Area: 218 sq.

km Altitude: 500-3200m (accessible 100-3200m including adjacent areas; road 100-2800m) Lat-Long: 27.1N 92.4E, in W. Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Forest HQ: Seijusa1 (DFO), Tenga/Singchung (Range Office) Entry points: Tenga from the north (recommended), Doimara from the south. Vegetation Type: lowland evergreen forest (better at Pakke); broad-leaved forest, bamboo, conifers; roadside scrub and farmland - all these in both subtropical and temperate altitudes; Best Season - Birds: November-May. More birdsong in April-May but fewer winter birds. Best Season - butterflies/herps: monsoon, especially May and October. Speciality Birds: Rufous-bellied hawk-eagle, northern goshawk, pied falconet, common hill-partridge, temminck's tragopan, ashy wood-pigeon, tawny wood-owl, rufous-necked hornbill, ward's trogon, goldenthroated barbet, crimson-breasted pied-woodpecker, bay woodpecker, pale-headed woodpecker, greychinned minivet, rufous-bellied bulbul, maroon-backed accentor, eye-browed thrush, fea's thrush, gould's shortwing, white-browed shortwing, blue-fronted robin, little forkail, golden bush-robin, rufous-breasted bush-robin, puple cochoa, grey-sided laughing-thrush, scaly laughing-thrush, black-faced laughing-thrush, red-faced liocichla, coral-billed scimitar-babbler, slender-billed scimitar-babbler, 6 wren-babblers (wedgebilled, bar-winged, pygmy, spotted, rufous-throated and scaly-breasted), gold-headed babbler, cutia, rufous-bellied shrike-babbler, green shrike-babbler, white-hooded babbler, red-tailed minla, 6 titbabblers/fulvettas (incl. golden-breasted, brown-throated, and yellow-throated), 3 sibias (incl beautiful, and rufous-backed), 5 yuhinas (incl. black-chinned, rufous-vented and white-naped), fire-tailed myzornis, 6 parrotbills (greater and lesser rufous-headed, brown, grey-headed and fulvous-fronted), mountain tailorbird, 3 tesias (chestnut-headed, grey-bellied and slaty-bellied), 8 flycatcher-warblers (incl. broadbilled, white-spectacled, chestnut-crowned and black-faced), 4 niltavas (incl. vivid and large), 13 flycatchers (incl. white-gorgeted), rufous-bellied and grey-crested tits, sultan tit, beautiful nuthatch, wallcreeper, brown-throated treecreeper, yellow-bellied flowerpecker, mrs gould's and fire-tailed sunbird, gold-naped black-finch, beavan's bullfinch, brown bullfinch.

Birding Areas

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary Area

Bhalupong-Tenga Road: Passes along the eastern borders of the Eaglenest and Sessa sanctuaries and provides an excellent birding transect from 300-1600m altitude, that is, apart from the traffic. The corresponding areas inside Eaglenest are, naturally, better but this is an option for birders who don't have the time for Eaglenest. Northern slope Tenga: 1200m. Farmland and habitation. Ramalingam: 1780m. Subtropical farmland, scrub and degraded forest. Lama Camp: 2350m. Temperate broad-leaved primary and degraded forest. Ridge: Temperate bamboo, conifer and broad-leaved forest and scrub. Eaglenest Pass: 2800m; Bra-Top: 3200m; Piri-La: 3000m? Bra-Top and Piri-La are the only 2 locations on this list not accessible by a vehicle and can be accessed by steep trails from Chakoo and Lama Camp. There has been much confusion involving these 2 names and Piri-La has been used to refer to both (even in Athreya & Kartikeyan 1995, and Choudhary 2003). The trail from Chakoo is signposted "Piri-La Trail". It climbs up to the ridge at 3100m and then bifurcates, the right branch climbing up immediately to Bra-Top and the left one following the ridge to Piri-La some distance away. Survey of India topo sheets show both these places. The Chakoo - Bra-top trail is tough but it passes through excellent birch, fir, rhododendron and bamboo and I've seen on that trail temminck's tragopan, fulvous-fronted parrotbills, black bear and even a red panda! Southern Slope Sunderview: 2465m. Temperate broad-leaved forest and roadside scrub. Chakoo: 2405m. Temperate broad-leaved forest, meadows in ancient clear-felled patches. Bompu: 1940m. Subtropical broad-leaved forest and bamboo, large patch of open scrub Sessni: 1250m. Broad-leaved forest. Old jhoom patches with secondary scrub. Khellong: 750m. Tropical forest, grazing meadows and degraded scrub. Kamengbari - Doimara: 100-350m. Tropical forest, grazing meadows, shingle banks and cultivation. The sanctuary extends from Eaglenest Pass to a little above Khellong along the road. The entire stretch from Lama Camp on the northern slope, up across Eaglenest Pass and down the southern slope to Khellong is prime birding area. Doimara and Kamengbari are also good but the corresponding areas in Pakke tiger reserve are better. A broad jeep track runs from Tenga to Kamengbari through Eaglenest Pass which makes for very comfortable roadside birding. It is this combination of roadside scrub adjacent to primary forest just 20-30m away, apart from 3200m of altitudinal range, which makes Eaglenest a prime birding site. The large altitudinal range and the extraordinary bird assemblage requires a minimum of 6-10 days with a jeep and 10-14 days on foot to do justice to it. Boarding & Lodging Bomdila (Grade 2) : District HQ, 50 km (2.5 hr) from Eaglenest. Tenga (Grade 3) : 28 km (1.5 hr) from Eaglenest. Singchung (Grade 3-) : A well furnished IB (6 people), 28 km (1.5 hr) from Eaglenest. Ramalingam (Grade 5) : An FRH (4 people), 20 km (1 hour) from Eaglenest. Camping. Lama Camp (Grade 5) : GREF sheds (8 people), 10 km (30 min) from Eaglenest. Camping. Sunderview (Grade 5) : GREF sheds (3 people), inside Eaglenest. Camping. Bompu (Grade 5) : GREF sheds (12 people), inside Eaglenest. Camping. Sessni (Grade 5) : GREF sheds (4 people), inside the sanctuary. Khellong (Grade 5) : Forest Dept. sheds (6 people), 7 km (30 min) from Eaglenest. Doimara (Grade 4) : a village 20 km (1 hour) from Eaglenest. Unfurnished shacks can be arranged by the Village Chief if intimated in advance. Camping. See town grade and accommodation descriptions. Camp style accommodation, whether in tents or in empty sheds, is the only option between Lama Camp and Doimara. Tented camps in the lower reaches, at Khellong and Sessni, are not recommended because of elephant activity; Doimara is safe because of the electric fence around the village. Perimeter trenches have been recommended to facilitate year-round camping in all areas. Elephants move up above Sessni only during summer (May - October) and so are not an issue for winter visitors. Contact Eaglenest Biodiversity Project: Ramana Athreya More Information on the area: Ramana Athreya email Bird Tours: Kaati Tours & Mr. Indi Glow (President, Bugun Welfare Society)

Mr. Glow : Tenga Market, Tenga, W. Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, Ph 91-3782-273359; Kaati Tours:Ph +91-2132-245770 email Entry Permits 1. Arunachal entry permits are required for both Indians and foreigners and are checked on entry into Arunachal at Bhalukpong. The Circle Officers at Tenga/Singchung/Bhalukpong/Bomdila can issue fresh permits to extend the stay (for Indians only). 2. Forest entry permits are issued by the Divisional Forest Officer, Pakke Tiger Reserve, Seijusa. E. Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh. Phone +91-3778-222229 (off), 222230 (res), who also has additional charge of Eaglenest Wildlife sanctuary. The nearest Forest Dept presence is the Range Forest Office at Singchung. 3. The Bugun tribe of Tenga which lost its ancient rights over Eaglenest (along with the Sherdukpen tribe of Rupa) now charges an entry fee of Rs. 500 per day for foreigner and Rs. 100 for Indian visitors, which goes into the Bugun Welfare Society (and not Govt coffers). It has been proposed to reduce this to Rs. 250 and Rs. 50 respectively and charge Rs. 1000 per day for each 4-wheel vehicle (for both Indians and foreigners), to encourage trekking visitors and make vehicles pay for the damage they do to the fragile mountain road. The money collected will be used to provide local employment for patrolling the area and maintaining the road for visitors. Transport a) Walking is permitted inside the park. b) To/From Tenga: Tenga is on the Tezpur-Bomdila-Tawang highway and connected by buses from Itanagar, Tezpur and Guwahati (Rs. 250 from Guwahati) and by shared jeeps from Tezpur (early morning and noon - Rs. 160 per seat). Full jeeps may also be hired from Tezpur, Balipara or Bhalukpong (Rs. 1200-1600) which will also facilitate birding the excellent Bhalukpong-Tenga stretch. The 135 km long drive, mostly in the hills, takes 3-5 hour. c) Tenga to Eaglenest: The options are: 1. Trek all the way with porters/camp staff 2. Vehicle drop-off at Eaglenest Pass or beyond and a trek downhill with porters/camp staff. Drop-off vehicles can be rented in Tenga for Rs. 1000-1500 3. Vehicle hired for the entire visit. Vehicles are available at Tenga and Bomdila for Rs. 1000-2000 per day plus fuel. d) Inside Eaglenest: Access on foot through the broad jeep track is possible all through the year. Mountain bikes and motor-cycles (none available on hire locally) may also be used all through the year. Jeep access is usually limited to between November and April (May). The main rainy season is from May to October but heavy rains are a permanent threat and could cause a temporary road block (for jeeps) during any month. Snow on the ground is a possibility above 2000m for a few weeks from mid-January to early March. e) Exit from Eaglenest: One can 1. Trek back over the Eaglenest Pass to Tenga 2. Trek downhill and catch the daily bus from Doimara (6 days a week, with occasional no-shows) 3. Arrange for a jeep pick-up inside Eaglenest and exit via Doimara or Tenga Visiting these places by public transport will require a travel overhead of 3-4 days ex-Guwahati and one should keep a buffer for bus truancy. With a private vehicle the travel component will be 1-2 days. Logistical organisation will require a day at Tenga (alternatively, have Mr. Glow to do the organisation beforehand). Miscellaneous All arrangements in Tenga - porters, camp staff, provisions, vehicle booking, local entry and accommodation permits etc - are best done through Mr. Indi Glow who lives in Tenga, is aware of the needs of tourists (especially birders) and has been intimately associated with the Eaglenest Biodiversity Project. In association with the EBP he is involved in the process of identifying and training a reliable team of camp staff who understand that for birders "breakfast at 5.30 AM" means breakfast at 5.30 AM and that many visitors do not consider chilly a vegetable! Copyright © Ramana Athreya

Upper Dikorai river above Khari in Pakke Tiger Reserve Western Arunachal Pradesh Pakke Tiger Reserve by Ramana Athreya .

