Day 6 : 26th September 2019
The hotel served us excellent food for dinner and that includes a glass of sweet lassi. I haven’t had lassi for really long time and it tasted brilliant. Need to have this brilliant drink on a regular basis and am determined about it.
The morning at Darbhanga is fantastic. The entire area is covered with a green blanket and it was raining and I spotted a couple of deers at a distance. Didn’t take a picture but one of the pictures I shared yesterday also had some deers. Lovely place to live.
One of my cousins & a friend gave an interesting explanation for labor migration. The locals don’t want to work on farms or agricultural lands because of the following reasons:
° Not going to pay you a lot and the comparison happens with city peers when it comes to earnings. They think city people have everything and we all think villagers live in heaven. The other side is always greener and stupidity on both sides.
° They don’t feel proud to work locally and migrate to other cities and do menial jobs. They feel that the fellow village people feel proud of them by going out and earning more. Again stupidity on both sides.
We wanted to start at 6 but the body didn’t help. I kept alarmed for 4 am but moved it to 4:30 (around 3:30 am). I decided to leave at 6:30 but we started at 7:15. The roads from Darbhanga to Siliguri (around 265 km) were too good to ride and our average speed was 75 km per hour. The road signs were saying a different km number to Siliguri compared to our Google maps. On reaching Araria, the map showed us take left and the road looked bad. We thought of taking the other route (the difference between our Google maps and milestones) but checked with the people sitting near the exit. They suggested us to go with Google maps and we proceeded with the same. Initial 5 kms were very average and we were blaming ourselves for that decision. Later the roads became so good (2 lane – SH63 and/or NH237E) and we continued to maintain good speed.
We crossed border and touched west Bengal. The roads became narrow but it was brilliant as well. After some time, we were followed by tea estates on both the sides and it was worth doing another ride using this stretch. That is Siliguri and we reached at 1 pm. Another beautiful place but succumbing to the commercial pressure. It is good as of now but i wont vouch for “status quo” after 10 years.
We headed straight to Royal Enfield Service center and gave our vehicle for a quick check and repair (petrol tank key issue, bike giving bad mileage, Manish’s rear breaks were not great, etc..). It was 1 pm and we requested them to give us the vehicle quickly. As always, they said they have lots of vehicles in the queue and it would take some time. I used my skills again to get them to start working on the vehicle (Manish called me “Meeti Chor”) and I saw them moving my vehicle and started working on it. Repair works (including replacing my tank lock) got done quickly and then they started working on Manish ‘s vehicle. Now I have 4 keys (2 for a bike to start and 2 to open the petrol tank) to break and I am really excited about the abundance. We continued our conversation with the assigned employee and they did a great job and finished his vehicle also quickly. The billing desk had girls and they worked on their own pace. We got delayed here for some time and finally settled the payments and got the check out pass to leave around 3:30 pm.
Had our lunch in between and saw a motorcycle ambulance carrying one patient, one rider and one support staff. Believe the method initiated by Karimul Haque is working really well in these kind of places. Good idea as long as it works for the people.
We thought of covering another 150 kms in the next couple of hours and nature decided to go against our will. It started raining and we had to stay at the service centre till 5 pm. It stopped for some time and we decided to leave quickly and the service centre guys told us that it would take less than an hour to reach Dhupguri (77 kms from Siliguri and 22 kms from Jalpaiguri). They suggested us to take “Asian Highway 1” and we started our ride again. We continued our ride through turns and curves and I started wondering how come they built sigh an important multi-national highway in that manner. Later realized that it was not the national highway 1 and it is some other route to Dhupgiri. Roads were good for major part but the last stretch was more of “off-roading”. Tough to ride when you don’t have much sunlight and it was because of Google. Do I need to say anymore on this topic. Believe you all can read my mind and how I felt during the 77 kms ride from Siliguri to Dhupgiri (the locals call the Giri as Gudi and I don’t know why can’t they write it the same way. It was funny to say Siliguri and get a response from the other side as Siligudi).
Finally reached Dhupgiri around 6:30 pm and found a marriage hall cum guest house on entering the town. Decent rooms for 900 rupees and we have been assigned 5 support staff. They come and go back together and i felt like a royal person for some time 😜😜😜. Managed to wash some clothes and went to bed early. Plan to start at 6 am and let’s see whether we can execute our plan.
Good we covered some distance today and our journey entering North-Eastern part of India and Reaching Guwahati should happen tomorrow