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247 Kms from Laato Village
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Though it's a small city making its way towards commercialisation, Nagpur is a delight to discover. It also offers all i...
This short trip was memorable in many ways. I fulfilled my wish to do a summit trek, before I touched the sea in the same week. Going to Mumbai after a long gap was something really amazing. For me, its always - 'The mountains are calling', but this time the seas called as well, and am glad I answered..
My likeness for nature, wildlife and photography, and a curiosity to meet Shere Khan in his natural habitat, took me to the Mougli land, Pench national park.I took a train from Hyderabad till Nagpur, and then a taxi to Pench. I was planning to take the jungle safari from the Turia gate in Madhya Pradesh, so I stayed in one of the resorts close to the gate. There are two safaris per day from Turia, one in the morning from 6A.M. to 10A.M., and another in the evening from 3P.M to 6P.M. You can make online reservations for these from https://forest.mponline.gov.in (I will recommend making prior reservations, especially around the weekend). I stayed there for 2 days and did a total of 4 safaris, two in the morning and two in the evening, and I spotted a tiger in one of the morning safaris. Tiger sightings are more probable in the morning, and more the number of safaris you do, better the chances of sighting the big cats, so plan accordingly.Apart from the Bengal Tiger, the jungle is also home to many other species of animals and birds. Here is what I saw:Birds: Indian Roller, Peacock, Junglefowl, Pipit, Collared Scops Owl, Vulture, Crested Hawk Eagle, Kingfisher, Rufous Treepie, Racket Tailed Drongo, White-bellied Drongo, Parakeet, Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Woodpecker, Green Bee-eater, Stork, Red Wattled Lapwing, Brahminy Duck
By about 5 pm we had even entered the municipal limits of Nagpur and were at Vishnuji ki Rasoi, the drop off point. I collected my GIANT which had already arrived and decided to cycle back home and therefore made an arrangement with Sachin to pick up my luggage from his home in the evening.The sudden transition of environs – good roads laced with ample greenery and not much traffic to dug up and potholed roads with vehicular traffic in a persistent hurry, was tough to handle immediately. It was a huge adventure in itself having until now been in a different frame of mind. The laid back passive cycling engaged in on the Tour was now replaced with an adrenaline surging and “brake-full” ride to avoid potholes and rash motorcyclists.Like my friend and fellow biker Rohit said the evening before, indeed Satpura evoked just these words “Ye jungle kitna sundar hai”. And the Tour around this jungle had been a revelation in itself. Not a moment in the Tour did I find dull enough to warrant a complaint. The planning was meticulous, the route awe-inspiring and the support fantabulous. The bar of standards had been set very high by Cycle Safari considering that this was their first major tour. It would also be a sacrilege to miss out on mentioning the huge role the volunteers played in making the Tour de Satpura a success. Hats off to them!The memories Tour de Satpura has left behind are indelible and I intend to revel in them as long as I can. Thank you once again Cycle Safari!
#TripotoCyclesToGoaThe day of the Tour had dawned and I was up by 4 am. It had been a very bad night with poor sleep and I was a nervous wreck. I had lost all confidence in self and somehow had started doubting my cycling capabilities. I almost had a panic attack (if that is the correct word) and was on the verge of calling up Sachin to withdraw from the Tour. Tea and some contemplation calmed me and with a hesitant change of mind, I was back to getting ready for the Tour albeit a bit slower.Cycling gear on, I finally hailed an Uber to Ravi Bhawan - our gathering point for the start of the Tour. All along in the cab I had this weird feeling of dread and trepidation about my own self. Would I be able to cycle along the big shots and those on their road bikes since I was but a hybrid biker? Funnily enough, I don’t know why these self doubts had suddenly appeared. I had done a good number of brevets in the past and had never had such self-depreciating feelings ever, not even on my first Brevet!The cabbie, considerably chatty considering the time of the morning eased me a bit. He dropped me at Ravi Bhawan and as I made my way inside the premises, I realised that I hadn’t taken out my bag from the luggage compartment. A stream of expletives to self and I was back on the road running after the cab shouting for him to stop! Since he hadn’t gone much far, I was lucky and was soon making my way back to Ravi Bhawan with luggage in tow. Somehow the day was refusing to start on a sober note!
