A Day in Guwahati - Gateway to North-East India
Sculptures in the Muse Musical instruments used in Assamese music Traditional Assamese dress Next you can visit the Umananda Devaloi, a Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra just opposite the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup or the Kachari Ghat in Guwahati....
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April 8: Howrah Railway Station> Salt Lake City> Arjun and Joie and their kid, ArjoeBack to land of my forefathers | to the gracious and happy hosts | to Pom Pom, the dog | to the heat of the city of joy | to Vodka and talks on the terrace | Drunken Weed induced conversations | Ghosts of the tall trees | pranik healing | eunuch shamshans | the sanitary pad gimmick | motherhood | The Mill on the Floss | April 9 and 10: Salt Lake City, Calcutta It all started with two beers | And talks about the nobel gene and noir movies | We meet one of Arjoe's four girlfriends | Then we go fetch more Millers | Pinku comes by | We drive to his house to smoke a chillum | We have rum | He plays the keyboard | We rush back | Arjun plays the guitar | I make terrible sounds which I pretend is singing | Joie sings | Her sister and a friend joins in |We smoke up more grass |They got white rum |We gulp down more | Pinku gives me contacts for Shillong |I can't figure out how to type | Then Arjun forgets the number | Punjabi songs are played |Joie and Lillian dance like happy lambs for an hour | Arjun plays | Lillian passes out on the couch | Joie keeps staring at the painting on the wall till 6 in the morning | We miss the morning train | We leave for NJP in 10 minutes by bus | April 11: 7 PM | Bus to Siliguri After 18 hours of traffic-laced bus ride through the potholed roads of Bengal | On the way a policeman gets up to video record all the passengers and ask really inappropriate questions of couples in the sleeper berth | April 12: Midday | Shared Auto Rickshaw to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station April 12: 6:30 PM | Train to Guwahati (Second Seating | Kanchanjunga Express) After 10 hours of train travel | including an incident of a thief snatching a woman's bag | Lillian sleeping through | we reach the dusty Guwahati | April 13: Early Morning | Guwahati Only few designated hotels allow foreign tourists | Hotel Surya | 1680 INR | Inner line permit for Indian Citizens | Mizoram House + Nagaland House | Beer night | Fancy hotel room fridge | April 14: 8 Am | Connecting bus from Palton Bazaar (on the other side of the Guwahati Railway Station) to ISBT | Bus to Gohpur (Violina's village) | April 14- April 17: Gohpur | Evening During Bihu | kids in Meghala Chador | Bihu courtyard dance | ducks | goats | cows | catching fishes | drinking rice beers | visiting the tribes | the Bodo | the Mising |the Karbi | the bamboo and mud houses |ponds | Tejpur | temples | the mighty Brahmaputra | Guptkashi | Security checks | Sunset | old structures |walking through villages | And Emon, the kid obsessed with earth movers and my sleeping bag | April 17: 7:30 PM | Night bus to GuwahatiApril 18: morning | Guwahati | Shared Tata Sumo (Maxi Cab) to Shillong | 2 hours to Shillong April 18: Shillong | Police Bazaar | Marwari Basa Hotel | 600 INR No bar for ladies | smuggling beers into the hotel | drinking with precaution | feels like conjugal visit | very small room | very small beds | possible bed bugs in blankets | Meghalaya, the abode of clouds | bought a book of Khasi folklore | April 19: early morning | Maxi cab to Cherapunjee | traditional name: SohraTraffic jam | Khasi Procession |the rooster flag | fog | the driver says even the sun takes rest on a Sunday April 19: afternoon | main market to lower Sohra by Maruti 800 cab | By the Way Guest-house | 250 INR per personLost among clouds | rain | a heart towards the east | the Shire of IndiaApril 19: Sohra Walk to the Seven Sisters' Falls | through smoggy fumes of the open coal mines | Eco park: head of the Seven Sisters' Falls | green small rolling hills and pastures | meet two Indian backpackers travelling for the last 8 months across India and Bhutan | April 20: bus to Mawshamok village Arrive in fog | walk into the valley | 700 metres steep into the valley | innumerable stairs | Nongriat | the land of the living roots bridges | single bridge | skinny dipping in the river | double decker bridge | rice and 'little' sabzi | jumping into the waterfall pond | REST HOUSE near the bridge | no other guests | no running water | April 21: Nongriat Sweaty and challenging climb to the foggy village head April 21: market day | walk from lower Sohra to upper Sohra April 22: SohraWalk to Mawasmai Caves | strike called by Khasi Students Union against BJP president's upcoming visit to Shillong | no tickets at the gate | no light in the main caves | walk into the sacred forests of the Khasi | No internet | April 23: shared Maxi cab to Shillong Leaving an emotional and slightly drunk and love lorn Heprit, our host at "By the Way" April 23: Shillong Back to Marwari Basa Hotel | slightly bigger room | a sick German Sheppard | I buy 'Look Back in Anger' and 'Gitanjali' | smuggle in beer | April 24: Shillong Long walk to the Don Bosco Museum | 7 floors of tribal artefacts and informations | inaugurated by Smt....
