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  • My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.



    Rightly said. And when two wheels are your bookmark for finishing that book, you wish you had a number of sequels of that book. For me, tours don't always necessarily have to be week-long or month long ones. You can enjoy and explore the world around you in short gateways also. That's what I did. And here I
    am with my first ever travelogue. So, please bear with me for the quality of text and photos. I have gone through numerous travelogues in xBhp and trust me
    I read and see each and everything of those. I'm kind of inspired by them. Surely my text or photos are no match for those but I am trying my best with whatever resources I have. Here are a few teasers and the rest will follow soon after the approval.

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    A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

    Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
    My Ride To Sunderbans -
    Hemnagar & Samsernagar
    Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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    Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

    Log Approved.

    Keep it flowing.
    Cheers!
    VJ
    Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?'
    The girl said, 'NO!'


    And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


    THE END

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      Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

      Thanks for the quick approval sir. As mentioned earlier, this is not about a very long trip but a rather 'small' one. Approx. 130 km.s one side. But, I'm sure this
      place is literally unexplored in this forum. In fact there are very few travologues about west Bengal. It's a place called Hemnagar in Sunderbans(West Bengal).
      This place is not a very talked about tourist destination but is rather a very calm feel about itself. This is also the last human inhibited place after which the
      Sunderbans Tiger Reserve(World Heritage Site) starts. As I had a leave for three days, I decided to go for a short outing. I had several rides to Hingalganj
      where my in-laws stay. So, I decided to go a little further. In fact this was the farthest you could go on a bike. My journey started at 7:00 in the morning 26th
      October. Had planned to leave early but if you have a lady as your travel companion, you are bound to be late. I also had to tie up one bag full of luggage
      apart from stuffing in things in my saddle bag. All these made up for a good 15-16 kgs. Oh, I forgot to mention that I did this ride on 'My Little Tourer' - my
      SS125. My trusted friend for the last two years. The pictures were taken from my Xperia L and Sony HX10V.

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      Though the total distance is around 130 km.s, one needs anything between 4-4.5 hours to get there. This route includes 2 ferries. The frequency of the ferries
      depends on a number of factors like tide, number of cars to be ferried, weather to name a few. There are two routes one can reach Hemnagar. I took the one
      shown in the map. Being a Sunday morning, it took us around 2.5 hr.s to reach Hasnabad via Barasat(Taki Road - SH 2). A few shots from the SH 2 ferry connecting Hasnabad to the other side of the river. You can also take the help of boats but I choose the ferry as I found it safer. Note the condition of the approach road to the ferry!

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      A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

      Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
      My Ride To Sunderbans -
      Hemnagar & Samsernagar
      Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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        Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

        I loved the pic with the net..... proper timing.. was trying to click that kind for a long time..

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          Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

          There are literally no threads dealing with that area on the forum. This is special, bring it on..
          There is no happiness for him who does not travel!
          The fortune of a man who is sitting, sits; it rises when he rises; it sleeps when he sleeps; it moves when he moves.
          Therefore, Wander!
          - Rigveda, 1500 - 1000 B.C.

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            Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

            Excellent !!! Let's ride together sometime

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              Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

              Originally posted by RBhagawati View Post
              Excellent !!! Let's ride together sometime
              Surely. In fact I'm planning for another ride with few of my colleagues.

              Thanks friends for the encouragement.
              Hasnabad is a border town(with Bangladesh) and also the last significant town in the area. Vigil is very high. Anyone traveling to that area is advised to keep at least one photo ID proof so that that can be showed to the BSF. After crossing the Ichhamati river, it's a 15 odd km.s ride to Hingalganj - a small sleepy place of around 5 sq. km.s. Road is not wide but save 1 km., is a pleasure to ride.
              Right at the intersection of the Hasnabad-Hingalganj road and Hingalganj-Lebukhali road, there is small shop that sells sweets, puri etc. Whenever
              I manage to go there, I eat in the same shop due to the quality. From Hingalganj to Lebukhali, it's a 14 km. butter-smooth road. Apart from a few shanties or a few village markets you are surrounded by lush green paddy or mustard(during winter) fields. Both these roads run almost parallel to India-Bangladesh border. One doesn't expect such good roads at that remote place. Trust me, as a biker, you can't ask for more!
              Lebukhali is the last place till where Bus services are available. After that, you have to take another ferry to go to Hemnagar. The ferry services are available only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday(Rs. 50). Boat services are available on all days of the week(Rs. 10).

