Birds at Chandubi Lake in Assam

Dipor Bil and Chandubi Lake – A Bird watcher’s Paradise in North East India, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Assam has never failed to mesmerize the fans of Mother Nature. From being home to the rarest species of endangered wildlife to a variety of flora a visit to Assam will be a remembrance for every tourist. The fans of Ornithology don’t get disappointed; this post speaks about two of the many locations in Assam that is a bird lovers paradise – The Dipor Bil Wildlife Sanctuary and the Chandubi Lake.

Both these places are situated near Guwahati in Assam.

Dipor Bil is situated around 8 kms from Guwahati and is a natural water reservoir. The word ‘Bil’ means lake in the local language and hence the name Dipor Beel. A famous picnic spot for the locals during winters this lake is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. One gets to see the likes of Potbilled pelican, lesser Adjutant stork, Baer’s pochard, Pallas’ sea eagle, greater Adjutant stork, the Siberian crane and a host of other species of birds.

Wildlife in the Sanctuary comprises of Wild Asian elephants, Leopard, Jungle cat, the protected Barking deer, Chinese porcupine and Sambar.

In addition, fishing is an important source of livelihood for the locals around the lake and the freshly caught fishes are sold across various markets in the Guwahati city. The Assam Forest Division has its office near the sanctuary and one can book a boat ride to the midst of the lake to enjoy the serene waters and catch a close glimpse of the bird species.

Chandubi Lake is another bird lovers paradise and is situated around 48 kms from Guwahati. Formed during the 1897 earthquake this lake is situated amidst lush green tea gardens, a Gushing mountain river and the Garo Hills.

The lake is bestowed with scenic natural beauty. The chief feature of the lake is the natural lagoon that has been formed in the lake. The lake offers to its visitors the opportunity to go fishing in the waters of the lake. The administrators of the lake have also provided the tourists with the provisions to go rowing in the calm lake waters. The presence of such provisions makes the Chandubi Lake an ideal tourist destination.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to experience Bedazzled Birdwatching at Dipor Bil and Chandubi Lake – A Bird watcher’s Paradise in North East India, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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To reach the Chandubi Camp one has to cross the Calm and Serene Lake on a country boat

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The Calm and serene waters of the Chandubi Lake in Guwahati that makes it an ideal site for Bedazzled Bird Watching in Assam

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Ecotourism in North East India – Faneng Village, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

India’s North East has a vast Tourism potential and this can be seen once you travel across the remote places of the region. One perfect example of this is the Faneng Village near Lekhapani, Assam. The state of Assam is the pride of the North East. A land of majestic landscapes and warm hearted people the beauty of this state can be quoted from the words of Swami Vivekananda “next only to Kashmir, Assam is the most beautiful place in India.”

Its good to know that locals have realized the tourism potential of the state and are now initiating the upliftment of eco-tourism sector in the state. The Tai-Phake community of Faneng Village without any form of help from the government has transformed the remote and jungle village into a spot of attraction for home and foreign tourists. Faneng, one of the seven Tai-Phake villages in Tinsukia district situated in the Tirap Mouza has a large Buddha temple, Trekking, Fishing and River Boating facilities. Stay for tourists is arranged at the tourist center at the village which the villagers have constructed. Its a majestic 158 square feet traditional center thats made up of bamboo and ‘tokou’ leaves. There are a total of six rooms to accomodate the guests. During their stay tourists are offered tradional cuisine thats served by the women folk of the village.

To reach the village you need to cross the Tirap River by a small country boat which marks the beginning of your adventure at Faneng. Modern amenities are hard to find which is covered up by the love of the village folk. There are no security problems for the tourists as the villager’s themselves provide security to them. It would be worth mentioning that without visiting the village it cannot be imagined what is being done by these poor and remote villagers for the upliftment of Ecotourism in the state.

Jungleideas welcomes you to witness Ecotourism in North East India at Faneng Village, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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‘Bhut Jolokia’ – The Spice of North East India and the Second Hottest Pepper in the World, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Imagine a chilli so hot that you would need hand gloves to handle it! Well, this chilli is the second hottest pepper in the world and is termed as the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ (Bhut meaning Ghost & Jolokia meaning Chilli). Other names of this pepper are ‘Bih Jolokia’ (the poison chilli) and ‘Naga Jolokia’ (named after the ferocious Naga warrior tribe).

