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Freedom Trip

Apologies… my last post was on more than 6 months back.

Just an excuse that I am running an IT company since April 2018 and as happens with any business, there are ups and downs. We don’t get time when its up but get plenty when its down :D.  Being busy I missed posting a few important events and trips. But don’t want to miss this one as this is very special :).

I was fortunate to get a chance to work overseas and spend 7 years in a very beautiful country like Singapore, got many opportunities to travel to various countries of southeast Asia like Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and others.

On the other side, when people fascinate about traveling these countries I have developed a fascination to travel and explore India. Since I came back in 2013, I keep on traveling wherever I could on holidays, though my limits are only 500KM around Delhi.

Once a year I keep everything aside and go on a road trip with friends, I call it freedom trip when everyone in the group is free to live (eat, drink or sleep) as they want to. My group is very limited to the old and close friends only in which one is Dr. Sharad and other my brother Bal Krishna. This freedom trips are happening every year since 2008, but 2018 was an exception when it did not happen. This year again, February had the perfect weather to hit the road with friends, leave the concrete jungle, noise, pollution, and the crowd behind and go to some remote area of the country.

Staying in the wilderness gives me a feeling of immense peace and happiness. MP is always our most favorite state, it has the lowest population density and has large (very large) nature reserves, where else you want to go when you wish absolute peace!

I went to Lucknow for a business trip, decided to stretch this into a vacation, called Sharad and BK and we were good. We have started from Allahabad (Now Prayag). The travel itinerary was as below –

Prayagraj -> Sagar ->  Sanchi -> Bhopal -> Panna Tiger Reserve -> Khajuraho -> Prayagraj

There was a night halt on each destination. Posting a few pics of the trip.

Scarecrow sighted on the way to Sagar
Scarecrow sighted on the way to Sagar
A ruin in Sanchi
A ruin in Sanchi
Rain water harvesting of 300 BC
Rainwater harvesting of 300 BC
We 3 at Sanchi
We 3 at Sanchi
BK enjoying nature in Panna Tiger Reserve
BK enjoying nature in Panna Tiger Reserve
Ken river in Panna Tiger Reserve
Dawn at Ken river in Panna Tiger Reserve
Dew on a flower
Dew on a flower
A bird (possible Bulbul) at Panna Tiger Reserve
A bird (possible Bulbul) at Panna Tiger Reserve
A flower and a bee at Khajuraho
A flower and a bee at Khajuraho
BK at Ghat of Vindyachal, plains of Himalaya on backdrop
BK at Ghat of Vindyachal, plains of Himalaya on the backdrop
A migratory bird at Sangam, Prayag
A migratory bird at Sangam, Prayag
Sharad feeding bird from hand
Sharad feeding bird from the hand
A Sadhu drawing something on sands at beach of Ganga, Prayag
A Sadhu drawing something on sands at the beach of Ganga, Prayag
Golden hour at Sangam
Golden hour at Sangam

Yearly ritual – part 3

Managing, organizing and planning, this is what I do the entire year whatever I do, but for our yearly ritual I do not do this at all. Unplanned travel creates a lot of breathing space and gives me time to enjoy the trip rather than worrying about hotel booking  or fooding.

We stayed in a good hotel at Shahdol on first night of this trip and after dinning Dr Sharad came up with idea of Visiting holy city of Amarkantak (Amakantak is know for origin of river Narmada) before reaching Kanha our final destination. As nothing was planned and there was no intention to create any plan, we all agreed . Dr Sharad got body massage done and brother BK got my car washed, we took all luxuries before hitting the road at 11:00 AM next morning. Trust me I was not worried about reaching Kanha before evening.

BK on bike
BK on a bike hijacked from kids of some village on the way to Amarkantak 😀
Dr Sharad on light mood
Dr Sharad in light mood
Old temple complex Amarkantak
Old temple complex, Amarkantak
A priest heading for evening prayers, Old temple complex Amarkantak
A priest heading for evening prayers, Old temple complex, Amarkantak
BK and Dr Sharad, Old temple complex Amarkantak
BK and Dr Sharad, Old temple complex, Amarkantak
Old temple complex Amarkantak
Old temple complex, Amarkantak

After Amarkantak, BK took the driving seat and I was given responsibility of checking accommodation in Kanha tiger reserve.

Yearly ritual – part 2

I have a confession to make, ruins give me a delight which a luxury hotel can not give. I love sitting at a corner of such building, imagine and dream its magnificent and glorious past. They have a tale, a riddle, a story hidden inside them. I found myself a explorer and an inspirer to solve that riddle 😛

When I suggest visiting Govindgarh palace and staying in a resort nearby, both brother BK and Sharad resisted. They won when I failed to book a room in the resort nearby, but we took a brief stop on the way to wonder in that ruin. Govindgarh was not in the middle of destination (Kanha tiger reserve), so we decided to move on stayed in Shahdol in the night of 25th December. Posting few photos of our brief stop at that palace.

Front of Govindgarh palace
Front of Govindgarh palace
A chariate use to pulled by elephants
A chariot use to pulled by elephants
A compound for royal family entertainment
A compound for royal family entertainment
Ruins of Govindgarh palace
Ruins of Govindgarh palace
Ruins of Govindgarh palace
Ruins of Govindgarh palace
Ruins of Govindgarh palace
Ruins of Govindgarh palace
Ruins of Govindgarh palace
Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Yearly ritual

It has became a ritual for us (brother Balkrishan, Dr. Sharad and me) to travel together once every year, this trip happens in month of December or January from last 5-6 years.

I had planned it during new year earlier, but that could not happen as everyone was occupied during that time. Planning this trip every year is really challenging, I have to take family and drop them Allahabad first which depends on the fact that every one well and there is no school tests of kids, convincing Dr. Sharad to shut his clinic for a week is another challenge. Sometimes I think not to plan this at all, just pack the bag and go and leave rest to destiny.

MP especially Orchha has became our favorite destination, it has complete package in it, slow paced and very less crowded township, has great history of Bundela kings, ruins, rocky Betwa river, great food at Hotel Sheesh Mahal and cheap lodging at hotel (which I love when travelling without family).

Sharad was little agitated with Orchha and MP but somehow we dragged him in.

After spending a day at Allahabad, we started to Bhedaghat, spent a night there and then started to Pachmarhi, stayed at Orchha for one night.

I am sure MP will be out of option from next year onward and I will miss major part of these trip which is driving.

Oh yes! forgot to mention that my car has completed 100000 KM since I bought it. Its a kind of achievement that I drove so much in last 4 years.

Posting few moments which I collected during this our yearly ritual 🙂

Kids of Dad adopted family with their pets at village, Allahabad
Kids of Dad adopted family with their pets at village, Allahabad
A sadhu at Sangam, Allahabad
A sadhu at Sangam, Allahabad
Evening at Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi
Evening at Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi
A priest heading towards Raja Ram Temple, Orchha
A priest heading towards Raja Ram Temple, Orchha
A family in discussion, Orchha
A family in discussion, Orchha
Dr Sharad, getting water spray after shave
Dr Sharad, getting water spray after shave