Woodland and open scrub across the river around the FRH and animal enclosures 4. Indi Glow of Tenga may be requested to make arrangements here as well. Tenga. Also a couple of very basic hotels and restaurants. See town grade and accommodation descriptions Contacts As of now. white-bellied yuhina. . Garden and woodland around the Forest Dept complex 2. Though Pakke and Kaziranga are both at very low elevations the vegetation is very different and therefore so are the birds. 4. forest eagle-owl. grey peacock-pheasant. silver-eared leiothrix. Mr. emerald cuckoo. Tipi : 1-2 days 1. Reserve HQ/ Entry points : Seijusa1/ Seijusa1 and Tipi Vegetation Type : lowland evergreen forest. Tipi (Grade 4) : furnished FRH (4 people). pied falconet. There are few experiences to beat sitting on the platform in the evening. wreathed and great hornbills. ruby-cheeked sunbird. daurian redstart. Forest along the first 2 km of the Khari road Khari : 2-4 days 1.res. red-headed trogon. Roadside birding along the highway 2. in E. lesser shortwing. Khari (Grade 5) : furnished FRH (4 people). Ph 91-3782-273359 Kaati Tours:Ph +91-2132-245770 email (kaati_tours at vsnl. sultan tit. Forest entry permits are issued by the Divisional Forest Officer. Speciality Birds : jerdon's baza. The river below the FRH 3. In 1994. with a hot cup of tea and snacks and watching a large elephant herd ford the river below while emerald and rufous-bellied plaintive cuckoos are trying to raise the dead in the tree behind.butterflies/herps : monsoon. More Information on the area : Ramana Athreya email (rathreya at ncra. maroon oriole. Animal trails into the forest Khari has a wonderful view. 5 km from Tipi. Bhalukpong (Grade 3) : several IBs (?). Bugun Welfare Society) Mr. Best Season . Cross the river and follow the trail into the forest Boarding & Lodging Seijusa1 (Grade 3) : Furnished FRH (4 people) just outside the Park. Arunachal Pradesh. Kameng.General Information Area : 862 sq. Birding Areas Seijusa1 : 2-4 days 1. Arunachal Pradesh. Seijusa. blue-naped pitta. Farmland and scrub. white-browed shortwing.Birds : November-March (April) Best Season . 3. 2-3 km of the road towards Seijusa. E. our evening ritual during a full week was to welcome a flock each of both broadbills as they settled in the vicinity for the night! Spot-bellied eagle-owls have been seen in the area as well. leschenault's forktail. 2-4 km up to and beyond Seijusa2 3. yellow-bellied flycatcherwarbler. plantations. white-cheeked hill-partridge. Forest edge along streams and rivers.. Butterflies were active even in December but not in April. Camping? Power supply erratic. Indi Glow (President. there is no contact person around Pakke itself for making arrangements for visitors but we are in the process of identifying interested persons. elwe's crake.tifr. collared and long-tailed broadbills. green-pigeon spp. Camping? No electrical power. Kameng district. especially May and October. Shingle banks of the river 5. W. crow-billed drongo. The Circle Officer at Seijusa2 can issue fresh permits to extend the stay (for Indians only). shingle banks.in) Bird Tours: Kaati Tours & Mr. India. farmland. Camping? Has electrical power.net) Entry Permits Arunachal entry permits are required for both Indians and foreigners and are checked at Seijusa1. lesser necklaced laughing-thrush. Glow:Tenga Market. pleasantly tired after a great day of birding. Forest Dept officials have been very helpful in the past in hiring vehicles and camp staff locally. Forest-edge around the FRH 2. km Altitude : 100-2000m (accessible 100-300m) Lat-Long : 27. Pakke Tiger Reserve. Kameng district.1N 93E. ibisbill.

crossing the Dhirang river over a footbridge. the district headquarters town sprawled on a ridge and situated halfway between Tawang and Tezpur in Assam. the road begins ascending the mountain range that isolates the Tawang valley (and blocks views of the snow peaks). the trail breaks away from the road and. The next morning. the trail now turned around and descended to the village of Namshu after circling a valley. and the trail is marked at intervals by chortens (stupas) and mani (stones with religious inscriptions) walls. before descending to Jang. isolating the picturesque Tawang valley. Beyond Dhirang. . The Chander trek takes off from Dhirang. Tawang.380 ft). after a quick breakfast. The Tourist Lodge at Dhirang overlooks the new town which sprawls on the banks of the river with the same name. writes Partha S. unspoilt northeastern state with its pristine forests. ancient Buddhist monasteries and high snowclad Himalayan peaks. The road followed the Dhirang river and soon reached the dzong. Beyond the dzong. we were off. at the head of the Tawang valley. We broke for lunch at one of those walls. and chances are you wouldn't get a glimpse of the 22. begins ascending a hill. an ancient village with a ruined dzong (fortress) where many families still live. the state's Yaks in Chander highest.000 ft-plus Gorichen and Kangto summits.GORICHEN DRIVE Trekkers’ paradise The unspoilt and idyllic environs of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh make it an unforgettable visit. crossing it over the Se La pass (13. walking along the highway. A further gentle climb and we were on the top of the hill (7. Dhirang lies not far from Bomdila. few regions in India seem as enticing as this remote. Visit Arunachal's most popular tourist destination. Further up. after passing an isolated farmstead with maize drying on bamboo poles and tethered horses grazing. distinctive tribal culture. A range of hills that thrusts — Photos by the writer southwestwards from the Great Himalayas on the Tibet border obscures them. and suddenly we could see the Bomdila ridge on our right. the path became largely even.700 ft). A hike to the village of Chander affords a stunning view of the Himalayan summits. Banerjee A view of the Gorichen peak FOR those bitten by the travel bug. The climb is steep.

We take some shortcuts up the slopes to avoid the long hairpins. meets a broad path that winds through the top of the ridge. Suddenly. very indistinct so far. over the entire night. We reluctantly bade goodbye to Chander. Chander (9. Best season: Oct-Dec. Further up. the only alternative is to stay in the village school or to camp. The customs and food A Monpa woman from Mago habits of the Buddhist Monpa people here are so different from mainstream India's. Dhirang's Tourist Lodge is adjacent to a new moderately-priced hotel. the promised snow mountains came into view. where. We rose early to catch the sunrise on the mountains.Travel tips Namshu is a large picturesque farming village with two gompas. it was here that we put up for the night. The track goes up to Chander. coloured orange and red by the sun's golden rays. after a turn. the village was humming with life.900 ft) is a windswept village straddling a ridge where tribesmen from the remoter mountains come to trade with the villagers of the lower hills.660 ft). Accommodation: Bomdila has a good Tourist Lodge and several medium-range hotels. the vegetation had become less dense and we were approaching semi-alpine altitudes with yaks grazing among scrubland. In Chander. gambled and smoked. Here the trail. by now. Shared Sumo jeeps and buses leave Tezpur (last service midday) for Bomdila where you will have to stay overnight and catch an early morning bus or Sumo taxi to Dhirang (45 km). a jeep track joins the path. Being on the Texpur-Tawang highway. then up a difficult. There are no lodges or trekkers' huts on this route. with the giant massif of Gorichen soaring into the sky and a host of other peaks all around. there are cheaper hotels in the town below. Streaks of clouds. and returned through a different route. . you can get transport from Dhirang to visit Tawang after (or before) the trek. if you can't find a friendly host. It was so sudden. fly or take a train to Guwahati in Assam and take a bus from there to Tezpur (about 4 hours). the trail climbs steeply through a wooded slope behind the village gompa. steeper stretch along a natural water channel to the top of the ridge (8. it is almost as though you are in a different country altogether. The experience of unadulterated country life in the remote hills of the northeast is unique. the view of the mountain views now got even better. We were put up in a hut. made the view even more gorgeous. with very little warning: On a ridge beyond were a few houses comprising the village of Chander. the Mago and Chander villagers and others who had come from below gossiped. zigzagging up several hairpin bends on the way. March-April Beyond Namshu. That afternoon herdsmen from Mago (near the Gorichen base camp) in traditional wear had just arrived with scores of yaks and horses. Access: To reach Dhirang.

But the morale was high all the same. would get caught in ravines and the troops never got what they required even if it was basic rations. dedication. We did not have snow clothing. His loyalty. That too. In addition to all these difficulties. We had to make a six-day foot march from Tawang to approach it. for example. Secondly. and willingness to do his duty and go beyond that are truly remarkable. the aircraft were dropping at heights that tend to disperse the drops. He is a very unique person. We were fighting in the Namkachu region.000 feet. It was an era of 'Hindi-Chini bhai bhai'. that's all. But because of the altitude and the closeness to the border. So we used to sleep in pairs. That way. innumerable privations. the weather was hard.The Rediff Special/Lieutenant General (retd) Ravi Eipe My most significant impression of this battle. It was only with a dha or an axe that you felled trees. you had with you whatever you carried on your back. we were in a very difficult area where the troops had to sustain themselves on man pack. Even an officer had to sleep with someone else. The political thought process in the country precluded the possibility of China as a real threat. But the main reason why we got into this kind of situation was because of the overall assessment. which somehow was extremely faulty. Our perception of China was that it was a very benign country. it was a one-tonne-in-patches kind of track. 40 years after it happened. we were getting rations air-dropped. which we call tools entrenching. which was at an altitude of about 12. and shortages. And as far as replenishments were concerned. we did not have the proper tools and equipment. we just could not get salt. we had to cross the Sang Dar ridge. and even be very cheerful with these hardships. In 1962. and had to rely on very small picks and shovels that a man carries on his back. inadequacies. each pair of soldiers had two blankets over them. Sometimes. In the process. heavy mazari shirts with a jersey each. who is willing to follow his officer without question. we had to endure such poor conditions. This kind of logistical problem put the troops to a lot of privation. even if dropped. The terrain was extremely difficult.500 feet. our troops displayed one great thing. But in spite of that. there was nothing like an electric saw. So it was extremely difficult to collect the rations. nothing beyond that. that is. There were some mule tracks. which is about 16. Logistically. That's a very inefficient way of digging anything. If you wanted to cut a tree in those days. The people were very cheerful. like you see in the movies now. and that was that they could sustain themselves on very little. is the quality of the Indian soldier. but were just sustaining ourselves at those incredible altitudes with angola shirts. That is. You had a blanket and what we would call a ground sheet each. because were on man-pack basis when we had to make our defences there. . Every man had one blanket with him. Many of the items. These were some of the difficulties that the troops encountered. The roads in those days came up to Tawang. Sugar was not there.

strategies. These two things prompted to start this operation. who could march long . I am sure China would have found some other excuse to carry out the operation that they did. Secondly. This happened because of the belief that the line we occupied was not a defensive line. In the 1950s. But they were not a highly advanced army. and weapon systems. Our test came very early. and given unimportant roles by the allies. There are letters from Vallabhbhai Patel to the prime minister that are published that ratify all that I am saying: Mr Patel draws the attention of the government to the fact that the Chinese should not be underestimated. we were not only on low ground. It may be interesting to analyse why they did it. they had concluded that they must first become a regional power. they unilaterally ceased fire and withdrew. There was a mismatch between our perception of the enemy and what the enemy actually did. If you recall. but a superpower. The other thing is that we were deployed in a fashion that could be criticised severely. though not as modern as that of any advanced country. They followed the technique of using human waves and mass attacks. the Chinese have always wanted to absorb Tibet into their mainstream. after they reached the foothills. As far as China's plans went. When our battalion was attacked. as I encountered him: the Chinese were considered lotus-eaters in the Second World War. and we could set our house in order. This helped us meet the challenges of the wars of 1965 and 1971. Otherwise. Our principle always is that you must occupy heights so that the enemy who wants to attack you climbs up to you. The nation should prepare for the worst. two whole years before the actual war.Consequently. They have always aspired to not only be a world power. As for the Chinese soldier. Political indoctrination was part of their training. But unless you recognise that an adversary is an adversary. The Chinese soldier was very dedicated. The escape of the Dalai Lama to India must have been a sore point for them. so that our attackers got the advantage over us. After the Chinese revolution. and then you have the advantage of height when you want to deal with him. we would have gone into this war with better preparations: built roads and so on. So. It started with the gradual building of roads quite close to the border. we saw the Chinese hand first when this post was established at Dola sometime in September 1962. and demonstrate their capability in the South Asian continent. But he was a good infantryman. and even Kargil recently. soon after they became independent. techniques. from a military point of view. your preparations will never match the situation. But their techniques were typical of a people's army. The reverse of 1962 spurred the Indian Army to pull itself up. the preparations to undertake such an operation were very tardy. there again. we did not read the enemy's intentions properly. The men we encountered had already experienced fighting in Korea. it was just a political line temporarily to establish our claim to what we are holding. Many countries remain unchallenged. This whole operation against India might have been an exercise to demonstrate China's superiority in this region. They had better rifles than we had. He could come behind us and on top of us. the People's Liberation Army came into power and the party and army cadres became one and the same. This dispute was a godsend to them. But here. It is now very clear that the Chinese intended for some time to launch an operation into India in the Tawang sector. To understand that. revising our technologies. It must have reinforced their concern that India could be trouble for them. but also facing the enemy here with the attack coming from behind. we were not very realistic. we were deployed along a nullah or river. Their intentions are not as honourable as they appear. At a national level. That is the reason why we got into so many problems. If our post had not been established where it was. The spin-off of this reverse was that the armed forces went into raising new formations. one has to go back into the Chinese aspirations. so their armies remain untested. The preparations started some time in 1960. That is the reason we were caught on the wrong foot.

