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Wildlife Wilderness aboard a River Cruise – the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The State of Assam in India is home to five (5) of the National Parks of India namely the the Kaziranga National Park, the Manas National Park, the Nameri National Park, the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and the Orang National Park. There are also a total of fourteen (14) Wildlife Sanctuaries click here to see the list here. Each of these National Parks boasts of wide variety of Flora, Fauna and Avifauna. One horned Rhino of Assam, Royal Bengal Tiger, Hoolock Gibbon, Elephants, Capped Langur, Pig-tailed Macaque, Slow Loris and Rhesus Macaque, Leopard, Clouded leopard, Barking deer, Pygmy hog, Golden langur, etc. have made these National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries their home in the state of Assam. The bird species include the likes of Peafowl, Hornbill, Swamp partridge, Bengal florican, Kingfisher, Woodpecker, White-backed vulture, Slender-billed vulture, Partridge, Pheasant, etc.

Of the five (5) National Parks in Assam, the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is one of the best bio diversity spots of India. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is known for its population of  White winged wood duck in its natural habitat and also for its bright colored wild horses known as Feral Horses that are descendants of the domestic horses that strayed, escaped, or were deliberately released into the wild and remained to survive and reproduce there. Famous across the United States as ‘Mustangs’, Australia as ‘Brumby’, ‘Misaki’ in Japan these horses are a prized breed to watch out for at Dibru-Saikhowa. Best to be spotted during the monsoon season of Assam lasting from July through September, the Dibru Saikhowa National Park becomes a wild haven for all nature enthusiasts during that time. Generally across Assam, most of the other National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries close for public viewing during the monsoon season as these National Parks and Sanctuaries get flood. The Dibru Saikhowa National Park is the only National Park which remains open during the season offering its viewers an Exotic journey across the blooming orchid fields of the National Park. The tour is arranged on House Boats that take you on a journey of a lifetime spotting the varied Flora and Fauna of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. Onboard kitchen facilities across these Houseboats ensure all your meal needs are taken care of. This experience on cruising across the waters of the Brahmaputra at the Dibru Saikhowa National Park is at par with the experience of cruising on houseboats on the back waters of Kerala.

The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is situated in the floodplains of the mighty Brahmaputra river. It consists of semi wet evergreen forests, tropical moist deciduous forest, bamboo, cane brakes and grasslands and is just the place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers with its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. Although this National Park was primarily meant for the conservation of White winged wood duck in its natural habitat other endangered animals of this park are Hoolock gibbon, Capped langur, Slow loris, Water buffalo, Tiger, Elephant, Gangetic river dolphin, etc.

The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 300 species of birds. Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Griffon Vulture, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle,Spot Billed Pelican, White Winged Duck, Baer’s Pochard, Greater Spotted Eagle, Bengal Florican, Pale Capped Pigeon, Great Pied Hornbill, March Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black Breasted Parrotbill and many other birds can be spotted at the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.

The Om House Boat services at the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is perhaps the only service in India that allows the visitors to admire the grandeur of the flora and fauna of the National Park aboard a river cruise. Visitors can wish to chose to take a day safari (recommended) as well as a night safari on this cruise to sight the exotic Fauna and Avi-Fauna species at Dibru-Saikhowa. In addition to the Om House Boat, there are also other House Boat services at the Dibru Saikhowa National Park. For individuals and families with a small group can also hire smaller boats at Dibru Saikhowa to take a tour of the National Park. For visitors choosing to halt at Dibru Saikhowa National Park there are a few eco resorts at the vicinity of the National Park. The most prominent being the Banashree Eco Resort at Dibru Saikhowa National Park. Among the first Eco resorts of Assam, the Banashree Eco Resort provides its visitors a unique ecotourism experience. The founders of this resort are among the pioneers of tourism in Assam and also have camping properties at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh.

