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Old 27th March 2015, 14:07   #46
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There are two ways to go to Ziro from Itanagar. One direct and one by coming down to Assam near Lakhimpur and then going up. I took six opinions locally. Three said I should go direct and that I would be crazy and foolish to go back to Assam. Three said the exact opposite. Either way I was going to be crazy. I chose the Assam option. Big mistake as it turned out.
I had been to Ziro in November 2013 and was in the same dilemma. I too opted for going via Assam which turned to be a nightmare. But hats off to you for braving out to go there in an Xcent. I had taken a Scorpio and it tossed, tilted, pitched, jumped and what not till i reached Ziro at around 11pm.
To my horror i found all shops closed and not a single soul was to be seen whom i could ask directions for Siiro Resort!My phone too lost its connectivity. Luckily i saw a pair of dull lights coming towards me in my rear view mirror. Then the lights became a bit brighter and i could visualize a pick up truck with some people standing in its deck.They were returning from a funeral and I was a bit skeptical to ask them for directions. Finally i asked them and much to my ease they turned out to be very friendly and helpful. But the irony of the situation was that none of them knew about Siiro Resort, one of them told that there is a resort some 4-5 kms down the road but he was not sure about its name. I followed them for around 2 kms after which they took a diversion and asked me to go further down the road.
Again confusion creeped into my mind (what if its not the same resort i had booked, can i find my way back, etc) and i continued down the road. But some time later i found someone waving his hands and asking me to stop. It was Obing (the guy in your pic), manager of the Resort. He was waiting for me on the road in pitch darkness. Finally i reached there with quite an excursion, had my dinner which was pre arranged and had a sound sleep.
I woke up to a view of green and serene landscape with pine trees and mountains in the background and was mesmerized with its beauty.
Did you visit the Shiv Ling at Ziro?
And thanks for bring back my memories, feeling nostalgic after seeing your pictures.
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Thanks Josh. Worrier heart ?? No No. With wanderernomad in that region, nobody need worry. I really mean it. If you meant a warrior's heart, then ,while I am touched and flattered, I wish it were true !
Sorry for the typo , It was warrior not worrier and I mean it, not everybody dares to travel such places/Distance alone for Pleasure .

Keep it up.

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Incredible. Both your spirit and the travelogue.

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Old 28th March 2015, 08:33   #49
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Amazing travelogue.kept me glued to it. intricate details and descriptive photographs. 5 star.
Thank you very much. Glad that you liked it.

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I had been to Ziro in November 2013 and was in the same dilemma.
Did you visit the Shiv Ling at Ziro?
And thanks for bring back my memories, feeling nostalgic after seeing your pictures.
Delighted to send you back , in memories, to your 2013 trip. Thankfully, I reached Ziro when it was still light, and had to ask around too for directions to Siiro resort. As you rightly observed, people are very helpful - one two wheeler rider escorted me to the right road, gave me perfect directions and so I reached easily.

Yes, I went to the Shivling. I also went to that remote famer couple (who received an award for the best farmer), who live all alone in a place which can only be approached by a trek of many steps up and down a hill. Amazing place Ziro is.

Thanks so much for your kind comment.

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Incredible. Both your spirit and the travelogue.

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Thanks Sutripta. Coming from an expert like you, it is high praise.
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Congratulations on your wonderful journey!! You have true wanderlust and a spirit to match it!!

You have shattered the myth that you need a SUV or 4WD to undertake such a journey. Hope to visit the Seven Sisters someday.

I had only heard in passing that a village in India was voted cleanest village in Asia, and now I know it is 'Mawlynnong'.
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Congratulations on your wonderful journey!! You have true wanderlust and a spirit to match it!!

You have shattered the myth that you need a SUV or 4WD to undertake such a journey. Hope to visit the Seven Sisters someday.

I had only heard in passing that a village in India was voted cleanest village in Asia, and now I know it is 'Mawlynnong'.

Thanks tiger_stripes. You are very kind. Would encourage visiting one of the most beautiful parts of our country.

While Mawlynnong deserves credit for exploiting the tourism opportunity from cleanliness, there were many other villages which were as clean. The Ao Naga villages around Mokokchung are also impeccably clean. In general the cleanliness standards across many of these states is way way higher than in other states in India.
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Hats off for the review mate. This is one of the parts of India which is still unexplored in terms of geography, people and culture for the vast majority of people.

Hopefully your trusty steed came through fine, but how did you find accessibility to mechanics/workshops in the region?
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Hats off for the review mate. This is one of the parts of India which is still unexplored in terms of geography, people and culture for the vast majority of people.

Hopefully your trusty steed came through fine, but how did you find accessibility to mechanics/workshops in the region?

Thanks very much. Yes, its not very well visited. It is also a fact that because of the poor infrastructure, it's for the more seasoned traveller, rather than the casual tourist.

The car performed brilliantly - well above expectations. No mechanical trouble and just one flat tyre. I was surprised to see the extent of Hyundai's service network in the North East. I knew each of the state capitals had a Service Centre, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a Hyundai authorised service centre in even the smaller towns I had a night halt in. I didn't need to use them, other than for the routine servicing that became due, but their presence gives confidence. I dare say Hyundai's network is starting to approach that of Maruti's. Tata is also well present, primarily due to the Sumo being the vehicle of choice for public transport here. Outside of these three, the network of other manufacturers is extremely sparse in the entire North East.

I have posted a more detailed review of the car's performance in the Xcent Official Review thread in case you are interested.
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Brilliant travelogue! 6 stars out of five!

I'm planning a similar trip (a bit longer) too. I'll probably go in Jan/Feb, next year.

But since you're in Bangalore, can we catch up over coffee? I have a route in mind and want to know what your take would be.

Thanks!!
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Brilliant travelogue! 6 stars out of five!

I'm planning a similar trip (a bit longer) too. I'll probably go in Jan/Feb, next year.

But since you're in Bangalore, can we catch up over coffee? I have a route in mind and want to know what your take would be.

Thanks!!
Thanks for the kind words. Delighted to see another traveler to the region - it will be an absolutely wonderful trip for sure.

Happy to meet in Bangalore and exchange notes. Since I can't PM you as yet, mail me at damchuatgmaildotcom and we'll fix up to meet.
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Happy to meet in Bangalore and exchange notes.
Sent you an email. Thanks again!
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But since you're in Bangalore, can we catch up over coffee? I have a route in mind and want to know what your take would be.

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Sent you an email. Thanks again!
Can you guys include me when you are meeting..I am visiting NE in November.
I can share my route plan and some pointers on it.
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