Photo by Aniruddha Das
My idea of a trek (I realized later) was somewhat contorted. Being a photographer, spending long hours in the woods trying to get this shot or that somehow amounted to a 'trekking experience' in my mind. I was, of course, in for a surprise.
Photo by Jyothy Karat At the Malle Mahadeshwara village. It was fun meeting the villagers while we shopped for vegetables to ccok for dinner.
This cow seemed to be a permanent installation in front of the ancient temple of Malle Mahadeshwara
Vishwa and our guide. When the journey began.
(Where the tarred road ends. From left : Jay, Mischial, Gayatri, Bala, Naveen)I remember feeling mildly surprised when i first saw the tiny-almost-empty bags that everybody was carrying. At the time, i was oblivious to the look of concern i had seen on their faces. Some of them very politely stared at the great hound of a bag that i was carrying and inquired about how on earth do i expect to trek wearing that pair of converse shoe. I shrugged.
Photo by Sandeep S K
The starting point was Male Mahadeshwara Hills (MM Hills) in the outskirts of Karnataka and we were expected to trek 24 Km (15 miles) to reach the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border at Palar. Well, we ended up trekking 29Km (18miles) in two days. I barely survived.Photo by I don't know who!
(Pictured : Nidhi, Vishal, Sandy and Sunil)
Apart from a few bugs, beetles and some ants that started to crawl all over me when my 'breaks' extended for too long, I must say that i did not catch sight of a single living creature anywhere around me. I was somewhat surprised and incredibly happy that someone managed to get a shot like that with his point and shoot camera. By far, the best from the trip. Sandy, you definitely have a bright future in photography!
Photo by Naveen Kumar (After the 12Km trek on the first day, AOL Jaunters chill out at our guest house in Nagamale)
Photo by Jyothy Karat (This feet belongs to Gayatri : When we climbed barefoot to visit the temple on top of Nagamale)
Photo by Jay (Disclaimer : This image has been manipulated to suite viewership under PG. For those interested in viewing the exclusive, explicit picture, please contact its proud owner, Jay ;0D )
When we met some security guards in the forest on Day 2
Photo by Naveen Kumar On our way back to Bangalore. Milestone NewYork! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PS :
(From left : Jyothy, Mischial, Gayatri, Naveen, Saravanan, Viswa, Ani, Bala)
On Day 1, predictably, I did not get quite far before my face bloomed into a red hot tomato, panting like a mad mongrel and announcing to anybody who would listen that I'm going to die this very minute. I would just flop down on the ground and refuse to budge. Blessed are the souls of Bala, Jay, Saravan, Sandy, Maadesh (our young guide) and most specifically Sunil. They lunged me forward.
(Sunil) Despite all odds, I'm glad i went on the trip. I'm glad i met these wonderful people. Am glad I'm part of AOL Jaunters.
AOL Jaunters (Clockwise from left : Vishwa, Sunil, Sandeep, Saravanan, Vishal, Nidhi, Gayatri, Mischial, Ani, Bala, Jay and Naveen