Friday, June 10, 2016

Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels (Part 3)

Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
This is continuation of the second part of my motorcycle diary on Murshidabad and Malda. The mobile alarm rang at 3:15 AM but failed to knock my eardrums before 3:45 AM. Eventually, I packed my baggage, refueled my stomach with crunchy-dry breakfast and fruit juice, took a fast-forward shower and rolled out my wheels by 5:30 AM. The moment I crossed the bridge and put my to wheels on NH34, the complete picture of the "about to be journey up to Malda" became clear before my eyes. The road was in utter misery throughout the 137 KM stretch! It was dusty due to the passing by bigger giants. Every time a bigger vehicle overtook me or vice versa I had to pass through the curtain of dusty air stitched by their tail as if to cast a spell of blindness to this innocent biker. Mostly you can overtake all the vehicles (even four wheelers) there because all are busy to save their pipes and chambers from breakage.

Only threat was the state transport buses… they drive real fast, committed to overtake everyone on their way and not to brake at any circumstance. You may see there’s no vehicle at your mirror in first instant… within a second or two you’ll probably find a red & black bus flying towards you! Whenever I faced such instances, I always got down the road and respectfully made way for the hauling monster (Here I’m criticizing their mannerism from a motorcyclist's point of view, but we shouldn’t forget that whenever we need to travel to any place we always put a Gov. bus as our first preference next to train, due to their fast service).
Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
Farakka Bridge.
I started feeling cramps of hunger inside my belly, so stopped in front of a dhaba just before Farakka. It was impossible to rest there much longer due to my growing impatience of reaching the destination. I reached Farakka bridge. Unaware of the restrictions, wanted to take some photos… but the police men in duty came running to kill my zeal… then I could see the prohibition notice… there speed limit is 20 KM/hr… so, other than few other bikes, all biggies were going decent making my ride easier… not much easier though… because the road over the bridge was so damn broken! After crossing the bridge and coming away safe distance from the policemen I took out my camera and captured a partial image of the Farakka bridge whatever was visible from that distance... call it my moral poverty.

It was the great festive day of Ramzan Id, so faced a huge crowd clad in white clothes and religious caps around Sujapur. It was not easy to penetrate the dense gathering of celebrators for a couple of kilometers along the national highway… Cutting through the traffic jam, lakhs of Id festive makers and millions of potholes, reached Malda by 10:30 AM and searched for my pre-booked guest house- Gour Bhavan (at Mongolbari). The room there was too big for the poor AC to cool… I had to drag the couch near its vent and stretched my body before taking a much needed bathe.
Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
My first day accommodation at Malda- Gour Bhavan at Mongolbari.
I readied myself by 1:45 afternoon and rode towards Pandua. Well throughout this travelogue you’re reading of “bad” roads, so here I won’t speak the same once more, simply a single sentence will make your idea clear about this road- while driving to Pandua I was thinking, if this is not the hell then how bad the hell would be! Throughout the stretch it was pathetic. On reaching the guest house, for once the idea of extending my trip to Raiganj to avail the chance of visiting beautiful Kulik Bird Sanctuary was germinating in my determination but when I came to know that the road going to Pandua was the same highway to travel Raiganj, my balloons of desire splattered like pulpy tomatoes under the truck wheels! Finally the monuments of Pandua and Adina soothed my injured soul with their majestic exquisiteness. 
Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
Eklakhi Mausoleum.
Eklakhi Mausoleum This massive mausoleum with a lofty dome was probably built by Raja Ganesh or Kans whose son Jadu converted to Islam, became the Sultan of Bengal under the name of Jalaluddin Muhammad Shah. It costed one lakh rupees and hence the name ‘Eklakhi’. The stone members of earlier structures were utilized in it. Its facades are rightly ornamented with carved bricks. Inside it lie the tombs of Jalaluddin, his wife and his son.
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Golden Mosque at the background.
Golden Mosque This doubled isled mosque with ten domes and corner turrets was erected in the honor of Saint Nur Qutub-Ul-Alam by Makhdum Sheikh, a descendent and a follower of the saint.
Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
Adina Mosque.

Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
Beautiful interior of Adina Mosque.
Adina Mosque Built by Sultan Sikandar Shah, Adina Mosque is the largest Islamic monument in the whole of Bengal. It consists of a large rectangular courtyard surrounded by rows of arched and domed bays, an impressive nave along with beautifully decorated mihrab and pulpit. 
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Adina Deer Park can be a point of interest for birdwatchers too!

Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
Myriad deer types grazing at Adina Deer Park.
Adina Deer Park It was so ecstatic to ride through the forest road amidst green and green. Some immature tourists who shout at the flock of deer are sure to dishearten you. But again, ‘ape to man’ evolution can be remembered and felt sympathetic about the fact that there are souls among us who are yet to cross that phase of transformation, God help them! Thousands of chirping birds are sure to still the show.

By 7:00 evening, having throttled 195 KM in the whole day, I came back to my rest house in Malda to quit the day gracefully. Next day too many marvelous structures were to be seen at Gour… but before that I had to leave Gour Bhavan and occupy a room in the New circuit house (at Mogdompur) as I couldn’t manage to get a booking there for 1st September. Had a sumptuous Bengali dinner and kept on scanning through the Google-map till I fell asleep. I woke up slightly before the sunrise, packed my luggage and rode to New Circuit House. There the caretaker turned out to be a better early riser than me, so thing became easier… freshened up, had some breakfast and started my journey for Gour by 7:40 AM.
Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
My accommodation for the second day at Malda- New Circuit House at Mogdompur.
After I crossed few kilometers from Malda and took the left turn for Gour, the road condition changed like a magic… The butter-smooth road seduced my rational mind very soon and I rode in crazy speed the entire extent, partly not to miss the chance in a good road, and hugely to shed off all the frustrations I had accumulated so far in the whole trip due to worst possible highways! In 10-15 minutes I entered Gour to get absorbed in its opulence.
Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
Baradwari Mosque.

Exploring Murshidabad and Malda on Two Wheels
With the arcaded aisle of its corridor, this mosque is indeed the most impressive building of Gour!
Baradwari Mosque It is more popularly known as “Barasona Masjid”. With the arcaded aisle of its corridor, this mosque is indeed the most impressive building of Gour, built by Sultan Nasrat Shah. It is called Baradwari, a building with twelve doors, but has only eleven openings. Its corridor is domed but the three aisled hall is now dome-less, although its domes, originally gilded gave its name the ‘Great Golden Mosque’.


Hold on, my exploration of Murshidabad and Malda on two wheels is not yet over! So, click here to explore the final part of this series.

8 comments:

  1. A total tour guide of Malda and Murshidabad. You are doing a great job through these series of posts... :-) Beautiful pictures as usual...

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    1. And you're encouraging as ever!... Onek dhonyobad hey lekhika :-))

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  2. Keep capturing as well as writing.. :)

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    1. I'll try my best.. please keep coming back and puring your thoughts :-)

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  3. What a fabulous travelogue. Loved your pictures.

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    1. That's really encouraging...much appreciate your visit Parul :-))

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