Nandi One – The perfect introductory trek
5 Peaks – Nandi Giri, Brahmagiri, Skandagiri, Chandragiri & Govardanagiri are what make a place called Nandi Hills, just outside of Bangalore. Among them, Brahmagiri Hill is popularly known as Nandi One. It is the twin peak of Nandi Hill View Point.
Nandi One is a trail that will bring out the inner child in you. The lush green vegetation and patches that require boulder hopping are a treat to the senses. The viewpoints offer a bird’s eye view of roads cutting through farmlands below. The eucalyptus groves at the start of the trail will de-stress you right away. Also, the region is replete with amusing stories, both real and mythological. So the next time work gets on your nerves, pack a picnic and head with your family to Nandi One!
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A note to trekkers
Indiahikes does not run the Nandi One Trek any time during the year. However, it is a wonderful Do-It-Yourself trek
Indiahikes only runs treks in the Himalayas. You can choose a Himalayan trek that you wish to based on your experience, season and difficulty here
The trail is muddy but not difficult. After a 10 minute walk you will reach the spot called as the saddle. It can be identified as a flat rock surface with vegetation behind and a steep fall ahead. This point is also known as the breakfast point. You can spend half an hour here and finish the breakfast you’ve carried. Then comes an ascent through vegetation. This will be a slightly tiring half an hour climb. Here you will spot a huge boulder. Once you cross the boulder section, you will spot a trail dominated by tall eucalyptus plantations, followed by some shrubs and grassy patches.
During the initial part of the trail you can see Nandi Hill over your right shoulder. After about 30 minutes the trail becomes very narrow path allowing only one person to traverse at a time. There will be 2 trails before you. Choose the one on your left.
You will reach a rocky patch where you can hydrate yourselves and take a few minutes of rest. Post this there is an hour of climbing through a rocky path. This portion of the trek is quite difficult and comparatively steep. You will reach the Sani Devta temple by 10 am.
From here you get a view of the Nandi hills, Nandi Gunti, Chandragiri and Skandagiri. To the left of the temple there is a flight of stairs that lead you right to the summit. The view from here is magnificent. It is a perfect spot for those who love photography. Spend some time here enjoying the views.
The Boulder is a huge boulder (as the name suggests) that you can climb and see a telescopic view of the trail you have taken. Enjoy the breeze and take a break here. Another half an hour of walking on slippery mud patches from the boulder to rocky path. Follow the trail and you will reach the starting point of your trek by 1 pm.
Once you get onto this trail you will not be able to see the Nandi hill anymore, though you can still see the surrounding hills. As you approach closer to the top you will see a solitary boulder standing on a slope, beside a lovely meadow. This is a good place to take a break.
The trail continues to the summit and is quite rocky in some parts. Once you reach the top of the hill you can see Nandi Hill again. There is a water reservoir here, and a hidden path takes you to the Shanidevara Devalaya. There is lot of open area in front of the temple.
You can have your lunch here. While descending retrace the same path you took to come up in front of the temple. This path will take you back to the trail which brought you up the hill and you will soon find yourself in the eucalyptus plantation.
Nandi-One is the twin peak of Nandi Hill View Point. It is 45 kms from Bangalore. To reach here, one has to drive on Bellary Road and pass the Bangalore International Airport. Then take a left at ‘Nandi Hill – Muddenahalli’ turn. Follow the road to Nandi Hill, begin the climb till the saddle between twin peaks.
There is a sign that reads ‘Turn-20’. At this point you will see an open area on the left —park your vehicle here. On the right you will see a board in Kannada that says ‘Shanidevara Devalayakke Dari’. This is the starting point of the trek.
Frequently Asked Questions
How hard is the climb to the top?
The climb is an easy. Barely 2 kms one way.
Are there any places or hotels to stay near Nandi One?
Is parking your vehicle safe before starting the trek?
Yes, you won’t find anybody at the parking spot. It is safe but you’ll have to park your bike/car at your own risk
Do I need to obtain any permission to trek/climb?
Yes, you need permission from the forest office to go for this trek.
Is camping allowed near the base of the trek?
Camping is not allowed near the parking or base of the trek.
- Primary Health Centre, Contact – 8277507211
Location – https://goo.gl/maps/6HbWVyHJoLNzBiAWA
- Government Hospital, Location – https://goo.gl/maps/CSQpFCtRMECucbbk8
Nandi Hill Police Station: 081562 62755
Location – Google maps link
Doddaballapura – The town of Doddaballapura is about 19 kms away
For any kind of emergency help, you can contact the Pan-India Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) number- 112.
How to get fit for Nandi One trek
The Brahmagiri trek is classified as an Easy-Moderate grade trek. Though the altitude gain is not much, the continuous ascent can be quite demanding for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Training yourself for a low-altitude Easy-Moderate grade trek
Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek in 4 weeks.
In case you’re just starting with a fitness routine, start slow and increase your pace everyday in the following manner –
- Target completing a brisk walk of 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
- Gradually increase your pace by walking 5 km, 4 times a week.
- As you become more comfortable, introduce jogging in your routine.
- Progressively increase the distance you jog in a workout until you can complete 5 km in 40 mins.
If you prefer cycling over running, target covering 15 km in 60 minutes when you begin.
- Progressively increase your pace to cover 18 km in one hour.
This is an important area you need to work on.
Strength training is equally important to trek comfortably. Work on your glutes, calves and knees. Additionally, work on strengthening your core.
You must strengthen your core muscles. For strengthening your core muscles, holding a plank and it’s variations (elbow, side planks) are the best exercises to go about doing it.
Also try these exercises for strength-
Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each set
– Squats (Mix it up with sumo squats)
– Lunges (Forward, backward and lateral lunges)
Flexibility determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
It is an aspect that will help you trek comfortably. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and lower back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back.
If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.
Nandi One is just a one day trek. You will only need the following things.
- Small 20L backpack
- Two litre bottle
- A jacket or poncho in case of rain
You’ll get mobile network for almost all major operators like Airtel & Vodafone throughout the trek.
There are several ATMs on the way to Doddaballapura from Nandi One.