29th January 2006 - To reach Namdapha is not easy. It is in the remote eastern part of India bordering Myanmar. From Kaziranga Park, I travelled by local buses to Tinsukia (changing buses at Jorhat and Dibrugarh) a total of 8 hours ride and stayed the night in Tinsukia. I lost another day to get the Inner Line Permit to enter Arunachal; I had to go back to Mohanbari near Dibrugarh Airport for that.
The Blue-Jay Hut where I stayed in Deban (picby: Ronak)
Brahmaputra Ferry Crossing
At 7:30AM. on 3rd February 2006. I caught a share-jeep from Marwari-Patti jeep stand in Dibrugarh for a one hour ride along the banks of the river Brahmaputra to the Oakland Jetty to board a motor -boat Ferry. (Picture above). This slow 10-hour ferry ride up stream on the Brahmaputra River the worlds largest braided river was peachful & sceneic ride. The river, famous for its torrential flow and flooding during the monsoons, was flowing calmly in February. The boat ride was pleasant one, with only the sounds of engine sputtering and the rivers mild waves splashing against the side of the boat. The ferry was full, with over 100 local passengers and a variety of goods being transported by shopkeepers of Pasighat.
All the pictures I took of the river are missing! I could only find this one of the sun setting on the Brahmaputra River at 4:30PM as we neared the Oriyamghat ferry landing in Arunachal Pradesh. Though we docked at 5:00PM it took another for the waiting bus to get loaded with all the goods from the boat and so it was 7:00PM and dark by the time we reached Pasighat. I checked into the popular and decent Hotel Oman in Pasighat.
Next Day, 4th February 2006, was Saraswsti Puja. I watched the town folks visiting the Saraswati Pandal set up in the middle of the Pasighat grounds, from my Hotel balcony.
I left Pasighat on 5th February by a Jeep that took me to Along, a tribal Village in interior Arunchal. After a 5- hour ride, through very scenic forests and mountains we arrived at Along at 11:30 AM. I checked in to the Govt. Inspection Bunglow (IB) there.
After a day's stay in Alang, the next day 6th Feb 2006 I took another share jeep to Itanagar the capital of Arunchal. The jeep left Alang at 6:30AM and arrived at Itanagar at 4:30PM. I checked into the Samskara Continenetal GH near Akash Deep Shopping in the Bazar Area. The view of the shuttered shopping complex in early morning from my Hotel room window, in the picture below.
All the other pictures taken at Pasighat, Alang, Itanagar are missing. I will add them later, IF I find them.
Pasighat, Alang, Itanagar
This section is Incomplete .... and Pics are lost?
Namdapha NP, Brahmaputra, Pasighat, Alang, Itanagar ... all in Arunachal Pradesh
First a trek in the 1850-Sq.Km. National Park (under Project Tiger) in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Myanmar (Burma). And then a ferry across the mighty Bramhaputra River from Dibrugarh (Assam) to Pasighat (Arunachal) and then by a share-jeep to tribal areas in Alang and on to Arunachal Pradesh capital - Itanagar