distances. Of my 95. by which time we had suffered extensive casualties. an army of soldiers willing to make the greatest possible sacrifices for their country. when he was thrust into battle with the Chinese in the North East Frontier Agency [now Arunachal Pradesh]. (Ravi Eipe was 22. and that is why we suffered such losses. I was a captain. and some of our bunkers just blew up into smithereens. What strikes me is that even though we experienced a setback in the war. These men never held it against their country that she had nothing much to offer in terms of clothing. In some cases. I would rate him on a par with our men. Their fire was very effective. unknown to us. and adapt to all types of weather. The brigade commander was there. They could see our positions clearly. the enemy started heavy artillery shelling. All the companies of the 2nd Rajput had been attacked simultaneously in the same manner. I had 95 men under me. with red flashes on their shoulders. So I took whatever men I could to the brigade headquarters. The battle on that day went thus: we woke up and occupied our defences at 5. as it became cold. live off the land.15am. and heard the firing. Then we heard a bugle. and had been in the army for three years. Only. food. But the advantage was to the Chinese. firing began from behind. I was not in communication with the battalion commander or anyone else. It was very hard to carry the wounded in that terrain: four to six men were needed to carry every wounded man. Of these. we organised ourselves to turn behind and keep firing. Fifteen minutes later. We were in retreat. Brigadier John Dalvi. our commander. 282 were killed. but it was not incapacitating. The story after that is very long and well known. They were tall and fit. They wore gray unisex trousers and long coats. in 1962. In spite of the fact that we were in an unfavourable position. and the shelling stopped. including I. across a narrow nullah. just for love and dedication to their land. they could even use guns for direct firing. just before first light. The whole battalion had 513 men of all ranks in the Namkachu area. in the darkness. I found. we are fortunate to have soldiers of such calibre fighting for India. But the story of the battle of the 2nd Rajput in the 1962 war ends there. This shelling carried on for about 45 minutes. He spoke to M D Riti) . They could hit our bunkers. but still expected great performances from them. it hurt whenever I breathed. When we realised that this attack was coming from behind us. We could hold on for nearly another 45 minutes. One could keep walking around with it. survived! All this on just one day! The enemy captured another 171. became a prisoner of war! I too got a splinter wound during the shelling. as the distance was short. we continued fighting. who were on top. Instead. In the meantime. only 14. but a complex one. or equipment. We saw the Chinese soldiers eyeball to eyeball. the Chinese had crossed further up north and were coming behind our positions. The lieutenant general now lives in Bangalore. The next day.

kms.03712. King Cobra. Range Forest Officer. Turtles : Seven species of Turtle and Tortoise. Mangaldai. Bengal Florican(2nd. and the LGBI Guwahati Airport is 150 kms. south of the N. Black Krait. without bedding and food. It has 8 cottages. Tiger. Maljuria Elephants (male elephants in group). 52 at Dhansirighat and the distance to Mangaldai is 70 kms. Hog Deer. The National Park is located 18 kms. Silbori. White Pelican. The Forest Dormitory is located at the Gate and provides group accommodation for 40 people. What you expect to see Mammal : Rhinoceros. Brahminy Duck. A Tourist Lodge located near the entrance to the park managed by the Tourism Department can accommodate 16 people at a time. Civet Cat.– 03713.282379. Mangaldoi Wildlife Division.230022.highest concentration) etc. and Guwahati is 150 kms.. Where to stay : Satsimalu Rest House . some of which are Spot Billed Pelican.80 sq. Tel. and an important breeding ground for varieties of Fishes.Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park The oldest game reserve of the State just on the northern bank of river Brahmaputra with an area of 78. Lesser Adjutant Stork.the most sought after accommodation as it provides a vintage point for viewing wildlife and Silbori Rest House at the Range H. . Reptiles : Indian Rock Python.Q. Whom to contact for visit : Divisional Forest Officer.H. Wild Pig. Darrang. Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park. Porcupine and Gangetic Dolphin. Pintail Duck. Tel. Greater Adjutant Stork. How to reach : The nearest Airport Salonibari (Tezpur) is 80 kms. Birds : 222 species of Birds have so far been recorded. Monitor Lizard. Cobra.

Kharietc crisscross the park. leopard. Dinai. 5 hrs drive) Arrive Guwahati by flight. Inspector General of Police MADHUP KR TIWARY OPERATION 0360-2291274 2290863 3 Asstt. During rainy season A few jheels (during the rainy seasons) also dot the area.1 Director General of Police VIMLA MEHRA POLCE HQrs. One can enjoy rafting in the Jia Bhoroli river in the south western boundary.gaplangur. Palla’sfishing eagle. POLICE HEAD QUARTERS 0360-2218190 2212296 1 Inspector General of Police DEEPAK MISHRA POLCE HQrs. .Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji. and over 350 species of birds including White-winged Wood Duck. Sultan Tit. Nameri. Doigurung. Meeting upon arrival and depart for Nameri National Park. Another important wild life sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh The Pakhui (Pakke) wild life Sanctuary adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. slow loris. and Yellowbellied and White-throated Fantails.Lesser Adjutant stork . Long-billed Ringed Plover. Great pied Indian hornbill. bordering Arunachal Pradesh and it is also the core area of Nameri Tiger Reserve (344sq kms). Hog Deer. Nameri National Park: The Nameri National Park of 200 sq kms area is located in the Sonitpur district.Phone Res. Ibisbill (uncommon).Gaur. Ruddy Kingfisher. Dikorai.Burmese ferret badger. Wild Boar. POLICE HEAD QUARTERS 0360-2212576 2292946 9 Suprintendent of Police PALDAN BOMDILA WEST KAMENG 0360-2291597 222047 3 Suprintendent of Police SANG NORBU MOSOBI TAWANG TAWANG 03794-222231 222213 5 Suprintendent of Police SEPPA EAST KAMENG 03787-222211 25 Office Incharge of PS 26 Office Incharge of PS 27 Office Incharge of PS 28 Office Incharge of PS 29 Office Incharge of PS 37 Office Incharge of PS 38 Office Incharge of PS 39 Office Incharge of PS 40 Office Incharge of PS TAWANG TAWANG 03794-222235 JANG TAWANG 03794-254808 BOMDILA WEST KAMENG 03782-222036 KALAKTANG WEST KAMENG 03780-266441 BOMDILA WEST KAMENG 03782-222036 SEPPA EAST KAMENG 03787-222231 SEIJOSA EAST KAMENG 03778-222204 BHALUKPONG WEST KAMENG 03780-234432 DIRANG WEST KAMENG 03780-242230 Sl No Designation Name Place Unit/District Off.Phone Email id 1 Asstt. Wreathed hornbill. Sambar. It is the home of Mammals like Elephant. The river Jia. Inspector General of Police MADHUP KR TIWARY OPS 0360-2291274 2290863 TAWANG TOUR Day 01: Arrive Guwahati / Nameri National Park (255 kms.Barking deer. Inspector General of Police ANIL KR OJHA POLICE HEAD QUARTERS 03602291065 2211967 2 Asstt. Tiger. Greater spotted eagle.Rufous necked hornbill.

attending which. Bomdila: On the way to Tawang . En route visit Bhalukpong: Situated on the Assam-Arunachal border. By the side of the glass house there is an orchid museum too. Bhalukpong is another picturesque spot for angling and leisurely picnics. Bomdila is also an ideal place for nature lovers with several trekking and hiking trails are now opened for the adventure seeker. Overnight at hotel. 250 kms from Guwahati. Miji and Bogun (Khawas) tribes. 4 hrs drive) Morning after an early breakfast departs for Bomdila by the same vehicle. Some of them are rare and endangered species. Arrive Bomdila and check in at hotel. lunch and dinner at the camp. situated at height of 8500 ft (distance from Tezpur 180 kms). (Optional) Breakfast. Overight at the camp Day 03: Nameri / Bomdila (125 kms. Bomdila is a picturesque town in the foothills of Himalayas and the headquarter of West Kameng District the land of the Monpa. Tipi Orchid Sanctury and Research Center: An Orchidarium at Tipi (5 kms from Bhalukpong) on the way to Bomdila is the Botanical paradise. Afternoon you can opt for mild river rafting in Jia Bharali river adjoining to the Nameri National Park. where very fine wooden carpets of colourful designs and Masks are produced. From the monastery one can have the breathtaking view of the entire Bomdila. Places of interest: Later Visit Bomdila Monastery: The monastery has been built under the guidance of Dalai Lama. Rest of the time free at leisure Overnight at hotel. . With its apple orchards. It is a residence of more than 200 Buddhist monks. One can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad Gorichen ranges of the Himalaya on a clear day. Buddhist gomphas and a magnificient view of the Kameng Valley Bomdila can be named as a mini paradise. Day 02: Nameri National Park Early morning go for the nature walk and the bird watching trip into the dense jungle of Nameri National Park with the forest guards. Also visit craft center. Sherdukpen. one can have the absolute peace of mind. The time of pray is in dawn and dusk. Aka (Hrusso). About 300 species of orchids can be seen in the flora – glass house.Arrive and check in at Eco Camp. Bomdila also offers a Bird's eye view of Kangto and Gorichen peaks (highest peaks in the state) amidst the Himalayan landscape and snow clad ranges.

who had been unable to decide a site to establish the monastery. visiting Tawang Monastery (Vihar): Tawang Monastery about 400 years old. One day he was praying in cave. Most of the time the lake is covered with thick blanket of snow. hand woven carpets. As per the legend. On search. Legend says that a monpa woman supported sepoy Jashwant Singh during his battle with the Chinese. It is locally called ‘Namgyal Chortan’. The monastery is also called Galden Namgey Lhatse meaning celestial paradise. The ancient library inside the courtyard has an excellent collection of thangkas. coral and amber. When Jashwant got martyrdom she killed herself as an act of loyalty. The names of 2420 martyrs imprinted in gold on 32 black granite plagues. seeking a divine guidance. Urqelling Monastery: It is the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama who is the only Indian to have risen to such a high position in Gelupka Sect of Buddhism so far. The memorial is 40-foot-high and like a stupa in design. painted with the blood from the nose of 5th Dalai Lamaand valuable Buddhist manuscripts mainly Kanjur and Tanjur numbering 850 bundles. Sella Pass: The entry point into the Tawang Valley is Sela pass at an elevation of 13700 ft above the sea level. he found his horse was missing.000 ft. Merag Lama. The monastery was founded by Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso. jewellery in silver. In the famous battle of Nuranang against Chinese in November 1962. There is a magnificent 8 meter high statue of Lord Buddha. Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso. Tawang War Memorial: The memorial is dedicated to the martyrs of the 1962 Sino-Indian war.. Day 05: Tawang Morning after breakfast explore Tawang. The Craft Center: The craft center in Tawang sells beautiful masks. It also holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. When he came out after the prayers. She brought sepoy Jashwant supplies and used to heal his wounds.Day 04: Bomdila / Tawang (180 Kms. the site of the Monastery was chosen by the horse of Merag Lama. Considering that as the sign of divine blessing he decided to construct the monastery at the very spot. is the second largest Buddhist monastery in India. . the horse was located standing quietly on a hilltop. in 1681 in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama. ‘chubas’ the local dressand delightful affordable mementos. Arrive Tawang and check in at hotel. The memorial pay homage to Jaswant Singh Rawat. The glimpse of Paradise Lake in the Sella Pass makes your visit worth. Overnight at hotel. Evening free at leisure. Rawat and two other soldiers from 4th Batallion Garhwal Rifles were instrumental in killing 300 Chinese soldiers in 72 hours. 6 hrs drive) Morning after breakfast ddepart by car for Tawang. situated at an altitude of approximately 10. En route visit Jaswant Garh: The war memorial is located 14 kms from Sella Pass on the way to Tawang. Mahavir Chakra Awardee posthumous (the second highest award from the Indian Army). The monastery is the house of more than 700 monks. Inside the monastery there are several Stupas (Vihar) and people from all walks of life visit this place during Buddhist new year to get the blessing for the coming year.

