We have all heard of it. We have all been there at least once. I’m talking about the residents or the even the non-residents who have visited Bangalore.
Since I have moved to this city, I have been to many places surrounding it. But for some reason or another, I always seemed to miss out on the very famous Nandi Hills. My friends who have been here since longer used to tell me there’s nothing much to it. Just a view point on the top of little hill! And I always believed them.
When a friend of mine from Hyderabad came over for a weekend and demanded to see the deal with her own eyes we decided to tick off the view-Nandi-Hills-sunrise from the “Top 5 things to do in Bangalore” once and for all. 😛
Nandi Hills is a hill fortress in the state of Karnataka situated at a distance of approximately 60 kms from Bangalore. Since it’s very near to the city people leave quite early in the morning to reach there.
We started around 3:30 am in the morning with excitement, yawns and jackets(since it was December 20th and a bit chilly!)
It took almost 2 hours from my place to the gate of Nandi Hills which usually opens at 6 am in the morning. We experienced a lot of fog on the way which also slowed us down a bit.
Finally we reached near the gates around 5 and halted for a short tea break!
But since when is a tea break meant for just tea! We got carried away by the smell of hot Maggi cooking at the stall and ordered a bowl each 🙂
After the little tea break we drove right upto the gates and waited for it to open. We had to wait for 10-15mins at the gate as a long queue of cars and bikes started building up behind us! As soon as the gates opened we whooshed past and the beautiful roads started unveiling!
I cannot find the right words to describe how beautiful it looked!
The first break of dawn, the hint of light along the pesky hairpin turns as you keep getting glimpses of the beautiful city you slowly leave behind..
Once we reached the top we were excited to find that we were not among the firsts, but the very first group to reach the summit 🙂
The view..oh! the view! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but neither this picture, nor my words can provide justice to the beauty of that morning..
What is it about sunrises?
No! Seriously!! What is it?? Why does a completely natural phenomenon fill us with so much positivity and hope irrespective of what’s going on in our lives? I don’t know..what I do know is that when the sun slowly started rising from amidst the fluffy white clouds all of us were speechless! We even forgot to take pictures..well..almost forgot 🙂
And then the sun rose..once more..on 20th of December morning..just like it always does! Thank god some things are constant in universe!
I can use adjectives like mesmerized, speechless, awestruck and so on and I still cannot pen down what I felt when I saw the sun kissing the clouds slowly as it rose. I just sat there and watched in silence (U have a place to sit, btw)
We agreed upon one thing that day..
Nandi Hills is a very under-rated place! There will be a lot of people to tell you that it’s not such a big deal..it can be skipped..but I’ll tell you not to! It might be nearby, may not seem special, but it is. Very special. As Tagore has so wisely said….
“Bohu din dhore, bohu krosh dure,
bohu byay kori, bohu desh ghure,
Dekhite giyachhi parbotmala, dekhite giyachhi sindhu,
Dekha hoy nai chokkhu meliya,
Ghar hote shudhu dui pa feliya,
Ekti dhaner shisher upore ekti shishir bindu”
(“ I traveled miles, for many a year,
I spent a lot in lands afar,
I’ve gone to see the mountains,
The oceans I’ve been to view.
But I haven’t seen with these eyes
Just two steps from my home lies
On a corn of paddy grain,
A glistening drop of dew.”)
There’s not a lot left to do after you experience the sunrise. You can take pictures, roam around and explore for a while and then head home with a little cloud in your pockets 🙂
On the way back we grabbed some breakfast as we were famished! I tried “puddu” (Paniyaram) for the first time and ended up loving that too 🙂
Most of us felt tired and sleepy since we barely had a couple hours of sleep the previous night. But I was filled with a newfound joy and energy which stayed with me throughout the day as I went to my office for a few urgent to-dos (I know 🙁 duty calls), had lunch, finished my work and then watched the sun go down from my office windows with cup of chai while reminiscing the beautiful morning.