Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kundadri - a walk in the clouds!

Went to Agumbe on our departmental trip, on Feb 28th and March 1st. Was an extremely well organised trip! Congos to Aswani, Senthil, Shreya and batchmates. Had great fun on the hike to Barkana falls, the dip at Jogi Gundi and, above all, the near-to-divine experience at Kundadri. We woke up at 4, to go see the sunrise. Our bus took us to the base of the hill, which is about 20 km from Agumbe. For the last 4 km up the hill, a maruti van had been aranged to shuttle people up. The morning was misty. When we reached up at 630 AM, we were dreading we'd missed the sunrise, as the mist had cleared out. But, a spectacular sight awaited us . And, that was this :

We were above the clouds! The fluffy cotton spread all below us was an ocean of clouds! It was heavenly! We sat spellbound and watched the sun rise from amidst the clouds.

Was the closest to divine experience I have had. It was like this John Muir quote I'd read -

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

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