Rafting in Itanagar has been one of those once in a life time experiences. It’s tranquil waters make rafting a calm adventure. We started our expedition at around 8 in the morning from Itanagar and after a two hour long drive, we reached an area called Jote or Poma to reach a tributary named Poma again, which led to the main river Papum.
After arriving here, we expected the entire team to be doing the hard work but surprisingly, this turned out to be a single person’s job and the rest were left with the liberty to let the beauty around sink in and do some effortless angling. No sooner than we started, we realised that it was going to take longer than expected as the flow of water was slow and the water was only a foot deep. Yet there was no shortage of beauty around us from the moment we began.
Pretty soon enough, we had our first angling catch.
Angling involves fishing by means of an angle (fish hook) attached to the fishing line, which is attached to a fishing rod.
We then spotted plantain leaves which would serve as natural plates and we decided it would be best to catch hold of them now and stock them for later.
In due course, came the best stretch of Rafting; beautiful rocky canyons.
It became furthermore adventurous when we sighted the view which resembled the Grand Canyon meeting Amazon forest.
By now, it was time for lunch. We found an apt spot where we could enjoy the flowing waters and enjoy the scenic view.
We got hold of dry wood and bamboo to light up some fire, fresh bamboo for our cooking and everything we needed for the makeshift arrangements.
For lunch, rice was rinsed and laid between leaves which were then stuffed in the bamboo stems used as cooking cylinders.
A log was then brought to be the makeshift’s butcher table and the chicken we bought from the market was cut into pieces.
A few pieces of chicken were skewered on to be barbequed and most it was made into the chilli chicken stew.
Then, some more bamboo was cut out to be made into a makeshift lunch table and finally, our super tasty lunch was served with some Bhut Jolokia chilli for those who liked it hot.
With filled up stomachs, we wrapped our trash and left the table for the next adventurous souls and got back to rafting.
Post lunch, we caught another fish pretty soon and this one took us ten minutes to bring to shore which kept pulling the raft with great force.
Once on shore, it turned out to be a huge one, way beyond our expectations and after clicking a few snaps, we released it back into the water and moved ahead, crossing this amazing natural rock art on the canyons.
Even before we realised beyond admiring the nature’s beauty, it was turning dark, at around four thirty in this part of the country.
Now, we were rafting in the dark with our torches pointing in different directions, on the lookout for something unusual. Even this dark stretch of rafting gave stunning evening sky views.
Around 7, we finally spot the light which flashed straight across the river from the vehicles’ headlight, parked to point the ending point of our rafting which was in Tarasso, still in Arunachal. We got out, changed, refreshed ourselves and sat around a bonfire already set up before we reached, while the staff packed the equipment. Now, we were on a two hour journey, crossing into Assam over multiple river streams that covered muddy, sandy road tracks, and then back on the highway, right next to the Arunachal border and returned finally to Itanagar.
With this, came to end a beautiful day, full of wild and adventurous experiences that will forever stay in my memories. All thanks to Abu Tayeng.
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