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Srisailum Trip …. With Friends @ CA September 20, 2006

Posted by Gaurav Dhiman in Adventure.
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Hello readers, hope you all are doing great. Today I will post my mail about my Srisailum (Andra Pradesh, India) trip. When I was in CA (Computer Associates) in year 2004, one fine day few of us (aficionados) decided to venture into the nature and have a biking trip to Srisailum from Hyderbad over the weekend. Initially most of the guys in our brand (eTrust) were really excited about this and but as me and Naveen started planning about it, then only few of us left to plunge into this adventure. I dont have words to explain how much we all enjoyed in those two days. I think that was one of my most memorable adventure trips till now. We all were crazy and young guys, who loved thrill and adventure.

After reaturning from trip, we all thought to send small write up to all people in our brand to tell them what all they missed, so we planned to write up our experiences and send the same to Veeresh, who complied all the experiences and sent a mail to all eTrust guys in CA Hyderabad. Well nothing to say more, following is that mail which we sent to all eTrust guys, so just have a look and read our experiences. I might post my details experiences of that trip on this blog sometime in future.

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Group Members (From left to right): Veeresh Agarwal, Abhishek Kumar, Shalabh Shrivastava, Mahesh Kumar, Naveen Kumar Bharatha, Gaurav Dhiman, Chandramohan Rajarathnam, Vijay Chakravarthy.

No. of Bikes: 4 (1 Pulsar, 2 Fieros, 1 Splender)

Top Speed: 100 Km/hr

Distance covered: 580 Km (approx.)

Left at 0425 hours on Saturday (3rd July 2004)

Came back at 0130 hours on Monday (5th July 2004)

Veeresh:

Day 1:

Starting point fixed was Prasads Imax. I was surprised to see that all 8 of us reached in time, showing the excitement we had about the trip. We started our journey at 0425 hours from – Khairtabad cross road. It was little dark with moon light showing us way. Later we could see the moon going down hiding behind clouds and Sun coming up from far across between the mountains. We took snaps and eat Pongal rice, Naveen had brought from home. Moving ahead, we reached Nagarjunasagar Dam at about 0900 hours covering 150 Kms. We had to go over the dam and in the middle of it we started taking snaps. We covered whole Dam road and created trouble for passers. An officer had to come and stop us stating that it’s a prohibited area.

We enquired our way out and came to know about Nagarjunakonda – Buddhist site. We were supposed to go by steamer to that place. Slight change in plans and decided to visit this as well. The steamer was scheduled at 1015 hours. In the mean time, we went near the river and on the rocks we did a small photo session, also got a chance to do some tracking while climbing back. On Steamer we had fun with cold drinks and other drinks, you know. There we saw Buddha’s sculptures of ancient time. By that time we really got tired and thinking of going 200 Kms more did put our spirits down. But Naveen and Chandramohan went on to see almost complete museum. Rest of us went back to steamer and took a nice nap to refresh ourselves. Nimboo- Banta really raised our spirits again and we started for Srisailam.

Close to Dam was a waterfall Ettipothala water falls. We thought of not missing this opportunity and headed for it without giving second thought. It was just 7-8 feet wide road, with lot of curves, tall bushes at sides, left no space for errors, went at a speed of 50 Km/hr (avg.). The scenic beauty of waterfall was amazing. It was like a heaven on earth (Don’t believe it, see yourself). Had lunch there and started for our final destination.

On the way to final destination, Naveen was in his full form and headed us at a speed of 70 – 80 Km /hr. On that day we were the only racers on this earth, went through rough narrow roads, blowing horns together to scare big lorries, going through muddy road sides, taking the risky overtakes, experiencing heavy rain. We were all drenched from top to bottom, water even found the way to our boots and bags etc, still we had no mercy for our bikes, we went straight through bumpy roads without stopping at speed breakers. We reached Srisailam at 2000 hours covering the hilly terrains in moon light, enough for satiating our hunger for thrill, excitement and adventure. Pillion riders were literally cursing all the drivers, they had a tough time. After reaching the destination, we took our bath and got fresh, had our dinner then sat around a juice stall to discuss the whole day experience. It was around 24 hours when we got into our beds hoping to wake up at 0500 hours next morning as we had a lot to cover in Srisailam next day.

Day 2:

To our surprise, nobody woke up at 0500 hours as we were all tried because of our hectic journey. Naveen woke up at 0800 hours and called up all the guys in their room. We quickly got ready and went to see the famous temple of Srisailam . It took 2 hours to g around the temple, also clicked few pictures there. Later, after having brunch, we decided to see Akkama devi caves for which we were supposed to cross the river through motor boat. Now our difficult time started again. We didn’t expect, the way to river bank would be that difficult. While stepping down to river bank, the most horrifying thought was to climb those big and endless step after coming back from caves. Still we did it.

We hired the boot and started for the caves with our life saving jackets on. Few of us got a chance to have hands on experience on steering. Played Antakshari to beat the time, clicked number of photos. Caves were dark and scary with no light, no air, and full of dust and suffocation with strong smell of Bats but beautiful, calm, quite and peaceful. Overall it was a nice experience. We all had the toughest time while coming back as we climbed steep stairs that seemed to be never ending. All of us were out of breath and had severe body ache. Again Nimboo – Pani came as a life saver. It was 1700 hours by the time we reached Hotel. We got refreshed at Hotel and left it at 1800 hours

Lastly we visited Sakshi Ganapathi temple. We started ffrom temple arount 1830 hours, it was dark, covering hills was fun and dangerous. The most embarrassing and funny part of the trip was fall of half of the team (Veeresh, Gaurav, Vijay & Chadru). We were going uphill and had to take a U turn. Suddenly, I felt that my bike’s gear was jammed and couldn’t speed up. My vehicle was tilted. For balancing I turned the vehicle little more and my front tyre got off the road. We didn’t get ground to keep our foot and fell. Vijay was very near to me. He too could not handle the bike and he too fell. Thank God, some body was there to give me company, just kidding. Good part of the story is that both the bikes fell at zero speed so no harm done. Our bikes were in good position and started our journey again. We made our bikes ran at a speed of 70-80-90 Km/hr taking the cover of four wheeler most of the time. Finally, we came back home safe and sound. We reached Hyderabad at 0130 hours on Monday. If u guys are not yet done and want more then I give you all, the experiences of my fellow members. These are worth reading.

Abhishek:

For me the best part of the trip was the journey itself we went through all those picturesque landscape and at that amazing speed . it was simply great and unforgettable . though the destinations were worth the trip and not to forget the jargon’s that we used repeatedly on the way

“Hit the road”

“kya Abhishek L2 mein hoke aisi baat karta hain”

“Cool man “

“follow the qualis”

And all those sign languages that we developed .

Also do you guys remember there were some children waving at us on going through the villages?

It was simply great and I don’t think the photo’s showcase the rush that we were experiencing . 40 hours – 650 KM – 5 km trek – 15KM boating –caves, mountains plains and the refreshing lemon banta juice

Not to forget the fear of tiger passing the jungle in the night guys there was so much to experience ……………

Naveen:

If bikes could speak …..

All bikes : Are in logo ne tho aisi ragadayee aisi ragadayee, pucho math meri tho gayee.

Fiero( Veeresh bike) : aur who saale(Veeresh) ki aisi ki thaisi, peeche Fiero(VJ bike) na hota, marva diya hota.

Fiero (VJ bike) : Tum to gire yaar, kaali peeli mujeko bhi le gire.

Pulsar : Kya nazara tha yaar, ek ke peche ek. Kya scene hai.

Jate waqat tho, mujhe ragadadi. Shukar hai bhagwan ki, meri jaan baach gayi, usne (Abhishek) aate

waqat thel dal diya. Nahin tho gasitha huye le chaltha Hyderabad ko.

Isko tho daad dene padenge, maine socha iske paas helmet nahin hai tho hallu chalaye ga,

Par, ek pal bhi nahin choda bas bagate chala bagate chal….na maruthi deki, na truck aur na quails.

Splendor : Is se (Naveen) aisi umeed nahin thi. Naya purana kuch bhi nahin dekha, bas bagate chale…

Ye bhi nahin socha, mein kitna bag sakta hoon. Sattar assi (70 – 80) pe chala diya mujhe..

All bikes : Are are sab ki halat buri ho gai. Na din na raath. Aandi garaz rahe the, baarish ho rahi, phir bhi rokne ki bath koyi

Nahin karta tha….bas bagate chale….

In log ne tho hamari jaan le li.

-all bikes

Gaurav:

Hi Guys,

This is my experience on the trip:

It was wonderful, great trip which I will remember for my whole life. It was a feeling of great achievement when we reached Srisalum.

I am feeling as if I have lived my life in these two days (Abhi mere ko DDLJ ka dialog yaad aa raha hai – “Ja beta, ji le apni zindagi”) …… meine bhi apni zindagi ji li in do dino mein.

Well the most enjoyable part of journey was the rough rally driving thru muddy narrow roads, overtaking trucks – blowing horns together to put the trucks aside, going on a speed of 70 – 80 on rough terrain, experiencing heavy rain in between and shivering after the rain, stopping at road side dhabas to refresh our self with a cup of tea & BISCUITS J, establishing our own sign language to avoid any casualties.

Other most rememberable part was natural caves …… it was an amazing experience to see such caves, full darkness, no fresh air inside, a lot of suffocation, a narrow cave to get into, full of dust ……. It was my first experience on such a wonderful place ……. At such a place one comes to know how the life can be without basics amenities around you.

