What was to be a day spent at Guwahati to get a permit to visit Arunachal Pradesh turned into 3 days; thanks to elections, government offices were closed. We finally left without getting the permit as we were told we could get it at Tezpur instead, which was a better place to be hanging around! Parts of the city are quite pleasant to walk around with huge old buildings and trees lining the avenues, and plenty of birdlife. Things have a somewhat worn air, but pleasantly so.
The mighty river seems to make its presence felt even when not directly visible, and on one of those lazy 3 days we took a ferry across it to Peacock Island to see the golden langurs, a bigger attraction to us than the temple. They are quite beautiful, gentle looking creatures, and somewhat shy. It’s also known as Umananda Island after the temple originally built in the 1600s, then rebuilt in the late 19th c after earthquake damage. This is the smallest river island in the Brahmaputra.
This was a relatively relaxed part of the trip compared to the days that were to follow! Never squeeze in too many places, too far apart in a short time- I prefer to unwind and enjoy a place than rush through seeing as many things & places as possible. Fortunately, my travel companions now agree with me on that as well!
And I just realised I still have a whole lot of incomplete sketches from Tezpur as well as Bomdila, Arunachal ahead. Hopefully they will be completed and up sooner rather than later 😮