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(write-up by Rekha)
Hi Zebras, (after last weekend’s trek we have become Zebras… if not all, quite a few of us., but the ‘Hi’ is to all J )
Friends, this mail is to tell you that I am in shape (not figuratively but literally :p). Was not able to move a limb in the morning but now am able to at-least type this mail. Thanks to all who helped me finish this trek without a broken limb or a dislocated ankle… cus, I had already twisted my left ankle jumping from the loft and was very apprehensive about coming for the trek L I must especially thank Arun, Anavarthan Raj and Ela for giving hand and pulling up this 60 kgs (hehehe… that’s me) of pampered body up the huge rock boulders and steep inclines. Chandrika, hope you don’t have any broken bones.
Raj (Jacob), thanks for introducing me to such a nice crowd. I love meeting different ppl from different culture, different walks of life, unassuming characters… we all have one thing in common, i.e. passion for living with nature. You made my day. Though I am not a hardcore trekker, I would like to join you guys for easy treks once in a while. It refreshes the body and soul.
I remember all the faces but confused with the names! All of you were very friendly and that’s what is expected when you are in a group. Ppl with attitude are big ‘no no’ no a big ‘go go away’ for me. I am happy, fortunately, that didn’t happen this time J
Gayathri, you are a sweetheart. I have a friend called Sowmya and you are a copy of her. What an energy! You have a child like enthusiasm. You’ll never make enemies in your life. And the most entertaining among the group was you. (I have written gud about you Gayathri, write something gud about me too in the blog ok?)
Surya, I am amazed by your tenacity. Are your shoulders in place? No body could’ve trekked with so much of dead weight on! Very sweet of you to take care of Ranjani like a child. I guess you are not married; your wife to be would surely be a lucky girl.
Shankar, what a drive it was to back home! My heart was in the mouth… would have spit it out had I not kept my lips tightly closed when you applied breaks. I remember Arun telling him to slow down, otherwise, he said he would take a bus home.
I want to write about everything and everyone but Gayathri, you would be the best bet for the write up. I saw you taking notes ;-)
Post the pictures soon guys; I want to make my husband jealous.
See you some time in some trek. Until then, we can catch up on FB @ https://www.facebook.com/RekhaSrini
I just want to thank everyone for the good time i had. I think we had a well balanced mix of people
from various backgrounds and professions. As usual i have made some new friends and got closer to a few more from my earlier treks. I have to make some special mentions. Rekha tops my mind with her meticulous and back breaking cooking for 30 hungry people. That's so tricky she did a great job. Rajesh is another person most of you would not have noticed. He was the person who did a lot of behind the scene work. He is one of the main persons behind everything that happened. I also want to mention 2 trekkers who pushed their mind over body more than anyone else in this group. Sriranjani and Cheruba are 2 people who did a great job in this trek. They dared to do things beyond what they could actually do. I sincerely hope they become regular trekkers at CTC. One comment made by Sameem came as surprise. He said that the trek happened so smooth and without incidents it didn't feel like a moderate trek. I think i will agree. I think the team was so good and self sufficient everything happened so seamlessly.
This was the first trek that Ela and i organised and the experience has been very good. we are planning do something next month so...to understand our strengths and weaknesses we would like to hear from you. Please feel free to give negative feedback, cause we would like to make things better for the next trek.
I shall look forward to trekking with you all soon. Until then keep the mails coming.
I thank God, the maker of all things beautiful, for the nature that compares to nothing and for all our safe return.
I was never planning to write but i had to respond to Raj's mention of me. I would have not come except for the encouragement from him and finished except for the same.
But more importantly, i have to thank the many others that stretched out their hands to pull me up...push me up...pick me up and put me down etc...etc...etc...:) What was wonderful was there was a time i was almost frustrated cause i was struggling over one rock, making a fool of myself, Surya gave his shoulder for me to step on.
Another time after the embarrassment there was this kind soul who kept me company talking, he said talking will help me take my mind off the strain, and me engrossed in myself, I never turned around to see his face nor got his name, am sorry. But u really helped, thank u to 'u'.
