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  • chicane1879
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    Awesome pics, again!!, Never knew about the places until you opened up this thread.Btw, was that a real tiger coz it seems so!!

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  • diffuser911
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    Day 3 (More Pics)


    Our cozy room...bed tea muft


    Bidding goodbye to the staff


    One last view


    Stop for breakfast


    A halt in the wilderness


    That's the hut we got water from


    That's me


    A tiger sitting in an alcove beside the fall


    The grand Pradhanpat fall


    That's Mr. X touching the falls face


    Note the guy feeding a hen about to be sacrificed


    Into deep forest ahead


    Poser-time


    Ghat section


    Somewhere near the top of the ghat


    Brief visit to Sana Ghaghara


    Someone could drown in the green waters

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  • moeed
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    Nice clicks there.

    Originally posted by ken cool View Post
    In India it is illegal to take pictures of all bridges, dams, airstrips, aerial photographs, railroad tracks, railroad rolling stock, trains, power plants/projects and most government establishments.
    I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing the info.

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  • diffuser911
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    Day 2 (More Pics)


    Gandhi Minar


    Now zoomin' out


    Abandoned tracks (I "kept" an iron nail seen here as a souvenir)


    Again, a river


    Rail bridge


    City industries...blackening rivers since inception


    A sneaky capture at the Ghanteshwari temple


    The reason behind the temple's name


    Other side of the dam


    Debrigarh Forest Reserve entry


    Our accommodation for the night


    On way to the food court


    THIS is life...


    Birdwatching


    More birds


    Second sighting...a wild boar (before this, all we saw were dogs)


    Supposedly a bison


    (Fattu) Peacock...ran away


    This one was posing in the middle of the road, but decided to beat it


    Sambar (you can't eat this one with idly...or could you)


    The watch'tower'


    Silver disc


    Holy molly!!!


    Our warm hosts

    Last edited by diffuser911; 08-07-2009, 11:55 PM.

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  • diffuser911
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    Day 1 (More Pics)

    The Men



    The Machines











    Stopped for grub


    Approaching Sambalpur


    Stuff wallpapers are made of


    The huge and innumerable fishes in Huma


    Nearing the island on boat


    The Leaning temple


    Bleak landscape around

    More pics coming soon....gotta go to office now
    Last edited by diffuser911; 08-07-2009, 11:47 AM.

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  • diffuser911
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    The fifth day started quite early compared to the previous ones. After a quick breakfast at the roadside stall across the road, we scanned the roadsides to find an ATM and left the NH for the same. Once our pockets were deep enough for the day, we returned back to the NH and gave a run towards NH6, noting the time as half past seven.




    Temple gate


    The main pagoda


    Top of the buried palace








    Deities on the outside walls


    Smaller one beside it

    After leaving the temple compound, we purchased a couple of small carvings in stone outside. We came to know that there existed the remains of an ancient nritya mandap nearby, where, as legend says, Bheem had defeated the king of Kiching. We traced our tracks a little back and followed a trail going to the right. In an open field stood a square enclosure where a number of pillars stood among bushes. Also present were cattle grazing and making poop around the monument. Thankfully, restoration work was on and some workers were there, digging up the earth between the pillars. As they looked on, we clicked a few pictures and left the spot. Next in line was Bheem Kund. After braving the searing heat for long, we stopped at a place called Singhda Chowk in Karanja locality for some lassi. A few minutes away from the bikes had turned the seat into a bum-burner and I had to bounce off it a couple of times before getting adjusted. From this chowk, we took a right and then it was fifteen kilometers among the barren roads for us. We crossed a village called Boring and wondered why it had been so named. The path was pretty good all the way, lined with trees. We took one stop at an unknown place in the shade of trees and then went back on the road soon. We notice there that we were almost touching the Simlipal forest! But that would require another trip. The road became narrower later and passed through village houses in Thakurmunda for some time. We took a right on the same road at a signboard and entered core village area. The last one kilometer was completely loose gravel road and we drove with caution. The kachha road brought us to the parking spot, from where the colorfully painted handrails at the edge of Bheem Kund were visible.


    Nritya mandap behind temple


    One the left lies Simlipal Forest Reserve


    Aah! Some relief

    Walking down the path, we came upon a viewpoint-like platform built over a small fall in the rive Baitarani. The sight was truly amazing, as the river thundered down the rocks and churned at the bottom as white foam. And what we saw next upon looking closely was totally cool. A bunch of village kids were jumping off a small rock and diving into the heavy current. Seeing us seemed to prompt them for some amazing stunts, as they climbed up the rocks from where the water was falling and did a reverse-jump from there!! We took a series of shots to capture them in action and got some real amazing pictures to tell the story. After the heat got unbearable, we moved on to the platform on the far end of the kundkund; one of them died and the other lost his speech. From the drawings made by the survivor, there were all kinds of buildings, temples and tree below the water surface. Strange indeed, if it is true!


