Arunachal Pradesh – Trip to Tawang

Overview

Arunachal Pradesh welcomes you with some of the most significant Buddhist monasteries, immense natural beauty and a relaxed pace of life. If you’re looking to escape the humdrum of city life and want to spend a few peaceful days exploring the untouched beauty of India, this is where you need to go.

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Itinerary

Day 01:

GUWAHATI – BHALUKPONG

Arrival at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport /Railway station Guwahati. After that proceed to Bhalukpong.Overnight stay at hotel in Bhalukpong.

Day 02:

BHALUKPONG – SANGTI VALLEY

Morning after breakfast check out from hotel. And proceed to Sangti valley. Sangti Valley is where the black neck crane comes each year. They breed here in the valley! It’s a rare bird that is only in India and Bhutan in the colder regions. It’s got a 7 foot wing span and it’s loved by Buddhists and a symbol in their religion. It also happens to be the state bird of Jammu & Kashmir. It also has sheep farming and yak research center. overnight.

Day 03:

SANGTI VALLEY – DIRANG

After breakfast drive to Dirang . Dirang is a buddhist gem, see Khastung Gompa is located high above the village. It’s over 500 years old, claiming the title of the oldest monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. From here you can get stunning panoramic views of the whole place.Exploring this place on foot is easily the most exciting. You will come across ancient houses, bridges laced with Himalayan flags, wildlife and prayer wheels. There’s a surprise around every corner. Nowadays Buddhist monks make pilgrimages here. It’s worth checking out the amazing entrance gate and the hidden secrets on the ceiling. After you’ve taken a stroll around, you might want to cool down and dip your feet in the Dirang Chu river. The Dirang Chu river originates and travels all the way from Tawang. But, it’s still as fresh and clear as it was from the source. See Thubsung Dhargyeling Monastery at sunrise. This monastery was built in April 2017 and was inaugurated by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself. It’s a temple and learning institute of Tibetan Buddhism by monks and members of the Buddhist faith. The name Thupsung Dhargye Ling was given by the Dalai Lama and means: “Place of Flourishing of the Buddha’s Speech”. Dirang used to be a region of Tibet. Since China’s suzerainty of Tibet, many Tibetan refugees have fled to Dirang. This monastery now acts as a hub for Tibetan culture and Buddhist teachings to ensure they stay alive for future generations. Visit dirang dzong. Another name for Dirang is Dirang Dzong. Dzong means jail and refers to the name of the fort/jail located within the center of the village.

Day 04:

Tawang

After breakfast, drive to Tawang. On the way, cross Sela Pass, which at 13700 feet is one of India’s highest motorable passes. Stop here to take in the views of the majestic Sela Lake area. Visit Jaswant Garh, the site where the Indian Soldier Jaswant Singh put up a last stand against the marauding Chinese army in the 1962 war. Proceed to Nuranang and get a glimpse of the powerful Jang waterfall. Check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Tawang.

Day 05:

Tawang 

After breakfast, head to Tawang monastery, the world’s second largest practising Buddhist monastery. It houses rare artefacts and an imposing statue of Buddha. Proceed to Khinmey and Urgelling Monasteries, the latter being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. After lunch, also visit Thuk Choening Nunnery. Spend the evening at your leisure and explore the markets of Tawang. Overnight in Tawang.

Day 06:

Bumla pass

Tawang At an elevation of 5,000 m above the sea level, the Bum La Pass marks the Indo-China border. In 1959, the Dalai Lama on his way from Tibet to India is believed to have escaped via Bumla (Also spelled Bum La – La is pass in Tibetan). In the India-China War of 1962, the Chinese Army invaded across the Bumla pass. Hence, it can be said that Bumla lies at a strategic location in Arunachal Pradesh. The pass itself is buried in snow for most of the year due to the high altitude location. There were efforts to re-open Bumla pass for trade in 2006. Apart from Chushul in Ladakh and Nathu La in Sikkim, Bum La is the only place where the Border Personnel Meetings are held.Post that we visit Sangatser lake , which appeared different than usual lakes and indeed had a big reason for the strange appearance. It was formed after an earthquake in 1971 which had caused the damming of the river. Although the official name of the lake is Shungatser Tso (Tso is lake in Tibetan), it is locally popular as Madhuri lake. Over night at Tawang.

Day 07:

Bomdila 

Early morning checkout from hotel and directly proceed to Bomdila. Post reaching bomdila we check in at our rooms fresh n up and visit Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Ling Monastery built in 1965 by twelfth incarnation of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. Apart from it religious significance this Monastery is popular for its natural beauty. One will get bird’s eye view of Bomdila town from here. We then visit Buddha Stadium is situated near main market, and then spend some time in market. Overnight at Bomdila.

Day 08:

Guwahati Airport

Today post breakfast we leave for Guwhati Airport, and from there leave for your onwards journey.

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