A mighty gash in the earth fringed by magnificent mountains and speckled with gold-and-white gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries), the Shangri La–like Tawang Valley waits at the end of a long, spectacular route up from the Brahmaputra plains. Getting here is an adventure in itself as you zigzag up and down mountainsides where colourful prayer flags and stupas proliferate, while the lush jungle gradually gives way to icy passes and peaks. Most of the populations in and en route to Tawang are Monpa, Buddhist people who historically had their closest links with Tibet. Tawang’s setting is more beautiful than the town itself, but murals of auspicious Buddhist emblems and colourful prayer wheels add interest to the central Old Market area. Along the way, you can’t fail to notice the heavy Indian Army presence, a consequence of the disputed border with China along Arunachal’s northern edge.
OVERVIEW: 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
HIGHLIGHTS (Scroll for detail itinerary)
Drive through high passes.
Walk along the beautiful Kameng River.
Caress sheep from a village nearby.
Visit the most beautiful Sela Lake.
Visit the largest Buddhist Monastery in India.
Pay a tribute to the brave hearts of the Sino-Indian War of 1962.
Visit the Bum La Pass before China Border.
DAY 01 (10 Oct): ARRIVAL AT GUWAHATI AND TRANSFER TO BHALUKPONG (250Kms/6h)
Reach Guwahati on your own by any means. Our trip will start from Guwahati Airport at around 9am in the morning. After picking up our fellow travellers from multiple pickup points we’ll head directly towards Bhalukpong. Bhalukpong, which falls in West Kameng District, is 56 km from Tezpur. Bhalukpong, at a height of 700 ft above sea level, is a little town on the Kameng River and lies along the dense forests that form the border of the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary. Bhalukpong is a mesmerizing place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Scenic beauty, high waterfalls and the banks of river Kameng surrounded by evergreen forests are a photographer’s delight.
DAY 02 (11 Oct): BHALUKPONG TO DIRANG (140Kms/5h)
After enjoying the wonderful morning and having our breakfast we’ll leave for Dirang. Dirang is an ideal getaway in West Kameng district with beautiful apple orchards and sheep breeding farms. The entire place is surrounded by apple & kiwi orchards and the atmosphere is picturesque.
DAY 03 (12 Oct): DIRANG TO TAWANG (130Kms/4h)
After getting up early in the morning and having our breakfast, we’ll leave for the main attraction of our tour, Tawang. We’ll drive to Tawang crossing Sela Pass (13720 ft.) which runs through a small ridge and along the paradise lake. We’ll stop to enjoy the Sella Pass and Paradise Lake. From the Sela pass road winds down to Jong Village. On the way to Jong we’ll visit Yashwant Garh War Memorial. After lunch at Jong Village we’ll continue for Tawang. On the way we’ll also visit Nuranang waterfall.
DAY 04 (13 Oct): TAWANG LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
After waking up to the beautiful view and having our breakfast we’ll visit the famous Tawang Monastery, which is 400 years old, accommodates over 500 monks and houses priceless Buddhist texts and scriptures. The Tibetan influence here is unmistakable, with the elaborately painted wooden windows and other motifs. An 8 mt high gilded statue of the Buddha is seated here, as are numerous ancient Thangkas or Traditional paintings and manuscripts. We’ll also visit the Craft Centre, Tawang War Memorial. In the evening we’ll explore the local market dominated by the Tibetan settlements.
DAY 05 (14 Oct): TAWANG – BUM LA PASS – TAWANG
We’ll start early today to visit the Bum La Pass, China Border, Madhuri Lake and many more.
DAY 06 (15 Oct): TAWANG TO BOMDILA (170 Kms/6h)
After getting up early in the morning and having our breakfast we’ll start our journey back and reach Bomdilla. Bomdila is situated at an altitude of over 8500 feet in the north eastern state of in Arunachal Pradesh in India. Hooked amongst the mighty mountainous ranges of Himalaya, Bomdila is the headquarters of the West Kameng district of the state of Arunachal Pradesh and offers a panoramic view of the awesome Himalayan terrain.
DAY 07 (16 Oct): BOMDILA TO GUWAHATI (340Kms/9h)
Early in the morning we’ll visit Bomdila Monastery and head back to Guwahati to catch our flight or train back to our home.
• Carry light snacks, fruits and water as the food might not be to your liking. Don’t travel empty stomach.
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• Also carry medicines for headache, fever etc for your own benefit
• Carry sufficient woollen clothes to keep you warm as the weather is quite chilly out there
• Caps and full sleeves clothing is advisable
• Carry sunscreen of 30 SPF and above.
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