As children have you ever felt euphoric, ecstatic and enthralled on discovering a secret hideaway or a small tunnel tucked away in the backyard of your grandmother’s farm? If yes, you will know what exactly we felt on today’s ride.
What was planned as a century ride turned into an impromptu offroading into a non-descript yet captivating village and its adjoining off roads.
Located on a small hill near Nandan Kanan, Chudangagarh village which falls under Bhubaneswar LS constituency lies at a distance of 25 kilometers from Jayadev Vihar. Chudangagarh is also called Sarangagarh by the Muslim and British historians. The Chudangagarh fort was named after King ChodagangaDev. The village comes under the Chudanga Reserve Forest. The narrow kuchha road ends abruptly at what must be the village chaupal. Leaving our cycles there we walked some distance to the Hati Pokhari (a pond for bathing elephants of the king) and Rani Pokhari (the Queen’s private pond). It’s unbelievable that history thrives in the middle of the ever bustling and growing SmartCity, and an entire civilization goes about their lives quietly without bothering much about digitalization, smartphones and high speed data.
We covered most of the marshy reserve forest on foot, shouldering our bicycles.
The ride is a memoir of little joys in life that cost nothing, yet are valuable.
The’s ride is one of those rides when we just stop looking at the distance covered, speed and pace. The ride made us all richer in life experience and left us with substantial food for thought.
Route: BBSR club–jaydev vihar–nandankanan–barang–Chudagagarh–chandaka–sumhospital–firestation