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SOHAM Cycling

Mix and Match… Not dress but to Start both!!

Sit Spine erect, close your eyes, do nothing/do only one thing.

Every gurus and babajis tell the same simple way of meditation with few add-ons. But even though they seem simple and easy on the paper, It is very difficult for most of us who want to do nothing or to do only one thing – breath.

Awareness on breath is easy during deeper/faster breaths but even then we tend to lose concentration or when somebody suffocates us.

Solution to this is SOHAM.

Wondering if this one is another simple way? No. It is not.

  • When you Inhale – Sounds “SO”.
  • When you Exhale – Sounds “HAM”. — Try It.

It is not difficult because here it comes with a twist beyond many mind’s imagination….

  1. You’ll not sit with spine erect.
  2. No closed eyes.
  3. Do everything you normally do.

CYCLING, at least best with cycling because breaths will not be lazy ones to forget them. May be this one is Dynamic Meditation. Oh yes, You are MOVING while MEDITATING!. Definitely either deeper / faster breaths while cycling and more easier to concentrate upon.

And also, Cycling is enjoyable only when you forget paining bums and to divert your mind away from it – SOHAM.

SOHAM Cycling coming soon. #AdventureJunkie #GetOutdoors

with more emphasis on Meditative Cycling…No talking, No Gadgets, No Worries on speed and on anything else.

New Adventure – SEEKING

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5Km X 10days Run Challenge

What a Revelation it has been, truly awakening! And when you are awakening you break through lies. All these 10 days during the challenge, I was blissed out. Every run gave me simple joy and immense satisfaction.

The 10 days that I am talking is about a running challenge. I don’t have a clue what I was thinking when I decided to do this challenge. It just happened! There was no second thought, had it been then probably I would have never attempted. I must admit, this required a certain level of commitment and dedication.

It would have been lot easier if it was for ‘once in a blue moon’ long run that I usually do but the challenge here in this case was to run 5km for 10 consecutive days. And exactly this brought in a lot of discipline, unwavering focus to finish the job.

I got to understand that mind plays along with pretexts – you took a decision without thinking, you are lean already don’t do it and all kind of such nonsense. I realised that mind doesn’t want to get out of comfort zone. And within few days, It was clear to me that I have to first complete the run in my head and then on the trail. So it’s true and now I know that If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

These runs have transformed my Sleeping time, Diet preferences. There is no snooze button in my alarm, I am lot more confident in everything that I do. I can go on with the list. If at all this is runner’s high then certainly this is ‘miles’ ahead of any other ‘high’ that I ever had:)

This one sums up all my thoughts
“You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter”.

I would like to thank Niharika for introducing me to running and paticularly to this challenge. Without her support and motivation this could have got difficult to complete. And thanks to my Family for letting me be and do what I was doing.


Day 1, Hated running laps on the same route and decided never to do it again.


Day 2


Day 3, slow run.


Day 4, To lake view point and forgetting exit gate to realise after running a km.


Day 5, Running with Mongoose and Rabbits


Day 6, Challenge within a challenge. Get pace below 6 and I did it:)


Day 7, Kundavada circuit. All time 4th for the route even after running extra to the view point at the centre of lake:)


Day 8, was disappointed that my pace dropped below 6 min benchmark that I had set.


Day 9, Second run on the same route and since i knew the elevation it helped me to increase pace where needed and conserve energy.


Day 10, Fastest ever, Mad rush!

Ride to Chikka Tirupati

Cycling distance: 62 Kms
Team Size: 12
Avg Speed: 19 km/hr

We completed the ride with no breaks except for breakfast at Chikka Tirupathi.

Baamikonda Trek

Baamikonda Peak is in Kudremukh mountain range. Our visit was about 7 months back. Team Size around 20. Trek was short and easy except few of us took detour and climbed a heap of black rock structure to reach the peak.  And it was awesome. We visited Eleneer waterfalls and Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple as well the following day. Accommodation was in tents. #waterfalls #Campfire #MeruScreening;)

Kayaking River Shambhavi

Team size: 12

Difficulty: Easy but very hard against the tide.

River Shambhavi starts from Western Ghats and meets the Arabian Sea. River hardly touches any town or city. Away from population, River Shambhavi is known for its natural beauty.
Surrounded by dense trees, the river is the perfect gateway to nature.
We also get to see lots of Indian and foreign birds in the river.
It is one and half day long journey. Total distance is 30 km (including both ways).

It was an amazing experience to kayak 30 km in 2 days. Estuary is a good place to experience strong tides and shallow river waters. Barbecue on the banks of the river is Unforgettable. We were hosted by a family that stayed close to a dam. We had expected Mangalore brown rice for lunch but thinking we won’t like it, they prepared normal rice what we get in Bangalore. Immense respect for their hospitality.

Few of us delayed returning to starting point as we went to the family which hosted us to get raw tobacco as beedi making was their occupation and time spent was more than 40min and by the time we started our journey, tide was against us which delayed us by another 1hr 20min

Humidity was so high that we pitched in tents without rainfly as seen in the picture below. Have a look at the pictures taken along the route. If you are interested in attending such an exciting event, Contact us through “Get connected” Page

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Kayaking Basic Course

It’s awesome feeling to introduce more people to kayaking. We conducted Basic Course in Kayaking at Bengaluru. We all did swimming followed by a delicious lunch. Taste of Chicken dry was awesome. 

Few participants were there for recreation and few to learn Kayaking to take it to next level and they learnt

  • Getting in from a dock
  • Getting in from a shore
  • Keeping balance
  • Paddling gear and kayak parts
  • Paddling technique
  • Paddle as Stern Rudder
  • Forward and Reverse sweep strokes
  • Carving turns
  • Moving sideways with sculling draw
  • Safe Kayaking

Team SIze: 12. Members: Srinivas Patibandla, Arun Muthu Kumar, Suneeth Sonu, Sujeeth, Mubashir Pervez, Noorul Aien, Sarath Kumar Koppuravuri , Shubha, Ambika, Rajiv.

