So, the itch had began to hit the roads again. Nothing as such as a long one, but a day's trip would just be fine for now and Arunabh was quick enough to suggest a few routes around Ranchi.
What is funny is that Arunabh was back from a really long drive just a day before in his new City (over 6000 Kms), but for a true petrol head that he is, to ride, he was as enthusiastic as ever. In fact, the plan was finalized over e-mails when he was already driving extensively through the Indian coasts. Hats off!!
So, the plan was to ride to Hirni Falls on Sunday, about 80 kms from Ranchi. His good friend, Swapnil would also be joining us. This makes us 3 riding an RE Classic 500 (Arunabh), Yamaha Fazer (Swapnil) and Honda CBF 125 (me). However, this was only the plan, confirmed by all 3 of us on the morning a day before.
Come Sunday morning 0600 AM and to start with, my bike’s rear tire had lost about 12 PSI of air pressure. Pulled out the compressor from my car and refilled air and made sure that there was no puncture. Next, Arunabh could not find his bike's insurance papers. Thankfully, he called after a few minutes with the good news and that he was ready to start. Apparently, after his grand tour of North Sikkim, he had placed all papers in a file & since soon, he had to go for another drive in his car, he forgot about it conveniently…bade aaram se! (If I am sounding like Saif Ali Khan, let’s quickly move forward with the story)
We had planned to meet at a common point, near a fuel bunk, where my frugal Honda and his guzzler Classic 500 were to be fueled up. Arunabh & I reached the spot almost exactly at the same time. However, the drama was not over yet.
Swapnil had overslept, ignoring & snoozing his alarms. And his phone was not reachable. Hence, we had no option but to move on without him. We soon hit the state highway. For disciplined riding, it is better not to be overtaking each other when riding together. Hence, with an eye contact, I was given a go ahead by Arunabh and I was leading. Made sure every few minutes in the rear view mirror that he is following. We did stop for taking pictures at a few places.
Now, after riding for about 40-45 kms together, just turned my eyes to the rear view mirror and Arunabh was not to be seen. Stopped my bike at a safe place and then I could see him approaching. He gave me the news that Swapnil is now out of his trance and had called up to check if we have really left without him! We called him back and told him to come to another popular tourist spot, Panchghagh, which was another 7-8 kms from where we were. We decided to wait until he shows up there and then we all move ahead together.
Panchghagh, where we waited, is another very popular tourist destination for people in this region. About 52 Kms from Ranchi, it’s a nice, safe waterfall and hence a good destination for families with children to spend their Sundays. We utilized this time to munch some snacks and indulging over a discussion of Arunabh’s fascinating tour of Sikkim. As a mark of this feat, he still has the prayer flags tied on his bike which he got from Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok!
Swapnil made it in good time, he could have made it even quicker but we had asked him to take it easy since his bike is still running-in. Swapnil got his license to drive not much long ago, but after this trip, I can say that for someone as young as 19, he is a very matured and restraint rider.
So, after those customary handshakes & pats, we started our journey to Hirni falls, about 30 Kms from where we were. The road ahead has a lot of swooping corners and at times very narrow. The valley is covered with thick forests and we could occasionally see children and old women sitting on the road shoulders selling fresh unripened mangoes brought from forest trees. Sorry, no photographs of the valley roads as we felt that stopping on such narrow roads, which were mostly blind corners, would be unsafe. So, after clocking 78 kms on the odo, we reached our destination.
Hirni falls is a beautiful 121 ft. high waterfall covered with thick forests all around. However, not something unexpected, there was no water in the fall since it is peak summer. Though some water was there, but none falling through the rocks. But then we never expected it, so we were not disappointed. After spending some time, munching some chips and snacks and posing for a few photographs, we started our return journey.
Stopped at Tajna Dhaba, some 50 kms from Hirni Falls (near River Tajna) and had a stomach full of delicious lunch. Just before reaching Ranchi city, we stopped, congratulated each other for the safe, nice & a very enjoyable ride and then dispersed. A Sunday well spent and nice memories to cherish for a long time to come.
PS: Some Pictures of Hirni falls have been added from previous trips as there was no water in the fall this time due to peak summers. This has been done to give a picture of the actual beauty of the place.
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