Trips and Itineraries for Kailashahar
Tripura-Color of Monsoon
Backpacking across North-East India
. | bed tea in morning | costs taken care of | the fame Tripura hospitality | head to the tea estate | Vodaphone tells me I'm in Bangladesh | I pay for international roaming | Under the tutelage of Buddha Dev Acharya we learn the art of processing green tea and CTC | Handmade flower tea | April 29: Sabroom | Ludhua Tea Estate Plucking leaves |Tripura Tea not famed enough to compete with Assam and Darjeeling |the bud and two leaves for green tea |maintain tea bush height | tribal pickers guided by handlers | tea tasting| tour of the tribal villages | the school teacher offers a tour and home grown custard apple | the Mog tribe | tea in beautiful Bangladeshi cups | Riding along the fenced border of Bangladesh | special permission | local market | smelly dry fishes | The river that divided the two nations | Feni River | April 30: Sabroom Work still on at the tea factory | Eating green mango under a tree | Surrounded by ponds and tea slopes | Helping the workers of the factory | All political parties of Tripura have called a strike against the central government's attempt to make all old polluting vehicles off road | Crossing the rubber plantations through heavy storm in an ambulance to beat the strike called by the red flags of the red state | April 30: Agartala The so called only 3 star hotel in the city refuses to let us stay because he can't cough up a marriage certificate | Irritated and pissed off (I use my sketchy Bangla to give them a piece of my mind) | frog in the well mentality | we go back to New Mayur Hotel | better room | cleaner | roadside Puri sabzi | the vendor tells me he only sells in the evening | the best puri sabzi in Agartala | have tea at a shady tea shop near the liquor store | May 1: Agartala> bus> Dharmanagar | Dharmanagar> bus (1 hour)> Kailashahar Busy local bus | from bus stop, auto rickshaw to Unakoti Tourist Lodge | Evening | wandering around Kailashahar | fake veg biryani + puri | conversations with locals | T.V at the lodge |Captain America | May 2: Kailashahar> Unakoti Auto Rickshaw to Unakoti | One less than a crore | Ancient bas relief statues on the rocks of Unakuti| water gushes over the alien looking figures of Shiva and Ganesha | Two heavily armed paramilitary ask us to be careful on the slippery stairs | One scared shit government official guarded by two policemen and a petty expresses shock that Lilian is traveling in such a remote area |She replies, "Very beautiful place....