The idea of attending a proper Music Festival for 3 days that too in a remote location like Arunachal Pradesh, which would mean we needed to take on an arduous journey, that too during monsoons! Oh and yeah amongst "mostly" Teenagers and not to forget "Single" youth of today. And of course set up a tent under very very rough conditions.
As scary as the thought was for a 33-year-old married couple to take this journey towards the North East, and set up a camp, to hear Music bands whose names evoke no feelings of familiarity, we decided to go ahead because YOLO.
By the way, YOLO means "You Only Live Once" ????
P.S: We were NOT the oldest in the Fest; we met this awesome 60+-year-old Handsome Young at heart Surgeon from Max Delhi, who came with his Son to the fest, 'cause he loooooooooooves music and his only condition to come on this trip was to not bring the wife along ..... we ROFl'd like crazy.
The Journey to Ziro
The Travel was TOUGH. Period.
We took all modes of transport to reach Ziro Valley. Flight to Guwahati. Overnight Train till Naharlagun. Four hours further Taxi from the treacherous mountain roads to reach Ziro.
The best part was just after reaching Guwahati, we met a group of complete strangers who were as diverse as our country. After some chit chatting over Food and Special Beverages ???? we even found time to have an awesome Assamese Thali and take a ride on the Mighty Brahmaputra.
There is only one train from Guwahati to Naharlagun, and needless to say, it should be booked way in advance. The train is mostly occupied by the Y generation dudes and dudettes (if that's even a word) with heavy backpacks, trekking shoes, and cool clothes. All seem to be headed towards Ziro.
Make some friends.
This way you not only remain entertained during your Taxi ride further from Naharlagun to Ziro, but also share the cab costs and gain some new, cool, hilarious friends.
PS: Taxis (usually Sumo's) cost around 4500-5000 for the entire cab. You can hire the same on a sharing basis.
Roads, well here things started getting bad. The terrain is not that tough but there are practically No roads at all. Huge Landslides, due to the weather and extremely treacherous roads due to mud and sludge. People with motion sickness, be very well prepared. It's a Bumpy ride ahead.
There are many small shops in the way, where you can get your quintessential Maggie and Chai.