Journey to Hazaribagh forest(Jharkhand) by road

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Gir Sanctuary ……..it sounds interesting and exciting…... hv a nice and safe trip ………..I’ll b waiting for ur travelogue…….. As for me I know wat I hve done was horrible. Tat’s the reason I posted this, because Forest is a dangerous as well as a mysterious place……You don’t knw…….. wat it has in store for you……..…It has some rules of its own………If one tries to break the rules……..then it’s gone for him………I’m really lucky enough tht I didn’t hv such encounters. Last but not the least THANKYOU……..
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mmonami wow that was nuts to go walking through the forest like that. you might have surprised some dangerous animal. but i guess all is well that ends well. I would not recommend walking like that through the forest without a guide at least. you could even get lost. anyway glad you are safe and had a gerat experience without incident. great. Walking in the forest is a great experience and I have done it even in Ranthambhore where there is a section where people normally walk, also in Bhittarkanika Orissa, its a great experience. Trip to croc haven bhittar kanika orissa check out this thread.
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When we came down from the rest house we found two sumos were waiting in front of the lake……..There were about 40 people (with children) in both the jeep……… together with that they had loads of possessions piled on the roof of a sumo……….They came from a nereby place to visit the forest,to see animals
The silence was lost …….. keep the children aside, the adults were screaming like anything………..Now why will the animals dare to come to the places around this rest house Moreover I heard they are going to go deep inside the forest to look for animals with all their loads piled up.........at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. We wished them and went out of the forest.....While coming out we saw the Tiger trap……….but the batteries had no charge, so we couldn’t tke the pictures….
First we drove to the filling stations……….we took petrol and diesel for the generator (The prices are about Rs 7- 8 less / liter than Kolkata). From there we went to the market…..while the boys went for shopping …….I took the responsibility to charge the mobile phones and the batteries….. and making calls at home as inside the forest there were no tower for BSNL but somehow Reliance was showing the tower.
After our shopping, we thought of visiting a place called Canary hills which is about 20 – 26 kms drive from the main gate of the National park. From the gate we went towards the city for about 5kms……we reached a chowk…….from there we turned left and came to a crossing with a police station on the left………again we took a left turn and went straight until we reached a crossing with 3 roads…….one to the left , one to the right and one straight……….We went straight…….climbed uphill…….actually at this crossing we were bit confused….then we followed a Maruti swift and reached to the top of the Canary hills. We came down from our car and climbed uphill to the view point. From that particular point the view of the entire forest was breathtaking. We took some pictures……. and the boys they gave different poses.After all these mischief making, our appetite reminded us of our lunch. So, without wasting our time, we drove down and straight into the National Park.
When we sat to eat it was already 4p.m. We finished our lunch, gave the diesel to the person in-charge of the generator and asked him to switch on the generator for 1 hr……. that’ll b enough to charge the mobiles and batteries because for night we need full charged batteries for the flash (we could not charge them properly in the market). Back in our rooms we freshened up and got ready for the night adventure. By then the rest house was silent……..and we could not find the caretaker ……..he has left with the people with sumo jeeps and went into the forest.
At 6p.m we started our journey………..it was already dark………..we took the road where we went walking in the morning……very soon we came to that place where we saw the pug marks……. We went on for few minutes and stopped …….here we started to wait ………..Waiting for about 1 hour, we decided to move forward………. Traveling for about 30mins more we decided to turn our car…………….because the roads were dangerous……we had to move the branches as we were entering…….moreover there were big rocks in the middle of the way which might create trouble for our car (as our car is low enough) ....... any one of us (except me) had to get down from time to time to remove the rocks……. a couple of minutes earlier one such rock hit the car very badly and we thought the mobil tank was gone…………If something went wrong, at that point inside the forest…....It would have been a real problem for us……..anyways GOD was with us……….nothing happened………we turned our car and waited…………
The silence around us gave a rousing experience…….even if there was a slightest sound we turned to the source…………but found nothing other than rats. It was pitch dark .... but our eyes were set in the dark and the whole area was bathing in the light of the moon…We were amazed at this beauty….It’s true…. we were not able to see any big cats or bear, but we have enjoyed every moment of being in the forest…….. After an hour or so, we decided to return. We drove for few minutes and slowed down because the forest here was looking dangerous……..with the rugged stony roads and branches of the trees covering this area. As we pulled down the glasses of our car to remove the branches…...we got a very foul smell…….. a stinking smell…….as if some rotten flesh was around us. Quickly we pulled our hands back and pulled up the window glasses. While going inside we crossed this place and moved the branches of the trees too……but we didn’t smell anything. But while returning we got it………….We did not wait we moved on but v.v.slowly and with the head lights off(as we have heard animals like bear, leopard have very foul smell)…… all of us were holding on to our breath……with prying eyes fixed on the road ahead us and the bushes around us…… At the same time we could hear our heart pounding out of excitement or fear ……. It was a mixed feeling…..I can’t explain it in words…..It’s a different one……. But I got scared at the thought of bear……..as they are huge in size………. The size of our car won’t bother it much……… furthermore our car was not so strong enough to withstand a bear attack… but I didn’t speak about this to anybody at that moment…..we continued to move on ……. those few moments were breath taking ….. but it’s a life time hair raising experience.
