Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong

Tripoto
24th Feb 2014

Ward's Lake Shillong

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Tea farms

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Tea at local nepali family's cottage in Dum D

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

My host's house in Dum Duma

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

My host and me

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Shillong - walking around the city

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Sholling Peak

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Khasi Woman selling corn

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Kamakhiya Temple, Guwahati

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Kamakhiya Temple Door

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Brahmaputra River, Guwahati

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Village Margherita

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

coal mountain, Margherita, Assam

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

A Nepali Wedding, Digboi

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Nepali Groom

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Walk around Digboi town

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Tamul as the locals call it, added to paan

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Customs from Nepali wedding

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Wedding Dance

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Host's House, Digboi, Assam

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Backyard

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Entering Shillong

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

Guwahati Streets

Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma
Photo of Backpacking to Upper Assam and Shillong by Siddharth Sharma

I visited Digboi for my friend's wedding, from there I decided t travel ahead and took halts in small villages, took lifts from people met a lot of local, crashed at locals' houses in villages like Margherita, Dum-duma. This was the best experience of my life also visited Guwahati and Shillong where I stayed in cheap hostel. There is a lot said about north east being very much unsafe for hindi speakers, but found everyone welcoming and hospitality was the best thing about them, The different cultures, vibrant colors, from oldest tribes to to the most modern lifestyle. Learnt a lot about hoe diversity is beautiful and people should rather enjoy this instead of getting into communal disputes. 

Oldest oil refinery of India in Digboi to coal mountains to, one of the most gory temple, Kamakhiya where sacrifices of goats are done on daily basis to the most most amazing Khasi culture of Shillong where Women are teh head of the family and husband takes the name of the woman after marriage and goes to her house.

This trip was an enlightenment and looking forward to go to Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram after saving up money.

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