Day 06: Tawang / Dirang (140 Kms. Arrive Dirang and check in at the hotel. Dirang: Dirang 40 kms from Bomdila is situated at an altitude of 1497 meters. he added. Gen Singh expressed his hope that the statue. During his hour-long stay at Lumla. The Governor. . once completed can be seen even from Sela Pass on clear sky as also it will be seen from neighboring Bhutan. will definitely bring peace and prosperity to the region as it will attract pilgrims and other believers along with tourist to picturesque town of Lumla. who is on a visit to western part of Arunachal Pradesh. Gen Singh expressing his desired to visit it once completed. Making cash contribution towards that statue. Hot Water Spring and ancient Dirang Jong (Fort). It will be like our famous Tawang Monastery. Kiwi Farm. the Governor visited the under construction Tara Devi statue. has undertaken a tour by land route to experience the excitement along with other infrastructure constrains on the route faced by the tourists. before returning to Itanagar. Tour ends. Day 08: Bhalukpong / Guwahati Depart. 5 hrs drive) Morning after breakfast depart for Guwahati airport to catch the flight for onward destination. It is an ideal hill resort in West Kameng district with beautiful Apple Nursery.Sangestser Lake: Popularly known as Madhuri Lake is located 35 kms away from Tawang near the China Border. It is the base camp for trekking to Gorichen peak and other bird watching trails Afternoon visit the natural hot spring. The thrill and scenic beauty of the area is just wonderful. (255 Kms. Aug 4: It was like seeing true Arunachal Pradesh. 6 hrs drive) Morning after breakfast depart for Dirang. Rest of the time free to explore the nature by your own. Apple gardens and the Yak Breeding farms. when completed in next two years. The members of the committee informed that statue of Goddess Tara Devi. 5 hrs drive) Morning after breakfast return to Bhalukpong. Day 07: Dirang / Bhalukpong (140 kms.J Singh while driving from Tawang to Lumla in Tawang district on July 31 last. Overnight at tourist lodge. Interacting with the construction committee of the project. Governor visits Lumla. thrills over scenic beauty Itanagar. The drive to Sangestser Lake is full of thrill and one can still see the war bankers that had been used during the Chinses aggression in 1962 and the beautiful PTSO lake Day 06: Tawang / Dirang (140 kms. Arrive and check in at the tourist lodge. Buddhist Gompa. Yak Research Centre. said State Governor Gen J. 5 hrs drive) Overnight at hotel. he added. En route stop at the Nuranang fa+lls. reports PRO to Governor.

we got up early and after the morning chores & ablutions. accompanied by the first lady Anupama Singh. but there was no sight of the said vehicle. Gen Singh. Going through the construction details. so that I could negotiate with some other operator. he pointed.As always concerned about the education of the children. firstly made a detour to his house with the excuse of fetching warm clothing for the journey ahead. By this time. he should tender back my advance payment made to him. We waited for a further period of about 20 minutes.15 A. the Governor inspected the under construction Eklaviya School. Lumla. Having. In order to be doubly sure. got him over his mobile phone. I asked the proprietor regarding the status of the vehicle who informed me that the vehicle which had arrived last night was being washed.M. we commenced with our journey for our first .30 A. On his advice I immediately rushed back to the hotel. But this detour was pleasant as we got an opportunity to have a peek at the mighty Bharmaputra River and at the local village houses. I went to the agency at 6. However. Nameri National Park entry The driver who was an irksome fellow and his antics I have already described in the travelogue of this series (titled – General Information). we kept our vigil for another 15 minutes.30 A. the proprietor had slinked away and when I asked the person manning the counter. After an irksome wait for about 15 minutes or so on the road. he urged upon the engineers to put on their best for the best construction in this far-flung area. which was unveiled on June 3 last. The rebuke worked and dirty Sumo arrived with the outer side covered with filth and the rest all of you well understand. Your effort will definitely encourage in giving quality education to our rural children. after this brief detour. and was assured by its proprietor who goes by the nick-name of ‘Bhuttu’ that the vehicle was ready and we should check out of the hotel. he gave the routine reply that the vehicle was being washed. sitting like a destitute on the road.M. I got the boys to thrown a few buckets of water on the vehicle and then boarded it at around 7. After having been assured that we would commence with our journey at 6. and started for the onward journey.M. Assured. Earlier in the morning before leaving for Lumla. I gave him a piece of my mind and asked him that in case he did not have the vehicle. were all rearing to go for the famed destination. sharp in the morning. Arunachal Pradesh – the land of dawn lit mountains (From Tezpur to Bomdila) A typical bomboo house in Tezpur suburb The trip to Arunachal Pradesh began with a misadventure and ended with a hair raising one. who is the Honorary Colonel of the Maratha Light Infantry paid homage to the statue of Chhatarpati Shivaji Maharaj at Tawang. cleared the check and was out on the street for the vehicle to arrive. akin to having been thrown out of the Hotel for non payment? My patience had really been tried by then and I went to the counter once again and asked the counter clerk to connect me to the proprietor.

The driver rang up the proprietor of the firm immediately. we found that that the extra tyre was totally worn out and the punctured tyre. but now endangered. The driver after having partaken lunch and after some honking of the horn . Across the Kameng river is the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary. which sometimes move onto the main highways too during the night.30 P.clouds enveloping the mountains all around Beyond Bhalukpong. But when the tyre did to arrive even at 12. after a long wait which seemed like eons. I was apprehensive that the rim of the vehicle would get damaged in the process. Having gone past Balipara we entered the famed ‘Nameri National Park’. The Jia Bhareli River at Bhalukpong Orchids at Tipi Orchidarium We reached Bhalukpong at around 9. it was almost like running an empty vehicle. had been damaged beyond repair.M and the driver was also slinking away out of eyesight leaving us stranded. I rang up the proprietor myself and sought an explanation for putting such tyre as extra in such treacherous conditions. As we entered the Nameri area. Dense jungles beyond Bhalukpong & clouds gathering The West Kameng River Getting past Sessa . due to abuse by the driver.e.M. but he assured me that the vehicle usually carried far more weight when it traveled with ten people & luggage on board. But to our utter dismay. which appeared to be an interesting stop. where one can linger awhile. Bhalukpong. decided to take the vehicle at snails pace for the next 2 Kms. it had started to rain heavily and as we were about to enter Bhalukpong. the tyre arrived at 1. assuming that the tyre would arrive in two hours time i. The Orchadarium house a variety of indigenous varieties of orchids inside green houses as well as maintains the species in primitive conditions.destination for the day in Arunchal Pradesh i. To while away the time. home to white-winged wood duck (Deo Hanh ) apart from the black bear. deer and elephants. lies Tipi situated on the banks of Jia Bhareli river or Kameng river which is famous for its Orchidarium. After getting the tank upped with 45 liters of diesel from Tezpur we raced towards our destination going past lush green fields with tinge of moisture in the air and looming black clouds in the distance. Further ahead the road gradually snakes upwards and leads through many a small village strewn across. having wasted one hour in the morning at Tezpur itself and four hours in Bhalukpong.30 A. or so till he reached Bhalukpong. having been repatriated from places inside Arunachal Pradesh itself. Our next stop was at a non descript place called Sessa from where the road bifurcates to another place called Seppa. This five hour delay cost us dearly as we had to give a miss to some destinations we had planned to visit during the course of the day. although I noticed the same instantly. but due to paucity of time we had to drop this destination from our itinerary. we entered a local restaurant to have our breakfast and consumed the same at leisurely pace. the driver did not seem bothered. and after getting the necessary entry formalities completed.e. However. we got ready to fix the punctured tyre and install the extra tyre carried by the vehicle..M. on my insistence he stopped the vehicle and reported that my presumption was correct. who assured us of sending a fresh tyre on priority. the back tyre of the vehicle got punctured.15 P. time taken by our vehicle to reach Bhalukpong. After journeying for and hour & a half we reached Balipara. which is a junction for traveling towards multifarious destinations in Arunachal Pradesh.M and we commenced with our journey at 1. inhabited by the Bungun tribe who are considered to be vicious & notorious by the locals all around and the drivers dread to travel to this place. However. but in the same breath blurted out that the owner would not bear his medical expenses in case he fell ill and therefore.30 P. with only the four of us in the vehicle. at a distance of 05 Kms.

Picnic spots. we started our journey beyond Sessa. nestled high in the Eastern Himalayas and is the headquarters of the West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh and is at a distance of 165 Kms. which is one of the sub-divisions of Bomdila and situated at a distance of 77 Kms.just before passing by Tenga (being Military base did not photograph the area) Arunachal Pradesh – the land of dawn lit mountains (Around Bomdila) View of the greater Himalayas from Bomdila top The next morning offered the sight of a breathtakingly beautiful Bomdila township. The rain & winds that lashed the township during the day. from Bhalukpong. we were ready to retire for the night. are entered by the local Police authorities.500 meters or 8500 feet. Chilli-pam Monastery and the Wild life sanctuary (Near Singchung) and other places like Shergaon etc. which was to culminate at Dirang. Hotel Tashi Den. Megalithic stone and Rock climbing. the road started its descent till it reached Tenga Cantonment at height of 4000 feet. but to bye-pass this destination as well. The next destination that we reached was a small wayside ‘Durga Mandir’ maintained by the armed forces. A view of the Bomdila Monastery The town is surrounded by lush apple orchards that stretch far and wide. situated at a distance of only 42 Kms. This lofty paradise is snow clad for most part of the year especially the winter months and makes a delightful destination to get away to in summer as we experienced the chill during the previous night. and STD Booths strewn around alongwith a plethora of Government Offices & Institutions. we had no other option left. The Nechiphu Pass . from Tenga. before passing by the famous Nechiphu pass (zero point) situated at an altitude of 6000 feet/52 Kms. away from Bomdila and takes only around one & half hours to two hours. this place offers views of natural Valley. from Bhalukpong and is famous for Fishing. we had a very pleasant nights sleep. However. in between we had a brief stop at a place called Nag Mandir where the details of vehicles etc. from Tezpur. It was late in the evening when we reached Bomdila township and after seeking out a Hotel i. The township being the District headquarters naturally has all the modern amenities including Banks. having lost five hours and with the evening approaching fast and consequently the availability of daylight deteriorating rapidly. Since we were not hard pressed for the next leg of the journey.all mist & rain Nag Mandir .by my daughter. from Bhalukpong. before we could gather energy to go and gorge out the dinner. Rupa Gonpa. we started our little expedition of unraveling . which is situated at an altitude or 3. The room being cozy and comfortable. The route to the Rupa valley bifurcates from Tenga and is another 10-12 Kms. had brought down the temperatures considerably and we had to seek the warmth of the room heater to get cozy and drown a few cups of Coffee & drank hot water served by the Hotel staff. We got up from bed and after having tea and having refreshed ourselves and gorged in the morning breakfast. if driven to leisurely. Rupa.e. Enroute one can also visit Jamiri. Having crossed the pass. ATMs. which is at a distance of 67 Kms.

