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Story by Ankan Mukherjee

 Rated : 4.0

It’s been nearly 2 months in Bangalore and no place was explored yet.Please don’t talk about Malls and artificial places to visit. They satisfy pockets not heart. I am a passionate traveler and adventure enthusiast from inside which I definitely feel. Even though never been to hectic or too many treks or trips till date, yet I keep that music booming within me that “Yes, I love places, I love hills, I love to travel and I will keep on travelling”. Someday I will cover many parts of India or if fate favors might be few nations ranging from Hills, Terrains, Coasts, Jungles. Oh ! Love these senses. Commenced Nevertheless there has to be a start. Last Saturday I was reading few travel blogs where I read “You are not born to only work and pay bills, and die”. It is quite a simple trick I thought. When I grow old I will have memories or pieces of writing regarding my experiences in travelling, not the Outlook email or MS Excel sheets. I asked my brother in law which website does he follow because he and Didi is a travel freak. So I was given the idea to check Thrillophilia. I spoke with my roomies and it struck me why don’t we travel for 2 days to any places near Bangalore as Karnataka boasts of mesmerizing and heart melting places be it green hills or grey stoned architectures of history pages. My love is always for hills or nerve wrecking treks. To start my exploration I thought of visiting Coorg. Sadly it did not take place as we were 3 and without 4 we were not able to book. After lots of browsing and incurring Kilobytes, I came across the Trek to Anthargange. The most astonishing factor was it’s gonna be a night trek and Oh!boy it does increase the level of excitement. Just imagine you are walking down the trails and terrains hopping over the rocks with only the torch as the helping hand for light, not the sun. The thought of exploring the granite rocks and the abundant caves under the night sky and stars watching us down was the reason enough to hit “Book”. I couldn’t wait the week to pass by because the maiden night adventure is awaiting. The Night We were to start our journey on friday night. The bus was to pick us at 10.10 PM. I hurried out from office by 7.30 so that I can be there on time without any hullabaloo. The bus was a little late because of the almighty blessing of traffic. Initially I was shocked to see only 3 of us …What !!! Only 3 people trekking at night on the hills of Anthargange. But no, slowly groups started pouring in and finally started the journey through pick ups from Marathalli, Tin Factory and thus entered the expressway all the way to Kolar. It was a pleasant journey with cool breeze swarming my face swiping down the tiredness of my day at work. We reached the place at 1.30 a.m amidst the curves all the way to the hills of Anthargange. When I boarded down the bus, I was surprised to see 55 trekkers to march all the way till the top through the huge boulders staring at us as if they are going to pounce. It seemed at first things would be easy. But, when you have only one little device throwing light to show you the way it makes you feel what it is to trek at night. Still it was an experience which I would like to carry on anytime again. We reached the cave after 1 km of trek and already there were other group finding their way inside the cave. Dhiraj told it’s gonna take at-least an hour and half for them to complete. So we decided to reach our camping point again finding our way through the thorny plants and trees with slippery rocks all over. It was a tough path because of less grip in those rocks, still all the guys managed to reach the plain land safe. We collected all our sticks and decided to light a campfire. Dhiraj our guide planned for a game until we start our most extravagant and thrill penetrating cave exploration. The game was to shout any name in choir so that the opponent team has to work their ears hard to hear the right name and tell to which category it belongs. Funnily enough it was nice way to spend the time and I was ready to explore the cave which was my main interest. I last went into a cave way back in 1997 in Shillong. At that time I was restricted by my mom, but now I am all on my own. The Cave The entry point at the cave was very narrow and pretty tough to fit in. The gap between the two gigantic chunk of rocks were very less and one had to struggle hard with the belly in and out to keep the journey on inside the cave. One had to climb down the rocks, crawl among the small holes between the rocks and then jump at your own risk so that you can balance and don’t fall down to meet your ends. It was an exciting affair as I was doing this for the first time where I had to clear my way out squeezing through a gap of of one arm. It was a brilliant experience. It took our group an hour to complete the journey inside the cave and reach the open air successfully with scratches all over my palms and arm. Once the cave exploration was over we reached our base camp where the others were settled and ready for their turn. trekkers energised trekkers energised, energised trekkers the gap through which we had to pass the gap through which we had to pass The Sunrise After cave exploration, the legs and hands were tired enough to settle own. I took out my sleeping bag and sneaked in. Honestly ! how many times do we get to sleep under the stars with cool breeze whistling in your ears with peace and serenity. I could smell the wet earth and it was a sense of fulfillment. Nothing can be better than this. I was fast asleep amidst other trekkers who were enjoying their own way, some were dancing, some singing in group and few inside sleeping kits like me. At 4 am I was all ready for the sunrise. We climbed the rocks to reach the best spot so that the rising of the giant helium ball can be well captured. I tell you, the only time you will enjoy the sun is when it rises and when it sets and never when it troubles during day time. anthargange Thus with the sunrise and few captures of the vivid moment my first ever visit outside the hustle and bustle of the city ended in good note with an appetizing breakfast at a roadside restaurant chomping and munching the crisp dosas and vadas. By 11 am I was back in my abode to my surprise with no electricity and thereby I returned back to my daily dose of struggle. Hope to return back soon….Till then let me work and earn for my next rendezvous with nature…

