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‘The Wheels of a bygone Era…’ ~ the Treasured Wheels Museum, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Perhaps the greatest example of a man’s power of dreaming, believing in his dream and working continuously to realize that dream is illustrated when you step foot into the ‘Treasured Wheels Museum’ near Guwahati in Assam. Mr. Piklu Deka or Piklu Da as everyone calls him is the man behind this dream. What started as a dream to own a vintage car thirty (30) years ago has finally transformed in the shape of a museum with a collection of over 50 vintage cars, 50 motorbikes and much more.

A short half an hour drive from Guwahati will reach you to the Treasured Wheels Museum. You are greeted at the Museum Entrance by a collection of helmets used by Soldiers during World War II announcing your expeditions across a huge campus filled with the memoirs of the War. From vintage Russian Army Trucks, American Motorbikes to Chinese Paratrooper Cycles you are sure to find them here. The amazing part is that all these Motorcars are in a perfect running condition.

The various collection of Antique Motorcars present in the museum are as below:

  • Renault 749 CC 1948 model (back engine) ,
  • Sunbeam 800 CC (convertible) of 1933,
  • Morries 800 CC (convertible) of 1948,
  • Perfect Ford (hard top) of 1948,
  • Volks Wagon (back engine) of 1949,
  • Ford Jeep of 1942,
  • Ford Care of 1939
  • Buick of 1945.

Motorbikes collection include-

  • Ariel 500 CC (Red Hunter) of 1944,
  • British-made Albion (belt model) of 1901,
  • Royal Enfield 350 CC (chain drive) of 1940,
  • Norton 650 CC (chain drive model) of 1932,
  • BSA 500 CC (Golden flash) of 1938,
  • BSA 500 CC (Gold Star) of 1940,
  • BSA 40 CC (Paratroopers) of 1938,
  • Royal Enfield 150 CC of 1948,
  • Paradrop Scooter (Paratrooper model) made in USA in 1933,
  • Sunbeam 500 CC (Swift Drive) 1942,
  • Triumph 350 CC (chain drive) of 1934 and several others.

Mr. Deka’s love or the environment can also be seen at the Museum that is covered with lush Green surroundings. Mr. Deka he has planted around 22,000 saplings of litchis, guavas, bay leaves and neem across the campus of the museum which now makes it an ideal retreat for a weekend getaway from the City. Adventure junkies can enjoy trekking and boating facilities. Stay is arranged at Tree houses in the campus and sumptuous Assamese Traditional Cuisine can be savored on prior request.

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Mr. Piklu Deka at the Museum

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The British Marvels – Steam Locomotives by W G Bagnell, Stafford, England – Tipong Colliery & Coal Museum India, Margherita, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Perhaps the most interesting invention that powered the Industrial Revolution was the Steam Engine.

The 1775 invention by James Watt, the steam engine, began to be used in many industrial settings. Watt later formed an engine-building and engineering partnership with manufacturer Matthew Boulton. The partnership of Boulton & Watt became one of the most important businesses of the Industrial Revolution and served as a kind of creative technical center for much of the British economy. The partners solved technical problems and spread the solutions to other companies.

From being first deployed in mining, used to pump water from deep workings, steam engines found many uses in a variety of industries. The introduction of steam engines improved productivity and technology, and allowed the creation of smaller and better engines. After Richard Trevithick’s development of the high-pressure engine, transport-applications became possible, and steam engines found their way into boats, railways, farms and road vehicles. Steam engines are an example of how changes brought by industrialization led to even more changes in other areas.

Railways  became an integral part of world transport during the early 1900’s and steam locomotives started being deployed to drive the Railway wagons. Not just for ferrying passengers, steam engines were used in a wide variety of industries. Coal Mining was one such industry. These steam locomotives were used to drive the coal tubs from the mining site to coal dump grounds. The British had deployed these engines across their colonies and the industrial output of these colonies started to grow exponentially.

Once such British colony famous for coal mining was at Makum Coalfields (now called Margherita) in Assam, India. The steam engines were deployed at these mining sites for transportation of coal. The Engines deployed here were built during the late 1800s and early 1900’s by renowned  locomotive manufacturer from Stafford, England W. G. Bagnall. The likes of the locomotives includedJOHN (1924), SHELLY (1930), HASSANG (1897), DAVID and 796. Though these magnificent British marvels were built more than a 100 years ago, some of them are still operational at the Tipong Colliery, North Eastern Coalfields Ltd. (subsidiary of Coal India Ltd., under Ministry of Coal, Govt. of India) while the others have been put up on public display at India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita in Assam.

It’s truly said in one of the Billboard which you get to see when you enter the coal mining area “Industry runs of many ‘wheels’ and Coal is the prime mover.”

Jungleideas welcomes to India’s North East to witness the British Marvels – Locomotives by W G Bagnell, Stafford, England – Coal Museum India, Margherita, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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The 786 Steam Locomotive at Tipong Colliery

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Locomotive John at India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita

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Digboi Oil Refinery, Digboi Oil Museum, Digboi War Cemetery

Asia’s Oldest Oil Refinery & the Oldest Operational Oil Well in the World ~ the Legendary Oil town of Assam, Digboi, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

As a student of Carmel School Digboi I still remember getting up at 4.30 AM in the morning to undertake the 2 hours drive to Digboi from Tipong Colliery by School Bus. Though the journey was long enough for an young school going boy it never wore me out. And all this was Maybe because of this place, Digboi – the Legendary Oil town of Assam! A beautiful town surrounded by hills and as the legend goes, home to Asia’s oldest oil well and Oil Refinery. At present, Digboi has the oldest operational oil well in the World.