    What do we have here??


    There he goes...


    Superman stuff!!


    Rough landscape


    See carefully...a boy's mid-air among the rocks


    Just down the stream


    The Bheem Kund...simply breathtaking


    The complete series of rapids starting at the waterfall


    Tired souls


    Back to the bikes...


    Hibiscus...saw it after ages

    Feeling the heat, plus the thirst, since we had emptied ou


    Ugly descent


    Dry river bed


    Ha ha...we have to come through here


    Two bikes down...one more to go


    The other end


    Looking back

    haat


    Eek! Shitty roads ahead

    darshanpoojapooja, so we got back to our bikes and decided to explore the fort on wheels. Too bad that we ended up at a dead-end soon. After the pseudo-adventure was over, we got back to the city streets and navigated towards our hotel.


    Strong roots


    Mushroom rock of Raavan Chhaya


    Paintings


    Frescos


    Murals


    Ran out of synonyms


    Suppose it rolls of!!


    More rocks around


    Our puny bikes


    One huge rock! Reminds me of something


    Just compare the heights



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  • diffuser911
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    You're most welcome Somnath bhai. I guess the BULLZZz can know now too. Why don't you post a small intro in the Who Are You? section and tell the xBhpians about the wanderings on your stunning-silver Platina?

    PS: Will post Day 5 today after I get some lunch.

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  • somnath13
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    Revealing my identity

    Welcome to me Der se aya par durust aya
    Kya yar Sunil.........you should have told me earlier about your post in xbhp.
    By the way....kudos to you for the nice write up. Eagerly waiting for Day 5 and Day 6 write ups.

    I am wondering, what XYZ or Mr. X is doing here.
    To all xbhp-ians - Its me yaar. Such an exciting journey.....that too in awesome weather How can I miss????

    I definitely loved the ride from Sambalpur to Keonjhar.....All my riding skills were tested to a greater extent, with PLATINA
    Travelling allover around Bhubaneswar-Puri-Cuttack-Vizag-Sambalpur-Keonjhar for 1.5 year, my PLATINA certainly deserves a place in Madam Tussauds museum.
    Last edited by somnath13; 06-17-2009, 07:21 PM.

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  • diffuser911
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    Originally posted by yatishankar View Post
    Wow...swagat bhai also went to Hirakud dam....good view of the dam over there...btw Sunil which Cell phone did u take with the GPS one?How was this weekend trip?
    Yati da, it's Nokia 6210 Navigator. Had my first trip with the cell, will post here soon.

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  • ken cool
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    Originally posted by moeed View Post
    Nice pics there. But why was it illegal?
    In India it is illegal to take pictures of all bridges, dams, airstrips, aerial photographs, railroad tracks, railroad rolling stock, trains, power plants/projects and most government establishments.

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  • yatishankar
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    Wow...swagat bhai also went to Hirakud dam....good view of the dam over there...btw Sunil which Cell phone did u take with the GPS one?How was this weekend trip?

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  • blisteringintelligence
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    Originally posted by chicane1879 View Post
    Nice pic there with the whole view of the Dam...

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  • diffuser911
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    Originally posted by chicane1879 View Post
    Btw, how far are those waterfalls from Sambalpur?

    A pic i 'illegally' took of the Hirakud Dam 2 days back. (Pardon the picture quality, taken from a 1.3 mpx camera phone!!)
    Nice one Swagat bhai...I guess you went to the other end of the dam, towards Nehru Minar.

    If you go towards Keonjhar, you can cover three waterfalls in the same day. Distance would be less than 300km, but back-breaking roads right after you leave Keonjhar, so beware!

    BTW, that RTR is yours? I remember a silver RTR from the older Paradip thread. Whose was that one?

    Originally posted by moeed View Post
    Nice pics there. But why was it illegal?
    Originally posted by dual disc 200 View Post
    Maybe bacause of the "Powerplant". Generally in those kinda places they dont allow public to click pics.
    I guess the dam could be target for naxals who are quite active right now in Orissa. Maybe photographing the dam could provide a good structural engineer some critical data about the huge structure, hence taking pics is forbidden.

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  • dual disc 200
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    Originally posted by moeed View Post
    Nice pics there. But why was it illegal?
    Maybe bacause of the "Powerplant". Generally in those kinda places they dont allow public to click pics.

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  • moeed
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    Originally posted by chicane1879 View Post
    Btw, how far are those waterfalls from Sambalpur?

    A pic i 'illegally' took of the Hirakud Dam 2 days back. (Pardon the picture quality, taken from a 1.3 mpx camera phone!!)
    Nice pics there. But why was it illegal?

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