How I reached Suraj Chhatri, Bundi, Rajasthan?
Chhatri on top of Aravalli Hills and Taragarh Fort undefeated Fort of Bundi two important structures definitely attract many eyes via passing through National Highway 12 no matter day or night. I had to stop Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike at National Highway 12 the moment I saw both.
Yes, I was on Bundi tour. Chhatri visit was the first priority but how – the question.
Upon query I was guided by a local – There are two ways to reach but for both ways I need a guide.
I requested Guddu ji – a dear friend to arrange guide andÂ Ashok ji – The guide was present.
Ashok ji said – Suraj Chhatri is the location for first rays of morning Sun. In other words the best location to watch Sunrise.
But how to reach? – I question.
The shortest route to reach Suraj Chhatri is next to Akhare Wale Hanuman ji temple popularly known as Rasala ke Balaji and another one is approx. eight km journey.
Next day early morning hours I and Ashok ji driving Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark to watch Sunrise. The city was almost sleep though few early risers on road for morning walk. We parked the motorbike outside Balaji temple, a narrow path next to temple wall towards the hill. I was following Ashok ji carrying torch as it was dark and the path new. Ashok ji is local man well aware of the path, ways of climbing but I was not but was trying the best following his foot steps.
The narrow hilly path surrounded two sides by babool, khejde, dhokda trees and shrubs. Ouch – babool thorn pierced sleepers. Fifty more meters and a feel climbing is not possible because the path was not man made and steep though few men maybe with animals for grazing walked through this path. I requested Ashok ji to drop the idea of further walk and follow another route the eight km one.
Ashok ji tried to convince but I was adamant not to walk further as it maybe risky specially when I am in sleepers. Maybe if I was local it was easy to climb but I am from plains unable to climb specially if path is not well made. Anyways, motorbike ride again we towards National Highway 12. Half km NH 12 ride towards Jaipur (if not Kota) and a right turn towards the board indicating towards Doordarshan.
Silent approx. 2 km road crossing Rampuriya village, right turn at Phool Sagar Chauraha, two km further driving and right turn for Suraj Chhatri.
Dobra Mahadev – Ashok ji was indicating a path on the right side of the road. I was listening and driving. Twenty-five meters inside the jungle I parked the motorbike close to Shikar Burj. Shikar burj is a place where in earlier days Kings used to visit for hunting.
The air is cold. It is jungle area. Ashok ji said when he was a child whole of area all around Bundi was dense jungle and to reach Suraj Chhatri via eight km path or any other way was difficult and unimaginable. I was thinking still it is not that easy for someone to reach without the help of a guide. Thank you Ashok ji said I.
Again no man made path. All natural. I was liking the jungle trail. Many times we have to bend our backs to pass through babool, Khejda, Cherail bushes some with thorns some without and many times rocky path we have to climb. Suraj Chatri wasn’t visible yet, we continue walking entering deep inside the jungle. About 10-15 minutes of walk we saw glimpse of a structure. It is indeed Suraj Chatri – said I. Yes, the confirmation was from Ashok ji.
Finally we reach but we were little late maybe approx. 5 minutes. The Sun was out but anyways, I was happy. Time for photography.
Bundi city, Taragarh Fort all in front of us and the rising Sun. Beautiful atmosphere. We on top of Aravalli mountains. Sun God idol is present with seven horses. The year it was established embossed I guess 17 hundred something. I tried to read but maybe written in Sanskrit language I gave up. Will try to know more about the same said I and sat down after prayers to watch Sun in front of us and rays straight towards the Sun idol. Bundi houses almost blue. Nobody else is present except Ashok ji and I. What a moment – said I. Thank you Ashok ji Thank you. And this is the best route though it is also not easy one without you – said I.
While returning we followed another route via Jaitsagar, Sarbagh, Bangaga – another tourist places just for curiosity to know the Bundi distance. Both ways we discover 8 km approx. to reach Suraj Chhatri or vice versa.
Will say climbing is not advisable and the one I followed maybe is the best route to reach if you want to watch early sunrise but that too not without a guide because it is jungle area.