Day 1 (Contd) - 14th Mar
The drive up to Berhampore (Not to be confused with the one in Orissa) was over narrow patch worked highway but pretty driveable. Traffic too was not that heavy.
But Berhampore town roads were very broken and was extremely congested with slow moving traffic. Though it was slightly early we decided to break for lunch as teh tourist lodge offers good homely meals.
Water body enroute to Krishnanagar
The railway bridge just after crossing Krishnanagar
The berhampore Tourist Lodge
The tourist lodge is situated just by the side of the Ganga (River Hugli) and the road bridge crossing it starts from almost its gate. Even as we came out after a delicious lunch we could see huge traffic piling up on the bridge. We also qued up and found that a scorpio has had a flat tyre just in the middle of the narrow 2 lane bridge. Traffic got stuck on both sides and the scorpio had to drive on 3 wheels to the exit of the bridge to make way even as traffic police came in to clear the backlog. But it was a massive delay standing on the bridge.
The River Ganga (Hugli) flowing through the town of Berhampore
The stuck up on its bridge
The road from Behrampore to Malda was a mix of smooth surface with some very broken ones. However all along it was very driveable. But got huge stuck ups in Dhuliyan and Kaliachak just approaching Malda. The problem with the entire highway is it is just a narrow 2 laned one. The traffic has increased ten times in the last 5 years but roads have remained same. The heavy trailers coming form Assam and other North Eastern States like Nagaland was jostling for space with the bullock carts, horse carriages (in Kaliachak), the cycle rickshaws and of course the occasional broken down vehicle.
Filled up the Xylo at Malda and it returned a neat 12 k/ltr. The road from Malda to Raigunj was around 75 km but it was almost late evening and the sun having gone down traffic (the slow moving ones) were less. It allowed me to cover some lost ground and we reached Raigunj by late evening. We headed straight for the tourist lodge which was on the highway on the outskirts of Kulik bird sanctuary. I had stayed here more than once and found it to have been extended with new construction.
The day ended with a grand dinner of chicken and was too tired to stay awake after that.