Riding to Reh.
After the awesome experience of A Ride to
we came to know about The Mega Reh Festival in Arunachal Pradesh . Celebrated
by the Mishmi Tribe. Reh is festival which is celebrated by Idu Mishimis. Lake of No
It is held for six days and has the priest dance as its main and important feature.This time for first time Mega Reh Festival will be celebrated under one umbrella with great enthusiasm at Teluliang near Tezu in Lohit district of Arunachal.
The Mega Reh Festival was a chance to visit Tezu and Roing township, know its history, importance, On Mishmi culture, art, skills, practices, taboos, history, language etc etc.
We expected that we will get amazing photograph of the Mishmis tribe who will roam proudly wearing their colorful traditional dresses, performing elaborate dances & tell stories of their indigenous culture. We also expected to taste delicious exotic food, tasty rice beer.
When we searched our route to Tezu in google map. Tezu is the head quarter of Lohit District located amidst beautiful landscape by the side of the flowing Lohit river.We saw that we have to start from Duliajan reach Dhola Ghat via Tinsukia take a ferry ride to Sadiya Ghat and ride to Tezu or ride through Parashuram Kund without taking a ferry ride.
Tinsukia is the ideal stopover for tourist visiting Dehing Patkai region. The commercial town of
is situated 500 Km away from Guwahati. The Shiv Dham and Assam
aresome of the added points of attraction for visitors. Tinsukia is well
connected to the rest of the Country by rail and road. Marut Nandan
When we contacted some locals of Tezu they said its better to come a day before the festival or to halt one night as its not safe to ride a night. After a serious discussion with the bikers we decided to dropped the plan of attending the festival but two of our bikers wanted to make it at any cost. To halt one night was out of question as we have to resume our duty early morning very next day but if required they can halt a night at Sadiya
Sadiya: About 75 Km east of Tinsukia Sadiya is a sub-divisional headquarter of Tinsukia District. In medieval times, there were trade routes leading from Sadiya into
China and Burma ( ). Sadiya was the central
market for all hill tribes inhabiting the extreme North-East. Myanmar
So on 03-Feb-2013 our biker Jayanta & his friend on his new Pulsar 200NS started their journey from Tinsukia at 5.30PM & reached Namsai where they got their passes to Arunachal.
Namsai is a Sub-Divisional headquarter famous for several Buddhist Viharas in the Khampti settlement area locally called ‘Chong’. The Chong of Namsai and Manmao are major centres of Theravada sect in the State.
has both tropical
and sub-tropical characteristics with lush dense green vegetation and a wide
variety of flora and fauna. The natural beauty and biodiversity of Piyong
Reserve forest is worth visiting. Namsai Reserve
They had their breakfast at Choukham and reached Parashuram Kund where they stopped for few minutes. Parasuram Kund is situated within the
area. The Kund is surrounded by dense Kamlang Reserve Forest
trees, the fruit of which is considered sacred to Hindu ascetics as well as
general believers of the faith. This place on the forest of Ruddhraksha
carries a strongmythological link with the legend of Parsurama, a Hindu sage.
According to the legend recorded in the Kalika Purana, Srimat Bhagawata and the
Mahabharata, sage Parsurama washed away hissin of matricide in the waters of
the Lohit river at Bramhakund. Each year thousands of pilgrims from all over
the country congregate on Makar Sankranti day, to wash away their sins. A fair
(mela) is held during this period. Lohit River
They started riding the 45km hilly roads to Tezu crossing Hailong, Kibithoo, Walong and road on their way. They stopped couple of times to enjoy the beautiful scenery from hill top. The view from Wakro is breathtaking.
Wakro is in the hub of
Wildlife Sanctuary with dense forest and wide floral and faunal diversity. The
Sanctuary is home to hollock gibbon, tiger,takin etc,. Kamlang Reserve
is a unique example of high altitude lake with breathtaking scenic beauty,
offering immense scope for adventure tourism. Glow Lake
Walong : One can enjoy the medicinal waters of the
. There stands
a War memorial at Walong in memory ofthe officers and Soldiers of the India
Army who laid their lives fighting the Chinese Army. hot springs
Dong: Dong valley is the place where the first
of the country
can be witnessed. It is located on the tri-junction of Sunrise India, China
Anglingin River Lohit is ideal. Myanmar
Our bikers enjoyed the riding the curvey roads of Arunachal & reached Tezu. Unfortunately the Reh festival was already over by that time. So the decided to have a close look of the Tezu town.
Then they decided to go to Digaru Ghat which was 16km away. The route from Tinsukia to Namsai,via Alubari then Tezu without Crossing parshuram kund is not available in google map. They enjoyed 4km of offroading from main road to the river bank.
The Pulsar 200NS got stucked in sandy river bank many times. After taking a ferry ride and they reached Alubari Ghat.Then they visited The Choukham Buddhist Monastery which was established in 1968 and also The Golden Pagoda, Tengapani Estd 2010 on their way back to Namsai.Chowkham is the nodal point for Manabahum and
with floral and faunal diversity. They reached back Tinsukia at 8.30 PM. Tengapani
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