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Musthihalli Lake

Nestled away in a corner where the borders of the 3 states Andhra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu briefly touch, there lies a lake tucked away amidst hills.

Musthihalli or Musthipalle as the locals calls it, is a small village tucked away between the borders of karnataka and andhra

How Far is Musthihalli: 120 kms via kolar or if you want to take the longer route its 160 kms via krishangiri

How to reach Musthihalli: Bangalore->Kolar Bypass->Bangarpet->Musthihalli. There is no roads from musthihalli to the lake. One needs to park the vehicle at the village and walk a km or two to reach the lake

OR

Bangalore->Krishnagiri->Kuppam->Gudipalli->Musthihalli. One can ask for directions after reaching gudipalli.  Roads are in bad condition after gudipalle cross

Things to do in Musthihalli: Enjoy the serene atmosphere at the lake

After the wonderful chikmagalur trip, I decided to head to musthihalli lake the next day.  Since I had no idea about the route through kolar, I decided to take the longer route and hence headed to krishangiri.

The roads from krishnagiri to kuppam have some nice curves and driving on those twisty-curvy roads can be fun.

I reached gudipalle after a couple of hours of riding with a few short breaks in between

Reaching gudipalle, I asked for directions to the lake and one person offered to take me to the lake as he was on the way to the village.

The roads from gudipalle to the lake are in a worst condition, and the road leading from the lake to the village is in no better condition either.

I spent an hour or so at the lake taking snaps and enjoying the serene atmosphere

Musthihalli Lake

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During the return journey I took the kolar route which is 40kms less

Snaps can be found here

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Sandakpu – A trek to the gates of shangri-la – Day 1

The day started with everyone being woken up at 6. As bathing was forbidden for the next 1 week, we just had to brush our teeth, and get our bags to the hallway. Breakfast was served and after that we were asked to assemble outside.

Jeeps had already arrived to pick us up and the trek  started after singing the national anthem and raising the national flag.

Jeeps

We began our journey to dhotrey which was the starting point of the trek. After collecting our packed lunch in manebhanjan we continued our journey to dhotrey. At Manebhanjan those having  cameras had to pay a fee of Rs 100 and this ticket would be valid till rimbick which was the last point of the trek.

Singalila National Park

Having reached dhotrey at 10.30 we were asked to assemble again and after a headcount the trek started

Dhotrey Village

The weather was quite cold and misty when we started the trek. The initial part of the trek was through villages.

The weight of the backpack was beginning to take its toll and I used to stop every now and then before moving further. After a little while I got used tot he weight and the climb became more easier.

The road to tonglu

The mist was however blocking the beautiful scenary. With breaks in between the climb continued  till we reached Tonglu where we were supposed to have packed lunch. There was a house there where we could rest.

House at Nepal Border

Nepal was just a few feet from there and we all went there for a photoshoot. Having spent some time at the border we headed back, where the headcount was taken again. The final leg of the trek was a downhill walk to tumling which was the final point for the day

Nepal and rocky path to tumling

Soup was served to everyone and we were shown our respective rooms. Evening was spent playing antakshari. Dinner was soon served and later me shashi and a few others for a moonlight stroll as the full moon was just too inviting. We went to a nearby stupa and spent some time there taking snaps.

A short while later we were back at the camp and hit the bed, as the climb to kalipohri awaited us tomorrow

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