I alighted from my car at Bogibeel and gazed at the calm Brahmaputra in oblivion. The calmness was something that I could not relate with this river. Always known for its floods, Brahmaputra, the only male river in India showed a different face with absolute tranquility. I was on my way for the Basar Confluence in Basar, Arunachal Pradesh and had to cross the mighty river to reach Likabali, the border town in Assam.
A couple of large rickety boats were moored along the banks and as I got atop one of them, more people walked in and so did four large cars. That was quite a cargo to go across to the other bank. With the help of wooden planks, the cars crossed over, but it seemed like they were on a tight rope walk as they boarded the boat one by one. Though the drivers were quite confident about their skills and machines, it seemed quite an adventurous act.
Ours was the last ferry of the day (3:30 PM) and as the day ends much earlier in eastern India, what was on offer throughout the ride was a palette of hues that splashed over the sky as the sun set. From pink to orange to red to mauve, the splendid colours and the placid waters made the ferry ride a memorable one. All that I did was gaze at the spellbinding beauty of nature as we were ferried across. The ride is an absolute treat for sunset lovers.
It took us an hour to cross the river at a languorous pace. However, the 4.9 Kms long Bogibeel bridge that is due for inauguration in a few days time is surely going to make the travel down to a few minutes. The road and rail bridge would also help connect Dibrugarh with Dhemaji, and also make the commute further to Arunachal much faster. While the ferry ride is definitely a must experience, we were probably among the last few lucky ones who had a chance to take it. Once the bridge becomes functional, the number of people taking the ferry would dwindle and that may also lead to the ferry being discontinued forever.
Location: Located in Assam, Bogibeel bridge is 29 Kms from Dibrugarh and 27 Kms from Likabali.