Nameri National Park river rafting – Bhalukpong – Bomdila – R R Hill – Monastery – Bomdila Stay
With adventure on our mind, we started at 0640 hrs for our first river rafting by jeep, which interestingly had a boat on it. After a 20 minute drive towards Bhalukpong, we reached the starting point of river rafting and started our first river rafting in Jia Bhoroli River. This is a first stage of rafting and can be done by any one.
The route is around 18KMs (duration 2 hrs) on a peaceful Jia Bhoroli. A lot of migratory water foul can be seen on the banks and we had a time of our lives.
Around 0900 hrs, we reached to end point of rafting. All in all,It was a different yet wonderful experience and we recommend all to try it once for sure. After returning eco camp, we had breakfast, which was tasty.
We started from Eco camp at 1030 hrs for Bhalukpong.
Bhalukpong is the entry point to Arunachal and is 24 km from Nameri Eco camp. It is situated at 213 metres (700 ft) above sea level. For entering Arunachal Pradesh, Inner Line Permit (ILP) is required. ILP can be obtained from EAC (Extra Assistant Commissioner) office, Bhalukpong, which is in Arunachal state. We reached Arunachal entry check post at Bhalukpong at 1100 hrs. They allowed me to cross check post without vehicle to obtain ILP. When we enquired about EAC office, People directed us to a photocopy shop instead of main office. There he collected photo copy of Driving license (DL) (as identify proof) and two passport size photo of each and Rs. 300/- to arrange ILP from EAC, which is situated above on a small hill. He asked us to collect permit in 30 minutes. We took 10 photocopy of ILP, which will be required on the way.
We started our journey to Arunachal Pradesh at 1140 hrs by crossing check post at Bhalukpong after completing ILP formalities. Our target was to reach Bomdila, 100 km from Bhalukpong at 2700 metres (9000 ft) above sea level. Road was in good condition and greenery started increasing as we drove further into Arunachal. Kemeng River was running alongside us making excellent view. Climate was beginning to get colder as we were gaining height. After crossing Tipi, Sessa & Tanga Market, we reached Bomdila at 1500 hrs. It was raining and temperature has suddenly dropped. We check in the Hotel La, Bomdila and have a hot Lunch in the room.
Bomdila is headquarter of West Kameng District. We visit RR Hill, Monastery and market. The view from R R Hill was excellent and heavy cold wind was blowing. It was difficult to stay there for a long time. Then we went to Monastery.
After a short visit, we went to Market. We purchased walnut & Rajma from there. It started raining again and we returned back to Hotel.
At hotel, we met two young boys, who were returning from Tawang. They informed that there is snow fall in upper ridges of Tawang and at Sela pass. They asked us to start early in the morning for Tawang to enjoy the route and specially Sela Pass. We decide to start at 0530 hrs tomorrow morning for Tawang. We paid money to hotel manager and informed him our early morning checkout time. Temperature was dropping. After having Dinner in hotel dining hall, we slept early.