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Story by Rajat

 Rated : 5.0

Very well organized! PROS: 1. The staff went beyond their way to help us in the difficult parts of the caves. They were always around and ensured the safety at all times. 2. The communication from Thrillophilia and the tour operator was timely and travel details were shared well in advance. Seamless pickup and drop. 3. The breakfast was good. CONS: 1. The tour size could have been a bit smaller. With about 50-60 people in our group, it took a bit of a time for everyone to complete the trek. TIP: 1. Carry a light jacket with you as it might get chilly before sunrise. 2. Wear full sleeves t-shirt/lowers. Brilliant experience. Look forward to booking my next adventure with Thrillophilia!

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Story by Mahalakshmi Malini

 Rated : 5.0

The most amazing start I could ever find to adventure trips. Thanks to Thrillophilia,now for me personally,the word adventure has been redefined. It was the most beautiful experience anyone could ever go through and I am 120% sure, that this is just the start and there are miles to go before they sleep and miles to go before they sleep...

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Story by Venkatadesikan Mani

 Rated : 5.0

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"outstanding experience. had done this with my 13year old daughter as she wanted to try one such. very well managed by the team. though i wasn't sure if they had everything handy to deal-with in case of any eventuality. anyways, as an adventure.. this was Huge!"

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Story by Nishtha Garg

 Rated : 4.0

Antergange trek was first trek of my life and it was a great experience. The organisers helped everyone to pass through the tough and narrow passages in the caves. The bonfire and the chilly night under the blanket of stars added to the beauty of the trek. Next morning, the breakfast was also good. I'd recommend people to definitely go for this trek.

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Story by Ramesh

 Rated : 4.0

Trekking in midnight It was a new experience altogether to me personally. The guides and accessories like sleeping bag provided which I liked the most beside the nature over there and trek.

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Story by ABHINAV DIXIT

 Rated : 5.0

Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip worth living and memorable. Since beginning they been very humble and helpful to us specially our guide BABA, who made us do this adventure with an atmost ease. I will personally recommend if you are thinking for have a small yet memorable trip .........GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Story by akshay murarka

 Rated : 5.0

Had a lot of fun, Thrillophilia contact person communicated all the requirements for the tour well in advance. The trip guides were really good, helped at all the difficult points during the trek in an orderly manner. The bon-fire especially great. Just the amount of people on the trip could have been little less.

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Story by C Lopa

 Rated : 4.0

For a First time night trek cave exploration was thrilling and awesome experience but was just for 45 mts ...felt duration was less...it was very well organised though we were two ladies and all others strangers to us we felt very safe....also loved the sumptuous breakfast. Certain small hitches to be taken care like our sleeping bag was not in good condition . Otherwise overall a very memorable trek!!!

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Story by Sindhu Selvaraj

 Rated : 4.0

The trip was well organized, starting from communicating all the details, pickup, drop, food and helping us out during the difficult parts of the trek. No confusions. We enjoyed the trek thoroughly and this definitely is a memorable experience. Thanks Thrillophilia :)

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Story by Bhawna Agarwal

 Rated : 4.0

It was an awesome experience.One should go and give a try.I am sure you will love it.One of the best adventures ever.

