India One More Time travel blog

Map of region

Map of region

Getting close to 'very far out' near Myanmar and Hpakant

The Gals, Daphne, Bon, Joanna, and Mari

Crossing the river Brahmaputra

Joanna with bamboo 'glass' of rice beer

At homestay dancing

UPDATE: 12August2017

Massive Flooding in NE(Climate Change?)

6/2017 Update In Troubled Area Near NE India: Very Near NE Tribes in India-See Time Article

War and Greed infect the poor via China!


From Mare:

"We got picked up at Hotel Rajawas in Dibrugarh early on the 24th, Thanksgiving! They had overcharged us on the rooms, but we didn't have time to protest it, so all we can do is spread the word to NOT go there! 񟘊...

Our guide, Rupak, or "Toon" as he preferred to be called, and driver Boro had a nice Toyota mini van. We left the flats of Assam and headed northeast into Arunachal Predesh into the foothills of the Himalayas. When we reached the state border we had to stop and show our passports and the permits to enter. It was only about 100km from there to Aalo, our first overnight place, but it took many hours because the road is bad. They are expanding it, but now it is a mess of pot holes and slowed by many JCBs (back hoes, etc.) cutting the hillsides away. We finally arrived and went to Manli's Dream Land homestay. This is a new place that the Liduk and Lingam Ete built over the last 3 years. It is their family home, but also has rooms for guests. It is a modern, yet traditionally styled house based on Adi Tribe design with a fire place room in the center. The fire is always going in the middle of the room and serves as dining, family and sometimes sleeping room. The grounds are extensive and nicely landscaped. Many fruit trees are planted as well as forest trees to help replace those cut during construction."



Quotes from Joey's blog:

"Our tour of Arunachal Pradesh has begun! Started off with a ferry across the Brahmaputra River from Dibrugarh to Tangni. This part of the river is bordered by Assam, so we still had a bit of a drive until the A.P. border. We got to the border guarded by 8-10 armed men, where one comes to check your permits, etc. Our guide, Toon, told us that depending on how they were feeling that day they may check our car and bags. One of them approached the car after Toon had submitted our permits and I thought “oh here we go”. Appearance wise, this man looked a high degree of scary (probably why he has the job) and then to my surprise he let out the jolliest “good morning” I have ever heard. He was just curious about us foreigners and wanted to say hi. This describes all of our interactions with locals thus far, such happy and friendly people. It is even less common for travellers to come here, so we attract a lot of attention... Even though we don’t understand each other, the interactions are all smiles and laughs."


Joey Continuing:

"There we stayed at a homestay called Reyi Homestay. It was named after the owners father who’s dream was to have a place that would be a home to anyone that came by. They absolutely have succeeded in creating a dreamland. I seriously didn’t want to leave. Liduk and Lingam Ete were the couple that lived there, along with their two daughters Duksum (8) and Dukjar (3), their elder son Dukkir (12) was away for his first year at boarding school in Tezpur. "



Mare continuing:

"The next day we visited Kabu Village where traditional life continues for the Adi people. Later that day our hosts took us to another village, Jini, where some of their relatives live. After a walk around we were invited into a home and we sat with many locals in the fire room and visited with them. They gave us rice beer and local treats and then danced for us! Great!"


From Joey's blog:

"We went to a village outside of Aalo called Kabu and then were later brought to Jinie village by the Eke family to visit their relatives. The villages have many similarities, though each tribes have their own uniquenesses. Bamboo is extremely important and a readily available resource. It is a versatile wood and used for everything from birth (ceremonially cutting the cord) to death (sacred edifices celebrating the passage from this world to the next). Earthly comforts with houses made of bamboo- the walls, floor, beds, doors (if they have them), ladders, etc. It’s also used for baskets, backpacks, knife handles, sheaths, and so on. It can be cut, woven, shaved and I’m sure more. Like I said, versatile. Most homes also have a fire place in the middle that are used for cooking, heat and the smoke is needed for the thatched roofs in order to prevent termites from destroying it. They also often have 2 staircase and entrances, one for the men and one for the women. They are all on stilts made of a combination of cement and bamboo with an additional level between the ground and home often used as a barn or storage. ....At the family’s home in Jinie Village we were brought in like family and spoiled with multiple food courses each wrapped in a banana leaf and endless rice beer, served in a bamboo cup. This should also be the only way to consume a beverage. The top of the cup is strategically stuffed with a banana leaf, which allows the beer to gradually come out as opposed to coming out like a tsunami all over your face. "

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