A rendezvous with Narmada: Dhuandhar Fall at Jabalpur

March 04, 2015 By:

In one of my travels, a few years before, I had a chance encounter with an interesting old man, who advised me not to visit good places anymore. He was of the view that those good places cast a spell on the tourists. Visitors get attracted to them. The attachment so generated does not augur well. As bound by the spell the visitors lose all their peace and balance when they return back to their respective homes. The power of the spell will then force them to keep returning to the good places more often till it becomes a habit. The men turn to become traveloholic. But, then, some advises are not to be taken seriously. On the other hand, I really wanted to turn traveloholic, at least for some years of my life. And, nobody was to question me to get attracted to different attributes of any city. What’s wrong with such attraction? In fact, the more I mature on my travels, the more I love those natural beauties that get unfolded before my eyes. In fact, I did not give any importance to the advice of the old man at all.
Some years later, in 2014, the destiny had brought me to Jabalpur, situated on the banks of Narmada. On the first day of my arrival, I had gone to the Gwari Ghat in the evening and got enchanted under the spell cast by the Goddess, where she stood in her spiritual form. Then, I had also gone to the Bargi Dam, where, she was adventurous but calm and peaceful. In the normal sense, there was no reason to go near her anymore. After all, the river is a river only, a form of the waterbody. But, what a man under a strong spell can do? And, so, I could not say no to a visit to Dhuandhar Falls, when the Goddess Narmada beckoned to me to spend an afternoon with her again.

The cemented road towards Dhuandhar Fall

The cemented road towards Dhuandhar Fall


Maharashtra Yatra: Aurangabad- Panchakki and Bibi ka Maqbara

February 28, 2015 By:

In the last post we visited Daulatabad Fort. After that we took one shared taxi for Aurangabad. Today was our last day of this mega tour. At midnight we have to catch a train from Manmad for Ambala. To reach Manmad, there was an express train from Aurangabad at 20:30, so we have enough time to roam in Aurangabad to visit its famous places like Bibi ka Maqbara and Panchakki. At Aurangabad bus stand all other passengers of shared taxi get down. We ask the driver to take us to Panchakki and Bibi ka Maqbara. He agreed on for some extra bucks (Rs.150) and one condition that after Panchakki he will drop us at Bibi ka Maqbara. He was not ready to wait for one hour at Bibi ka Maqbara; which is at least required to visit the monument. We have to look for another option to reach railway station.

Aurangabad City

Aurangabad City


हिंदुस्तान का नाज़, यक़ीनन ताज….

February 27, 2015 By:

ताज महल नहीं देखा, क्या मजाक कर रहे हो, जन्म से दिल्लीवासी हो फिर भी ताज नहीं देखा। दिल्ली से आगरा केवल 231 किमी ही तो है और बस, ट्रैन या फिर हवाई जहाज (जिससे जाने की तुम्हारी हैसियत फ़िलहाल है नहीं) जैसे भरपूर साधन उपलब्ध होने के बावजूद तुमने ताज नहीं देखा. अरे भाई अब तो यमुना एक्सप्रेस वे से दिल्ली-आगरा की दूरी भी घंटो में तय हो जाती है यही कोई तीन साढ़े तीन घंटे लगते है और तुमने कभी अपनी कार से जाने का भी प्रयत्न नहीं किया, कमाल है. एक बार देखो तो उस हसीं ईमारत को जिसे लगभग बीस हजार मजदूरो ने दिन रात काम करने के बाद तैयार किया था और तुम्हे पता है इसके निर्माण में लगाई गई सामग्री संगमरमर पत्थर राजस्थान के मकराणा से, अन्य कई प्रकार के कीमती पत्थर एवं रत्न बगदाद, अफगानिस्तान, तिब्बत, इजिप्त, रूस, ईरान आदि कई देशों से इकट्‍ठा कर उन्हें भारी कीमतों पर खरीद कर ताजमहल का निर्माण करवाया गया. और भाईसाहब कहते है की ताज नहीं देखा। अरे बाबा ताज केवल एक दूधिया ईमारत ही नहीं है बल्कि शाहजहाँ और मुमताज महल के प्रेम की एक अमिट निशानी है जिसे लोग जब देखते है तो देखने की इन्तहा हो जाती है लेकिन मन नहीं भरता।

ऐसे ही प्रश्नो के चक्रव्यूह में मैं स्वयं को अक्सर फंसा हुआ पाता था जब सामने उपस्थित विपक्षी दल को यह पता चलता था की मैंने कभी इंटरनेट के अलावा ताज नहीं देखा। वैसे एक दो बार मैंने अपने मित्रो से सप्ताहांत में ताज देखने के लिए कहा तो अवश्य था किन्तु अब वो सब मेरी तरह आजाद पंछी तो रहे नहीं थे और उनके गले में स्वेच्छा से घंटी (शादी) बंधी जा चुकी थी जिनमे से अब एक-आध घुंघरू (बच्चे) भी बजने लगे थे. बेचारे चक्की के दो पाटन (माता-पिता और सास-ससुर) के बीच ही पिसे जाते है, अब उनके लिए शनिवार और इतवार की दफ्तर से छुट्टी का मतलब घर की नौकरी ही रह गया है जहाँ से छुट्टी मिलना असंभव है….

