Help - trip to Assam, Nagaland. Meghalaya, Manipur

#1 Feb 21st, 2011, 04:40
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Hello. I am a lone lady traveller and this is my itinerary for April. Am still finalising visas and internal flights. I am retracing part of my fathers journey during WW2 in the Burma Campaign. Does this itinerary look realistic to anyone out there with experience of the area? especially the bit Dibrugarh to Shillong. My information is there are good flights from Dibrugarh to Guwahati but do you think it is a bit tight to then go by road Shillong on the same day? I think the road journey should take about 3 hours. Don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Any info on weather in April would be good. I know Kolkata will be hot. Do I need walking boots of will walking shoes do? Took mephistos too Sikkim that I never wore and they weighed a ton.

In 2007 did a trip, Kolkata to Siligori, Siligori to Darjeeling by to train, Darjeeling to Kalimpong by jeep, Kalimpong to Gangtok in Sikkim and back to Kolkata. So if anyone needs any help with that bit happy to help.

April
9th 10th. Kolkata 2 nights
11th Leave Kolkata - fly - Dibrugarh 3 nights visit (Tinsukia, Ledo, Moran)
14th Leave Dibrugarah - fly - to Guwahati. Leave Guwahati - taxi - to Shillong.
(is this realistic or do I need to stay in Guwahati overnight? or 1 night Shillong
(14th?)15th 16th 17th. 3 or 4 nights Shillong.
18th Leave Shillong - fly to - Dimapore 1 night.
19th Leave Dimapore - road - Kohima
19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd - Kohima 5 nights
24th Easter Sun - Leave Kohima, road to Imphal
24th 25th 26th - 3 nights Imphal
27th - Leave Imphal - fly to - Kolkata
27th 28th - 2 nights Kolkata
29th Leave Kolkata - fly to - London.
#2 Feb 21st, 2011, 09:01
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Indeed, getting to Shillong from Guwahati is easy, it takes as I remember 3-4 hours, plenty of cars going there and back throughout the day. So unless you arrive in Guwahati really late, there should be no problem.

About the weather - in April it already starts to rain, although not so bad (Meghalaya will be the worst). It's quite hot and humid, especially in lowlands, mountains will be nicer.
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I hope you have a lovely trip

I am preparing to visit Imphal in March, as a preliminary trip to check out the scene in Manipur.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises only air travel into imphal, and no visit elsewhere in Manipur - FWIW

I don't know if you have been following the news for the past year but travel on the NH39 from Nagaland into Manipur has been massively disrupted from time to time, and although things seem to be a bit better now there are still seemingly news reports from time to time about problems for travelers on that route.
No doubt if you travel with a local driver he will know the score...
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I've met some people from Manipur in Mizoram, from what they said, situation is not too good there. In Imphal you can hear gunshots at night, and they moved from Manipur because of safety reasons. It's good to be careful and check the situation before going anywhere.
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Thank you for your help, that's one problem solved so I can do it in a day.

Will check out the situation in Imphal. Thanks for your help.

Will check it out sounds a bit grim!
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INFO ON IMPHAL,

Have just looked at this information:

The British foreign and Commonwealth office
Safety and Security - Local Travel - East and North East India
 We advise against all travel in Manipur and against all but essential travel to Imphal. If you plan to travel to Imphal then do so only by air. There is a risk from insurgent groups, mainly in rural areas. Although foreigners have not been the deliberate targets of violence, attacks can be indiscriminate. Although the overall security situation in the northeast has improved in the last year, kidnapping, banditry and insurgency still take place.

Does anyone out there have any more information on the situation in Imphal. Should I forget about going there or is it safe if I fly in and out?

Christine
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There are often no reports when there are blasts or attacks, and there have been several documented fake encounters where people have been killed. Often foreigners are not involved. When we go for visit with my in-laws we often just stay in our compound, I'm not the scared type, but to others it would look very intimidating with guards everywhere. Its very beautiful, but I would never go there without knowing someone or having a guide, its not about getting ripped off or anything like that its just locals have info on where is safe and they know what areas to avoid, as they live through it everyday.
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Hi
I'll post a report - hopefully before you travel.
And I'm flying in from Guwahati, traveling with a local, and being met when I arrive...
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Thanks for the information. I mainly wanted to spend some time at the war cemetery there so would get a local driver to take me and maybe wait if that was safest, and maybe the women's Market. Was thinking of staying for a couple of days.
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I'm in Imphal right now took the bus up here via Kohima. Haven't had any issues. You can get to Imphal from Kohima either by shared tata sumo or by bus. Loads of traffic on that road, could something happen, sure, is it likely, no. Locals are friendly but do advise not to wonder off in more deserted areas on your own.
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Thanks Micah

Have taken Imphal of my list as I can't get travel insurance if I go there because of foreign office advice so am very disappointed. Am in Kohima for quite a long time so may get tempted when I am there to take the excursion. I just wanted to go to the cemetery and draw there.
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If you do make it to Manipur go to Loktak Lake incredible place, Imphal itself is kind of a dump but good market and friendly people, the cemetery is also nicely maintained.
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Hi Christine Louise ,
In case of Shillong you just spend one day for sightseeing and another day for cherrapunji....In my opinion don't go to mawsynram.We went there ..But there is not a single point to enjoy..So don't waste time for mawsynram and try to go cherrapunji by MTDC tourist bus.The guide will entertain you all the way..
Enjoy....
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Hi
I was in Imphal mid-March, and everything was pretty normal for a traveller. The buses to/from Nagaland were arriving packed each day. Nobody much speaks English beyond a few basic words.

Although there are armed soldiers everywhere they all seemed to be fairly good natured so I got no sense of bad vibes from them, they were just people doing their job.

What is special about Manipur is the people, who are friendly and lovely to meet. Especially in the villages away from Imphal in the valley - but traveling with a local who speaks some English like I did makes everything even more rewarding.

The main Allied Forces war cemetery in Imphal is not particularly scenic, although the names on the graves will have their own special meaning for some.

Loktak is interesting, but the view from Sendra lookout hill is less spectacular than it was because of vegetation clearances on the lake. (Foreign travellers need to take a photocopy of their passport).

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