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The Cluster of Nine Ponds as a symbol of Benevolence – the ‘Na-Pukhuri’, Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

During the journey across Assam spotting the exotic tourist spots and places of historical interest in the State one must halt at the Commercial Capital of Assam – the busy town of Tinsukia. Although a quick glance would seem it to be just like a normal modern day city; this place has been an important landmark in the history of Assam. Tinsukia was the capital of the one of the mighty empires of Assam after the Ahoms – the Muttack Kingdom founded by Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha. During his rule Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha instructed his Minister Gopinath Barbaruah to dig a triangular pond which later came to be known as Tinikunia (meaning Triangular) Pukhuri (meaning Pond).

It was in the year 1788 A.D. after the the ‘Moamaria’ uprising that ‘Mezera’ – the powerful leader pro-claiming independence established the Muttack Kingdom with its first capital at ‘Rongagara’ on the banks of the River Dibru and took the name of ‘Sarbananda Singha’. After three years of his reign in the year 1791 A.D. the capital was shifted to ‘Bengmora’ – the present Headquarter of the Tinsukia district. The area of the State was 1800 (Eighteen Hundred) Square Miles.

As a mark of his benevolence the Muttack King Sarbanada Singha had 24 tanks dug out at various places. The Na-Pukhuri (cluster of nine ponds) which was dug in 1792 A.D. is the largest among these tanks. Among these nine ponds, the one situated in the center is the most popular. This tank covers an area of around 11.75 acres and is filled with natural water, which is why it is also called a lake. The District administration of Tinsukia decided to develop this historical site into an amusement park and a tourist spot. A 400 m long tiled pathway and 1200 m of pucca jogging pathway has been constructed along with placement of a number of playing equipment. This park also has a triple cascade fountain in its central area. Remains of the construction from the late 1700’s by the Muttack Kingdom can also be seen here at the pond.

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The Wide view of the Na-Pukhuri Lake at Tinsukia in Assam dug in the 1700’s

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The State of Assam is the central state in the North-East Region of India and serves as the gateway to North East India and is a jewel in the crown of the Seven Sister States. The land of red river, blue hills & lush green tea gardens, Assam comprises of three main geographical areas: the Brahmaputra Valley, the Barak Valley and the intervening Karbi Plateau and North Cachar Hills. Famous for its freshening world class tea, the Muga (Golden) and Eri (Ahimsa) silk, Natural resources like Coal, Petroleum products and minerals, Assam can truly be described as a state bestowed with breathtaking natural beauty, vast reserves of natural resources and a rich bio diversity.

But for some reasons this State had been ignored by the Republic of India as has been the other States of North East India since India’s Independence. Lack of Industries, jobs for the youth, no proper infrastructure and many other reasons have not allowed this State to be able to compete with the other developed States of India. But with recent movements of neighboring countries along the International borders near the State of Arunachal Pradesh has changed the attitude of the Government in India and major initiatives have been taken up to improve the Infrastructure of the State to facilitate the movement of people along the States of North East India and the troops of the Indian Military along the International Borders.

One example of this initiative to improve the Infrastructure in North East India is the ‘Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge’ aka ‘Dhola-Sadiya’ Bridge on the River Brahmaputra. About an hours drive by road from the commercial capital of Assam at Tinsukia will lead you to a small town of Dholla in the extreme North Eastern part of India. This is where a bridge of Strategic National Security Interest – the ‘Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge’ aka the ‘Dhola-Sadiya’ bridge is located. Scheduled to be operational on May 26th 2017 (to be inaugurated by the Hon. Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi) this bridge will connect the State of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh cutting down the travel time across these States by four (4) hours. Standing tall and long at 9.15 kilometers (5.69 miles) in length this bridge will also help the people of Assam and Arunchal Pradesh to move freely across the mighty River Brahmaputra thereby leading to a gradual improvement of a much needed trade route. The Sadiya Ghat (Sadiya Port) as the locals call it, at present serves as the only means of communication across these States where Steamers ferry passengers and transport across the River Brahmaputra. The Brahmaputra known for its peril of causing immense destruction across the State of Assam by flooding its waters during monsoon brings this transport means to a complete halt thereby depriving people of getting access to their basic amnesties during the rainy season. This bridge will prove as a savior to all and bring back the State of Assam as well as the other States of North East India on the Indian map as a place of prime National Interest!