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We started with a plan to visit Tawang, Thimpu/Paro (Bhutan), and Shillong from Guwahati, but ended up criss crossing the NE states like: places covered (pic courtsey Amar) So after few years of thinking, and few months of planning, we booked our flights to Guwahati, and the usual suspects: Amar, Anil, Manjesh, Sac,Shreedharana, Srivatasa and last but not the least, my wife Jyothi :P....
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ventureDisclaimer- The Cost that I have stated (Rs. 4500/-) is only for my trip from Guwahati to Shillong to Cherapunjee to Nongriat to Shillong to Kaziranga to Guwahati and is all inclusive- Transport, Food, Stay, entry tickets to all points of interest (including Camera fees) Misc expenses BUT Does not include my travel to Guwahati and my stay in Guwahati!...
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"I learnt by getting to know the forest as a being, feeling its breath in the stillness of days, filling my lungs and my whole being with the freshness it inspires." 26-May It was partly one of those periodic urges to run away from the world, and partly the wait for monsoons that found me flying on a Saturday morning to Guwahati....
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White background @ Sikkim
Road to Gangtok View of the Gangtok City Flower Garden @ Gangtok Road to Gurudngmar Lake Gurudongmar Lake Lachen Monastery Sikkimese Breakfast @ The Coffee House The snow fight ad of Cadbury Silk reminded me of something which I always wanted to do, the feel of touching the snow and playing with it....
Solo Trip To West Arunachal
Hey friends,here is a description of my super awesome trip to West Arunachal.A trip in which apart from flight bookings and hotels at Guwahati and an e ILP for 10 days,Nothing was preplanned.Just a rough route in head existed.:) Day 1 & 2: After an evening flight to Guwahati,I first went to ISBT even before getting to hotel to enquire about the Bomdila bus for the next day.Just got to know to come early,and look for APST bus near the exit gate.There will be private bus dalals here, dint give in to them,I always prefer government buses for my tough terrain trips.Post which i reached hotel and got prepared for the trip to come and reached ISBT early around 4 am the next day .Found 2 APST buses,no destination displayed.And just waited in the ISBT, periodically checking the buses movement.The early morning incessant rain was not helping in this.Around 6, i saw the driver approaching towards the older of the 2 buses,the white one in fact is the one for Bomdila....
Solo Trip to Bhutan on a Low Budget
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Delhi to Guwahati on a bike
The bond between the bikers is formed instantly through talks of passion for long, tiresome albeit rewarding road journeys, pleasant or unforgiving weathers, aromas of tea from those small energy boosting tea stalls along the way and sometimes stories about abundance of stupid drivers on the roads....
Meghalaya-Truly The Abode Of Clouds
Again it was towards the end of the year and new year was a few days away so we decided to travel to Guwahati where my in laws live.so ,my husband visits his home in Guwahati once a year.I have a number of reasons to be excited to visit them too .One of the reasons is that i get to travel north east more and i get to eat Assamese food,i must tell you that i not only love travelling but i have immense love for different cuisines specially Assamese food .My mother in law is a great cook.Anyways whenever we visit Guwahati together with my brother in law and his wife and his kid(tiku) we make plans to travel .This time we decided to travel in some parts of Meghalaya -North east state in India.I must say its such a beautiful North east region of India with breathtaking views and landscapes .Everything about this place makes you fall in love more with this place ,the sliding slopes,the blue sky with beautiful white clouds ,rolling green mountains and nevertheless the fresh cool air....
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