During the climb i had some of the boys who were ever so kind and volunteered to carry my bag...and they did for almost one fourth of the trek. I learnt a few lessons for life how one can be selfless with strangers, it really was some experience.
And to every uncondemning smile even when i was slowing down and all the encouraging words to keep me going, thank you. It was warm, indeed. I went to bed seeing Rekha looking over the boiling pot and woke up to her doing the same. Thank you for that you really have an exceptional spirit.
One more thing that made me smile, possibly will inspire me for life, is our doggy hero who trekked all the way overcoming all hurdles, the greatest being fear.
Raj and Ela, both of you were with those who need you the most...way to go, you guys make super leads...and this is just the beginning. :)
while I had to walked all the way bare foot on stones from picnic pool to treasure hunt pool my foot became too exhausted before I could reach half way back and I became so desperate to get back to my residence . Prem drove me till koyembedu, picked my car from koyembedu and managed to reach home. I Couldn’t recall anything about where I had been ?with whom I was ? what I was doing? .
Woke up this morning and found myself in a strange place, finding difficult to walk on the surface as surface were not comfortable for me to walk, felt like I don’t belong to this world. what would have happened to me? Then I realized that I had been to heaven where there is no worries! Met 29 wild angles who took all my frustration away ! And I was living life ! in conclusion got the answer for my last night question.
Hi ! Wild Angels,
Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful life time experience in your world. Looking forward to meet you all in your world to live with you.
I would like to thank once again Mr. Jacob and Ela for giving first time trekker an opportunity to participate in moderate trekking .
Nagala East 17th_ 18th sep ‘11
In reply to this post by peter.vangeit
My Feedback about the Trekking:
Out of my 6 previous treks, The Last one was a different experience, Bcoz its my first trek along with the girls ( Apart from my Family Trips & Outing with My Company Employees). I was bit nerves initially. But After speaking to my previous trekking friend’s Arun(My Machi, We both always have small healthy competition), Shankar(The Formula Racer), Krishna(Innocent Person) & Car mates Friends Adithya(We both had same kind of interest, So started discuss many things), Raj(Nice Friend) and new friend Gayathri (She is a combination of Infant Monkey- “Sema Vaal” + Deer fawn - “Activities in the trail” + Cultured city girl - " General Behavior") pressure started releasing. After jumped into the water pools I forgot every thing else and started to enjoy the nature with my old and new friends.
@Rekha your style of speech and cooking is remained my sister speech and cooking(Except one activity).
Raj and Ela:
You 2 are very silent, friendly and extremely professional in Organising. Expecting more treks from the same Organizer and team mates.
Only One Drawback:
No Introduction session.
post trek write-up by GayathriSai
I have done three treks with CTC so far (excluding the current one) and it has been Nagala West all the time! I’ve been waiting to go trekking to other places. So imagine my excitement when I receive a mail inviting registrations for a moderate trek to ‘Nagala East’! I did what I’ve been craving to do – ‘Register’, but I was not quite hopeful of getting selected as I learnt that the organizers had received 75 registrations (within 48 hours of sending out the invite) of which, just 30 members were to be chosen. To my great joy I later received a mail of selected members and found my name in it. And to my relief, I was given to understand that I needn’t bring my car as a tempo traveller was being arranged for the journey.
