A Week in Tawang

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2nd May 2015

Tawang Monastery

Photo of A Week in Tawang by Kunal

Bomdila town, taken from Bomdila Monastery

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Sela Pass, on the way to Tawang

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Tawang Monastery, taken near Ani Gompa

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take near 'y-junction', on way to Tsungetsar Lake

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Tsungetsar Lake

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Tibetan inscrition 'Om Mani Padme Hum'

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Flags fluttering, taken from Taktsang Gompa

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Yak, taken near Tsungetsar Lake

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Dirang town

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Road to Tawang

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taken @Tawang Monastery

Photo of A Week in Tawang by Kunal

I spent 5 days in the Tawang in May, 2015. I spent a day in Bomdila on the way to Tawang from Guwahati, and a day in Dirang on the way back. I have re-arranged the stops to create this itinerary, in which I suggest visiting Dirang first and stopping at Bomdila on the way back.

Route:

Guwahati > Bhalukpong > Dirang > Tawang > Bomdila > Guwahati

Note: 

  • Inner Line Permits (ILP) for entering Arunachal Pradesh can be applied for at Arunachal House in Guwahati. Finding it could be a challenge. Get down at Rukminigaon bus stop and ask around for Mansa Mandir.
  • Starting from Guwahati, it will easily get past 3 pm before you reach Dirang. Stay at New Dirang if you don’t have a tent.
  • Try to get into a shared sumo if you are solo. Visit Penga Teng Tso on the way to Sangetsar Lake to avoid missing it due to fog on the way back.
  • Make sure to always have something to eat in your room. The Old Market in Tawang closes unexpectedly if there is a death in town. Try Nehru Market which is usually open.
  • If you plan to eat at Dragon restaurant make sure they are staffed to serve you beforehand.

Transit times & approximate fares (INR):  

  • Guwahati to Bomdila: 9 hours (Bus), 350
  • Bomdila to Tawang: 8 hours (Sumo Taxi), 500
  • Tawang to Sungetsar Lake: 3 hours (Sumo Taxi), 3000 per taxi
  • Tawang to Dirang: 6 hours (Sumo Taxi), 500
  • Dirang to Tezpur: 6 hours (Sumo Taxi), 450
  • Tezpur to Guwahati: 4 hours (Bus), 130

Average expenditure (budget to mid-range) on food and stay (INR per day):

  • @Dirang: Food – 200, Stay – 350
  • @Tawang: Food – 300, Stay – 400
  • @Bomdila: Food – 250, Stay – 300
-Explore Old Dirang and the riverside on foot -Trek to the Monpa stone villages -Visit Yak Research Centre and the monastery in New Dirang
Photo of Dirang by Kunal
-Watch soldiers perform the flag lowering ceremony at the War Memorial -Take a stroll to Tawang monastery and visit the museum for its curious collections -Trek to the green pastures where yaks graze just below Ani Gompa -Visit Urgeyling Gompa, the birthplace of His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama -Sip on salt tea (Boe-Jha) at Woodland restaurant -Eat Chopsuey at Dragon restaurant -Visit Penga Teng Tso, Sungetsar Lake and Taktsang Gompa on a day trip
Photo of Tawang by Kunal
Photo of Tawang by Kunal
Photo of Tawang by Kunal
Photo of Tawang by Kunal
Photo of Tawang by Kunal
Photo of Tawang by Kunal
Photo of Tawang by Kunal
Photo of Tawang by Kunal
-Walk to Bomdila monastery in the evening and wait for the courtyard lights to switch on at sundown -Feast on maggi and momo at the first café exiting the monastery by road
Photo of Bomdila by Kunal
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Lovely!
Fri 04 22 16, 21:23 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks Buddy!
Sat 04 23 16, 10:36 · Report
Quite informative i must say, is september the ideal time to travel
Thu 08 27 15, 02:15 · Reply (3) · Report
Fly into Guwahati. Take a bus to Bomdila. leaves early morning. From there a shared sumo to tawang which leaves early morning. try to get to tezpur if you can't get one to Bomdila and are in a hurry. from tezpur you might get direct sumo to tawang.
Mon 04 11 16, 10:05 · Report
How do i reach tawang from mumbai?? cheapest and convenient way to reach
Mon 04 11 16, 03:25 · Report
Average high in Tawang in September 2015 was 17-18 degree Celsius. Avg. Low was 3-6. Zero centimeter snowfall.
Mon 10 12 15, 06:31 · Report