The real currency in our modern urban life is "Time". There are very few chances when we can spend time with ourselves, visiting Shankarda can be one of those golden chances, deep into the nature. You get faded out into the greens, you get along with the whistling birds, you can't get over those nodding flowering plants, you get dancing with the noisy ducks.
Shankarda is a virgin village in East Singhbum district of Jharkhand. On 19th Aug, we started our bike trip to this place. This was the 3rd time, we visited Jharkhand. "We" as in me and my partner in everything, who's my husband. Roads of Jharkhand are hypnotic, you can't get rid of the madness of driving through those! From Kolkata, the best way to reach this place is to take 290 kilometer of drive via road as you'll drive through the lush green forest of Lodhashuli. But, in case you avail public transport, take a train to Tatanagar Junction and from there another 15 kms streching drives on the dark snaking roads through tribal villages and paddy fields will take you to this little known pictorial place.
As we started from Kolkata, except planning, finalization of itinerary, there was another or rather the most important part left for the day before we started. We had to book e-pass from Jharkhand tourism website (http://www.jharkhandtravel.nic.in/public/index.php).
Day 1 was 19th Aug, and the weather was pleasant with surprise drizzles in between. From our home in Kolkata, we started at 4:30 in the morning. The surroundings was all dark, city was still sleeping. The streets were all wet with last night rain, I could see how beautifully colorful lights got blended into their own images. As we got going the splash of boho air touched our faces washed away all the tiredness of our busy life.
Our first break was at 170 kilometers from Kolkata, just after we crossed Balibhasa toll plaza on State highway 5. The time was almost 9. It was the rain which had slowed down our journey that day. We had our breakfast at a roadside dhaba, Joyguru hotel. After fuelling ourselves up with hot cups of tea, we started again. There was a sound in bike's chain, we just remembered we've forgot our chain lubricant spray to carry. That time, we started asking roadside local people and found that, there's a place Chichira, at about 1 hour distance where we could find bike's chain lub. We located Chichira and bought the lub from a garrage, applied that spray into bike's chain and started again. Our destination was more 100 kilometers from there.
Due to rain, that 100 kilometers took us another 2.5 hours. When we reached at The weekend resort, Shankarda, the clock was ticking at 1 already. Even from the entrance, I loved this place. We were alloted with the cottage number 5, which was spacious, neat and clean. The behavior of staffs were really warm. We were served welcome drinks, masala lemon water. The lunch was served by 2pm as soon as we got freshen up. We ordered kadhai paneer, egg tarka and laccha paratha that day. After we had the delicious lunch, our body wanted a nap badly. We took a nap and got up at around 3:30. We discovered a lake, a herd of ducks in it, a small hill just like a picture from some travel magazine just infront of the cottage. A pair of swings was there, we went on it and enjoyed the colors of Sunset, as those faded out into the lake's water. We went outside the resort to roam around, but unfortunately it was so dark that we dropped off our plan and came back to resort. At around 7:30, we were served delicious chicken pakodas and masala chai. We enjoyed the evening again sitting at the lake side. That had already become our favorite place there. The day went off with sounds of winds through the leaves and a nice deep sleep.