RASTA: A road Trip to NE with Family

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RASTA: A Road Trip to NE with Family, PART-2

Due to restriction of attachment to 5mb, I am starting this new thread. Its a continuation of the previous TR of my journey to NE in December 2017.

In the first part (RASTA: A Road Trip to NE with Family) I have covered the report of first 9 days out of the total journey period of 32 days.
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December 10th . ...10th day of trip....2nd day in Hornbill.

Early morning tea at 5.00....few people staying in other tents were happy to get tea in the morning, as we were carrying our little Butane stove along with basic food items.

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Sandhya had a list of items to purchase. Manav was waiting for more photography opportunities. Megha in her usual Masti mood. Ravi is having a blast, meeting people, having good time.

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December 10th-Campfire

To conclude the 10 days event, The organizers conduct a huge campfire as per the tradition of the tribes.

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Our tent was leaking due to heavy rain. It's wet, cold.....changed the tent and finally goodnight

next day to Khonoma and Dzulekema......
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Interesting posts about the Hornbill. So basically would you recommend staying in tents ? Or was it too uncomfortable ? How far in advance did you reserve them ?
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December 11th.....our 11th day too

Good Bye Kisama..Good Bye Hornbill-2017...Good Bye Kite Manja.

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It was raining, few drops of water inside the tent. No time to prepare tea.... neither for morning chorus.

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Pack the luggage and rush to Khonoma.

It's not a straight forward road, so kept asking at all junctions. Still missed few turns. Eventually found the right path. Road ( if we can call that road) was bad but empty. Fog and rain made the day with beautiful views throughout the 20 km journey, which took us 2 hours to complete.

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If next time I go there

Option-1....without family, then definitely will stay in my own tent for free. If with family may consider staying in my tent as well. AS SAFETY IS NOT AN ISSUE THERE. Further there is a paid toilet (Rs 10/-) at the heritage village with European Toilets. I met few people who had taken this route of pitching their own tent. It depends on your liking.

Option-2......Organised tents. There were many such accommodations. I felt Kite Manza(nearest to the Arena, TEAM KITE MANJA,+91 8811982566, +91 9643381886) is the best among all of them. They had arrangements for 70+ guests. Price was about 1500 per day including breakfast and dinner. They have promised us to improve the food and toilet facility for next year.

You can also think about other tented accommodations like Camp Hornbill (1 km), Tragopan (500 mts and at a higher altitude), Hornbill Eco camp, TUTC(The Ultimate Travelling Camp......they have stars like Sonam Kapoor as their target customers)/Kohima Camp( 1.36 lacs yes that’s right), ......

Option-3..... In nearby villages (1-2 kms) there are 2-3 home stays at reasonable price. But these get booked as early as August-Sept. (Lalhou's Homestay, Kigwema village NH29, Nagaland 797005, 09612873026).Only advantage will be European Toilets. But in any case you get that in the public toilet in the Arena also. The public toilet is clean.
As Hornbill remains their main earning time, they charge per head. And during that time prices can reach any height.

Option -4....But if you like the evening rock concert which is held at Dimapur from this year, you may consider, staying at Dimapur and travel for a day trip to Hornbill festival. The hotels at Dimapur are far far cheaper and better than Kohima, but you have to spend on car rental. I expect the 4 lane work of the road between Kohima and Dimapur to be over by next year.
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Wonderful to read your Hornbill experiences
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Thanks Kari....
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December 11th

On the way, there were many memorial pillars.

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At one place,just before reaching Khonoma, there was a small pillar with few words written on it....it was a strange feeling reading those words.

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Then we're there at Khonoma. Besides being the first green village of Asia, Khonoma has rich history....... history of sacrifice, valour, war and bravery.

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11th December- Khonoma-Dzulekema-Dimapur

Every visitor is registered before entering.A small entry fee. Guides are also available to take the tourists around the village. Homestays are plenty.

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But rain played the spoiler.

Quickly, we decided to move on. Our final target of the day is Dzuleke or Dzulekema.

On the way, we expect to see Mithun, which is the state animal of Nagaland.

At Dzulekema, I had arranged a home stay with an excellent view of the entire village and beyond. Vizo, the fisherman must be waiting for us to take us for fishing in the nearby stream.

Dzulekema is just 20 kms away from Khonoma.

After about 3 kms, the reality struck us. The road bacame horribly bad. We tried to go but it was not to be. I had to make a call. And we decided to abandon the idea of going further. It was difficult but practical.

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Dzulekema could not be done.

Quickly we took a decision to travel till Dimapur and stay overnight there.

It was again the torturous 50 kilometers of road(????) till Dimapur.

Lunch at a Korean restaurant just before entering Dimapur was fabulous.

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Again bad road and traffic while entering Dimapur ensured, we do not get any time to visit Kachari Ruins there. Tried few hotels and home stays and finally decided to stay at "Apple Inn", a reasonably priced hotel. Good parking, cheap and at the centre of the town.

Sandhya immediately converted the bathroom to a DHOBI GHAT.

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This was the last day in Nagaland. From here we will move to Meghalaya tomorrow.
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12th December.....we have completed 1/3rd of the trip.

We have started from Dimapur to Umden, our first stoppage in Meghalaya.

Dimapur to Manja road was a roller coaster. After Manja the road condition improved considerably.From Howrahghat Tinali, we took the road to the right to meet NH 27 at Kachiripada. Then the road was excellent throughout.

But if anyone travels from Dimapur to Guwahati.....I suggest to take the route Dimapur- Diphu-Lumding-follow NH27 till Guwahati.Just 10 km more but will save at least 2 hours.

We picked up our Mustard honey from Jagiroad, which was left in a shop by Mr. Arun Mitra (our Honey guy). Further on the way Karikor guided me upto our launch place at Nongpoh.
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Day-12-My first day in Meghalaya

Lunch at KHASSI TEA STALL. By the time we reached, Jadoh Chicken had finished. We managed few other dishes. It was good.

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As a gesture to welcome me in his state of Meghalaya, Karikor taught me few Khasi words.


Doh Masi is Beef

Doh Sniang is Pork

Doh Kha us Fish

Doh syiar is Chicken

Doh blang is Mutton


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At Nongpoh we met Polish, our guide/help/host at Umden Travelers Nest.

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Meghalaya- The Land of Dinosaurs

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Sixty five million years ago, the southern hills and cliffs of the Khasi Hills rose in some places from the green plains below at a sheer steep perpendicular of ninety degrees comprising deep gorges from 30 metres above mean sea level to 1964 metres, the highest being Shillong Peak. Places between the contours of 1250 metres and 1380 metres receive the highest rainfall in the world, that is places between Sohra and Pynursla, along a zone of 30 kilometres stretch and 3 kilometres wide. At one point of time, this zone was under the ocean and this has been proven through the discovery of fossilized shark bones from a pre – historic era.

The findings of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) paleontologists include the findings of fossilized bone fragments of dinosaurs belonging to the Jurassic age millions of years ago, especially in the Khasi states areas of Hima Mawsynram, Langrin, Bhowal, Malaisohmat, Dwar Nongtyrnem – in places like Ranikor, Mawlyngbna and other places bordering present day Bangladesh.

This area, though it is not very vast, deserves to be recognized as one of the wonders of the world having thick tropical vegetation and reserves of limestone and uranium. Though the soil condition is rocky, the people residing here are hard working in orchards growing the famous Khasi mandarin orange, bay leaves, wild black pepper, papaya, jack fruit, betel nut, pan leaves and rubber trees. The people in Syntein village near Mawsynram are adept in cane and bamboo handicraft and their products are also exported to foreign countries such as France.