India’s North East has been home to the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ from times immemorial. But stories of this pepper have spread across the west and westerners too are aware of the hotness of the ‘Bhut Jolokia’. The pepper was inducted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the spiciest chilli in the world in 2006 and it was only ’til 2013 that the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ lost this coveted title. 

Although there are many commercial uses of the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ but in North East this chilly is mostly used for pickle preparation, flavouring curries and for home remedies for ailments like gastritis, arthritis and chronic indigestion problems. Restaurants across North East take pride in offering this chilly on their menu cards. The famous fast food joint Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has included bhut jolokia as an ingredient for the new and unique Flaming Crunch Chicken, a signature crisp and juicy chicken dish of the company.

Although it is believed that ay normal person who dares to eat a whole ‘Bhut Jolokia’ would almost certainly need Medical treatment there is an interesting lady who begs to differ. Mrs. Anindita Dutta Tamuly is a respected lady in the region who hails from Titabor Town in Jorhat district of Assam. This lady can rip off a ‘Bhut Jolokia’ with her bare hands and smear the seeds of the pepper on her eyes without shedding a tear. Anandita had entered the Limca Book of Records by eating 60 ‘Bhut Jolokia’ in two minutes and smearing 12 chillies in her eyes in one minute flat. You might find this to be unbelievable but the fact is you need to see it to believe it !!

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to grab a bite of the flavorful ‘Bhut Jolokia’ – The Spice of North East India and the Second Hottest Pepper in the World at the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The State of Assam has been bestowed with a vast reserve of Fossil Fuels. Assam has huge hydrocarbon potential, large quantities of low ash coal resources, limestone and dolomite deposits as well as a few other unexplored minerals in addition to a wide forest covers and abundant rivers.  Coal mining is an important source of livelihood for the people in the state and the largest coal producing company in the world Coal India Ltd. has its operations in the state of Assam under its subsidiary North Eastern Coal Fields Ltd. (NECF).

Situated very close to the office of the General Manger of Coal India Ltd. at Margherita in Assam is India’s only Coal Museum. The brain child of the Ex. Chief General Manager of NECF Mr. A. K. Bora a coal mining professional and a war history enthusiast (he has never missed to watch any movie/documentary on the World Wars I & II), this museum of International standard was inaugurated on 29th October, 2012 and is opening for public viewing.

The coal museum contains Relics of the likes of the locomotives manufactured by W G Bagnall, Stafford, England (John, Hassng, David and Shelly), Memoirs of World War II (rare pictures of construction of Stilwell Road, Pangsau Pass and Ledo airstrip, empty shells of bombs used in WW II), the history of the Assam Railways & Trading Co. Ltd (AR &T Co. Ltd.), a rare collection of stamps from over the world, vintage Cyclostyle machines, etc.

The main attraction of the museum is the practice of coal mining depicted in the form of real time models, a demo structure of an underground coal mine, necessities to be carried to the underground mines by the workmen like underground coal mining boots, cap lamps, shovels and other tools of mining, vintage underground telephones, etc. The museum depicts the history of coal mining at Namdang in Assam.  It also contains actual models of transformers, haulages and Circuit breakers manufactured by Crompton Parkinson and Manchester & Scheffield, England.

This museum is must to see place for people in the coal mining industry and history enthusiasts. Post you visit to the museum you can savor a sumptuous meal of traditional cuisine at the Singpho Villa Restaurant at New Colony, Margherita and experience open cast coal mining at Tirap Colliery.

 Onward Destinations:

  • Faneng Eco tourism homestay

  • Mishing Village homestay

  • World War II cemetery

  • Lake of no Return

  • Railway’s last Frontier at Lekhapani

  • Dehing Patkai Festival in the month of February

  • Miao Tibetian Settlement and Carpet Factory

  • The Namdapha National Park

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Stilwell Road – Ledo (India) to Kunming (China) – the Epitome of an American Engineering Marvel !! the States of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!

The Stilwell Road aka the Ledo Road was built during World War II by an army of 15,000 American soldiers and 35,000 locals under the expert supervision of General Vinegar Joe Stilwell.