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View of Lush Tea Gardens on your journey to Dhola Ghat to view the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola Sadiya Bridge

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Road to the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola Sadiya Bridge

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The Samdang Tea Estate

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BRO directions to Tezu and Parashuram Kund in Arunachal Pradesh

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View of Lush Tea Gardens on your journey to Dhola Ghat to view the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola Sadiya Bridge

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Bogibeel Bridge Dibrugarh. Credits: Vikramjit Kakati

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The Bridge of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika aka the ‘Dhola-Sadiya’ on the Mighty Brahmaputra

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The Bridge of ‘Dhola-Sadiya’ on the Mighty Brahmaputra. Image Credits: Subhajit Karmakar

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Beautiful View of the Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge on the River Brahmaputra. Image Credits: Rajib Saikia

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India’s Longest Bridge in Assam ~ Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge ~ Dhola Ghat ~ Assam ~ India

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India’s Longest Bridge in Assam ~ Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge ~ Dhola Ghat ~ Assam ~ India

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India’s Longest Bridge in Assam ~ Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge ~ Dhola Ghat ~ Assam ~ India

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India’s Longest Bridge in Assam ~ Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge ~ Dhola Ghat ~ Assam ~ India

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India’s Longest Bridge in Assam ~ Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge aka the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge ~ Dhola Ghat ~ Assam ~ India

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The Capital of the Muttack Kingdom and the present Commercial Capital of Assam – Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Many of our readers might have heard about the State of Assam in India and some might have even visited to sight the pride of Assam at Kaziranga – the ‘One Horned Rhinoceros of Assam’. It is no doubt that people would carry back one memoir from Assam that this is indeed a beautiful State! It is our quest to bring forth to the World that Assam’s beauty is not only limited to Kaziranga and the spectacular drive from Guwahati to it. Our State has many a story to narrate to showcase its rich culture and history. From the legends of the Kamakhya Temple to the Architectural Marvels of the Ahom Dynasty at Sivasagar. From the finest Tea Estates in the World to the its history in playing a pivotal role in the victory of the Allied Forces in World War II at the Stilwell Road. From the Grandeur of its five (5) exotic National Parks to the Rich Cultural Heritage of the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island at Majuli. From the Silk Town (Manchester of the East) of the World at Suwalkuchi to the World’s smallest river Island at Umananda. From Asia’s Oldest Refinery and Plywood Factory at Digboi to India’s largest Road Bridge and Road cum Railway Bridge at Sadiya and Dibrugarh. From the always welcoming Tribes of Assam to the perfect Ecotourism Getaways and Tribal Cottages, the journey across this State will indeed leave any visitor mesmerized and not to forget, we at Jungleideas will ensure to adopt all possible measures for your visit here to be the most memorable experience of your lifetime!

During your journey across Assam one must halt is at the Commercial Capital of Assam – the busy town of Tinsukia. Although a quick glance would seem it to be just like a normal modern day city; this place has been an important landmark in the history of Assam. Tinsukia was the capital of the one of the mighty empires of Assam after the Ahoms – the Muttack Kingdom founded by Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha. During his rule Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha instructed his Minister Gopinath Barbaruah to dig a triangular pond which later came to be known as Tinikunia (meaning Triangular) Pukhuri (meaning Pond). In the year 1884, a Railway station was constructed near this pond, when the historic Dibru-Sadiya Rail line was laid by the Assam Railways and Trading Company (AR&T) Limited during the British Raj. This Station was named as Tinsukia and since then this has been known as Tinsukia. The railway junction at the Tinsukia Station is the largest in North East India. Tinsukia proves to be an important connecting point on your journey to Digboi (Oil town of Assam), Sadya (India’s Longest Bridge), Margherita (the Coal Queen of Assam), Stilwell Road and the State of Arunachal Pradesh (the Namdapha National Park and the Pansau Pass).

Places of interest in and around Tinsukia and its onward journeys are:

  • Railway Heritage Park and Museum – Highlights the history of the Dibru Sadiya Railway and displays the Steam Engines that built the World’s Second Largest Rail Network operated under a single management – the Indian Railways
  • The Dhola Sadiya Bridge – At a length of 9.15 kilometers the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge at Sadiya Ghat is the Longest Bridge in India!
  • The National Park of Dibru-Saikhowa – known for its population of White winged wood duck in its natural habitat and also for its bright colored wild horses known as Feral Horses. The only National Park of Assam that offers a River Cruise to view its Grandeur.
  • Borajan Wildlife Sanctuary – Some rare and endangered animals of this sanctuary are Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Slow Loris, Water Buffaloes, Gangetic river dolphin, etc.
  • Wathai Heritage Tea Bungalow – An imperial Bungalow of the British Era built around the majestic Tea Gardens of Assam
  • The Tilinga Mandir or the Bell Temple at Bordubi
  • The Nao Pukhuri dug during the rule of King Swargadeo Sarbananda Singha in 1791
  • Legendary Oil Town of Digboi – Home to Asia’s Oldest Refinery and the World’s Oldest Operational Oil Well. The World War II cemetery built and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Mission is also at Digboi. Digboi also one of the best golf courses in India and many colonial Bungalows of the British Era.
  • Coal Queen of Assam ‘Margherita’ – Margherita has some of the oldest coal mines in the World. India’s only Coal Museum and Asia’s oldest Plywood Factory is located here. Margherita is home to some of the Oldest and Legendary Tribes of North East India. The Singpho Eco Lodge here is one of the best destinations in North East India to experience Ecotourism with the Singpho Tribes. The Ketetong Village here is home to many other principal tribes of North East India. An important trade center of the British Era this place has many Heritage British Bungalows at the nearby Tea gardens and Coal India Limited. Some of the Oldest Operational Steam Locomotives in the World of the likes of David, 796, John etc. are stationed at the Tipong Colliery. Remains of one of the best American Military Hospitals i.e. the 20th General Hospital is located at Margherita
  • Namdapha National Park – Located at Deban in Arunachal Pradesh, the Namdapha National Park is the third (3rd) largest National Park in India and is home to the Big Four Cat Species of the likes of Snow leopards, Clouded leopards, Common leopards and Tigers
  • Digboi Golf Course – One of the finest in India
  • Ledo Club – the Office of the First Governor General of India Lord Mountbatten and the place where the Notorious Dictator of Uganda Idi Amin served as a butler during the Burma Campaign of World War II
  • The 20th General Hospital at Magherita – One of the Finest of the American Army
  • The Historic Stilwell Road built by the American Army during World War II
  • The Lake of No Return and the Pangsau Pass aka the Hell’s Pass

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to visit the Capital of the Muttack Kingdom and the present Commercial Capital of Assam – Tinsukia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj

“Relive the Grandeur of the British Raj” – Tour of Upper Assam, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Jungleideas welcomes you to the Tour of Reliving the Grandeur of the British Raj in Assam. The British had come to Assam in the early 1800’s much before the State had gone under the British rule. They had come to seek for alternates to the Tea of China when their Tea trade with China had run into rough weather. It was here in Assam that they discovered the “Camellia Asamica” (better renowned today as the Assam CTC Tea) and in 1839 the Assam Company was incorporated that started producing and exporting the famous Assam Tea).

