The weather was perfect for riding on mountain roads. I must say that the road of Salur Ghati is well maintained.
Great view everywhere.
View and sunlight was perfect
Roads were such that I used to stop every now and then to take pictures.
I loved the curves of mountain roads
View was getting better and better
I love curves ...... of these roads
Yet another view
A view of water stream
Nature has arranged this big stones in some way
I was riding on Jeypore Viziangaram Road. I crossed Sunki. I had again entered Odisha.
I also crossed Pottangi. The road were descending now.
At around 3.55 PM , I reached Kundili. I had to turn right from here. Saw this info board on Deomali mentioning it was only 23 KM from here. I was very happy to see this sign board.
I enquired with local auto drivers and other shop keepers about the road condition towards Deomali top. Gained some knowledge about time it will take to reach on top. Also enquired about the night stay options. Asked one of auto driver to click a picture of me with this Deomali info board.
Now I had two options, first to search for night stay and visit Deomali Top on next day. Otherwise ride now and see sun set from top.
During winter days sun will set little earlier. I thought that I must reach on Deomali Top before sunset and decided to see sunset from the height of 5485 feet. I also knew that I can take better photographs during sun rise and sun set. But I will have to ride back on mountain descend in dark.
I had two night stay option. First one at Semiligula in any lodge , if I come back before cold of night increases, and second one was to stay at Gurukul Ashram at Pungar, Kunduli village , if I ride back late.
Calculating all these factor I decided to ride to Deomali Top for sun set views.
This info gate was showing me "WELCOME TO ORISSA's HIGHEST PEAK POINT"
Amazing updates. Your photography is so beautiful. But unlike your Ladakh trip, thoda drama aur emotions is missing from the story line. Looks like you had an all too smooth ride. Anyway enjoying the show. Please carry on riding so that dreamers like us can at least share the ride along with you.
I started riding towards Deomali Top at 4 PM. Sun light was perfect and I was expecting to ride this 23 Km road before sunset.
This was the first view of Deomali Mountain.
Road was single village road but not bad for riding. The view of Deomali mountain was also better
Further zoom view
Sun was setting down and sunlight was falling on Deomali Mountain. Perfect light for a photograph
There are many Watch Towers on Deomali Top Road. I could see some from here
This is Deomali Nallah
This is a small water stream of Deomali Mountain Range
Joy Ride ?
No, locals travel like this only due to lack of affordable local transport.
At least 10 persons were travelling on jeep top and on front bonnet. There must be another 10 inside the jeep.
There are some villages like Kotiya and Gumelpadar ahead. May be they are travelling there.
The road was single lane but nice one
A zoom view
Some plain land are also cultivated here
At around 4.37 PM I was still at 3300 feet above sea level. Now was the time to ride on Ghat Roads
Just riding after 3 minutes I saw a road diversion. Right one was going towards Kotiya. And left one was going up towards Deomali Top.
Saw this cemented info board. It was written "DEOMALI - Odisha's Peak Point - 1672 meter above sea level - Pottangi , Koraput "
Full picture of that cemented sign board
Until this point there was good road. After this 2.6 KM was very bad road with lots of pebbles , Gravel and mettle on road. It was damaged very badly at some place. There were lots of dense forest trees on both sides.
My riding experience of Ladakh helped me here. I was confidently riding in spite of bad roads.
At around 4.52 PM , I reached Deomali Top mountain road. I was at around 4500 feet above sea level. From here on wards there is a mountain top road towards Deomali Peak for 3.6 KM. This road is the best part of this trip. Both side views of small mountains and I am riding on hill top road with great view.
I took a selfie there. One can see both tiredness and happiness on my face.
Some mesmerizing view from there
The Deomali Top Road starts from East of Deomali mountain range and it is 3.60 KM long. Starting point is Mathalambo.
This Google earth image will give you fair idea about my ride from Mathalambo of east side to Deomali Peak side towards west.
That mountain is Mathalambo
My Bike with Deomali Peak View
Another great view of my bike with Deomali mountain range
And the last picture from this point
Re stared my ride , but stopped again to see this road which I rode
Sun was going down in west
View opposite side with watch tower, my bike and some great mountains in background
The road ahead...... That high mountain is Deomali Peak
It was 4.57 PM and Sun was setting down fast. I had to reach last point before it is dark.
And just to inform you that there was NOBODY around. I was alone from Mathalambo to Deomali mountain top road.
It was sun set time and there was a different type of silence there. This was my truely SOLO ride experience. Fear with great 360 degree view.
Only myself at a Highest place of Odisha with sun set !!!