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Old 8th May 2010, 18:52   #1
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Talking Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal: A Road Trip

The pictures i am posting are not new, these were taken 2 years back.

Two years back we were planning a road trip. I had been to Ladakh the previous season and wanted a change that time, we considered a lot of places. We were 3 friends who planned for the trip, one of us is a officer in Army. He proposed the North-East plan, Since he was posted in Assam at that time he knew the place well and offered to arrange for our stay at Army guest house. We knew it was once in a lifetime oppurtunity, we said Yes instantly.

Now we wanted a trip where we drove ourself, not ferried around in cab. We had two options- 1. To take our car from Gurgaon all the way to Assam. 2- To hire a self driven car in Assam. We went in for the Plan 2 as taking our car from here would we a huge task. Our friend took care of this through local contacts and got us a decent condition AC+PS Indigo tdi.

Two of us boarded a Flight to Guwahati where our friend was waiting for us with the Cab. We had lunch at Pizza Hut and headed straight to Shillong.

I have Divided the pictures in Four parts-
1.Meghalaya
2.Assam
3.Nagaland
4.Arunachal Pradesh


This is a lake just before Shillong
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Our Ride. Not as Fun around twists but decently comfortable. Engine not a match for modern common rails. I did 80% of the driving.
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Our place of stay in an Army camp.
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On the way to Cherapunji
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Sohra is the local name of Cherapunji.
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Old 8th May 2010, 18:59   #2
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Part-2 Meghalaya

Cherapunji
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It rains so much actually, even these goats must be used to it.
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All those Plains are in Bangladesh
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A waterfall at Cherapunji
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Elephant falls, Shillong.
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A Chinese restaurant in Shillong
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A Bird park
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A Spider in our bathroom
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Old 8th May 2010, 19:08   #3
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Greenery, Blue mountains and waterfalls. Great photos - Eventhough it was taken long back, the freshness is there and they are new ones for us.
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Great start, keep going on full throttle.
Also a little bit of story with the photos wont be bad.
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Part-3 Assam

We entered back to Assam the 3rd day. The drive was from Shillong to Sibsagar(The place our friend was posted) via Guwahati. The drive was comfortable with good roads all the way. The Best part was we got to see some wildlife en-route.

The only downer was not so great tires on the car, which were also over inflated. The Car screamed on every corner until i visually lowered the pressure as we did not have the gauge.

This is a typical Assam village crossing on the NH.
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The Driver of the car- ME
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Brahmaputra Flyover after crossing Guwahati.
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The Greenery after the flyover. Stopping here is not allowed due to security reasons.
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Our car parked roadside.
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The Wildlife visible from NH
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Old 8th May 2010, 19:32   #6
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We continue our journey towards Sibsagar. The view of Rhinos and Elephants with so much greenery and cool wind blowing after rain was amazing.

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Posing right on middle of the roads is the hobby of these dwarf Assamese cows
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The Entrance for Kaziranga National park, it was closed that time.
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The Road was good, with some potholes though.
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Wonderful pics there, anshuman. Ye dil maange more..
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Old 9th May 2010, 12:51   #8
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It seems to be an amazing place. Definitely not something people from the north usually head for but its refreshing and different (or refreshingly different). So much greenery all around that I am sure after coming back to NCR your eyes would've hurt for a while in the concrete jungle.

Waiting for more.

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Meghalaya, seems to be a nice and green place.
Any more pointers on what all can be seen there?
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Part-5 Assam and Nagaland

After Staying in Sibasagar for day we headed towards Mokokchung, a small but beautiful town in Nagaland. Security is a bit of concern in Nagaland and Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal are safe places.

No Bullets in the gun here, Just posing with the super reliable AK.
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Traditional hat and Gamcha
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A Typical rural house in Assam
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Nagaland starts here, we were advised not to stop for long on roads.
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The Beautiful Mokokchung town
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Our Place of Stay, an Army mess.
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Our Place of stay
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The waiting area at out guest house
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Nagaland continued.

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A Tribal naga fighter
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We had these in our rooms
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The Indigo worked out to be very reliable with not even a single puncture during the trip. It was just that i missed my Swift round those curves on the brilliant roads.
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Arunachal Pradesh

We drove down from Mokokchung to midway Army camp in Assam. The next day we started for Tawang via Tenga. The condition of roads in arunachal were terrible, the roads at most parts were non existent with huge craters filled of slush due to rain. We had to drive very cautiously all the way.

Arunachal starts here, a very beautiful state from the first kilometer we entered.
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It was raining when we entered Arunachal
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One of the few sections where we got to see well paved roads.
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beautiful pictures. This is one part of the country I would love to visit and have plans to do say in the next 2 years or so.
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The Drive to Tawang



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Sela Pass at the height of 13700ft above sea level
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The Vegetation changed suddenly after the Sela pass
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This reminds me of Gata loops on the way to Ladakh. We used all the torque available from the tdi engine, driving on good sections was huge fun.
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The Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681[1] in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama.
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It has a capacity of about 700 monks and presently is home to more than 450 lamas. It is said to be one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in the world outside of Lhasa, Tibet.
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Tawang

Inside the Tawang monastery
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This is the largest Buddhist monastery in India
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There is also a Center for Buddhist Cultural Studies where young monks are taught arithmetic, English and Hindi as well as their traditional monastic education
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When the 14th Dalai Lama fled from Tibet, following the failure of a rebellion against the Chinese central government, he crossed into India on 30 March 1959 and spent some days resting at Tawang Monastery before reaching Tezpur in Assam on 18 April 1959. Since then he has visited Tawang many times.
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Chinese troops briefly occupied it during the 1962 Sino-Indian War, destroying portions of the monastery. For six months it was controlled by Chinese troops.
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