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Asia » India » Assam » Dibrugarh June 11th 2020

Cuckoo coo!! The alarm startled us on a chill December morning forcing us of our cosy beds. With a rejuvenating effect that early rise provides (seldom nowadays), carrying our backpacks (less you carry, more you enjoy!), six of us started our journey around 5.30AM from Dibrugarh. It was a misty morning and the ride was scary at times as nothing was visible at even stone’s throw. Alike the weather, the driver too was a gloomy grumpy person who spoke very less. So, switching to new and old numbers, we kept ourselves warm. Our first stop was a roadside hotel at Moran for a cup of morning tea. En route we stopped at Dergaon for breakfast in a hotel named “Hotel Gajanan” which was unique of its kind for its way of serving. We had poories and ... read more

Asia » India » Assam January 26th 2019

COHUE STORIES LA FABULEUSE EPOPEE DE L’AMBASSADOR : Les taxis de Calcutta, c’est quelque chose, un étourdissant ballet. Ce sont toutes de vieilles Ambassador jaunes pour la plupart, blanches pour certaines (plus récentes dirait-on). Elles sont toutes à peu près cabossées, de l’intérieur comme de l’extérieur, mais le taximan en prend soin. Levez-vous tôt le matin, arpentez les rues, les bords des avenues sont les stationnements de ces véhicules qu’on arrose et nettoie comme le bichonnage du dimanche de Monsieur Jean-Claude avant Michel Drucker. Le dimanche matin, lorsque la circulation est encore très éparse, le passage d’une Ambassador renvoie à l’image typique de l’Inde, mythique même, l’engin émerge d’une brume de pollution. Le modèle inamovible a été construit sans discontinuer de 1957 à 2014. Le constructeur a fait faillite, il aurait fallu se renouveler. Aujourd’hui, il ... read more

Asia » India » Assam » Guwahati March 12th 2017

It's late at night and I'm having a bit of bump trying to put into words what was one of the most amazing experiences of my life till now. I will give it a try.. College had just ended and heart breaking goodbyes had already weighed down my heart deep enough to absorb any pleasant experience. The realisation that I was not gonna see some of my favorite people for quite sometime, had wiped out all the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming trip that the eight of us had planned after college. What was originally a 14 member party, seemed to lose flavor when people started backing out. So when me and another friend started for Kolkata on 23rd morning, saying goodbye to our beloved juniors, energy levels were plummeting like the stock prices of ... read more

Asia » India » Assam » Kaziranga October 23rd 2016

Die erste Aufgabe des Tages war der Grenzübertritt Bhutan Indien. bhutan war sehr einfach, weil das Karma, unser Guide am Vorabend für uns erledigt hat's. Und das sogar ohne unsere Anwesenheit. Dann durchführen wir das Drachentor und wäre schlagartig in Indien. Chaos, Tiere auf der Straße, Menschenmengen, Armut....... Die indischen Grenzgebäude sind besonders toll. Aber es ist ja auch eine kleine Grenze, die nicht viel benützt wird. Dementsprechend hatten die Beamten beim Zoll ind der Passkontrolle keine Ahnung, was die mit einem Carnet de Passage oder einem multiple entry visum tun sollten. So taktvoll wie möglich nahmen wir die Sache selbst in die Hand und liesen ihn am Schluss noch unterschreiben. 320 km sind in Indien sehr weit, aber heute war wunderbarer Weise etwa die Hälfte der Strecke Autobahn und ich genoss das. Natürlich waren da ... read more

Asia » India » Assam March 26th 2015

We drove from Shillong in Meghalaya to Kaziranga in Assam which took us about 5 hrs. You know you are in Assam when you see stretches of paddy fields and tea plantations around you. As we drove along the perimeter of Kaziranga National Park , we spotted couple of one horned Rhinoceros and got excited about our next day's safari in the park. One can find variety of wildlife in most of the wildlife national parks in India but some parks are mainly known for specific kind of wildlife. For instance, Bandipur and Nagarhole National parks in the South are famous for Bengal tigers, Gir Forest in Gujarat for Asiatic Lions; and Asiatic Elephants are found throughout. Similarly, Kaziranga National Park in Assam takes pride in having one-horned rhinoceros , one of the endangered species on ... read more
The misty morning safari
In the wild..

Asia » India » Assam March 17th 2014

The Indian part of this trip was great. I didn't think much of Kolkata but Assam was just like southeast Asia and therefore brilliant. I aim to return to cover some different parts of the subcontinent in the future. If I did the same Assam trip again, with the benefit of hindsight, I would probably give myself only half as long at each place. It is difficult knowing beforehand how long one needs anywhere, and I like to spend time and not just rush about helter-skelter like a mouse in a cheese factory, but really I didn't need as much time as I gave myself. I could have fitted into the month some of Gujarat like Gir and the Little Rann Of Kutch quite easily and still seen the Assamese parks well. Instead I was bound ... read more

Asia » India » Assam March 17th 2014

The last stop in Assam after Manas National Park was the city of Guwahati. This is where I flew into from Kolkata and this is where I would fly out of back to Kolkata. The city used to be called Gauhati (pronounced go-hah-tee) but it has since had an official spelling and pronunciation change to Guwahati (pronounced gwa-hah-tee although all the locals still pronounce it the old way). Just like Calcutta changing to Kolkata. I got to Guwahati by train from the Barpeta Road station near Manas. I figured I should take at least one train while in India. It isn't a “real” train ride because it is only about two hours but it is still characteristically mental. The ticket cost 45 rupees (less than a dollar) but you don't even really need to buy one ... read more

Asia » India » Assam March 8th 2014

After Nameri National Park I was headed for Manas National Park. My plan was to take buses from Nameri to Guwahati (the city I had flown into when I arrived in Assam) where I would stay overnight, and then the next day bus to Barpeta Road, which is the closest bus station to Manas (20km away). I had checked this when I got to Kaziranga in case there was a more direct route but was told that there was not. However at Nameri I found out that in fact there was a bus that went straight from Tezpur to Barpeta Road and it would take about seven hours. Even more conveniently I could catch that bus at Balipara before it reached Tezpur. At 8.45am one morning I hopped on that bus, the fare just 230 rupees ... read more

Asia » India » Assam March 2nd 2014

With a potential Assam-stopping strike in the air, I returned abruptly to Kaziranga. Better safe than sorry. If the strike went ahead I could stay at Kaziranga for a few days until it cleared, if it didn't happen I could go straight from there to Nameri National Park and arrive on the day I had planned to (I just had to miss out the dolphin search at Tezpur). In the morning I had another walk through the tea plantation. It can be a bit difficult birding in there because a lot of the birds tend to be down amongst the tea plants where it is impossible to see them. This morning I had some good luck with a whole flock of about twenty rufous-necked laughing thrushes bursting up out of the tea into a tree where ... read more

Asia » India » Assam February 23rd 2014

My next location after Kaziranga National Park was the Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary which is a small patch of remnant forest east of Kaziranga. The name has various spellings. I had been using Hoollongopar but at the sanctuary they use Hollongapar so that's what I'll stick with from now on. The area has been protected since 1881, originally as the Hollongapar Reserved Forest, mainly so the British colonialists could hunt leopards and elephants there. In 1997 it was re-designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary. Nowadays the forest only covers an area of 21 square kilometres and is hemmed in by tea plantations and farmland so there are no longer any dispersal routes in or out for most of the species inside. There are seven species of primates in the reserve, the main one people want to see ... read more

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