The lesser known Himalaya lies in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Tawang is one of the popular destination in the region yet unexplored by many Indians.
It is a place of peace, tranquillity, calmness & spiritualism. The 1962 Indo-China war happened around this region yet it shows no traces of that destruction.
Where is it?
Tawang is located in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Reaching here is not a very easy task though. Most of the road is in a bad condition, the climate is mostly foggy & some icy patches make the road quite dangerous at times.
Indians & foreigners require permits to visit any area of Arunachal Pradesh. The government & the tourism board of Arunachal Pradesh have made 12 tourist circuits for the state. You can choose any of these circuits & get permits for it.
Indians require Inner Line Permit (ILP). It is available from Guwahati airport & Guwahati city. It is advisable start your journey from Guwahati. Another alternative is Tezpur.
For permits, you need to carry your ID proof, Address proof & 2 passport-sized photographs. The Tawang permit costs Rs. 450.
Choose “Bhalukpong – Bomdila – Dirang – Tawang” circuit to visit Tawang.
How to reach?
It depends. Are you in a rush? Or you want to enjoy your journey? If you are in a hurry or have less days, local taxis from Tezpur take tourists to Tawang in a single day (6 AM to 6 PM). The journey is quite tedious as 10 people are stuffed in a single Tata Sumo.
The better option is this:
Leave early morning from Guwahati, get your permits checked at Bhalukpong (Assam – Arunachal Pradesh border town) & reach Bomdila. Stay in Bomdila for a night. (340 km / 8 hours)
Next day, see the upper monastery of Bomdila & then leave to reach Tawang. (170 km / 6 hours)
While coming back from Tawang, you can stay for a night at Dirang (140 km / 4.5 hours) & next day, get down either to Bhalukpong (140 km / 4 hours) or Tezpur (196 km / 5.5 hours) or all the way to Guwahati (360 km / 9.5 hours).
Things to see in Tawang
Tawang doesn’t have many local sights to offer. Some of them are pretty, some of them are knowledgeable & many of them offer peace. You won’t need more than 1 day to cover local sights of Tawang.
Here are the places that you need to visit IN the town.
1. Tawang Monastery
Tawang Monastery is known as the second oldest & the second largest monastery in the world. The monastery is beautiful full with Buddhist wall paintings & art. The view from one of the structures in the campus is outstanding.