Dibrugarh to Mon, Nagaland

#1 Feb 11th, 2013, 15:00
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I am trying to work out the best way to get to Mon Nagaland from Dibrugarh, Assam. I would ideally like to get there in one day. I have received a quote of Rs21000 which is for a car and driver, this is for four days car hire, one day to get me to Mon and one day for the car to return to Dibrugarh and then repeated a week later to return me back to Dibrugarh. I am wondering if there is a cheaper alternative.
#2 Feb 11th, 2013, 15:29
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Hi bemeup,

I empathize. It is very hard to find a driver who is (1) experienced; (2) trustworthy; (3) can be contacted from abroad.

In spite of the fact that very few tourists visit Nagaland, and the roads are execrable, the tariffs are amongst the highest I have ever been quoted.

When are you travelling to Mon?

It is around six hours, depending on the state of the potholes, from Dibrugarh to Mon.

We are going there ourselves in April. Maybe we will see you there ?
#3 Feb 11th, 2013, 15:42
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There is public transportation. A bus. But it will be uncomfortable. I think it goes via Sonali.

From what I have understood, the way from Dib to Mon is mainly on the roads in Assam then cuts through Nagaland.

IndiaMikers sbballer33 and Mahseer are the ones to contact. And also dcamrass, who is about to leave for Kohima.

Have you read this thread?

http://www.indiamike.com/india/nagal...urs-t174134/2/
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Hi theyyamdancer,

Thanks for your reply.
Hoping to leave Dibrugarh for Mon on the 31 March and return to Dibrugarh on the 7 April. Yes hoping to avoid public transport, but at the same time hoping pay a bit less for the hiring of a private car.
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I am answering this for the benefit of others who might want to try this route, even though bemeup might have been done with this journey.

If you are okay with public transport and changing vehicles few times, you can reach Mon in a day by spending less than 500 INR.
I did the same last year November.

From Dibrugarh take a shared taxi to Sibsagar, about 45 minutes journey.
Then from Sibsagar, take another shared jeep/bus to Sonari, the border town quite close to Nagaland. Takes about 2hrs I suppose.
In Sonari, Nagaland State Transport Bus leaves at 12.30 in the afternoon, everyday to Mon. It's a dirty bus but it takes you to Mon, you should reach by 4 in the evening.
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Wandering Soul, thanks for the information. We're planning a similar route, just wondering do you think it will be more challenging to travel by public transport in NE with limited language. We speak intermediate Hindi, but otherwise only speak English.
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Hi adventurechick, language might not be as problematic as the lack of public transportation in NE!
Hindi and English will do mostly in towns and in the interiors neither english nor hindi would do. Once you get to Mon or whatever major town is closest to the remote places you're planning to visit, hire a local guide. I did the same. Took a local person with me to go to the headhunter villages.
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Originally Posted by adventurechick View Post Wandering Soul, thanks for the information. We're planning a similar route, just wondering do you think it will be more challenging to travel by public transport in NE with limited language. We speak intermediate Hindi, but otherwise only speak English.

English is widely understood in the North East.

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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post English is widely understood in the North East.

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Not widely, that's only in the major towns and villages or places that have seen heavy tourist inflow. Everywhere else, always needed a local person to speak to the tribes. That's been my personal experience of traveling in remote areas of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal.
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Well, I bow to your superior experience. But English is nevertheless the Official Language of Nagaland.

I must get off the beaten track more...
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Thanks for the advice. I think we've decided to hire a car and driver for Nagaland so that we can get around easier. Unfortunately with limited time, we want to get the most out of our visit, and I've spent too long on roadsides in other parts of India with better transport :-(
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Maybe more expensive but as the roads are very bad in Nagaland and there is quite a bit of travelling which takes time so it will be more comfortable and think you will manage to see more.
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Yes you're right. We've found someone who can give us a car and driver for Rs2k per day, so I think we'll go with that.
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Have a great time. We had very intresting time there with a guide who was from Nagaland. Maybe worth your while now and again hiring a guide
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Smile Dibrigarh to Mon

Hi All.
Can someone please tell me where I can hire a car and a guide for Mon from Dibrugarh?

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