A Sunday Well Spent

Today, on a Sunday morning, as I was driving towards my office there was a spring in my step, and an extra kick to the bike. No, I am not a workaholic, and no I am not insane to be working on a Sunday. My destination were the hills that lie a couple of kilometers beyond my office. Hi-Tech City is a jungle of buildings, but this jungle was built amidst rocky mountains – a part of which still lies intact. One such rocky hill was our intended target. Neil, Rahul, Alosh and I met at the crack of dawn to commence the hour long hike.

We were hardly a few meters from the road, and were able to spot these weaver bird nests. These nests used to be so common earlier, now if I see a simple nest sometime – I count that an achievement 😐

I was surprised that as soon as I left the road, I was able to spot so many birds. Alosh spotted a crow-pheasant, I spotted a peacock, some eagles, and many small birds that I was not able to identify.

The hills were strewn with rocks, long grass, and bushes of numerous variety, although they all had a common trait – they were thorny 🙂 Every few minutes we would stop and pluck out the thorns painfully residing in our hands, or not-so-painfully embedded in our clothes.

The rocks make many interesting structures, and a few of them seem to be balancing precariously, but all of them are steadfast. There were small tunnels between the rocks, and they were far easier to navigate rather than climb over the rocks. I have learned one hiking lesson the hard-way – if there is an easier route available, always take that.

As we were climbing up, the sun was behind the hills and we caught the sun rising from behind the hills. Anytime I see a sunrise, I rue the fact that I normally wake up late and miss the sunrise. I always resolve that henceforth I’d try to catch the sunrise and my resolution stands for exactly one day as the next morning I am up late again 🙂

All-in-all, a very nice way to greet the new year (although a day late). Planning to do similar mini-hikes every month, let’s see how long that resolution stands 🙂

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15 Responses to “A Sunday Well Spent”

  1. 1 Neil January 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Absolutely Wonderful !

  2. 2 Neil January 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Here is the Route and Statistics

  3. 4 Kunal January 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the more details Neil!

  4. 5 mythalez January 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I think I recognised a rock or two 😛

    • 6 Kunal January 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

      You seem to have good pattern recognition technologies with you… We climbed down the hill, and then we were discussing which route had we taken for the ascent; everything looked the same! 😀

  5. 7 poonam January 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I guess monthly hiking u should include people outside your group too

  6. 9 Aniket January 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Me, Sashidhar and Sharat went there in 4th year. Some lovely curves!

  7. 11 Delhizen January 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    This is the time when you can find many migratory birds in Delhi as well… Nice pictures

  8. 13 Ghost Runner January 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    the last photo at the sunset is amazing .well done 🙂

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