XBHP team undertook a road trip to Northern Odisha on 9th-10th September 2017. We covered Chakratirtha, Gadachandi, Salandi Dam, Emami Jagannath Temple at Balgopalpur, Chandipur, Panchalingeshwar ,Nilgiri & Mitari- the blue lake.
The places were breathtaking and the perennial stream near Gadachandi is a perfect place to take a refreshing bath and rejuvenate yourself for the onward journey. Our journey was a smooth one, save for the odd patch of bad roads especially between Salandi Dam ( also called Hadgarh Dam) to Bhadrak and the torrential rains.
Our first stop was Chakratirtha
Our second stop was at Gadachandi.
Our third stop for the day was at Salandi Dam also known as Hadagarh Dam.
Due to poor road condition we reached Bhadrak at 4pm, after a quick lunch we headed off to Emami Jagannath Temple, Balgopalpur before we retired for the day at Chandipur.
Next day we started for Panchalingeswar.Located near Chandipur its a revered Shiva Temple,located on a hill top the temple makes for a picturesque setting with a stream flowing through.
After Panchalingeswar we headed off for Nilgiri, According to data on web, the Nilgiri state was founded in 1125 by a mystical ancestor coming from the Chhota Nagpur region. In 1525 Raja Narayan Singh distinguished himself by his service to Emperor Akbar in the battles against Afghan invaders. Between 1611 and 1797 there were seven successive rulers. The rulers of Nilgiri State were Rajputs of the Bhanja dynasty. This Palace was built on 1898 .
There is a small tunnel located in the front yard of Palace. As the caretaker explained it is connected to the main gate of the Palace. There is a well inside the tunnel & its water is used for all temple rituals. In summer one can walk from one end to another but in rainy season as the water level rise up it is restricted from common people. As they don’t want people feet’s touching the water .
On the way back we stopped at Mitari the Blue Lake
On the way back , we experienced heavy rains which delayed us by a good couple of hours, we could reach Bhubaneswar at 8pm, exhausted but a thoroughly enjoyable trip.
Our team for the Trip
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By Arijeet Palit
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