I Want To Travel The World With You, Oh My Curvaceous Companion, The Fab Road! ~ My Own Line 🙂
After completing the Epic Road Trip To Spiti Valley in October 2015, itch in the driving feet, adrenalines rush in veins and my ever wandering, ever dreaming soul took me on another long distance road tripping to the centre of India i.e. States of Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh. While Madhya Pradesh is famous as the Heart of Incredible India and Chhattisgarh is the Land of Surprises.
As I always say, India is best seen through road trips exploring wide and varied nuances of vast geographies in all directions. During this 2500 KM road trip to Chhattisgarh via Bhedaghat in Madhya Pradesh, we travelled through 5 Indian states namely Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. We crossed many important rivers systems of India such as Yamuna, Chambal, Betwa and Narmada. We tripped down to fabulous landscapes of Central India while driving through Vindhyachal, Mekal and Satpura mountain ranges laden with Saguan wood.
The road trip took us through numerous stunning views and diverse landscapes before we reach our native place Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to have a blast during most important Indian festivals for Hindus – Diwali, The Festival of Light.
This road trip again confirmed my belief that there is no better way than road tripping to explore and discover the awesome places on every stretch and bend. Even after having traveled in Madhya Pradesh umpteen times, I never expected that this road trip would present so many surprises and so many wall paper moments to cherish forever.
Let’s take a quick view of this exhilarating road trip which took me to My Chhattisgarh second time in 4 month.
Day One: We started at 4 PM from Delhi’s suburbs Gurgaon towards Agra via Yamuna Express Way and finally landed at Gwalior after enjoying street food at Agra’s famous Sadar Market . We covered 340KM this day to reach Gwalior.
Day Two: Gwalior to Jhansi to Sagar which is my ancestral and also my wife’s and thanks to this road tripping experiences she could visit this place first time in life. After spending some time in Sagar, we moved to Bhedaghat near Jabalpur on the banks of Narmada River. Narmada River is considered holier than Ganga by many Hindus and in Bhedaghat it creates one of the most incredible water fall of India amidst natural marble rocks. We covered 520KM on day two.
Day Three: We started our day with morning hour photography of Dhuandhar Water Fall from the other side of Narmada River. And then we started our journey from Bhedaghat towards my Chhattisgarh crossing the teak wood jungles of Vindhya and Satpura Ranges and finally reached Bilaspur after covering 370 KM on road.
Day Four, Five and Six: We reached my native place for Diwali celeberations and stayed there for three days before starting our journey back to Delhi on day 7th. However, on day 6th i.e. last day of my stay at Bilaspur, I visited Mahamaya Temple which is one of the most revered Goddess of Chhattisgarh and located 25KM from Bilaspur.
Day Seven: We started our day early at 5 AM and reached 11th century Bhoram Deo Temple which is famous as Khujuraho of Chhattisgarh due to its Khujuraho style architecture. After paying our reverence to the God of destruction, The Shiva, we started our journey and reached Jhansi at 7:30 PM after covering 770KM in 14+ hours. This was one of the best and most scenic drive that I experienced in a non-himalayan terrain. It may be ranked close to my road tripping across Rajasthan to Jaiselmer.
Day Eight: This was an easy day as we pushed hard on previous day and thus only needed to cover 460KM to reach back our home at Gurgaon, in National Capital Region of Delhi. Route we took was Jhansi to Gwalior to Agra to Delhi-Gurgaon. Near Gwalior on Madhya Pradesh – Rajasthan Border we passed through Notorius Chambal Valley and near Dholpur clicked some awesome clicks of Chambal River which is famous for Gangatic Dolfin and Indian Alligator.
In this one trip we experienced much more and went to the places closest to our hearts such as our ancestral place and few more places which have been close to my soul since childhood. I had the most sumptous street food at places where I used to visit as child & savoured food at places my parents talk aboutwith nostalgis. It was really an awesome and splendid road trip which gave me many opportunities to celeberate and cherish my childhood and teenage. All this could be make possible only because i did this my way i.e. self drive road tripping.
I strongly feel you would badly like to get behind the wheel and zoom off to explore the world my way, i.e. long distance self drive road tripping. What say!!!
Read more about my earlier road trips across India: