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Old 24th March 2014, 17:07   #16
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Lovely travelogue Samba.
Beautiful write up with handy tips and sufficiently supplemented with beautiful photographs.

My wife and I along with our two kids visited Andamans during the second week of Feb 2014.

However, when we visited, we did not have the good fortune to go on any boat rides as all water borne activities were suspended due to a recent boat tragedy. Not even to the hopper of Ross Islands.
Seeing your snaps of Jolly Buoy Islands and others, I feel so sad that we missed all of those.

However, as a saver we did witness some amazing military display at Milan

Link here (Andamans: Pristine Nature in all its glory)

Fantastic travelogue once more.
Keep it coming

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Great pictures there Samba and before we get carried away praising your photography skills, let me wish you a blissful married life ahead. Great to read that you guys have been together since so long back.

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Really loved the photos, especially the night shots.
Wish you could have visited the Ross and Smith islands as well. Very beautiful and quite place.

When we last visited, we were feeling adventures so we hired a local boat and visited a totally remote part of Havelock. It was very serene and with no one else around. It felt special, like our own private little beach.
Thanks a lot. The number of days were really less for us so we skipped visiting the Jarwa's and the Ross Island trip. That needed another two days. You were lucky that you had the chance to hire a boat for sight seeing. But now government regulation's has become stricter and they are not allowing the private boats to go to remote place. The privates boats need to make special permit by showing there safety norms after that they will be approved to ferry tourists once again.

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Super Travelogue Samba !!

First things first, Heartiest Congratulations on getting married & welcome to the club.

Simple narration & Great pictures. I haven't visited Andamans yet. Your pictures are forcing me to visit it at the earliest. Will ask for your help when finalizing the trip.
Thanks a lot! Sure, do let me know when you plan to visit. Will be glad to help you.

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Great pictures & Information for future travelers to the Andamans. Thank you for sharing.
And, wishing you a happy married life!
Thanks a lot..!

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Excellent travelogue Samba and pictures that you have shared is breathtaking. It is indeed India outside of the India sub-continent except that the vistas are superb

How was the weather? I visited Andamans last December and even during that season it was quite hot and sultry

Here is the link to my photoblog of Andamans :-

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ise-earth.html (Photologue: Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Paradise on Earth!)
Thanks a lot. The weather was just comfortable. It was around 28-30. Because of the sea breeze we didn't feel the heat much. I have read your travelogue earlier itself. The pictures of your sea walking were simply amazing. The place from where you took the pics of the sea from hotel Sinclair's , we booked that roof for our candle light dinner. The location was really awesome as mentioned by you earlier.

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Net trouble means that I'm among the late repliers. But better late than never. So as they say Heartiest Congratulations and a big to the travelogue. The pictures themselves say a lot about the beauty of the place and the narrative is just mindblowing. Way to go dada. Now will be eagerly waiting for your next travelogue and next quality post.

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Thanks. Even i will be waiting to write my next travelogue..! Hope it comes soon.


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Lovely travelogue. I enjoyed reading it and felt like I was there. It will be on my list of destinations to visit....probably after my marriage
For now my friend is planning to go there after his marriage in June, can you share the cost of the package (hotel, sightseeing & transfers) without flights and shopping ?
Thanks a lot.
Without flight and shopping it was rs 69,000. Including flight it was rs93,000. We traveled from Kolkata in a spice jet. In rs 69,000 it includes hotels, cruise/ferry charges, permits, one ac cab every day, hiring a two wheeler at Havelock and hiring a glass bottom boat only for us, a fun ride in a water scooter and the total expense for our food which included lots of sea food and fancy dishes. The hotels in which we stayed you can find the names and review in my last post and just before going you can take there current room rents. There are standard hotels, 3 star hotels and 4 star hotels. You can choose from any of those. We opted for the 3 star facility hotels. I will suggest you to check the hotel reviews in trip advisor before making the final bookings. I booked my whole trip through North East Holidays. It belongs to my friend. They did a nice job. If you want any contact number you can PM me any time.

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Lovely travelogue Samba.
Beautiful write up with handy tips and sufficiently supplemented with beautiful photographs.

My wife and I along with our two kids visited Andamans during the second week of Feb 2014.

However, when we visited, we did not have the good fortune to go on any boat rides as all water borne activities were suspended due to a recent boat tragedy. Not even to the hopper of Ross Islands.
Seeing your snaps of Jolly Buoy Islands and others, I feel so sad that we missed all of those.

However, as a saver we did witness some amazing military display at Milan

Link here (Andamans: Pristine Nature in all its glory)

Fantastic travelogue once more.
Keep it coming
Thanks a lot. I just now went through your link , the pics are really awesome. Yes i must say Jolly Buoy was a bad miss for you. Its one of the finest beach i have ever seen till date.

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Great pictures there Samba and before we get carried away praising your photography skills, let me wish you a blissful married life ahead. Great to read that you guys have been together since so long back.

Regards,
Saket
Thanks a lot Saket. Just to let you know i loved reading your love story earlier in a Team Bhp thread.

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Thanks a lot Saket. Just to let you know i loved reading your love story earlier in a Team Bhp thread.
So you remember it! I am sure you have quite some material to share in that thread too. BTW, some of the pictures have turned out simply mind blowing, esp. the beach with that slight sepia effect.
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Hello Samba,

Congrats on your marriage. It seems you have been dating for ages before you got married, and it's a great thing to get such a person as life partner.

