Have you ever scared of being all alone in a strange place you have never been to? Your answer maybe Yes or No.
How did it feel like to be scared and helpless in a remote place all alone? I never had such an experience, until I did the Skandagiri Trek all alone.
Skandagiri : is a mountain 70km away from Bangalore having a mountain fortress at the top of it. The peak is at an altitude of about 1350 meters.
Before the Journey Begins :
While going through many of the internet articles on this place, it was mentioned in many places that, night trek was banned, villagers were rude, police would take the trekkers under custody and so on. Even before actually starting the trek itself, it had become a scary activity to undertake. The fear created by these thoughts pulled me away from the idea of going there for a trekking.
But somehow I convinced myself that all those fearful thoughts are imaginary and decided to do it anyway.
The Journey Begins :
As I am always on the look out for a shoestring budget trip, I found a train from Bangalore to Chik Ballapur. It will cost you only 20/- from Bangalore till Chik Ballapur.
The train was supposed to start from Bangalore city Junction at 08:30 hours but it was late. And the train which was supposed to reach Chik Ballapur around 11, reached there only around 12.
From the railway station, I walked to the town and had my Bruch from nearby decent restaurant.
From Chik Ballapur Town to the base :
I asked a couple of people how to go to Skandagiri in broken Kannada, but I didn’t get any proper replies. So I decided to rely completely on Google Maps as usual.
Maps showed me that the base is 5km away from the town which is an hour of walking. So around 13:00 hours I started walking towards the base of Skandagiri following the maps. And I walked through the village road enjoying the view minus the harsh sunlight.
Around 14:00 hours, I reached the base of the hill. I found the temple mentioned in other blog posts which confirmed that I didn’t take any wrong turn anywhere.
The Trekking Begins :
Google maps again showed that the peak was 3km away from the base which was equivalent to another hour of hiking. Continue reading At The Other End Of Fear : Skandagiri Trek | Part 1