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Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by J Ravi, May 2, 2012.

  1. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Kaziranga National Park To Shillong

    Departure: Wild Grass, Kaziranga National Park @ 8:45 am on 21 April 2012

    Arrival: Hotel Lake View Inn, Shillong @ 3:30 pm on 21 April 2012

    Distance covered and route: 290.2 km; Kohora>Nagaon>Shillong

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    Road condition: NH 37 from Kohora to Nagaon was very good 2-lane road with smooth tarmac; The Nagaon bypass of NH 37 was excellent 4 lane road; Road-widening was in progress in NH 37 in the remaining stretches and NH 40. NH 40 had the added attraction of plenty of truck traffic thanks to Meghalaya's mining industries.

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    We checked out of Wild Grass after sumptuous breakfast and settling their bill by cash. Prakash dropped in to bid farewell. I thanked him once again and left by 8:45 am. On the way, my Linea had tankful at NRL outlet.

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    At Nagaon bypass, extortion was in progress in two places. There were teenagers armed with sticks, seeking donations by stopping the passing vehicles. I did not pay at both the places and continued my journey.

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    Truck traffic greeted us after entering NH 40 all the way to Shillong. Traffic pile-up was common before entering Shillong due to narrow two lane road. We reached Hotel Lake View Inn at about 3:30 pm.

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    More to come.
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  2. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    Is it 3.30 PM?
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  3. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Oops. Sorry, Ravi. Kindly correct it to 3:30 pm. Please.
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  4. onlymakarand

    onlymakarand Amatore

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    must be spelling mistake :p
    look at the travel time..6hr23mins..its 3 30 pm alright!! :grin:
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  5. sungoa2010

    sungoa2010

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    How do you find the road sign boards in NE? Is there enough sign boards? Do they write in English also? Otherwise it is difficult for a stranger. There is lot of greenery on both side of the road even in summer.
  6. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    The signages in West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya were very poor in roads other than the completed sections of 4 lane NH. English sign boards were rare. Since many sections were being widened, the existing signages were either uprooted or dislocated. Many times, I stopped and enquired in the absence of signages and to confirm my MMI navigator. Even during the ghostly hours, I sought guidance from the truckers!:) On the contrary, the signages in Bhutan were excellent thanks to maintenance of the road by BRO of India.
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  7. I am waiting for Bhutan pics ....
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  8. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Bhutan is still far away from Shillong!;) Thanks, Sat-Chit-ananda.
  9. Pardon my ignorance:)
  10. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    22 April 2012 [Sunday]

    I selected Hotel Lake View Inn, Shillong, because of its secured car parking facility and proximity to Ward's Lake. It had very good reviews in MakeMyTrip.com too. But, I found the room very small and cramped. The wardrobe was not at all clean. I consoled myself that it had very clean toilet/bath, car parking with a watchman and the food was good. The complimentary breakfast buffet was delicious and made good for other short-comings of the room.:)

    After breakfast, we left around 8:30 am for Cherrapunjee. The first port of call was IAF Headquarter Eastern Air Command Museum at the outskirts of Shillong. But, we were the early birds reaching there at 8:45 am itself, but the museum opened at 9:30 am only. I had to write my name and address details on a visitor's register and show a photo identity card, after which, we were allowed in. Photography was permitted within the museum.

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    Much more to come.
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