Walking for Dummies - A case study

Case: How to reach Jureli Dara Watch Tower from Anden Forest Rest House

1. Come out of the Rest House and take the road towards Hilley (opposite direction to Sombarey) - the milestone right in front of the Rest House should help you with the direction.

2. Walk the gently up-sloping, winding road past this very unlikely Mandir (see left), approximately 800 meters from the starting point.

3. Continue with your walk for about a kilometer. At this point, you will reach a sharp curve.

At this point, my friends, I give you two options.

Option 1: The Stairs

a) Look towards your left after the curve, you will see an enticing staircase. Climb it.

b) Once at the top of the staircase, you turn right and get to see another equally steep, and long staircase. Take some deep long breaths and let your heartbeat step down a little, and then climb the second set of stairs.

c) At the top of the staircase, you will find a courtyard. If you are lucky like me, you will see three generations of a family working / playing together there.

d) On asking about the watch tower, they will show you a narrow trail, and warn you that the road is bad. Disregard the warning, and take the narrow trail through fairly dense vegetation. After all, you have the boots that takes you anywhere!

e) After about 200 meters, stop! Look ahead at the small rivulet, and wonder where the trail is. Look back, and wonder where you came from!

f) Curse yourself for not listening to the family back there. Suddenly become a believer and pray, and take a step forward in the direction of what you think is the trail.

g) After about another 100 meters, suddenly see two telecommunications towers. Now feel relieved since one can see these towers from miles away, and hence, in theory you should be able to see clearly from here too. But no, you can't see the watch tower from here. And to make things trickier, the trail tri-furcates from here!

h) Wait... the watchman (of one of the towers) is here. Ask him about the watch-tower. He shows you the mobile tower! Try to explain this is not what you are looking for; you are looking for a tower from where you can watch birds; mimic a bird's flight; it will not work. Ask him instead where the road is. This time he confidently shows you the trail to follow.

i) Take about 50 steps and you see the watch tower right in front of you.

Option 2: The other option

Oh, yes! The second option... well, follow the same road that you have been walking (don't take the stairs), and after about 200 meters you reach the watch tower. It's right there by the road!

This picture is taken from the Watch tower.
Here you can see the two options I have presented.
You can see the last part of Option 1 towards the right
(coming from towards the telecom towers).
The main road, of course, is Option 2.

9 comments:

Reeta Skeeter said...

haha..so that is how you made it tough for yourself :)

adventure they call it :P

deeps said...

come one the first option is any day better than going simply by road.......

Butterfly said...

Were you all by yourself? Whether yes or no, this is very cool and very brave!Keep up the adventure...:-)

~ ॐ ~ said...

This reminds me of that incident when you guys had lost track in Coorg... coorg it was! right? Salwan was there too :)

but I guess I would liked the longer path better too.. wo baat aur hai 2 din lag jaate stairs chadne mein !!! :)

I am said...

ha ha nice but not so bad an attempt of getting lost.. :)

Kanchan said...

Wow....what a long-winded way of getting to the watch tower. Just curious...what did the milestone near the rest house say....500mts to the watch tower? ;)

B. O'Hemian said...

@Skeets
Mis-adventure they call it :)

@Deeps
Of course :)

@Butterfly
Yes, alone. There was no bravery involved... but adventure, yes :)

@Om
Now, that was SOME experience. Without water at that. But yes, those incidents are more memorable than the simple going-seeing-coming back ones.

@Tanu
Lost... not really :) Phone was working :(

@Kanchan
It said "20 kms to Hiley". The watch tower was 2 kms away! But, wait... hello... you are not trying to undermine the difficulty of the walk, are you? Don't, because only with my great imagination and writing skills have I been able to make it sound like a very long and dangerous walk :P

Rohit Talwar said...

Dude! This sounds so good! Although I fail to imagine how I'd have survived after shitting my pants...oh, and I'd love to see you mimic a bird's flight. Will buy you a drink. Please.

B. O'Hemian said...

Ask someone who can legally buy drinks to get you a drink. Drink that. Get the next few hours videotaped. Watch it a few days later.
That will be entertaining :P