Bangalore, the IT capital of India, is quickly transforming into a hub for adventure, and this Anthargange Trek with Rappelling activity is your chance to see why. Anthargange is a hill near the village of Kolar, about 65 km from Bangalore. Located at an altitude of around 5616 feet, its peak has become a popular destination for hiking. Apart from this, it is also a spiritual site, as a temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated atop it. As the trip is only one-day long, you can conveniently go for it on weekends to take a break from your tiring work or study schedule.
The hike is easy so anyone can do it, regardless of prior experience in the activity or not. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to be close to nature, as the venture will take you past lush forests and almost no human population. At the top, you will be able to relax and breathe the crisp air. You will get amazing views of the settlements below, so do not forget to bring your camera. Another perk of picking this tour is the chance to indulge in caving, the art of exploring caverns.
There are lots of such formations at the hill, and you can head inside them for a unique feeling. Just remember to bring a torch as many of the caves are narrow and dark. You will have to crawl to get into some as they are so small that you cannot stand inside them. Following this activity, comes yet another fun-filled part of this Anthargange Trek and Rappelling excursion - Rappelling. It is a sport, wherein you come down hills, tied to a safety rope; in simpler terms, it can be called the opposite of rock climbing.
Before you head down, you will be briefed on the sport, its techniques and safety precautions, by a trained expert. If you have any doubts, concerning the sport, you should clear them then and there. Following the briefing, you will be seated in a harness and attached to safety ropes. And, then you descend by pushing yourself away from the face of the cliff. The force of gravity, acting on you as you gain speed while coming down and the sensation of swaying right and left will surely make the adrenaline rush through your body. This adventure can be the perfect way to spend your weekend and get re-energised and refreshed from within.
After pick-up from Bangalore, travel towards the base of Anthargange Hill. On the way, relish breakfast to gain energy for the Anthargange Trek with Rappelling adventure further ahead on the trip.
After reaching the hill base, relax for a while, and listen to the trek briefing by your tour guide or group leader. Thereafter, begin the thrilling on-foot excursion through dense forests via stone steps. After this initial section, which is quite easy, is over, you will see that the forest has almost disappeared and only scanty thorny bushes remain. Following an ascent of around an hour on a path, which turns at every other instance, you reach the most exciting place of the hike, the caves.
These caverns have been formed naturally due to the erosion and weathering of volcanic rocks. You would remember, crawling in and out of them and seeing how the wind and other natural forces have shaped the rocks, for years to come. There is even a shrine on the hill, known as Kashi Vishweshwara Temple, where a spring flows from a spout, shaped like the head of a bull.
After completing the hike, explore the hill top and capture the small villages and towns below in your cameras. You will then get the opportunity to explore the multitude of caves here in all shapes and sizes. Some are so small that only one person can enter them at a time.
Following this thrilling activity, get ready for the second part of this Anthargange Trek and Rappelling programme. Rappelling from the hills would be another exciting experience for you and a good way to make your short vacation worthy of remembrance. After descending the hills, move to a restaurant near the hike base for lunch, and then depart for Bangalore.
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