lunch time and we were little hungry. A hot day
with almost clear skies was not ideal for afternoon trekking.
|A hill next to Makalidurga|
You meet lot of great people during treks but also few bad
ones. Here at Makalidurga the bad man came in the form of Vinod Kumar. He made
his appearance suddenly and said that people would damage our vehicle. He asked
us to park at a place where he can keep an eye. No soul was around and it was
only Vinod who can “play” with the car. Clearly he wanted money in the guise of
taking care of the car. We ignored him and continued further. There was some
confusion about the path to take. In the meantime Krishna was not comfortable
with the idea of car and Vinod being together. “Why not we take him as a guide?
Instead of paying money just to have a look at the car, make him climb with us
for the money”. We were sure that no one else would do anything to car. Due to
heat, we also did not have the patience to search the path and climb.
|Makalidurga as seen from the place where we parked the car|
Vinod started his bargaining skills. He said about the money
he gets from working for Sand lorry business. I was annoyed and told not to
compare us with illegal morons. He pulled another arrow by saying that he would
ask Lord Manjunatha on how much money he should take after the trek. Nonsense,
we told. He was desperate for money and finally we agreed on an amount and
|Views from Makalidurga|
He was too talkative but luckily I was saved as I walked
slower that day. Krishna who was climbing with him consumed all his talks. On
hearing his words, it was clear that he was a person with no values and morals.
It was a shame considering that he was only 19 years.
The climb was easy with small trees and bushes around. After
sometime, the gradient increased and we had to navigate around huge boulders.
The heat and hunger was taking a toll on me. I was desperate to reach the top.
It took us 50 minutes to reach the top of the hill. Vinod
had earlier challenged that we had to pay whatever he asks if we take more than
90 minutes. He was too shocked with our speed. He did not know that the two
city guys had done good amount of trekking before. It was time to change his
|Remains of the fort|
A small fort is constructed on the top with a Temple
dedicated to Shiva. The fort is completely in ruins. A small pond is also
muddy. But the views from the top are great. We spent some time relaxing under a
tree and roaming around the fort. It was very peaceful.
|Lake seen while climbing Makalidurga|
Climbing down was simple though bit painful on our knees due
to stony path.
How to reach Makalidurga?
Makalidurga is about 60km from Bengaluru. After
Doddaballapura, take the road towards Gouribidanur. You cross a railway line
and Makalidurga railway station. Either you can park you vehicle at railway
station and walk for a km along the track to reach the base or drive further
and take a mud road that goes to the base. Cross the railway line and start
climbing. The trail at the base is confusing but becomes clearer as you climb
up. Do not try to climb when it rains as negotiating some rocks can become
tricky. The place is very near the famous Ghati Subramanya Temple.
|Scenery from Makalidurga|
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