To join next kayaking contact Suneeth / Sujeeth – 7259811995 / 9663153111 or send an email to

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KumaraParvatha Trek G-17

Group Size: 17

Trek Difficulty: Hard

Date: 25th & 26th Feb-17

Stay: Camping in tents near checkpoint (View point-2).

Peaks hiked: Battadagudda, Sheshaparvatha, KumaraParvatha.

Hosted@Bhattara Mane. Always crowded, very basic food yet very tasty. Butter Milk is not something you would like to miss here. Talk to Girigadde Bhattru when he is completely free from hosting his guests.

Creepy night trek: While coming back due to ankle injury to one of our friend and having very few torches for a group of 5 slowed us down even more and had to night trek for 3.5hrs. Wonderful evacuation like experience and Vaibhav, Climbing mate helped us immensely in the entire incident.

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Pearl Valley and Thattekere lake

Cycling to pearl Valley and Thattekere Lake:

A ride of 80 kms to Pearl Valley, again for the third time doesn’t appear as a tough challenge apparently. But since Two out of the Seven member team were trying long distance for the first time, it definitely needed some determination and resilience. Kudos to Mayank Singh and Prasitha!! The route offered exactly what we were looking for – distance of 70-80 kms with an elevation gain of 600m. The team split in to three smaller groups while riding from Pearl Valley to Thattekere.

Climbing at waterfalls was unplanned and it had always been fun to climb with Srinivas Patibandla.
Archu Hassan, Thanks for all the fruits that you bought for the team:)
We would recommend breakfast at Raghavendra Bhavan if you ever get a chance to visit Anekal. Don’t miss to try a glass of Buttermilk at just Rs1!!

How to travel for free!

Traveling free/with very small amounts of money, is not for everyone.

Without money, nothing goes as you expect in regard to food, shelter and travel (obviously only if you are having expectations). Sometimes things go wrong.

But we feel it worth doing because the positives one gain from the experiences outweigh “may happen” negatives.

Best possible ways to travel for free are

  1. Bike-packing.
  2. Hitchhiking.

Having said that, If you are looking to travel in the cheapest possible way (but without having to hitchhike, bike-pack, free camp in unknown locations and do other crazy things we do) then you should continue reading…..

There are only three things we need for survival.

  1. Food
  2. Shelter/sleep
  3. Health

When traveling, though the list is not so clear-cut, we claim that we need to

  • See remarkable things
  • Meet beautiful people
  • Experience the place you travel to
  • Travel from one place to another place at least cost possible
  • Not get mugged / end up in prison or get fined by authorities

We at Adventure Junkie, encourage people to travel without expectations and help you to travel the same way we travel.

You can choose to volunteer to

  • Teach English/any skill you are familiar with, which help rural children or any other humanitarian work.
  • Nature Conservation
  • Market locally produced Handicraft thereby helping them generate revenue for their livelihood.
  • Adventure Activities

In return, we arrange basic food, shelter, health insurance (we don’t want you to bear any more expenses/time while traveling for free/least possible cost) and travel expenses.

To volunteer with us, visit

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Cycling to Melukote

We decided Melukote as destination for our two days cycling event since it is 141 km from Bangalore making it an ideal location. The terrain and landscape around Melukote is Challenging and Panoramic. The event was decided by Monu, Niharika and me (Sonu). We were not expecting anyone to join us since the distance that we had set is not suitable for beginners. Three of us had done cycling to TG Halli reservoir a couple of months ago. The benefits of riding with someone like Niharika who is Super Randonneur are many – Preparedness, Expertise and of course food!! There is always something to learn from those experienced in such long rides. We left BTM layout at 06:00 and had breakfast at Bidadi. You can’t afford to lose focus on Mysore roads during weekends, there was lot of traffic and thus we decided not to ride back and instead see places around Melukote and visit SriRangapatna. We covered a distance of 105 km from Bangalore to Mandya in 5.5 hours including time for breakfast and adequate breaks.

The terrain from Mandya to Melukote is awesome and gets challenging. We made the mistake of not having lunch in Mandya and got ourselves exhausted. Luckily, Niharika had sandwich, Bananas and Electrolyte capsules which helped immensely. We took around 4.5-5 hours to reach Melukote from Mandya. We had our lunch at Jakkanahalli and then the final uphill stretch of around 6 km was considerably easy. Farms, Canals, Lakes along the way were pretext to take ample rest. Hospitality of the villagers was something that makes this journey much more memorable.

Melukote is a laid back temple town in the Cauvery basin, temples of Yoga Narasimha and Cheluva Narayana Swamy are the epicenter of religious activity. There are many options for accommodation but Monu had booked Ramanuja pilgrim assistance center in advance. Caretakers here made us feel at home. This center has few rooms with hot water facility. Dinner is home cooked and delicious. We visited both the temples the same evening. All the activities in the temples are carried out by priests who know Sanskrit and Tamil literature. Ramanujacharya who hailed from Tamil Nadu stayed here for twelve years. I later came to know that Melukote is also the birth place of Late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha.

Next day, we woke up early and after warm up visited Raya Gopura, Tonnuru Kere (lake). Surprisingly I didn’t feel any pain or difficulty during our ride to Sri Rangapatna. We had our breakfast at Pandavapura and visited Aale Mane(Place where Jaggery is made) and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple and Colonel Bailey’s Dungeon before returning by bus.

This cycling tour had given lot of confidence for longer rides and BRM’s in sight!!

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