Himalayan Hiking Chronicles (Part Two) - Tawang,Western Himalayas

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Guwahati - Tezpur - Bomdila - Tawang - Shungetsar

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Day 1: After a 100 km journey from Guwahati, we arrive tired at Tezpur (last tow

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Day 2: Early next day we catch the only cab to Bhalukpong from where Arunachal P

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Day 2: We arrive at Bhalukpong in the evening. There's heavy security and the sm

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We head the same day to Bomdila. Take a break on the way. Our momo diet starts h

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EV learns a new Bollywood number.

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Day 3: We arrive at Bomdila the previous night after a back breaking journey. Th

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Day 3: I've lived all my childhood in the hills, but roads like these for 8 hour

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Day 3: Finally we get near Sela pass to enter West Kameng district. I LOVE praye

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Day 3: We enter the West Kameng district through Sela Pass - 14000 feet

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Hike up the mountain.

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From the top.

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Neil finds the Sela lake. A lake at 14000 feet is nothing but awesome.

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles (Part Two) - Tawang,Western Himalayas by Sarthak Satapathy

Day 3: We hike back down to have some warm maggi cooked in this unique mini furn

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Shenanigans on the way from Sela to Tawang

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Day 4: We head to Shungetsar lake towards the Chinese border. This entire area w

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An LMG bunker from the 1962 war. There are hundreds of binkers. On top of mounta

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On The Road

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Aah. And the customary Yak picture. You get only yak's milk in Tawang.

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Day 4: We reach the Y Junction. At 15000 feet, this is one of the last Indian po

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Unlike Uttarakhand, there's relatively less snow at this height, at this time of

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Day 4: We finally reach the Shungetsar lake. Also known as Madhuri Lake. Few son

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This used to be a jungle, before a heavy earthquake in the late 1800s. The top o

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Prayer flags. Sigh.

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles (Part Two) - Tawang,Western Himalayas by Sarthak Satapathy

Day 4: On our way back from Shungetsar, we see these relatively new, huge bunker

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles (Part Two) - Tawang,Western Himalayas by Sarthak Satapathy

And it snows a bit, along the way.

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles (Part Two) - Tawang,Western Himalayas by Sarthak Satapathy

Day 4: We head to the Tawang monastery, which was established in the 16th centur

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It is the biggest in India and one of the oldest in the world. The 6th Dalai Lam

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Photo of Himalayan Hiking Chronicles (Part Two) - Tawang,Western Himalayas by Sarthak Satapathy

We sit with a bunch of young monks engrossed in their studies. The hymns do crea

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On our way back, we see the Ani Gompa. It's a nunnery, and only female monks sta

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A woman from the Monpa tribe sells potatoes

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Day 4: With the town closing down by 1800 hr. We grab a quick early supper. What

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Day 5: We start back early morning to Jaswantgarh.

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Jaswantgarh is named after Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat was an Indian soldier wh

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It was the final phase of the Sino-Indian War in November 1962. Even as his comp

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We cross the Sessa and Tipi orchards, touted to be the biggest Rhododendron fore

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The chance brush with some vultures.

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Yes, that is carcass on the tree. Thank you vultures. We take a bus back to Bomd

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A road trip - hike along the Western Himalayan region spread across the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, all the way to the SIno-Indian border.

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