It was year 2009, I was attending annual meeting of a group dedicated for travel and trekking, after meeting they distributed a book containing information of trekking destinations nearby Indore. Although I don't read books but since this book was having information which interest me, I took it and started to find places which I have not seen.
There lot of trekking destinations were mentioned but one place caught my attention!!! The place was "Salkanpur". As per the book there was a famous and ancient temple of Godess Durga, Deep forest of Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary with so many hidden treasures & lot of wild animals. This place was must go for me.
Time went and I did not got any opportunity to plan a trip to this place. Finally the day came when me & my trekking mate Vijay decided to explore this place. It was 2012.
Bags were packed, I installed one wooden ply in the back carrier of my Bajaj Boxer bike so that we can tie our luggage for comfortable journey. We also took one plastic sheet as it was rainy season. We started around 12am midnight from Indore because we were having only 1 day to stay there and I have to return for some official work next day.
We drove only for few kilometers out of Indore and my bike got punctured. Sh** It was already 12:30 midnight and there was no repairing shop as far as I could see, and as expected our problem got doubled with starting of rain. It was heavy rain thus we found an under-construction cold storage and took shade.
Tip 1 : If you are stuck somewhere in night, do not panic!!! You should find a Gurudwara, Temple or any commercial building where security guards are there. You can tell them your problem and they will support you. If you are a female and stuck on road in night, call on 100 number and ask for help. Also you can find a nearby government hospital and spend the time till help arrive.
Myself and Vijay was discussing what to do now? Outside heavy rain was there and also we had flat tyre. We had no choice but to stay in the same place. We talked with the security guard and paid him few bucks and he gave us permission to spend the whole night there. We opened our bags and started hopping to have some peaceful nap.
(You can ask that why we did not went back to home? 1st reason is flat tyre and second reason is our families already told us not to go in night but still we left :p )
The weather became too much cold and there was enough sound of lightning to scare our sleep. Let me tell you one thing that the whole building was open from all sides except the roof. We were sleeping in the mid of the storm!!!!!!
Our adventure journey started from Indore itself. However we passed that stormy night and in the morning the security guard woke-up us. It was a shiny morning... the horizon was beautiful and we started our onward journey.
We took the following route: Indore - Nemawar Road - Chapda - Kannod - Nanasa - Khategaon - Borda - Nasrullaganj - Rehti - Delawadi (Total 225Kms)
Alternate Route suggested for Family Travellers : Indore - Bhopal - Obedullaganj - Delawari (250Km)
The whole route was surrounded with the lush green forest and full of natural beauty. We saw few wild animals like Jackal, Fox & Deer on the way.