About Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the dawn-lit mountains is the northeastern-most state of India and shares its international borders with Bhutan in the west, Myanmar in the east and China in the north. Every non-local requires an Inner Line Permit to visit this extraordinary place. This can be obtained from the resident commissioner, government of Arunachal Pradesh from the following cities – Kolkata, New Delhi, Shillong and Assam. You can also get permits online.Fees:You can get Single eILP or Group eILP for Rs 100 per person for a maximum of 30 days validity from the date of visit to date of return.Documents required:Pan card or driving license or passport or voter id and passport-sized photo.You can get the permit online here.Amazing places you shouldn't miss:Tawang, Roing, Itanagar, Bomdila, Ziro, Bhalukpong, Pasighat, Anini, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Dirang Dzong, Monpa Village, Sela Lake, Nuranang Falls, Penga Teng Lake and many more.A glimpse of the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh:
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One of the soldiers told us about how the post operates and how the army has been safe guarding the place even in the most adverse conditions. His words gave us goose bumps. We then spent some time around and then rested for a while. After having spent nearly an hour, we trekked down to our car. We then headed for Sangetsar Lake. Sangetsar Lake was formed after an earthquake and is located at around 12,500 ft. The most amazing thing about this lake was the tree trunks that stood out of the water in the middle of it. The lake was semi-frozen and the view was very soothing. The driver asked us to not linger for too long as he wanted to avoid snow fall on the way back. We also stopped at the PT TSO Lake, one of the many other lakes which dotted Bum La. We came across some other tourists there, who were playing in snow and joined them. We then took some snaps and then finally headed back to Tawang.
Bum La Pass
If you don't have your own vehicle then it could be little difficult as both the offices are located 5-6 Km far and in opposite sides of Tawang. Also, its better to have carry enough copies because in Tawang Xerox per copy is INR 5 and double side INR 10 and the power cut is frequent. Also, if you plan to hire taxi for Bumla pass and Shungester/Madhuri lake then the permit needs to have taxi number and driver name. The general charges for taxi to Bumla pass n Shungester lake are INR 5000. You can try shared taxi if you can find people to share. #Stay at Tawang Hotel Mount view for INR 800. #Food Ama yangis good food Chapti n egg curry was nice.#Info Sunday mechanics are closed in Tawang and Bomdila so if there are any issues in your bike, you will not be able to get it fixed and this could alter your plan. This trip was originally published on Joey- my travels for your ease.
Tawang Monastery, Tawang: Tawang Monastery, in Arunachal Pradesh, is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It is situated in the valley of the Tawang River, near Tawang northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh, in close proximity to the Tibetan and Bhutanese border.Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to "celestial paradise in a clear night." It was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso. It belongs to the Gelug school of Mahayana Buddhism and had a religious association with Drepung Monastery of Lhasa, which continued during the period of British rule.More information about Tawang Monastery can be found here.
We started our journey from Guwahati and reached Tezpur on the first day. The next day we entered Arunachal by crossing the border at Bhalukpong. An Inner Line Permit was required to enter Arunachal. The road from Bhalukpong was beautiful. Lush green mountains, blue skies and the Kameng river combined together to give an awe-inspiring view.
Bomdila Monastery, Bomdila: The Bomdila Gompa or monastery is one of the most prominent centres of the Lamaistic faith of Mahayana Buddhism. A replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona in the southern Tibet, the Bomdila monastery(also known as the Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling monastery) was set up by the twelfth reincarnate of the Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. The reincarnate who was born in Morshing, west Kameng, had established this monastery in the year 1965 before his death in 1966. However, the Rinpoche, the thirteenth reincarnation, Tsona Gontse Rinpoche renovated and enlarged the monastery by including a huge main prayer hall, which was further blessed by His Highness the 14th Holi Dalai Lama in 1997.The main festivals being celebrated in Bomdila Monastery are Losar and Saka Dawa. Losar is celebrated to mark the beginning of the New Year according to the Monapa calendar. This festival goes on for 15 days, in which prayers are offered along with hoisting of the prayer flags. Saka Dawa is held on the fourth month of the lunar calendar, marks the day of the Buddha's enlightenment.Bomdila is accessible by road from Tezpur situated 160 km away.
Jaswant Garh War Memorial
#Jaswanth Garh War memorial En route to Tawang, after around 20 km of Snow covered mountains, lake and roads from Sela pass,we reached Jaswanthgarh war memorial where Army served us free tea and Samosa (2 pieces for INR 10). You can also buy some of the army stuff at the CSD canteen here.#Biking lesson learnt Something which I learnt while riding in snow… You are bound to fall at some places so dont be afraid of falling. To avoid falling too often ride at 10 kmph and don't use brakes and if you do do it slowly with your legs already balanced on the road. #Info The next petrol pump after Bomdila is at Jang. #Tawang Our first real destination where we planned to stay for few days and check out the place was Tawang.
From the monastery we headed straight for Bomdila. On the way to Bomdila we stopped at the beautiful Nuranang falls. We also stopped at Jaswant Garh and Sela. It was December 24, Christmas Eve and so we tried to do something festive.While returning from Bomdila we spent a day in Shillong and then left for Guwahati, where our journey had started.I have always loved travelling to the mountains, and have been to places like Himachal and Ladakh previously. Every place was beautiful in its own way, and so was Arunachal. The history and the culture of the place was something I have never come across previously. Thankfully the place is still not crowded like other popular tourist destinations which made Arunachal even more beautiful. It has indeed had a lasting impact on me. Before signing off I would love to thank my fellow travelers Bedvit, Annyesha, Budhaditya and Arijit, without whom the trip would not have been such a success.
Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National ParkNot only the third largest national park in the country, but also the leading protected area in the biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Himalayas, this park in Arunachal Pradesh is home to all the four big cats - Leopard, Tiger, Snow Leopard and Clouded Leopard. It is extraordinarily rich in its biodiversity ranging from tropical moist forests to Alpine meadows which provide a home to its numerous fauna and avifauna species.
Tawang War Memorial
This permit then you have to submit at the brigade office which is opposite to war memorial. In general, it takes INR 10 for the permit application n INR 10 per permit but if you plan to get it done through agents then they charge you INR 700. As we had bikes , riding around to DC office and Brigade’s office was not difficult.
Namdapha National Park
INTO THE WILD: The Namdapha Tiger Project (Wildlife Reserve) is situated here and is actually quite a popular destination for tourists. You can opt for a safari here or spend a few days at the Namdapha Jungle Camp, which is probably the only accommodation, situated a few kilometres from the township.
Meghna Cave Temple
Nature and culture are the two words you will associate with this town that is located in Arunachal Pradesh. The Kamala Reserve Forest will take you a little bit closer to nature and the Good Shepherd Church and Meghna Cave Temple will take you a little bit closer to God! After a rafting session in the river Subansiri, you can indulge in a handicraft shopping. They make for great souvenirs!
Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary
Besides being the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh, Pasighat has been in the news for being a part of the 100 smart cities mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It can be reached by air and road. History buffs will love this place for its rich roots. Visit the village of Komsing where Captain Noel Williamson was assassinated. Take a walk to Kekar Monying, the cliff where Adi people fought the British. Nature and wildlife lovers can take a tour of the D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary. Still looking for more? Indulge in all kinds of adventure sports here to get your blood rushing!
During the agriculture season, tourists can witness the paddy (rice) cum fish culture which is the practice of rearing fish in the rice fields. The Ziro Putu is a hillock from where one can see the entire Ziro valley. The airstrip in Ziro is also visible from here and makes it a scenic view point.