Raj and I set out from his house, walking from Shastri Nagar to Madhya Kailash (a 25 minute walk) in the rain at 2.45 a.m on Saturday morning. At least I had an umbrella, but Raj chose to ignore the fact that it was raining, which could make him wet! I admire invincibility when I see it and I saw it in Raj! Well, through our walk to Madhya Kailash I guess I bugged him into silence (and hopefully not to death) with narration of my previous experience with ‘Nocturnal Nagala’. Finally we reached our destination and joined the other members. But my earlier relief was short-lived when we learnt that the van driver had a flat tire that he was trying to set right for 2 hours (which was conclusive of the fact that he didn't intend turning up!). Hence Raj & I had to bring our cars. But once behind the wheel, I can never stop driving - as my love for it is absolutely insatiable! We drove down to CMBT and merged with the rest of the gang. While, all were engaged in serious discussions on travelling arrangements, I sneaked out with Arun Prabakar and Shankar to satisfy my addiction – ‘tea’. The journey then started at around 5.30 a.m. After an hour, we again stopped for a tea break and finally reached Nagala at 7.30 a.m. As usual, the first activity was distribution of food articles. I must say that the menu was awesome – Idlis for breakfast, tamarind rice for lunch, bisebella bath & soup (to be cooked) for dinner, amongst others. Kudos to Rekha, the official cook of the gang for ensuring that unlike our muscles that constantly screamed for rest, our stomachs were never given the opportunity to voice their protest of hunger! She was so unconditional with her cooking, post which she was ever magnanimous with the food distribution (most important!).
We started our trek at 8.00 a.m. and had to walk along a dam that was filled with water of 5 feet depth. I was given to understand that at times when the dam was dry it was possible to walk across it to reach the trail. Since it was full, we had to take the longer route and walk along and around the dam. The dam with water covering half of the trees in it seemed like a scene out of a postcard of some foreign land (except for the temple at the center) - picturesque!
The trail was quite clear in Nagala East (unlike the West, where it was just too easy to get lost). I could feel the excitement emanating from everyone around. To make myself relax, I began taking deep breaths and the familiar smell of trees, wood and insects clogged my brain. We reached the first pool in an hour. Rekha was the first one to get into water and swim across to the small waterfall at the farther end of the pool. Shankar & Arun Prabhakar followed suit. The first pool was lovely, but not deep enough, especially for the divers. We were just glad to stretch our limbs and subsequently took out our food packets to have breakfast. We then continued our trek onto the dead end pool. Though I had heard a lot about the dead end pool, I was irretrievably soaked in fascination when I set eyes on it. It was great fun, diving from atop one of the big boulders. The group generally had a whale of a time swimming and diving, after which we had to move on to reach the picnic pool before dusk. Being a dead end that had to be crossed to march towards the final destination of the picnic pool, it was named the ‘Dead End Pool’. It was heart-warming to see the entire group engrossed in getting all the bags and non-swimmers across. We placed the bags on a swimming tube (one at a time, of course) and with the help of ropes, used it to transport them across the pool. Similarly, non-swimmers were also ferried across the pool. So went all the bags and non-swimmers to the other side of the pool. It was a wonderful sight – amazing co-ordination and team effort!
Once across the pool, we had to cross a huge boulder. Climbing onto the boulder and off it was a bit tricky as the surface was quite smooth leaving no room for grip anywhere. Many of us had to be helped onto the boulder and subsequently off it as well. The dead end pool was a picture of aesthetic loveliness. The ridge formations were intriguing as it made me realize that many hundred years ago the very place where I currently stood could have possibly been the floor of the stream/river.
After crossing the dead end pool none of us had the energy to move forward without refuelling ourselves. We thus raided our backpacks for lunch packets. We grabbed food off each other’s packets like starved creatures trying to satisfy our hunger. Once refuelling was done, we then proceeded to the picnic pool. After the dead end pool our trail got a bit difficult with steep climbs and equally steep falls.
The picnic pool was a visual delight. The waterfall was quite small compared to that of the fourth pool at Nagala West but was beautiful nevertheless. The pool was 20 meters in length and had an interesting shape – almost a perfect rectangle! The water was very cool against our sweat drenched body. As I was drinking in the beauty of nature and our camping site, I heard a couple of splashes…..Arun and Varadarajan had taken the much required plunge! Shankar’s never-ending chattering and enthusiasm helped in keeping all our spirits high. I was disappointed with the fish in the other pools as they refused to give me the much anticipated pedicure. But my disappointment was pleasantly short-lived as they all promptly came to kiss my feet in the picnic pool. I was basking in the glory of my pedicure as the others were getting settled. Most of us were dead beat and ravenously hungry. Our dinner menu was Bisibelabath and our chief cook Rekha got down to instructing the team to help with the preparations. That was the best bisibelabath I’ve ever tasted in my life (though I had to pay a price for my greed – I burnt my tongue and upper palate, which still hurts even after 3 days!). Amidst volunteering work, I had sneaked out for a bit, to play cards with Rajesh, Arun, Prem, Mani & Co. Having food at the top of a mountain, beside a gorgeous pool filled with magnanimous fish that are kind enough to oblige us all with indiscriminate pedicure, under the moon-lit clear sky with millions of stars casting their loving gaze upon us was the most soul stirring experience ever in my life!
