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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 .

 

Silk Route Resort Sualkuchi

Won’t it be really awesome to have your lunch with your friends or family in a nice open aired resort with the Brahmaputra on one side and a hilly forest on the other ? Those who have been there must have guessed it already . And for those who are going to visit it in the future , I am talking about the silk route resort sualkuchi .

Silk route resort sualkuchi

Sit by a river. Find peace and meaning in the rhythm of the lifeblood of the Earth .

The wonderful wood and bamboo furniture complements the scene perfectly . This place serves few authentic Assamese cuisines which are an absolutely delight to eat . They chicken and mutton are great , but the locally caught fish and duck are just awesome .

Winter season brings flocks of migratory birds , specially ducks to this place , making it a haven for not only birdwatchers and photographers but also everyone else . Although it is open all year round , I would personally suggest you not to visit in March – April as it can become dusty due to the river in its vicinity.

Tip : A late lunch by the sunset over the river is the best time to be there . And the quiet town of Sualkuchi which is about 7 kilometers from here is know for its authentic silk clothes .

How to get there :

Take the left turn towards Sualkuchi at Singimari .After about three kilometers from Singimari , look for a board showing directions for a government resort on the left of a Y – intersection on the left side of the road  . Take the left and follow the road for about 200 meters and again take left at the next intersection . Follow the road to its end to reach the silk route resort sualkuchi. Total distance is about  25 kilometers from Jalukbari in Guwahati .

Timing :

12 PM to 7 PM Everyday .

Entry fees  :

None