When we planned the one day ride to Kuno, we wanted to go to Kuno, not to go to Kuno, but to go through the roads that lead to Kuno.
Sometimes the journey to a place is more satisfying than the place itself and this totally stands true for Kuno because the road which we rode on today was a delight. This was as they say, as batsman’s wicket with no room for mercy for the baller.
The route that we took was from Gwalior to Mohana and then a turn towards Sheopur. The roads from Gwalior to Mohana was boring, but as soon as we turned towards Sheopur, it suddenly got amazing. The road got really narrow, but has tarmac all through. Doing 90 on these roads easy, mostly and those really long and straight stretches of this narrow road were nirvana moments for the motorcycle.
The area is mostly dry and flat with some hills here and there. Thus the landscapes are really very vast and at some points you can get the straight line of tarmac going on for miles, kind of view. I really must tread this path again at the golden hour to capture those amazing straight lines.
The destination was the Dak Bunglow, which was supposedly used by the royals in years bygone, to hunt wild cats and other forms of 4 legged creatures. The main attraction of this Bunglow, which is now a guest house, was a train coach which was supposedly used by the hunters as a safe cabin, from within which they could safely shoot their target. The coach indeed looks old, but has been made into a mess by the unaesthetic retards who run the tourism industry. They have painted is silver and blue and have just hammer-nailed everything which needed repair. Maybe they could learn something from motorcycle restorers.
The lunch at the Dak Bunglow was served inside the train coach. Although, the arrangements were not perfect as this place too is going through the infinite loop of renovation which most properties in MP have fallen prey to, but the staff did a good job in delivering good hospitality.
We also had a couple excursions. The first one led us through the Ghati, which has a beautiful view and to the jungle. In the jungle, we tried to find a spot named Dev Kho, but after 30 mins riding through the forest, we gave up. However, we did find Langoors and a local Jungle dweller. The jungle was quite creepy and exploring it felt like being a part of a Wrong Turn, type movie.
Infact, the road that lead to Dev Kho was blocked by bushes and a board which read ‘Chetawani’.
The second excursion was to the river Kuno. Although the water was not very clean, the riders jumped in for a dip. The end result was very satisfying.
As we had left early today, at 5:30 am, we got back by 5pm, which is good considering that we covered around 300km and a good amount of time at the destination.