As our tired and worn out muscles were torturing us for rest, we were forced to settle down for the night. We were just settling down and spreading our sleeping mats when I noticed that the sky was beginning to get cloudy. Promptly I started panicking because my mind recollected something not so pleasant. As much as I loved the ‘Nocturnal Nagala’ experience, the one thing that wasn’t too pleasant and which will be forever etched in my memory was the wet and cold night that I had to endure under the tarpaulin sheet. It wasn’t encouraging to note that we ran the risk of a repeat. Though all of us retired for the night, I woke up once every two hours to check out the sky and cloud density (like it was going to help, nevertheless, the human mind sometimes seeks solace!). At 6.00 a.m I was quite satisfied to note that the night went well (i.e., without rains). Most of us woke up at around 8.00 a.m and were soaking in the pool for the next two hours when our chief cook Rekha again came to our rescue. We had left over Bisibellabath which was recooked with extra vegetables and ghee. After swimming for 2 hours, food was a welcome respite to our starved stomachs. We then set out to pack our things and retrace our path to reach the car park by 6.00 p.m. Surprisingly our pace had improved from the previous day and we broke our previous records. We started from picnic pool by 10.45 a.m and reached the dead-end pool by 2.30 p.m. Resting our limbs for a while, we left for the first pool by 4.00 p.m and reached by 5.00 p.m. We were out at the entry point by 6.00 p.m. We took group photographs by around 7.00 p.m. and left to Uttukotai by 7.30 p.m. As none of us could wait to reach Chennai for dinner, we stopped at a road side dabha for dinner. Dinner was great fun as we again grabbed food off each other’s plates. Some of us proceeded to have tea after dinner (I had tea before and after!). After dinner, we left for Chennai and dropped off people at the respective pick-up points.
A thoroughly professional effort from all – organizers and team members. The caring, sharing, giving and taking reminded me of that of a family, absolutely unconditional! It is astounding to note the inexplicable bonding amongst strangers coming together, with only one thing in common – the passion to live with nature and amongst its lovers! Here, you make friends for life and go back home feeling much lighter than when you’d left!
I thank everyone for making this trek an exceedingly memorable one! Max (for fascinating me with stories of trekking in Germany and other parts of Europe), Shankar (with his infectious enthusiasm & rusks for tea, winky), Raj Jacob (for his poise and confidence), A.Raj (for his volunteering and thoughtfulness), RJ (for always getting caught by me with a mouthful of something – adorable!), Rajesh & Arun Prabhakar (the discussion on Spices, Mersk and Banking), Rekha & Chandrika (for being such a wonderful cook and assistant cook respectively – I am a fan of their youthful souls & extraordinary fitness levels), Sheeba & Cheruba (for the calm/peaceful exterior and solid interior, have tried my best to shut up but have never succeeded in 27 years), Ela (for being a cool cucumber throughout!), Mani/Nachiketa/Arun/Palani (was thrilling to keep pace with you guys and for helping me stay awake through our journey back to Chennai), Surya (for additional stock of food, winky and an untiring effort at keeping Ranjani comfortable & kicking!), Sunil & Aditya Prasad (best pals from yet another memorable trek), Shamim (for, he made my day by saying he liked my post trek write-up on Nocturnal Nagala), and all others including Kishore, Aditya Verma, Varadarajan!
Before the credits start rolling, let me insert the statuatory warning:
TREKKING CAN GET INTENSELY ADDICTIVE. INDULGE YOURSELF IN WITH CARE!
