Roopkund Day 4: Ali and Bedni Bugyal

The weather which was clear turned bad at night and it began to rain heavily. The rain had not subsided in the morning when we got up, and this was the sign of things to come for the rest of the trek. It was initially decided we would leave at 6 in the morning was postponed to 7 and by the time we left didna it was 7.45

The initial climb was easy and as we entered the forest the steepness increased. As usual myself and benji were ahead with the rest of the guys following us. The trail was pretty straight forward and we continued the climb with short breaks in between.

A couple of hours of climbing and we reached a place where the trail came to an end. We were looking around for the continuation and soon found it. The steepness increased as we climbed further up and soon we could find the clearing from where we could see the vast expanse of the grasslands

Finally around 10.10 me, benji and poonam reached ali bugyal. We had noticed mist covering the area and we were hoping we could get a clear view once we reached the top

Ali Bugyal Covered in Mist

The guide who had reached ahead of the rest of the group asked us to go to the pond a little further up and wait for the rest of the group to arrive. We were also asked to have our packed lunch while waiting

The pond and the mist

The mist had played spoilsport and we were deprived of the magnificient view everyone were expecting from the bugyals

We waited for the others to join us and after they finished their lunch we started towards bedni bugyal which would be our camp for the day. The mist would clear occasionally revealing the greenary everywhere. Those who were in front were happy to pose of a few shots

Greenary everywhere and happy faces amongst mist

3 more hours of trekking and finally we reached our camp site which was situated admist mountains. As usual we got hot pakoras, soup and tea upon reaching the camp. It was drizzling intermittently when we arrived at the camp and the place as usual was clouded in mist.

Lokesh told us since we had already gained sufficient altittude, there was no need to go for an acclimatization walk. However those who were interested in venturing out, bedni kund and the tea shop were the attractions nearby

With nothing much to a few of us headed out to bedni kund which was covered in mist. The kund is a fresh water expanse of water which was surrounded by a wall with mountains on either side. There is a saraswathi temple near the pond, which people visit during the nanda devi raj jat which happens every 12 years

Bedini Kund and the temples

Having spent some time there taking snaps we headed for the tea shop to have some tea before going back to the camp.

Dinner was served and it was nap time. With the ascent to baguwasa starting the next day

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It had been almost 3 months since I had been on a trek, with the last being sharavathi valley in dec. This prompted me to go for an impromptu trek to chennarayanadurga a small hillock located near tumkur.

I proposed this to my friend kiran, who also joined for the trek.  After picking him up we headed towards dabbaspet on sat. As there was less traffic early in the morning, we were able to make good progress. With the weather being chilly, we took a small break at a hotel for cuppa near the flyover, before proceeding further. Misery awaited us a little ahead as my bike tire got punctured. After losing about half an hour, in getting the puncture sorted out, we headed to kamat upachar for breakfast, before heading to koratagere. With the sun already beating down on us, we proceeded further, taking a few breaks in between.

Lake enroute to channaryanadurga

On reaching koratagere, upon asking for directions, we were told to go to thumbadi and take a left at the arch and proceed forward. We soon reached the base of channarayanadurga.

We started the climb towards the fort located at the top of the hill. The climb is pretty steep from the beginning and it took me time to get adjusted. With the sun beating down, the going was pretty slow. Soon we were the entrance of the fort. We took a break inside the fort.

The fort is a multi level fort built by channapa gowda a hoysala chieftain. The first level of the fort contains a temple and a small pond.

View from the fort entrance

Climbing further we reached the second level of the fort. The fort is damaged, however we could see the graineries and also the dilapidated wall of the fort. From top we could see a range of hills

Distant Hills and Fort wall

Damaged walls of the fort

Having spent some time at the fort, we began our descent. Descent was quick and we soon reached the first level of the fort. Taking a short break there we proceeded our descent to the base.

With, the trek done, there was still enough time left, hence we went to devarayanadurga which was closest. With good scenary keeping us occupied, we reached devarayanadurga at noon.

Scenic view near devarayandurga

After a darshan at the temple, kiran went to have lunch, which was served by the temple. After spending some time there e headed back to Bangalore

How to reach channarayandurga

Bangalore->Nelamangala->Dabbaspet->Koratagere->Thumbadi->take a left at the arch and go continue. U will see a signboard with the name channarayandurga->take right and proceed forward

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Snaps can be foundhere

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