The market is small but packed with many local goods. the driver too expressed his surprise at the collection of Cameras being carried by us. as the road was too narrow to let two vehicles pass or overtake simultaneously. Bomdila itself is a tiny township. the driver of the army truck relented and let us get past! We reached the top without further ado and the sight was just breathtaking. but the entry is barred. we all were really mesmerized. we found that the market at Gangtok was far more enticing than the one here. like other towns in the area. There are a fair number of gompas (small monasteries) here and the town has quaint little eatingplaces where you can savour traditional Tibetan cuisine plus the all time favourite momos and thoopas. However. my wife shooting family photographs with her free-focus camera. Front view of the Bomdila Monastery The Bomdilla monastery is situated above the township and commands a panoramic view of the township and valleys below. From simple little walking trails to more strenuous treks.Bomdila. Clouds nestling in the region of Nephichu pass as seen from Bomdila top A number of treks and hikes into the mountains also start from Bomdila. especially the Craft Centre at Bomdila turns out a range of superbly designed dragon carpets that are on sale. but it is spread over a wide ridge that straddles a mountain. the highest point on the Bomdila mountain spur and also houses the defense telecommunications tower. which appeared to be mattress of soft white cotton strewn over. Arunachal Pradesh – the land of dawn lit mountains (Around Dirang) Birds eye view of Dirang . Digital Video Camera as well as the standard Sony Handycam. Bomdila is at the hub of hiking activity in the Kameng region. Most of these are intricately crafted with minute details and varied themes. Bomdila. watching the monks performing their daily chores and appreciating the riot of colours spread by the nature through its many blooming flowers. The monastery is under renovation and the newly constructed Monastery is very colourful and lends a very special sparkle to the entire environ and is very soothing for the eyes. A army one tonne truck was grunting its way up with its load of water tank filled to the brim and the amount of water it was spilling compelled us to think aloud as to how much water will actually reach its destination on the hill top? After some persuasive honking by the driver. we started with our descent back.e. We laundered around the monastery. Also produced at the centre are traditional thangka wall hangings. Another view of the greater Himalayas from Bomdila top Next we ascended up to Bomdila top i. my son with his Digital camera following my foot-steps and myself using my SLR. since we had been to Sikkim during last year. So we came back home with a little bit of Bomdila in your suitcase . whereas on one side was the range of snow laden mountain range and on the other the gathering of clouds at the Nechiphu pass. Having clicked with our cameras. paintings and masks. has a strong Buddhist and Tibetan influence.and a lot of Bomdila in our hearts! (as promised over the internet).

This particular portion of the route. we slowly descended towards the valley below. (iii) Most of them travel with a cook in tow and rent kitchen of the Hotel where they put up their guests and provide them meals. The DZONG (fort) was built in . we decided to stay put in Dirang for three nights. It was also the centre of military and judicial activities concerning the entire population within its jurisdiction. the culture & ethos of the local Monpas. for the following reasons – (i) They have personal contacts in this region. as they appeared to be unkempt. with an array of 500-year-old stone houses located in its ruins. even a heavy downpour can bring down a mud slide and cut-off the road link. experienced gained by interacting with many families/drivers etc. which is placed at an altitude of 8500 feet. I found out that most of the journeys undertaken to this region was best undertaken with tour operators. the only decent Hotel in Dirang. probably due to much more heavy rainfall in this part as compared to north Indian mountains. when we reached Dirang we found out that none of the hotels in the main bazaar area of the township did not have any rooms available for three days at a stretch. This unavailability of rooms in the main bazaar area ultimately turned out to be a boon for us. There are a plethora of hotels available in the Bazaar area like Ma Lakshmi Lodge. situated between Bomdila and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is about 42 Kms. especially the one just below Bomdilla and another part near Munna Camp. who transited through Dirang during the few days that I spent in there. which unlike the mountains of north India. After having lapped up the nature’s grandeur spread out at Bomdila top. a constant wind blows along the river valley making it a very pleasant place to stay. so far as living conditions were meant and we were referred to a nicely spruced complex called the ‘Tourist Lodge’. are prone to landslides. View of the main entry to Dirang Dzong View of the outer periphery of Dirang Dzong Dirang offers some interesting spots which a traveller can explore and the most striking one is the Dirang Dzong (fort).DIRANG. in order to give our tired souls some rest and to replenish our energies. I have already described my experience regarding the Tourist Lodge in my very first part of the present series of travelogues and would not like to dwell on it. one can experience first hand. Dirang is placed at an altitude of 1497 meters/4910 feet. This 17th century monument represents the authority of the monastic rule through which the Monpas carried out their public administration during the past.a typical Monpa Village enroute Dirang View of Munna Camp Dirang as such does not have a whole lot to see but it has an intrinsic spectacular scenic beauty and an ideal place to rest for a while. (ii) They move in groups. Munna has a small village which appears to be placed right in middle of the river. The other notable feature noticed in this part were the cultivated fields. Dirang Chu (‘Chu’ means ‘River’ in local dialect) which runs parallel to the main highway all the way upto & beyond Dirang. Moon Lodge etc. from Bomdila. which I would like to share with my readers i. which makes it all the more secure. dirty & congested devoid of proper ventilation. It is at a much lower altitude than Bomdila and thus. which the tourists are akin to.e. Therefore. are not terraced. the weather is much milder & comfortable. However. but they were just basic and not at all appealing. I have learnt one good lesson while staying in Dirang. any further. Villages & fields . but placed on the slope. which is placed next to Hotel Pemaling. in this regard. thus making the journey more wholesome. as the roads that cut through them are through mountains which are primarily composed of small rocks & mud and thus. However. as against Bomdila.

from Dirang. However. offers a good view of the topography of the township. beyond Dirang is the famed Sangti Valley. before it gets too late to redeem the hot spring. it is situated at a distance of about 28 Kms. The local environment department needs to take a look at this. which is used by the villagers to grind the millets. a flour mill system using hydro power. One of the prime attractions is a sheep breeding farm. no photographs. rather than preserving the ecology there for which it is meant & sounds. who supposedly take bath in the Hot Springs as its water is said to possess curative properties. Yet the visit to this spot was rewarding in itself as we could see some virgin forests and observe typical villages & villagers at work enroute. I was most dejected after having undertaken a long trek down from the main road. The wooden gate leading to the fort is decorated with local architectural designs. The two-storied fort was built out of huge stone slabs and wooden logs. but also creates more ecological hazards. View of the famous Sangti Valley View of the traditional water flour mill or Chuskar At a distance of 12 Kms. The place is situated on a mountain ridge high up. It is the only one of its kind in the entire area. View of the Kiwi Orchard View of the Hot Water Spring in Dirang The other local attractions. The other famed tourist spot is the Hot Water Spring. It is a real ecologist’s delight and although we could hear a variety of birds singing. The Regional Apple Nursery & Kiwi Farms are situated across the river valley and one has to cross over through a small bridge. The other one being the Chuskar (traditional water mill). which the tourists visit. The Sangti valley is the favored tourist destination for avid bird watchers as well as it is home to the endangered back necked cranes during winter months which come to nest here from Tibet. are the National Yak Research Center (situated half-way between Dirang and Tawang). It is at a strategically located hill top and comprises of an array of four storied fortified stone buildings in which the entire village could take refuge at the time of war. Sangti is dotted with numerous picturesque spots. The entire township which is concentrated over an area of less than a kilometer. with a Cafeteria right in front of the Hot Spring. A Monpa village comprises of many houses which are locally called Khyem and are generally rectangular in shape & double storied made of wooden posts & beams and walls are constructed of crudely cut stones smeared with mud. apart from views of sloped farms with view of little wonderful villages scattered around the hills. as an Ecological Camp has come up at the site. but could not spot one because of the dense foliage all around and thus. with few villages strung far apart. which are ideal for holidaymakers. However. View of typical Monpa house or a Cher Khyem Dirang is also used as a Base camp for trekking & bird watching at Mandla or Madla Phudong (local name). the poor people live in houses constructed entirely out of bamboo and are called Cher-Khyem. which is not only blocks the view of the Hot Spring. which is also the main attraction for locals. .Dirang in 1831.

30 A. slowly traversing it and gradually gaining height as the day temperature rose with sun rising on top of the mountains above. which maintains this road throughout the year.Arunachal Pradesh – the land of dawn lit mountains (Dirang to Tawang . leading to the famous Bangajung Gompa. results in the strong but pleasant surface winds that we encountered at Dirang. I could decipher the way towards ‘Chabri la’. with the whiffs of clouds drifted below in the valley. The weather clears. which is another military station and vehicles are not permitted to stop. View of the main entry to Jaswant Garh Inside the main memorial at Jaswant Garh The next stop was at JASWANT GARH ( 14kms.M and as we went past Dirang. Here we felt as if we were on top of the clouds. especially during the afternoons. The journey started early in the morning at 6. We took shelter in a small residence cum stall run by a local family and the warmth of the wooden stove was the most comfortable aspect. the river Dirang Chu kept company with us for quite some distance with the gurgling & dancing shimmering water jumping from rock to rock with gay abandon. Next comes a place called ‘Baisakhi’. In order to shoot a few pictures.a memorable journey) View of the road above Senge This part of the journey was one of the most memorable in the entire tour as the scenic beauty was like a luxurious visual treat thrown out by the nature for us to savor. from Sela Pass). I ventured out with the ear muffs on to avoid cold wind. This movement of clouds creates a very dense fog between Senge & Baisakhi. the wind seemed to penetrate through all layers of clothing’s and setting chill through the body. the hot air moves upwards towards the cooler environs. Gradually the small villages with shops became sparse as we gained height and slowly we gained height the clouds appeared to be drifting below us and it appeared that we were riding on back of the famed ‘Udan Khatola’! View of Baisakhi from road above The first stop enroute to Tawang was a place called ‘Senge’. From the sign post put up by the Border Road Organization (BRO for short). View of the famed Sela Pass View of the Paradise Lake at Sela Pass Having got past Baisakhi. the War Memorial raised to pay homage to Jaswant Singh. . we thought it wise to proceed ahead immediately. as well as deteriorates very quickly at these heights and as the weather had started worsening. As the day temperature rises in the valley below. even with the winter clothing on. is such a surreal experience! That it is very difficult to describe its beauty in words. which lasts till late in the evenings and all the local drivers are well aware of this phenomenon factually. a soldier who received the Mahavir Chakra awarded by the Govt. height.which is the world's second highest motor-able pass at 13. it is placed at an altitude of around 9000 feet and offers spectacular views of the valley below. one suddenly comes up to the SELA PASS. Since Senge is a transit post of the military.700 ft. if not scientifically. no photography is permitted in its actual vicinity. bringing with it the clouds and simultaneously. the cold mountain winds moves towards the valley below and thus. The drifting clouds in the valley below you. but the effort was every bit rewarding as the picturesque setting of the Paradise Lake at this height with the reflections & refractions of light was a stunning experience. It was cold and windy when we reached Sela.

Both of them hoodwinked the Chinese into believing that there was a big military presence in the area. similarly. Sela was killed in a grenade attack. we made our way towards Tawang. Whereas. the volume of water that cascades down in an enormous din is astounding and the first view of the falls. View of the Jung falls Having gorged ourselves with some snacks & coffee at the defense run canteen at Jasawant Garh. Jaswant Singh Rawat continued to fight till the last and when his bullets finished. the 4th Garwhal Rifles was awarded the battle honors of “Nuranang” in 1962. before ultimately draining out into the Bramhaputra. The fall is indeed awe inspiring. RFN Jaswant Singh Rawat snatched the MMG from the Chinese with both his hands and started crawling back towards his trench. a Chinese bullet caught him in his head just as he was about to enter the trench. The source of water that feeds this immense falls. it is not only the height that is immense. which the locals tell you and has become a local folklore. which was our final destination and completed this last leg of 40 Kms. dragged back the MMG and this changed the battle scene altogether and the Chinese had to beat a retreat. as it falls for almost 100-150 meters or more from the top to bottom. we then proceeded for the famous Nuranang or Jung Water falls. is that this brave son of the country showed unmatched valor by fighting and holding the invading Chinese for 72 hours. Three brave soldiers. LNK Trilok Singh Negi (Vir Chakra. the picturesque scene of the famous film ‘Koyla’ (starring Shah Rukh Khan & Madhuri Dixit). all alone with the help of his local female friend called Sela (in whose name the famous Sela pass is named). It was but a tryst with destiny that the Uncle of Sela. LNK Trilok Singh Negi was also caught in a burst of automatic Chinese firearm and RFN Gopal Singh Gusain. one the official line that is enshrined in the epitaph erected by the Army. he shot himself in the head with the last bullet. which states that in face of heavy MMG (Medium Machine Gun).of India for bravery Posthumously. Panoramic view of the Nuranag or Jung falls Thereafter. For this act of bravery on face of almost abominable force. leaving behind about 300 dead soldiers and many arms & weapons. as they used to fire simultaneously from two or more locations using ropes/wires to activate the guns. They found two Chinese soldiers dead and third dying but still holding on to the MMG. is the paradise lake at Sela & mountain streams running in Sela-BungaJung ranges. though badly injured. The Chinese were so pissed at his overtures that they beheaded him posthumously and carried away his head as a prized possession. However. The other story. from Jung falls in about one & half hours time. There are two stories that make rounds regarding this place. was caught by Chinese guards and on interrogation spilled the beans. however. which the Chinese had placed at a vantage point to obliterate the post after their two of their attacks had been beaten back by our armed forces. who used to provide for food and other essentials to these two. namely RFN Jaswant Singh Rawat. It is a place where patriotic emotions of all Indians find a natural expression and the national anthem plays with all its fervor in your sub-conscious mind. made my jaws fall wide apart. Posthumous) and RFN Gopal Singh Gusain (Mahavir Chakra) of the 4th Garwal Rifles equipped with most basic arms & grenades moved towards the Chinese position and from a distance of about 15 meters they threw Grenades into the Chinese bunker and charged at it. This placement of the MMG hardy 40 meters from the post was slowly tilting the balance in favour of the Chinese. the only unit to have been awarded such an honor during the Chinese aggression. . the water ultimately falls into Tawang Chu’s (Chu means River) left bank. which in turn runs out into Bhutan. the RFN had thus indented his mark in the history before he met the martyr's end.

