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Old 26th October 2012, 01:58   #16
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Some pictures of Aarti being performed

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After the Aarti, we took a boat ride in the ganges and what a beauty to see the fully lit ghats from somewhat middle of the flowing river. They asked for Rs 1500 and we bargained for Rs 550. So make sure you all bargain hard if you are going for this ride.

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Patha behind the camera and myself in front of the camera

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Captured while capturing ! Subhadeep trying some great angle i guess !

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Good Lassi in the making !

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Went back to the hotel and had some food and crashed for the day.
Day 2 would start our entry into the jungles and the thrill begins. Enjoy and stay tuned !
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Eagerly waiting for the next episode ...

It indeed is nostalgic.

I visited Netarhat, Patratu, Daltonganj way back in 1986 with my parents (mode of transport was Jeep).

Between 1986 & 1990 we (Parents & myself + driver) did travel, quite a number of times, to & from Singrauli (UP/MP border) via Mughalsarai, on the old 2 laned NH2, in our petrol Amby.

Today, getting Panagarh free is lucky. Never seen Panagarh roads so "deserted". Personally never got stuck in "jam" in Panagarh. Have experienced slow traffic, short stops, etc. 25mins to cross the 6km stretch is the longest it has ever taken for me. Mostly crossed Panagarh between 8 & 9 AM on the way from Kolkata. Return has been at various times, between 8 & 9 AM, 10 & 11 AM, 5 & 6 PM.

The "VOLVO" bus JH 10 V 8838, is typical Dhanbad style bus. I saw a Minidor near Bank More (Commercial heart of Dhanbad) with "BHALWO" written on it. My wife asked me what it meant. I simply asked her to pronounce it. The answer was clear. That's Dhanbad style.

Pics of NH2 in JH, near Nirsa-Govindpur (the small culverts over rivulets like Khudia, meandering NH2, hills in the backdrop, the ups & downs of the road) are indeed nostalgic. Reminds me of my drives to & from Dhanbad.

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Eagerly waiting for the next episode ...

It indeed is nostalgic.
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Reminds me of my drives to & from Dhanbad.

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Yes, would proceed with this very soon. Got a bit stuck up with work. I have been through Panagarh at various times and i had been stuck there maximum for 1hour 45 minutes and that was horrible. Best time is the early morning hours and late afternoon. Jharkhand is a lovely place, if this state can be developed a lot can happen here.
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Jharkhand is a lovely place, if this state can be developed a lot can happen here.
Jharkhand is a lovely place. But many of the roads in Jharkhand is in much deplorable condition and unless they are not improved, tourism will not develop further.
On a different note, just last week I went to Hazaribagh (in Jharkhand) and have seen that NH 33 in this state was in good condition. It is even being widened to a four lane divided road. Furthermore, I was glad to see that the trucks on that highway, which earlier used to avoid running at night in that state due to reasons of security, have already resumed plying late at night. My hotel was located right on that highway and I could see many of them even at the very late hours.

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Jharkhand is a lovely place. But many of the roads in Jharkhand is in much deplorable condition and unless they are not improved, tourism will not develop further.
On a different note, just last week I went to Hazaribagh (in Jharkhand) and have seen that NH 33 in this state was in good condition. It is even being widened to a four lane divided road. Furthermore, I was glad to see that the trucks on that highway, which earlier used to avoid running at night in that state due to reasons of security, have already resumed plying late at night. My hotel was located right on that highway and I could see many of them even at the very late hours.

Agreed. Jharkhand roads needs to be totally revamped. My next set of photographs of this tour would prove beyond doubt how bad JH roads are at present.

Do share your details and pictures about your Hazaribagh trip Rahul da.

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Do share your details and pictures about your Hazaribagh trip Rahul da.
Actually it was a very short trip. I went there to see the almost prehistoric and ancient monoliths at a place called Pukri-Barwadih, located very near to the town of Barkagaon, about 40 KMs away from Hazaribagh town. Also wished to see "Isko" village located nearby, where prehistoric cave paintings had been discovered (Please see about it here). A friend of mine in Hazaribagh, while remaining out of town, helped me a lot & arranged for a local guide come escort too. But I had no idea of how bad the roads could be. And it turned up that my guide come escort (Barkagaon is full of extremist groups) did not know the areas very well. Although he insisted that the place was only six or seven KM away from Barkagaon town, I drove at least twice the distance through a narrow and very poorly maintained road (if it may at all be called a road). And it turned out that my escort was not also very familiar with these roads. He confessed that last time he visited this place was almost a decade ago. Twice I had to take the pain of making U turns on that extremely narrow and much broken road. But when he mentioned that we were only a couple of KMs away from the caves, I could clearly see that there was no road ahead at all. May be we took the wrong road but I was told to drive upon the uneven and unpaved ground for the remaining part of my journey. However, this time I flatly refused for the safety of the axle (and maybe suspension) of my car and returned back.
I started on a sunny morning , when the Panagarh area was almost empty. At Durgapur.
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NH-2 at Jharkhand is really very scenic.
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This is gate of the local Raja's estate at a place called Padma, right on NH33 and close to Barhi, which has been converted to police training center by the government. The palaces inside are worth seeing, although neglected and in ruins.
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NH-33 in beautiful shape.
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This is my daughter on the road to Barkagaon. It is in very good shape too. Only if I knew that the condition of the roads beyond Barkagaon are one of the worst I have ever seen!
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This is the signboard to the monolithic site of Pukri-Barwadih, near Barkagaon, for those who are not very familiar with monoliths.
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Some monoliths.
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Serpentine forested roads near Canary Hills, known to the locals as Kanhari. From the top of it the view of Hazaribagh town is beautiful.
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At the base of the Canary Hill the government has a flower garden, which is a favorite picnic spot of the locals.
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Thanks for reading. I only stayed at Hazaribgah for two days, returning back to Calcutta on the third.
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A month back I think you were in Purulia. Now Hazaribag. Any particular roots in that region?