When we came to a clear area….that smell was gone….and road was better….we speeded up slightly……..u can say instead of crawling our car was walking by then. Then we returned back to our rest house and straight away to the dinning hall. It was 10p.m. by then….inside the forest we lost the track of time. When we shared our experiences with our cooks and the other workers there…..they said……..there were surely some wild animals………it was not a leopard or a panther (as they have not seen one since decades) …………. but definitely it might have been a hyena or a bear.
I was confused…as to …….I’ll say…….. I’m lucky or ……I’m unlucky. May b both; lucky- I didn’t have any encounters……….unlucky – I did not get a glimpse of these beasts.
Anyway, we had our dinner and decided to go out again………This time on different route ……….. the route we knew…….the road uphill just above our rest houses. So again we started to move……..We traveled a greater distance compared to what we have traveled the other day………waited for minutes………and finally returned back……..but did not see anything.
As we came down at about 12.30 in the night we found many people have gathered near our cottage with torches in their hand. When we approached them, they came running to us and asked whether we were alright or not…….seeing that we were fine they told that they got news that a car was stuck deep inside the forest and they want help v.badly. As we went deep inside the forest they thought it was us………… But seeing us safe they became more thoughtful as by now they guessed it was the sumo with the big family…….So they moved on in a huge group on bikes.
On returning back to our cottage …..I felt sick because of the roller coaster drive just after dinner, as a consequence, I decided to go off to sleep……..and let the boys carry on with their adventure. They waited for me until and unless I felt fine. Taking my assurance……that I was feeling better…….. they went for another drive in that route where we got the foul smell. The generator was switched on as I was left alone in my room. I was feeling safe as there was another family (husband and wife) with me in Bhavan no.47. They came with a white Indigo probably. Besides, I knew there were people around in the forest that night( since a car was stuck somewhere inside the forest) so I was less worried about my husband and his friends.
After an hour or so my husband returned with his friends (Thank God they returned safe) ……. This time they did not get any foul smell or did not experience anything……..and they also gave me the news that the sumo is repaired and the people were safe………Thanks to those villagers.....who helped them out.
Finally the big day came to an end…..and with heavy hearts (as the next day we had to return back to the “concrete forest”) we pulled our blankets (The nights are cold) and went off to sleep.
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#34 Dec 13th, 2011, 21:42
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Tat's a good saying that I might hv surprised the animals........ well I did not think the road to be so dangerous............ As I was seeing cattle everywhere...I did not think of such roads ......It just happened....I just walked into such roads....we were not prepared of such terrible situations..we were so casual that we were wearing our slippers......... Yes now I think .....It might hv been dangerous.... and we should be very careful in the forest.....
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As usual I woke up early, but today I was careful….I waited for the workers to come and give food to the deer and nilgau………at around 7 I saw the workers coming. When they gave the food and went away…..one by one deer started to come in for the food….. I watched them from a distance. This last day of any holiday makes me sad like anything ……… But we have to return……. I slowly walked towards the dinning hall…had two cups of tea…… actually I was talking to the caretaker about how they rescued the people of the sumo…….. According to them the sumo was overloaded and the jeep was so poorly maintained that the wheel of the jeep came out and it got stuck inside the forest…….. As the caretaker was with them…….somehow he could contact the people back at the rest house……these workers together with other villagers (about 20 people) made a large group and with bikes they went to help them …………by hook or by crook they managed to put them into one leaving behind some male members and of course their huge belongings …….. they were brought back. By morning they had left the forest.
I was happy that they were safe……but they should have been careful….after all the forest is not a picnic spot………
I slowly walked back to my cottage…….where I found my husband was awake……. He was cleaning our car….the other two was still asleep. After an hour or so both woke up……….by then we two were set to start our return journey. Within ½ an hr, they got ready…………thus it was time for us to bid Goodbye to Hazaribagh.
Before leaving, the last thing, I saw was a huge snake………as I was coming down the stairs of my cottage…..I heard the cooks, workers and the caretaker (who came to say goodbye to us as well tke their tips) shouted..”saap”…….”saap”……..wh en I looked down I saw a big snake crawled quickly just below the steps into a nereby bush….perhaps it also came to wish us goodbye.
With all these memories….good, bad wat ever memories I gathered in these 2 days……… for me was a life - time experience……….. as this was my first visit to a forest…..So we drove slowly out of the forest…….we clicked a few more pics……. before coming out of the gate. After few minutes of driving we were able to see the highway……we came out of the gate…..turned left……..and continued with our journey…… It was a single route………but the road was excellent….. (Remember to fill the fuel tanks as it's not easy to find the fuel pumps easily)
The local vehicles on road…. carried people like cattle……though it’s a jeep but had 2-3 tier system……….really the saying in Bengali “manush obhaser daas” meaning we are the slaves of our habits……..is true by all means…………..we – the human beings can adjust to our situation and surroundings v. easily…………I’m proud to b a human being …… .
We drove for about an hour (with halts in between for tea) and reached the crossing. From this point if u take the route to the right or move forward and then tke a right turn…….u’ll reach ranchi. But we took a left turn which is a small bypass after few minutes of drive we were connected to the highway………….. the road was awesome and we were speechless. As usual our esteem was v. happy and it speeded up on the highway until and unless it was blocked by a huge battalion of “ship of the desert”………..It was an odd place to find them……specially on the highway…….but there was an huge group walking on the highway…They are of different sizes – big, large, extra large, small, extra small etc……..… The usual occupant (the heavy vehicles) of the highway had to wait and make way for these foreigners. We did not miss out our chance…..We stopped at the side of the road to click some pictures………They were not bothered by us at all….with their head held up high, they walked passed us at their own pace. We waited for few minutes more until and unless they felt sympathy for us and took the toil to move aside and give us the way to go.
We continued to move on.... and if we were not forced to stop by the sugarcane juice stalls at the side the highway we would have continued at our usual pace.....but we were compelled to stop. We cannot call them stalls; these were supported by 4 bamboos at the four corners and two or three in the middle to make the support strong ......with a roof of some dry leaves. My friend actively participated in the extraction of the sugarcane juice…..this was really fun. When we were enjoying the juice………I heard a loud music or rather noise….I need to mention about the generosity of the dwellers of this area………they love to share everything , they don’t love doing things alone……….even if they listen to music they’ll love to share it……… no matter u like it or not…..This noise was coming from a small jeep with two huge loudspeaker on the top………..so that the people of the surrounding can also enjoy the music(for him) or rather noise(for us), which he was enjoying….lovely idea.
The ATM’s are also a terrible thing to look out for…If u need money, forget about it……..either there is no ATM or even if u find one u’ll b scared by the queue in front of it .
After a couple of hours or so we stopped for lunch at the same place where we had our lunch while we were going to hazaribagh……We finished our lunch quickly because we have a long way to go and within few hours it'll be dark.......again we were on the highway …..heading to our house……..this time we were unlucky………first we got stuck up at panagarh for 1hour then we were moving slowly on the highway as it was full of heavy vehicles…and these had no intentions to give way to the small vehicles…….moreover there were trailers on the highway which could not decide …..which way to take …..they gave us the signal to overtake them from the right…as we were trying to do so……….suddenly it came to the right….pushing us towards the dividers….so we preferred to move slowly and left the lanes for them to play around…….somehow we reached dankuni at about 9.30p.m … here we got stuck for more than a hour because of the huge queue at the toll gates. Following all these we reached our...... home sweet home at 2a.m………zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzz
…………… tat’s the end of our trip ……………………………..
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Some more pictures...............
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Hi mmonami,

From the starting I am following your travel report, now I could not resist myself to make some comments on your travel report.

First of all its a very nice description and in such manner that it seems like, myself I am travelling.I went Hazaribagh a long back, but after reading your report I can say that I have just travelled to Hazaribagh.

Pictures are very much attractive.Enjoyed a lot.Thanks for presenting such a beautiful trip report.
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Thankyou, Soumiksett.I'm glad u liked it......and I could tke u bk to Hazaribagh once more......Thanks a lot.......
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I read your report from the start to the end at one go and found it very interesting. It must be an altogether different thing to go inside a jungle at anytime. For almost all other safaris, there is a time restriction. Excellent report!
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Picture of the vehicle with the loudspeaker............I managed to get a shot............2 pics of the road........and the maithon dam - which we crossed before entering asansol
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Cool write-up, as usual! Nice trip report of a relatively unexplored place.
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yes...I agree with you, adventure in the jungle is different ......... and thankyou... ..I'm happy u liked it....
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Happy that you shared the TR!
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Thnks.........but I would like add somethng: The bullet which we saw on the first day of our journey....crossed us at a speed of 125km/hr - as corrected by my husband
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@mmonami - As a Hazaribagh native who has had to move to greener (economic) pastures long time back, your posts make me feel very nostalgic. Many thanks for the details of the town, areas around and the forest... feels like I was there myself just yesterday. Jharkhand has a huge potential for tourism, but the state govt. and the maoists have done an excellent job at destroying it all.
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