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#61 Feb 23rd, 2010, 23:23
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Wow! What an exciting thread and excited posts. Everyone seems to be jumping out of their seats. I am already looking at Arunachal maps. Can't wait to go there. Last time I went Northeast was in 1994, a Sikkim, Meghalaya, Guwahati, Kaziranga trip. It was great except that on the Nagaon to Kaziranga section the driver dozed off and the car raced down the road straight into a large tree and came to a halt with the wrong side up. With some bones shattered, we returned to Guwahati and quickly to Delhi for some urgent repairs. Since then explored a lot in Ladakh and Kinnaur but just forgot about the North east, possibly a selective amnesia from the head bang.
Thanks for bringing back my memory. I will be there soon. This time i will make sure that the driver has a good night's sleep even if i don't.
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#62 Mar 24th, 2010, 17:21
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Originally Posted by gdurgac View Post Dear WRISHY I forgot to add:
1. April is perfect ! many flowers, nice weather ..
2. Tawang, the animals of Kaziranga, the nature everywhere, Majuli, Cherrapunjee, naga villages close to Burma border, the Bramhaputra River, the road to Tawang and the Sela Pass, the jungle in Along District .... and more ....
4. are you flying there from Mumbai or ....
6. yes, I could suggest a good and honest one, I don't know if I can post name and telephone ... is it allowed on the site ? private message ?

ciao gdurgac
Ciao gdurgac,
I am very sorry for not being able to appreciate ur help earlier. I was out of India for work and could not take out time to access IM.
I have no clue about the region but I am enamoured by its beauty from the pix that I have seen. I went to Ladakh last year and now NE India is the place i wanna explore.
I wanna cover Arunachal and another state in the span of 15 days. I am at the mercy of experienced ppl like you.
Most likely I will fly from Mumbai to a place you suggest and then take my journey forward.
1.Is it possible to cover the trip with a budget of Rs 30000 per head.
2.If I mail Mr Manju or Mr Rajan can they chalk out a plan for me?
3.I dunno if undertaking the trip would be possible in April now since I have lost on valuable time. What other month would u suggest?

Your help is deeply appreciated.
Grazie,
Rishi

ps: where in italy r u based?
#63 Mar 24th, 2010, 17:45
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Hi Friends,

I am a great fan of India Mike and am always very pleased and thankful for members helping me plan my trips.
This time I am planning to visit NJP-Darjeeling-Gangtok-Pelling-NJP. Please suggest me a appropriate itinerary for 10 days. Please also suggest some cheap or middle range hotels with good view. I am going there with my girl friend and two friends. Any help will be highly appreciable.
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Hi Labrol, wow ! what an adventure you had !!!!!
You have been very lucky to come out of that !
Indian driving and roads are quite unique but North East is even more special and many times I wonder how I could survive to those overtaking ...... Gods maybe knows !
I just came back from a very exciting trip in North East, area that I really love.
This time I visited the eastern side of Arunachal, the Lohit District.
Travelled in the wildness for days, just the jungle, few local people, no tourists, lots of birds, butterflies, elephants, fantastic rivers .... heaven !!!
This area is so wild compared to the rest of AP that a camping equipment was required, we actually needed it several times and it was so good to sleep close to the villages or to cook on the bank of the rivers....

Am I feeling nostalgic ?????? YES !!!!!
I am in the phase of readapting myself in my place, far so far from India,trying to react preparing for the next trip, sharing these emotions with the only people able to understand, IMekers of course !!!!

Namaste to all

Chandrahmukeeh59

PS watching some good Bollywood helps a lot too !
#65 Nov 29th, 2010, 00:11
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Hi, Thanks for bringing me back to IM.
Since my last post I have been to Harsil/Gangotri region for some nice treks, then to Armenia to experience the Caucasus and the Khoravats and recently to Karnataka for the Shivasamudram-Coorg-Subrahmanya-Sakleshpur rail-Belur/Halebedu-Sravanabelagola circuit. Arunachal still waits. Perhaps the coming year.....!!!! Thanks for waking me up again.

BTW why 'Not in india'in your signature line?
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@chandrahmukeeh59, why don't you share some of your experience on Eastern Arunachal specially like Lohit, Anjaw, Changlang?

I am planning a trip there in 3rd week of December but fail to get any first hand information. What are the places you travelled and how you moved across the state, by car or public transport?

My Plan includes Namsai/Wakro/Tezu/Hayuliang/Walong/Chaglogam and Namdapha. If time permits, I might go to Roing / Mayudia as well.
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Hi, I am finally planning to goto Arunachal Pradesh this March. Can you go thru my itinerary and advise me if I am biting more than I can chew? Is travelling after sunset possible in AP/Assam?

