15th December 2011: I was up early and at the Sena Sumo Stand in Lower Zarkot by 5:30AM to watch the bustling crowds loading up the Sumos to all places East from here ... and also a grab a quick breakfast of Puri-Bhaji-Tea from the pavement hawkers!
Line of Sumos to many places loading up
Our Sumo left at 6:30AM, but filling up diesel etc took a lot of time and we finally left town only at 7:30AM. The road was good and mostly scenic all the way to Champhai. We stopped at Seling for brunch and most of the sumo Pax had some local dishes of Rice, Pork etc. I had some boiled-eggs and tea!
Around Noon we stopped again at a Haat near Dulte; where we had stalls selling variety of fruits and especially cut pineapple slices that were yummy!
Apart from this and few toilet stops, we didn't get to stop anywhere; and so missed taking many scenery pics. However nearing Champhai I did manage some pictures.
Around 3:30 we reached Champhai. My Sumo driver asked me to take an Auto from bus stand to go to Mizo Tourism Guest House which was about 1KM downhill. The GH was in a nice scenic setting overlooking the Champhai Plains below. I took a Cottage (Rs 550), large and nice with poster beds and TV (did not work).
16th December 2011 (Dawn Views): Next morning when I got up at 6:00AM and went to the cottage balcony facing East towards Burma Border, I got some awesome misty blue mountain views through the trees. Immediately dressed and rushed down the forest slopes, behind my cottage (above pic) to get some clear views past the trees of forest - to capture some awesome views as seen in pictures below (click on image to see large size images):
After Breakfast of Omelette, Toast and Tea, I talked to one of the Kitchen staff about hiring a taxi to go to Rih-Dil Lake in Burma. One of them knew a taxi guy on cell, who was willing to me to take me there on a day-trip at 'discount' rate of Rs 1500/- which I agreed to.
By 8:30AM, I left for that trip. See that in the next 'Rih-Dil' Page.
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