Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water

Tripoto
25th Sep 2010

Spectacular entry to Tawang district

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Waterfall on NH 229 - somewhere near Sessa

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Bomdila - HQ of West Kameng district

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Everything as tiny dots creeping along the green highways

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Hear a distinct "accent" when you "ascend"

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

World’s second highest motorable pass - Sela Pass

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Basecamp at Kharteng

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

The narrow road snakes through high mountains and deep valleys

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Colours of a sunset

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Dirang Farm besides the river

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Zangdokpalri Monastery near Rupa

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Tenga - Strategic Military base for Indian Army

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

Hotel Pemaling at Dirang

Photo of Ride with the Mountains, Clouds and Water by Sanjay Talukdar

All of you have to be awakened with an alarm clock including me. So in order to do away with mechanic alarm clock you have to learn how to make use of your ‘inner alarm clock’.

The ‘inner alarm clock’ ticked by and took me through a worthwhile experience atop mountains.

Each sunrise was a deeply moving experience, seeing the village lights gradually getting dimmer as the sunrise grew over distant mountains. Going past by through maze of roads below, the cars, trucks were tiny dots creeping along the green highways. The clouds have a race with us, sometimes overtaking us and engulfing us into its chillness. We continued moving ahead leaving behind all the clouds and going uphill. It's easy to hear a distinct "accent" when you "ascend" to the mountains. 

Then comes the style of living there, which could not get much more basic than this. People getting up early, eat, go downhill to their respective fields, get tired by afternoon, after returning back have ‘Roxy’ complete the dinner and go off to sleep. Most of them follow this simple life with no telephone connectivity, irregular electricity and still they don’t have any complains.

And then again during the evening you can see the evening clouds getting heavy with moisture and talking a more threatening shade of grayish sky. Driving the car through these conditions filled me with a sudden thrill. Then again I could almost see the thunder lightening right before me and a sinking feeling comes in. I suppose this would make your mind to rush and take you in the same situation and go through the experience.

Mountains, clouds & water are the three majestic powers of the earth and sky. It seems they confront each other in dramatic fashion like armies lined up to the battle and what spectacle when they do.

Small town of Arunachal Pradesh, strategic base of Indian army.
Going and watching the old relics of Buddhism culture at Tawang Gompa is a must do.
Photo of Tawang by Sanjay Talukdar
Most serene experience in the night under the stars with the gurgling stream flowing by. At the border of Arunachal and Bhutan.
Photo of Kharteng by Sanjay Talukdar
This place is famous for hot water springs with medicinal properties for curing skin ailments and the farm by the river is good place to visit.
Photo of Dirang by Sanjay Talukdar
Photo of Dirang by Sanjay Talukdar
Rupa is a small town surrounded by three rivers dinik, ziding and doblo. Zangdokpalri Monastery is accessible from Rupa which is just 12km away.
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