Dream Trip to NE India !

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17th Dec 2016
Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

என் முதல் எழுத்துக்கள் /\

I have been googling for almost 2 Years to go for Long Bike Trip away from Home State, but never had the courage to start the numerous searched trips thinking about various X factors.

Decided in Dec'16 that My 26th Birthday should be remembered by me for long. Booked the Ticket for Guwahati just a week before my trip start date - 17th Dec'16. Again after a lot of Googling planned to cover only Guwahati - Kaziranga - Majuli - Shillong - Chirapunjee - Dawki.

Decided to add a final companion to the trip to share my space. Booked a cutie pie Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise to cruise around North Eastern India !

Day 1

Day 1 - Taste of Assam

Landed in Guwahati and took the brand new cutie pie at Rentrip Guwahati - Bike Rental Service. Rentrip team helped me a lot to plan my initial 2 days at Guwahati to have a feel of North East India - People, Food , Roads , Flora's , Fauna & Mighty Skinned Rhino's !

From the Bike pickup point went straight to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ; while on the way to the Sanctuary itself , started sighting (500m away from Road) the Thick Stone Skinned Beasts - "Great Indian One Horned Rhinos" on the damp swamps along with numerous flying creatures - "Birds". My love for the Bird Sighting started here at Pobitora. Spent a good 2 Hrs with the Indian Pride One Horned Rhino's in a Jeep Safari & by the road side.

Started back to Guwahati at 4:30 pm to spend the rest of day around Guwahati but it has already started getting Dark which never happens in my part of Southern India - Tamilnadu (Sunsets Sets here after 6:00 pm). Checked in at a local Motel on the way back to Guwahati and had the pleasure to spend the night with Mr.Savage - NE Origin Barley Juice.

Entrance of Rhino Land !!

Photo of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Pabitara, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel
Day 2

Day 2 - A Dark kNight Ride to the Mystic Meghalaya's

Woke up early to visit Guwahati's Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary and spent a solid 3 hours on this Birdified lake and tried a lot to learn Bird Photography with my roomie's Canon 1300D , but couldn't capture closer as I forgot the Zoomer :{

Came back to room & covered up Kamakhya Temple , Peacock Island in the middle of Brahmaputra , Assam State Museum in Guwahati.

Exchanged the cutie Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise with Royal RE 500 Classic as there was a request from Rentrip. Delay in vehicle exchange lead me to start to Shillong very Late in the evening. A Perfect 4 Laned Ghat Night Ride in freezing cold with couple of Chai Stoppage's - Guwahati to Shillong !

Bird Photography - Stage 1 Learning

Photo of Deepor Beel Birds Sanctuary, Guwahati, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel
Day 3

Day 3 - My Birthday

Woke up to a Single Digit Centigrade on my 26th Birthday to face my fear for Heights. Faced the fear and completed Zip Lining somewhere in East Kashi Hills !

After completing the 1st Zip Lining , I was tempted to go for 2nd time but didn't choose to go ; so that I can catch up the rest of Journey towards the Living Double Root Bridge - Tiresome Half Day trek Awaiting <==>

Royal RE Classis 500 CC - It Kicks you Back

Photo of East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Sriram Muthuvel

Parked my RE at Tyrna Village and started trekking to the most beautiful village I have ever been - Nongriat . After a tiresome 4 Hr Trek - crossing tiny villages, many streams & through mountains reached Nongriat around 5 PM. Stayed in Serene Homestay with an amazing Family and some unknown travelers who seeded my plan for next trip in Mar'17 - Land of Happiness - Bhutan ! Thanks to the Unknown Travelers - BTW Completed the Bhutan Ride also :) :)

Nongriat - Heaven on Earth

Photo of Serene Homestay, Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Sriram Muthuvel

Finally as planned spent my Birthday as one of the most memorable one for Me - Started with Riding , Zip Lined , Trekked , Spent the whole day without much of electronic devices & with Stangers !! Luved The Whole Day !!

Sun through the Living Roots !

Photo of Living Root Bridge, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Sriram Muthuvel
Day 4

Day 4 - Mesmerizing Rainbow Falls

Initial plan was to Check out the Living Double Root Bridge and proceed to Dawki but as the villagers suggested proceeded to the one of the Most Beautiful Place I can ever See in Earth - The Rainbow Falls. After a another 3 Hr Morning Trek went mad at the sight of The Rainbow Falls - Sky Blued Crystal Clear Water Falls. But couldnt see the Rainbow as it was not monsoon season. Jump, Dive, Splash, Swim, Drink, Float, Sleep - Words I was thinking for 2 Hrs when I spent there !

Drench Jump Soak

Photo of Nongriat, Meghalaya, India by Sriram Muthuvel

Never Wanted to leave Rainbow Falls but Dawki was waiting in pipeline ;P ! Consoled myself that Ill come back again & Trekked back to the Serene Homestay !

Dive Dive Dive

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel
Day 5

Day 5 - Indo Bangla Border

Morning trekked back to Tyrna Village and proceeded with my RE to Dawki - The Indo Bangla Border Town. Read Dawki will be little congested so planned to stay in Shnonpgpdeng - Closer by Village on the banks of River Umngot. My Wooden Tree Home Stay care taker arranged a Quite-some Evening Ride to Indian Jurassic Park on the River Umngot - Spent a 1 Hr Silent Boat Trail !!

See-through Fishing

Photo of Shnongpdeng, Meghalaya, India by Sriram Muthuvel

River Umngot - Dark Green Sky just opposite to the Sky in between , but you can See through it till the River Bed that was never the case with actual sky.

Indo Bangla Border

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel
Day 6

Day 6 - Bye to Meghalay's : 350 KM Ghat Ride Awaits

Again woke up early for A Sunrise in Umngot , packed up , filled me & RE 500 and started to Kaziranga - but need to cover up Asia's Cleanest Village -Mawlynnong & Shillong !@!

The Indian Hollywood River

Photo of Mawlynnong, Meghalaya, India by Sriram Muthuvel

Dawki to Mawlynnong drive was a different one with fence on your left and lot of our Indian BSF Team in our Border with Bangladesh. Reached the Asia's cleanest village after a hour's drive along the Fenced Border.

Asia's Cleanest Village !

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Even before reaching I could smell the cleanliness - People were constantly cleaning the roads and roads were with lots of bin to collect the Trash. Spent around 30 mins walking in and around this Cleanest Village !

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Started again to UNESCO Site - Kaziranga with stoppages at Elephant Falls & Umiam Lake Only. Reached the Jorabat Tri Junction around 2 PM , but still around 180 KM to be cover in another 2 Hrs before it starts getting dark .

East Kashi Hills - Do they require Photoshop ??

Photo of East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, India by Sriram Muthuvel

Drove at an average of 90 KMPH and covered up 180 KM in 2 Hours 30 Mins non - stop ! Reached Kaziranga around 5 PM and booked for next day early morning Elephant Safari.

Day 7

Day 7 - Kaziranga & To World's Biggest River Island

Again a very early start to catch the Elephant Safari to catch up the Closer look of Assam's pride. Had a good sighting of One Horned Rhino's , Rhino Flowers (Flower from Rhino's Potty) & Deer ! Even had the privilege to see Two Rhino's fighting !

Great One Horned Indian Rhinoceros

Photo of Kaziranga National Park, Kanchanjuri, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel

After completing the Elephant Safari proceeded towards the Jorhat from Kaziranga on NH 715 to catch the last ferry at 2:00 PM from Jorhat to Majuli ! 3 Things will be predominant in Majuli - Water , Birds , Satra's. You will find it which ever direction you go around Majuli - 400 sq km Island on the Brahmaputra !

Got down at Majuli along with RE 500 !! First Shock of Trip - Rear Tyre Puncture ! Got an Auto and brought the mechanic & patched it up.

5 Cards on the Ferry Top

Photo of Jorhat, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel

After repairing rushed to the Sunset Point in Majuli but then this happened - Vehicle got off while running ! Tried to Self Start , Kick - Nothing happened finally called the mechanic again , checked and observed carburetor overflow repair it again. Only got a chance to see the last glimpses of Sunset

Sunset - Brahmaputra Tributary

Photo of Majuli, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel
Day 8

Day 8 - Majuli

I cant express Majuli in my words , So posting some Snaps !

How the day Started for me from the Homestay !

Again a Sunrise - but at Majuli

Photo of Mājuli Island, Goalabari No.1, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel

Love in the Dawn :)

Love Birds Love Birds Thaka Thimi Tha (Tamil Song) !!

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Partner in Crime

Glossy Kicker !!

Photo of Kamalabari Satra, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel

Mask Making - Oldest Art Form

Saving Face ::

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Asian Openbill's - Pls Correct me If I am Wrong

Best Travellers !!

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Ok Photo ! I Guess !

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Hope this is Little Cormorant

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost

Majuli Tribal Village

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Fresh Fisherman

He wanted me to take Photo only in this Position !

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel
Day 9

Day 9 - Majuli to Guwahati => 300 KM

Caught the 1st early morning ferry back to Jorhat ! Spent some time roaming around Jorhat Rice fields and started back to Guwahati as the last day was planned for some souvenir shopping.

Hope One of my Best Clicks !

Photo of Jorhat, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel

While returning back stopped at Kaziranga again for Assamic Cultural Museum and had Authentic Assame Lunch . Initially plan was to reach Guwahati on same day , but changed the plan and went back to Pobitora again to try the Elephant Safari next day morning !

Day 10

Day 10 - Last Chapter

Started the last day of my unplanned trip with a memorable Elephant Safari -Could able to see One Horned again, but much closer & Yet again sighted lot of unknown birds(to me)

Back to Day 1 Scenes

Photo of Guwahati, Assam, India by Sriram Muthuvel

Mighty Ganesha

Yerangi Seivan Komban !

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Greater Adjutant (Hoping atleast this one is correct) !!

Ending with my New Love - Birds !

Photo of Dream Trip to NE India ! by Sriram Muthuvel

Reached back to Guwahati & bid adieu to my 10 day partner - RE CLASSIC 500 and headed to the local market & got a lot of wooden handicrafts & some other stuff for family.

Evening 6:00 PM - Standing in queue of AirStair wondering how these 10 days passed like a bullet. Need to thank 2 of my friends who helped me out - Veda for joining me for some part of my trip & my roomie Sarath for his DSLR !!

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Brilliant write up .!The choice of words wants me to explore the North East.!
Mon 07 03 17, 13:43 · Reply · Report
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