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Old 23rd July 2007, 16:10   #16
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Normally the wettest place title is being toggled between Mawsynram and Cherrapunji. And yes, Mawsynram is near Cherra.
BTW,Sumit, the part where the dam is a restricted area and not allowed to be photographed. I didn't know that and I almost got caught there by Security and lucky to escape without my camera being seized. I was able to convince them I'm not any miscreant/terrorist and just photographing the beauty of the Lake ;-)
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Old 23rd July 2007, 16:48   #17
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Beautiful pics. Never realised it was this beautiful over there!
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Old 23rd July 2007, 17:11   #18
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Nice pics. How about a detailed review? The waterfalls look amazing.

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... and my camera had no protection.
Keep some in the camera pouch. You wont have to regret it next time.
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The dam is restricted, but you can get to the old bridge and click a snap of the water being released ;-)
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One question, is this the Waterfall on the way to cherrapunji? Or this is the one AT Cherrapunji. I always forget the names.
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it is at Cherrapunji View Point (5 kms. from the Cherra town)
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One question, is this the Waterfall on the way to cherrapunji? Or this is the one AT Cherrapunji. I always forget the names.
Maybe you are referring to Elephant Falls which is on the way from Shillong to Cherrapunjee. Nokhalikai Falls is the one you see from Cherrapunji Point.
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The falls in the picture are the ones visible from the view point. None of these are the Nokhalikai Falls. That would be a different falls for which we have to take a diversion at the market at Cherra.
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The falls in the picture are the ones visible from the view point.
This view point is in the Cherrapunji town itself, isn't it, thats the one I am talking about that I missed because of fog settled at the bottom.
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Such an amazing place. Sohra!!!.......i'm coming. Great Snaps Sumit.
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Old 25th July 2007, 23:17   #26
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Ok another question, permit for Arunachal, where can we get it from. Given that there is an office at Guwahati which issues the permits, but that would mean wasting a day or two at Guwahati. Can the Arunachal permits be had from Calcutta itself?
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Ok another question, permit for Arunachal, where can we get it from. Given that there is an office at Guwahati which issues the permits, but that would mean wasting a day or two at Guwahati. Can the Arunachal permits be had from Calcutta itself?
I don't know about the Kolkata Office, but when I went to Tawang (and about to go to Miao/Namdapha) in Arunachal Pradesh (and also for Nagaland/Manipur), I got a travel agent in Guwahati to do it for me in advance, that meant I drove into Guwahati, picked up the permits and kept going. The travel agent's costs were nominal, besides I got lots of casual info on roads, places, hotels, etc. In case you book hotel rooms through them, maybe they will also do this permit work free.

I took the permit for Mizoram at Silchar on my own and it was a miserable affair, running around sarkari babus and wasting half a day in the process, hence such work is better left to specialised palm-greasers.
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I don't know about the Kolkata Office, but when I went to Tawang (and about to go to Miao/Namdapha) in Arunachal Pradesh (and also for Nagaland/Manipur), I got a travel agent in Guwahati to do it for me in advance, that meant I drove into Guwahati, picked up the permits and kept going. The travel agent's costs were nominal, besides I got lots of casual info on roads, places, hotels, etc. In case you book hotel rooms through them, maybe they will also do this permit work free.

I took the permit for Mizoram at Silchar on my own and it was a miserable affair, running around sarkari babus and wasting half a day in the process, hence such work is better left to specialised palm-greasers.
From what I have found out from the local Arunachal Bhawan in Shillong, the RAP (Restricted Area Permit) is just a piece of paper with a serial no. which has an entry in the issuing office's register. It hardly takes 5 mins to get it done here provided that the visitors have the identity proof with them at the time of getting it done. For ID proof, a Driving License or PAN Card or your Passport will do. It has some fees which I don't remember but it was negligible.
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From what I have found out from the local Arunachal Bhawan in Shillong, the RAP (Restricted Area Permit) is just a piece of paper with a serial no. which has an entry in the issuing office's register. It hardly takes 5 mins to get it done here provided that the visitors have the identity proof with them at the time of getting it done. For ID proof, a Driving License or PAN Card or your Passport will do. It has some fees which I don't remember but it was negligible.
Theoretically, you are right, but I guess Government offices don't really work that way. I will giev you some more instances of how these permits are granted - in Ladakh, when you go to the DC's Office, you are told that the saab is not around, and I have waited up to 5 hours for the signature. And needless to say, goverment offices work to their own stretchable timings, often only 5 days a week.
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Fantastic pics Sumit
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