खैर, कोई बात नहीं अपने घर में जब पता लगा की पड़ोस वाली आंटी एक बार ताज देखने के बाद फिर से ताज देखने जा रही है तो मेरी माताजी को भी अहसास हुआ की क्यों न एक बार हम भी देख आये उस दूधिया ईमारत को जिसे लोगो ने सात अजूबो की श्रेणी में शामिल कर रखा है. ऐसे ही बातो ही बातो में आगरा प्रस्थान की योजना बना ली गयी और नियत दिन व् तय समय पर हम तीन लोग में स्वयं, माताश्री और बहनाश्री अपनी विश्वसनीय वैगनर पर सवार हो कर दिल्ली की सड़को से निकलते हुए सीधे पहुँच गए यमुना एक्सप्रेस वे जहाँ साफ़, खुली और चौड़ी सड़क आपको सीधे आगरा में ले जाकर छोड़ देती है. मौसम की नजर से यह महीना पर्यटन हेतु काफी अच्छा प्रतीत हो रहा था, घरो में छिपे-दुबके लोग अब अपनी रजाइयों से बाहर झाँकने लगे थे और अधिकांशतः घरो की छतों पर सूखते रंग बिरंगे स्वेटर खेतो में खिले हुए फूलो से कम नहीं लगते। मतलब साफ़ है की दिल्ली की गुलाबी धुप अब विदा लेने के लिए आतुर है और अब हमे शीघ्र ही ग्रीष्म ऋतू का स्वागत करने के लिए तैयार होना पड़ेगा।

Delhi – Mussorie – Delhi | Highway Men rides 800 KMs on 100 CC Bike

February 23, 2015 By:

On a 15th August 2014 a tardy moments in the Jamia Hamdard Hostel (My friend Arif is a Student of it) and gossiping what to do on such a long weekend??? How to spend???? Ect etc….for more than an hour with no objective. Since it was Friday we have left an hour time to offer the Namaz, We came with a plan Lets go for a long drive to Mussorie, as I am always high on travelling through bike without thinking out we started and Plan to move out of Delhi post offering the Namaz. Thus how our trip started with Six Frendzz (Arshi | Arif | Nadeem | Salam | Azfar and Hammad) and Three bikes (Two were CB Twister and one is Stunner) rolled on the road to UK.

Ghumakkars at Dehradun

Ghumakkars at Dehradun

A beautiful sunset at Bargi Dam (Jabalpur)

February 21, 2015 By:

“कोई सोने के दिलवाला, कोई चाँदी के दिलवाला
शीशे का है मतवाले तेरा दिल
महफ़िल ये नहीं तेरी, दीवाने कही चल….”

The last three words above, taken from the great song written by Mazrooh Sultanpuri, always ring a bell in the ears of all of the travellers around the world. Those three words have the ingredients of the drive that always motivate a traveller into taking the first step towards his journey. It happens with all of us. After days of hectic parleys into the so-called work-life, one fine day we decide to pack our bags, don our boots and depart in search of happiness in the folds of the horizon that opens up before our eyes. On many occasions, when that bug of travelling caught me, I started off with my family. But, at times, when the feet started itching with the overwhelming tune of “दीवाने कही चल….”, I had also found myself alone.

I was staying at the Jabalpur Sports Club. It was a newly constructed mid-range hotel owned by a construction baron. The Bargi Dam was approximately 30 kilometers from there. I had been informed by my Indore friend about the mesmerizing view of sunset at the dam. I had also read about the possibility of hot air balloon rides there. So, with the idea of spending another evening of adventure and of romance with the nature at the lap of River Narmada, I proceeded towards Bargi Dam.

For a few kilometers, we were on the Jabalpur-Mandla highway towards Mandla. Then, branched off to our right and proceeded on the Rani Durgawati Samadhi road. Crossed the Samadhi at Narai Nala and proceeded straight on the Bargi Dam road. It was a single pucca road curving through the plateau interspersed with the vegetation. We were greeted by vast openness and the views of herdsmen collecting their cattle for the journey back home welcomed us.

The Bargi Dam Road

The Bargi Dam Road