After our marriage, I am Dude’s proclaimed forever and after ‘Honey’ and we are on our honeymoon. In 8 days we will cover three mesmerising spots of the North East of India and I log the blog with our experience.
For our first stop, we take off for the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is 250km away from the Guwahati airport. I can add the full formal name of the the airport but that will be too GK trivia type. To reach our lodge we hired a private cab from the airport and set off on a 4 hour long drive. Being sleep deprived from the previous night we slept through most of the drive, however, woke up just in time to witness our entry to the national park area. The highway, or locally known as the main road, cuts the forest and wide lawns through the middle. From the far away road, we spotted a minute rhino and a few buffaloes grazing in the wide green to our left.
We drive a few miles further and reached the ‘Wild Grass Lodge’ some 500 meters to the right from the main road. The lodge is some 30 years old construction and they are still expanding. The owner lives in the Guwahati city but comes often to meet the guests and oversee the general management of the resort. The interiors of the lodge resembles a hunters house from the old 80’s Bollywood movies – only with wooden cut heads and fake skins of the animals. It definitely adds a wild touch to the place. Between the two residential and one main building on the property there are lush lawns spotted with racks of pickle jars baking in the heat and pet lambs. We were starving when we checked in and were hoping to order Momos safely from the menu should we not find anything else to our liking on the menu. But to our surprise we were served a delicious home cooked meal of simple dal, aloo gobhi, phulka, boiled rice and chicken curry. The manager told us that Assamese veg is fairly simple and much alike a modest North Indian meal. Their staple, apart from chicken and fish, is rice, chana dal and loads of potatoes. Information aside, we both loved the food. It was warm, simple and delicious – made me all fuzzy. I often tell Dude that there could be sometime in our lives when I could be angry at him but I can never be angry at food. It is my first love 💖.
Rejoiced in the aftermath of a sumptuous meal, we met our jeep driver, Bipul, at the front gate for the jeep safari in the western region of the national park. The road to the western range is adorned with tea plantations and towering mountains covered the forest fauna. The national park, per the information collected from the forest department officials and local guides, brims with close to 1100 one-horned rhinoceroses, 840 tigers and many numbers of elephants, Indian buffalo bubalis, wild boar, four different species of deer and various species of migratory birds. There’s a beautiful lake that adds to the serenity of the landscape. Beyond the silent water, we saw counts of animals grazing the lushest grounds I have seen.
Being in the most almost-eastern part of the country and the winter still aiming for the exit gate, the night and the temperature falls fast here. It was dark by 17:30 hours and I was hiding my face from the cool blows of the air on our way back to the lodge. It was time for some tea for Dude & coffee for Me, to go along with pakoras. And then we slept. Napped, actually; followed by dinner, dessert (special mention) and bonfire. And then slept, finally, again. 😜
Earliest for us, at 05:30AM, next morning, we took off for an elephant ride in the western range. Bipul dropped is at the ticket counter and 200 meters ahead thereon, Dude and I side saddled our mammal. For an hour we swayed in the wild, enjoying the proximity to the wildlife, taking the beautiful fauna from our eyes and smiling at the silent melody of the environment. It was WOW☺️.
Leaving that impression on our mind for a very long time hence, we checked out to our next stop which will be covered in the next post. 😊
Meanwhile you can check out our Kaziranga pictures at our Facebook page: G&G
Until next time… good night!
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