Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SHERAGHAT ON SARAJU RIVER ( Like Frankfurt am Meins)

SHERAGHAT is a tiny place on the Bank of Saraju river. It has few huts, on both sides of the road, selling essential things for the villages spread around in the Hills. People get down from the bus to have a cup of tea, hot Pakodas and boiled eggs too. It has been always our stopping point, after a nerve breaking drive, ( with few Rum stops)  on our way to Choukari from Almora. This place has some emotional attachment thats all. You may pass through the place without realizing.
I am posting here few photos and marked the locations of the photos on it. 
You can see the Saraju river flowing down. A tributary joins on the left. The road from Almora comes from the right bank, crosses the bridge and goes to Berinag. The tributary has a foot bridge. ( Please read the note on the map below.)

The Sheraghat Bridge on Saraju river. Someone is already on the bridge and I am going on to the bridge on the left.

The upstream of the river as seen from the bridge. 

The down stream, a cremation is going on, you can hear the people crying. The bridge faraway is the foot bridge on the tributary. It is almost late afternoon and  trees are casting long shadows and time for the Leopards to get up.


Two people are sitting on the foot bridge and watching the cremation.
This photo was taken seconds before the blue atired girl vanished from the bridge, (on the left).( I mean, she did not fall from the bridge, just left.)
I saw her at the bus stop sometime back and she was quite pretty.. People normally hurry back before evening due to Leopards, who come out for hunting at dusk, They generally don't eat human beings, but love to eat dogs.

This is one of the rare trips, we ( we 2 brothers) , had allowed our wives to come along..My tea is waiting for me to finish the photography. While my brother is framing driving strategy with a smoke , ladies are enjoying tea. Guess who is someone ??
In our subsequent trips since 2006, we did not go via , Sheraghat, we took a longer route via Jageswar, Gongoli hat, ( the famous Kalika temple)  and Patal Bhubaneswar. That is another story  

21 comments:

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Ushnishkaku

Photos of sharayu River looks amazing. Was transported back to Satya Yug when Lord Ram used to roam in this banks. Hope one day this river is revered as well as rivers like Ganga & Yamuna.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

cyclopseven said...

Could sense the pease rippling around the area. Well written.

~G said...

Liked the pictures and your small notes at the end of each picture. I am sure you have lots more to tell :)
But the pictures speak a lot already.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Kaku,
Gorgeous pics and amazing write up :) ..Just loved it!

Bhalo thakben..
Sanghamitra.

Devasena Hariharan said...

lovely pics, hope u all had a nice trip

? said...

Ushnishda,

You get to take some amazing trips Ushnishda and share it with us. thankyou....

It brought back memories of a trip down from Kathmandu to Kakkarbitta..; same sense of following a river, do not remember the name. But tiny stops at roadside dabhas selling snacks, black chickpeas and rotis.

Arti said...

This looks heaven...
Just one word - AWESOME!

sangeeta said...

What???
That girl in the blue dress vanished?? what does that mean ?
Am i asking a stupid question??
I am curious...

And i know who is the someone...:)

Gouri Guha said...

Ushnishda, enjoyed the journey with words and pictures. These travels will remain with the nostalgic moments biting now and then...and then another interest comes up for another travel...

Few months back we (my family) went to Kedarnath-Badrinath by car. Simply enjoyed the 7 days...though it was tough at some places.

Good post.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Beautiful location Ushnish ji. Like the way you narrated....the details are simply superb. Read about Sarayu river, now only seeing this.
Your family snap is beautiful. Convey my regards to Aunt.

Gauri Gharpure said...

Usnishda, these photos and the place looks so familiar.. we went to jageshwar and patalbhubaneswar and seems very likely we may have taken the same route, and had lunch at the same place you had tea, but i am not sure.. :)

and i also didn't exactly get the 'girl in blue dress vanished' bit..

Alessandra said...

This is so interesting. But why your wives don't come with you on more trips, is it too dangerous?

Keri said...

Fascinating, thank you for sharing. Now I need to know what are Hot Pakodas???

Did you say LEOPARDS? REAL LEOPARDS?

YIKES!

Purabi Naha said...

This is really an interesting post and I enjoyed reading it. Leopards? I have never seen one in my life. I love to visit such places but it is very difficult to manage with my two kids (one is 4 and the other 2.5). Anyways, I'd say this is a very well-written article. Is your wife the one in the blue suit? I am wondering how you manage multiple blogs plus your engineering job! You are really hard-working.
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. Shall surely read that book which you recommended. I like to preserve all the recipes of my mom, sasurima, dida and thakuma. Glad to meet a person like you through blogosphere.

Archana said...

Amazing picture and description. I am following you of course!

saffronstreaks said...

Hi Usnishda
It was a pleasure reading through your article..beautifully captures the beauty of almora with your words and pics...I loved travelogues, prev has read your account on Sunderban..left my views too..very fascinating..we did our gaumukh trip 2 yrs back and was equally charmed by the beauty of uttarkhand..darun hoyeche lekha ta

Sukanya

Aarti said...

Hi Ushnish
Enjoyed reading that post... havent been to these places and so totally fasscinated..

btw, would like to mail you... could you drop me a line to aaroo4 at gmail dot com pls.. Thank you

theshootingstar said...

Looks lovely! We must pass by so many little villages in India and never know it.

Pradeep said...

Ghosh Sahab
Really enjoyed the pics...
Just to share, I belongs to Berinag (on the way to Chaukori about 30 KM from this place). I have been crossing this place since 1992 when I came down from mountains to plans for studying. Being local I can tell you that this place is famous for fish and Mangoes. Whenever I go home I try to eat fish-curry (pahadi style.. though ..we don't know much about fish cooking and ..sometime same mutton masala :-) ).

Best wishes for your next trip

Prithwis Mukerjee said...

Nice post ....

Prithwis Mukerjee said...

Nice Post ...