Our Northeast Tour to Nagaland, Cachar (Assam), Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya

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#1 Oct 14th, 2011, 18:39
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Further to my earlier posts in this thread (post #50 & some others around that):
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This thread has been created out of a sticky thread in the Other Areas forum. It seems to make sense to have a new thread for this very exciting journey!


My NE plan is getting sort of firmed up. Flying into Dimapur on 29th Nov and then to Kohima for 5-6 days; to see parts of Nagaland and also attend the Hornbill Festival till 5th Dec. or so. Have booked hotel stay with Hotel Cimorb in Kohima.

Thereafter by road to Imphal for 4-5 days to see Moirang, Loktak Lake, Moreh etc. and then fly from Imphal to Agartala around 10th Dec and see some places in Tripura till, say, 15th Dec.

Then, (if I am still enjoying the NE and all is going well) will go by road to Aizwal and see parts of Mizoram. And finally head back to Meghalaya around 20th Dec and be in Shillong for Christmas. And then head back home via Gauhati.

Sadanand Kamath (SK) is planning to join me for the first part of this trip i.e. from Kohima till Agartala. That's why we put Tripura before Mizoram, so he could get an have an exit airport to head back home on 11th Dec.

Any suggestions on places to visit/see within above itinerary is most welcome. Thanks in advance.
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#2 Oct 17th, 2011, 22:19
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Hi KS_Bluechip:

Let me try to get an update on the road blockade for the Kohima - Imphal part.
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Originally Posted by sdsudarsan View Post Hi KS_Bluechip:

Let me try to get an update on the road blockade for the Kohima - Imphal part.
I read a report on the blockade of roads (75days now!) leading into Imphal in Times of India a few days back. I am thinking even if it gets resolved; it will take long time to get back to normalcy in terms of supplies/security etc.?

So if conditions don't change much, I may skip Imphal and go to Aizwal via Silchar directly. Lets see. Do let me know what you hear from your contacts.
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Ok, my 5-States [Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur (? blockade), Tripura and Meghalaya] is coming up soon. Looks like all hurdles are cleared!

Leaving on 28th November and will be in Kohima from 29th November. For Hornbill Fest, booked into a Hotel Cimborg in Kohima.

I managed to get my ILP for Nagaland and Mizoram done thru a Travel Agent in Guwahati Assam, by phone and email. Got my ILPs just today via Speedpost. Giving below his contact details (if anybody needs that):

Mr Rintu Nath,
Mobile: +91 9864024838
Email: rintu24@gmail.com
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Originally Posted by ks_bluechip View Post Ok, my 5-States [Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur (? blockade), Tripura and Meghalaya] is coming up soon. Looks like all hurdles are cleared!

Leaving on 28th November and will be in Kohima from 29th November. For Hornbill Fest, booked into a Hotel Cimborg in Kohima.

I managed to get my ILP for Nagaland and Mizoram done thru a Travel Agent in Guwahati Assam, by phone and email. Got my ILPs just today via Speedpost. Giving below his contact details (if anybody needs that):

Mr Rintu Nath,
Mobile: +91 9864024838
Email: rintu24@gmail.com
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I thought they had scrapped the ILP requirement for NL and MZ - when did they restart?

Have a good trip!
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Hi KS_Bluechip,

From what I hear, the blockade, even if it is lifted, life won't be easy. Either fly into Imphal and fly out, but still travel within will be terribly expensive due to paucity of fuel. If I were you, I'll keep Manipur for some future trip.
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In fact NDTV had a half-hour programme about the Manipur blockade just this weekend. Things are really bad along NH 39, specially in Senapati district - local goons are enforcing the blockade and check every single bus passing through for anything that looks like "supplies" (petrol, gas cylinders, even potatos) which passengers may be carrying. The police stands idly by.
The situation is better along NH 53 where convoys are moving under CRPF protection.

Even so there's very strict rationing of petrol in Imphal (200 bucks at a time for 2-wheelers, 500 bucks for cars), and people have to wait in line at the pumps for 8 to 12 hours. There is however no shortage of petrol in the city - if one is ready to pay the black-market price of Rs. 150/litre! Gas cylinders were reported in previous weeks as selling at Rs. 2000 each.

I need not go into the details of the reasoning brought to light for the whole blockade, but the thrust of it was that it's all political - the govt chooses to be inactive although they could deal with the sitruation quite easily (the CRPF area commander stated on camera that all he needs is a go-ahead from the govt. Which is not forthcoming).
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Thanks, sdsudarshan & Dilliwalla.

I will probably skip Manipur entirely this trip; given current situation.
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No action from Manipur govt. despite the state going to election in 2012 & remember the community enforcing the blockades are in minority since Maities are the majorities in Manipur. Even the central govt. is sitting quiet. One article which I read last week mentioned that had it been a state like Gujarat, Maharashtra or M.P. facing such a situation army would have been called in on the first day itself.


