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

mousourik

Who Am I
Day 5 continued : Parashuram Kund

The Kamlang river made us hopeful that beautiful vistas might be waiting ahead for us. We were cruising along a nice road and were about to hit the mountains when we took a right turn. After a couple of kilometres, we went past a check post, a left turn, and there we were – on the famous bridge over the Lohit at Parashuram Kund.

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As per the legend, Parashuram washed away his sin of matricide by taking a dip in the Lohit river here.

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The kund, or the location on the river where people take holy dip, is on the right side of the massive boulder embedded in the river bed.

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View from the bridge of the other side

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Expert swimmer

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We looked for the temple of Parshuram. There were too many temples. Some steps have been built which we felt must have gone to the temple, but they led us to the kund.

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View taken midway while going to the Kund

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View near the kund

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A panorama

It was an arduous climb back as the steps near the kund were really too high for the strained urban knees.

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The temple of Parashuram



 
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subhankar paul

And miles to go before I sleep
Day 5 continued : Parashuram Kund

The Kamlang river made us hopeful that beautiful vistas might be waiting ahead for us. We were cruising along a nice road and were about to hit the mountains when we took a right turn. After a couple of kilometres, we went past a check post, a left turn, and there we were – on the famous bridge over the Lohit at Parashuram Kund.

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As per the legend, Parashuram washed away his sin of matricide by taking a dip in the Lohit river here.

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The kund, or the location on the river where people take holy dip, is on the right side of the massive boulder embedded in the river bed.

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View from the bridge of the other side

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Expert swimmer

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We looked for the temple of Parshuram. There were too many temples. Some steps have been built which we felt must have gone to the temple, but they led us to the kund.

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View taken midway while going to the Kund

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View near the kund

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A panorama

It was an arduous climb back as the steps near the kund were really too high for the strained urban knees.

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The temple of Parashuram



Absolutely magical. Congrats Soumitra @ Mousourik .
You are pushing me to go out of home for taking a dip at the kund to wash out my sin which I might haven't done !
Please help.

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mousourik

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@subhankar paul Reminds me of Sri Ramkrishna who was sarcastic about a community who seek pardon for being sinners, as his observations were that if I don't know what sin I've committed then why should I seek pardon! Anyway, faiths differ and let's not get into it.

But, the biggest sin will be not to visit this magical part of India at least once in a lifetime, even after knowing that it exists. :)
 

subhankar paul

And miles to go before I sleep
@subhankar paul Reminds me of Sri Ramkrishna who was sarcastic about a community who seek pardon for being sinners, as his observations were that if I don't know what sin I've committed then why should I seek pardon! Anyway, faiths differ and let's not get into it.

But, the biggest sin will be not to visit this magical part of India at least once in a lifetime, even after knowing that it exists. :)
Absolutely ! @ Soumitra.
Help me to wash out my sin .
Please.

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mousourik

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Day 5 continued : Parashuram Kund to Namsai

While coming back, we stopped at Wakro for a tea break. We also visited a private resort there, which had nice rooms, but was a bit expensive. We had read earlier that there are many snakes at Wakro, which was perhaps in the subconscious mind and we did not stay there for long. In fact, a snake got run over by our car!

The peaks that were visible clearly in the morning, were still watching us.

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There was a mustard field beside the road and it called for a photo break.

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We stopped again at Chowkham to see the monastery there.

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We came back to Namsai at around 3-30 pm, the total travel distance being approximately 178 km.
 

mousourik

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Day 6 : March 9,2018 – Namsai to Nampong; Discovery of another new road

On the previous evening, we enquired at many places in Namsai regarding the best route to Nampong, but they could not throw any light at all. It seemed that there world was limited to Namsai and Tinsukia only! We decided to move along the new road towards Kharsang, take the diversion towards Namchik and then move towards Jairampur via Jagun. However, we felt that there might be a shortcut available.

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Indian roller (Nilkantha) bade adieu

There is a check post newly built on this road before the Kharsang-Namchik intersection. They told us that the same road has gone to Jairampur, although Google map was not really showing anything. We decided to give it a try and moved straight without taking right turn for Namchik. The road does exist, and is being widened. We asked some people there who advised us to take the old road ahead, which turned out to be unmetalled, but still driveable. A bridge was being built, so we drove below it. Then after driving for some time based on anticipation, we suddenly saw the Jairampur – Nampong road. We asked a young kid there, and found out that we had actually crossed Jairampur town!

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Soon we reached the second world war cemetery.

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It is a strange feeling that one gets standing in that cemetery. The remains of so many people are still there, but they have completely been lost in nothingness. They bear no names, no traces can be found for their familial whereabouts.

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As a senior official was scheduled to pay a visit to the cemetery next day, it was being swept to clean the dry leaves. Two little kids lent their hands also.

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It also housed a mini botanical garden of medicinal and rare plants and trees.

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This part of the road is a visual treat, which has gone through the mountains with tea gardens beside it.

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We reached Nampong shortly, and our first destination was the SDO office. We got the permit to visit Pangsau pass next day, also booked a room in the circuit house. It took us two hours to reach the inspection bungalow from Namsai, including the half-an hour time spent at SDO office, and the distance covered was 76 km!
 
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mousourik

Who Am I
Day 6 continued : Nampong

The inspection bungalow is located nearby at a higher elevation overlooking the Nampong town, and so it offers some good views.

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The road is being built to connect to Vijaynagar.

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View of the backside of the inspection bungalow

Nampong is a quaint town, surrounded by hills. It is so idyllic that any visitor is bound to like it.

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The IB can be seen on top right.

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SDO office

People from Myanmar can come to Nampong on 9,19,29 of every month. They generally buy goods and go back.

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Waiting for the truck to come so that they can go back to Mayanmar.

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The cute grand-daughter of IB caretaker.

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The Inspection Bungalow

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We watched a nice sunset from our room.

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