One of the added charms to visit a National park lays in a fact that, one get chance to stay close to virgin nature, to sleep in complete serenity, to count the countless stars in clear sky and unique surroundings to feel the absolute silence. Yes the silence, which may get disturb by some roaring voice of wilderness, but definitely not by the sound of annoying family drama of a daily soap. I really wonder that is it possible to feel this complete calmness in our life? Forget the television, switch off the mobile phone, still the air conditioner or the refrigerator may try to remind its presence. This is what I always cherish whenever I get chance to stay close to forest. Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve has three entry points; one is through Mukki gate, another one is recently opened gate Serai and the third is Kisli gate which is best accessed from Jabalpur and stops at the village Khatia, inside the buffer area.
During my visit to “Kanha National Park” (Madhya Pradesh, India), I got chance to stay in “Vanya Resort” which is in village Khatia and situated at a walking distance from the entrance of National Park.
Nestled in the midst of greenery this resort offers a wonderful experience to rejuvenate yourself by all means.
Courteous staff and very helpful management were ready to offer any possible help to make my stay more pleasurable. The rooms were spacious and clean. They have nicely maintained dining area and well equipped kitchen. What I liked specially was their finger-licking food.
The manager himself was a nature enthusiast and wild life lover. He gave me good information about surrounding area specially the tribal community that lives in the nearby village. Most of these tribes are very poor. They are mainly depends on small agriculture related works. I met with the local police officers, who were known to the reporter of my news channel, and was surprised with their complain, that was the in-availability of milk in surrounding area. Most of them are compelled to have lemon tea. Usually in Indian villages we assume that they always have fresh vegetables and milk due to their livestock, but this tribal area is so poor that such a basic need is considered as luxury. There are few dhabas precisely 3 or 4 near the main entrance of park that too are very basic. So its a good ides to stick to your hotel at-least for dinner.
I have pleasant memories of this resort and would love to visit again.
After Kanha, I attended the marriage and also visited some other places in Jabalpur. After attending marriage function on 14th Feb night I came back early to the hotel. As my last destination of this trip the ‘Bargi Dam’ was awaiting for me. Next morning I left the hotel with my luggage and put it on my bureau office for easy access. Now I had another day and one last destination. The MP Sampark Kranti departs around 7.30 from Jabalpur and it was already 11.30, which mean I had 8 hours left. The to and fro journey of Bargi Dam was around 100 km and took roughly 5 hours by local transport, and I was all set.
Bargi Dam is one of the first completed Dam out of the chain of 30 major dams constructed on Narmada River. The height of the dam is 69 m and length is 5.4 km. A lake of about 75 km in length and 4.5 km width is spread over 270 sq km.
M.P. Tourism has constructed Maikal Resort, a small hotel including 6 air conditioned rooms and a restaurant. There is also a cruise in the reservoir water and facilities like speed boating, water scooters, paddle boating, etc. For speed boat the charges are 60 Rs per person and 300 for a boat.
Being alone I needed to pay the entire amount for a 10 minute ride.It was an amazing experience. First time I felt the speed breaker in water. It was just like the speed breaker of the road. Three layers of water making a speed breaker and boat was bouncing on each.
The main attraction of Bargi Dam and the surrounding area is the calm that the water provides by introducing a soothing feeling in oneself.
The return journey was through picturesque landscape which belongs to the tribal areas. It was hard to believe that how much diversity a country can offer, different language, different people but the sense of belongingness was same everywhere. I felt like I am part of a large family and everybody was ready to received me with open heart. Truly said….India is Incredible.