Friday, December 5, 2014

Skywatch Friday - Dandeli, Karnataka, India

This is my 10th  entry in Skywatch Friday and I am really delighted to be the part of this as it
gives me the opportunity to see the beautiful skies across the World as well as to showcase my
The strangest thing is that I am participating after 8 months in this contest. My blog was in kind of  come during that state. 

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Morning at Khajaguda - Hyderabad - Part 2

This is quite new to all of us and was most challenging part of the meet till now. As soon as we come across it after caving, many of us were not willing to do it. Some tried but come back after reaching mid-way. It took good time; however, with the help of trainers as well as push, we all conquered this also and reached to the top. Now, it was time for some rest. Splendid view at the top, cool winds were giving the feeling of being alive. 
Our Doctor and Trainer

We played some small games, take pictures, gossiped and traversed our way back. While coming down again there were lots of worries but no other option than to come down. I also got some scratches at my back due to sharp stones but that is absolutely fine against the happiness of conquering this and having tried something new.

Task 6 - Caving
After returning, there was 1 more round of Caving. This round looks easy but was very difficult for fat people. Despite several warnings, I decide to ty this but since I will be qualified in those fat people, I was trapped in between the rocks. All the people were cheering me from outside and were shouting name saying c’mon but I was not able to breathe properly even move by body because I was completely fitted in between the space. I was quite scared and thought what will happen now. I was not even able to raise my head, leave about taking the turn. 

But slowly, after making very tiny moments, I managed to get out in 15 minutes. I was profusely sweating. Thanked god and everyone. When I was inside, people were constantly taking my pictures and that flash on your face you know how irritating it was. I thought maybe they will earn some extra bucks by selling this pic to media. Media, these days, you know, I have no good words for them. 

With this, everyone open their refreshments and share about their experiences. It was time to give money to the organizer. Finally, we call it a day. We are still in contact with each other. That is the beauty of this GHAC club. It was at around 10.30 am when we finished all this.

It was quite a feeling for me to spend some good 5 hours on Saturday morning at such a beautiful place which would normally be reserved for hangover of the previous day parties. Yes, this is one of those steps I am taking to make my life and lifestyle more simple.

This all package will cost you 50 bucks and is come under Easy/beginner level. Can you believe? 

Morning at Khajaguda - Hyderabad - Part 1

Khajaguda, one stop for all the adventure activities, is a village in Serlingampally mandal of Hyderabad near to HITECH city of Hyderabd but still unfamiliar for many working in HITEC city. 

This place is a mystery to me also until one day when I came across the group Great Hyderabad Adventure Club popularly known as GHAC club. This club caters to activities like  Trekking, Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Outdoors, Nature and Adventure sport activities like Bouldering, Rock climbing and Rappelling to name a few every weekend in Hyderabad and that too at minimal prices. Khajaguda and Shamirpet are the 2 popular places where this club organizes these activities. 

It was on 21st Nov that I get associated with this club and enjoyed my first hike in Hyderabad. After that, I am going out every weekend with this group. Last week, we went to Dandeli, wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. 

It was at around 5:45 am when we all meet at West Durgam Cheruvu Bus stop which is 1 km from Khajaguda. We were all set to start at 6. After a brief introduction and filling disclaimer form, trainer asked everyone to do some basic exercise for warmup. 

After warm up, we started with full of excitement. The moment we ascend some height, I was mesmerized by the view this place offers. I never imagined such place untouched in the midst of corporate jungle. This place has lot of boulders, stones balancing each other by law of nature, ample space and beautiful views. We felt little cold also at this place as it is not very commercialized.

Task 1 – Basic Climbing and Trekking
Trainer demonstrates us how to climb the L-shaped stone. Task looks easy but once we tried, none of us was able to complete. He asked us to proceed and soothe us by saying that you will learn all this things with time and patience. 

Task 2 - Climbing
After hiking some height, there was 1 place where he showed us how to climb and asked us to climb that too. Trainer and organizer were very encouraging and supported everyone.
After reaching at the top, we clicked some of the pictures from the top and yes it was also the time for Group picture. This task was easy but 1 lady injured her knee while coming down. Fortunately, there is always 1 doctor in GHAC meets.

Group picture


We enjoyed sitting there interacting about the likes and hobbies of each other. Some of us including me thought action is over for the day however; all this was to set the pace of the day for some more difficult activities. Till now, we only saw trailer.
Task 3 - Scrambling
After a brief rest which was actually not required, we started again. After trekking some distance, we started scrambling. It was bit difficult as most of us even don’t have proper shoes also. However, we managed.
Task 4 - Caving
Next part of journey includes caving as well as chimneying to reach the top. Caving was easy for thin guys as we have to roll ourselves between 2 stones but still many people have small injuries. Some are hitting their knees, some their head.
Task 5 - Chimneying
Next is chimneying.
Term derived from the term chimney which is the passage through which smoke escapes. In chimneying, we climb the vertical parallel rock cleft using our head, back and feet to apply opposite pressure on the vertical walls.

Please continue here for part 2. 

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