Showing posts with label Panna. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Panna. Show all posts

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Summer 2019

It is the month of April again and summer vacations have started. Along with the whole nation is about to undergo general elections.  Being on the road during elections is a difficult proposition in India. There is additional checking and you have to be prepared to be stopped and the whole vehicle checked at any point on the road. In order to minimize the inconvenience to ourselves, we decided to restrict our travel plans to areas which have already undergone voting or areas where voting was scheduled much later. We could not completely accomplish this, but we gave it a try.

The primary tourist places to be covered were Panna, Chitrakoot, and Khajuraho. As a bonus, I also visited the National Museum in Delhi which was a delight. Here is the itinerary that I followed.

  1. Bengaluru to Hyderabad (18-April)
  2. Hyderabad to Bhopal (19-April)
  3. Bhopal (20-April)
  4. Bhopal (21-April)
  5. Bhopal to Panna (22-April)
  6. Panna National Park (23-April)
  7. Panna to Khajuraho via Chitrakoot (24-April)
  8. Khajuraho (25-April)
  9. Khajuraho to Noida (26-April)
  10. Noida (27-April)
  11. The National Museum (28-April)
  12. Noida (29-April)
  13. Noida to Bhopal (30-April)
  14. Bhopal (01-May)
  15. Bhopal (02-May)
  16. Crescent Water Park (03-May)
  17. Bhopal to Hyderabad (04-May)
  18. Hyderabad to Bengaluru (05-May)
The trip was total of 5321 kilometers, consumed more than 500 liters of diesel. The total toll paid through FasTag was Rs. 3290. There were few instances of toll payment through cash since the machine was not working. We can assume that the total toll payment was closer to Rs. 4000/-.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Panna to Khajuraho via Chitrakoot

The plan for the day was to visit Chitrakoot and finally reach Khajuraho at night. We left at 8:30 AM after an interesting breakfast overlooking river.
The roads are good in this section with some road widening ongoing. We reached our first stop, Kamadgiri Temple, in Chitrakoot in a matter of approximately 2:45 hours drive.
Kamadgiri Temple
It was hot, you have to walk the steps of the temple barefoot as visible in the picture above. Anyway because of the heat the temple was pretty much empty. So we could do the darshan quickly and move on. Kamadgiri or Kamtanath is the presiding deity of Chitrakoot. 
The next stop was Sphatik Shila. As we were driving towards Sphatik Shila, we found Hotel River Side Resort. We stopped here for lunch. Here is my review of the place.

1:20 PM We left after lunch and quickly reached Sphatik Shila. I had visited this place around 30 years back and it has changed a lot. Looked completely commercialized, many vendors selling all type of stuff here.

The next stop was Sati Anusuya. It is around 30 minutes drive from Sphatik Shila. 2:00 PM we reached Sati Anusuya.
Row of shops on the way to Sati Anusuya
There is a modern temple/ashram in place at this location. We spent 15 minutes here and left for next destination which was Gupt Godavari. It takes around 15 minutes to reach Gupt Godavari from Sati Anusuya.

Gupt Godavari consists of few caves which contain a waterbody. Local purohits claim that this is the Godavari river. I have not found any evidence that it is so.
Finally, we started back towards Khajuraho. While coming we had observed that last 40 kilometers road before Majhganva were really bad, so we decided to go towards Nagod. We found this decent MP Tourism place at Nagod. We stopped there for tea.

Finally, we arrived  in The LaLit Temple View Khajuraho at 7:45 PM.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Panna National Park

The day was primarily reserved for the national park. We got up early and were off to safari. Unlike other national parks in MP, Panna National Park is not that crowded with tourists. Here are some of the sightings.

In the evening we took a boat into the Ken River. An interesting sunset can be observed from the river.

Bhopal to Panna

After a couple of days of just doing nothing, it was time to proceed further. The destination for the day was Panna. Basically Panna National Park.

6:40 AM We left towards Sanchi en route to Panna.
8:50 AM Reached Rahatgarh Naka.
Samosas at Rahatgarh Naka
9:55 AM Stopped at Sai Ki Rasoi just after Sagar for bio-break.

1:30 PM Reached Ken River Lodge in Panna. Here is my review of the place.