Post the bike handing over and the briefing, the plan for the night was to sleep early. However my packing was yet to be done and I ended up spending a sizable amount of the later part of the evening wrapping up my luggage. And from somewhere out of the sub-conscious a thought crept up - Had I taken the right decision by signing up for the tour? Would I, on my hybrid be able to stand up the distance and the average speeds the other riders on the road bikes would be notching up? Would my decision to sign up in the heat of the moment be justified or would I end up being swept up by the sweep vehicle every day?Sleep was therefore the casualty and it was a bad night to start with!This post has been originally published by me on my blog EnvironmentFootprints. But nevertheless I would be sharing my experience of the entire Tour here as well. Keep watching this space to know how the Tour De Satpura unfolded for me.
Soon enough the evening of 18th August dawned. It was time for the briefing and handing over of bikes prior to the tour. The briefing sailed through pretty fast and so did the handing over of bikes. I was pretty impressed with the make shift stands (designed from PVC pipes) the organizers had contrived for safely transporting the bikes in the trucks.
My home-town, place what I call 'Home'
259 Kms from Laato Village
Best time to visit - November- March
This is a town in the Chhattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh. Mainly known for the ancient Khajuraho Temple Complex, thi...
19th to 22nd October a long Diwali weekend. I was by then well settled in Allahabad and was eagerly waiting to make a trip to the 17th Indian state on my list - Madhya Pradesh. I planed this two day trip to Khajuraho.Since no direct trains were available on 19th I got a current reservation ticket till Mahoba aboard the 11108 Bundelkhand Express. The train was scheduled to arrive at 10 pm but was an hour behind in Allahabad. I reached Mahoba at around 4 am next morning. From Mahoba I continued my journey on 22448 UP Sampark Kranti Express. The slip route from Mahoba to Khajuraho takes one across the beautiful Bundelkhand plateau. I reached Khajuraho station at around 7 am. I hopped onto a share auto that would drop me near the Western group of temples 10 km away(auto fare is usually rupees 10 per person for a share ride). Khajuraho is located in the Bundelkhand region of Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The town is situated within a picturesque back drop of the Vindhya Mountain Range and is surrounded by Khodar river in the south and Ken river in the northeast.As of today Khajuraho is well known for its ancient temples and erotic sculptures. Set within a dense forest of palm the group of temples were discovered by British army engineer in 1830. Originally said to be 85 in total, only 22 have survived time. These temples were built between 10th and 12th Century by the Chandela dynasty. The temples are dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism and have been divided into three groups: Western group, Eastern group and Southern group of temples. They are a part of UNESCO World Heritage site.
On day four of your journey, leave Orchha and head towards Khajuraho, 180km from Orchha, approximately a three to four hour drive away. Famous for its group of temples with erotic sculptures, Khajuraho is a popular destination among both Indians and foreigners. Built between 950AD to 1050AD, the temples are stunning and demand attention of even the most uninterested tourist. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temples here display various forms of sculpturesdepicting meditation, spiritual teachings, kinship, wrestling, royalty and most significantly, erotic art.What to see1. Visit the Western Group of Temples first, the most striking and well-preserved temples in the city. Entry fees to the Western Group of Temples is ₹30 for Indian nationals and ₹500 for foreigners. There are no fixed timings to visit the temples, but they are open from sunrise to just before sunset.2. You can end the day with the sound and light show, narrated by Bollywood icon, Amitabh Bachchan, every evening. Tickets cost ₹200 for adults and child ₹100 for children (Indians) and ₹400 for adults and ₹250 for children (foreigners). The show is conducted in both English and Hindi and timings are 6.30pm in English and 7.40pm in Hindi.
In Khajuraho, learn the art of Kama Sutra through the delicate but intricate carvings on the temples. The stunning sculptures are living proof of the advanced thinking and ideologies of our ancestors. Don't be put off by guides or kids giggling at the erotic carvings. Khajuraho is standing proud, showing off to the world how us Indians mastered the art of lovemaking.
Looking for a blend of antiquity, beauty, and marvelous art? Planning a short and crisp tour to take a break from your tiring work?Make it immensely worthy. Here is a place which perfectly makes your trip antique yet memorable. The place Khajuraho reminds you of beautiful, artistic temples in the marvelous city of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most visited historical sites and one of the best tourist places in Madhya Pradesh occupying a spot on every foreign traveler's list. Let's explore more of this heavenly historic beauty...
