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STILLWELL ROAD
  The Stillwell road: During World war II in early part of 1942, the Japanese occupied Burma and the Allied Army was driven to India (Arunachal, Nagaland and Manipur). Chiang kai Sak’s Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) Army was major force fighting against the Japanese following latter’s invasion of mainland China. Thus KMT Army became a natural ally of the Allied forces. South East Asiatic Command headed by Admiral Lord Mountbatten was formed to drive the Japanese out of region. The Allies consisting of Chinese Nationalist forces to the North, the American and British forces to the south had their tasks clearly cut out. Field Marshall Slim of British Army the commander of the famed 14th Army was responsible for Southern then Burmese sector while American General Stillwell was responsible for northern Burmese sector .
 
His responsibility also included supplying of war like materials to KMT forces whose weapons and equipments were comparatively obsolete. General Stillwell was busy in constructing landing grounds in upper Assam viz., Ledo, Dinjan, Doom Dooma and Misamari etc. The objective was to maintain a continous chain of supply to KMT army across Patkai ranges to Northern Burma and Chinese Yunan province. Due to extremely difficult nature of terrain across which the air operation was maintained, it was called, “Hump Route”. Maintaining a major force by air can only be short term and in Long run it is not militarily and economically sustainable. With this perception in view, Gen Stillwell commenced constructionof a road from Ledo through Jairampur, Nampong across Paangsu Pass. Ultimate objective was to link Chinese Yunan province. He made considerable progress in the road construction. However Field Marshall Slim drove the Japanese out of Burma through combination of land, air borne and sea borne operations. Thus Stillwell road construction came to a halt.  
 
The roadwork, which started in April 1942 with a length of 1079 miles, was completed by Oct. 1944. The road connected many important placesbetween Ledo in Assam and Kunming in China. While 36 miles fall in India, 646 miles in Burma and 397 miles in China respectively. Kunming was linked with railway to Chinese Nationalist Capital of Chunking. After the war India and Burma became independent of British rule. Mao’s Communists China drove out Chiang Kai Sak’s Nationalist China to Formosa (Taiwan). Due to new political equations in the region this famous road was consigned to history rather than progressing it fot the benefit of the area and commerce in the region. History now is being reversed.
 
 
Zero mile point   The old railway track
 
Steam train at Tipong Coalery   Lake of No Return
 
Digboi WWII cemetry   Tomb stone at Digboi cemetry
 
Ledo railway station   Pangsow Pass

THE LEDO TOUR

Day 1 - Delhi- Dibrugarh: Arrive at Dibrugarh airport. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 - Dibrugarh-Jairampur: 145kms/ 4-5hrs drive. After breakfast, drive to Jairampur on NH-153 pretty much on the Ledi road. Enroute stop at Ledo, visit the Allied landing strip. The visit to Tipong colliery where machines and facilities of the British era are still used a place frozen in time, then unto Digboi, the birth place of oil in India. Visit the oil museum and commomwealth war cemetery. Reach Jairampur late evening.Stay at Government guest house.
Day 3 - Jairampur- Nampong 26 kms : Visit the recently discovered cemetery of Chinese engineers who died constructing the Ledo road. During the construction of Stillwell road many laborers from China, Burma and India were engaged.. Apart from ground and air action, a heavy toll of human lives was taken by various jungle and water borne diseases like malaria, dysentery, snake bites and other calamities such as flood, landslides and forest fire. The mortal remains of aforeside casualties were buried in the cemetery.
Day 4 - Nampong-Pangsaw pass 15 kms : Morning drive to the famous Pangsaw pass,from where you have a splendid view of the Lake of no return. The legend says that during World War-II, The Allied forces used this lake for soft emergency landing and in the course of this many aircrafts and their crews perished into the lake. Hence the name, “Lake of No Return”. Picnic lunch at the pass. Afternoon drive back Nampong. O/n Govt. guest house.
Day 5 - Nampong - Dibrugarh: 171 kms/ 5-6 hrs: Early breakfast, drive to Dibrugarh, on arrival check-in hotel, evening at leisure. O/n Hotel.
Day 6 - Fly out to Delhi/Kolkotta
KOHIMA-IMPHAL EXTENSION
Drive to Kohima. Overnite at hotel Japfu.
Day 7 - After breakfast visit the Kohima war Cemetry, state meuseum,local market and other important sites of IInd WW.
Day 8 - Drive to Imphal. After lunch visit to the War cemetery and state museum.
Day 9 - Drive to Moirang and visit the INC museum then Loktak lake. Drive back to Imphal.
Day 10 - Early morning visit to the colorful Ima market. This market is completely manned by women

TOUR ENDS

 

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