Path Day At Simlipal, Odisha
Often the greatest activities are unplanned. The uncertainty that is sheer of lies across the corner and also the ambiguity of whether you are going to reach finally your location.

A description that is short of figures

Babi- Me (Impulsive, wildly adventurous, Pleased go fortunate) By career a media professional

Mili- My Wife (Soft, entertaining though not a very tough adventurer, stable at heart, calm)- class teacher at Sai Overseas and an NCC officer

Sridhar- My youth friend (Practical, matured, stable minded)- Commander in the Indian Navy

Jyoti- Sridhar’s spouse (Fun Loving, chatter field, yet demure) and soft- college instructor by career

Saanjh- Sridhar’s 8 year old daughter.

Sridhar ended up being visiting Odisha to attend our school that is old reunion. Deciding to provide his family members some memorable memories, he left it I banged on Simliplal on me to plan out a 2 day trip which would be tad different- and. Digging up connections I been able to book two cottages, having no concept or discover how concerning the destination, and also as unplanned and impulsive I took this trip as any other trip and didn’t do any homework on the place, nor did I care to listen to instructions properly, as given by the contact I had managed in the forest department as I have always been. My wife that is poor and buddy and his family members simply assumed that I had done the needful.

There are two points that are entry Simlipal Tiger Reserve-one that is through Jassipur (Chandikhole, Ghatagaon) and the other through Pithabata (Baripada path). Jassipur is advised for tourists because it’s a better road in to the jungle as well as close to the accepted spot suitable for steer clear of tiger habitation. Pithabata route is more uncharted and one has to undergo 80kms of dense jungle to reach the accepted destination of stay that is not advised. And you also guessed right – I took most of us to Pithabata entry point, that too after official hours (around 3:30 into the afternoon) despite our buddy’s hubby asking me personally to reach with time.

The man during the gate directly refused. He stated (a) We never let entry at the moment (b) you cannot travel in a vehicle that is smallc) This route just isn’t suggested at all to reach your place of stay. Again smart (ass) that we am, we bypassed all and caught hold of the contact that I’d managed within the Forest Department and put unofficial stress on the forester. He demonstrably told our contact- I am leaving due to your pressure, but (1) If one thing happens to them we are maybe not responsible (2) in the event they enter trouble and have the ability to contact, then we don’t have any automobile to save them along with to deliver from Baripada. Our contact grumpily told me – “You didn’t follow any one of my directions and now my neck is on the chopping block. Please drive slowly. You have to undergo 80 kms of thick jungle”.

So we embarked on our journey simply to realise the way that is hard the forester had meant. Initially we could drive a bit quick but after some right time we couldn’t drive fast beyond 15Km-20Km rate. The scenic beauty was captivating. And I started updates that are sending all our friends. Jyoti was miffed over my jokes and my excitement that is wild over possibility of spotting a tiger. Every sound made me hopeful and I got down at the pretext that is slightest hoping become happy but alas! Slowly it began chillier that is getting. We took directions from two check gates and proceeded. Then the tracks began fading, mobiles got away from range and evening ended up being setting in, but our passion was still up.

We crossed villages, wherein people stayed precisely we couldn’t understand like we had seen in our history books – no electricity, houses made of raw jungle materials, scattered habitation, and a language. The roadways became more perilous (by roads I don’t mean pucca roads instead its all rocky, dirty thin mountainous surface). We were lost in deep dense jungle with no contact point nor knowing how to make contact with anyone as we progressed, excited as to what lay next, darkness had set in, our mobiles were having no network, and to our horrendous realization.

Joking and trying to keep our spirits that apart from Mili, Sri & Jyoti a little girl was in peril, thanks to my foolhardiness) up we continued (By that time, the guilt had started nagging into me. We encountered some lone tribal at some points who gave us some way which we’re able to assume because of not understanding the language that is colloquial. Going ahead and going back amidst mountainous terrain that is rough and twists and turns we could understand moon at one time to your right and 15 minutes later to the left. The journey seemed never ending; so had been my severe comedy. I guess at a true point all possibly assumed we would not allow it to be.

Because the never ending journey continued, I got straight down at a spot merely to launch the strain in order to find some way because we had seen some board someplace. And that’s the point I happened to be enraptured in that magical moment.

Think it or not- the scene was even as we had read in fairy tales – the miracle of nature showcasing God’s creation with all its splendour; maybe not what we humans have reduced it to.” A clear sky having a bright moon and twinkling movie stars; unpolluted oxygen; tall green woods and thick jungle with all the odor of fresh land that is unpolluted. Ah! the purity, the serenity as well as the magnificence can only be felt- I can’t describe in terms. I happened to be one with nature. We later heard from Mili, Jyoti & Sridhar if required that they all felt the same, and I guess at that moment our spirits revived and we decided that we would spend the night in the car itself. My worry that is only was.