“ Chikhaldara – A sleepy hamlet of Maharashtra “

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The church
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jungles beside the road
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kalapani lake
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the reluctant bull
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view from bhimkund
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the bhimnala
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the jungle of bhimkund
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the gavilgad fort
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The flowers inside fort
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the gate of gavilgad fort
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the remaining inside gavilgad fort
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sakkar talao
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sakkar talao
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sajid & mr. Ganesh pandey in front of hotel utkarsh
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coffee fruit
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the jungles of mtr from panchabol point
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at panchabol point
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jungles around panchabol point
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At hurricane point
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we at forest garden
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preying mantis
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flowers at forest garden
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forest garden
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sunset at mozari point
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sunset at mozari point
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Beautiful photos Shubhajit.now waiting for the next part of your write up
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waiting. plz continue
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We woke up at 5.30 am. in the morning. Around 6 am. we started our morning walk. Today our plan was to visit Mozari point to see the morning’s beauty of that point. Yesterday Sajid warned us not to go there without proper daylight. So we decided to take our morning tea first. We went to Apna Tea Stall to have some tea but found that they are yet to start their daily business. So then we went to Tiwari’s Tea stall where we chatted with Sajid last evening. There we found a strange food called “Usaad” made of Sagoo and some other boiled vegetable. I tasted a plate @Rs.20 but it seems almost no taste. Later I found that it is a special preparation for those who do Navaratri. Then we started walking to Mozari Point. Mozari Point is almost 1.5 km. from town center. Just when we crossed our hotel & started leaving the town center we found a street dog is following us. Actually my mother was feeding him with biscuits. After some time when we look back strangely that dog was still with us. The biscuits were ended definitely by that time. Generally street dogs are restricted to their own area but here already the dog came a long path. Also we found no other dogs in the road which was very unusual. So we automatically named the dog with the most common Bengali name for any street dog that is”Lalu”. So we treated Lalu as our co-traveler and care him a little bit. Then he started walking just ahead of us as he is leading us. The road was beautiful & full of ups & down. Both sides of the road is totally jungle. Forest department made some fences to separate the jungle from road but the fences are so low that any animal can pass it. There are many unknown flowers were there. The air was cool but due to hilly road we took several small breaks in our walk as even after some time we found that our Lalu was also tired & taking deep breaths. At last we reached Mozari Point around 7.15 am. We then realized that this place is not only famous for its Sunset but has its morning beauty also. We took many snaps there. We found the village Named Mozari deep in the valley from where this point gets its name. Then we sat there just to take rest as we have to go back by the same way. Already our Lalu fell asleep due to long journey. After taking almost 20 mins rest we our return journey. Just when we took the first turn leaving Mozari point we heard a strange sound from the surrounding jungle as any animal is shouting. Our Lalu who was just a little ahead of us came back instantly and started barking. But we were clueless about the sound as we found no one to ask. Rest of our walking was uneventful. I spotted a strange web of Spider beside the road that probably lives in the hole of ground and make web around the hole. When any insect come in contact with the web & attached with it the clever spider just come out of the hole to get it food. I read about this type of spider in my Zoology (Hons.) at my graduation level long ago but never seen any of them. I will post the picture of the web. If any IMers know the name of the spider please tell me as I forget the name. Later I found that this spider is full in MTR. Around 8.20 we came back to town center & went straight to Apna Tea Stall to have some tea. I bought some biscuits for Lalu & started feeding him. In the meantime my father told the shop owner about Lalu who gave company to us. Everyone inside the shop exclaimed hearing that. We found it strange as a dog is following someone is quite normal. Then the shop owner explained the matter. Here in Chikhaldara no street dog ever dares to leave the town center as the outside jungle is full of bear & leopard who love to have them as food. So there is no territory for any dog here, everyone is everyone’s friend. He also told that many people who live outside the town center carry bamboo stick to avoid bear. We saw those sticks earlier but were thinking that it might help in walking in the hilly road. We then went to our hotel & became ready for our Jungle trip.

