Bhairabkunda

Its winter. Winter season means picnic season in Assam! Few days back, we visited a popular picnic spot called Bhairabkunda located in Udalguri district, on the border of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, near the Bhutanese town of Daifam . It is around 14 kms from the highway town of Rowta. Left our town Tezpur early morning, picked…

Durga Puja

October was the month of festivals! Durga Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Diwali, Kali Puja all in same month this year. Went late night pandal hopping in my hometown as well as Guwahati this time after dinner with family and relatives and it was fun. Lots of Vegas style lights, sweets, Bappi Lahiri songs and people, just…

Me-Dam-Me-Phi

Me dam me phi is an important festival of the Ahom people celebrated in the month of January to show respect to the departed ancestors and remember their contribution to the society. The Ahoms are the largest mongoloid community in Assam. Got a chance to attend this festival this year which is organised in the outskirts of our town….

Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Though not a traditional festival in North East India, Ganesh Chaturthi is becoming very popular in Tezpur as well as other towns in Assam. This year, more Pandals (temporary structures set up during the festivals) have been set up around town than before and with less than a month left for Durga Puja, the festive spirit is already in the air!

Riverbank Woods

This area called ‘Rudropod’ lies just in the outskirts of Tezpur on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river which is the only ‘male river’ in India (as all other Indian rivers have female names)! This place can be reached by a dirt road which connects it to one the main roads of the town so…

Oh Fish!

Assamese people love fish. Not surprisngly,our town has a busy fish market. This place is stinky but so lively ! You get to see an incredible variety of river fish all caught fresh from local rivers and beels and also cheaper ones ‘imported’ from other parts of the country!! Prices have sky rocketed in recent years though and…

Chowk Bazaar – Tezpur

Scenes from Tezpur’s Chowk Bazaar, the town’s crowded wet market. The vegetable vendors sit along the street displaying their fresh produce. A lot of the vegetables here are seasonal unlike the supermarkets in cities. So if you’re looking for Okra in winter,you’ll be disappointed! Betel nut leaves Jackfruits, guavas and the fiery ‘Bhot Jolokia’ the hottest chilies on…

NH-37

I frequently travel between my hometown of Tezpur and Guwahati. Guwahati is the capital of Assam and is a second home for us. Tezpur is a really small town with nothing much to do so whenever there’s some shopping, some family functions, a flight to catch (our town’s airport gets only 3 flights a week)…

Eating out in Assam: Highway Dhabas!

Like most parts in India, ‘dhabas’ (restaurants along highways) are an integral stopovers while travelling in Assam. Whether its private cars or bus loads of people,all stop at the numerous dhabas that dot the highways to fill their stomachs. Nowadays, they’re also becoming popular with people in cities and towns during weekends. Popular towns or villages…

Guwahati – Patna – Guwahati on IndiGo

So this trip to Patna came up due to Dad’s arm getting a fracture that needed a surgery and doctors recommended that we should get it done in Patna where people often head to in orthopedic cases from all over North East. So,we booked 3 tickets for dad,mom and myself. As usual the only option from Guwahati…

Patna scenes

I couldn’t do much sightseeing in Patna. Its a crowded,noisy city..really noisy! Car horns keep blaring non stop even when all vehicles are moving smoothly! The city has a couple of attractions, more awesome places like Nalanda and Vaishali are a few hours drive from the city which sadly I had to skip as the…

Patna Street Food

Patna isn’t really a place which comes to mind when you think of food. Anyways,since I was here for several days, I decided to check out what was on offer. Litti chokha is the most popular dish of Bihar, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to taste it as surprisingly the area which I frequented didn’t…