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Story by Satyen Sawant

 Rated : 5.0

MARC School of Business is extremely pleased with the service provided by Thrillophilia. Highly professional conduct, humble and helpful all the time. You are now our one stop shop for future travels. Thank you. Student Speak: Frankly speaking , it was a " MARC + Thrillophilia = Marcophilia Experience " and a truly unforgettable one. Swamy was a pro and so was his team. Great support and fun all along. We thank Thrillophilia team for a delightful experience.

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Story by Lavanya Hosbet

 Rated : 5.0

It was very well organized trip! It was really wonderful experience. I will certainly vouch for Thrillophilia!!

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Story by deepu

 Rated : 5.0

Very Adventurous and completely new experience.....

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Story by Isha Jain

 Rated : 5.0

Was a fantastic experience with Thrillophilia.....enjoyed a lot....would like to travel again....

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Story by Puneet Dhabria

 Rated : 4.0

Awesome trip...the arrangement was nice and the place was good... A liitle improvement in the time management would have made it very good. Loved the place and the new group of people I met... Keep it up Thrillophilia...

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Story by Puneet Dhabria

 Rated : 4.0

Nicely organized trip...enjoyed it.... Keep it up...

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Story by Kiran S.l

 Rated : 5.0

The trip was well organized. The night trek was awesome. Had a good experience. A must try trek and experience it.

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Story by Kaushik Ghosh

 Rated : 4.0

Great experience. Enjoyed a lot. Sleeping outdoors in cold really challenged one's capacity. The cave experience was a first for me. Improvements: 1-Please include a good music speaker to play some music for dancing 2-Take good photographs of the entire group and update in the FB page 3-Give a participation certificate as an appreciation. 4-Take more care of the sleeping bags. Some are worn out.

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Story by SWAGATA KAR

 Rated : 5.0

The difficulty for trek was easy , however the real challenge was the cave exploration. The trek started at around 1.30 and along with cave exploration got completed by 3.30. Coordinator Rakesh, Baba and Swamy all were very cooperating and tolerant to some noisy people ( it was a crowd actually ). We spent the night under the stars with the bonfire. Thr trip ended by having a sumptuous breakfast while returning to Bangalore. Overall the entire trip was very good and we would love to have upcoming trips with thrillophilia.

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Story by Girija Pandey

 Rated : 5.0

Even before the tour started, the coordination and communication from Thrillophilia and the tour operator was effictive and they ensured that customer is kept informed about any changes. During the trip, the guides ensured that safety of all the participants was the top priority!! Enjoyed the trip thoroughly and had an adventurous experience. Will surely recommend it to others. Only one improvement area is that during the trekking, there was lack of coordination between the guides and sometimes there were themselves unsure about the next step.

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Story by Arindam saha

 Rated : 5.0

The trip was awesome, everything was simply perfect. It was really a thrilling trip me and my group have ever experienced, best part was the cave. It made everyone of us to understand how fit we are. Special thanks to the guide Mr. Rameez ,he was really a fantastic guy we ever met, he really made an add on to the trip, and this is one of the best online site for trips. Also the breakfast was really good. Thanks to thrillophilia from me and my group. Will surely plan another trip again with in few months.

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Story by Ankit Kumar

 Rated : 5.0

This one is an experience made for the books. We were hesitant at first to try this activity out, but still went ahead with it and man were we far from disappointed! There was a night trek for us to experience plus some cave exploration and camping underneath the stars. What's more is that we even availed the rappelling adventure activity, at an additional price of course. But it was worth every penny spent.

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Story by Niharika Tammara

 Rated : 5.0

Pretty amazing trek...just the right amount of challenging. The guide was great and the experience was well delivered. Word to the wise - bring ample light source and come fully clothed or be prepared for some minor scratches (Or should I say battle scars :P)

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Story by Ishani

 Rated : 5.0

It was an awesome and amaaazing experience !! :) Really appreciate the coordinators for managing the trip very well. Keep up the good work guys. Thank You Thrillophilia, will see u soon for next trips :D