Gradually, the knowledge of the bountiful lands of Assam reached the ears of the other powerful men of the ‘British Raj’ who visited this land in search of opportunities to explore other availability of natural resources. It was during the visit of Mr. John Berry White, a civil surgeon, who found out the possibility of coal in Assam. Under his able guidance the Makum Coalfield was discovered and coal mines were opened at Tikak (1884), Namdang (1896), Tirap (1904), Baragolai (1909), Tipong (1924) and Namdang Dip Mine (1904). These expeditions also lead to the discovery of Oil when the first Oil well was dug at Digboi on October 19th 1889 resulting in the establishment of Asia’s oldest Oil Refinery at Digboi. Timber requirements were harnessed from the abundant forests at the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary. Tea exports needed plywood boxes that led to the establishment of Asia’s first Plywood Factory at Margherita. ‘Til this time it was only the British who came here. It was only during the Second World War than Americans came to Assam to setup one of the toughest challenges to beat the Japanese – ‘Building the famous Stilwell Road across the Pangsau Pass (Hell Pass)’. Under the able guidance of General Vinegar Joe Stilwell the Stilwell Road was constructed and it helped in restoring the Allies contact with the Chinese troops that proved as a major step in crushing the Imperial Japanese Army. Traces of American establishment can be found here at the Military Hospital at Margherita.

During your tour to Upper Assam:

  • Enjoy your stay at the heritage Tea Bungalow at Tinsukia/Dibrugarh
  • Visit the Railway Museum at Tinsukia that showcases the establishment of Dibru Sadiya Railway by the British
  • Experience the Grandeur of the Longest Bridge in India ~ the ‘Dhola Sadiya’ Bridge
  • Visit the Oil Refinery and observe History of Oil at Digboi Museum
  • Visit the Coal Mines at Tirap Colliery and Tipong Colliery
  • Tread along the Stilwell Road
  • Visit the Historic Ledo Airstrip and the Lekhapani Railway Station
  • Witness and Indulge in Tea plucking with Tea Garden Tribes at Ledo
  • Visit India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita
  • Spot the centenary old Steam Locomotives by W G Bagnall at Margherita and Tipong
  • Enjoy Ecotourism at its best with the Singpho Tribes of Assam
  • Be a part of the Tour of Reliving the Grandeur of the British Raj powered by Jungleideas

In this tour you will also visit one the best bio diversity spots of India – The National Park of Dibru-Saikhowa that is known for its population of White winged wood duck in its natural habitat and also for its bright colored Wild Horses known as Feral Horses. Some rare and endangered animals of this sanctuary are Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Slow loris, Water Buffalo, Tiger, Elephant, Gangetic river dolphin, etc.

Tour Itinerary ~

Day 1: Arrive at Dibrugarh Airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport offering a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style. From the Airport drive to Tinsukia. Check into the Tea Garden Bungalow. In the late afternoon we will visit the Borajan Wildlife Sanctuary at Tinsukia. In the Evening we will visit the Heritage Railway Museum at Tinsukia. Night stay at the Heritage Tea Garden Bungalow.

Day 2: Early morning we will take a tour of the National Park of Dibru Saikhowa aboard a River Cruise. Breakfast/Lunch will be served aboard the River Cruise. After the River Cruise we will visit the ‘Napukhuri’ Pond at Tinsukia that was dug in 1791 and is a popular tourist attraction here. Night stay at a Comfortable Hotel.

Day 3: After breakfast depart to Roing in Arunachal Pradesh. On our journey we will travel over the Longest Bridge in India ~ the ‘Dhola Sadiya’ Bridge on the mighty Brahmaputra River. Check into Tourist Lodge/Eco Cottages at Roing. Evening visit the local market at Roing. Night halt at Tourist Lodge/Eco Cottages at Roing.

Day 4: Early morning we will depart to Mayodia Pass. At an altitude of above 3000 feet Mayodia Pass is one of the toughest motorable roads in North East India. Admire the breath taking beauty of the snow capped mountains at Mayodia and later depart to the Legendary oil town of Digboi. Night stay at a comfortable Guest House.

Day 5: After breakfast we will proceed to see the World War II cemetery at Digboi that has around 200 burials of British Soldiers who laid down their lives during line of duty at the World War II. Later we will depart to the Digboi Museum that will give you an elaborate display of the Oil history of Assam during the British Regime. After lunch we will visit the Digboi Park from where you will get an Excellent view of the Digboi refinery. Evening we will go to Margherita. Night halt at a comfortable Hotel/Guest House and evening Bon fire will be arranged.

