Want to know what paradise feels like? Head straight to Tawang and get immersed in the pristine view and beauty of a place that we like to call heaven. It sits high on top of the Himalayas at a breathtaking height of over 10,000 feet above sea level. Majestic, isn't it? But what is more fascinating is the road trip from Guwahati to Tawang that truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with mountainous roads, epic views, Buddhist monasteries, the Sela Pass, the pit stops on the road, all greeting you as you drive ahead in your SUV. Arunachal Pradesh, like always, welcomes you with a lot of surprises and twists while on the roads, but as you move along, you are in for a sure shot amazing experience!
How to Reach: Guwahati to Tawang is just about 450 kilometers on the map, but due to the mountainous roads, it takes more than a day's time to reach. You will get tourist taxis and self-drive cars at Guwahati and Tezpur. But let us take you there so that you can have the time of your lives. The nearest major railway station is in Guwahati and the nearest major airport is in Guwahati as well. So, your job? Touch down at Guwahati, and let us take over from here.
We shall start at 11 AM from Guwahati. Before starting we shall take blessings of Maa Kamakhya. The Kamakhya Temple is a Sakta temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas. After that, we shall go to our next destination in bhalukpong. Overnight stay in Bhalukpong.
We shall start our journey to Dirang by 9AM from Bhalukpong. We will eventually enter into Arunachal Pradesh on this day. It will take 6-8 hours max to reach Dirang. However, the best parts are the roads, the natural landscape and a breath of fresh air. En-route visit Tipi Orchidarium a place over 7500 orchids, on display, there are some rare species of orchid. On arrival at Dirang, check in to a homestay surrounded by beautiful landscape and stay overnight.
Easily the most challenging yet adventurous part of the journey. Steep roads, hairpin bends, rough terrain, and mind-blowing natural landscape. Breakfast in the hotel and early morning visit to the majestic Dirang Monastery. Also, a brief visit to the beautiful and panoramic Sangti Valley. Next, a short halt at world's second-highest motorable road- The Sela Pass and the Sela Lake. Get ready to experience the first sight of snowfall in Sela Pass. Later, we will take another halt at the Jaswantgarh War Memorial in Nuranang constructed in the memory of the Great Indian Army soldier, Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat who died fighting the Chinese single-handedly during the 1962 Indo-China war. Finally, dinner and stay in Tawang.
Breakfast in the Homestay and then, a drive to the border of India-China, named Bum la Pass. At Bum La, we will be greeted by the Indian Army where they will enlighten us about the history of Indo-China relations and conflicts. While returning, we will take you to the beautiful Sangestar Tso, which is famously known as Madhuri Lake because the film Koyla was shot here. Return back and stay in Tawang.
Today you will go for Tawang local sightseeing. You will visit – Tawang Monastery, Tawang War Memorial and Handicraft Centre Emporium. In the evening enjoy light and sound show. After this return to your hotel/homestay for an overnight stay in Tawang.
The last day in Tawang and trust us when we say you will want to come back here again in your life. On the way back from Tawang, a short halt at the breathtaking Jung Falls (Nuranang Waterfalls). It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls you will ever come across in India. Finally, dinner and stay in Bomdila. If time permits, you may take a stroll in the town or taste momos in one of the many beautiful cafes and restaurants there.
The final leg of this beautiful and adventurous Himalayan Expedition. Morning go for shopping in Bomdila. Bomdila market is one of the best markets in this part of the world. On your way back to Guwahati, you will take a bucket full of memories with you of the unmatched beauty of Arunachal Pradesh. Finally, reach Guwahati and retire to your bed in the hotel room after a hectic but beautiful 7 days sojourn.