Read on for those who can click the 'Agree' button to the above cautionary note.
Title: NAGALA EAST
Date: Sep 17-18
Difficulty Level: Moderate
As the night gives way to the waking hours of the dawn, the sidewalk in front of Tidel park gets buzzling with a couple of energetic folks carrying the trekking gears around and sipping cardamom flavoured hot tea. As usual the regulars get into a friendly huddle in gaiety and start churning out the details of past adventures and the ones to come soon. Newcomers were quickly introduced to the group and all got set to explore and celebrate the spirit of CTC to the eastern terrain of Nagala.
In a trek, the uncertainities start from the get go. As goes by the tradition, the tempo which was expected to arrive by 3 am at Tidel got punctured on the way. Without wasting any fleeting moments, we jumped into the next bus that stopped at Tidel and joined the rest of the group waiting at CMBT. As the cars started moving like ants following one another with Raj at the head of the pack, leading the way.
As the cars screeched to a halt near the Nagala dam, one by one we stepped out of the cars and started unpacking the food items. Little did we knew that the food menu was prepared with such exquisite expertise. I believe Rekha, Rajesh and Ela has a big hand in this. Fresh idlis for breakfast and sumptous lemon rice for lunch. Wow, are we dreaming. Wait, 5 Five stars(hey,it rhymes) , appples , oranges , some other fruits.
Max was spot on when he later on renamed CTC as 'Chennai Trekking and Eating Club'. We were overwhelmed with the extensive food that we carried along that filled up the stomach which would make any luxurious buffet serving pale in comparison. If we were to rate the culinary experience in all of our treks combined this one trek could beat them all hands down. Big cheers to Rekha and all the folks who had a hand in the food department!
The morning looked crisp, fresh and the rays of sun yet to shine through the blue sky and clouds scooting by gently in the breeze. And it was further charged by the super energetic chatter that started with Gayatri being the centre of attention. With Shanker and Gayatri speaking at 1000 words per minute and engaging the whole group and stepping up the entertainment vibe, this trek looked already ON!
Carrying the heavy backpacks and looking towards the mountains far away in the horizon, we moved towards the dam one step at a time. With the monsoon in full swing, the greenery across the distance looked quite enchanting. On climbing over the small steep we were treated with a mindblowing view of the dam and the small temple that was part drenched in the water.
The group started getting to know each other as we started after a group pic. The weather was at its extreme best. A slight cool breeze and the green bushes with due drops fluttering over the leaves, nature had already bowled us over in the very first moments of this trip. Colourful butterflies of varied designs made the landscape look even more enticing than it already was. The trail looked fresh and the soil untouched though this trail would have already been taken by a 10000 trekkers. Thats the beauty of Nagala, it never fails to surprise you with its elegance and wilderness.
Moving further, along the trail, crossing to right side and left side of the stream a couple of times and yes, filling the water bottles with water(You gotta fill your bottles at 'water points', thats a rule by the way) we strode along. We slowly climbed up along the left side of the stream paying close attention to the boulders that carved the trail like a painting. A few more step ahead, the path slowly winded down to the 'FIRST POOL'. Facing 2 big rocks the First pool leads to a small water fall. Breakfast was planned for the first pool.
On seeing the pool, however most of us stepped into it, got their feet wet and cut the silence of the jungle with a sheath ofexuberance. Little kids from nursery will not stand a chance to compete the pandemoneum that we created all along the trail.
We climbed on the right side of the FIRST POOL after having mouth watering idlis. Nature was in its abundant glory all the way. We slided along to the left side of the stream and then crossing a big horizontal rock to the left. Then one more deviation to the right and we were further into the jungle. Pebbles in the stream , sound of water gushing as it thrashed through the rocks, and rays of sunlight that managed to penetrate through the cover of greenery around, this just felt like a retreat.