The road stretches from Ledo in Assam across 1079 miles to Kunming in China. The construction of this mammoth project was estimated to be around USD 150 million and the road was used by the Western Allies to supply to the Chinese when the Japanese Army had cut the Burma road. By occupying Burma, the Japanese had not only gained access to the vast resources of teak and rubber, but they had closed the Burma Road, 700 miles of dirt highway that represented China’s last overland link with the outside world. The reopening of an overland route to China would be the major American goal, indeed obsession, in the theater throughout the campaign especially after the defeat at Pearl Harbor that enabled the Imperial Japanese Army to extend their empire from Wake Island in the Pacific to Malaya and Singapore in South East Asia.

Here, the Allies would face one of the most inhospitable areas for military operations in the world. For the Americans, the theater not only covered a vast area, but it was also the end of a 12,000 mile supply line. The areas where the Allies would campaign was characterized by extremely rugged terrain with few roads and other communications, conditions which would favor the defense and reduce the Allies’ advantage in numbers. Northern and central Burma, where they would conduct the bulk of their operations, had steep, densely wooded mountain ranges cut by streams. The Allies would need to scale precipitous ranges along the border to reach one of Burma’s three great river valleys – the Chidwin, the Irrawaddy, or the Salween – in order to move south into the heart of Burma. They could also expect their advance to be slowed by monsoon, near-constant rains which would last for two to three months, anytime after April. Leeches, flies, ticks, and other insects, along with diseases as malaria, dysentery, and typhus, added to the soldier’s miseries. Keeping in mind all these the Americans resolved to go ahead with the task of constructing this mammoth project and the construction started in December 1942 across the dense terrain of the Patkai range through the Pangsau Pass aka “the Hell Pass (for the difficulty of the terrain)” into Shingbwiyang in Burma. The terrain was outrageous as it rose high upto 4,500 feet (1400m) along with steep gradients, hairpin curves and drops upto 200 feet (60 m).

Although the British Engineers had initially surveyed the route for a road (first 80 miles) the credit of building the Stilwell Road (Ledo Road) goes to General Stilwell which was under the American NAC operation. This road was to complement the airlift operations to China over the Eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains aka “the Hump”. American Engineers in late 1942 began to construct a road  meant to restore China’s land communication with the outside world. It was the Americans, more than any of the other Allies, who wanted to open the road to China, and they pushed the enterprise the hardest. Taking over the project from the British in October 1942, they began construction from Ledo in December with the goal of arriving at the Burmese city of Shingbwiyang, 103 miles from Ledo by June, 1943.

General Stilwell and his army of men completed the stretch of 1079 miles (1736 km) within 2 years under the most treacherous conditions and this is what makes this road “an Epitome of an American Engineering Marvel”. And this was done more than 70 years ago ago when the world didn’t have the expertise of today’s technology.

Although, there was a flip side to this feat as more than 1100 American soldiers and many more locals had to lose their lives in the construction of the Western Allies march to crush the Japanese.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to relive the memories of the Second World War at the Stilwell Road – Ledo (India) to Kunming (China) – the Epitome of an American Engineering Marvel, the States of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!

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General Vinegar Joe Stilwell at the Kitchen during the Construction of the Stilwell Road

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Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

War Cemetery Digboi, Stilwell Road Ledo to China, World War II ~ the Burma Campaign Assam, World War II ~ the Burma Campaign North East India, Assam Ecotourism, Coal Mining at Makum Coalfields
Burials of brave soldiers at the Guwahati War Cemetery who died during the construction of Stilwell Road at the World War II ~ Burma Campaign

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

stilwell road
The Majestic Stilwell Road at Arunachal Pradesh

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Lake of No Return, India's Bermuda Triangle, India Burma Border, Pangsau Pass Festival, Stilwell Road India
The historic Stilwell Road built during World War II by the American Army under the able guidance of General Vinegar Joe Stilwell

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Lake of No Return, India's Bermuda Triangle, India Burma Border, Pangsau Pass Festival, Stilwell Road India
Welcome to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Lake of No Return, India's Bermuda Triangle, India Burma Border, Pangsau Pass Festival, Stilwell Road India
The Pansau pass at the border of India and the Republic of the Union of Mynamar

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Lake of No Return, India's Bermuda Triangle, India Burma Border, Pangsau Pass Festival, Stilwell Road India
The Jairampur War Cemetery that has burials of Chinese Soldiers who laid down their lives during the Burma Campaign of World War II

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Lake of No Return, India's Bermuda Triangle, India Burma Border, Pangsau Pass Festival, Stilwell Road India
The Lake of No Return as viewed from the Pangsau pass market at Myanmar

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II