Recommended For: All age group
Best Time to Visit: All Season, Sep – Mar (Perfect Time)
Got pulled over with long trips over the previous month, now back with short trips, a day trip of 310KM. And the vintage TLTians joining for the ride to Horsley Hills.
Swamy -> Pulsar
Koushik, Jobince -> Apache
Harish, Anil -> Apache
This is the first time for a short trip starting location was at my place, Marathahalli, it also triggered the lazy part in us. Anil from BTM reaching Park Plaza by 3:50, Swamy from Electronic City reaching in front of Innovative Multiplex by 4:00, in the meantime me, Harish and Jobince were still getting ready. But it didn’t take us more than 5 min to start and join with them. Checked for the route and this is the first time we are travelling on the route.
KR Puram -> Hoskote -> Muddenahalli -> Chintamani -> Horsley Hills
Filled petrol near to Hoskote toll, had tea and a brief talk and off we started towards our destination.
And the drive to Chintamani was a pathetic one, for every 5 KM we need to hurdle with the speed breakers and battle with the high beams of cars and Lorries. High beam are the nightmare for bikers during early morning and night drives. It was at the first speed breaker I had Jobince flying in air, from then on he started to be cautious and tapped me to say speed breaker ahead slow down way before 300 mts 46 KM of weary journey reached Chintamani, stopped for few minutes, sharing the moments of Harish being a pillion rider for the first time, while talking I checked the oil level of the Pulsar and the shocker again the level was too low , but the last service date showed as 13 Oct 2017, not even a month and how the oil level is low? And Harish being Hilarious, this time we have two Apache towing will be easier.
Harish – The Pulsar Quality Inspector [Taking Charge]
The next 30 KM were worst, filled with potholes, narrow roads, water lagged off roads quite challenging. Its then when we realized we should have gone through Madanapalli instead of the shortest route. It is then when we stopped for a break, Harish new avatar as the Pulsar Quality Inspector, taking the Pulsar for a spin coming back and stating the difference in sound is at the first and second gears, will manage for this ride but not on long term, need oil replenished ASAP. A good thing was within 200 mts, my eyes were able to spot a mechanic shop and refilled the engine oil and off we went without any worries.
8:30 Reached the base of Horsley Hills, we thought that the beauty of the hills might have vanished by now, with slightest of hope we ascended and miracles do happen, we were completely surrounded by fog, a sudden fall in temperature, are we in our dreams, the curves, the chicane, the fog what else a rider needs – Enchanting ride, expect the unexpected.
9:00 Reached Horsley Hills, the first sight was on the AP Tourism. The entire scene was like A vast blanket of white hung heavy over the hills. It suffocated every building and every tree at their base, swallowing every distant object and vanishing around every corner and the fog loomed as far as we could see, it was almost tangible, shrouding everything in a thick white veil.
Moved to AP Tourism hotel for the breakfast, buffet breakfast, Rs. 101 per head, food was served hot and was good too.
And off for the exploration.
Three view points
Children Play Arena
First View Point
The Frog Rock
Second View Point
We wanted to explore so off we started to descend to check how far it leads us too. Crying loud at the mountains and hearing back, the most number of echo we were able to get was 4.
At the end a powernap at edge of the rock
Trek back was the hardest part. Tested our potential to the extreme, it’s been a long time since we had trekked. Found it very difficult, it also had one of the TLTian feel sick for next 20 minutes.
Horsley Hills is just a circle, Jiddu Krishnamurthi Statue marks the center stage. All the way leads to this statue, so there is no need to worry on losing the way.
We are followers of Jiddu Krishnamurthi “We maintain that truth..”
Children Play Arena
AP Tourism Stay
You can book at APTDC website
1500 for one cottage and can accomodate upto 4-6 members.
14:30 Our tummies started to ring the bell, time for some lunch. We decided to try out other hotel away from Horsley Hills and about 15 KM of travel our nostrils got hold of the aroma, Swamy and Me slowed down the vehicle and exchanged words “Did you smell what I smelled?”, Harish coming from behind yelling, hey there was a dhaba why you guys didn’t stop. Turned our vehicles and landed at the Dhaba, it was quite okay, had a hut kind of setup a typical village dhaba and we needed to wait for nearly an hour to get a ourselves into the hut.
16:00 With our tummies full, we all were ready for our return journey. But just after few KM it was a complete downpour, it was then when I remembered when my mom called in the morning and warned about the weather. Rain didn’t have any mercy for us, bad roads, visors getting covered completely with water, barely able to see the road but our fun didn’t stop, intentionally revving our bikes on stagnant water splashing on bikes.
18:00 Crossed Chintamani, rain had just stopped, a relief breath but not for long. Again the downpour, the scene became completely dark, it was very difficult to drive with the opposite vehicles on high beam reflecting on our water hit visors, we three were one behind the others following the tail lamp as a trail.
The Most Unexpected Scene, we all were shaken
Came across the disaster, Swamy was heading in front, followed by me and Jobi, and then Hairsh and Anil. Just few meters ahead of us (hardly 200 mts) suddenly there were wreckage seen on the road, it was a bike, Swamy stopped, so do me and so do Harish. We all jumped down from the vehicle and ran to the biker, he was down holding his leg and crying. We also heard another sound crying out help, I thought that it was the biker family.
Harish, Swamy and Anil rushed in search of the person crying out for help, in the meantime I cleared his vehicle away from the road and had his left indicator on, it was an FZ, clutch went up side down and the front doom totally out of shape, the scene was completely dark wasn’t able to see either of our face clearly. Pulled him up, enquired about his injuries, he replied have hurt the leg. Then I saw Swamy, Harish and Anil picking up a small boy, his belongings and learnt from him that he has lost his way to his hostel and was walking in search of the village. He was literally crying and the worst part was blood pouring out from his mouth and the heartbreaking moment was when the boy tried to fall on our legs and said please help me reach my village. Harish and Anil got hold of his parent number and had a talk, while the biker managed to hold his nerves and told he is from this place I will take the boy to a nearby village and get him to a hospital and then leave him where he needs to go. Anil got the biker mobile number then I checked his bike only the front doom has been damaged, clutch was okay, asked him are you good enough to drive, he acknowledged and we put the boy on his bike, cleared the way for him and off they went towards the nearby village.
After that we 5 starred at each other for a minute or so, fear had struck on all of us, only answer we had was lets not revv hard lets drive in 50’s. With just few meters I stopped in front of a Tea shop, the rain was getting heavier, and the scene that we had witnessed we thought lets wait. Then the talk, we were already driving in 75 to 80, he was ahead of us, sure he would have been in 85 KMPH, but there were lots of vehicles passing by no one even had a chance to slow down and ask what had happened and whether we needed help? This made us wonder where is this world up to? Suddenly a car flew up to one feet going through the speed breaker at top speed. We all said guys time is just 18:30 but it’s like 21:30 let the rain stop then we will drive, all matters is our safety.
30 mins of wait, rain stopped, wiped our visors, we 5 were confident enough and then we started towards Bangalore. 20:30 Reached Bangalore, with all the happenings as a lesson, bid good bye to each and every TLTian on this day.
Until next time C U.