Day 6: After breakfast depart to the Faneng Village in Lekhapani to witness the rich culture and traditions of the Tai Phake Tribes of Assam. On our way we will visit the Historic Lekhapani Railway Station. Spend time with the local tribal people and understand their way of living. Our journey will continue to the border of Arunachal Pradesh where we will visit the World War II cemetery at Jairampur. Enjoy traditional Singpho lunch at the Singpho Restaurant in Jagun. On our way back to Margherita we will visit Tipong Colliery and get a glimpse of the Oldest Operational Steam Locomotives in the World here. Visit the Sumi Naga Village at Tipong. Night halt at the Hotel.

Day 7: After Breakfast we will visit the Tirap Colliery to experience open cast coal mining. Later we will visit the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Buddhist monestary and also visit the Historic Ledo Airstrip. Afternoon lunch will be served at the Singpho Villa Restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita. This museum has many historical artifacts from the Second World War. Visi the remains of the 20th General Hospital at Margherita which was built by the American Army during World War II and was rated as a Class A Hospital of the American Army. Night halt at the Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita.

Day 8: In the morning we will visit the nearby Singpho village where you will get to experience traditional Singpho life and see the ladies weaving exclusive Singpho handlooms. Enjoy your first hand experience at Tea plucking with the Tea garden tribes of Assam. Later we will visit the remains of the Namdang Colliery at Namdang. Seek blessings at the Muslim Shrine of the Namdang Bibi Majhar. Enjoy your drive along the beautiful roads along the well kept Tea gardens. Drive to Changlang and witness the beauty of Landscape where the clouds kiss the mountains. Late afternoon we will visit the Asia’s first plywood factory at Margherita. Night Halt at the Singpho Eco Lodge.

Day 9: Early morning visit the Buddhist Monastery near the Eco Lodge. After breakfast you will depart to the Dibrugarh Airport for your onward destination. Trip Ends. Bid Adieu.

Image Gallery ~

Assam Coal Mining, Tipong Colliery steam locomotives, Singpho Eco Lodge Margherita, Ecotourism Homestay in Assam, Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India
The Heritage ‘Wathai’ Tea Garden Bungalow at Tinsukia
Assam Coal Mining, Tipong Colliery steam locomotives, Singpho Eco Lodge Margherita, Ecotourism Homestay in Assam, Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India
The Railway Heritage Park and Museum at Tinsukia
Longest Bridge in India, Bridge on mighty River Brahmaputra, Bogibeel Bridge Dibrugarh Assam, Assam Tourism Operator, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Dholla Sadiya Bridge at Sadiya Ghat
Aerial view of the Longest Bridge in India – the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge on the mighty river Brahmaputra at Sadiya in Assam
Stilwell Road, Namdapha National Park, Assam Tourism, Ledo Road, World War II

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!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Historic Stilwell Road at Ledo, Ecotourism in Assam, World War II memoirs in Ledo, Second World War Cemetery Digboi, History of Coal Mining at Makum, Tirap Colliery, Tipong Colliery Caol Mining History
General Vinegar Joe Stilwell at the Kitchen during the Construction of the Stilwell Road

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Historic Stilwell Road at Ledo, Ecotourism in Assam, World War II memoirs in Ledo, Second World War Cemetery Digboi, History of Coal Mining at Makum, Tirap Colliery, Tipong Colliery Caol Mining History
Soldiers waving Good Luck to the Troops on Trucks plying on the Stilwell Road during Second World War in Assam

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Historic Stilwell Road at Ledo, Ecotourism in Assam, World War II memoirs in Ledo, Second World War Cemetery Digboi, History of Coal Mining at Makum, Tirap Colliery, Tipong Colliery Caol Mining History
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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Indian Coal Mining, Ledo Road in Assam, Kunming china, the national park namdapha
Stilwell Road Board at Ledo in Assam

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Majestic Stilwell Road at Arunachal Pradesh

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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