Delhi – Dibrugarh – Kaziranga Stay
I have started my dream journey to Arunachal & Assam by boarding flight at Delhi for Dibrugarh, Assam. We were three; myself, wife & daughter. Flight was via Kolkata and duration was four hrs. We reached Dibrugarh Airport at 1400 hrs. Mr Bijoy, our taxi driver with pre-booked Scorpio taxi was at airport. We started for Kaziranga at 1430 hrs.
On the way to Kaziranga, we reached at Sivadol Temple, Sibsagar (97 km from Dibrugarh Airport) at 1645 hrs. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts a lot of devotees. There is a huge Shivasagar lake also. After a short break, we started at 1730 hrs. for our today’s destination.
We crossed Namdang Stone Bridge (14 km from Sibsagar). This bridge was made by cutting single stone. Our target was to reach Aranya Tourist Lodge (148 km from Sibsagar) at Kaziranga and ensure the booking of Elephant Safari for next day morning. Mr Bijoy told that he will try to reach there before 2000 hrs. (Closing time for Elephant Safari booking). Despite rash driving, we could reach Aranya Tourist Lodge at 2010 hrs and found that counter for Safari booking was closed. We were very much disappointed and asked Manager & staff of Aranya Tourist Lodge to help us in getting Elephant Safari & Jeep Safari booking for next morning. They asked us to complete check in & have Dinner and they will try to help us.
With heavy heart, we completed the check in formalities and ordered Dinner. Our cottage “Buffalo” at Aranya Tourist Lodge was large and well furnished.
We freshened up quickly and went to Dining hall for Dinner. Dinner was fine. After dinner, Wife & Daughter went for walk in Lodge complex, with a hope that I will arrange booking for Elephant & Jeep Safari. I tried with many people and finally got 3 tickets for Elephant Safari for 3rd trip. Staff suggested me to book jeep safari tomorrow only after coming back from Elephant Safari. We were very happy and excited after getting booking for Elephant Safari and enjoyed Moonlit night in peace.