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              I took off the helmet only while taking clicks or on the ferry. I'd not suggest anyone to ride without a helmet in an unfamiliar territory.
              Last edited by krishna77; 10-29-2014, 08:53 PM.
              A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

              Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
              My Ride To Sunderbans -
              Hemnagar & Samsernagar
              Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

                good pics..
                Keep riding ... (Y)
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                  Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

                  After crossing the river, there is Dulduli-Hemnagar road(21.2 km.s) at the end of which was our destination - Hemnagar. This is the farthest you can go on any wheeled vehicle in this part of India. The road ends exactly by the bank of river Raymangal. On the other side of the river, the World Heritage Site of Sunderbans started. It was also declared a Biosphere Reserve in the year 1989.
                  If you expect too much here, you'll be disappointed. Not much to see except the Mangrove forest. But, if you want to be in nature's lap, far from the mad city, this calm place gives you time and scope to explore your inner being. During my visit, it was high tide and the tress were submerged in water. I could see the other side of the river from distance but due to time crunch, a visit was not possible (yes,the local fishermen take tourists on country boats to have a feel of the forest). But not to the interiors. They go inside to collect honey,wood,fish etc. and sometimes have to bear with the loss of one of the companions - due to tiger/crocodile attacks. Life is really tough here. You realize how lucky we are as compared to the people living here. These people spend their entire life struggling - still they have to depend on fate to survive.
                  There are only two guest houses. I got the phone number for the government one. Anyone who wants to visit and stay there, can PM me for the number.
                  After staying there foe some time, it was time to return and that was the toughest part of our journey. Return journey was uneventful. Had to push my bike to around 85 kmph for a few minutes as rain was catching up!
                  Reached my in-laws home within an hour and stayed there for one more day.
                  Last part to be concluded. A few shots .......

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                  Last edited by krishna77; 10-30-2014, 11:20 PM.
                  A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                  Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                  My Ride To Sunderbans -
                  Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                  Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                    Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

                    Originally posted by hhsplendor View Post
                    good pics..
                    Keep riding ... (Y)
                    Thanks a lot!
                    A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                    Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                    My Ride To Sunderbans -
                    Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                    Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                    • #11
                      Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

                      Nice pictures and a congrats on your first T-log sir.

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                      • #12
                        Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

                        Originally posted by parth rohan View Post
                        Nice pictures and a congrats on your first T-log sir.
                        Thanks a ton Parth!
                        A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                        Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                        My Ride To Sunderbans -
                        Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                        Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                          Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

                          Originally posted by sandeepmodey View Post
                          I loved the pic with the net..... proper timing.. was trying to click that kind for a long time..
                          Thanks Sandeep..

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                          Originally posted by rusty_mechs View Post
                          There are literally no threads dealing with that area on the forum. This is special, bring it on..
                          Thanks a lot!
                          A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                          Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                          My Ride To Sunderbans -
                          Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                          Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                            Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

                            Here's a link to a short video at Hemnagar Jetty.

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4Lw...ature=youtu.be
                            A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                            Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                            My Ride To Sunderbans -
                            Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                            Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                              Re: My ride to Hemngar, Sunderbans - Where Forest Meets The Rivers.

                              Some words about how my bike performed. Yamaha is a little low on FE - it's a proven fact. I got around 45 kmpl during the entire journey. As I've earlier mentioned, me and my wife travelled together. Also, there were luggages weighing around 15-16 kgs. And I had to ride in 1st gear in higher RPMs while boarding or deboarding a ferry. Some streches made me change gears frequently. That might be the reason. But, never ever did the engine overheat or the bike complain about anything else. The ride felt smooth and comfortable. The shock absorbers did a fantastic job. Neither of us had any complaints about back pain/sore body. The seat and suspension are real gems in SS125.
                              A word or two about the biking demography. Almost 60% of all the two wheelers after Hasnabad is from Hero. Some are from Bajaj. Then TVS. Honda,Yamaha and Suzuki has surprisingly low presence there. As far as I could judge, the top 5 two-wheelers were(in numbers),
                              1. Super Splendor
                              2. Glamour
                              3. Discover(100/125)
                              4. P135/150
                              5. Apache 160
                              There are small garages and puncture repairing shops every 3-4 km.s. But, still, I'd advice anyone who wants to ride at that part to take small repairing kits. Specially a portable foot pump and one spare tube.
                              That's all. Hope I have given you some insights about that place. Anyone interested in going there can PM me and I'll be more than happy to help with whatever I know. But, one thing is sure - you'l not repent going there. It's worth the effort.
                              Thanks again for reading!

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                              A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                              Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                              My Ride To Sunderbans -
                              Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                              Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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