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East By North-East - Added To My Linea's List!

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

  1. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Don Bosco Museum

    23 April 2012 [Monday]

    After a hearty breakfast, we straight away drove to Don Bosco Center For Indigenous Cultures, commonly known as Don Bosco Museum. It show-cases the entire North-Eastern states in a seven-storeyed building culminating with a media centre at the top floor, where we were invited to watch two short films for about half-hour duration.

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    To be continued.
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  2. J Ravi

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    Don Bosco Museum

    23 April 2012 [Monday]

    If one is unable to visit all the states in the North-Eastern region, spending a few hours in Don Bosco Museum will be enough to get a bird's eye-view of the entire region.

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    More to come.
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  3. J Ravi

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    Don Bosco Museum

    23 April 2012 [Monday]

    There was a sky-walk on the roof-top from which we could see a breathtaking bird's eye-view of Shillong.

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    Here are some photographs taken during the two short films on the North-East.

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    Much more on the anvil.
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  4. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    You explored the North-East well this time.
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  5. J Ravi

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    Thanks, Ravi. What we covered was the proverbial tip of an iceberg. There are many states in the North-East yet to be explored. For example, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. I don't know, when I would drive in my Linea to Tawang.
  6. J Ravi

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    Don Bosco Museum

    23 April 2012 [Monday]

    Here is the final set of photographs clicked at Don Bosco Museum.

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    In the evening, we walked down to nearby Police Bazar, the busy market of Shillong and did some shopping. We had our dinner at Delhi Misthan Bhandar, went back to our room and called it a day.

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    Much more are awaited.
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  7. sungoa2010

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    Do they perform the dance program daily for visitors? Was it a coincidence that you reached there during that day?
    We were able to know about the cultural diversity through your travelogue. :D
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  8. J Ravi

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    I clicked those photographs during two short films screened in their media centre located on the top floor. We were asked as to whether we would like to watch a short film. When I answered yes, we were ushered into the media centre where we were the only audience! The first short film on the tourist destinations in the NE region lasted about 10 minutes. Then, we were asked again as to whether we were interested in one more short film depicting dances of NE states. We again said yes. Then the second short film was shown, which lasted about 20 minutes. Then, gradually, others joined us.
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    Shillong To Phuentsholing, Bhutan

    24 April 2012 [Tuesday]

    Departure: Hotel Lake View Inn, Shillong on 24 April 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Arrival: Centennial Hotel 2008, Phuentsholing, Bhutan on 24 April 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    Distance covered and route: 521.5 km; Shillong>Guwahati bypass>Goalpara bypass>Tufanganj>Cooch Behar>Hasimara>Jaigaon>Phuentsholing

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    Road condition: Heavy truck traffic from Shillong to Guwahati, traffic jams upto Guwahati bypass, driver's delight from Guwahati bypass to Goalpara bypass, good roads upto Boxirhat and bad roads in Tufanganj, Cooch Behar and Hasimara in West Bengal, excellent 2-lane road from Hasimara to Phuentsholing, Bhutan, maintained by BRO.

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    After another excellent filling breakfast, I settled the hotel's bill by cash and left the parking lot of the hotel by 8:30 am. My Linea waded through many traffic pile-ups, had tankful of petrol and continued the journey through umpteen number of trucks. We stopped by Umiam Lake for a few photographs and continued our journey.

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    After Guwahati bypass, there were a group of boys trying to stop my Linea for a forcible donation for the third time.:( I did not budge and pressed the accelerator. The next stop was at NRL outlet on Goalpara bypass for refuelling, and later, for our late-lunch.

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    Before entering West Bengal, my Linea was stopped for a toll of 20. When I asked for receipt, I was asked to proceed. I experienced the same during my upward journey too. After entering West Bengal at Tufanganj, a police inspector stopped me. He came to my side, recognised me and said, 'Oh, you completed your trip'. Then I remembered that the same policeman had stopped and enquired about my origin and destination while passing through that check-post. He then asked, 'Where to, home?'. When I told him, 'Phuentsholing, Bhutan', he was taken aback!:)

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    After wading through bad roads containing ditches, craters, potholes, and what-not near Tufanganj, Cooch Behar and Hasimara, we entered Bhutan. My Linea was stopped by a Bhutanese policeman and enquired about my destination. When I told him, Phuentsholing, he signalled me to procced. We safely reached Centennial Hotel 2008 at Phuentsholing, Bhutan by 9:30 pm. I parked my Linea at the hotel's secured parking lot, checked in, unloaded and unpacked. Then, we went for a walk in and around the deserted main thorough fare of Phuentsholing. We returned to our room and had a good night's sleep.

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    More to come.
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  10. Ravi

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    So finally reached Bhutan.
    Was there any check or do anybody need to carry any documents to enter Bhutan?

    Strange situations -

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