STRETCHING THE RUPEE AND GOING THE DISTANCE
Backpacking the N/East : 3 month / 4 States and a limited budget
“I wonder how it must be traversing the N/East sector on my own”. This thought came to my vagabonding mind even as I was referring to the various write ups about travel in the N/East recommending going through a tour operator. Even more challenging was the fact that most of the travel guides had a very limited write-up on this sector.
I began planning for the trip in February, a good month ahead of my actual travel. The unwritten backpacking dictum was to be adhered to : No package tours, no reserved transport, no advance reservations as much as possible and a mid budget travel.
Apart from the one month Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI (6th Apr-3rd May 2010), which I was scheduled to undergo in Darjeeling (which is another amazing experience by itself!!), I decided to travel for another two months and cover Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Sikkim. I was joined by another friend from Mumbai and two friends from Mizoram after my mountaineering course.
The entire three months travel cost me about 55000/- all inclusive (Avg. of Rs.610 /- per day).
This is a brief itinerary of our travels :
04th May – 06th May : Darjeeling.
7th – 8th May – Sumo to NJP and train to Dibrugarh.
9th-10th May – At Tinsukia., Assam. Arranging for passes to enter Arunachal Pradesh.
11th-24th May – ARUNACHAL PRADESH. Places covered : Tengapani monastery, Chokham, Parsuramkund, Itanagar, Ziro, Hong, Bomdilla, Dirang and Tawang
25th May– Helicopter ride to Guwahati and shared taxi to Shillong (Meghalaya)
26th May- 06th June– MEGHALAYA. Places covered : Shillong, Cheerapunji and Mawlynnong
6th – 7th Jun – Shared sumo to Shillong and Bus to Siliguri.
8th – 25th Jun – SIKKIM. Places covered : Gangtok, Rumtek, Namchi, Pelling.
26th : Return back to Mumbai.
MY SEQUENCE OF TRAVEL WAS AS FOLLOWS : DARJEELING – HMI BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE – DARJEELING – ARUNACHAL PRADESH – MEGHALAYA – SIKKIM
ALSO CHECK OUT FOLLOWING POSTS AS A CONTINUATION OF MY ENTIRE N.EAST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE –