Travelling to Tawang was always like a dream for me. Because I always wanted to see what is beyond the other side; like what was there in the other world; in the far away fairyland because it was indeed a fairyland for me. When one sees the Map of India they will find that Arunachal Pradesh seemed too far that it looked like it lies in another country. And yes! Travelling there justified the above presumption (not because how I was made felt there?) nope, it was because the journey was the longest & one of its own kind of all my trips that I have been to in India.
When one searches on the internet there is very little information about travelling to Tawang during monsoons because people in general tend to avoid mountains during rainy season. Most of them was filled with that the best season is between October to November or between February to mid-may, but none I could find is what it looked like when you travel there in June?Okay! Like it has always been, me and my friend decided to visit Tawang in mid of June, because our next extended weekend was in June( it was eid that time) and we had already searched about Tawang so much that it had to be Tawang.
We book our respective flight tickets, while I was flying from Delhi to Guwahati my friend was coming from Bangalore. To save time, we had booked another flight from Guwahati to Tezpur. As Tawang is situated at a high altitude of around 13k ft above sea level, it has no accessibility from train and the only option left was to reach there by road. From road too, one usually travels from Guwahati to Tawang or from Tezpur to Tawang (if one books a flight).Distance from Guwahti to Tawang is 450 kms and from Tezpur to Tawang is 325kms. In this way, we thought that we were quite smart to have booked a flight to Tezpur though it cost us some extra bucks but we could cut down on the travel time! Similarly, we had booked all the hotels as per our itinerary of 5 days as we thought that everything will go as per our itinerary which we prepared by ourselves researching from the internet! We googled about the tours and travel operators as we were just two girls who were traveling there, so we ought to be safe and cannot just choose to travel through any cab driver. Arunachal tourism website has a list of tour and travel operators as well as list of hotels where to stay but to tell you as the place is so small and isolated that most of the hotel websites did not carry much information and most of the people on the internet were staying almost in the same hotel which were exorbitantly costly!
Confused about what to book and what not, as our basic requirement was just good bed ,hot water, and safety we booked our hotels based on our gut feeling.We did also applied and had our inner line permit done which is a must for people who are travelling to Arunachal Pradesh. Inner lime permit can be easily taken from the internet.
It was three weeks before the scheduled departure date that I receive a message about the cancellation of Air India flight to Tezpur from Guwahati and vice-versa.They declined to give any reason for that and told us that it was because of some unforeseen circumstances. We were given the option to fly from an alternative flight either before our scheduled arrival day or post arrival day. Thinking of what to do next,we changed our plan and now we were travelling from Guwahati to Tawang.
Tawang cannot be reached in a single day as the route is arduous and the journey is tiring so people take a break either at Bomdilla (situated at a distance of 338kms) or at Dirang ( at a distance of 380kms ) from guwahati. We had already pre-booked our hotel at Dirang. Below is our day wise detailing of the most adventurous trip: