Daringbadi – The Kashmir of Orissa
Daringbadi, one of the unexplored beauty of Orissa located in the Kandhamal district is often coined as the Kashmir of Orissa. Why is it compared to Kashmir? Localites claim that about 50 years ago this hilltop used to receive snowfall. Whether it was a truth or a gravevine, it did not affect us or will affect anyone from enjoying the beauty of nature.
However, it is also good to inform that Daringibadi hill station’s temperature ranges between 15 to 28 degree centigrade during summer, 8 – 22 during monsoon, 2 – 12 during winter. So it’s a place to visit whole round the year. At least when we reached Daringbari on 15th August it was quite cool. So to say in 1 words, light woollens are a must.
Daringbadi is at the height of 3000 ft from the sea level. Distance of Daringbari is around 250 kms to the south of Bhubaneshwar. The nearest railway station to reach Daringbari is Berhampur which is 130 Kms to the north. The drive from Bhubaneshwar to Daringbadi is mindblowing especially the last 22 kms i.e. the Eastern Ghat Roads. Here the road is covered with deep Sal Forest in the 2 sides of the road and taking sharp turns almost looks like a narrow decorated strip of ribbon.
There are 2 routes to reach Daringbidi. One route is via NH 217 which passes through Phulbani. Though this route is longer but it is good and safe for travelling. It climbs the Ghats in the last part of the journey. There is another route which turns away from Surda. This route is shorter and has its own beauty. One has to cross the Ghats twice. There is a stretch of Forest as well. You will also come across Haribhangi Dam.
This route is a little lonely and should be avoided during Night time. Chances of getting shops are limited so it is advisable to carry packet foods and water with you while travelling this way.