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Old 16th August 2014, 15:37   #31
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And now I read the whole thing! Hemanth I wont say anything in terms of how good it is or some silly thing like that....

All I can say is:

- God is in the details and detail is how you see it
- India has a LOT to see. But you having done in a single trip, itself speaks
- On river Lohit, not sure if you remember; lates 80s (or early 90s) DD use to air a serial called Lohit Kinare!
- Great package. I would say get a booklet done.
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Wow!!!

What an amazing spirit of adventure you guys have. Covering the 4 corners of the country in 2 years is a feat in itself.

What next, you ask? Dare I suggest a cross-continental drive.
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One of the BEST travelogue I have read in recent times. What a trip !!.

Your style of writing is simple but riveting and brimming with emotions.

Rated 5-stars.
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Amazing thread, great stuff. Loved the way you presented your thread. May you experience more of such adventures.
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- Great package. I would say get a booklet done.
Thank you ampere. My next plan is definitely the booklet combining both my mega-trips. Hopefully I'm successful in that

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Wow!!!
What next, you ask? Dare I suggest a cross-continental drive.
Thanks BeantownThinker

I Would love to do that.

Malayalam movie Director Laljose is doing that currently. Kochi to London in 75 Days covering 27countries and two continents
Check out his facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/LaljoseFilmDirector
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ampere has summed up what I wanted to say, hence won't be adding much. That is all I too would say. Searching your 2012 log to read it.


But, this log was started in late '13 and it took quite sometime to go live. I bet a lot of guys are going to thank you on this weekend.

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Mohith began the day at the wheel and we took the Dalkhola route and had decided that, that will be our first stop for Diesel and also for Breakfast.
It was an uneventful drive and it took us a little less than 2 hours to reach Dalkhola.
We filled up the tank and then decided to have our breakfast in the attached BP Ghar Dhaba (Since it is a COCO Station)
We were the first customers and so service was not that slow. Nothing great about the breakfast to write about

By 8 AM, we were on the road again. Mohith continued at the wheel.
By 8:30 AM we were at the Purnia Bypass junction, where we took right towards Forbesganj. This is where we enter Bihar.
Bihar is 10 kilometers after this BP Dalkola. You cross a toll and come across a one -way bridge. That bridge is the point of border.

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"Saar aap Bihar mein hain na saar, tabhi rasta aisa hain. Bihar khatam hote hi rasta achcha hai saar" (Since you are in Bihar, roads are like this. Once you cross Bihar and enter UP, road is good)
We smiled at his reply and moved on.
That was Gopalgunj and still, the roads are the same. Imagine your Punto on these roads.
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ampere has summed up what I wanted to say, hence won't be adding much. That is all I too would say. Searching your 2012 log to read it.
Thank you so much SheelI have given a link to the travelogue of my 2012 trip in the first post of this travelogue

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But, this log was started in late '13 and it took quite sometime to go live
Last time it took 11 months. This time I was better- I took 10 months

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That was Gopalgunj and still, the roads are the same. Imagine your Punto on these roads.
Thankfully I didn't make that mistake of taking my Punto on this trip.

Although I feel that it would've managed this particular stretch, it couldn't have made it through NH34

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Wow !

What an achievement. You all will be feeling proud of this achievement. I went through the complete travelogue spending midnight lamp!! Wanted to go though the travelogue fully before I reply to your amazing writeup and the attitude of all 3 of you.

Returning back the Airawath in the same condition is appreciable ! salute your attitude.

The hanging bridge on day 10 would have been one of an adventure !

I have been to Dwarka and other places up. Knowing about Arunachal Pradesh (Tezu, Walong etc.) was interesting and eye opener.

So was it all safe to drive on the national / state highways?

Interesting places and this gives me confidence to venture a trip to Arunachal (added to my future plan). Thanks to you for sharing your experiences.

Congratulations on being a proud father - a gift when your returned home. Amazing and too to your wife - what a support !!!
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Wonderfully evocative travelogue. One that had me glued to the screen until I finished your "epilogue". This is the sort of narrative and pictures that will kindle the wanderlust in anybody; however much a non traveler he or she may be.

Thanks for sharing this Hemanth. Its not only the journey that is praiseworthy, but your completing the travelogue despite the arrival of the angel. For both, I stand up and salute.
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Excellent travelogue. I started reading it this morning and finished it in one go. Absolutely great travelogue. All the pictures are excellent. The picture I liked the most is the one with a barber reading a newspaper in his shop in UP. I took so much time to cover each page that the browser used to ask the login credentials each time I proceeded to next page. Loved your N.E.W.S channel .
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I've managed the travelogue in two sittings. Quite a few hours, but nothing compared to the days of your trip, and the long work in documenting it.

Astonishing. Wonderful. Many, many thanks for sharing all the great pics and for the concise, but full, writing. All the practical stuff is there, but packed with feeling too.

The eastern corner was the most magical for me. Probably for many others too. Hope I get there one day. I don't think I'll be doing the driving, though!
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Such a long travelogue but had to finish in one sitting. Absolutely fantastic sir.
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So was it all safe to drive on the national / state highways?

Interesting places and this gives me confidence to venture a trip to Arunachal (added to my future plan). Thanks to you for sharing your experiences.
Thank you vittal.
Apart from a couple of scary moments -One in Odisha and the other in Assam which I have mentioned, nowhere did we feel unsafe. Probably because we avoided overnight travel as much as possible

Tawang and other places in Arunachal are already attracting many tourists. Facilities for tourists like lodging, hotels among others may not be as developed as other states, but there are not many things that should hinder someone from going to Arunachal.

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Excellent travelogue....

...The picture I liked the most is the one with a barber reading a newspaper in his shop in UP...
Thank you guyfrmblr

That's one of my favourites too...No matter how much ever you plan, whatever settings you change in the camera, Once in a while such unplanned, on-the-run photos come out better than others.

This particular photo was taken while I was in the second row and when the car had slowed down because of a road construction. As soon as I saw this guy, I grabbed the first camera I could reach(2 cameras would always lie in the second row) and clicked it without even looking at what mode the camera was in.
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Thank you hemanth.

Can you also provide hotel room charges and discount on room tariffs e.g. ginger guwahati and other places. This will be of great use whenever we plan a trip to these places.

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Fantastic thread Hemanth. I am still on the first page.

OT: By the way I know Rajesh as he is friend of my ex-colleague Chaitanya. I will pm you on this later.

A well deserved 5* rating for the thread

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Phew! I just could read the first 10% and that itself had my cup of happiness brimming over! Way to go Hemanth. A true classic. Has a texture and taste of every thing ! 5-Stars from me.
I too had the same feeling. The safari storme (I know this travelogue has the older safari) is slowly growing on me seeing these travelogues. On a lighter note, if I end up buying the Safari Storme, I will solely blame Hemanth and Tsk
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