If someone would agree, unplanned travels are the best; of course, it has its own limitations though, in terms of hustling around for accommodation and the travel plans.
How it started?
When I was staying in Hyderabad, over a weekend, I thought of going for a ride somewhere nearby. One among the preferred destination was to ‘Ananthagiri Hills’ located near to Vikarabad. It is just 2 hrs drive (90 Kms) from Hyderabad. When my bike was eagerly waiting for me to take me somewhere, it was around 1 PM in the afternoon that I started. Although the original plan was to leave early morning, I had got some work by then and have not zeroed in on the destination. So, just packed my clothes for a night stay and rode my bike to Vikarabad. Certainly, it was a small and a pleasant ride. Upon reaching the destination at Anathagiri Hills, there was a check post before the entrance of the hills. To my utter disappointment, the cops did not allow any vehicles inside Ananthagiri Hills. COVID has been a spoilsport here too :( After waiting for a while, other riders were able to verse well with the cops, and there came a friendly cop, who still did not allow us, but had shown us an alternate way to reach the hills. Following his instructions, took that alternate way, which was an easy ~15-20 Kms away from this place. Thinking it to be the other side of the hill (in fact, rather calling a hill, I observed it is more of a forest), still suspected, I had enquired a localite, if the way leads to the hill. He said yes, but said, they do not allow outsiders and there is nothing much to say. Certainly, I did not want to turn back disappointed, the exploration vibes kept me moving forward. In mid-way was a small yet beautiful Siva temple with a big Nandi statue and many people were chattering around there. It was already 4 PM there, and so ignoring this spot, I went further up. To my dismay again, the curved road again reached the same spot as that of the check post that I came 1 hr back. The check post was in a roundabout which had 5 exits, of which two of the exits I had already covered, while they strongly deferred any entrance to one of the exits. With not much choice, I tried going to both the remaining two exits, but again, one was leading to the exit route, while the other exit was leading to only a resort.