I have always wondered why the most beautiful places are also the least visited ones. In the case of Tawang, the pretty little Himalayan town in Arunachal Pradesh, I pretty much get the reasons. For starters it is situated in the most neglected part of this country- the north east. Tawang is also a very remote place and getting there needs a lot of permits and proper guides to the roads (The best way to get into Tawang is through the Sela Pass.) Tawang is also a very disputed area politically and geographically. China has always claimed Arunachal Pradesh was a part of their territory and Tawang was an important target during the Indo-China war. Today, marks of that war still lie on Tawang's soil in the form of the McMohan Line.
But, all of these reasons seem redundant once you enter Tawang's beautiful landscapes. The unexplored and raw charm of Tawang draws you in as you enter the cradle of the Himalayas. There is just so much to cherish in Tawang, natural and cultural, that in one sense it fits into almost all of the traveler's fantasies. Tall mountains, Glittering white snow, Deep blue lakes, warm and welcoming locals, an untouched culture and ancient monuments. It is hard to imagine how all of these aspects can fit so carelessly in one place. But, that is before you reach Tawang Valley.