Also enjoyed while traveling through boat …… playing antakshari to beat the long traveling time …… refreshing our self by sprinkling river water …… putting feet into cold river water while going on boat.

And finally the last not the least, how can I forget my great fall with my other three great friends (Veeresh, Vijay & Chandru) ……. It was shocking for a minute …… I first landed up on Vijay (as Vijay says, well I don’t remember) and then on big rock and finally I was in thorns ……. stayed there for 3 -4 seconds as I was shocked (what to do know) and did not expected it to be, it was sudden …… but finally we all were safe by the grace of GOD ……. I thank GOD for all the things …… I think such things are part of every such trip and we should not get down on these things ….. rather we should fell more motivated and keep on going …. with out this our first aid kit should have remained useless ……. so our first-aid kit came to rescue at right time.

To sum up, it was wonderful trip with lot of experience ……. I think our group did great and we should keep on planning such trips in future too.

Three Cheers to whole group ….. Hip-hip Hurry …….. Hip-hip Hurry ………. Hip-hip Hurry !!

Thanks & Regards,

Gaurav Dhiman

Chandramohan:

Unbelievable…

Unforgettable…

Unwrittenable…

Memories.

Still, I am

Hearing the Bike Sound…

Feeling the breeze …

Seeing the darkness…

Recalling all others…

&

Enjoying all.

Full credit goes to the four important persons

(Pulsar, Fieros(2) & Splendor),

whose make it happen without any problems.

LVU,

Chandru.

Shalabh:

I wont say that I will never forget

the trip to Srisilam instead I will

say that I will always and always

remember this trip beacuse of

-fear of tiger

-Complete Darkness in the forest

-Back pain caused to me as I was looking behind every minute to see whether all bikes are on the way or

not..

-Raining all the way..

-Deadly U turns ..

-Bike Avg Speed of 70Kms

-Road bumpers,

– Mountain Cave ,fear of Bats,

-My googly when i become ready for photo on the bike and one person stopped us to take photos.. Each one

of us<I guess VJ is with me>has photo on bike on Nagarujuna Dam.. gr8 googly.

-Those 1000 steps,which caused forever pain in my thighs..

-Gulping lemon soda time to time..

-Tokri Boating, again fear of falling down of trip mates Mahesh,Abhishek,Veeresh.

-Falling down of 2 Bikes and causing everybody other than Mahesh,Veeresh,Chandru,Naveen,Gaurav,VJ,Abhishek to fear of stuck in forest.

-Thank God Camera is back else frustration of thinking going down to 1000 steps again.

Every nth second I enjoyed the trip and once again thanks to tiger who caused the trip continuously exciting, amazing….

Cheers,

Shalabh

Vijay:

Oh man…..

U guys have mentioned everything about the trip…..let me see what I can think of….

The trip was amazing from the beginning till Monday night (when we had a complete good sleep)..

We guys turned out to be pretty punctual than expected…..Believe me..i had never expected to see everybody by 4:30AM atleast….I guess people were exited beyond belief……

Roads that lead us to and from srisailam were superb…though there were some bad ones…most of it was good…infact better…

There are few sweet memories that I would treasure and always relish upon….and here they are..

– The long…long…stretches that we covered by bikes….resulting in severe pains in the wrong place…

– Thunder showers pouring down….and the feeling of every droplet dripping down ur shirts and pants….:-)

– The up-hill walk that each of us went through completely which drained our energy….thats when we realized that all of us are lot more older than we seem to be…

– Of course…the falling of bikes…oh my god….that was one of the amazing things that I liked….though we didn’t have any big injuries…the fall was really good…it just added some more aches to our body…making our sleep even more desirable for the next day…

– The sudden US accented english of Mahesh and continuous chattering of my partner (chandru) on our way back were one of the best things to be witnessed.

– And most of all…during the non-stop ride in the rain….the tossing of little wet cow-dung pieces from naveen’s rear type to my shirt, pant and shoes…..Believe me guys…..when the shoes had dried..they were rock solid…..just then I understood why mud-huts are so strong in villages…even the dung can be so..so..useful…..J

– One natural habit of ours , though not a sweet memory to be relished was the contribution of natural fertilizers, manure to plants/trees on either sides of the roads….:-)

– The Tiger reserve was so reserved that we hardly could see any animals on our way…..

Vijay Chakravarthy. H

Naveen (again):

May be this is repetition, however this is about moments which I remember always…

I enjoyed the every second of my drive from Nagarjuna sagar to Srisailam.

This is where environment was set in, it was simply superb.

Sky with full of clouds and fresh greenery everywhere (leaves cleaned by fresh rain water).

Crossing gushing rain water on roads, then view of water stream along road side !!

And the view of mountains…

Last but not least, experience about the total darkness in the forest !!

To sum it up….the scenic beauty of Nature !!

naveen

Note: You all can share our memories through our photographs that are loaded on the share http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/goodguys_in/album?.dir=bd04&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

 

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