I just couldn’t resist making a post about this one, eat yer heart out Bunghit Din and the Burpa Rifles. You might notice the similarity between the dress sense of Kenneth Williams (known as The Kharsi in Carry on Up The Khyber) and another Afghan leader with a farcically similar name that you may have heard of.
Anyone fancy a spot of Tiffin ?
We need to give our visit to the Sun Temple more time than I had first realised as it’s a good 90 minutes by taxi from the station. So as a direct result of giving Konarak an overnight stop we are now scheduled on the sensationally titled Uttar Banga Express overnighter from New Jalpaiguri to Kolkata. We then have 6 1/2 hours to test Gordon Ramsay’s claim that Kolkata is the food capital of India, before spending the afternoon on the Coromandal Express down to Bhubaneswar, then a taxi and a night in Konarak, perhaps at the brand new ITDC guest house.
The Sun Temple
This also has the advantage that we can attempt to imitate the above night shot. We need to be back in the car for 10:00 AM the following morning in order to be in good time back at Bhubaneswar for a 12:00 kick off and another overnighter down to Chennai and the Dosa fest. We might need to get a slightly earlier train down from Howrah depending on when they turn the lights out at the Sun Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site don’t you know.
We’ve ditched the Kangra can-can and mingling with the monks due to lack of interest. We now have a 30 hour contingency plan in New Jalpaiguri (base camp for the Darjeeling Railway). so you can do the Darjeeling run and re-live your late teens (on a student grant!) as long as nothing has gone awry in Assam.
We are now discussing the details of the Assam section with our contacts on the ground. I think we’re probably going to be looking at further changes to the itinerary which I’ve just updated, but we couldnt have a better person to work this out with as he works near Tipong and his home town is Dhemaji where we get the train back to Rangiya on the other side of the river. If you are wondering what all the fuss is about crossing the river at that point, take a look at this
The Brahmaputra at Dibrugarh, click on the image for a closer view