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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Night trekking @ Skandagiri Hills

Skandagiri Hill is situated in Chikballapur district of Karnataka, which is approximately 70 km from Bangalore. Skandagiri is also known as Kalavara Durga. The peak is at an altitude of about 1350 metres.

It was an amazing adventurous night trekking experience. We were a group of three friends and joined a group of five law students at the base. 

One of the ancient and oldest mutt of Karnataka - Papagni Mutt is located at the base.

Skandagiri trek is a moderately difficult trek, but if you are trekking in night you need to be extra cautious.

We started our journey towards the zenith at around 1:45 AM. It was a beautiful night with a bit strong breeze and a very light drizzle. Stretches were a bit slippery due to the rain. So, we were climbing slowly and cautiously, relaxing after every 15-20 minutes of climb. 

Finally we reached at the top and it took around 3 hours, for us, to reach to the top. 

We stayed there for quite some time ( around 3 hours) - enjoyed the Campfire, hot maggie and tea, which we bought from the local shop, run by the villagers, present there.

In morning, it was very cloudy and visibility was very less. So, we didn't get a chance to witness the beautiful sunrise. :(

Things to carry for this trek:
  1. One LED Torch (fully charged) per person – It’s a must and don't rely on your phone’s torch.
  2. Shoes with good grip.
  3. Water, energy drinks and light snacks.
  4. Warm clothes
  5. First aid kit and medicines, knife and stick
  6. Mats, Rain coat(good to have if it's rainy season).
  7. A strong backpack to carry all these things.
How to Reach Skandagiri Hills from Bangalore :
  • If going on your personal vehicle, then follow the Kempegowda International Airport, better known as Bellary Road (NH 7). After crossing BIA take the diversion to Chikballapur. Travel time would be around 1 and half hours.
  • Take KSRTC bus from Platform number 11 at Majestic KSRTC Bus Station. Ticket fare is Rs. 57 and It takes around 1 and half hours to reach Chikballapur Bus Stand. From there, either you can take auto to reach to the base of Skandagiri hills.

It would be nice if you carry a good camera and GPS enabled smartphone.

There is a shop at the top in one of the fort structures which has the ganesha temple inside it. They sell maggie, tea, camp fire, water bottles at almost 4 or 5 times the market price.

Some Pics (From my moto g) :

Beginning of the Trek
It's the Beginning
At the Top of Skandagiri Hills
At the Top of Skandagiri Hills
Fighting with the Winds
Fighting With the Winds
Three Idiots
Three Idiots
Abhishek Singh - Tashan
I am at the Horizon
I am at the Horizon 
Kishore in Tashan Returns @Skandagiri Hilss
Tashan Returns
Skandagiri Hills
Skandagiri Hills

I am The King of This City @Skandagiri Hills
I am The King of This City

@Skandagiri Hills

Monday, November 4, 2013

Three Double Tons - Which one is the best ?

It was November 2 - still one more day for Diwali - but, every Indian, whether sitting in M. Chinnaswamy or in their homes - glued to their TV screens, were watching the fireworks showering and thundering in and around the Chinnaswamy Stadium. 

Rohit Sharma celebrating his double hundred
Rohit celebrates his double hundred at M. Chinnaswamy, Bangalore
It was the last ODI (One Day International) of 7 match India vs Australia Star Sports Cricket Series and both the teams were 2-2 in the series before the match. India was batting first and then came a magnificent double ton knock (209) from Rohit Sharma. It was, only the third ODI double century and interestingly, all three by Indians. India ultimately claimed 57-run victory in match and eventually won the series title despite some heroics by James Faulkner.

Other two double ton knocks - first one from The Little Master Sachin Tendulkar and second one from Multan ke Sultan Virendra Sehwag.
SachinTendulkar Celebrates after first Double ton
Sachin celebrates his double ton at Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior

On 24th February 2010 at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, Sachin became the first batsman on the planet to get the elusive double hundred in an ODI against South Africa. Sachin Scored 200 (not out) in 147 Balls.

Then, On 8th December 2011 at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Sehwag scored 219 in 149 balls against West Indies.

Virendra Sehwag Celebrating his Double Century
Sehwag celebrates his double ton at Holker Cricket Stadium, Indore
Here's a comparision of all the three magnificent innings :

Player Out Desc Score Minutes Batted Balls Faced 4s 6s Strike Rate
Sachin Tendulkar Not Out 200 226 147 25 3 136.05
Virendra Sehwag c sub (A Martin) b Pollard 219 208 149 25 7 146.97
Rohit Sharma c sub (MC Henriques) b McKay 209 222 158 12 16 132.27

Runs scored in Boundaries and Sixes :

Player Score Runs in Boundaries & Sixes Percentage
Sachin Tendulkar 200 118 59.00
Virendra Sehwag 219 142 64.84
Rohit Sharma 209 144 68.89

Analysis of dot balls faced :

Player Balls Faced Dot Balls Percentage
Sachin Tendulkar 147 47 31.97
Virendra Sehwag 149 42 28.18
Rohit Sharma 158 71 44.93

Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma achived their double ton feat in last over - Sachin in 49.3 and Rohit in 49.1 Overs. Virendra Sehwag achived the feat in 43.3 Overs. And, best part about all three double tons is India won the match and the series as well. One more thing to note is, All three were opening for India in the match and scored double hundreds.

So, this is it guys, these are the details and finally, it is very difficult say which one is best. So, I can only say, all the three innings are best in their place and none of them is better than other.