Suggestions for North East trip during 1st week of October

#1 Jun 3rd, 2011, 16:35
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Hi All,
I am planning for a week's trip to Notheast from Bangalore. Plan is to either start on 30th September, Friday evening or 01st Oct Morning and return to Bangalore by 08th October evening. Given that both 01st and 08th October go for travel, we will be left with 6 days (02nd to 07th Oct). I initially planned for Tawang and 6 days may not be sufficient for Tawang. Can someone suggest a good iternary to cover some good places in NE. I prefer covering Meghalaya and/or Sikkim/Bhutan.

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#2 Jun 6th, 2011, 11:59
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Dear Ravi:
It will be raining heavily in Sikkim at this time. So I suggest that you visit Meghalaya instead. Four days in Meghalaya and 2 days in Guwahati will leave you with plenty of time to explore the sights and sounds of both Meghalya and Assam. From Guwahati proceed to Shillong by taxi. Check into a good hotel in Shillong and then explore the town. One day for Cherrapunji to see the famous waterfalls, one day to visit the amazing megaliths at Nartiang, one day for the Khasi village at Smit and the sacred grove of the Khasis at Mawphlang and one day for Shillong itself.

In Guwahati, reserve one day to visit the Kamakhya temple and the other smaller temples. The other day can be reserved for shopping at Fancy Bazaar and visiting the zoo, the Assam museum and the Srimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra. If you have the time and the energy you can visit the silk weaving village of Sualkuchi, 30 km from Guwahati.

I suggest that you hire a taxi for sightseeing in Guwahati and also in Shillong. This will save you time and hassle. You may not always get vegetarian food when travelling in Meghalya. So it is better to take a packed lunch along with you from your hotel-- parathas, puri-sabzi or sandwiches.

For hotels and taxis check out the other threads in this forum. Good luck and enjoy! Tulsi
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#3 Jun 7th, 2011, 23:39
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Tulsi,
Thanks for the details. My travel agent says that by September rains will stop. However, I tend to go with your advice. Any idea how the situation in Manipur. Can I visit Manipur? If not, is it possible to visit Kaziranga national park during this period? I read somewhere that it is closed till 1st Nov.

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#4 Jun 8th, 2011, 04:14
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Ravi, the monsoon recedes in the same path the way it onsets. So as per weather science it can't be possible for monsoon to remain active in Sikkim where as withdrawn from any other North Eastern states. Normal Monsoon withdrawal dates from Western Himalayas like Himachal/Uttarakhand is 30th Sep/ 01st Oct, and the normal withdrawal date from Sikkim is around 15th Oct and atleast a week after that from other North Eastern states.

In 2010, withdrawal happened from Sikkim was as late as 20th October and for other North Eastern States almost around 30th October. That's the reason why Kaziranga's official reopening date is set as 1st Nov but depending on situation they may be reopen it earlier.

For Sikkim and any other North Eastern States, best time to visit is around November. Your travel agent is partially correct as at end of Sep/ begin October, even if monsoon is not withdrawn it becomes quite weak and you won't get the torrential rains as you may get in July/Aug/Sep. But after the heavy monsoon the roads are at their worst condition, so I would suggest if possible defer your trip by one month and you would be there at the best possible season.
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Dear Ravi:
Manipur is a disturbed state right now with heavy military and paramilitary presence. It is not advisable to visit Manipur in such a situation especially when you are travelling with your family.

As for Kaziranga, the date for its reopening is announced by the Forest Dept. of Assam. We cannot say how heavy this year's monsoon will be , so the date of reopening can also not be predicted now. I think that it is best you stick to Assam and Meghalaya for this trip. You can visit other states on a subsequent trip. Tulsi
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You can expect departing showers all over the North East till mid October. Which would mean that you would have occasional showers with a gray sky for most of the while. Your best bet would be to do Shillong - Mawlynnong - Cherrapunjee . It would fit perfectly in the number of days as well.
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Suggestions for North East trip in Second week of October 16

Hi People,

I am planning for long trip of 20-22 days to north East india, Covering multiple places, Mumbai-Bagdogra-Darjeeling-Sikkim-Guwahati-Tirpura-Mizoram-Imphal-manipur-Guwahati-Mumbai. Please suggest best time to visit all these places. Is 10th Oct - 2nd Nov is good time to visit ? Your comments will help me to create better Itinerary.

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Saw a picture of your planned route. I did the similar route from Imphal to Arunachal back in June/July.

The section from Imphal to Aizawl via CCPur isn't the best choice. It is a nice scenic route, but the roads are real bad. Could have just been due to my travel time during monsoon season, but it took us 32 hours in sumo to cover that route because we got stuck so often along the way. At least try and get a front seat...the back seat was absolutely terrible. Also note CCPur is shut down on Sundays and Mizoram also gets very low in terms of transport on Sundays so be sure to plan around that.

I couldn't tell for sure if you are following the same route, but if you take the section from Aizawl to Tripura via Kahnmun it is also a bad route. Another area where we got stuck for long periods. Again get a seat in the front.

Tripura to Shillong via Dharmanagar when I did it we were detoured and it was just a terribly bumpy road...I don't think Hwy 44 was any better.

Good luck!
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My two cents:it is not advisable to travel via churachandpur. Not only the road is terrible but there is an indefinite curfew foe last 3months from 2pm to 6am everyday.the less said about law and order situation,the better.

Also,the road from mizoram to tripura via the mizo-tripura jampui hills is terrible.we didnot go till aizawl,but dharmanagar to Fuldungsai is literally backbreaking and it does not get any better beyond that
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Tensions were high when I was there...sucks that it has gotten worse since then. I was stuck there for a day since I didn't know it shuts down on a Sunday, and a walk through the town was interesting to put it mildly.
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Originally Posted by madri View Post Tensions were high when I was there...sucks that it has gotten worse since then. I was stuck there for a day since I didn't know it shuts down on a Sunday, and a walk through the town was interesting to put it mildly.
So far as I know,3 deadbodies of those who were killed inthe policestation attacks 3 months back have not yet been claimed by the kuki tribes till their demands are met,which leads to the curfew

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