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Trip Advice for Guwahati-Shillong-Tawang Trip

Discussion in 'Travel advice' started by Ankit Verma, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Ankit Verma

    Ankit Verma New Member

    Hello everyone!

    First things first... We are a group of 6 Software Engineers from Hyderabad and we are planning a trip to North East India in the month of March.

    We will be travelling from Hyderabad to Guwahati on the night of 3rd/4th March and we are planning to cover Shillong, Cherrapunjee/Dawki and Tawang over the course of next 12 days, and we'll be returning back to Hyderabad on March 14th.

    P.S. We have booked the flights for both the outward and return journeys already.

    Here's the initial draft of Itinerary we have prepared ourselves:

    Day 1: 03-Mar-2017: Flight from Hyd to Kol at 11:30 p.m. IST

    Day 2:04-Mar-2017: Flight from Kol to Guw at 07:35 a.m. IST.
    (Will hopefully move out of the airport by 10 a.m. IST)

    - Activities of Interest In Guwahati: Visit to Kamakhya Temple
    - We intend to reach Shillong by evening and can take a stroll across Police bazar if time Permits.

    Q1: Is the time sufficient to visit Kamakhya and then reach Shillong by evening?

    Day3: 05-Mar-2017 : We either want to cover Cherrapunjee on this day or we can either go for Dawki-Mawllynnong.

    We want to be back in Shillong by the end of the day.

    Q2: Which of the two places (Cherrapunjee/Dawki) would be a better alternative?

    Day 4: 06-Mar-2017: Shillong to Bhalukpong

    Day 5: 07-Mar-2017: Bhalukpong to Dirang

    Day 6: 08-Mar-2017: Dirang to Tawang ( Covering Sela Pass, Jung Falls, Jaswant Garh Memorial enroute to Tawang)

    Day 7: 09-Mar-2017 : Tawang town sight seeing (Monastery in particular)

    Day 8: 10-Mar-2017 : Tawang - Bumla - Tawang (plus Madhuri Lake)

    Day 9: 11-Mar-2017 : Tawang - Bomdila

    Day 10: 12- Mar-2017 : Bomdila - Kaziranga

    Day 11:13-Mar-2017 : Safaris in Kaziranga

    Day 12: 14-Mar-2017: Kaziranga to Guwahati to Hyderabad (Flight departs at 5:30 p.m. IST

    Some might argue that Kaziranga can be covered in the first leg of our trip itself but we want to keep Kaziranga for the later half only.
    Reason being if our stay in Tawang gets stretched due to landslides and stuff, we want to have a cushion of 1-2 days with us. In that case we can put our Kaziranga plan in the back burner and chuck it if need be, as our priority is Tawang.

    That was the itinerary part of the tour and now i have some questions for the same:

    1) Shall we take a single cab from Guwahati uptil Tawang covering Shillong on the way.
    Can anyone please provide contacts of the cab drivers/services which would be apt for our itinerary or we can get quotations from regarding the prices.

    2) ILP is one thing we are very concerned about. We'll be reaching Guwahati on Saturday and we are not sure if ILP is issued on weekends at the airport.

    Or can we rely on the cab driver to get ILPs for us? Please suggest. If no, which would be the best place to get our ILPs from as per our itinerary?

    3) Can anyone please suggest affordable hotels/zostels or couchsurfing if available for the following places:
    - Shillong
    - Bhalukpong
    - Dirang
    - Tawang
    - Bomdilla
    - Kaziranga

    Please provide suggestions/advises which you feel our plan needs. Will be happy to fix the loose ends.

    Warm Regards,

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