“Been there, done that”, now why again? I get asked almost every time these days when I plan a trip.
Lately, now again has been a mandatory suffix to what I do.
Anyway, getting back to the regular mundane write-up.
On a yet another boring Saturday, we were up for some crazy investment advice; financially from Swapnil’s dad and feel-o-sophically from me.
Our initial plan was to head out and explore someplace new in the dark, but then, people ended up escalating the financial lecture over the feel-o-sophical one. With a delayed start we moved-out of the cabin, dodging through the crazy Bangalore traffic and those friendly potholes we reached the base of Horaginabetta/ Nandi One (next to Nandi Hills).
It was almost 2200 hrs when we reached the destination (well at least that’s what everyone else thought), only to let Ashok off-road on his beloved hatchback for a couple of clicks.
Took us an hour to reach the campsite. Gathered wood, pitched camp and with the music on and campfire roaring high the party started.
It was a cold and seriously windy night. With the fog moving in, I skipped the plan for shooting star trail.
Woke up at 0600 hrs, with a meter visibility the tent next door was hardly visible. Luckily the campfire was still hot and I was able to get it running without any trouble.
The visibility improved after a while and with everyone awake we kept the water for boiling for a round of green tea. We decided to pack-up the gears and hide it somewhere and head up to finish off the remaining trek.
Soon the fog cleared and it started to become very hot, we picked up the gears and headed home.
Camping without a star trail felt incomplete to me but then low visibility was altogether a different experience.
Horaginabetta offers an amazing backdrop for star trail, coupled with an easy access and short trek. Will definitely plan another visit on a no moon day just to capture an amazing star trail here. Will probably even carry a telescope to have some fun.
Follow the same route as Nandi Hills, at the T-Junction/ Karahalli Cross go straight along the off-road section (left at the junction goes to Nandi Hills). Follow the trail on Google maps or use this KMZ track.