KhajurahoThe third day was the show-stopper. If I had to describe Khajuraho in one word, it would be - Breathtaking. The temple architecture was nothing less than awe-inspiring. It breathed of the aura of grandeur. The statues with their intricate carvings seemed to dance & talk of the bygone era of the Chandellas.
1. Travel to the heart of India in KhajurahoA convenient place for trip near Delhi, Khajuraho remains a trending destination to visit during winters. Travellers can board a direct overnight train to Khajuraho from Nizamuddin Railway Station, Delhi. The 22 temples constructed by the rulers of Chandela dynasty between 950 AD and 1050 AD still survive and can be your window to learning the cultural nuances that are part of India's rich history.
This article is about my most memorable trip Khajuraho, one of the most popular tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. Famous for its erotic sculptures, this place is best example of ancient architectures in the world.The temples built by the Chandela Rajputs are depicting various concepts of art, meditation, lifestyle etc. The unparalleled beauty of its sculpture make it one of the famous World Heritage Sites in India.
188 Kms from Laato Village
Early in the morning I boarded my flight to Raipur via Hyderabad, and reached to the destination at 9 am. I decided to w...
Early in the morning I boarded my flight to Raipur via Hyderabad, and reached to the destination at 9 am. I decided to watch a movie before I took a train to Korba. But the movie ended up pretty late, and I decided to shop in the mall. later took a bus that took me to Bilaspur in almost 3 hours, because, hardly any roads, and finally another bus to Korba that took 3.5 hrs for the 90 km journey, because no roads again. I slept to be ready for the office the next day.
Raipur - BilaspurTo reach Bilaspur, I took a flight to Raipur - the nearest airport. I waited at the airportarrivals as one by one my girl gang members arrived at the airport from different Indian cities. Raipur airport arrival section was clean and well organized. The food options here are very limited but you will find many options for shopping. The one that caught my eye was a government shop - Chhattisgarh herbal products.
Who wouldn't want to touch the nature from the closest. Chhattisgarh has abundance of nature just the way to reach the right spot is unknown or should I say not much advertised.Many of you would be unaware of this place, just a 100 km drive from raipur would take you to a whole new experience. Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary is spread in a small diameter of 30 km. We started off from raipur airport at 09:30 am and took NH 53 there is a left turn from patewa. As you drive for another 10 km you get to see lush green lands and lucky you may be to spot a few wildlife. As you drive straight you reach a forest dept. Check post which charges you 25 rs per person and 100 rs per vehicle. Don't throw away this reciept as this would be checked at many places. From the check post you can either continue to jungle safari or go nd rest your self in a hotel. Please make prior online or telephonic bookings or else you won't find a place to settle. There are a few resorts like muba's machan, Moira resort, dev Hills resort or you can choose the forest guest house or chhattisgarh tourism hotel. We went without booking but were lucky enough to find a place at muba's machan. Wonderful resort with tree houses to live on and a big ground to accommodate various sports, camp fire etc. They charge 4500 per couple including all meals, we were 4 in number so we paid 6700 for a single room, dont forget to ask for discount. Talking of the jungle safari it starts at 6am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm. You can either go in on your own vehicle or hire a gypsy for 1200 rs and 200 rs for guide. Gypsy is anytime preferred. You might not come across many wildlife animals as this place has got limited species like wild boar, deer, byson, monkeys, Peacock nd a few leopards, but the experience of such dense forest is amazing. If you are going in winters dont forget to bring along lots of winter wear as the night temperature is aroung 4-5 degrees. We did a evening safari and a morning safari. It is a wonderful destination for all age groups and families. Muba's machaan is recommended for the stay. People in raipur should atleast visit once and experience it themselves. Enjoy the trip people...
After I crossed Raipur, drive became interesting. Forests on both sides of the road provided views of natural beauty. Various water bodies in the forests provided picturesquare view. After about 3 hours of isolated driving
We set off to Chirtakote via New Raipur which is the newly developed town at the outskirts of Raipur city. As we were out of city limits, the landscape changed to green paddy fields with occasional villages / small towns on both sides of the road. We made a stop at Makri Dhaba at Kanker for lunch. We could not help but notice that unlike many places around India, the highway leading to Jagdalpur from Raipur , NH 43 is still not laden with lot of roadside eateries / dhabas. Makri Dhaba served decent food but most importantly it had a clean toilet. This still continues to be an issue while travelling in India.
