By Sridhar Tandra
I have driven down to Gandikota on November 3/4 2018 weekend and covered below circuit which is usually not done by all.
Gandikota is always paired up with Orvakal / Belum Caves / Ahobilam / Mahanandi by most of us.
However, we do not want to do Ahobilam / Mahanandi to avoid rush in our 2 day (Sat / Sun) schedule and hence decided to stick to the same route that we have taken while going to Gandikota and covered a couple of major temples when returning and happily reached Hyderabad back by 615pm on Sunday.
So, here it goes without wasting any more time.
Day 1, Saturday (November 03, 2018) 5am: Start Point, Gachibowli ORR
Plan was to start by 4am and as usual we had starting problems with crew not able to get up after Friday evening parties! We have reached Jammalamadugu (Location of our Night halt for the day) by 130pm with very leisure drive down with multiple pit stops (Including Jogulamba Alampur Temple & Darshan) for clicking pictures.
We checked in to our hotel (Sri Ashwath Narayana Lodge, Near Fire Station, Jamalamadugu) and I dozed off for a quick nap since I was driving alone while crew explored a nearest restaurant, had lunch and bought me something to eat.
We headed towards Gandikota at 330pm sharp to ensure we do not miss Sunset and were there at the Grand Canyon until 730pm.
I will let pictures speak the rest for Day 1.
First Pit Stop for Tea & to capture Surya ji rise! IDPL Toll gate
Shot on OnePlus5. No Filters.
All the below pics from here are shot on Nikon Coolpix P510 & OP5 together
Some more pics shot on Nikon enroute Jogulamba!
And the evergreen NAM with always awesome Tia baby!!
Trying to click few snaps for ID and got caught by crew!!
I wish Rayalaseema remain like this all the time! It was a bliss watching lush Green fields all along.
My Love posing ❤️
First glimpse of Grand Canyon from the Shiva Temple!
And the much awaited Sunset for the day
Crew got a little creative!
We did not want to stop clicking post Sunset too and it goes on!
End of Day 1 at Gandikota and we proceed to our stay and dozed off after a couple of Drinks (after all it was a long day we had).
Jammalamadugu - Banaganapalle (Not going to forget Breakfast at Krishna Reddy Tiffins, Banaganapalle. Unforgetabe breakfast it was) - Yaganti - B. Palle - Nandavaram (Choudeshwari Temple) - B. Palle - Betamcherla - Kurnool - Hyderabad
We started little late than scheduled again at 630am and reached Hyderabad (Shamshabad ORR Entry) by 610pm. Pictures speak rest!
Akhanda Deepam will be lit on top of the hill that you see below and it is said to remain against wind and light rains until next day morning spreading light and peace to the whole world from this peak!
Only 1 priest who conduct pooja at Shiva temple in Yaganti will climb this peak manually to lit this Deepam, he has been doing it since last 20 years! It is said that this Deepam uses about 3 liters of Sesame Oil and priest will carry it along with him.
Wonder here is there is no path / stairs or anything that will take you to the peak. Priest will Crawl all over to this peak to perform rituals. 😮 😮
Gandikota meetup on January 26 and 27th