I was woken up by the 6.30 alarm and I stepped out of my tent to witness the morning beauty of Gandikota. Unlike the city’s air here it was fresh, cold and beautiful. Away from city life, this is what I have wanted all my life. Now, it was time for me to bid adieu to the beautiful and amazing camping site. I entered my tent, freshened up and handed over the tent to the guy and left to explore other sites by 7.20 am. The tent guy was humble, genuine and helpful. I did thank him for providing me with the tent at the perfect spot.
With 2 hours in hand and few unexplored places, I decided to rush towards Gandikota Fort and explored its adjacent areas of Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Madhavaraya Temple, and Jamia Masjid.
I was expecting multiple tents and people on the camping site but I was the whole and sole person on the entire site. Usually, people are camping on the site on Saturdays and Sundays as these are non-working days. Finding myself alone in the middle of the camping site I asked the tent guy about my safety. He assured me that its 100% safe and I need not worry about anything.As the night set in silence shrouded the area with insects chirping around. The night was serene with stars twinkling in the sky. I entered my tent, changed my clothes and ate 2 bananas because I wasn’t going to have dinner. I laid down and started watching The Lion King movie on my mobile. After a few minutes I was sleepy, so I set alarm for the next day and went to sleep.In the middle of the night, I was woken up by not so friendly dog fights. Thinking that they would run away after a few minutes I went to sleep again. To my horror their fights became ugly and they fell on my tent sending shivers down my spine. I was lucky to have not been bitten by them because my tent was firm and sealed from all corners. After making loud noises from the tent they ran away and I finally slept peacefully.
The massive Gandikota fort expands over miles. It was constructed during the 13th century from red sandstones, consists of gorgeous palaces with labyrinthine sculptures. Perennial springs to water the neighboring vegetation, and also the fort's 5-6 kilometer perimeter wall.