Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 50 - April 27 - Kaziranga to Bomdila

April27 at EveryTrail

Map created by EveryTrail:GPS Geotagging

No power the whole night. Had a disturbing sleep cos of the heat. Morning came to know that the care taker had royally forgotten to switch the lines from generator to main! The plan for today is to get to tezpur, get permit for Bomdila Tawang and ride out to Bomdila, if possible to Dirang.

Take my time as the roads are good and Tezpur is near by. Start by like 7.30 pm. Ride casually at 80-90 till Tezpur. Cant believe i ride like this. This ride has changed my riding style. Else i do be ripping to max on these kinda roads. Get to Tezpur by 9.15 Luckily the city is not as crowded as south Assam cities and also that the Arunachal Office is in a very peaceful area. But thats just the good part. The bad part is it start from 10 am and permits will be given only by 3 PM. Man dont want to waste one more day on the permits. Thought what ever the time i get it will push to Bomdila. Try convincing the clerk my predicament as in i am not staying locally and need to be in Bomdila by evening. I was told to check out with Bade sahab. Who came in his own sweet time by 12PM. On request he told me to come and collect it by 1 PM. Hmmm... i heard some people say that Tezpur to Bomdila is 4 hours journey so guess that should be a lil tight but ok. Managed to find a place to eat by that time. At 1 PM got into the office of the commissioner again and he told me to followup with the clerk. she was busy doing permits of people who will come only by 4PM. Was lil tense as i had left all the things on the bike itself. Finally after one last sign from the commissioner, i got my permit and was free to go by 1.15 pm

Wasting no time started towards Bomdila. Or should at least reach Tenga i thought. After like 20 kms, the good road turns right towards Itanagar and the Bomdila road to the straight was like narrow bumby 1.5 laned road. The fone charger has started giving lot of trouble now. With bumpy road the charging stops due to loose contact. Stop quite a few time to connect it else fone would run out of charge and will not get the GPS route for the day. Missed a part of the route any way due to application crash. In no time i see dark clouds in the direction i am heading towards hills. To the right i see storm shower in progress at a lil distance. Rain will surely hamper my progress and Bomdila for the day would be tight. Continue towards the border. Make entry and its narrow hill climbing roads. Boy does the road climb and drop! The road goes along pretty steep mountains and the accent and decent is quite sharp. Much much more than what i experienced in bhutan. The road was in pretty much good shape and i also see sunlight. Ride at a brisk pace taking a few pix. Get into my textile jacket as it will only get colder going up. Wish i had more time so that i could soak in the views and take more pictures. But would like to get into Bomdila latest by 6.30. Else it will get pretty cold and dark here. But still manage a few pix thanks to good weather.

Then there is drop in the road till Tenga. In no time am riding at the valley floor river level and reach Tenga by 5.15 pm. Now more than a town Tenga has a huge settlement of army. Had lot of personnel, training camps, Vehicles and even saw a line up of Bofors! At the end of it all Tenga actually is a small village. Now looks like i can make it to Bomdila comfortable. But the road starts a sharp climb. Goes up and up all the way to Bomdila. Even Bomdila is situated on steep mountains kinda like Aizwal but not as developed. Quite a few mud sections. Looks like no rain from few days. Lot of land slides had been cleared. This is the only road back and if there is a land slide i would be stuck. Any way get into the town and go up and up till i find the Tourist lodge. They have rooms. A big two bedroom just for 150 Bux. of course no TV, geyser does not work and it does not have a sink! Will do for just a night's halt. Airtel does not work here nor in Tawang. Once again i have to run around for fone calls. Gosh i miss my BSNL sim. Its pretty cold here and its going to be only much more colder in Tawang. Getting into my cozy blankets now.

Chikuni Bhavan where i stayed...

My big room there..


Check out the Insects on the floor...

The main entrance of Kaziranga...


Long bridge crossing the Mighty Bhramaputra..


Road narrows up going towards AP...






Typical himalayan roads going up and down...








Pretty steap climb ups and downs...
















Reached Bomdila...

3 comments:

Santosh said...

pokemo whats that 25 number on fairing ?

Good going , Ride safe .

Arijit_09 said...

In the 2nd Paragraph fast line you mention "7:30 p.m",I guess it will be a.m instead of p.m.

Satish said...

the whole trip I was thinking you were using multiple batteries for your GPS. Now i got this..

Did you directly connect the phone to you battery through the 24v-4.5v eliminator or the regular charger works?