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How To Reach Bhalukpong
A small town situated by the southern range of the Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh’s Kameng District, Bhalukpong is 213m above the sea level and neighbors Tipi, Tezpur and Bomdila. Governed by the local tribe of Aka with infrequent political control from Assam and Bhutan, Bhalukpung and its area was declared off-limits by the British in 1873. Situated by the Kameng River, there’s a road that leads to Bomdila through the Tipi Orchidariurm and has a check post at the inner line in Bhalukpong. The nearest train station and airport for Bhalukpong are in Tezpur, while there are ample cabs and buses operating en route. Most visitors opt for driving down to this beautiful city with excellent road conditions from National Highway 37, however, here are other ways to reach Bhalukpong.
The Tezpur airport, 52km from Bhalukpong is the nearest airport to town and then you can make the onward journey by taxi or bus. Alternatively, you can fly in to the Guwahati International Airport from most major cities in the country, which is about 140km from Bhalukpong. There are flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata in the fare range of INR 7,000-15,000. If you’re planning to travel from New Delhi, then the best way to reach Bhalukpong is to take a flight to Guwahati and then take the train journey to Bhalukpong.
The nearest train station to Bhalukpong is at Rangapara Railway Station which is also connected well with most cities and towns in Assam and is just 46km from Bhalukpong. There’s a train leaving for Rangapara North from Guwahati thrice a week that takes about 3 hours and costs just INR 140 (approx.). From Rangapara North Station, it’s a 45 minutes’ drive to Bhalukpong. You can reserve train number 12088 operated by Indian Railways for this travel. From Rangapara, its 47km by taxi to Bhalukpong.
The fastest way to reach Bhalukpong is by road, and will be a very scenic and beautiful ride at that! With a number of state transport buses available from Guwahati and Tezpur, reaching Bhalukpong is fairly easy, as can hailing a cab be. Most tourists visiting Bhalukpong prefer traveling by road via the National Highway, given its access to Kaziranga National Park as well. So in traveling to Bhalukpong, you’d be able to enjoy scenic views of the wilderness as well from a distance. It takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes from Guwahati to Bhalukpong at an estimated fare of INR 5,500 in a taxi. You can book a taxi from xcell.co.in, mytaxitrip.com or kamakshitours.com.
Bhalukpong is a small town and is best covered on foot if you’re exploring nearby locales, however, if you plan to do sightseeing tours and visit neighboring areas, then hiring a cab or a jeep for day use/overnight stays is the best way of getting around. You can also hire motorbikes to take road trips from Bhalukpong to neighboring areas.