Family & Friends!
(Hello, madam, Khasi tribe, Meghalaya)
"Non-violence is the law of our species as violence is
the law of the brute. The spirit lies dormant in the
brute and he knows no law but that of physical might.
The dignity of man requires obedience to another law—to
the strength of the spirit."
(Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
of non-violence in India)
And so it
goes.........................................Next month the remote Kingdom of Sikkim.
Until then may we each
remember to keep our inner spirit strong, allowing us to be more
tolerant, patient and peaceful to those around us. Peace starts
We are glad you stopped by. Keep
Smiling! Thanks for keeping in touch! Take
Love, Light &
Nancy & Joseph
$1.00US = 42 Rupees.
Prashaanti Tourist Lodge:
A government subsidized lodge so you get more for your money.
(450r) Big airy rooms and balconies. Get a room in the back -
top floors, above the sports complex pool. Quiet. Once
you request a clean top sheet and wipe a few surfaces it is livable.
Certainly cleaner than others in this price range. A pretty
dirty city in general with hotels to match. The room staff
never passed the white glove test. Walk out the front door of
the train station and down the main road away from the
tracks. It's down on the right, next to
the Assam Tourist Office.
Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary: Rhinos
galore. You can jump off a bus from Guwahati heading north, at
the junction (the second little 'S' town) and catch a shared auto
rickshaw (10r each) to the first little town. From there it is
another 200r roundtrip to the Sanctuary. If you see a lot of
rhinos along the road you can just turn around and save the $25 per
person entrance fee or enjoy seeing more rhinos in the park from the
back of an elephant (included in the entrance fee). We weren't
sure about a place to stay. Definitely worth going out to see
Monoliths and Durga Temple. Take a shared jeep from Shillong
for about 1 1/2 hours. At the junction for
Nartiang hire a taxi to take you around for 300r minimum. Best
to give Elambha a call: Phone # 98561 - 81508 and he would be
waiting for you to arrive at the junction. (Or just ask for
him). He is a Great guide and person. You need to do
this early in the morning if you plan to continue on - catching a
bus to Silchar. Haflong is out of the question now. The
hotel in Jowai is awful but a few minutes from the Nartiang junction
is The Orchid Hotel built for tourists for 600r a night. Until
the problems clears up near Haflong it is best to make the trip to
Nartiang for the day only.
Waterfalls, viewpoints, cliffs, Khasi villages. Beautiful
area. There is only one guesthouse with 2 rooms so don't count
on making an overnight. There is also a lodge further down the
cliff that sounded interesting - if a bit expensive. You can
start out early from Shillong, hire a taxi at the village (the
only way to cover the many miles of sights - 400r for 4 hours) and
after a look at the town, catch the last shared taxi (4pm) back to
Shillong. Bring rain gear and pray for sun.
Hotel Broadway, G. S. Road, Near Police Bazaar, Phone # 2224590,
2226996, (500r was a good deal in this busy hill station).
Very friendly reception, clean, rooms vary but get one in the back.
Nothao Lodge, "Your Home Away from Home!" Helpful Kamal will
help you with any problems - except reducing the fighting in the
hills. (250-350r) phone # 03673 -236247, Near Ruina Gas
Service, top of main street, on left down a little, quiet alley.
A great place, clean, a lovely garden courtyard and open restaurant.
Thank goodness it existed for our 7 night extended stay. The
other options were awful! Some rooms are newer than others.
Drop in only if the fighting in the hills has stopped - otherwise
DON'T GO! Wait until things improve.
Zenu Internet Cafe: Main
Rd. , near market, Very helpful Sam speaks good English. His
business will take off as soon as a better server hits town.
Hotel Kalpataru, Circuit House
Rd., Phone # 245672, New hotel right next to the bus station,
(300r) just get a room up high, on the side away from the buses and
it's quiet. Clean. Great, helpful staff. In fact it's
good to unplug your phone, which we do regularly, because they will
call to see if you are hungry, etc. If you end up down here
for some reason this is a good place to relax after a long ride.
Their restaurant has tasty naan and veg curry.
A mysterious-green eyed priest at the Durga Temple in Nartiang.
The hill top Fertility
Temple in Guwahati, Assam
A colorful 'sadu' or
wandering holy man, outside a Hindu temple.
A magnificent one horned
wild rhino, with 2 hitchhikers.
This powerful bundle of muscle is a vegan.
Delightful Khasi woman selling
betel nut or 'kwai'.
Fun in the market in
A Khasi man pausing to smoke his
pipe before heading home.
(supposedly India's 4th highest)
in Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya.
Sharing a delicious homemade
picnic lunch with
a family from Mumbai.
We spent the night with
Elambha, Tesly and family in their tiny home
near Nartiang. Wonderful, welcoming Khasi villagers.
Monoliths in the Jainta
Hills; walking sticks of the ancient giants.
Distraught Dimasa tribes
people protesting in the streets of Haflong.
Hundreds of mourners marched silently beside the body of a man
(see the wagon) who was shot the previous day, 4 miles from
town; in yet another act of senseless violence.
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