It is the fountainhead of the spiritual life of the Monpas and the Shedukpens. (ii) Ghesi. it fills one's mind with spiritual bliss. the other important places that one can visit are the War Memorial & Crafts Centre within the precincts of the township.500 feet above sea level. The festival brings out the Monpas from far and wide in all their colourful finery.e. With a history of over 400 years.kept in the museum maintained by the Monastery . overlooking the Tawang Valley and resembles a fortress. The Tawang monastery. It is located atop a hillock at a height of about 10. juxtaposed against the clear blue sky. which houses the huge 28 feet high gilded statute of Lord Buddha. (iii) Galong & finally the highest in the order i. apart from housing almost 800 Lamas with their living quarters and a huge kitchen to feed them also encompasses within its precincts the main prayer hall. lies the famous Tawang monastery also called the land of the Monpas. A birds eye view of Tawang Monastery & township View of the statute of Buddha in the main prayer hall Main entry gate of the Tawang Monastery A wall panel inside the monastery The main prayer hall outside view of the building One of the artefacts kept in the museum maintained by the Monastery Another artefact . Apart from the Tawang Monastery. December to January as per the Gregorian calendar). It is the fountainhead of spiritual life for the followers of the Gelugpa sect of the Mahayana School of Buddhism. its first sight itself is an ethereal bliss. Rimpoche.The legendry 17th century Tawang Monastery. The Monastery follows a strict hierarchy and from the lowest order it ascends in the following manner – (i) Lama. which is held in the 11th Monpa month called the Dawa Chukchipah (i. A colorful canvas against a backdrop of the nature. at 11. next only to the one at Lahsa in Tibet. called the Dukhang.e. The festival provides ample opportunities for the Gompas to sell an array of all their wares. the monastery is the largest of its kind in the country and controls seventeen Gompas in the region. View of the Tawang town centre Tawang Monastery . Tawang is also associated with the famous Torgya festival.a mask . The Tawang or Ganden Namgyal Lhatse is the second largest monastery in Asia. having been founded by Lama Lodroe Gyamtso in 1681.Arunachal Pradesh – the land of dawn lit mountains (Tawang – the last Shangri la) A panoramic view of the Ganden Namgyal Lhaste or Tawang monastery Nestled in the lap of Himalayas. we went for an excursion of the township the next day. Having rested for the day after arriving from Dirang.000 feet. perched atop a hill.

who perished against the uncalled for offensive by the Chinese. giving a glimpse into history of what our troops had to face while defending this god-forsaken land. It is a monument. while defending their motherland in 1962. wooden bowls. as a monument dedicated to the memories of all those brave soldiers. as the sixth Dalai Lama. except for the Bramhi Ani Gumpha. and glistening snow-white peaks. Tawang brings you closer to Mother Nature and was the most memorable & enchanting exploration of this tour. Front view of the Tawang War Memorial Standard Indian army equipment issued to soldiers in 1962 Sino-Indian war A photograph of the terrain in 1962 Chinese army issue . It is advisable to purchase from the craft centre only as the local shops in the town centre price their goods at very exorbitant rates. The Craft Centre has been established with the purpose of promoting the manufacture of local handicrafts and one can buy thangkas. where a 40 feet high Stupa has been built and houses many memorabilia of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. However. It is situated about one kilometer from the town centre.automatic weapons in 1962 war against our vintage WW-I issue Himalayan blunder? Crafts Centre – Situated at a distance of about 2 kilometers from the heart of town. However. carved wooden tables (known as chok-tse) and many other trinkets at reasonable rates. this monastery is most famous amongst the three. foreigners are not permitted to travel to this part .Another artefact kept in the museum maintained by the Monastery Tawang War Memorial – Built by the armed forces. was established by Ugyen Sangpo. the other two being tose of Sangyeling and Tsogyeling. With its cascading waterfalls. However. the famous Treasure Revealer (1450-1521). which was sent against Bhutan also invaded Tawang and destroyed the temple to obliterate the memory of the Sixth Dalai Lama. Tsangyang Gyatso was born here in 1683. It was the first of the three Nyingmapa monasteries built in the Mon Tawang region by him. we chose to explore the areas situated above Tawang. below the famous Nehru Market. Ugyenling Monastery – This place is situated about five kilometers from the town centre.Part VIII) View of Tawang from the road above After having visited the places within Tawang. as of now only a shadow of its former grandeur can be seen as the sixth Dalai Lama was deposed off in 1706 by one Lajang Khan and his forces. masks. Enchanting Himalayas around Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh – the land of dawn lit mountains. the youngest brother of Pemalingpa. carpets.

from Tawang at an altitude of 4100 meters or approximately 13.500 feet the road started descending towards the lake which is about 42 Kms. Tso likes the lake whose name literally translates to Snake Mountain Lake. permitted to proceed ahead. the air is rarefied with low oxygen content and therefore. The main prayer hall of the monastery houses the images of Lord Buddha. The nunnery is situated about 5 Kms. This lake has become all the . which is situated at about 14. Brama Dungchung Ani Gumpha View of the monastery tankha paining inside Brama Dungchung Ani Gompa – The road above Tawang bi-furcates. The lake is situated almost 100 to 150 meters below the main road and being at such height. This nunnery was founded by a Buddhist monk named Kachen Yeshi Galek in 1826. tourists have had to be rendered medical aid. The view is really spectacular of a big lake juxtaposed against the deep blue sky and monstrous mountains in the backdrop with Yaks grazing below. We were directed to produce the ‘Inner Line Permit’ at the entry check post and only after due verification. from Tawang. The view from this lake is ethereal and the view of the Ghesi La (La in local parlance means Mountain) & distant Sela Pass juxtaposed against the valley stuns your senses. It is a small lake which is guarded by a small mountain spur on one side but offers a beautiful view because of its overall natural composition of the surrounding landscape. The Monpas have a tradition of nunneries called "Ani Gompas". View of the Nagku La Tso Nagku La Tso– A few kilometers beyond P. However this practice no longer exists. Traditionally at least one girl from a family joined an Ani Gompa. one leading towards the Ani Gompa and the other towards Sungester or Madhuri lake and Bumla. we proceeded towards the famed ‘Sungester or Madhuri Lake’. The inner line permit issued to the Indian citizens are also strictly checked and regulated beyond Tawang township area. as the ascent back to the road becomes really laborious and on quite a few occasions (as told by the driver). View of the Panggang Homa Tso or Heart Shape Lake Panggang Homa Tso – After retreating back to the point where the road bifurcates. this lake is also known as the ‘Heart shaped Lake’.of the district. towards north & above the Tawang township and also called the Ganden Thekchen Choeling.500 feet and literally translates to Grassy Meadow Lake also popularly known as the P. Because of its shape. Avalokesetesvera etc. The nunnery houses about 40 nuns.T.T Tso. View of the surreal Sungestar or Madhuri Lake Sungester Tso – The ascent continued for another few kilometers upto a junction from where the road again bifurcates. one going toward the Lake and the other towards Bumla. The area beyond are replete with small alpine lakes of all shapes & sizes and the locals tell you that there are about 108 such lakes in the vicinity. After making another round of entries at the check-point. The first of the first alpine lakes (Tso in local parlance) that we encountered was called the Panggang Homa Tso which literally translates into Grassy(Panggang) Lower(Homa) Lake. Panoramic view of the P T Tso or Panggang Teng Tso Panggang teng Tso – This alpine lake is situated about 14 Kms. it is not advisable to trek down to the lake side.

is a white colored flowering shrub called the Jumguyu Meadow. Its bed. whereas he had charged only Rs. the sublime.for destinations within Tawang. taking with it the . some flowers which were growing in abundance. Banerjee The giant gilded Buddha in the Tawang monastery The giant gilded Buddha in the Tawang monastery THE lakes there in those remote misty mountains tend to get named after leading Indian ladies. The original name of the place was Jong-nog-tseir and was a grazing ground for cattle.09436678726). what indeed could scenic Madhuri lake evoke that is at once beautiful. ancient trees. View of the rivulet that feeds Sungester Lake During this trip. blissful environs of the PT Tso (tso in Tibetan means lake) couldn’t be further away from the fast-paced athletic world of the "Payoli Express.1500/. following a major earthquake. for one.1000/.for the same. sank in the tremor. Another flower that abounds in the area whose fruits are also edible. 42 km from Tawang.upwards for the same trip and Rs.from us for this particular trip. but also a thorough gentleman.more popular after shooting of a dance sequence for the movie ‘Koyla’ (starring Shah Rukh Khan & Madhuri Dixit) in 1996 and has since been rechristened as ‘Madhuri Lake’. called Tolo (Mobile Phone No. once a forested slope. I am putting a word on his behalf because such persons need to be encouraged against those who only seek to fleece & exploit the tourists. was formed in 1950. High in the northeastern Himalayas. Some of the interesting flora was apart from the Rhododendrons of various hues & colors. who took only Rs. The trunks of bare trees standing in the middle of the lake like its sentinels provides for a surreal visual. glamorous and sensual. the driver who was not only reasonable in his rates. Chum chung Meadow or Dung flower Jumguyu Meadow Beyond Tawang as the nature is still preserved in its primordial form and is replete with a variety of alpine vegetation endemic to this area. till a lake was formed in 1973. after an earthquake caused a mountain side to slide down and block the road of the stream flowing through it. Madhuri lake. beyond Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh." the lady who almost won an Olympic medal for India. One such flower that covered entire hill sides was a yellow colored flower on small herbs which the locals call as the Chum Chung Meadow. which literally means as the dung (Chum Chung) flower (Meadow in local parlance means flower). For that matter. What could lie beneath its watery vestment? The roots of tall.600/.2500/. Mystique of gompas in the mist Partha S. He met us outside the Taxi stand and was a complete contrast with the other drivers who were quoting Rs.

