Earning honest money is important than not doing anything for living, all these people in the photos below have my utmost respect –
For me, it’s important to live a happy life with happy people rather than acquiring all the wealth in this world, I must not regret at the end that I did not live the life.
It’s like hormonal change starts to happen at the beginning of every winter, which triggers a natural urge to go on a road trip. This road trip is only limited to Madhya Pradesh so far. This year, due to the board exams of our kids, it was near impossible to maintain that tradition which we were following for the last 11 years. Thanks to the delays caused by lockdown exams were postponed and our trip plan switched on.
We have decided to touch an ancient but important city Mandu in MP and visit the nearby holy city of Ujjain. As it was a long trip from Allahabad, we took a halt at Vidisha while going and Sagar while returning back.
Our route was
Prayag (Allahabad) -> Vidisha -> Mandu -> Indore -> Ujjain -> Sagar -> Prayag (Allahabad) (Dates 24-29 Jan 2021)
Due to fog on plains, we have decided to remain in Vindyachal while going and returning back, else we could have taken the national highway.
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.
After Amarkantak, BK took the driving seat and I was given responsibility of checking accommodation in Kanha tiger reserve.
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.
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 🙂
Enjoyed live Budelkhand music at Hotel Sheesh Mahal Orchha.