This is a country where, once upon a time, giant dinosaurs stalked the land and was used as a corridor in their journey to south eastern Asia and the Indian sub – continent at a time when border problems and restrictions were non – existent.
The GSI headquarter in Shillong, in its probe into the ancient past, had unearthed a fossilized dinosaur bone as large as 80 centimetres. The existence of similar dinosaur bones from what is called the Cretaceous age in areas of South East Asia such as Malaysia and Thailand as the ones found in the Khasi Hills should establish a link of the movement of these giant historic creatures. These dinosaurs are believed to belong to the herbivorous family and the excavations that have been going on in Dirang and Ranikor areas are a part of the hunt to discover dinosaur eggs. More and more fossils have been discovered, including the shoulder plate, rib bones, hind legs and other parts of the skeletal remains. Interestingly, these bones have taken on a purple colour after being buried in the sand stone for thousands of years.

A puzzle however remains as to where and why these great animals just disappeared from the face of the earth. Was it because of a natural calamity like a great earthquake, as this part of the world falls with a highly seismic zone extending from the Hindu Kush region in North West India to the Arakan Yoma in the East? Historical records indicate that major earthquakes had hit the northeastern region in 1663, 1845, 1852 and 1875. One of the biggest earthquakes to hit the Khasi Hills region was on the 12th of June 1897 which measured 8.7 on the Richter Scale causing widespread damage and a heavy loss of life and property besides changing the topography of the land.
The million dollar question now is – Was there a devastating earthquake which could have wiped out the great dinosaurs? There has not been any answer yet to this million dollar question. However, there is very strong suspicion by expert paleontologists that the extinction of not only hundreds but thousands of dinosaurs which stalked the Ri Hynniewtrep was caused by radiation from the controversial mineral uranium of which there are substantial reserves in the Hima Langrin and Hima Maharam areas of the Khasi Hills. In the words of a leading paleontologists of GSI Shillong, “Traces of uranium had been found in the bones recovered from Ranikor which could be the reason for their extinction.”

The Khasis call the dragon ‘U Ekjakor’ or ‘Yakjakor’ and a large fish such as a shark ‘Kha Lad Bah’. Not only the fossils of dinosaur bones have been found but also fossilized shark and whale bones have been found by the GSI in places such as Pynursla which is about 50 kms from Shillong. These bones have been dated by the GSI as being about 38 million years old and belonging to the Eocene age. This has proved that soon after the dinosaurs disappeared from this part of the world, the ocean had crept in, covering most parts of the southern Khasi Hills. A fossilized shark tooth found at Pynursla is known as carcharias, belonging to the isurus species. The tooth measures about a centimeter and is yellowish brown in colour.

Judging by the age of the fossilized tooth, it has been estimated that this land area was under the ocean some 35 million years ago. Apart from the fossilized shark bones, other fossils of different sea animals have also been discovered. These include fossilized mollusks, branchipods, cephalopods, crabs and many others. These were also found in the Mawsynram region of the Khasi Hills. It was thus concluded that if sharks inhabited the area, some other big fish species also thrived in the area in that period of time and the discovery of a fossilized whale bone in Jaintia Hills further strengthens this theory.

Mawlyngbna village which lies 75 kms away from Shillong and just 20 kms away from Bangladesh is known for its cleanliness as is its counterpart Mawlynnong village near Pynursla which is the cleanest village in the country and a tourist attraction. People of Mawlyngbna village have been stumped by the discovery of fossilized dinosaur bones and also sea animals. A point to take note of here however is that the Dorbar Shnong or village council has started the process of collection of these fossils including sea urchins and have decided to preserve these as the property of the community. The eagerness of the people to preserve and protect this natural wealth along with the environment should set an example to other villages and should also prompt the government to work with other authorities such as the GSI in setting up fossil parks in selected areas so that these pre – historic remains are not lost to oblivion. The initiative of the people of Mawlyngbna have taken deserves commendation as it is one way of preserving the rich natural heritage of the geographical and geological history*and pre – history of the land.

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Remember Karikor....?

I missed the place for Dinosaurs Fossils by a whisker. This place is "DIRANG", between Nongnah and Ranikor.
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Yes. And how Megha threw virtual punches at me.
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