Great pics, I was just going through the snaps alone. The beaches look great. This also one of the places to visit for me.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you have much more honeymoons and you share details of place and pics with us. Let me go back to reading your TL.

Cheers.
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Congrats on your marriage, great honeymoon. But then, you know what I mean an aircraft wing cannot compensate for a view through the windscreen through the wipers.
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What beautiful photography!

I was probably in the 8th grade when I visited the Andaman's with a bunch of other schoolmates. Although, I remember little of it, thanks for making me relieve those memories.

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Thanks for the splendid review. Looking forward to visit Andamans soon.
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Super travelogue sir jee! You brought back memories from 2004 (6 months before Tsunami strike). We went to 2 more islands BTW - Ross and Viper.
Kindly put more pics.
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Beautiful Travelogue Samba!
Amazing pictures and narration.
How expensive are these resorts and cruises?
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Hello Samba,

Congrats on your marriage. It seems you have been dating for ages before you got married, and it's a great thing to get such a person as life partner.

Great pics, I was just going through the snaps alone. The beaches look great. This also one of the places to visit for me.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you have much more honeymoons and you share details of place and pics with us. Let me go back to reading your TL.

Cheers.
Thanks a lot. Hope you enjoyed reading the travelogue too, though am no expert in writing. Am just a novice as per writing skills are concerned.

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Congrats on your marriage, great honeymoon. But then, you know what I mean an aircraft wing cannot compensate for a view through the windscreen through the wipers.
Thanks dada. I cant agree more to your last line! To compensate the view through the windscreen through wipers as soon as our astamangala was done i did a short one day trip to Mukutmanipur up and down. It was a 533 kms drive in a day.

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What beautiful photography!

I was probably in the 8th grade when I visited the Andaman's with a bunch of other schoolmates. Although, I remember little of it, thanks for making me relieve those memories.

Thread rated 5 stars.
Thanks a lot. Feels good to know i was able to rekindle your sweet school life memories.


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Thanks for the splendid review. Looking forward to visit Andamans soon.
Thanks, yes i would say Andaman is definitely worth a visit.


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Beautiful Travelogue Samba!
Amazing pictures and narration.
How expensive are these resorts and cruises?
Thanks.

I paid as a package. But approximately the hotels and the resorts were in the range of rs 3000 to 4,500 per night in which we stayed.

The cruise was in the range of rs 800 to rs1000 per person per trip.



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Super travelogue sir jee! You brought back memories from 2004 (6 months before Tsunami strike). We went to 2 more islands BTW - Ross and Viper.
Kindly put more pics.
Thanks. Yes we missed out on those two islands due to lack of time.

Let me put up few more pics. These were taken by my wife from her camera. So the credit of these pics goes to her.


Our room at hotel Haywizz PortBlair.

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Me in action during sunset at Wandur beach.

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Cellular jail in evening.

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Inside Wild Orchid resort at Havelock.

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The huts of Tango beach resort at Neil Island.

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View from our room at Tango beach resort in Neil Island.

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Colorful dead corals and shells on the Laxmanpur beach at Neil island.

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Two pics from Joggers park PortBlair.

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Samba, please accept our heartiest congratulations on your marriage. Thanks for sharing some beautiful photographs with a lovely travelogue.

A very senior colleague of mine had made plans to visit the Andaman islands around the same time. However, he decided to cancel the trip within days before his scheduled departure when his travel agent informed that the authorities, in the wake of the unfortunate boat accident near Port Blair, had called for a halt of all water-related tourist activities in and around Andaman and surrounding islands. You are lucky that you were able to visit Neil & Havloc Island.
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Two words Samba- GREAT PICS!!

Congratulations on your marriage and a great place to honeymoon! Went there for my honeymoon too!
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Beautiful !! Great Photos!! Brings back memories of my bittersweet trip to Andamans (I think i did a short travelogue too)! As you said the people are honest and its relatively less commercialised!

Your travelogue makes me want to go there again SOON!
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Samba, please accept our heartiest congratulations on your marriage. Thanks for sharing some beautiful photographs with a lovely travelogue.

A very senior colleague of mine had made plans to visit the Andaman islands around the same time. However, he decided to cancel the trip within days before his scheduled departure when his travel agent informed that the authorities, in the wake of the unfortunate boat accident near Port Blair, had called for a halt of all water-related tourist activities in and around Andaman and surrounding islands. You are lucky that you were able to visit Neil & Havloc Island.
Thanks dada.

Actually i got the information too that the ferry service has been stopped. But on further inquiry i got the confirmation that cruise to Havelock and Neil were not stopped as they were on the hands of safe cruises like the Makruzz, coastal cruise or the government ferry. What was stopped was the private small ferry services which used to ply between Ross island, Viper island or Jolly buoy/ red skin. They used to over load there ferry with more passengers and they never had any safety features. Now the government rule became strict and made life jacket compulsory and no over loading is permitted any more.


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Two words Samba- GREAT PICS!!

Congratulations on your marriage and a great place to honeymoon! Went there for my honeymoon too!
Thanks! And great to know we went to the same destination for our honeymoon.

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Beautiful !! Great Photos!! Brings back memories of my bittersweet trip to Andamans (I think i did a short travelogue too)! As you said the people are honest and its relatively less commercialised!

Your travelogue makes me want to go there again SOON!
Thanks a lot. Yes i would say Andaman is worth giving a second visit.
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