Nice way to go to Assam?

#1 Mar 17th, 2010, 03:13
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Hello,

We are landing in Delhi on the 31st of April and staying in India for a month.

So far we haven't decided where we'll go. This will be our 3rd time and we thought of Assam cause it's a dark spot on the Indian map for both of us.

We don't want to fly but I realize it's a 3-day train ride. Therefor we were wondering if any of you know about some nice places to make a few stopovers on the way so that we only need to take overnight trains.

Thank you for your replies

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Dargiling is a good stop over point.
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Sikkim is much better.
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Sikkim

Beautiful yes, but out of the way if using rail. Try Varanasi or perhaps Darjeeling (althoug DJ a few hours from rail network).
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Heheh. Sikkim & Darjeeling would see you practically already into Assam though

I guess a logical and popular route would see you over (any choice of) Varanasi-Bodhgaya-Darjeeling.

Agra and Lucknow could be thrown in. Southern sidestep to Kolkata. Varanasi's nearby Jaunpur is supposed to be quite something (for a day trip or so), and decidedly undervisited. Sarnath, a major Buddhist center.

Delhi-Varanasi btw is just a convenient night train away. Varanasi-New Jalpaiguri (for Darjeeling), ditto. NJP-Guwahati then ditto, rather the short ride really.

For these three stretches, see:
http://erail.in?T=NDLS::BSB:
http://erail.in?T=BSB::NJP:
http://erail.in?T=NJP::GHY:

ps Delhi-Guwahati would be two days max. though (barring any delays -- not uncommon on this particular and lengthy stretch I believe), not three. Can be done in just over a day by Rajdhani. See http://erail.in?T=NDLS::GHY:.
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post ps Delhi-Guwahati would be two days max. though (barring any delays -- not uncommon on this particular and lengthy stretch I believe), not three. Can be done in just over a day by Rajdhani. See http://erail.in?T=NDLS::GHY:.

I have taken this train a few times its actually 26 hrs and there is good food, I found it very comfortable. There is also plug in so I just watched movies on my laptop most of the way.
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Thanks for the replies guys!

This erail.in is a great website, until now I used the official website of Indian railways but usually got frustrated!

Stopovers in Jaunpur, New Jalpaiguri sound nice. Do I need a permit for Darjeeling?

I'm not bringing my laptop but maybe some other passengers do, so that I can watch a cool Bollywood movie with them!
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No permit needed.
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Not for Darjeeling, no. You'd need them for some outer reaches of Sikkim I think. Assam I can't be sure, I don't think so these days (am quite sure you don't), but it could bear looking into. Have a look here: http://www.assamtourism.org/.

You'll be aware Assam and many of those other North-Eastern states see their share of local (armed) unrest, right? No reason not to go, but it's something to be aware of. Tourists have never been directly targeted that I'm aware of; but bombs have gone off in e.g. Guwahati.

One paper to check on local news would be the Assam Tribune, http://www.assamtribune.com/; or try http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/india.htm for other regional publications.

Ah and then Darjeeling itself has been going through some (renewed) unrest over the past two years, nothing too violent, but it can lead to bandhs (general strikes), making movement there difficult to impossible whenever this happens (this can affect traffic to and from Sikkim as well). Oh well, all the fun of Indian travel, and all that

Do note that should your country have a travel advisory out against travel in Assam, this can affect your travel (health) insurance whilst there, i.e., you may not be covered.
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No permit needed for Assam, I double-checked.

What about accommodation? I see a lot of information on accommodation in the big cities but what about the country side? We don't need much comfort, just a basic place to sleep indoor.
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Was waiting for someone else to fill you in; they may yet. I've never been there.

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Originally Posted by Tuth View Post What about accommodation? I see a lot of information on accommodation in the big cities but what about the country side?
I don't know but would guess it's just harder to find info on off-the-track travel there as it's, well, less visited, and travel there was restricted till a decade or two ago (still is, in some of the other NE states). So e.g. guidebooks don't tend to get into them in much depth either.

My experience in India in general is it would be rare not to find some accommodation in towns of any description; although going way off the beaten trail to some remote villages it can get tricky, of course.

I guess traveling in that mode and in such areas, hotel keepers and fellow travelers and so on (don't forget about tourist offices, where available. Restaurant staff and etc., fellow bar patrons, anyone else you may happen to bump into) should be a good source of information for any onward destinations. I wouldn't worry about it too greatly. But keep your feelers out (and a notebook at the ready) for any useful tidbits of info you may catch when- and wherever you go, of course. Hey, think of the days before the internet or even guidebooks and stuff It's true though, travel in that region should be something of an adventure still, I imagine. I hear it's also every bit worth it, and most rewarding. A part of India not many get to see, and quite distinct from it.
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So I guess we'll be some sort of pioneers then!

Will let you know how it went.
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post Not for Darjeeling, no. You'd need them for some outer reaches of Sikkim I think.
Sikkim requires a permit irrespective of destination.
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True, but the regular permit is said to be a mere formality.

Whereas some of Sikkim's outer reaches require an extra "special permit" (and some are just out of bounds to foreigners, I believe).
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There is a Delhi-Guwahati Rajdhani Express train which I think is the best choice if one dosen't want to fly.

Still I would recommend a flight to Guwahati from Delhi, much faster. You can take the Rajdhani on the way back.

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