The final day of the first Toyota River Drive was a short drive from Jabalpur to our final destination Amarkantak. The 5-hour journey took us to the most beautiful roads of the whole trip. Canopies of tress lined the fine Tarmac that we traveled on for most of the day. Small ghat sections punctuated our drive while the long straights allowed us to stretch the legs of the Yaris and Hrishi loved doing just that for the whole day. After a hearty breakfast, we followed MP SH 22 for more than a hundred kilometres. Traffic was sparse but the cattle running on to the road was a persistent problem.
“Canopies of tress lined the fine Tarmac that we traveled on for most of the day. Small ghat sections punctuated our drive while the long straights allowed us to stretch the legs of the Yaris”
Thankfully, we had our ace Hrishi at the wheel and he along with the Yaris’ excellent brakes and maneuverability made a mincemeat of the task at hand. The beautiful surroundings made us stop multiple times just to click pictures. Hrishi found a pack of monkeys and he tried really hard to be friends with them by offering them his food, but to no avail. The monkeys weren’t interested. With Hrishi and Rohit done with their photography and videography for the day, the two of them decided to take a nap and it was time for me to take the wheel. An enjoyable 2-hour Drive later we were in Amarkantak. A late start had ensured that it was almost time for the daily Aarti when we reached Amarkantak.
However, there was something else in store. It had skipped all of our minds that tomorrow is Dussehra. That meant that the Aarti was a grand affair and the entire Narmada Kund was lit up beautifully with earthen lamps and devotees from all over India had arrived for the occasion. The river Narmada originates at the site of the Kund and given its religious importance is a hugely important pilgrimage site.
After almost a week of traveling, we are where it all begins. It has been a revelation to learn and understand so much about the river and the lives of the people around them. We hope that our drive along the Narmada would shed much more light on the river.
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