On a whim i booked myself a flight ticket to guwahati to travel in the two north eastern states of arunachal pradesh and meghalaya. dates of travel were 23/10/2019 - 07/11/2019
rule at any airport i follow - arrive at least two hours before your flight time and beat the queues at the check in counter and security. it would be a easy walk through.
flight was an hour late to depart. the airport at guwahati is far outside the city. it took me rs. 500 to reach the hostel at which i was going to stay for the day before leaving to arunachal the next day.
have to mention here about the hostel. the manager is kuldip. very friendly, young guy, manages the hostel very well. the food could do with a lot of improvement in terms of taste and variety. the rooms though are clean. you can take the choice of airconditioned rooms or normal rooms without a/c. after checkin i went to meet one of my old contacts turned family friends in the assamese film industry for lunch.
the above lady is mrs. manju bora. she is a multiple international and national award-winning Indian female film director and short story writer from Guwahati, Assam. Manju Bora also served as Jury Member, Indian Panorama, IFFI 2007, 10th MAMI International Film Festival 2008 and 3rd Eye 7th Asian Film Festival Mumbai 2008, 55th National Film Awards for 2007 (Feature Films) Delhi 2009.
after lunch back to hostel. before traveling to arunachal pradesh all people are required to take a inner line permit. it can applied for online or can be taken at the dc office in guwahati. remember to carry passport photographs of self while traveling in these states. when asked for a local address you have to give the address where you are going to stay in the place you are visiting, otherwise your application will be rejected.
remember to choose all the districts that you traveling through. i was going to tawang. so i had three entry points, didnt know which one the driver was going to take. we took the balemu entry pojnt because the usual bhalukpong route was being repaired.
day 2 next day we depart from the hostel at 6:00am, first day of travel we took the route via sipajhar, orang, udalguri, balemu, and enter into arunachal pradesh and drive till sangti valley near dirang. till the border of this state the roads are great. once we enter arunachal the roads become narrower and worser as we go further into the state. food wise stick to the basics of dal roti or dal chawal for lunch and poori subzi or bread jam for breakfast. you dont need to buy bottled water anywhere, the water en route is fresh water, so you can drink the water they serve you anywhere. ask for hot water if you feel the need for it. they would give it gladly.
the whole journey through arunachal is the interesting part, everywhere you look you see vast valleys or high mountains.
the above is a dam on the river dividing arunachal and assam.
above pic is of a landslide on the way.