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Old 26th June 2019, 10:54   #121
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Truly mesmerising and inspiring to read this. Little less unfortunate souls like me can only drool at the places that you have visited and that too on your wonderful machine. But I take this as inspiration to go for it some day in the near future.
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Old 27th June 2019, 12:41   #122
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Had missed this post somehow, but it popped up yesterday during a search, and man!, ended up spending two days going through the writing & drooling at the pictures. I think I spent 4-5 hours all together going through it now.

Must have been an experience of a life time to travel to NE and that too on a motorbike for 26 days. I have known of people flying to Kolkata or Guawhati and spend a week or 10 days around, but your trip is something beyond theirs and surely involved a lot of planning. This must have made plenty of TBHPians think of making (or made) a NE trip already.

Again, an amazing trip log.

Hope some day I too will, I will go on a journey like this one!!
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Old 30th June 2019, 15:45   #123
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I am super jealous after reading about your trip!
Maybe a year or two later, I will drive down to the NE regions.
Looking forward to reading more such experiences of yours!
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Old 9th July 2019, 12:00   #124
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Beautiful blog. I have already spent 2+ years exploring the NE but from Hyderabad. The diversity up there is awe inspiring. Although I had done the route on a Duster AWD but at few places took the inner state routes as suggested by local friends in the region and those proved to be more beautiful. Locals are calm and helpful most of the time. With more people going to NE and using Google maps , its learning and would be very helpful to future travellers. Versys is a tremendous tourer. Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences with us, sharing a picture from our last NE trip. (Somewhere at Sela Pass)
I would request you guys to start collecting GPS data as gpx file with any smart phone if possible. The data can be rendered in 3D at a later stage and would always be fun to share with others. Keep travelling and sharing your experiences !
Thanks for liking the t-log.

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Goodness gracious me, what an adventure and what a detailed travelogue! I love the fact that you have shared so many trip details and photos from your marvellous bike trip. Hats off to you two on all fronts, I have fowarded this thread to many people and I hopefully will be able to do a road trip to the wonderful North Eastern states of our country. This is probably my favourite thread on Team BHP and equals the Coast to Coast (and back?) with an Italian Supermodel thread over on the ADV Rider as my top all time travelogue reads.
Thank you so much Neil. Your kind words are too inspiring and comments like this always keep us motivated to ride/drive more.

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WOW! I just finished reading this thread and I am amazed (don't have any other word to come even close to describe my feeling while reading this) Amazing t-log and even greater photos. Being cooped inside cubicles and having originated from the NE (Manipur to be specific) I can share some of the "free" feeling that you get when you set foot in the North East. That too, to do it as a husband-wife team, and on a motorcycle is what dreams are made of. Keep riding and keep writing! You share your world and your experiences for desktop/arm chair guys.
I have mentioned it in another t-log, I am at cross roads on travelling to the NE should be encouraged. While the beauty and lovely people definitely makes for a very good tourist destination, I am iffy about exploitation by tourists. You mentioned it in the mawlynnong village. I am sure it is pretty much the same "unwanted" development in many of the more touristy places in almost all the states you have been to. I feel the state governments, along with the tourism ministry need to have a master plan for sustainable tourism. Otherwise, we will lose this beautiful part of this awesome country to exploitation and unchecked development and turned into a messy and sad place. Wonderful trip and Amazing photos. Looking forward to more from you both.
Thanks a lot. NE is still an unexplored zone with less tourist crowds and carefully surrounded by Mother Nature. I totally agree with you that Govt should take measures to maintain the true virginity of this region and avoid exploitation by unruly tourist crowd.

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[b]Here is the video for Day 8 when we encounter snow in Sela Pass:
Thanks a lot for sharing all the videos, Atul.

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Wow!!! What a travelogue!! Take a bow, both of you! Such an epic trip and a blog to match the adventure and the fun you had. No clue how I missed this one until yesterday. Your travelogues have always been a visual treat and clubbed it with so much information that would make the experience of reading the story to a completely new level. You have raised the bar even further. If team-bhp ever started official reviews of destinations, you both would be a good fit. Ride safe, R-Six
Thank you so much.

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Thank for your detailed travel blog to North East, we just completed a North East trip and your blog was inspirational and helped us a lot in the planning. Excellent roads in Shillong and Guwahati
Thank Bharat. Glad that our t-log helped you plan your NE trip. You yourself have covered so many beautiful places, must have been a memorable journey.

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This travelogue is simply awesome !! This is one heck of a trip !! I haven't seen such a detailed, long journey planned & penned & photographed so beautifully so far. You must be having a good camera gear. You guys are simply amazing daredevils to ride non-stop over 10k kms ! The entire voyage just unfurled in front of me, the beauty of the North East, narrated so beautifully ! Kudos to you, Nandita & Atul !!!
Thanks a lot, Nagesh.

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Absolutely fantastic ride you two have done. Something many of us can only dream of. Written so beautifully, I took two days to read, make notes and keep following your trip on google maps. You have gone to places where even locals don't know about. I have been going to Meghalaya for last 30 odd years (wife is from there) but never heard of Kreng Shuri waterfalls! And I have been dreaming of riding the Jorabat Umiam section of NH6. It is one of the only 4 lane ghat road in India (besides the Mumbai Pune Expressway). In spite of having punctures and inclement weather during some of the days your ride timing matches quite well with Gmaps timings. Did you ever consider riding through Bangladesh? It would have cut down on your kilometers and given you another country to see.
And your attention to detail is amazing. How did you keep track of every little thing? From wake up times, to break times, to what you ate with price
Thank you so much. The Guwahati Shillong highway is indeed one of the best and scenic 4 lane ghat road we have ridden on.

While returning we wanted to come via Guwahati to meet my family one more time before riding back to Bangalore. That's why we didn't take the Bangladesh route, also we were not very sure of the permits. So didn't want to take any unnecessary risks/chances.

I do keep a note book along with me, entering all the details, important milestones, facts, etc. daywise for all trips. This eventually helps me in constructing my t-log with all information handy.

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An immensely detailed travelogue. I took turns to read it thoroughly. Relived my time in Northeast [10 years] from your description & pics which are so detailed, crisp - I totally loved the post-processing on the pics. On top of all, I appreciate & admire the hard work behind writing that mammoth travelogue. So many of my travelogues are in Pipeline because I don't feel like typing all those details. Someday perhaps.
Thank you so much for liking the t-log. Agree, that writing a detailed travelogue is quite exhausting at times but then once penned down along with information and relevant pictures, I guess it gives a whole new perspective to the journey. Also, it helps other readers when they are planning something similar rides/drives.

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Great journey, excellent and informative videos. Hats off to you two for the guts and grit to undertake this journey.
Keeping our fingers crossed, as my wife and I want to complete our drive to all the State Capitals by striking out, from our Bucket List, the 6 Capitals East of Guwahati. We have visited all Capitals/States, , West of Guwahati, by road from Bengaluru, to include Gangtok and Thimphu to the East with J&K (Leh included), HP, UK to the North, Guj and Raj to the West, Central-Chattisgarh, Jhakhand, Bihar, UP and MP, Odisha(Home state) and Bengal quite a few times and whole of South India(numerous drives). Though served in NE for 3 tenures and covered all States but want to drive with the wife and complete our visit to all State Capitals. Your T'Log will really help. Regards Col Jude Mayne
Thanks a ton, Col Jude. Looks like you and your better half have covered quite a lot of places across India as well. Will look forward to you entirely covering the length and breadth of India. That's Atul and my plan to, cover all possible places in India.

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Always good to read your travelogues. What a wonderful trip you guys.
Now I am getting the itch to ride towards the beautiful NE States.
Thanks Vijay. Hope you are having a good ride towards Spiti.

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Truly mesmerising and inspiring to read this. Little less unfortunate souls like me can only drool at the places that you have visited and that too on your wonderful machine. But I take this as inspiration to go for it some day in the near future.
Thank you so much. Hope you embark on your journey soon.

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Had missed this post somehow, but it popped up yesterday during a search, and man!, ended up spending two days going through the writing & drooling at the pictures. I think I spent 4-5 hours all together going through it now. Must have been an experience of a life time to travel to NE and that too on a motorbike for 26 days. I have known of people flying to Kolkata or Guawhati and spend a week or 10 days around, but your trip is something beyond theirs and surely involved a lot of planning. This must have made plenty of TBHPians think of making (or made) a NE trip already. Again, an amazing trip log. Hope some day I too will, I will go on a journey like this one!!
Thank you so much. Definitely, this NE trip of our's would be memories to cherish for life. Planning for almost 2-3 months for these beautiful 26 days was worth. Also, Atul and I always feel that starting and ending a trip from home is more adventure and gives a sense of completeness towards a journey.

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I am super jealous after reading about your trip! Maybe a year or two later, I will drive down to the NE regions.
Looking forward to reading more such experiences of yours!
Thanks a lot Shashwat. Hope your NE trip happens soon - all the best!
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Old 11th July 2019, 15:17   #125
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What a wonderful journey, Nandita. Kudos to the both of you, made my day reading about your adventurous journey. Here's the 3000th like for your posts!

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Amazingly detailed, Thanks for the superb description & pics

Was planning a 9-10 day trip in the Dusshera holidays ( end sept & early oct)- Plan is to fly to Guwahati & rent a Zoom car.
Post monsoons , I would assume Shillong, Cherrapunji & all the waterfalls around would be lovely. Is there a list of waterfalls which one must do available - ideally reachable by road + max 3-4 km of trekking as I will be with kids aged 10 & 6 .
I know Kaziranga & wild life sanctuaries would be closed.
- What would be a good itenary covering must do Post monsoon places in NE in 9-10 days ?
- How would be the crowd this time since it is Pooja holidays ?
- How would be Tawang valley in the end Sept to early Oct ? I am OK to skip if needed as I have driven to Lahaul/ Spiti recently
- Can we drive to Tawang valley with a self drive rented car ? If yes, what permits etc would be needed ?
- Any other recommended self drive agencies ? I am OK with a rented car with a driver as well, if necessary
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Finally starting to publish the remaining videos :P

Here is the video of Day 19 when we ride on one of the most amazing curvy roads in India, the famous Guwahati-Shillong highway.

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Here is the video of Day 20 when we ride towards Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia, Dawki, Tamabila 0 point and the beautiful Krang Shuri Waterfalls!


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