Day 1: Arrive Guwahati from Bombay (Jet Airways at 1125) . Visit Kamakhya Temple (13.8kms from Airport) , Umananda Temple (Peacock Island, 8.1kms from Kamakhya) .
OPTION 1: overnite in Guwahati
OPTION 2: drive to Tezpur (175kms, 4hrs)

Day 2:
OPTION 1: Start early for Bomdila (270kms from Guwahati). En-route visit Tipi orchid centre, a glass house with over 7500 orchids. Overnight: Bomdila
OPTION 2: Drive to Dirang. En-route visit Tipi orchid centre, a glass house with over 7500 orchids. Overnight: Dirang

Day 3: To Tawang (6 hours) – After breakfast, drive through the sinuous road to Tawang. Stop at the breathtaking Sela Pass (at 13,714ft), where you can see frozen lakes in the winter. Visit Jaswant Garh located here is a memorial to the brave soldier who strongly handedly tried to hold off the approaching Chinese from the pass during the 1962 Chinese war. Overnight in the hotel Gakyi Khang Zhang or Hotel Buddha.

Day 4: Visit the famous Tawang monastery and Urgyiling Gompa(the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama). A visit to Sangetsor lake (popularly known as Madhuri lake) a 2 hour drive from Tawang is also recommended.

Day 5: Drive to Zimithang (90 km - 3 hrs), visit the Gorcham stupa. The drive is very picturesque and it is the route the present Dalai lama took on when he came from Tibet in 1959. Drive to Dirang/Bomdila (7 hours) overnight in Hotel Tsepal Yangjom.

Day 6: Dirang/Bomdilla to Kaziranga (6-7 hours). Overnight at Wild Grass resort.

Day 7: Full day jungle activities, elephant ride and jeep safaris in the National park, all arranged by the hotel staff.

Day 8: A day trip to Majuli island. Drive to Neamati ghat to take the 8.30 am ferry to the island(1 hr 30 mins ferry ride), visit the Vaishnavite monasteries which the island is famous for. Take the 3pm ferry back to the main land. Drive back to kaziranga(2hrs). Overnight at wild grass resort or try to reach Guwahati (5.5hr)

Day 9: Drive to Guwahati airport (5.5hrs) to catch the flight back home. Jet Konnect flight to Bombay at 1215hrs OR Indigo at 1530hrs.

Dates: 18-26th March OR 25Mar - 2April.
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Quite hectic and anytime could go wrong if you face a strike/bandh which is quite common in this part of India.

Consider the plan for day5 - Starting from Tawang and reaching Bomdila/Dirang after visiting Zemithang would require huge driving, people usually keep a separate day trip from Tawang for Zemithang. Arunachal's road distance in km won't give you a fair idea about the actual time you need, in one of my recent trip a distance of 37km took 4.5 hours and that too in December when it's considered driest in Arunachal. In end March with rain the situation could be worse.
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Thanx kshil. Guess, I'll need to rework the itinerary. Any suggestion as to what I can redo or chuck out from this schedule.
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With the time you have in your hand, I would suggest to concerntrate on Tawang area only and keep Kaziranga and Majuli for sometimes later.

Day 1- Stay at Guwahati
Day 2- Stay at Bomdila (I prefer staying at Bomdila over Dirang while going as it's give you some kind of acclimatization before you suddenly hit Sela/Tawang almost from sea level)
Day 3- Cross Sela and Reach Tawang
Day 4- Visit Local Sight Seeing in Tawang and get your army permit ready for Bumla.
Day 5- Leave for Bumla early (as they won't allow you after 11.00am) and while returning visit Sengester (Madhuri Lake) and P T So. This way you could save time and money. Also Bumla and Madhuri Lake is sharing common route for almost 75%, so it's logical as well. Night Stay at Tawang
Day 6- Visit Zemithang and back to Tawang for Night Stay
Day 7- Dirang, Stay at Dirang and enjoy local sights
Day 8- Stay at Guwahati

The above itinerary would allow you to travel the Tawang area comprehensively and you could readjust the plan if situation demands.

I have been planning since long to cover these area but haven't yet got a chance to visit, so whatever I wrote from my share of thoughts is not yet implemented, I am sure someone who has covered these areas (actually you would find many as these are the most frequently visited places in Arunachal) would come forward and comment in depth egarding your itinerary

Also read the several trip reports in IM on these areas and you would get many vital information and idea how to go for it.

Have a safe and nice trip!!
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Thanx a ton Kshil. Ur itinerary is a lot more practical than my rushed up scheduling.
I too have been planning to go to Arunachal since long but the plan gets shelved everytime.
Maybe this time, I'll succeed and then advise u ;-)
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Wrishy, wish you would fulfill your Arunachal dream this time, would look for your trip reports/ snaps and ofcourse first hand advice
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Arrow go slow and enjoy every minute

Wrishy, I had visited Dirang, Bomdila, Tawang in 2006 and loved every minute of the trip. You cannot rush through the mountains and it is not wise to drive at night in the northeast. Besides the numerous bandhs and unexpected rains can upset the best laid travel plans. So go slowly, savour the sights and take it easy.

In Dirang visit the Yak Breeding Centre and the apple orchards. At Jang have a meal at the famous roadside dhaba being run by a local lady and her husband. The best meal I had in the northeast for just Rs. 30 was at this dhaba. It's on the main road, you cannot miss it. Good luck!
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pictures, just too smart!!!
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