Travel to Khajuraho
Woke up @0330 am. Freshened up, and ran to the platform to the catch the train which was already on the platform. This was my first stay at a retiring room, and I must say it was comfortable. Not too many facilities (non ac room had no tv) but it was enough to rest my soaring back. The stay was cheaper and also didn't need any transport fare to station. Made sense to a backpacker like me.
Got the train on time (0430 hrs) and reached Satna (0730 hrs). I had thought of taking a share auto. A blog mentioned a bus at 0745 hrs and I didn't want to miss it. I took a private auto and reached in 7-8 mins. But the bus had already gone. I came to know the next bus was in the afternoon. I dint know what to do. Then a guy advised me to get in a bus to Chattarpur and get down at Bameetha. Bameetha was around half an hour from Khajuraho. I had no options but to board that bus. I got in and used my smartphone to locate Bameetha, was relived to know the information was correct.
The journey started at 0800 and the bus crawled and stopped at almost all possible places to balloon itself with people. The legroom between the seats was so less that my legs had started paining in less than 10 mins. The journey is such buses was noting short of pain in different parts of your body. My tight budget always gives me such experiences, so I was up for it. The distance of 100 kms took more than 4 hrs. By that time i came to know the parts of my body which I thought ever existed. The roads played best alley to the buses. The road were under construction, wish you a smoother ride when some of you visit in near future. Fingers crossed.
The bus stopped at Panna (Yes, the famous wildlife sanctuary) for loo brk. I flexed my muscles as there was still 50 kms to go. Most of it through dense forest of the wildlife sanguary. Bus stopped at a temple in the middle of the jungle. The bus conductor and helper went to the temple, prayed and broke a coconut (considered good in Indian culture). They went ahead and distributed the coconut in bus as prasad. I was presently surprised, never had something like that happened to me. They shared the blessings from the God with us, my bias about people faded away with that.
Travel Itinerary :
Jabalpur to Satna (by train) - Close to 3 hrs
Satna to Bameetha (by bus) - Close to 4 hrs
Bameetha to Khajuraho (by share auto) - Around 20 mins
Khajuraho Eastern group of temples (by cycle) - Around 10 mins
Jabalpur to Satna by train -
Satna to Bameetha by bus - rs 110
Bameetha to Khajuraho by share auto - rs 20
Stay in Khajuraho Hotel Zen - rs 650
Cycle rent to roam in Khajuraho - Rs 50
Dinner at safari canteen- rs 55