Rain-marred Rambling in Eastern Arunachal - Hunli, Namdapha, Parashuram Kund, Nampong

mousourik

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Day 2 continued : Mayodia Pass to Tinsukia

Rains had already started when we reached 65 km and entered the same Nepali hotel to have tea. While approaching Mayodia pass, the intensity of rain increased and suddenly it converted into a hailstorm.


We did not find anybody at the pass, and visibility was poorer than the previous day. After taking a few hurried shots, we started to descend.

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The elusive Rhododendron

The sky became clearer as we were approaching Roing. Suddenly there was a slide zone, and BRO personnel had already started clearing it.

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We got out of the car, and saw a glimpse of the Dibang valley.

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Getting veiled by the rising cloud

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We decided to see Sally lake again as visibility had improved quite a lot.

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The Dibang river before entering Roing

As the earlier travel plan had gone haywire, we had nowhere to go and started mulling other options. We made a half-hearted call to Miao, and surprisingly, got a traditional hut for the next two days at Deban. With renewed energy, we drove toward Tinsukia.

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View from the Dhola-Sadiya bridge
 
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EnglishAugust

a disguised dancer
I am starting to understand that "Rain-marred" is a euphemism for "Washed out". In spite of the terrible weather, you have taken wonderful photographs.

Hope that the Miao connection proves to be a good one....
 

mousourik

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Day 3 : March 6, 2018 – Tinsukia to Deban

There was a weather forecast in the local newspaper that it would rain in some parts of Arunachal. We thought that we had already left behind those parts. So we started early, taking the first break near the Dihing river before Margherita.

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It was surprising to find a purely Assamese town with a European name! Margherita was named after the Italian queen of the nineteenth century in appreciation for the Italian Chief Engineer Chevalier R Paginini who supervised the construction of a rail section. It is famous for coal mining.

Our next stop was at Ledo railway station, which is the easternmost station on the Indian railway map.

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There are some nice murals on the world war II.

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After crossing the Ledo town, we found one park marking the starting point of the historic Stilwell road.

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At Jagun, we took the left road towards Namchik gate, while the right one has gone to Nampong. Soon bad road started. In fact, it had such huge craters that road seemed to be a misnomer, and it continued till Kharsang. After reaching Miao, we drove towards the DFO office to collect permit for entering Namdapha forest. There is a small deer park nearby.

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From Miao, the gate for Namdapha is 7km away. After we entered our details and paid the fees, the gate was opened. But there was dark cloud and we heard thunder from the direction we’d have to go.

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Deban FRH is another 17km away from the gate. There is a river crossing, and soon thereafter there is virtually no trail of the road. This is Miao-Vijaynagar road, and it has not been attended perhaps since independence. Although it offered good views of the river, but we were in no mood to take photographs. At places, the road was full of slush, and we were thinking whether we had taken the right decision of visiting Namdapha. As it seemed to be a never-ending journey, we stopped for a short break.

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Coming from Miao

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Going towards Deban

After we started again, we found the diversion for the FRH very soon, and we knew that we’d have a shelter for the night.
 

mousourik

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Day 3 continued : Namdapha

After having a delayed lunch, we sat in the balcony of the hut overlooking the Noa-Dihing river.

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We had been hearing the sound of thunder since we reached there. Soon it started to rain heavily. Although it was nice to watch the rains over a river from a hut with thatched roof, we started to feel uncomfortable because of our experience of the last few days.

Suddenly we had hailstones everywhere.

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After some time, the sun came out even when it was drizzling. And true to our expectation, we saw a beautiful rainbow.

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We thought that the rainbow marked the end of our not-so-good time, but it faded away, taking along our hope of a bright tour. It started to rain again, and this time more heavily.

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The rain brought its good friend lightning that struck on the opposite bank of the river.

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We saw the sun setting behind the hills.

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We had rains at night, with a heavy wind blowing continuously like a storm. This time we got alarmed, because if some trees fell on the only connecting road, we’d be cut off completely. The thought of the slushy road also did not let us have a peaceful sleep.
 
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