With love, from Tawang!❤️

Tripoto
4th Aug 2018
Photo of With love, from Tawang!❤️ by Krishnadev

Tawang, the alienated beauty in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, is where Chinese troops entered India in the disastrous Indo-Sino war. Later, Tawang became the shelter for Tibetans exiled from their homeland. Bordered by Bhutan and Tibet , Tawang houses the second largest Buddhist monastery in the world. This article takes you to this less-talked destination in India.

mist fills Tawang!

Photo of With love, from Tawang!❤️ by Krishnadev

Tawang is very difficult to access, more difficult than Ladakh, and is literally alienated from the rest of the country. If weather is good, a helicopter would take you from Guwahati in Assam to Tawang for 3500 INR, but you would miss the journey and the cherishable memories.

Day 1

Start from the emerging metropolitan city of Guwahati. Buses run from Guwahati to Tezpur and takes at least four hours. The bus travels through Brahmaputra plains of Assam and reaches Tezpur. Tezpur is a small town and has hotels and restaurants. Shared taxis run from Tezpur to Tawang and it takes a long 12 hours. The taxis are limited in number, and one must book seats the previous day. Seats can be booked from government-run taxi stand or from private travel agencies. It costs 750 INR and the taxi starts early in the morning at 5.30 IST.

Day 2

The journey started at 5.30 IST and the sun was already above our heads. This makes us re-think on the needs of separate time zones for India. The journey from Tezpur to the border town of Bomdila was a pleasing one, but it lasted only an hour. Then the road started changing behaviour. Broken roads and potholes, landslides and rocks decelerated our journey. Not to say further, the journey was a tedious one.

The road hardly changed for good, but the landscape did. The white flakes of snow started appearing and we proceeded through the Sela pass.

Then the descend started again and the landscape kept on changing. The nature can be seen in all its forms and the journey became the destination itself. As we neared Tawang, there were fluttering prayer flags everywhere, adding to the serenity of the land. By 18.00 IST, the taxi reached Tawang.

through Sela pass..

Photo of Sela Pass by Krishnadev

Fluttering prayer flags!

Photo of Sela Pass by Krishnadev
Day 3

Mountain bicycles and motorcycles are available on rent in Tawang. And to explore this 8th least populated district of India, no public transport is available. Tawang is filled with beautiful gompas, statues and prayer wheels.

Elegant gompas decorate the landscape of Tawang.

Photo of Tawang by Krishnadev

Buddha statue in Tawang is visible from any corner of the town.

Photo of Tawang by Krishnadev

The second largest Buddhist monastery in the world is an experience to cherish and it is in proximity to Tawang town.

Tawang Monastery!

Photo of Tawang Monastery, Cona, Tawang by Krishnadev

It also hosts a centre for Buddhist cultural studies.

Photo of Tawang Monastery, Cona, Tawang by Krishnadev

Gautam Buddha in Tawang Monastery!

Photo of Tawang Monastery, Cona, Tawang by Krishnadev

This war memorial is a tribute to the thousands of Indian army men who laid down their lives in defending our motherland during Indo-China border conflict in 1962.

Tawang war memorial

Photo of Tawang War Memorial, Shannan by Krishnadev

It has inscriptions of thousands of brave soldiers who gave their life defending our nation!

Photo of Tawang War Memorial, Shannan by Krishnadev
Day 4

Bum la pass is the international boundary between India and China, where the flag meet takes place. To go there permissions are required from District Administrative Office by submitting documents of our vehicles. Easiest way is to hire a cab and its driver will take care of all formalities and take you to the border. There are numerous lakes on the way, and since I went in retreating winter, all the lakes were still frozen. The winter also delineated the harshest conditions where our soldiers defend our country. The Bumla pass, indeed, is a sight  to behold. The strategic international boundary will give goosebumps to every Imdian, and one couldn't resist shouting"Bharat mata ki jai" !

Back from the Bum la pass, I booked my return taxi for the next day. Tawang and its lovely people would fill every traveller's soul. Happy travelling!:-)

With love, from Tawang.

The frozen Madhuri lake

Photo of Bum La Pass by Krishnadev

The Indo-China border!

Photo of Bum La Pass by Krishnadev

The Bum la pass

Photo of Bum La Pass by Krishnadev

Bharat Mata ki Jai

Photo of Bum La Pass by Krishnadev

Thank you!

Photo of Bum La Pass by Krishnadev
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sir pls give some information on how to travel tawnag from Itanagar.. thank you
Sun 03 03 19, 22:28 · Reply · Report
plz give some information about hotel at Tawang
Fri 03 01 19, 08:04 · Reply (1) · Report
There are many hotels in the town itself which you can book either online or at the hotel itself.
Sat 03 02 19, 21:30 · Report