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Old 1st May 2017, 19:16   #31
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Default Re: Monsoon weekend drive to Dalma Hills in a Ford Figo

Made a quick dash to the Dalma Hills during the weekend spanning the Bengali New Year (15th & 16th April 2017) with family.

Was pleasantly surprised by the progress of road work, especially around the Bengal-Jharkhand border at Baharagora. Now, it's totally smooth sailing from Kolkata right up to Ghatshila. Even from Ghatshila to Jamshedpur road widening work is going on in war footing and apart from a few rough patches and bumpy diversions the entire route is very manageable now and only going to improve.

We reached our hotel at around 1 PM and after a sumptuous lunch headed towards to Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary :

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The ladies at the Dalma Hill Top vouching for the writing on the rock

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Dash cam footage of the drive within the sanctuary :





The only wild-life we came across (apart from monkeys) were these two poor chaps chained down at the entry gate :

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We visited the Chandil Dam and drove back to our resort :

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Next day we visited the Dimna Lake on our way back home :

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The temperatures around Jamshedpur were hovering around 40 degrees and our prayers for rain went unanswered. The resort was a pristine property and superbly located right at the foothills of the Dalma range.

Thanks to Samba for the recommendation. This place however is best visited during monsoon and maybe during the winters too.
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