257 Kms from Laato Village
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
We've all heard and seen this beautiful hill station in umpteen Bollywood flicks! Enveloped by the Satpura hills, Panchm...
Panchmarhi is a lone hill station in Madhya Pradesh, and is considered to be one of the best places to visit in May in India. Located in the Satpura hill range at a much lower altitude, Pachmarhi is a green blanket of lofty peaks and forest gorges. Earmarked by pre-historic caves with interesting rock carvings, and mesmerizing gushing waterfalls, Pachmarhi is a place of scenic beauty with an exotic wilderness which make up for sought after hiking and trekking routes. Several wildlife sanctuaries like the Satpura Tiger Reserve, Bison Lodge are a perfect getaway option for wildlife enthusiasts.How to get there: Pachmarhi is well-connected by road as well as railways, Pipariya being the nearest railway station. The nearest airports are Bhopal and Jabalpur.
Pandav caves first seemed like a normal Park, then came the end of the park and where a huge Cave was situated. We have to cross around hundred or more stairs to reach the top. ( I reached there 🙋 )After some point , I saw i was alone who was in a great need to go to the top and no one was with me. After reaching the top, I thought it was worth.
Pachmarhi is the place to be to have a quiet, uncomplicated and relaxing weekend. Get some spiritual vibes at places like Jatashankar, walk through some ancient Indian history while in Pandav caves and go to Dhoopgarh to watch a magical sunset. When in Pachmarhi, stay at Welcome Heritage Golf View Resort. It has colonial style villas with lush green lawns and toothsome Indian food.
Also known as the queen of the Satpura ranges, Pachmarhi is a beautiful hill station with stunning waterfalls. Famous places to visit are bee falls, apsara falls and dhoopgarh. Besides these you can also go for activities like para sailing, deep forest camping, rock climbing and night forest trekking.
104 Kms from Laato Village
Best time to visit - January,February,March,August,September,October,November,December
If you like history, culture and nature, then you will love Jabalpur. Located in Madhya Pradesh, the city has a lot to o...
Being born and brought up in Kolkata, for me summer is all about losing every single battle fought against monumental level of humidity. Summer is all about producing few gallons of sweat in just a minute. This is a time of year, I stay the least productive. My body refuses to hit the gym, my mind denies to go out in sun and witness beautiful interplays of natural world. I lock up most of my summer leisure time in air conditioned room, reading some good books or watching online travel videos. The seasonal appearance of mango, lychee and cola ice cream in market is the only positive thing that connects me to this season. But this stereotypical, unreasonably boring image of summer switched its gear once I visited Jabalpur this May. The purpose was a short family visit and not a holiday. So I may disappoint you if you are particularly looking for a detail travel itinarary of Madhya Pradesh. Instead, I would share my experience, how this short trip changed my deep rooted perception about ruthless tropical summer.
I was in Jabalpur for a Marriage ceremony. The function was over in a day and I had few more hours left to explore the city. After wandering in city for a while I planned a trip to 'Bhedaghat', I have heard about this place a lot since my childhood. And so the trip was on !
A friend's wedding took me here and hence I planned a solo trip in MP. A state which I had neglected, contemplating about safety and of course not so friendly people. This trip taught me a lesson, how such prejudices make you miss some of the beautiful places in the country. I traveled to Jabalpur from Pune a day before,attended the wedding and reached back to Jabalpur so the stay at night or travel to Khajuraho at night.A disclaimer for those who don't know, the MP state transport has given licenses to private players to ply buses. More about the bus journey in some time.My Plan A was to travel to Khajuraho by bus at night and save time. I reached Jabalpur bus stand, and bus to Khajuraho stood there. Looking at the bus I decided not to do an overnight journey. The journey from my friends place to Jabalpur was not at all comfortable, I was not in a mood to do an overnight journey like that.Plan B - Reached Jabalpur railway station booked a retiring room. I decided to travel by early morning train to Satna and get a bus to Khajuraho from there. The online blogs mentioned a bus every half an hour and travel time would be 3-4 hrs, appeared simple and safer.Travel Itinerary :Jabalpur onlyExpenses :Stay in retiring room - 300Dinner at railway station - 55
I am living in Indore (M.P.) and enjoy short highway and off-road rides every now and then. So, basically, this trip was part of my "home-run". I was thriving to do a solo bike trip and was waiting for an occasion. To full-fill this wish I decided to visit my hometown, Jabalpur (M.P.) for Diwali. This article describes my journey back from Jabalpur to Indore.So, basically, if you want to go to Indore from Jabalpur, you need to reach Bhopal by any possible route. From Bhopal to Indore, its a straight (and best) route. The distance between Jabalpur and Bhopal is approximately 320 Kms and varies based on the route you choose. From Bhopal, Indore is only 190 Kms. Initially, I planned to do Jabalpur-Bhopal in one day, take a night halt in Bhopal and leave for Indore the next morning.I decided to start early in the morning. When I was coming to Jabalpur from Bhopal, the rout I chose really tested my butt and patience. So, I consulted a few guys about the best route for going back. So, it looks like this - Jabalpur - Damoh- Sagar - Bhopal - Dewas - Indore.I left from Jabalpur at 07:00 AM sharp. As this was my first solo ride and although I was carrying a few spares (my friends suggested this and even gave me the spares from their RM-Goa 2015 trip), I wanted to reach Bhopal before sunset. Yes, I am a slow rider because I believe in "Prevention is better than Cure" philosophy.
