After a long and refreshing trekking in the morning, we left our resort at 4 in the evening for what the locals call “An off-roadie trip.”
The idea is to take travelers deep into the wilderness of the jungle, for a one-of-a-kind experience. Mind you, it was one of a kind experience, sarcastically speaking! Our jeep got stuck in the slush (as the name suggests, there are no roads, you just go, in the slush, in the water, and on the fallen tree trunks) and we had to get down in the middle of nowhere! And, as I mentioned in my previous post, there is no safety – no gun. So if a wild animal attacks you, good luck!
As we were going towards the jungle, we saw a herd of elephants trying to cross the road.
We were waiting around the corner – we wanted to see them cross the road when four hooligans came out of nowhere and started cat-calling and teasing the elephants. It is very dangerous – wild animals are not used to human presence. We did not want to be there, in case they attacked, so we moved ahead.
We saw a lot of coffee estates on the way. Deer and peacocks were roaming freely in and around the estates.
We saw Singhara Power plant – a dam is built across the river – Moyar and hydroelectricity is generated.
This is what our off-road looked like.
And we went deep into the dense jungle. There was an eerie silence everywhere
A destroyed bamboo, courtesy – elephants.
The power plant. Our jeep got stuck here so we had to get down. I thought of clicking photos – just to keep my mind diverted from the fact that we were stuck in the middle of a dense forest.
Finally, after a series of ups and downs, and twists and tumbles and whatnot, we took a U-turn at this place.
On our way back, we saw a huge herd of deer. There were around 400-500 of them.
We saw those elephants that we had encountered on our way to the jungle. They still hadn’t crossed the road. But it was already dark and jungle can get pretty dangerous after sunset, so we did not wait to see the elephants cross the road.
Off-roadie was a mind-blowing trip. But it is definitely NOT recommended for those with a weak back. When we returned to our resort, I was covered in mud, leaves, berries and I am pretty sure there was an insect or two in my jacket at some point in the jungle!