Man, the alarm was not soothing but rather cruel at 5.00A.M in the morning but had to get up. Not much later got a call from Bharath ” Do you want to go? It rained badly yesterday”. I don’t know how I could manage to say, ” Let’s go, at least we will meet people” .
Out of the comfort of the home reached the meeting point “Koti Women’s college Gate” by 5.45 sharp as was ordered by Sukumar, our Organizer. There were few others waiting on the other side of the road. but there was no Sukumar, nor Padmaja. but before I could get any more sharp and angry almost everyone arrived by 6.00A.M blunt. We started off in the 4 wheelers after parking our bikes before Haridwar hotel. Padmaja was not coming as her father was not feeling well. So we started off in Hari’s Scorpio microHybrid.
Abdullapurmet is a group of small hillocks on the NH9 on the way to Vijayawada near Ramoji Film City. It is in fact very near to the Outer Ring Road which is in construction. (I don’t know what they will call the next Ring road, no prizes for the guesses). There was a nice BT road leading to the foot of the hillock, thanks to the real estate ventures. This is the first time GHAC is conducting a trek here and we are the first ones which makes it really most interesting and exciting.
We parked our vehicles and had the customary introduction, There were software victims, addicts, professionals,.. what ever you want to call them, a doctor, fashion Designer, consultant, ad woman. So started off. It was cloudy but not raining luckily. The first thing was to conquer the first hillock. There was excitement to find new routes to the top. we had to lift ourselves through the narrow opening between two rocks.
There was lot of advices in the air around from the guys who made it to the top, a feeling of ” Can I make it” in the faces down. It was a while before everyone was helped to the top. Wow! it was great team work and spirit of adventure. Then we had some pictures clicked on top of the hillock.
Then we saw a peacock on top of another hill, all inviting with its fully stretched feathers. There was greenery all round thanks to the consistent rains in Hyderabad. And our next destination was a bigger hillock towards our right. It was already 8 and we stopped to break our fast. There were biscuits, chudwa, Anshu’s Sandwiches (she prepared them in the morning!), haldiram stuff, and Dates! I too had some dates! Then we were again on our way. We did not know how to make it to the top. All the existing routes, if any, might have been covered by the grass and other shrubs.
We were greeted by huge boulders, steep and no easy path to the top. we split into two groups and started our exploring. There was a small group of bees and Hari was bit on his hand. That was the first moment when the spirits were little down. But thanks to our self styled Manager Anshu Gemini and Hari we found a little hope. There was a small crack between two rocks. I was a little apprehensive about going through it as there may be snakes or monkeys inside. But Anshu went through it, I followed . Anshu could get to the bottom of the small opening to the top. After seeing her courage and spirit, whatever resistance to accepting her as Manager was gone. Under her direction I could lift myself through the opening and made through it. I saw light! Wow! I could not describe my feeling. Anshu made it. It was her find.
Slowly everyone followed. Someone from the bottom asked why do we have to do this? Why are we on this trek? Other group with Sukumar go to the top from other difficult way. Wow, the wind was soothing and inviting. Wait, Let me take a deep breathe. How stupid we are, leaving these pleasures we are content living cramped spaces.
We could see the Ramoji Film City’s entrance from the top, thank God it is on the other side of the road. Other we know what would have happened to this hillock. There were some pink apartments to the far South. We climbed to the top of this hill. Took some pictures.
We got down in the direction of our cars. The descent was not that adventurous and boring to Anshu. We got down under the guidance and warnings “slippery rocks, sharp turn, Its steep” of Bharath. After what we have done those were not warnings!
There was this lovely grass swaying to the tune of the wind which we could not hear or comprehend.
It was a great trip! The hill was all welcoming. The overnight rain and the ones before erased all the previous trails and paths and we had to start new. We tried our level best not to leave any impressions on the way. No littering was done but some centipedes were crushed under our shoes, the grass was grounded but they did not complain. Our Trek to identify with our own nature – Nature was more than expected. Above all, the guys and gals were a great company. There were complaints of lack of variety in the snacks! haha.
Let me remember the names. Sukumar, Hari and his better half, Bharat, Gautam, Anshu, Anusha, Lavanya, Haritha, Anand, Gautham, Vamshi, Srikanth, Naresh, again Naresh, Vimal, Shri, Babu. Sorry who’s 19 and 20?
Thanks Sukumar and GHAC! It was real fun.
(Images Courtesy: Gautam Narain, Naresh, Vamshi)