258 Kms from Laato Village
By 10:35 AM, I reached Sagar and here comes the pain. I was relying on Google Navigation for the whole trip. The route w...
By 10:35 AM, I reached Sagar and here comes the pain. I was relying on Google Navigation for the whole trip. The route was through Sagar city. Now my overconfidence kicked in and after reaching Sagar and looking at the route on Navigation once, I took few turns on my own and got lost. I somehow reached to the other side of the city and took a different road which was going back to Jabalpur (yeah, LOL!). I realized my mistake when I saw markings for Jabalpur on the milestone. I stopped, created a new route to join the original route and started again.Man, the roads inside the city are so narrow.... And the festive season.... I was stopping after every 200 or 300m just to check whether I was on the right track or not. On the other hand, there is one perk of taking this route. You get to drive by the beautiful Lakha Banjara Lake inside the city. Finally, I crossed the Sagar city and was on my way to Bhopal on NH146.After riding for 30 Kms, I reached Ratangarh. I decided to take a 10 minutes tea-break at the Ratangarh junction. This was my first stop till now. I ordered a tea and asked the Dhaba owner about the route for Bhopal. So, from this point, there are two routes possible for Bhopal - via Vidisha (169 Kms) and via Raisen (207 Kms). Also, for the first time on this route, I saw directions and distance for Indore written on the Hoarding and milestone. It was exact 12:00 PM and decided to leave. The Dhaba owner told me that the road conditions are very bad near Raisen and I should go via Vidisha. But, Google was suggesting me to go via Raisen. But Desi took over Videsi and I took the straight road to Vidisha.The greenery and the pleasant roads were not leaving me and they were still giving me company. I also started to see the markings for Sanchi on the milestones. So, I decided that I will take a short break at Sanchi before finally starting for Bhopal. From Ratangarh, Sanchi is 85 Kms. I again had to go through the city of Vidisha as there was no alternate route. I also started facing a lot of traffic because Sanchi is very famous Tourist spot in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
277 Kms from Laato Village
This government guesthouse has a direct view of Chitrakoot falls and the view is breathtaking. You wake up to the crashi...
This government guesthouse has a direct view of Chitrakoot falls and the view is breathtaking. You wake up to the crashing sound of the waterfall and you sleep in that chaotic mess with the sound of the waterfall but learn to find peace in that loud sound. The sound is not really disturbing even at night, but you can be comfortable in it and sleep well, it is that commanding sounds which forces calm into your life. It is a dreamy paradise.
Discover the grandeur of the Chitrakoot Falls.Often called the Niagara Falls of India, this is the widest waterfall in India. The calm Indravati River, as it drops over the edge, suddenly becomes boisterous signifying the ephemeral faces of nature.
Chitrakoot is extremely instrumental to Hindu mythology. It is mentioned throughout the Ramayana and also in the works of poets Kalidas and Tulsidas. This is the forest where Lord Ram spent his days in exile with Sita and Laxman. Now part of a national park, Chitrakoot is known as a reserve of bears and unique flora and fauna.Where to stay: Bagh Sarai Resort (Rs 2,532 per night) is less than three hours away from Chitrakoot and is great choice if you are in the mood for camping.