DAY 6 - The Home stretch
However great the journey and the trip is it always feels great to be back home. And today was to be the day.
Planned to start early but the Hotel services were pathetic and breakfast was delayed. Had asked for a car cleaner and the manager said he will arrange, but that also did not happen. So dudted off the basics on the Xylo and made a move well past our scheduled plan. Bhagalpur was just waking up. For district towns like these there is always a landmark which the town associates itself with. And here it was the Clock Tower which locals call as Ghanta Ghar. The Xylo zoomed past it on its way to the highway.. Attachment 108895
We then hit upon the highway which was silk smooth upto Dumka. The name Dumka appeared very adventorous to me and I just could not recollect the Bengali Novelist who had an adventure writen on the place's backdrop. The road to Dumka was nevertheless as mesmerising as the novel which I failed to recollect. Attachment 108896 Attachment 108897
Dumka again was a small district town of Jharkhand. The Xylo was thirsty and needed a fuel up and thats what I gave the moment we entered the town as the highways did not have too many refuelling stops and the very few that were there did not look impressive. Was surprised to see a clock tower in this town also and it did tower over the entire town called Dumka.
From then on to a place called Pattabari the road was deserted and silk smooth and the Xylo did a 120k/hr also. There were small towns in between and we were bowled over by the innovation we saw in one of the towns. We found a whole lot of cycle rickshaws being pilled by mules. It was horsepower at its best.
The road into Bengal was silksmooth and we reached the Massanjore dam for a late lunch. The ghat sections along with the water expanse was too good and despite being hungry decided to give myself and the Xylo a break
We then moved further down the empty roads to find the one and only roadside joint out there to have lunch. It was cheap (suited us as we were out of opur budgets), filling, not heavy and to our heart's content
Post lunch it was tiring to drive as I not only ate to my heart's content but also to my stomach's over content, But the drive was good and kept me interested on the road. The Jungles/ forest areas before we reached Ilaam Bazar near Bolpur (Shantiniketan) were dense and green
It was around 5 pm that the Xylo got in to hit the municipal limits of Kolkata amidst huge rains and a blinding storm, But the natural calamities by then were nothing compared to the roads travelled and the home comfort was already beckoning us.
It was a great trip.. I enjoyed driving the roads thoroughly and the solitude of the Gardens of Sikkim were just mind blowing. Back at home the memories were just being fondly recollected with Partho and the families as we went back reconstructing the entire trip