After relaxing there for an hour, we continued biking through the forest. To enter the Gulma forest one needs to cross Mahananda river, a river that resembles Yamuna in Delhi, meandering through the town. At this time of the year, it is motorable in some parts as there is hardly 4 inches of water. We found a few people came there with family.
ELEPHANT CROSSING ZONE
Beyond that river lies an Elephant crossing zone. There is a short gap along the river and forest through which is a gravely road. It was late afternoon, and we were finding it difficult to ride on that rough terrain and watch out for elephants. There were 2 elevated posts without attendants.
On that way, riding for 20 minutes we reached the Rail bridge over Mahananda, locally known as Mahanadi. The bridge is by the side of Gulma Railway station with 3-4 passengers waiting for train. Crossing the bridge to enter the deep forest and taking photos standing at the bridge is risky and strictly prohibited.