You were in the hotel near the bus stand, or the one opposite the lake?
In what state was 'Gibraltar'.

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A month back I think you were in Purulia. Now Hazaribag. Any particular roots in that region?
No Sutriptada. But perhaps have visited all well known weekend getaways in south Bengal at least more than once, so possibly am searching for off beat places now. But I do know that you are among the veterans in travelling to many lesser known places in Jharkhand.

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No Sir. I was at Hotel Canary Inn. May be it is named after Canary Hill, but it is actually located near the old bus stand, on the main highway (NH-33). Please see this link.

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You know about it? I am really sorry to say that it is not at all in very good shape. Here is a picture for you, although it is not mine. This is taken by Mr. Ashish Kumar, a resident of Hazaribagh.
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Lots of trees from the huge compound has been chopped off in the pretext of making a bypass road. And the area of the compound is reduced in such a way that when it gets completed, this famed heritage building will only be fifty feet or so away from the road.

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Lots of trees from the huge compound has been chopped off in the pretext of making a bypass road. And the area of the compound is reduced in such a way that when it gets completed, this famed heritage building will only be fifty feet or so away from the road.
The petty mindedness/ revenge (lets teach these fellows a lesson) of the mid level bureaucrat. Seen it far too often. Sad. Very sad.

Without a 'before and now' picture, people will not know what we are talking about.

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You know about it? I am really sorry to say that it is not at all in very good shape. Here is a picture for you, although it is not mine. This is taken by Mr. Ashish Kumar, a resident of Hazaribagh.
What is this Gibraltar by the way? Any place of historic importance?
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Without a 'before and now' picture, people will not know what we are talking about.
Sutripta da, show us the 'before and now' picture and tell us something about what it is all about.

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No Sir. I was at Hotel Canary Inn. May be it is named after Canary Hill, but it is actually located near the old bus stand, on the main highway (NH-33). Please see this link.
Rahul da, after looking into the pictures of Canary Inn hotel, i remember a very interesting episode. This time, while coming back from this trip which i am writing now, we stopped at Hazaribag just opposite to this hotel and ran inside as i needed a longer break inside the loo which was giving me a lot of pain for a long time but i was not getting an appropriate place for relieving myself ..Hahaha.. .. But they were generous enough to let me use the loo.
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Rahul da, after looking into the pictures of Canary Inn hotel, i remember a very interesting episode.
Please tell us more about your adventures in the jungles of Jharkhand, along with a few photos. A description of the accommodation as well as the condition of the roads will be highly appreciated.
BTW, why did you take the Hazaribagh-Bagodar route over NH-33? Is not the road via Barhi in much better shape?
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Please tell us more about your adventures in the jungles of Jharkhand, along with a few photos. A description of the accommodation as well as the condition of the roads will be highly appreciated.
BTW, why did you take the Hazaribagh-Bagodar route over NH-33? Is not the road via Barhi in much better shape?
Definitely Rahul da, will try to proceed as soon as possible. I am a bit tied up with work and so is the delay.

Yes, NH 33 from Hazaribag to Barhi is in much better shape than NH 100 from Hazaribag to Bagodar, but we took this route as we wanted to drive through a new and unknown route and explore it.
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Sutripta da, show us the 'before and now' picture and tell us something about what it is all about.
Sorry, no pictures. Rahul, or some local can fill you in.

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Please ask your friend whether that plaque (along with the gate post) is original or not. My mental image is different.

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Yes, NH 33 from Hazaribag to Barhi is in much better shape than NH 100 from Hazaribag to Bagodar, but we took this route as we wanted to drive through a new and unknown route and explore it.
When all roads were equally bad, and GT Rd esp. so, We would invariably take the Bagodar route. It was a SH then.

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Day 2 : Varanasi - Aurangabad - Chattarpur - Daltonganj - Betla

Our Day 2 started with a lot of enthusiasm with a good shower and a great continental breakfast at the HHI. We took it a bit easy that day as we would only be driving around 300 kilometers so took the liberty to sleep for couple of hours extra and after a heavy breakfast at around 10 am we left Varanasi and planned for late lunch at Betla. But none of us knew what was in store for us in the coming hours. We were searching for adventure and new routes to explore, we knew roads in Jharkhand were not in good condition,but in our wildest of dreams also we never thought that we would face such pathetic roads conditions for the full stretch of NH 98 from Aurangabad to Daltonganj.

GPS log for the day

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Varanasi city traffic was horrible as usual with unruly auto's and they would not let even an inch anywhere and same with the so called traffic guards who were busy taking money and harassing travellers instead of doing their job. Road conditions inside Varanasi are not good and are very very congested to say the least.

We took the exit into Vishwa Sundari Bypass bang on to NH 2 and it was the usual NH 2 till Aurangabad.

Exiting Varanasi

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NH 2 as usual

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We took the exit from Aurangabad into NH 98 towards Daltonganj. The initial part of that highway which falls in Bihar were okay and patched up and in certain section repairs were being carried out.

Bihar part of NH 98

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Construction of a double laned bridge is in progress on the right hand side

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But once you see the board stating Welcome to Jharkhand, the pain starts. What sort of torture for the cars and trucks which are driven through these routes. No facilities what so ever in this route, saw only 1 petrol pump en-route the 100 kilometers and that only one would not feel like filling up from there. The highway goes through remote villages and couple of very small towns, so one should not expect any support of any nature whatsoever and to be precise they people out there are very rowdy. I will explain the reason why i term the people rowdy a bit later. Lets go through what the lenses have for us in the meantime.

NH 98 inside Jharkhand

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