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  • Day84

    The Time I Travelled With Indians :O

    October 28, 2017 in India

    Now we're back to doing trips again after a bit boring September :D. I was so happy to be travelling with some Indians at last (Punjabis haha that's even more awesome :D).
    3 Germans and 3 Indians is a really nice combination to travel with :). So we started early on Saturday and we were at the railway station by 7:40 on time to catch the Brindavan express. Risking buying no tickets was no risk at all looking at the number of people in the general class compartment! We could imagine an empty compartment had the TC actually come cause no one had tickets :p. Our journey kickstarted with a few interesting conversations and then we enjoyed our poker adventures (also got my first introduction to teen Patti).
    While we were contemplating whether to kick the guys enjoying the door seat out or not the breeze made our journey not so bad. A few traded seats, a few more games later we were at the place close to yelagiri. The journey lasted nearly 3.5 hours. Although a bus would be the perfect way to reach yelagiri we couldn't find one so after lunch at a nearby restaurant we started our lengthy negotiations with Took Took drivers. Finally we fit all of us in one Took Took and started our really slow journey up to yelagiri. It was fun with the view on either side being really beautiful.

    Then we did some snack shopping for the big hiking expedition. Having started on our journey we decided to lose the GPS and try to get to the waterfall using our direction senses😂

    It didn't prove to be quite fruitful as we spent most of the time climbing up and down a big mountain, the journey through thorns, filled with an imagination of experience of a man vs wild like scanerio was a different experience indeed
    Anyways idk which mountain we climbed I'm sorry I could show you what I saw from you there but in general that's unimportant, the more important part was the journey with long sticks (because all of us had one) fighting with everyone haha :p

    At the top of the so called mystery mountain described by me we found a goat herder, so lost were we at the time that we believed him even though he nodded to whatever we said 😂 Going by his chosen path we ended up nowhere running around in circles finally choosing our path on the way up to go down 😂. We filled our journey up with moral dilemma questions (the usual ones with Dan I mean) and the new set of sexual ones 😂. After a few hours we ended up using GPS trying to go to the waterfall but giving up home and ending up back at the hotel 😂 ... After many card games and a few showers later we ended up having a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant😋 *Dhanish hotel*😊. A late night walk to find the lake was more about breaking into private property unknowingly😂 but the sleep was good and so was the start of the new day. Having a proper breakfast at the lake view hotel ( I should add beloved because the price was amazing for the hotel like ₹300 per person for that room)😉

    This time we knew what to do and what not to do so we did end up going to the right road to the waterfall​😂...
    We asked a few knowledgeable villagers🙈 and the path took us way way down through cliffs and normal roads finally to a waterfall after maybe 3 hours of trekking. Offering some amazing views and memories we chat forget. The way down the waterfall to swim in it was a bit tricky and risky 😂 all of us made it alive safely that's nice :)
    The waterfall was really nice with very slippery rocks though and the kids there were really friendly 😊
    Swimming after a hot day trekking was perfect. A few many many pics later we headed back still not able to forget the magnificent view from the top and after a sugarcane juice and a crazy TOOK TOOK ride later (the ride was filled up jumps up and down I do recall my head hitting the roof of the TOOK TOOK a dozen time at least) we reached the railway station. A few negotiations and a took took later we were back after taking our luggage from there back on our way to Chennai. The journey back was quite different actually... A palmistry book for a train is highly recommended because everyone is super curious then. Having meet a guy who talks too much and a technician from Apollo and a few other people reading their hands seemed like a nice exercise to practice.
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  • Day71

    The Slightly Crazy Hike :D

    October 15, 2017 in India

    The trip was more or less the result of no travel for a while now and the itch for travelling or getting out of the institute was getting too much. Fortunately this time we had a guide, a big car and lots of food and water with us. (The comfort of a car is totally worth it I guess because spending just ₹650 per person for the ride to and fro would be equivalent to a bus trip to and fro to Pondicherry plus the added advantage of playing loud music and stretching legs while getting comfy seats is not really comparable :D) We (well Ni Mohan theo and Charles) left early at 5 to get the car and then filled the car up with peeps at Taramani. Then we set off to our destination. The prospect of burning some calories amid the beauty of a forest and the cool breeze under a waterfall was just amazing!! The journey was about 2 hours long as the place is nearly 80kms away. We had breakfast at a very awesome (slightly expensive ₹130 per person) restaurant on the way (the food was delicious btw). The view on either side of the road is just green green trees and farms indicating abundance of water. Anyway we soon reached with half of my playlist over :D and the lake nearby was nice which lead us on to a path towards the waterfall. The path we chose was (obviously) the wrong one and we kept on climbing up the mountain for nearly 2 hours before realising that it was too risky :P. The view from there was amazing though :D. The climb down was both risky and exhausting. Thankfully we made it back in one piece with our shirts wet with sweat and cuts all over our legs :D. I must mention about our guide who was expertly navigating through the mountains with such ease that made our jaws drop. Without sweating even a bit she was able to follow us. (I'm referring to a dog actually :D)
    After a few unsuccessful attempts to find the right road to the waterfall we finally got there and the place was nice. With cold water and places to jump in it was truly worth it. We cleansed our dirty bodies there and swam till we became super hungry!! We headed back after a nice snack meal we had bought :P with us. That's it for today but it was amazing!!!
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  • Day38

