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Tawang brings to mind folklores and mythical characters. This fabled land is home to the Monpa tribe and the largest Buddhist monastery in India. Once a part of Tibet, The Republic of China still doesn’t recognize it as part of India. The current Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 to find refuge in the monastery here before moving south to Assam and exile.

 

By the time you drive up from the tropical environs of Assam to the snow-covered Sela Pass at an elevation of 13,700ft, you truly begin to believe that you are in a mythical land. Mountain sides dotted with colorful prayer flags and yaks add to the aura. There’s also a sense of solemnness when you stop to pay homage at the memorial of the Indian solider who single-handedly guarded a post near Sela Pass against the Chinese during the 1962 invasion.

The Tawang festival is a 3-day event hosted by the Arunachal Pradesh state tourism department. It is a great chance to witness the traditional costumes, performances, music and crafts of the 26 major tribes and over a 100 sub tribes of the state. This state is one of the last bastions of indigenous tribes who still follow the lifestyle of their forefathers and can trace their origins to central Tibet, Mongolia and China. Participate in their traditional sports, enjoy their cuisines and pick up a few steps of the local dances.

 

The places and activities on this route have been chosen to give you a sample of life in the North East. It has also been curated to include lovers of nature, food, photography, anthropology or simply for a new experience. Begin the trip by visiting a charming Mishing tribe village at Potashali, Assam. Then spend the night under the stars in very comfortable tented accommodation; go rafting on the Jia Bhoroli river and then start the climb to Tawang. En route you will be spending the night at Bomdila. The drive from Bomdila to Tawang is the longest (183 kms/8 hours) through the snow-lined Sela Pass.

On the way down, you will be visiting Dirang – famous for its hot water springs, waterfalls and apple orchards. End the trip with a night’s stay at a charming colonial era boutique property located in a tea estate in Assam. A truly fitting finale reminiscent of myths from a bygone era.

 

 

There is an additional charge of INR 5000/- for foreign passport holder to cover additional charges for permits etc. We have put together a few activities in Tawang area for those who are not doing the drive to Bumla pass.

Road conditions are unpredictable in this region and could be under repair. Re-routing or itinerary changes can be made by the guide. Also, there will be short distances of dirt road between villages.

Single room supplement of INR 29,000/-

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : October 25, 2018

Time : 10:30 am

Guwahati - Nameri

Arrive at Guwahati airport via the morning flight. Group to assemble by 10.30 am at the airport, otherwise arrive a day earlier and we will arrange accommodation and airport transfer for you at an extra cost. Drive to Nameri National Park (220Km/ 05hrs.) - a biodiversity hotspot and tiger reserve. On the way, stop for an authentic Assamese thali lunch. Visit a Mishing tribe village near Pothasali situated near the river. The women of the tribe are skilled weavers. Check into the camp and relax.

Day 2

Date : October 26, 2018

Time : 7:30 am

Nameri - Bomdila

After breakfast, go for an exclusive rafting session at river Jia Bhoroli. Later, transfer to Bomdila (125Km/06 hrs) – the land of the Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka (Hruso), Miji and Bogun tribes sparsely scattered over the region. On the way stop at Tenga valley for lunch. Evening at leisure.

Day 3

Date : October 27, 2018

Time : 7:30 am

Bomdila – Tawang

After breakfast, start the journey with a packed lunch for an impromptu picnic en route and proceed towards Tawang, (183Km/08 hrs). On the way, experience the beauty of Sela lake at Sela Pass (13746ft) and Jaswantgarh, a memorial to the brave soldier who fought against the Chinese army during the Chinese aggression in 1962. On arrival, check in at the guesthouse. Evening at leisure.

Day 4

Date : October 28, 2018

Time : 9:30 am

Tawang

In the morning, visit Tawang Monastery - The Gaden Namgyal Lhatse, which was built in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama in 1680-81; the Uni Gompa (woman monastery); the war memorial and the carpet factory. In the evening, visit the venue of the Tawang festival. Our guesthouse is located at a very scenic spot in Urgilling on the outskirts of Tawang and we recommend a walk around this little hamlet. It also the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. We can be flexible on the itinerary for the day depending on the festival activities.

Day 5

Date : October 29, 2018

Time : 9:00 am

Tawang

After breakfast, proceed to visit Pangong Tso lake and the area around it. Optional and applicable only for Indian citizens to explore Bumla Pass and Sangetsar Lake. Please see the note below on this. In the evening, visit the venue of the Tawang festival and participate in the activities.

Day 6

Date : October 30, 2018

Time : 8:00 am

Tawang - Dirang

After breakfast, proceed to Dirang (129Km/04.5hrs) with packed lunch. Dirang is the land of the Monpa tribe, located in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and is well known for its hot water springs and apple orchards. On the way visit Jong Falls and Dirang Dzong. Evening at leisure.

Day 7

Date : October 31, 2018

Time : 8:00 am

Dirang – Balipara

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Balipara (175 Km/5.5 hrs). En route visit Tippi orchid centre. On arrival, check in to the Wild Masheer, a heritage home stay. In the evening, walk around the tea garden.

Day 8

Date : November 1, 2018

Time : 11:00 am

Balipara - Guwahati

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Guwahati (190Km/04.5hrs) for onward destination. Please book evening (post 4pm) return flights from Guwahati. Otherwise you will need to spend a night in Guwahati which we can arrange for you along with transfer for airport at extra cost.

All accommodation :-

Nameri – Eco camp

Dirang – Norphel Retreat

Tawang – Hotel Yangzom

Bomdila – Hotel Tsepal Yangzom

Tezpur/balipara – Wild Mahseer Bungalow

 

All meals (first day dinner to last day breakfast)

All transfer by Toyota Innova (4 pax + driver per car)

Rafting on the Jia Bhoorali river

All sightseeing as per Itinerary

Local guide in Tawang and Pothasali

Inner Line permit fee

Packaged drinking water & snacks during journey.

Evening tea or coffee.

Taxes

Visit to Bumla pass with car hire subject to permission from DC office in Tawang and weather conditions.  Only local vehicles with permits are allowed and permits are not given Foreign passport holders.

Airfare to and fro from Guwahati, Assam.

Tips, porter charges, camera fee, laundry, etc.

Drinks and snacks other than those mentioned.

Any personal expenses.

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Since it is a limited number of travellers and we do have fixed costs, there is a cancellation charge.
• If you cancel your booking 45 days prior to departure date, you will be charged 12% of your total booking amount.
• If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 35% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
• Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 55% of your total booking amount.

Yes, a good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

In certain places, yes, but not so in most of Arunachal Pradesh and in remote parts of Assam. We recommend you carry your 4G hotspot.

In October, Assam is very pleasant. Day time you will need a cap or scarf to protect you from the sun and in the evening, a light jacket. In Arunachal Pradesh, the weather will be change from pleasant to cold so a light jacket and a scarf during the day and a warmer jacket and thick shawl for the evening.

Yes, we do. The additional cost includes expenditure incurred for permits and other paper work that Indian traveler does not require.

Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the Government of India to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period. It is obligatory for Indian citizens from outside those states to obtain permit for entering into the protected state.
Foreign Passport holders too need to apply for this.

Yes, Clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any acts of God.