It was bit scary but adventurous too, as we dint know what we are heading up to as I was driving in this road for more than half an hour and there was no sign of light or town or any person.
But finally, we saw a light from distant and reached our destination.It was 6-7 pm, but to our disappointment, temple was closed .
So we had two options to go back to Bangalore while travelling back through that dark roads without visiting it (as we don't have any place to stay) or search for accommodation and visit the temple in next morning.
So we stick to our plan of visiting the temple and started searching for our accommodation.
It was very difficult for us to communicate with people over there as no one knows English or Hindi and we din't know Telgu :P
But we tried searching for places where we can stay.
We were happy to see that when we entered the Lepakshi , there is a govt tourism hotel (just adjacent to Nandi bull statue), but how can be everything so smooth for us , right? So this was also not.
We din't get any room as the hotel has only 3-4 rooms and every room was occupied. That is the time, when we realised that people do come to visit this place ,but trust me its very offbeat place and its worth going for.
Anyways we asked the receptionist ,if we can get some hotel/accommodation near by and he told us there is another town "HINDUPUR" which is 10-15 kms away ,where we can try our luck and find some hotel.
So we again head back to our car and started searching for Hindupur area, we cant ask the route from anyone as no one would understand but through sign languages, we finally reached the town and this time we got it. Yes, we got the hotel and we din't have to drive after that.
But I must tell, it was a little shady for us as we were feeling like it was "ratlam ki galiya" and the way everyone was staring at us like we were aliens and came from very different planet.
So we got our room, we tightly locked it and we enjoyed the night very much with the songs coming on TV and slept.
We passed the night with peaceful sleep after adventurous drive, but its actual time for us to see and unravel the place for what we came .
We got up, get ready ,checked out from hotel and and started going back to Lepakshi. Its totally different view in the morning.
Its true that -
“I used to love night best but the older I get the more treasures and hope and joy I find in mornings.”
– Terri Guillemets