A Week in Tawang

Tripoto
2nd May 2015
Photo of A Week in Tawang 1/12 by Kunal
Bomdila town, taken from Bomdila Monastery
Photo of A Week in Tawang 2/12 by Kunal
Sela Pass, on the way to Tawang
Photo of A Week in Tawang 3/12 by Kunal
Tawang Monastery
Photo of A Week in Tawang 4/12 by Kunal
Tawang Monastery, taken near Ani Gompa
Photo of A Week in Tawang 5/12 by Kunal
take near 'y-junction', on way to Tsungetsar Lake
Photo of A Week in Tawang 6/12 by Kunal
Tsungetsar Lake
Photo of A Week in Tawang 7/12 by Kunal
Tibetan inscrition 'Om Mani Padme Hum'
Photo of A Week in Tawang 8/12 by Kunal
Flags fluttering, taken from Taktsang Gompa
Photo of A Week in Tawang 9/12 by Kunal
Yak, taken near Tsungetsar Lake
Photo of A Week in Tawang 10/12 by Kunal
Dirang town
Photo of A Week in Tawang 11/12 by Kunal
Road to Tawang
Photo of A Week in Tawang 12/12 by Kunal
taken @Tawang Monastery

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