This is the continuation of the article written with the same headline.
For people, who haven't read the former article, I could only write about the first two days of our ride which ended at Serene Maheshwar, situated on the bank of river Narmada in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
On 8th January, early morning at around 05:30 AM, we full throttled towards the only the Hill station in Madhya Pradesh.
"Panchmarhi" - The name is derived from Mahabharat and named after Pandavas. As they spent few years of their exile in these region nestled in and around the exotic Satpura ranges.
The map pointed at roads taking us through the hinterlands of Madhya Pradesh.
This ride was one of its kind, we passed through tiny hamlets. Where children played, mothers feeding their tiny tots under the shade of huge trees or near their farm. Where every hut had a tulsi plant in front of it. Old folks sitting on Charpai (bedstead) near the school or the panchayat room.
I could remember reading our Bal Bharati Hindi and Marathi Textbooks. How it took us to rural India through the eyes of our teachers.
It was hectic and nasty ride, most of the roads were under construction or maintenance under the "Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna" One Bumpy ride.
Due to the not so good condition of the roads, we were late. We also started experience some sort of a problem in our bike. It got dark and on the way we found a garage. The owner suggested that we rest at "Pipariya" and get the bike repaired. The owner also helped us with the authorized dealer of "Hero."
We got a room for Rs.500 near the bus depo at "Pipariya." Forgot the name, it was some Regency. The room was good. I would rate it as 4 out of 5.
I dived on the bed and went to sleep. This is the kind of sleep is the best part of hectic rides. You just need to lie on the best and sleep brings its blanket with it in a matter of seconds.
Early morning, my friend woke me up and we both got ready to leave by 06:00 AM. It was sharp six, after warming ourselves near camp fire, we left for "Panchmarhi."
It was pitch dark and we were welcomed with Sign Boards telling us to go slow to avoid hitting any animals in the dark. Few boards also had a picture of tigers. That reminded me of our ride through the "Melghat Tiger Reserve."
But the darkness here was scary and challenging for us. On top the temparature was some what 7 degrees.
We wanted to stop but could not due to the darkness. The coldness grew as we cross every milestone on the way.
Finally after riding for few hours, darkness made way towards its exit and we were able to able to see some light.