The next day we had the petrol powered Civic with us to drive from Majuli to Dibrugarh. We spent some time with the local kids taking a dip in the river. It was quite a refresher, especially in the heat. Once we were out of Majuli, the roads widened and gave us chance to sprint with the automatic Civic and make use of the 140bhp, 174Nm of torque from its 1.8-litre engine. Complementing it is its automatic gearbox and a planted ride, good enough for the car to be a long-distance runner.
And before we headed to our destination, we decided to cross the Assam-Arunachal border and drive to Pasighat. On the route was Jonai, a small town on this border that connects to the rest of the country through NH-52. Also, it has the last railway station that stretches to the east. We continued cruising comfortably till our lunch halt at an ecotourism resort - Donyi Hango. We were served a spicy Arunachali meal that was prepared in a home-style kitchen. Thanks to this regional experience, we also got an idea of what else this place is famous for. Bhut Jolokia, the world's most pungent chilly.
As we reached Pasighat, the Brahmaputra made its appearance yet again, but here it was called the siang or dihang. The clouds floating on the river stream was a delight to watch. Then the drive from Pasighat to Dibrugarh was comfortable with good roads all the way. However, the best part was the new Bogibeel bridge, which is a rail-cum-road bridge over a river and it is not only the largest in India, but also the second largest in the world. Earlier it used to take two hours to cross the river on a ferry, but now it takes only about 10 to 15 minutes. This bridge is also the third of its kind, a long-pending demand of the army and locals. Since we reached late, it was dark with no view of the river. But, thankfully the bridge was all lit up giving us a different perspective. We sprinted across to reach Dibrugarh from where more than 50 per cent of Assam’s tea production comes. No wonder it's also called the tea city of India!