Mahajan December 1. standing sentinel over the serene blue lake that’s encircled by high mountains. 2002 Darma Valley: Adventure & nature lovers’ haven Tarun K. As water filled in. S. the trees died but their bare lofty trunks remained.forest of tall pine trees. |EARLIER COLUMN Image makeover for Goa Ervell E. 2002 Dadra and Nagar Haveli: A date with pristine beauty and tribal mystery Usha Bande September 29. Banerjee September 8. Banerjee August 11. 2002 Florence: Where antiquity jostles with romance Sushil Kaur November 10. 2002 Tirupati: A shrine enriched with the wealth of faith Amar Chandel October 27. salubrious. 2002 Finding peace in picturesque Pondicherry V. 2002 A town in which the archaic and modern meet Mohan Bhatt July 28. 2002 Get ready to visit pretty Spiti Partha S. Menezes December 8. 2002 Magic of the monsoon trek to Bhimashankar Sarvesh . 2002 Bowled over by beautiful beaches at Bhitarkanika Richa Bansal November 17. secluded Partha S. 2002 The lure of Niagara Falls has not dimmed Nutan Sehgal August 25. 2002 Priceless artefacts hidden away from tourists’ eyes Shona Adhikari August 18. 2002 Smitten forever by scenic splendour of Sikkim Sanjeev Sharma September 22. Roy October 6. 2002 Goa: Sensual.

What’s more. with visibility falling. shared Sumos cost Rs 350/person. that’s Army abbreviation. it has attractions few resorts can match.July 21. in Tawang.714ft). Take the journey. An hour and half beyond Tezpur and the road enters jungle country. the mists begin to fade away. with an ancient dzong (fort) and a great view. Thick fog often shrouds the hill road at places. Tezpur can also be reached by bus from Guwahati which has daily flights and trains to Calcutta and Delhi. tortuous climb before Bomdila (alt. is the last major village before the road begins its ascent to the Sela Pass (13. there’s a larger one at Tawang. As it did of the director of the Hindi film Koyla (1997) who chose it as locale for a sequence starring Madhuri Dixit. and a little beyond the pass are two glacial lakes where tiny mountain birds flutter about. its official name is Sangetsar lake though few use it these days. The most you would pay in any of these hotels is Rs 700 for a double room. to begin with. fuel. as you cross into Arunachal at the border town of Bhalukpong. Best season: October to end December. It’s a sight so picturesque. giving an ethereal feel to the journey (though. It’s bleak and desolate. It is a long. As for PT Tso. Taxis typically charges Rs 1300/day incl. It was till here that the Chinese had advanced during the 1962 War. (With due apologies to P. twice weekly) and hire a taxi for the two-day trip to Tawang (365 km) with night halt at Bomdila. The Shipyang Pong and Shangrila are Bomdila’s two best hotels. it would catch anybody’s imagination. MacLeodgunj or NEFA hotel. which has a big presence in the area (being so close to the Chinese border) and which maintains the roads. there are no trees. By early afternoon. except for any Army outpost where jawans offer hot tea and snacks. So. Luit Hotel is the best option. now you know how the lake got its popular name. the Madhuri Lake is extremely picturesque. The lake’s actual name is PangongTang Tso but the Army. with its busy main street and two gompas. The mountains come soon after. is finally reached. PT Tso. it’s no fun for the driver) but as the vegetation on the mountain slopes thins out and the military encampments begin. Arunachal’s best-known tourist destination. you get your first view of Bomdila. In Tezpur. Usha). March-May. Shangrila. 9. 2002 Encircled by towering cliffs. Encircled by towering cliffs. P. Tawang still remains a largely unspoilt destination.000 ft). and all along the road from Bomdila to Tawang and beyond are reminders of that invasion: military bunkers and memorials to brave Indian soldiers who fought the enemy till the bitter end. There. Accommodation: Bomdila has an excellent government tourist lodge. TRAVEL TIPS Access: Fly from Calcutta to Tezpur (Alliance. Mehta June 30. can’t be bothered with such long-winded foreignsounding appellations. Thanks to its remoteness (it takes two days to reach the mountain town from Tezpur in Assam). Dhirang. 2002 Stone Age man lived in these rock shelters N. the grass cover is thin. . It’s windy and usually misty up at Sela. the Madhuri Lake is extremely picturesque.T. Visits to the Madhuri (Sangetsar) lake and PT Tso are excursions that you might take while on a visit to Tawang. the district town perched high on the mountain. try Buddha.

of course. especially PT Tso. The monastery’s piece de resistance is. the Indian preacher who in the 8th century helped spread Buddhism in Tibet. the monastery is "at the heart of the life and culture" of the Buddhist Monpa people of Tibetan stock who live in the Tawang valley. it is here that the Nuranam joins the Tawang Chu river. also.000 ft). 10. the lamasery is a vast collection of ancient yellow-roofed houses enclosed within an encircling wall and dominated by the three-storey dukhang or assembly hall. In the dukhang. Presently. the same road. meeting it in a spectacular waterfalls. Often called the Tiger’s Den Taktsang. Wrote Verrier Elwin. Here was the typical old jumble of little streets lined with tall houses. Guru Padmasambhawa. in the mid-1950s: "The monastery . you are bound to spot scores of hairy yaks grazing on its lush green banks.A Yak grazing in the Tawang valley A Yak grazing in the Tawang valley Beyond Sela. on way to Tawang. reputedly the largest in India. here was the gentle casual atmosphere which concealed so much formality and protocol. small establishments with women lamas. with swaying wind-blown sprays clouding the adjoining rockface. the village of Jang comes into view. Over 26 ft high. rare ancient masks incense urns. His birthplace. apart from the surrounding natural beauty. is the site of the Urgelling monastery which dates back to the 15th century. is a museum displaying 600-700-year old statues of Tibetan Buddhist deities made of ‘limar’ (a compound of gold and silver). It is an awesome sight: The water thundering down the heights in what seems vast irregular bursts. It looks like a huge fortress from a distance but is in fact more akin to an ancient walled university town. thankas. jars. Their raucous calls rents the rarefied air as they echo across the silent desolate hills. winds through the "lake district". Other interesting monasteries in Tawang’s environs include the nunneries (or ani gompas).. clothes of Mere Lama — the founder of the monastery — and toys and other possessions of the Sixth Dalai Lama who happened to hail from Tawang. the road gently descending. an exquisite lamp. soon catches up with a gurgling stream called Nuranam. crossing the Tawang Chu river turns west and follows its course even as it ascends a slope that finally leads it to Tawang (alt. The road bends and twists as it descends to the village with it picturesque farmlands. and the famous Taktsang monastery. some 5 km away. the atmosphere is magically serene. a high altitude region with sparse vegetation." Housing over 300 maroonedrobed lamas and young novitiates (the lamasery’s 60-odd shas — or huts — can accommodate up to 500 lamas). reminded me of a mediaeval Italian town or. driving by the rivulet. Unless. Beyond Jang. sprawling over a steep slope down below. is it’s 400-year-old Buddhist monastery. the road. in many ways. stands on the edge of a steep forested ridge that is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Tawang’s chief attraction. . manuscripts. Taktsang is not very far from Madhuri lake. of Oxford. of course. the silence broken only by the jingling bells of yaks grazing on the banks. Bramadung Chung and Gyangong. is believed to have meditated at the site. the giant gilded Buddha statue in the dukhang. There is a lot of military activity here but around the lakes. the main temple. the richly embellished statue must surely be among the tallest Buddhas housed within a temple anywhere.. amidst the mist and the snows and the shimmering lakes. yet it seems strangely illusory here in this tranquillity. 45 km from Tawang. Perched on a hill. snowy mountains and a host of lakes and pools including the PT Tso. a pair or two of the rare golden ducks suddenly appear. It is a piercing cry. there are many other relics of the Sixth Dalai Lama preserved in this gompa. the famous anthropologist.

of course. lost in documents that have long disappeared. yet not far from civilisation Ervell E. 2002 . P. 2003 Munnar: Where tea plantations transform the landscape Partha S. 2003 Kaziranga: An oasis for wildlife V. a colossal monument. says Partha S. Who built it and why? Look on it. the stupa looked like a white. When we first sighted the gigantic chorten (stupa or reliquary monument). 7. There are the fables.000 ft) in Arunachal Pradesh. |EARLIER COLUMN Close to nature.250 ft) from Tawang (alt. stories that Monpa grandmothers in Zemithang tell their grandchildren. 2002 Mystique of gompas in the mist Partha S. built mistakenly perhaps in a lush green Himalayan valley. 2003 Bangkok: The Orient’s most fabled city Adarsh Batra February 16. Prabhakar February 2. ye traveller. Roy December 29. unusually shaped pyramid. Banerjee Gorsam Chorten: Surrounded by legends Gorsam Chorten: Surrounded by legends IN remotest India. 10. it quite took our breath away. From high on the steep ridge. 2003 A picturesque princely resort Tarun K.zEMITHANG The solitary splendour of a stupa in the wilderness Legends have it that Lama Sangye Pradhar built the colossal Gorsam chorten in an effort to rid the area of evil spirits. Before Gorsam Chorten came to be built. Banerjee December 15. Banerjee March 2. as our vehicle negotiated innumerable hairpin bends to approach Zemithang (alt. Menezes March 9. and admire! And ask not questions. Banerjee January 12. for the answers are uncertain. Of a lama bearing a monkey name who travelled far and wide in search of funds and ideas. 2003 Bewitched by breathtaking Bastar Partha S.

famous for its monastery and headquarters of the district with the same name. 2002 Tirupati: A shrine enriched with the wealth of faith Amar Chandel October 27. an unpretentious Monpa (Buddhists of Tibetan stock) settlement at the head of a wide scenic valley carved by river Namjang Chu. was 93 km to the southeast. with small stupas on the plinth’s four corners. travelled to . flowing in from Tibet. S. in fact. Menezes December 8. painted on the pyramidal crown of Gorsam Chorten. who supposedly built Gorsam Chorten. 2002 Florence: Where antiquity jostles with romance Sushil Kaur November 10. Indeed the chorten is a virtual replica of the Nepalese landmark: its giant hemispherical dome. Roy October 6. keep vigil in all four directions. resting on a square threetiered base just as in Swambhunath. could not have been too far away while Tawang. Monpaman wearing the traditional Yak hair cap Monpaman wearing the traditional Yak hair cap And what little deviations there are from the Swambhunath stupa. Soaring to a height of 99. crowned by a pyramidal head. For nothing around suggested the site was once a major religious or administrative centre. 2002 Darma Valley: Adventure & nature lovers’ haven Tarun K.7 ft (about the same as a modern ten-storeyed building). Gorsam Chorten towered over the narrow river valley like a behemoth And it stood there apropos nothing. This was Arunachal’s north-westernmost corner. The village of Zemithang lay a mile away. sandwiched between Bhutan and China. For legend has it that Lama Sangye Pradhar. But watched by the gods. Mahajan December 1.Image makeover for Goa Ervell E. 2002 Finding peace in picturesque Pondicherry V. 2002 Bowled over by beautiful beaches at Bhitarkanika Richa Bansal November 17. blame it on the radish. Four enormous eyes of the "all seeing Buddha". The Tibetan (Chinese) border. much as the ones on Kathmandu’s famous Swambhunath stupa. No ruins of structures remotely comparable to it anywhere in its vicinity. the chorten’s enormous dimensions became more evident. 2002 Prayer flags in Zemithang Prayer flags in Zemithang Closing in. remote and isolated.

