Agartala and Assam

#1 Nov 15th, 2010, 18:12
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Hello,

I will be traveling in Assam in late November this year (2010). I have heard that there is violence in this area and wondering as to what nature this violence is. Are there random bombings? Kidnappings? What am I to expect? My plan is to travel from Agartala to Silchar by train or bus. I have hear that this road is not so good since there are attackes....is this true? What kind of violence is seen in this area? I plan to travel alone and would preffer not to be kidnapped or killed....should I change my route?

Any help on this topic would be helful.

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Nilufar,

Just discussing situation in Assam here. You can read that and so far I am aware the problems are being created in Assam-Aruncahal Borders. In Lower Assam by NDFB extremists and in Upper Assam-Arunachal Border due to issuing PRC to non Arunachalis and later revoking that. Haven't heard anything recently on the route you mentioned from Agartala to Silchar. I don't think it's so bad like random bombing. I, myself is planning to travel in Assam with my family in December and let's keep in touch and please post in case you have heard any specific news.

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Are you going to be traveling between Bangladesh and Guwahtai (spelled completely wrong). If you are intrested in traveling that route around the last week of November let me know and maybe we could meet up and travel together. Let me know....I am still up in the air about how to get to Silchar so nothing defite yet.
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No, I am not coming from Bangladesh to Guwahati. Are you planning to cross Border from Bangladesh in Tripura region and from there moving towards Guwahati? By the way spellings are not completely incorrect

I would be coming from Kolkata to Guwahati (both are in India) and then travel across Assam and Arunachal.

My detail itinerary is here.

I can see mainly NH44 and slightly on NH53 could get you from Agartala to Silchar, though not very sure how the road condition is and whether the road goes through disturbed areas. Are you coming to tour this region, in such case what places you intend to visit in North East? It's actually quite huge and having many restrcitions in movement for both Indian Nationals and Foreigners.

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I am visiting only non restricted areas and am visiting friends there. I will not be taking the rout from Guwhaita to Silchar....trains are not direct and very long. I was hoping to take a train or bus from Agartal to Silchar. It was advised agianst by the local I am going to visit so I think on this trip I will just fly straight to Silchar. If I find out anything about the situation in the North east region while I am there I will be sure to let you know. Good luck on your trip and safe travel!!
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Yes if you just want to visit friends in Silchar, best is definitely fly directly to Silchar. In North East flight is always most dependable. I was initially thinking you are in a tour to see North East. Yes please be in touch with latest information and wish you too a very nice and safe travel there. Thanks a lot for your wishes.
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Hi Nilufar!!
Situation in North east can be volatile at times. Anyway, the current violence is limited to a few parts of Assam and Manipur at whole. I feel the the train journey from Silchar to Agartala should be hassle free in terms of violence. Although you should not expect good interiors and seats in the trains from Silchar to Agartala. There is one Silchar to agartala passanger train that departs from Silchar at 10.45 A.M in the morning and reaches Agartala at around 8 P.M in the evening. And for your info, the road journey from Silchar to Agartala is not totally unsafe. But it is done under a convoy of Army and can be really hectic due to traffic jams at times. Any more queries are welcome.

Hope this helps
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Hello Nilufar,

Concerning:
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Originally Posted by Nilufar View Post I plan to travel alone and would preffer not to be kidnapped or killed....should I change my route?
may I refer to http://www.indiamike.com/india/other...ripura-t97624/.

Enjoy Tripura!

Shima
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Hello All. For those who are intrested in the Akhaura-Agartala border crossing between India and Bangladesh here is a bit of info. I crossed at this border alone at about 9:30 am. I would suggest going in the moring for two reasons; first for safety. I am white female that was traveling this part of my journey alone. I had no troubles but I would not suggest this route in the evening. Also, it is good idea to go earlier rather than later becuase it is much faster. This border you will need to walk across. Get a taxi or auto at the airport/bus staiton/trian station and have them take you to the imigration building by the boarder. Here they will review your papers and stamp them. This will take some time, go with patiance and extra time to spare. Next you will have all your lugage scaned and then you may collect your bags and walk to the border. Here another officer with check your passport and visas. Then you will walk across the "border"....I walked across this international boarder with a stray dog. After walking across this invisible line you will have your pasport then stamped and reviewed twice by the Bangladesh imigration. On the Bangladesh side there will be a few baby taxies (the are the same as the Indian autos but they are green). They can take you to the train station where you can buy a ticket to Dhaka or Chittagong (also other location but these are the two major cities. Make sure to exchange money before crossing the border. There were no notice able ATM's or banks (but I was in a rush and a bit nervous). Before I write a whole novel I should say that I felt this border crossing was safe and I would cross there again. Also I applogize for my numerous spelling errors

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