Varanasi to Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

Another 5am start to hit the road early. We weave our way through the early morning Varanasi traffic and onto the first highway I have seen on the trip. Me make good ground until the roads narrow and we pass through various roadside villages. We stop briefly at a railway crossing – all of the Indian people inspect us curiously.

As we pass into Madha Pradesh the landscape changes. Everything becomes much greener and less dusty, which is a welcome change. We pass fields of size-able crops, rather than bare ones. The roads get bumpy in places but we make good ground.

We stop for lunch at a roadside place, popular with truck drivers. The setting is a little off putting and we have a little communication troubles, but we end up sitting in the sunshine and enjoying a fabulous Indian meal. In particular the rice pudding desert, which was probably the best I have ever tasted.

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