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At Shillong now (here till after Christmas) ... now in last leg of my month-long tour. Already done Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Cachar(parts of Assam).

Trip going well ... better than expected ... peace and tranquilty everywhere and all road transports working fine. Some roads are bad though.

The Barak Valley Express (Dimapur to Silchar) and Agartala Pass (Silchar to Agartala) are too slow even for meter-gauge trains (averaging 15 KMPH). But the Hill-scenery and stops everywhere (at stations and in between) was OK for a first timer to these parts. Got too see many interior towns.

When I was at Silchar (at Capital sumo stand) I saw share-sumos running to Imphal too!! They said no problem as blockade is lifted. Was tempted to go to Manipur too, but by then it was too late to do properly. so skipped Mainpur as planned.

Will make a detailed post after i get back home by 1st week of January-2012

-KS

PS: after this trip, realised my (sort of) mental-block of Security, in Northeast, was not at all justified. (except perhaps Manipur ?)

PS2: I must add that my Android Samsung-Galaxy-Ace smartphone with MTNL SIM and a just a 2G/GPRS-EDGE monthly data plan of Rs 98/- (imagine only Rs 98/-!!) worked wonderfully well everywhere in NE (repeat everywhere, small-towns, big-towns, all NE states). And the only place, I can remember, not getting the MTNL Data-signal was near the Burma border on way to Ridhil-Lake (5Kms inside Burma). This MTNL plan was such a help (to keep in touch with family) that I had no reason to visit cybercafe's anywhere!

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Thanks for that KS. I too just got back in UK today after visiting Nagaland (for the Hornbill festival and visiting Longwa), Assam and Tripura. I wanted to go to Manipur but was warned off which was sensible really as there was a bomb blast whils I was over there!

My samsung galaxy mini worked fine with an airtel card but there was never any 3G so it became just a plain old phone for the duration of the trip.
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@KS, good to know that your trip is going on smoothly. Yes, there is actually no security problem in North East. There are small incidents (& some big one like Manipur Blockade) but then this incidents happen in rest of India as well. During my one month long tour in 2010 I also made same observation. Hope to see you back soon & hear some interesting stories at our Mumbai meetup.

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Originally Posted by ks_bluechip View Post At Shillong now (here till after Christmas) ... now in last leg of my month-long tour. Already done Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Cachar(parts of Assam).

Trip going well ... better than expected ... peace and tranquilty everywhere and all road transports working fine. Some roads are bad though.

The Barak Valley Express (Dimapur to Silchar) and Agartala Pass (Silchar to Agartala) are too slow even for meter-gauge trains (averaging 15 KMPH). But the Hill-scenery and stops everywhere (at stations and in between) was OK for a first timer to these parts. Got too see many interior towns.

When I was at Silchar (at Capital sumo stand) I saw share-sumos running to Imphal too!! They said no problem as blockade is lifted. Was tempted to go to Manipur too, but by then it was too late to do properly. so skipped Mainpur as planned.

Will make a detailed post after i get back home by 1st week of January-2012

-KS

PS: after this trip, realised my (sort of) mental-block of Security, in Northeast, was not at all justified. (except perhaps Manipur ?)

PS2: I must add that my Android Samsung-Galaxy-Ace smartphone with MTNL SIM and a just a 2G/GPRS-EDGE monthly data plan of Rs 98/- (imagine only Rs 98/-!!) worked wonderfully well everywhere in NE (repeat everywhere, small-towns, big-towns, all NE states). And the only place, I can remember, not getting the MTNL Data-signal was near the Burma border on way to Ridhil-Lake (5Kms inside Burma). This MTNL plan was such a help (to keep in touch with family) that I had no reason to visit cybercafe's anywhere!

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Great to hear this! I look forward to the reports in due course then.
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I was with KS for Nagaland and Tripura legs of his NE tour in early December 2011. Here are the links of photos taken during our week-long trip of Nagaland :

Kohima-Khonoma-Dimapur

Hornbill Festival - December 2011
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S.K., what exquisitely shot photographs! I am entranced. We are planning for Nagaland next winter since we had to cancel our trip planned for this upcoming February. Now I am extremely tempted - once again - by the Hornbill Festival in December 2012. I note for future reference that you and K.S. had booked way ahead for the Kohima hotel and that you mention in your photo annotations that the majority of the hotels are booked solidly SIX months ahead of the Festival! That is important to know about. I must admit that I am not very tempted to taste the hornet larvae, Naga delicacy.

Of all the dancers in your snaps, the Mizoram girls stand out as being the prettiest!

The museum looks very interesting, but your walk around the hills looks even more so.

I will study these pics more carefully later. Thank you so much.
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