And at 4:30 am on a cool Tuesday began the journey which I would never ever forget. Empty Bengaluru roads, occasional traffic towards the airport, a blocked road due to a large truck, and an absolutely revving motorcycle at hand - Essential goals for a memorable bike ride. At the end of the 60-something km ride, I reached the foothills of Nandi Hills to be greeted by an already waiting fleet. The gates to road to reach the hilltop are opened only at 6:00 am sharp. And so there's always long lines of cars and bikes just waiting - some sipping chai, some playing loud music and some involving in a rather uncomfortable PDA. A little advice for the waiting - warm clothing, earphones, and loads of patience if you're too early.
And once the gates (to heaven - too corny) opened, I took my little machine for a maddening trip on a tipsy, curve-laden empty road and at the end of all of it, I emerged triumphant. My heart did a little jig inside on reaching the top first leaving a trail of fast bikes eating dust. Every biker dreams of such triumph once in a while no matter the circumstances.
Warning - This place is crowded at all times.
Once you reach the top, head towards the east. Find a nice little place to sit and enjoy the sunrise. There's a viewpoint from which you can witness it. Another convenience at the top is the walkway system. Sponsored by the Infosys foundation, the stone pathways lead you to all major spots of interest and also deep into the quiet woods.