Tawang has very few choices when it comes to stay and we stayed at a small lodge in the middle of the town seemingly the most expensive hotel in the place has very few facilities. Since Dalai Lama was in town we were denied any defence stay.
The most exciting part of the trip was our journey to Bumla pass to the Chinese border. The terrain is extremely difficult and only authorised drivers are allowed to drive the roads to bumla pass. We hired a cab almost at its selling rate. The journey is about an hour and a half from Tawang and we made our pit stops at the army camps on the way. The army camps were offering hot tea and samosa, was such a sweet gesture to the guests visiting the border, and a relief too. By around 11 we reached the icy peak at the border. We were given a good brief by the major posted at the border. The rituals of a border camp seemed strange but interesting as he explained it to us.
After a telescopic view of the Chinese camp 8 kilometres across the border we returned from the border.
On our way back the driver took us to a lake were Madhuri Dixit took bath in the movie Kotla and it has been called Madhuri lake ever since.
The lake was located right under the peak. The view from the lake with icy capped mountains around was a take away to grave.
The army camp here was once again a rescue to our needy appetite, they served us hot Maggie and some tea.
We returned back to our lodge all set to return and tired after a seemingly never ending journey.
The trip is a life time experience, I may never visit the place again because the traveling it takes may be the first thing that crosses my mind as I think of the journey but it's definitely a must visit at least once in your lifetime.