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Ohh boy you missed Kibithu and kaho.. atleast you should have moved to kaho...Day 3 continued..
We headed towards the Namti plains from the IB and soon came across the War memorial built in memory of the 1962 war. We decided to visit the memorial on our way back and drove forward.
When I was planning for the trip, I just wanted to reach Walong and anything beyond that would be a bonus- as I had not bothered with any permissions or permits etc. As we moved eastwards, the already less local population seemed almost to disappear. Only army bunkers and army vehicles to be seen everywhere.
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We were crossing the Namti plains when a drizzle started. It was a beautiful setting- sun, rain and the wind.
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Enjoying the wind and rain!
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We reached the milestone saying- welcome to the easternmost road of India.
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Welcome to the easternmost road of India
We kept on driving on the road towards Kibithu. The road as we neared Kibithu is still under construction- i.e. not yet metalled. The views around were great though.
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Road to Kibithu
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Tough as nails- Bolero
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At this point, with Kibithu only a few kms away- I had a brain freeze. The constant driving over the last few days, lack of adequate diesel in tank, empty stomach and the uncertainty over accommodation combined to take its toll on me. I did what now seems to be the unthinkable- I turned back towards Walong. Sadly no reaching Kibithu or Kaho this time- maybe the next time I am there.
On our way back, we went to a place called Garampani or Hot springs. Just near the Lohit river, there is a narrow stream of water with warm water. Took a dip there and relaxed somewhat.
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We visited the War Memorial on our way back. Most people know about the Chinese aggression in the Tawang sector but surprisingly not many (including me) know about the war here in Walong.
Some pics of the war memorial
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There was happy news once we reached the IB- we got a room. The room was clean and with electricity throughout the night. The caretaker prepared lovely dinner of rice, dal and chicken.
At the IB:
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Not yet time for oranges
There is a village called Dong which reportedly witnesses the first sunrise of the country. Trekkers usually leave the Walong IB at around 3 in the morning and reach Dong at around 430 to witness the sunrise. Pahar and I are too lazy to get up at such early hours hehe. Instead we planned to give driving a break and see what Walong and the nearby places have to offer the next day.
Replies in bld.Ohh boy you missed Kibithu and kaho.. atleast you should have moved to kaho...
Yes I am guilty of that!! How I wish now that I had filled my car tank at Khupa. Do you reach Kaho before Kibithu?
I was staying in the same room ..
You also skipped Dong... no need to witness sunrise you could have gone there just for a hike ..another beautiful place.. BTW what is that bridge near the hot spring ???
We went on the route to Dong the next day (post coming up)..that bridge is the one to be crossed on the way to Dong. You have been there hehe
Did you also explore the Tri-junction the meeting point of China,India and Myanmar?
Myanmar??? where is this trijunction. Bhai I was feeling bad about missing Kibithu but now this...
BTW the Namti memorial is different and walong memorial is called 'Hut of Remembrance' and the name of the statue is 'Soldier in Silence'
Thanks for the clarification
Waiting for the next day in Walong