March 30

Go Gokarna

Gokarna is almost a unknown twin of Goa. It’s a small religious town in Karnataka, located right on the beach and just below the state of Goa. My trip started off from Bangalore. There are quite a few different types of buses to go from Bangalore to Gokarna. I think there are trains from Bangalore as well but those usually take longer. On this trip we took a bus around 8PM in the evening and reached Gokarna around 6AM. The bus was a sleeper bus with A/C which meant I got some shut-eye during the night. However I strongly recommend to check the bus quality before going since buses can be really filthy. We had taken the KSRTC bus and seriously it was dirty, smelly and full of insects. I wouldn’t recommend it but I am hopeful that there are other cleaner buses as well.

Once we got to Gokarna town, we decided to wing it a bit in terms of where to stay. There are very few established places / hotels in the area. There are 3 major beaches with any kind of accommodation: Kudle, Om beach, Half moon beach. There is one more beach called Paradise beach but that doesn’t have any place to stay as such.
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March 23

Trip to Nameri

It started out as the last trip with friends, with sudden random plans to go out. Till Friday evening there was no confirmed plans to go out. Saturday morning we did take off. Where to, i had no idea even as we reached Guwahati.

The first task was getting a taxi. We were going to Bhalukpong. I really had not much idea about the place. We were guessing the taxi cost for return trip at perhaps 2000 bucks for 2 day. After much negotiating and bargains we settled at Rs.5000 for a Sumo to Bhalukpong return for 2 days approx. So roughly at 9am we set out for Bhalukpong. The road was pretty much good and some of the towns we crossed were Dalgaon, Mangladai, Dhekiajuli. The major city on the way is Tezpur. Well the road branches, 5 KM before Tezpur, and all Arunachal Pradesh (AP) bound people can turn there and avoid Tezpur if they want. Well Bhalukpong, as it turned out, is in Arunachal Pradesh too. Finally we reached ’Bhalukpong’ . Bhalukpong is roughly 230-250 KM from Guwahati ( Paltan bazaar ).

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