Sajid came at 9 am. but we started at 9.30 am. As we were already late to be ready so we decided to do our breakfast on the go. We packed some Badas with Chatni for each of us and started our journey. We took the same road which we took yesterday to go to Panchabol point. We reached Mariampur, the last village of this side then took the right side road. After 5 mins. we reached the check post or entry gate of Gugamal National Park, the main part of Melghat Tiger Reserve. Here you have to pay Rs.100 for any tourist car & Rs.30 per visitor except the driver. But here we found that Sajid is the friend of that particular forest guard who was there at that time. He told us that the main safari which starts from Semadoh is closed & will open from November. He then encouraged us that if we drive through the road to Kolkaz through Semadoh we will feel the real Jungle experience as the total road is inside MTR. He also told that generally there are points throughout this journey where seeing of Baison & other animals are normal at summer time as then animals come out from the Jungle for searching of water. However now just after Rainy season it is difficult to see anyone. He told us that if we are true jungle lovers then the natural beauty will definitely charm us. He also didn’t take the entry free as a gesture of his friendship with Sajid. We then started our Journey & took a small diversion from main road. We reached to a spring deep inside the jungle. Sajid told us the spring turns into a waterfall at monsoon times. We took some snaps & returned to the main road. Sajid told us that the upcoming road will be descending till Semadoh as Semadoh is at plains. He also informed that here in Chikhaldara we were enjoying a cool weather but when we will reach Semadoh it will be very hot. Already we were deep in the jungle. There was no other car or anyone. We were going at a very slow pace. The surrounding jungle is really thick. It is so thick that it is hard to see anything even in a small distance. Some parts of the jungle were look like as it is afternoon or dusk as sunlight penetration is almost none. We crossed several turns & points but could not see any big animal. We managed to see many birds specially a Hawk with a prey in its mouth with help from Sajid, but I couldn’t capture it through lens as it flew within a second. But we didn’t disappoint as the beauty of the Jungle was just magnificent & at the crossing of each turn it seems that something will definitely happen. At last we reached the plains where we see River Sipna, the lifeline of MTR. We stopped in the middle of the bridge cum Causeway. The place was picture perfect. We spent there sometime & then started again. Soon we reached Semadoh. The gate of the Forest department office area was closed as expected. So we move further. Sajid told that here in Semadoh there are some FRHs to stay which can be booked by Forest department office or through website. But he told that if anyone wants to stay in FRH then it is better to stay in Kolkaz which is deep inside the Jungle & higher than Semadoh where Semadoh is in plains & it is a big village just beside the Nagpur-Indore Highway. Soon our forest road ended & we came onto the Nagpur –Indore Highway. We took it & move to Indore side. After couple of mins. we understood from Sajid that this parts of the highway cuts through MTR so this part remain closed from 6 pm. to 6 am. So any vehicle who has to pass it will has to keep the timings in mind. We saw many Maharashtra State Transport express bus were going through the road. We were thinking about what will be the experience if any one catches these buses. There were many signboards from Forest department warning about the drivers about the wild animals crossing zones. After 20 mins. from Semadoh we took a small road at left side to Kolkaz. Already we left the plain land. The road leads us really deep in the jungle by crossing a small nullah. Almost after 10 mins, from Highway we reached the lower Kolkaz FRH. Here are some nice FRHs are built by Forest department. A canteen is also there to serve all kind of food. We took some snap & move to Upper Kolkaz. The upper Kolkaz is much higher than Lower Kolkaz. Here there is a FRH which was built within 48 hrs. for the visit of our Late PM Indira Gandhi. This is the most beautiful spot in whole MTR. It is situated just beside River Sipna. Here the river takes a U turn. The bungalow situated much higher from the river bed. There were concrete benches in front of the FRHs. The scenery is such that anybody if sits here with time in hand will definitely see some wild animal without doing any safari. It is a place which can’t be describe, one has to come to feel it. We then move to Lower Kolkaz & had some tea in the canteen. Then we started our last destination called Jaharkund or Pancha dhara. We came back to Semadoh & crossed the village towards Nagpur through Highway. Almost after 15 mins. from Semadoh our car stopped. We get down from car but found nothing interesting. Our left side was Green Mountain & right side looks like a field. Sajid told with a smile that we have to go to the right side up to a small river & then have to walk towards right side through river bed to see the spot. We move accordingly & reached the river. The river is beautiful small hilly stream. We took its rocky bed & walked towards right side. Then suddenly we discovered that we were in a spot where you can shoot any Bollywood River dance sequence. Here this stream divides itself into five small parts & jumped into another river. We took several pictures here to catch the beauty of the place. Then we started our return journey. We came back to Semadoh & took the forest road to Chikhaldara. Again the journey was so beautiful that I can’t describe it. IMers friends please come and enjoy this natural beauty. We reached Chikhaldara at 3.00 PM. We went straight to the Market where The Prasad of Navaratri was being distributed. We sat there and our Mr. Pandey gave us the Prasad which was eventually more than the lunch. We returned to our Hotel & took some rest.

We again came out from Hotel at 5.15 pm. This was the last day at Chikhaldara so we decided to go to Devi point again as it was already our favorite point. We move to the market area & went straight to the Velpuri walla to taste his Velpuri. He was very pleased to see us again. We tasted the food & said good bye to him. He felt sorrow & told us to come again. Then we meet Sajid again who was talking to his friend. Sajid asked about our next day plan. I suddenly asked him about Muktagiri. Muktagiri is a Jain Tirth. I read about this somewhere in net. Sajid told that though Muktagiri is in Madhya Pradesh but it can be reach from here easily. If we start early from here the next day then it can easily be covered. We asked him what will be the charge if he drop us to Badnera station after covering Muktagiri. He told Rs.2500 but agreed at Rs.2000. We grab it readily as we knew it was a great deal. Then we move to Devi point. On the way meet several local people & interact with them, even we visit a boarding school also. We came to know many things about Chikhaldara & its people. They also told about the many incidents about Bear coming to Locality. At evening Mr. Pandey gave us a Tea Party in his friend’s Stall that is Tiwari Tea Stall. He then show some of his pictures taken at rainy season in Chikhaldara. Then we understood why Rainy Season is the pick season in here. Believe me friends, at Rainy Season Chikhaldara is just like Shillong. We also thought to come back here to enjoy it. Then we came back to hotel but sat in front of it to enjoy the evening. Mr. Pandey was also with us. We chatted till 8.00 pm. Then we ordered dinner & came back to room. We packed our luggage. Dinner came at 10.00 pm. We then went to bed with a feeling that our return journey will much more excite full than our coming.
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Please post photos.
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Hi Friends! Sorry to give the next part so late. Actually I went to a bus-adventure trip to Kinnaur to know that place in Winter inspired by Vaibhav Arora's TR. Today I will finish the remaining part of our journey.
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21-10-2015