    We started the day quite early at 6 am from the main gate. A bus after waiting a while from Madhya Kailash meant that we reached the CMBT by 7:30. A very affordable breakfast there (an ice cream candy, a samosa and a packet of chips :D just love layz hahhahahah). We got a bus which started at 8:00 (buses are available all the time). The ticket was a minimal ₹87 one way. After reaching gingee by around 11:30 we went to the first fort there which offers a bigger climb (around 1500 steps). It's only open till 3pm for entry btw. Tickets were a reasonable ₹15 for Indians which can be used for the other fort too :D. The climb there is quite challenging and also fun :D. The view it offers at various places are amazing :D. You can see some pics of it :). It's possible for fit guys to go non stop :D I'll be posting a calories burnt analysis from now on :D. We burned around 200 in total says Ni. Anyways we reached the top by 1:00 I guess and we could see the whole city from there :∆. Finally we took a TOOK TOOK on the way back after climbing down to the city for lunch. Cost us like ₹8 per person haha :p. We had biryani near one of the places we could see on Zomato. It was decent lol then we set off for the 2 nd fort :). The climb was more rapid but equally more tiring :D. We could see the other fort from there. Then on the way back we got off before CMBT. A bus to Adyar and called off the day :D.Read more

  • Day7

    All about the Journey to OOTY :P

    August 12, 2017 in India

    The last few days have been crazy
    First a food tasting expedition around in Chennai which ended up with us exhausting our patience but also discovering a few nice places.
    Second would be the unusually large *sound* meals at IRCTC. The stage for the trip was all set. Having never gone to Ooty and it being such a famous name. Plus the awesome part about being able to stay in a *tree house*! Yes you guys heard it right! A TREE HOUSE!! Exploring the places in waynad was another bright side too because then kerela would be truly complete from my own eyes.
    DAY 1:
    Having not gotten any train tickets to Ooty and the bus tickets being overpriced heavily (₹1500) we decided to take the government buses available. I was expecting to get a direct bus to Ooty in worst case a direct bus at least go Coimbatore :). Delayed by the unusually bad Chennai traffic today we took nearly 2 hours to reach the bus station from our campus. With no buses available directly to Ooty or Coimbatore we took a SUPER SUPER CROWDED bus to Salem. Our of 7 of us only 2 managed to get seats. The rest of us made comfortable on the bus floor hoping to catch some sleep at some point of time. It's ironic for me especially cause I've never been on this side before, actually always thinking why people would prefer sitting or sleeping on the floor instead of taking another bus🤔. (Explanation would be
    1. People are crazy.
    2. The floor isn't so bad.
    3. It's a good *one* time experience (I'll be very specific about this one)😆
    So after a few million attempts of sleeping and conversing I could catch some sleep when we traded seats temporarily :). Another bus to Coimbatore then from Salem but this time with seats.
    Satisfying our hungers with sweets and veg puffs gave a different feel too. The journey to Ooty was really really *schön*😀. As the temperatures fell helping us relieve of the heat stress we faced in our journey, the scenery around was also quite astounding! With valley on one side and the mountains on the other, we hurried through the breezy way. It was not just about the trees, but the whole view of the lush green mountains combined with the wonderful and bright colours of the houses around :). Though the skill of our bus driver was tested on several occasions, we somehow made it to Ooty (like an engineering student gets his degree.) Let me just say that it had been a crazy 18 hours of bus journey! (11 pm to 5 pm)
    The accomodation we found there was super cheap like ₹1500 for 8 people! 😆
    After a very satisfying meal and purchase of chocolates we headed back to our rooms. It had been a memorable day truly !
    The night was a funny one :p
    We heard a motorbike at around 3am racing around in our very own room!!😂
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