Day 22: Majuli to Ziro

0 Posted by - April 6, 2014 - Environment, Rearview Mirror, Water

Today, we left Majuli Island for the Subanisri river bank, and took a dangerous rickety ferry to Narayanapur on the North bank of the mighty Brahmaputra. Leaving Assam now, we drove toward Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Origin: Majuli Island, Assam
Destination: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Distance Covered:  124 kms
The ferry crossing we undertook today was tough and dangerous – but it saved us an approximate 111 kms which we would have had to travel if we’d taken the main road!

There are only three functional bridges over river Brahmaputra in Assam – the Saraighat Bridge in Guwahati, the Kolia Bhumura Setu in Koliabor, and the Naranarayan Setu in Jogighopa. The 4th bridge over Brahmaputra is under construction in Bogibeel, near Dibrugarh, since 2002… which is 12 whole years!!! It must be a world record!

We disembark from the ferry near North Lakhimpur and drive toward Ziro, on roads that are in a pathetic condition – which is unfortunate and scary, because these roads are key for defense forces movement. It takes a lot of patience to drive on these roads, but the good part is, they offer ample opportunities to admire nature at its best as we climb up the Himalayan Range.

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