In over 100 minutes of bouldering , listening to the birds and sound of water,we came to what is fondly named as the DEAD END POOL. Most of us encounter the DEAD END POOL on the Day 2 of a trek on the way back. Meeting it first from the other side can be a deceiving sight. It looks pristine, new and quite easy to cross from this end. For what its worth, this gave us enough time to settle down, chill, and get to know each of the other fellow trekkers who has taken this challenge. Swimmers dived into the dead end pool as quickly as they throwed the backpacks
out of their shoulders. Non swimmers weren't any behind and they blewed up the swimming tubes and the DEAD END POOL was rocked out with enegry, enthusiasm, fun, loud chatter and acrobatics. 1 hour and the fishes were soon humbled in their swimming skills by varied swimming styles demonstrated by all.
'Prince Of Nagala' with his extremely huge swimming tube caught the centre of attention.
Using the ropes to ferry the bags over saved time and effort.
In quick time each of us was either swimmed or were 'ferried across' the dead end pool. As the bags were hauled over the rock on the second end of the dead end pool, I noticed something peculiar about this trek. It has a kind of rhythm about it. It is slow but hits the notes in resonance that sounds magical. Its effortless and yet shows a metallic feel about it.
The two huge ridges across the second rock resembled two blades with very sharp edges ready to cut anything quite mercilessly.
The surface of the rocks looked like as though chiselled out to perfection by a master craftsman.
We took out our lemon rice packets here, and jeez, did I mention that it was the best of delicious lemon rice that you could ever have. The tickling of taste buds with the well prepared lemon rice and watching the ripples of shadow of water on the rocks, listening to water streams hijacked our minds to a space trip.
The group huddled into a more exciting convo after the meal and moments drifted by and the sun started shining more brightly.
We stood up, well noursihed by the meal and stamped the boulders ahead and made way holding onto trees, plants,leaves, rocks and moved up the trail. We rested for 5 minutes at certain points taking quick naps and capturing snaps of nature at its best. This served as regrouping the whole unit and making the whole group move like beads on a chain.
The gorge stood proud in all its glory demanding us to step up to the challenge. Why not, we quickly climbed a bit up along the right edge of the stream and reached the very steep edge facing the gorge. Hmmmmm..Not advisable for the faint hearted.
Stuff that can easily get rated as 'Do not try this at home'.
With heart in mouth, each of us grabbed the rocks on the edges for dear life and moved inch by inch. With a relief, we started climbing down and looked back at the monster gorge that we surmounted. Woooohhoooo!
Within an hour of hiking over the higher altitudes of the mountain, we again took a steep climb to slowly slowly face the phenomenon called 'PICNIC POOL'. Water trickling over and hitting and splitting over a step of descending formation of rocks on to the pool makes it unique from any other pools over this trail. And the perfect geographical terrain that surrounds the pool with flat rocks and smooth stream makes it a perfect 'CAMP SITE'. Yes we settled down in to stay the night at PICNIC POOL.
Mani had climbed over along the edge of the falls and precariously placed himself on the rocks and treated himself to the heavenly stream of trickling downpoar from ahead. As enviously as we watched, one by one, each of us climbed over and got them comfortably seated over the slippery rock for an overwhelming experience.
As the sun settled, the stars formed a beautiful carpet across the sky. Down there, near the PICNIC POOL, we arranged the rocks, brought in the twigs, put in the camphor, lighted up a fire, filled in the pots with water and the scene was set for a pompous dinner. Rekha took on charge as the head chef, Gayathri announced that she will give moral support, Sankar made sure that he kept everyone busy with 10 instructions a second, and Rajesh'waran' lightened up the mood with his tongue in cheek remarks. The 2 Adi's, 2 Krishna's, 2 Raj's, Arun and almost everyone was around helping their bit in cooking up the dinner.
10 Sweet corn soup packets were ripped open and mixed in the pot and poured into the pot. In about half an hour, expectant faces surrounded the fire with bowls and spoons looking at the pot simmer. The fumes set in by the fire engulfed the PICNIC POOL promising gastronomic delights deep into the night.
3 to 4 rounds of soup was served for each of the bowl and everyone couldn't stop praising what a wonder the soup is!
