Day 2 - This is when the excitement levels reached a new high. This was the day we were going to cross into Arunachal..
Even though Arunachal is an integral part of India, all visitors need an inner line permit to enter its borders. Thankfully the government has made the process very easy, you can apply for it online and the permit is sanctioned the same moment electronically. Make sure to carry the print outs just in case.
Some members of the family also joined me on the journey in a 4WD SuV - Rexton. Having someone on this journey is always a bonus as the mountains can throw surprises on every bend of the road. Moreover not carrying any of my usual tools ( just in case of a breakdown ) any mishap could spell trouble.
We started out early in the morning from Wild Mahaseer, The Arunachal border was only about 45 kms away
The route we took- Tezpur - Bhalukpong ( Arunachal ) - Bomdila - Tenga Valley - Dirang Valleg
The total distance of about 180 kms takes us through the National Highway 13 also called the Trans Arunachal Highway. Even though the distance was short it tooks us almost 8 hours.. The road in most place after Bhalukpong is in very bad shape. Thanks to all the landslides and rains, you can barely call it a road.
Bhalukpong is where you need to make your entries with the authorities and start the long but spectacular journey to Bomdila.
We were further delayed by road blocks and ofcourse the scenic beauty of the place.
The Himalayan is the perfect bike for The Himalayas, this journey could be back breaking on most two wheelers but we were fortunate to have a beast of a 4WD and the super smooth Himalayan.
The landscape enroute is stunning and breathtaking. The view will leave you speechless and there is no adjective in the vocabulary that can describe how beautiful Arunachal Pradesh is. The eastern Himalayas are very different from their western counterparts. Green and Easy going yet daunting and dangerous if not careful.
We crossed many bridges and small villages to finally reach our destination of the day - Dirang Valley. Tourism in this part of the country is still under developed ( which is good ) hence the options are limited. We stayed at the Norphel Retreat which is the only Hotel in town ( but pretty good ). We called Dirang Valley home for the next two days with plans to make day trips to more places.