After releasing our travel app for iPhone earlier this year, life had been a bit on the lower side (both, professionally and personally), and the most common remedy in such scenarios is to travel like a nomad for some time. And so I did. Although I had taken a week’s trip down to the East of India earlier in february, this time I had planned for a full 15 days of getaway. The north east of India is so vast and so inaccessible, that 2 weeks are bare minimum for one to do any kind of justice to this lovely corner of India.
Before proceeding any further, here are a few photos to put the beauty of North east in perspective. To be precise, I only covered one particular route from Assam (Tezpur) to Arunachal (Tawang), and then Sikkim (in and around Gangtok) before heading to siliguri and then Kolkata.
North east states of India are raw, untouched beauty. Part of it is because these states are so poorly connected to the rest of India. The government allocates more than enough money for all the north eastern states, yet the ground reality is the opposite. To put it in perspective – reaching Tawang from Delhi (or for that matter any place except Tezpur) will take you 2 days. Overnight stay at Tezpur is a must, as all the cabs from Tezpur start early (around 6 in the morning) in order to reach Tawang by evening / night. This ofcourse makes sure that “tourists” don’t overcrowd this place.
The other reason is that the locals are sensible and smart. So the cities and villages are well maintained. No wonder you have the cleanest village of asia in the North East only.
There is so much more talk about the north east that my personal blog is probably not the place. I’ll update this post with the links to the entire trip on Banjarey.com for everybody soon. In the meanwhile, I’m more than happy to help out with some local contacts and info if anybody is planning a trip to Arunachal or Sikkim.