On the third day of a brand new year, work took me to Assam. We are working on a travel guide for the state and as per plan, we were to traverse the entire length of the state from Guwahati to Shivasagar, via Hajo, Sualkuchi, Kaziranga, Tezpur and Jorhat. Due to unfavourable circumstances, we have had to cancel plans for visiting Barak Valley and Silchar.
The trip, i must confess, started with a bit of a disappointment. We were taking the morning flight from New Delhi to Guwahati, and as per our original plan, we would reach Guwahati by noon and spend the rest of the day shooting around town. But anyone who has taken a flight out of Delhi in the winters will tell you that you are bound to get delayed. Our flight which was actually scheduled to depart at 9 AM finally took off at 4 pm.
When you are flying from Delhi to Guwahati, the flightpath is parallel to the Himalayas. I have been travelling on this route for some years now and accordingly i had booked a window seat and kept the camera at the ready. So instead of Guwahati, my first day accounted for some pictures of the Himalayas. Taken through a badly stained window, some of them came out rather well.
Here, you’re the judge:
I came to Delhi in 2002 to study in St Stephen’s and sometimes i would take the plane back to Siliguri, West Bengal, my hometown. Occasionally, the plane would stop first at Guwahati. I generally hate flights and i would pick a train hands down, anyday. But this route is different in the sense that you actually have things to look at from your window. Even more than the Himalayas, what impressed me was the Brahmaputra. People, if you haven’t seen the Brahmaputra, you have not seen a river. Even from the plane the river looks monstrous. In the monsoons, it is a veritable ocean while during the lean season (like this time) its a never-ending series of water channels and sandbanks.
For those who have merely heard about the Brahmaputra, heres a glimpse. In the next post, however, i shall have more pictures, taken from a boat, and hence a different perspective. For now, here’s how Brahmaputra looks from the sky.
Halfway through the flight, we received yet another bad news. After Guwahati, the flight was supposed to continue towards Dibrugarh, 400 kms east of Guwahati. But on account of the delay in departure, we were going to stop at Dibrugarh first as the airport was not equipped with night landing capabilities. What to do, but to keep clicking.
So that was my first day! The next post follows me as i travel out of Guwahati to the temple town of Hajo and the traditional weaving village of Sualkuchi. Later in the day, we see what Brahmaputra looks like in Guwahati.
So stay tuned for more, i guess!