June 12th: Guwahati Airport - ShillongDrove from Guwahati around 10 am towards Shillong with some sightseeing in between.
Guwahati, Assam is the heart of North East India . Most of the places are easily accessible from there . So when I was planning to ride to Meghalaya, I had to come to Guwahati and start the ride from here .The roads in the city may be jammed with traffic but if you are in the monsoon time , you might witness the Brahmaputra booming and swelling high and the exquisite weather with the romance of the clouds is an icing on the cake .
My Train got late due to some ongoing protest related to Bodoland. After Reaching Guwahati, I booked hotel just nearby Railway station by Goibibo for a night stay.Expenditure- Rs 900; One night stay Hotel City palace, Guwahati
Once I came across a dialogue from the Hindi movie "Highway" which says - I don’t want to go where I have started from, I don’t want to reach where I will be reaching to, but the road, the road I travel is beautiful, I don’t want this journey to end - This is exactly what we felt when we were driving down the Trans-Himalayan highways amidst the high mountains of North East Himalayas. We started from Bomdila at around 6 30 am in the morning, with packed breakfast for the road and fuel tanked up for the 280 km journey to Guwahati. We stopped for a while in Khalaktang and at the check post of Arunachal borders as we descended towards the foothills.
It starts with Guwahati. We have reached Guwahati the previous night we started our journey. The very next morning we booked our seat in the Sumo that goes to Bomdila from the BSTC terminal for the next day. The reason behind booking the sumo and not taking personal taxi is very important and it is the shortcut and more beautiful route that they take(ankling-denz-shergaon-rupa). Taxis avoid it being a sensitive area but sumos pay the local vasooli-bhais and you are very much safe with them. It enables us to explore bomdila the same day we reach there and continue our journey from the next day without a full day halt.Just after booking the seats we had a light breakfast and we left for shillong. It is not a place to be explored in one day but I was dying to see the city and we have decided to see only a few places there and enjoy the route. It a beautiful road to drive on. We halted a few times to feel the beauty of the place and enjoyed the amazing pineapple.