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Bhalukpong – one end of Assam

Located on the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh , Bhalukpong is one of the best picnic spots in Assam . If you are in Tezpur or Nameri ,  do not miss out this natural beauty !!

BhalukpongOnly if you have been in the deepest valley , can you ever know how magnificent it is to be the highest mountain . ~ Richard M . Nixon

About seventy kilometers from Tezpur through a very lush green winding hilly road will get you to Bhalukpong . Located on the banks of the Jia Bhoroli ( called Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh ) river which acts as the natural border between the two states here , this is one of those places where you absolutely must visit .

The sparkling blue cold water is just inviting for everyone to just jump in . But take caution of the current of the mountain river . The rocks rounded by the river which make the banks really beautiful , also makes the river bed slippery .

You can camp by the river if you want . Ample space is available for cooking and eating on the river bank . Alternatively there is a Prashanti Lodge ( owned by Assam Tourism ) overlooking the valley . It provides very good quality food at a very affordable price .

Although that same road leads to Tawang , you can get to as far as Bhalukpong without an Inner Liner Permit ( ILP ) . You can get the same at the security gate at Bhalukpong or Tezpur after a wait of about one hour .

A detour from Nameri is the best way to visit Bhalukpong for a few hours .

How to get there :

If you are coming from Guwahati , take the road towards Balipara from Tezpur . Balipara Chariali will be about twenty kilometers from Mission Chariali . From there take the road towards Bhalukpong for about fifty more kilometers .

Alternatively if you are staying in Nameri , you can get to the highway and take right . From there Bhalukpong should be about twenty five kilometers from there .

Timing :

The best time to visit Bhalukpong is from September to April . It is open from dawn to dusk everyday .

Entry fees  :

Free .

 

Nameri Eco Camp

Located about forty kilometers from Tezpur , Nameri Eco Resort is one of the best options for staying if you are planning to visit Nameri National Park . Ease to reach and very short distance to the Jia Bhoroli river are its added benefits .

nameri eco campNever go on trips with anyone you do not love . ~ Ernest Hemingway

The straw – roofed huts and tents provides a completely one – with – nature experience . Only difference is that you have all the modern amenities alongside this perfect natural setup . After a hard days’ trek in the national park or rafting down the Jia Bhoroli , the Nameri Eco Camp is the perfect environment to rest . Evening campfires , a photo gallery and a souvenir shop for local handicrafts and food are all part of the package .

They are also working for the preservation of the Golden Mahaseer fish which is found in the Jia Bhoroli river . Scientists from all over the world come here to stay and study this fish .

They make all the necessary arrangements for all trekking , rafting , birding , photography etc. that anyone might like to do in such a place . All you need to worry about is getting accommodation here !

How to get there :

Take the road towards Balipara from Mission Chariali in Tezpur . Balipara Chariali will be about twenty kilometers from Mission Chariali . From there take the road towards Bhalukpong for about twenty more kilometers . Keep a lookout for two concrete pillars with small elephant statues on either side of the road .

Right next to it will be the boards marking ” Elephant corridor ” and ” Nameri eco camp ” . Get of the highway and follow the path for about  another kilometer to reach the resort .

Timing :

The best time to visit Nameri is from September to April . It is open from dawn to dusk everyday and checkout time is 12 PM .

Entry fees  :

Staying costs Rs . 1800 plus taxes for two people for both tents and cottages . Extra bedding is charged at Rs . 350 per person . Check this chart for the rafting charges . Trekking charges are as per government norms .

 

Pobitora – the one horned rhino habitat

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its one horned rhino population . So if you want a place where it is sure to spot wild rhinos , this is the place for you to be !!

 No one needs a rhino horn , but a rhino .

The beautiful pobitora wildlife sanctuary is located about thirty kilometers from Guwahati and provides an excellent getaway for everyone . The one horned rhino is an endangered species now found only in the state of Assam (also its state animal ) in India and is the main attraction of this park .

Area-wise pobitora is small , just about 39 sq kms , but he presence of large open spaces enables the easy spotting of the wild animals here much easier than anywhere else . Apart from more than a hundred one horned rhinos , wild buffalo and boars are also abundant in this park .

But what makes it even more special is the abundance of migratory birds which visit the park in the winters . Due to its abundant aquatic resources , a variety of fish eating cranes and ducks visit this park every winter .

Another reason of its popularity is that it is just 30 kms from Guwahati through the mystic land of Mayong . This makes not just the destination but also the journey special .

How to get there :

Take the road towards Bonda from Narengi Tiniali . There is just one road , follow it for about 30 kilometers . Take a right at , where a board displays the name and direction for Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary . Then follow the road for about two more kilometers to reach the gate which is on the left of the road.
Another road is from Sonapur , of the NH 37 . Take a left  and get of the highway to . Follow the road for about 20 kilometers to reach the park . If you take this road , do keep your eyes on the right side of the road . Might spot multiple one horned rhinos even before reaching the park .

Timing :

9 AM to 3 PM Everyday .

Entry fees  :

Jeep safari costs about Rs. 1500 per jeep ( maximum 6 people ) .
Elephant safari costs about Rs. 500 per person .