Bisebellabath was the word that kept floating aound in our conversation all through the day, and as Rekha took out the vegetables, tomato, chilli , salt, pepper, masala and oil out and mixed it up in the pot, the trip looked totally like a dream. This is culiminary delight at its best.
Before the sun came up the next morning, Raj took all the ones who were awake by then to the TREASURE HUNT POOL. The folks who went in couldnt stop exclaiming with hyperboles as to what a wonder the TREASURE HUNT POOL is.
Rekha was seen already busy with the spoon and pots cooking up the food for breakfast. There was enough and more time to lazily strech over the edge of the pool and let your leg being bitten by a swarm of fishes that looked extraordinarily hungry with sharp teeth.'Prince of Nagala' got bitten the most and over most parts of his body if there was ever a competition in that department. The food tasted even more delicious and we equanimously decided to join a trek with Rekha without a second thought.
By 11 am we took on our backpacks and set out for the down trail. The rhythm was still on. The boulders, the gushing stream, the song of birds and dew drops drifting down the edges of the leaves. In clusters of small groups we moved down.The gorge was climbed back and to our delight we explored and found out a much easier path to get down. Back down at the Dead End Pool we streached back for lunch. Its here that Max couldn't hold himself any further and renamed CTC as'Chennai Trekking and Eating club'. Yeah, we all felt so noursihed in this trek, and paradoxically we would all have gained a couple of kilos than losing a few as is the norm with trekking. Chappathis with jams of various flavours. YuMMMM!
Again the ropes made ferry look like child's play. Moving further down, we reached FIRST POOL soon. Refilling the water bottles, we took the right side of the stream further and drank in the glory of the enchanting beauty around. Soon enough we reached further down to the last water point.
The trail winded down to the ordinary village tracks and we were soon overlooking the dam. We perched ourselves comfortably over the edge of the dam and watched the darkness settling in as the moments drifted by. We took a couple of snaps in the dark and walked towards our nicely parked cars.
After dumping the bags to the back of the cars, everyone exchanged parting pleasantries and new found friends promised to meet in next treks soon. We didn't wanted to end the experience so soon and decided to have the 'dinner at the Dhaba'. The cars lined up one after the other by the highway and we got into the Dhaba to taste the delights that they had to offer.
Before speeding back to Chennai coming back from what seemed like a space trip to the other world, all we had a big thanks for RAJ and ELA for giving us a delightful 2 days of adventure that delighted us more than what we could have asked for!
The next adventure starts buzzling..
It was indeed an excellent experience for me too.
Yes I am also there in the office as usual. One difference is my approach to things now at office is different. Whatever brought to my notice from 9.30 to till now I am dealing with calm and confidence. The nervous energy which use to there is not surfacing. It is a positive outlook that is emerging.
Hope I will be able to maintain this for some more time and look for my next Trek with CTC to charge me again
Peter you are simply great. Request you to add the mail id of Brijesh, Approva and Sreene please.
P G SURESH KUMAR
Hope you ppl have reached office / college :).The trip was really wonderful and I can't remember the last time I got this tired, neither outta playin nor with outing.
This trek would be one of the best and tough treks(Atleast for the first timers like me).
Thanks for all the guys who helped and supported throughout the entire trip.
I saw some serious discipline(which is totaly needed) during the entire trek and personally
learnt loads of stuff which I never knew all the time.I am sure that If I get marooned or get lost in a Jungle, ll be able to manage myself.:):)
@Peter----You are one crazy person (Dun take me otherwise :):)). I ve never seen(or heard:)) someone like U . You are too good and you SHOULD be a part of the ASIA trek(or somethin that I saw in AXN channel) :). Thanks a lot man , would have never made it UP and DOWN without your guidance .
@Shreyas - Have 200 Rs left after yesterdays dinner. Wot do u want me to do? Do u want me to transfer it to some account?
Till we see the next time, Take care Eat well and workout the LEGS(totally needed for treks like yesterdays) .Meet ya soon,Paakalm, Chalo.
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