A Year in India

Moonlight Trekkers
March 12, 2009, 7:02 pm
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Sunrise at Nandi Hills

Sunrise at Nandi Hills

If there’s one thing certain about my India experience thus far, it’s that it’s perpetually full of random adventures.  Last weekend marked one as such.  To celebrate my friend Shalin’s 25th (and his upcoming return to the US, boo), a group of us spent a night in Nandi Hills, a rural area 70km north of Bangalore.  After work on Friday, we drove (using typically Indian landmark-based directions, i.e. “turn left at the Kannada sign with red writing,” “turn right at the Banyan tree,” etc.) to a lodge in the hills.  After a home-cooked meal and lots of birthday cake, we sat around talking, drinking, playing Taboo, and dancing (or, um, watching Shalin and Val dance).

Around 3:30am, we left the lodge and began our 1½-hour hike up a dimly-lit path, through tiny old stone temples, past starry viewpoints, through scraggly greenery to the top of the hill.  We staked out a spot at the hill’s edge and waited in the pitch black until the sun slowly began to rise.  With the sun, our moods turned the kind of giddy that reminds me of childhood.  We spent the next hour or so admiring the view, doing “yoga,” and taking lots of photos.  After the trip back down, we groggily ate our breakfast.  Our drive home was met with sleep.  It was quite the memorable send-off for Shalin.

More photos (courtesy of a certain Ms. Rozycki) here.


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