Tawang is the administrative
headquarters of Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh. This quaint town,
steeped in religion and history, has a population of around 5,000.
Tawang at first appears as a typical town on the Himalayan ranges. A
close look however reveals the friendly and warm people and the amazing
beauty and natural wonder it has to offer. This small town has a city
center and the Tawang Monastery of the Gelugpa sect built by the Mera
Lama in 1681, the second largest in the world.
Located approximately 550 km from Guwahati, Tawang
requires special Inner Area permit. In fact everyone needs a permit to
enter Arunachal Pradesh. The travel to Tawang is full of beautiful
stretches of lush green sloping valleys and verdant forest covered
mountain peaks. The journey becomes more interesting after crossing the
Se La Pass wherein one can halt and sample local meat/vegetable momos
and cream buns. The Border Roads Organisation provides ample
entertainment throughout the travel with its utterly unintended and
ridiculous road signages.
The journey to Tawang is an incredible road trip. It is said that four
wheels move a body while two wheels move the soul. And keeping this
‘tradition’ in mind, the ideal way to really enjoy the journey to
Tawang is on the back of a motorcycle. However, for those of you who
either do not know how to ride a motorcycle or would rather prefer the
comfort of a four wheeler, there is the option of travelling in one.
The North East is notorious for its heavy rains. And when at high
altitude, the snow. All put together this does not make for a very
interesting or pleasurable outing. The tentative date for the Tawang
trip is end of September when the rains should have abated to a large
extent. And the later we get into the season, it will only get colder,
and the snow fall heavier. September is a good time to travel to
This trip is a total of nine days, Guwahati to
Guwahati. It has been designed in such a way that you do not need to
lose four days leave! The tour starts from Guwahati on a Saturday and
ends in Guwahati the next Sunday. Which means that only leave you will
need to take is Monday through Friday.
Things to carry
The trip to Tawang is a high altitude journey and the journey can be very cold indeed. We will send you a detailed checklist of things to carry specific to the Tawang journey once you have booked with us.
How to book
So, if you want to make this journey to Tawang, book yourself now. Once we hear from
you, we will let you know all other relevant details like things to
carry, how to prepare and the costs.