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02 April 2007 @ 08:56 pm
Arunachal Pradesh: Day 1  
We landed at Guwahati and heard that there was a general strike in some places and that meant we could not drive up to the Arunachal Pradesh mountains on that day. We decided to spend the night in Assam at the Nameri tiger reserve and then move into Arunachal the following day. The state of Assam is having some insurgency problems and the general strikes there are taken very seriously by many of the locals. Nameri is about four hours drive from the Guwahati airport and we were supposed to drive through some of the affected areas. A couple of hours later, we were at a small town where the cops stopped us. Apparently, the general strike was most intense in a stretch of road from that point and they said that we would have to go with a police escort. Soon we were driving behind a car full of armed policemen through deserted-looking towns, villages and highways.

Thankfully, the day ended peacefully and we were all set to head out to Arunachal Pradesh. The pothole-riddled roads were not exactly a pleasure to be travelling on, but soon the agriculture lands gave way to the northern forests of Assam. Soon, we were in Arunachal - we just needed to cross one bridge and we'd be in the home range of the world's newest species of bird and hundreds of other beauties.

We needed to cross this bridge. All of us except the driver were asked to get out of the vehicle at that point...

...and this is why. It was a fairly old bridge, built by the Indian army perhaps and looked fragile after years of use. :)

And after crossing that brige, we pulled out our optics and set out to watch birds. Paradise unexplored indeed.

velvetinkvelvetink on April 2nd, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
*shakes head with worry. You went across that bridge! wow it's falling apart.
I can see why it might be slow going birding in that forest, it's so thick. Even here with the trees spaced futher apart it's difficult to catch sight of anything, though you can hear them all around. Excited to see your pics
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on April 3rd, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
Ooooh! Wow!

The nearest I have done is Agumbe, no cameras, way back in 1984, with college pals and a whole lot of leaches.