We woke up at 5.30 in the morning. It was our last morning at Chikhaldara. So we decided to walk through the few by lanes of the town. So we at first came to Apna Tea Stall to have our morning tea. After that we started to explore the back side area of our Hotel. Our very own Lalu was also with us like yesterday. We saw that Just beside the Masjid there was a temple. After that some houses & one govt. office. Then a deep valley full with Jungle. We also saw 3 schools including Girls’ school & one Madrasa. It’s automatically prove how good the literacy rate here. Around 7.30 we came back to Apna Tea stall to have our breakfast. We also packed some snacks for our return journey. Then we came back to hotel to prepare ourselves for the return journey.

Sajid came at 9.30 am. We started our journey. Sajid declared that he will show us some view point which we missed when we came here. He stopped at a point where the road took some serpentine turns all of them can be seen from that place. What a View!. Then we again started our journey & gave some small breaks for taking pictures. Sajid shows some points of the road where he saw bears several times. When we reached the plains the orange orchards started both sides of the road. This time Sajid stopped at an orchard. We entered inside the garden & took some snaps with the oranges. Then we again started our journey. We reached Paratwada & took the left turn to the road leading to Betul. After 15 mins. we took a narrow road at left . The strange thing is that now we entered in MP whereas the main road which we left was in Maharastra. From this point Muktagiri was 7 km. The both sides of the road mostly empty land. This road closes every day at 5 pm. Now we were again moving towards the mountains. At last we reach at the base of Muktagiri. We parked outside of the complex. Here we left all our leather made things like moneybag, belt, shoes & foods inside the car, Sajid told my parents not to climb up to Muktagiri as there were 350 steep steps which one has to climb in barefoot. At the entrance the security told the same things again to my parents. Father told he would go to the base to see the temples from there. We entered inside the premises. Many Jain dharmasalas & restaurants are there. We move ahead & came to the office where we paid Rs. 20 per persons. We then walked ahead with only water bottles with us. The scenery was awesome.

We reached the base of the temples after 5 mins walk. It was a beautiful place. A spring which turns into a waterfall in rainy seasons was coming down from the midst of the temples which were look like as hanging from the hills. We started our climbing through the steep steps. We previously climbed to the top of Sonegir or Sonagiri, another Jain Tirth in Madhya Pradesh. But there the steps were very wide & separated into many parts. But here in Muktagiri the steps were so narrow that two healthy persons can’t go together. Moreover the steps were continuous, only a few stone made benches were there. We felt very tired after climbing almost 80 steps as the scorching Sun was taking the test of two bare footed animals. We sat one of the stone made bench & took some rest. Then we got shocked. We saw my parents came to that point with smiling faces. My father told me that after seeing those beautiful temples from down they couldn’t resist themselves to see those from front. We got new energy from this incident & started climbing again. After 1 hour we reached at the top. Our parents joined with us soon. We started to see the temples. The temples were awesome. I can’t describe their beauty. We saw the waterfall. It was fantastic. But we couldn’t go near the fall as the road was closed by Temple authority due to some landslide incidents happened previously. There were many bee-hives hanging from the hill near the waterfall. Another signboard informed us that due to these hives no candle or Agarbati is allowed here. We saw all the temples except one which was at the hill top & road was closed due to landslide. We met a group of pilgrims from Indore who were surprised to know that we came from Chikhaldara as they never heard of that. I briefly told them about Chikhakdara. They told that they may do a day trip to the place tomorrow. We then descended to the base. When we reached the gate all people there surprised to know that my parents also reached to the top.

We then started our journey to Badnera. On the way Sajid stopped the car at a vegetarian restaurant at Paratwada whose name I forgot. There we all eat Dhosa as lunch. The dhosas were delicious. We reached Badnera Jn. station at 3.30 pm. we bid goodbye to Sajid. Our train came 5 mins. late. Soon the train took speed & when we reached Nagpur it was running before time as usual. We saw some spectacular firecrackers works from the train as the day was Dushera. We took dinner from train’s pantry & went to sleep.

22-10-2015:

The next day we woke at Rourkela. Then the rest of the time we enjoy the natural beauty of Odisha & Jharkhand. The train was running again before time. We reached Santragachi 10 mins. before scheduled time but reached Howrah 15 mins late. We took the direct bus to our home. Thus ended our happy journey to the sleepy hamlet – “CHIKHALDARA”
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Great report
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Thanks for sharing.

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