Now that the hunger was in control, we decided to go to Panchet Dam. There were two reasons behind it: first, the dam was very near, so it would be stupidity if we didn’t visit it. Second, we decided to take a different and direct route to back.
But true to our riding spirit for the day, we decided not to take the highway, rather another road almost touching the base of the hill and through the forest. This road too was less travelled, with minimum traffic. It took us 15-20 minutes to reach Panchet Dam. But it was past 3:30pm with no food, so we were in a hurry.
Panchet Dam is an earthen dam conatructed on the Damodar river. One side of the dam falls in the district of Purulia, the other side the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. In terms of natural beauty or popularity Panchet Dam always stayed second the nearby Maithan Dam. Panchet almost always remain isolated.
Photography was prohibited, so we could not shot as many photos as we would have liked.
After that we came directly to Chirkunda, found a restaurant and ordered some food. My friend was so hungry that he started eating salad as soon as it arrived.
The food was delicious.
Then we started from Chirkunda and rode towards Burdwan through NH2. We just took a 5 min butt break near Panagarh and reached home by 6:30pm. Total odo for the day was 375 kms.
It was a day well spent. Visited some remote temple, rode on some hilly curves, found a reservoir in a jungle surrounded by hills , witnessed some lost glory of a thriving kingdom, sat on a dam that was unique and most of all, felt some unexpected nobility by some unknown villagers. It was a day worth remembering.
I can definitely say it was a day not wasted!!