Shivagange Trek

Places Covered: Shivagange
Total distance: ~100 Kms
Time: ~10 Hrs
Mileage: ~3 ltrs.
Previous Trip: Frozen ride to Talakona via Horsley Hills

This was one super short trip (100km round). Nothing much to write, will still provide as much info possible. Will let the photos do the talking .
My recent relocation to Yelahanka (Bangalore) presented me with an opportunity to strike-off the remaining places nearby Bangalore.

List of pending places nearby Bangalore:
Shivagange
Savanadurga
Madhugiri
Nijgalbetta
Bilikalbetta
Melukote
Hogenakkal
Shivanasamudaram and Talakad

Most of these place are relatively close-by, first 6 are trek locations and last 2 are waterfalls.

Shivagange is one of those many trek spots I missed, inspite being real close to Bangalore. So on December 16th 2012, I finalized a plan to Shivagange. 1400 meters above sea level being the highest altitude at Shivagange.

Route: Yelahanka > NH4 Highway (Tumkur Road) > Nelamangala > Dobbasapete > Shivaganga (have to take left from the highways, Shivagange is around 6 km form there)

We (4 friends, 2 bikes) started by 4:30 AM in the morning, took a coffee break near Nelamangala. We reached Shivaganage by 7 AM. First thing I did is took the below snap of the Hills.
Shivagange Hills

Shivagange Hill and Temple Entrance.

On the way up. Its an easy Trek, more of step climbing and rock jumping compared to the regular treks.

HDR.
HDR shot of Nandi, Shivagange Hills

Set of 5 different exposure shots I used to create the HDR.

Nandi Bull.

Dendrit-ish Smiley.
Dendrit-ish

Panorama.

Candid shot of me by a friend of mine.

It took us nearly 2.5 Hrs to climb up (including the time spent on photo-shoot Smiley). By 11 AM, we left for home. It took us an hour to get down. It was pretty crowded after 9 AM. Stopped near a Dhaba for a pre-lunch on the way back. Reached home by 2 PM.

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