INSIDE MY HEAD
“It’s not the trekking season” a man in white dhoti was saying to us. Fallen faces all around. Of course, there would be. Who would expect to hear this after waking up at five-thirty in the morning, and then having boarded a dilapidated bus that smelt like shit? It was already afternoon, and the sites were pretty far away.
We had started at around six thirty in the morning and managed to reach Purulia at 1000 hours, then boarded a cab to Ajodhya, where we met this man.
But of course there are always alternatives, so we decided to take a trek from Ajodhya to Baghmundi, almost twenty kilometres apart. By the time we decided, it was already three in the evening. In between we had climbed a hill near Ajodhya (Mayur Hills), roamed a bit, and talked to people. It was nice to finally find a place so pristine, yet so startlingly beautiful. But what followed was pretty awesome too…
The road from Ajodhya to Baghmundi was secluded, ninety percent being stretched inside a forest. It was pretty lonely, except that every thirty-forty minutes, we saw tribal women climbing uphill with pots of water on heads, their bodies tattooed. Down hills, all that was visible to us was forest.
We had heard quite a bit about the place actually, marked as a Naxallite active area. We had to get out of there before it was dark, because the place was also marked as dangerous-wild elephants it said. So you could imagine our distress when at about five in the evening, the road ended abruptly. But again a small road beside the roaring river came as our Savior, and we managed to get on to the road in another fifteen minutes. With an increased pace, searching for shortcuts, we managed to cross the forest by six. Everyone heaving, FINALLY SAFE………. It took us another hour to reach Baghmundi.
The trek was over AT SEVEN
We took a cab to Barabhumb station, reaching there at something around nine, then boarded a train, finally reaching Dhanbad at sharp three in the morning, a little tired but thrilled nonetheless.
FEW DETAILS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU.
PLACES TO VISIT: WATERFALL, HYDEL POWER PROJECT AT HILL TOP, MAYUR HILLS, FOREST NEAR AJODHYA
ACCOMODATION: NIHARIKA LODGE (You have to book it, NO SPOT BOOKING)