Digboi town was under British rule ’til India’s Independence and the British had transformed this place with well-developed infrastructure and a number of bungalows unique to the town. These bungalows still stand and now are unique and nothing less than an attraction for the tourists. Digboi also has a splendid 18 hole golf course as part of the Digboi Club. It has guest houses and tourist residential apartments laid on Italian architectural plan to promote tourism in upper Assam.

And as legend goes in 1867 Italian Engineers, commissioned by the Assam Railways and Trading Company, to build a railway line from Dibrugarh to Margherita ( Headquarters of Assam Railways and Trading Company ) accidentally discovered oil at Digboi around 10 miles from Margherita. ‘Dig boy, dig’, shouted the English engineer, Mr W L Lake, at his men as they watched elephants emerging out of the dense forest with oil stains on their feet”. This is possibly the most distilled – though fanciful – version of the legend explaining the siting and naming of Digboi.

Places of Interest at Digboi are ~

  • National Oil Park: National Oil Park of Digboi is not just an Oil refinery, but also has a National Wildlife park and an Oil Museum. Digboi oil well discovered in 1869, is the oldest one in entire Asia.
  • War Cemetery: The Digboi War Cemetery is one of the 3 in Assam and the 23rd in entire India. The other ones are in Guwahati and Lekhapani area of Assam. This is the eternal resting place of those brave people who lost their lives during the World War II. Earlier this Cemetery was located on a hilltop, but after the massive Earthquake of 1950, the cemetery was destroyed. It was then relocated to its present location afterwards.
  • Ridge Point: The Ridge point is located near Digboi town, in the Tinsukia district of Assam. The view from this point is simply magnificent and breathtaking. People come to this place to catch a glimpse of the bird’s eye view of Digboi town. On clear days, one can even see the snow-capped mountains of the Eastern Himalaya from this point.
  • Golf Course: The Golf course in Digboi is among the best in North Eastern part of India. It is an 18 hole course where many national and international tournaments are played.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to visit Asia’s Oldest Oil Refinery & the Oldest Operational Oil Well in the World at the Legendary Oil town of Digboi, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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The Oil Town of Digboi is Asia's Oldest Oil Refinery and has the Oldest Operational Oil Well in the World!
The Oil Town of Digboi is Asia’s Oldest Oil Refinery and has the Oldest Operational Oil Well in the World! Source: wowindia

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Built and Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Mission the Digboi War Cemetery has over 200 burials of Soldiers of the British Army who laid down their lives at the World War II
Built and Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Mission the Digboi War Cemetery has over 200 burials of Soldiers of the British Army who laid down their lives at the World War II. Courtesy Mr. Anil Paudel

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The Well Aligned Graves at the Digboi War Cemetery built and Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Mission at Digboi in Assam

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Heritage British Bungalows that serve as Guest Houses for the employees of the Indian Oil Corporation at Assam

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The Replica of the petrol Pump during the British Era kept on display at the Heritage Oil Museum at the Legendary Oil Town of Digboi in Assam

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Vintage Car kept on display at the Centenary Oil Museum at Digboi Oil Town in Assam

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The Oil Town of Assam, Digboi ~ Asia’s Oldest Oil Refinery and the Oldest Operational Oil Well in the World

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The Beautiful Countryside of Assam at Digboi. Image Credits: Mr. Rajib Saikia

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The Lush and Green Tea Gardens on your journey from Digboi to Margherita. Image Credits: Mr. Rajib Saikia

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The Sky at Digboi. Image Credits: Mr. Rajib Saikia

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Welcome to the Discovery Oil Well 1 at the Centenary Oil Museum at Digboi ~ Digboi Oil Town ~ Assam ~ India

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Asia’s Oldest Oil Refinery at Digboi surrounded by the Majestic Patkai Hills. Image Credits: Mr. Rajib Saikia

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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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Entrance to Coal museum in India

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Transformers from England

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Coal mining equipments

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Rare Typewriters & Cyclo Stat Machines

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Traditional Cap lamps used in Underground mining

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Vintage stamp collection

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The John Steam Locomotive Built in early 1900’s by W G Bagnell, Stafford, England

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Rare documents from World War II era kept at the Coal Museum in Margherita

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Rare documents from World War II era kept at the Coal Museum in Margherita

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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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Soldiers waving Good Luck to the Troops on Trucks plying on the Stilwell Road during Second World War in Assam

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The Historic Lekhapani Railway Station on the Stilwell Road at Lekhapani Army Cantonment in Assam

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The Present Day Stilwell Road at Lekhapani Army Cantonment in Assam

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General Vinegar Joe Stilwell at the War Field during World War II

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Troops travelling along the Stilwell Road

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Stilwell Road Board at Ledo in Assam

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
The 20th General Hospital ~ One of the Grade A hospitals of the American Army built at Margherita to treat the wounded soldiers of the Burma Campaign of the World War II

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
The Burials of brave soldiers who died at the World War II at Digboi War Cemtery in Assam

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
The Burials of Brave Soldiers at the Guwahati War Cemetery in Assam

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