close to the last Indian village on the Chinese border. the monkey brought back the baby. while a second set was lost from a monastery in Tibet after the Chinese invasion. Buses operate to Tawang from Tezpur (365 km). "you won’t be able to see the waters. of course. we made it safely back to Tawang and then on to Tezpur and Calcutta." Well. and inebriated. Tawang and Bomdila have reasonably good hotels. so thick would be the mist. shared Sumo taxis (Rs 350) are also available. was destroyed by fire. So the legends have it that his father was an ascetic who mediatated in a cave up in the hills. For a person so remarkable. It took 13 years to build the chorten.Kathmandu and carved a miniature model of the shrine using radish. Undaunted. believe in the story but there’s no harm going on a trek to the cave where the ascetic reportedly mediated. kept at the Tawang monastery. indeed. Thus was the Great One conceived. when his mother went to work in the fields. The crying mother prayed fervently and after a day or two. Tezpur has regular buses connecting it to Guwahati (190 km) which is linked to Calcutta and Delhi by train and air services. Early 18th century is one widely held guess through legends stretch its antiquity by another 400 years. We did not however have the time for it. for the child soon showed signs of prodigious knowledge and wisdom. It’s a one-day excursion and the views. Nor. That leaves no option but to fall back on the legends. did we have time for another short one-day trek to Lake Chamling Tso. the amiable Zemithang circle officer. Surely. but no one is quite sure when exactly it was built. The people in that village are all very sexy. "If something bad is about to happen to you. The lake warns you also of impending danger. The waters of the lake are thought to have aphrodisiacal qualities. but that too can no longer be traced. it is a two-day journey with night halt at Bomdila. and Sangey connoting enlightenment." he said. a monkey picked up the baby from a basket. But one day. Descendants of Lama Sangye Pradhar had a third set. the waters that day must have been clearly visible. Accommodation: Zemithang has a government rest house which should be booked in advance from Tawang. There are also twice-weekly direct flights (IA) to Tezpur from Calcutta. are great. and one day. they plied him with rakshi. So they named him Sangey Pradhar — pradhar meaning monkey. But the radish shrivelled on his journey back to Zemithang. he lay with one of them." He grew up to become a lama but found little support from the villagers when he proposed building the chorten to drive out the evil spirits. . Now you needn’t. and finally ended up in Kathmandu and fashioning that miniature Swambhunath with radish. crumpling the model somewhat. And the legends have it that Lama Sangye Pradhar built the colossal chorten in an effort to rid the area of evil spirits. Said Sony Khandu. there are also the state tourist lodges. The written records of its history are all missing: one set. strange diseases were afflicting people. It was then that the saviour was born. the strong local beer. collecting funds. he set off for Bhuttan. Sangye Pradhar couldn’t have had normal parents. Circle Officer Khandu assured us. Taxis can be hired for the entire journey from Tezpur at Rs 1300 day. Travel tips Access: A trip to Zemithang must obviously be part of a tour of scenic Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. "It is said that the region then was going through a terrible phase: crops were failing. A few buses operate between Zemithang and Tawang but hiring a vehicle would be advisable. some village women managed to distract him." laughed one Zemithang resident.

Bailey in 1913 . which is crossed by the highway via the Sela pass at 4267 Meters.. all of them running roughly West to East. Check into Hotel. The route . Day 08: TREK FROM CHEBRA LA TO BANGAJANG After breakfast start our trek to Bangajang. Your trek tour starts from the Guwahati Airport in Assam. Descending down the head waters of the Tawang Chhu river. BAILEY' TREK the people. and other commodities. Here they exchanged their loads for salt. Toward the North and the East. beyond Tawang. Our trek starts from the Dirang River Valley at Chander at an elevation of 2530 m. Day 09: TREK FROM BANGAJANG TO NURANANG After breakfast trek to Nuranang (12 km/ 6 hrs). Over seven days it follows the "Bailey trail" to cross the the 4550 high Tse la Pass and then diverts along the general alignment of the massive Sela Ridge. marked by the peaks of Gori Chen at 6500 meters and Kangdo. Day 10: TAWANG At Tawang with sightseeing.M. On reaching Nuranang. Overnight at tented accommodation. making its way through a series of interlocking valleys connected through several passes to reach the highway at the Sela pass. the mountains ridges rise up to the Himalayan watershed enclosing Tawang in a horseshoe. with their caravans of wool. to reach Tawang. tea.SELA PASS Morning drive to Sela Pass and start trekking to Chebra La (11 km/ 5 hrs). Of these the most formidable is the Sela Ridge rising up to 4900 Meters. they crossed the Sela ridge along a yak trail.Day 07: BOMDILA . which rears its head at a proud 7090 Meters In ancient days crossing over the Himalayan watershed from Tibet over the Tukung-la pass the traders traveled along a different route. 3048 m. encounters three ridges. In 1962 the Chinese army used this route to strike deep into Arunachal Pradesh. approx 4 hrs. cloth. drive to Tawang.and came to be called 'The Bailey Trail'. Overnight at tented accommodation. This route was first explored by British surveyors lead by F. The modern highway which connects the Brahmaputra Valley to Tawang . skins. Overnight at Hotel. precious stones and yak butter to reach the barter markets in Assam.

and Chesnut. 3650 m to Potak. Once at the top there are wonderful view of alpine lakes and in the far distance can be seen the river valley where Luguthang is located. 181 Kms in 04. Begin with a nice leisurely walk downhill with great views . Start Trekking. quaint Monpa villages. 4100 m – Tse la.(7090 m) peaks on the Himalayan watershed. From the Se la pass you will drive to Tawang for a 02 nights visit taking in the Tawang Monastery and spend time exploring other sights around Tawang. Enroute visit Tippi Orchid research centre. through forests for 04 -05 hours to the Camp 1 at a yak pasture. fir. near Chang la pass .mixed sub tropical forests. 4500 m A long hard day of trekking for 08 hours. Camp 5 at Lortum. There are lovely Alpine lakes and breathtaking views of the Gori Chen and Kangdo peaks. passing through a fascinating mix of terrain . Steadily uphill along a good track.. 4550 m – Lortum. Thereafter climb steadily on a near virgin trail for three to four hours to the Khokar la pass connecting the Lortam and Luguthang valleys It is a challenging trek as you encounter many false crests.30 hrs. 4550 m. There is a small Alpine lake below the summit and breath taking panoramic views of the Sela ridge. coniferous forests of Pine. 3100 m to Chang la. and desolate high Himalayan pastures. During October. 1500 m via Bomdila Drive 213 Kms in 06 hours to Dirang at 1500 m. Enjoy the stunning fall colours. river valleys. Day 03: Drive Dirang . allowing us one full day to see the sights. Superb views of the Sela range. surrounding valleys and the Himalayan watershed. Weather permitting get your first view of the panorama of snows. Finally we take two days to return to Guwahati driving along the highway crossing over Bomdi la pass. 4100m Trek steadily uphill beyond the tree line for 03 hrs to cross the high . 4100 m. overnight at hotel. Itinerary: Day 01: Drive Guwahati to Tezpur Pick up from Guwahati airport. 4200 meters at confluence of two streams. Overnight in camp. juniper and Rhododendrons to cross over Posing la pass at 3950 meters. 3650 m A hard trek of 06 hours through coniferous forests with two steep climbs along a ridge to Camp 2. and Rhododendrons. Oak. Day 05: Changla. 3650 m. Day 06: Trek Potak. Day 04: Trek Tungri. Day 07: Trek Lortum to Luguthang. Drive to Tezpur. First we go down hill to cross a glacial stream. with an overnight halt at Tezpur. Trek continues for another 04 hrs. whilst descending for 02 hrs to a river valley the trees and foliage presents spectacular fall colours.traverses through river valleys. and then climb up to an alpine pasture to Camp 3 at Potak. Day 02: Drive Tezpur to Dirang. Thereafter we will drive back over the Sela pass to the lovely Dirang Valley to stay for 02 nights. grasslands.Chander. Juniper. The . Gorichen (6500 m) and Kangdo. 3100 m Early morning drive to Chander in two hrs. 2530 m and Trek to Tungri.Tse la. 4200 m Steady climb of 03 hours through scattered coniferous forests.

the principal deity of the monastery. and have an audience with Rimpoche. The silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddess Palden Lhamo . there are ascents and desents. It is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Buddhism. Day 09: Trek Tsonai to Se la. 4267 m. Day 10: Tawang sightseeing At Tawang . Luguthang – a cluster of half a dozen graziers houses with a gompa. The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse. A colossal. occupies the middle of the northern side. 4267 m. Day 11: Tawang Sightseeing Visit Buddhist nunnery. Camp 6 is set in a lovely pasture at Tsonai. Crossing two major high passes. Overnight at your hotel. popularly known as Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1860-81. crafts center.45 hrs) through picture post card country side. 4500 m Another long hard days trek. You will be trekking at an average altitude of 4500 m. There is the last pass to climb – The Kya la before descending to the Sela Pass. . Transfer to our jeeps to descend to the Tawang Chhu Valley at Jang. climbing up through a series of hair pins to Tawang. Overnight in hotel.descent into the valley and walk down to the campsite is one of the most stunning of the trip. 215 kms in 06. during Mongolian invasion from Bhutan. Steep descent of 31 Kms( 01 hr) through the rugged and narrow Nuranang Valley.. richly gilded statue of Lord Buddha sitting 26 feet high. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur (holy scriptures) written out in gold and silver arrived at the Tawang monastery. where they are preserved to this day. Today a modest Gompa stands at this site.. Overnight at camp 5. All valued possession of Urgelling monastery were taken to Tawang Monastery. 3048 m. Overnight at hotel at Dirang. Therafter we drive for 44 kms( 1. After early lunch drive back over the Sela pass to Dirang in 04 . In 1714 the Dalai Lama’s original monastery at Urgelling was destroyed. From the surrounding ridges you can get good views of the Tawang Chhu Valley.30 hours.Explore the 350 years old Tawang Monastery. were painted with blood drawn from the nose of the fifth Dalai Lama. Day 08: Trek Luguthang to Tsonai.05 hours. The inner walls of the Dukhang . 3048 m Morning reveals stunning view of the great peaks The last days trek is just for 02-03 hrs. Day 12: Dirang sightseeing Visit Sangti Valley. Drive Se la to Tawang. Overnight at your hotel. The Urgelling Monastery is the birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama. and Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489 followed by the Seru Monpa village. Day 13: Dirang to Tezpur Drive back to Tezpur. In the afternoon participate in a cultural program of songs and dance. Dirang Dzong and Monpa heritage village. and affects of altitude combined with the long day make it perhaps the most challenging day.the assembly hall are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. Yak Research centre. Overnight at your hotel. 4500 m. is located high up at 4500 m.

Day 14: Drive to Guwahati airport.Orang . Numerous streams running north to south drain the area which ultimately join the Brahmaputra. Kaziranga Small niltava.Guwahati (Deepor Beel) (A 17 day visit to Assam and Western Arunachal covering three National Parks(NP). Nameri Swamp francolin. Nameri Sultan Tit. 183 kms in 04. With an area of 78. Sixty percent of the park is grassland. The habitat is composed of Eastern Seasonal Swamp Forests.Kaziranga . Kaziranga Long-billed vulture in flight. Eastern wet Alluvial Grassland & Khair-Sisoo Forests. Overnight at Forest Rest House/Tourist Lodge. Orang is the last refuge of the Great Indian one horned rhinos on the northern side of the Brahmaputra river. Eastern Himalayan Moist Deciduous Forests. Guwahati Stork billed kingfisher.Eaglenest . Kaziranga Lesser adjutant.Pakke . for your departure flight to Delhi/ Kolkota.km.Nameri .30 hrs. Guwahati Greater adjutant. Kaziranga .02 Guwahati. Later transfer to Orang National Park. Kaziranga Greater adjutants. AVIAN ADVENTURE . Long-billed vulture.80 sq. two Wild Life Sanctuaries (WLS) and an exclusive Greater Adjutant site with a natural lake (Proposed Bird Sanctuary) Day 01: Guwahati-Orang NP (04 hrs): Our tour manager will welcome you on your arrival at Guwahati airport. The area is a flat land with few depressions.

Pallas’s Fish Eagle. Nameri Interesting Species: Bengal Florican. Finn’s Weaver. Day 02: Orang NP: Full day at Orang. Thick-billed Warbler. it is contiguous with Eagle Nest WLS of Western Arunachal and Nameri National Park of Assam. Jerdon's Baza. With an area of 862 sq. White-cheeked Hill-partridge. Ferruginous Pochard. Grey Peacock-pheasant. Wreathed and Great Hornbills. Maroon Oriole. Greater & Lesser Adjutants. Lesser Shortwing. Day 05: Pakke: Trek: Khari-Beyond Khari-Back to Khari. Leschenault's Forktail. shingle banks. Day 06: Pakke: Trek: Khari-Seijosa. Pied Falconet . Overnight at Forest Rest House/Camps. Eaglenest is located in the West Kameng district of Western Arunachal with an area of 218 sq. Ibisbill. White-Cheeked Partridge. Black-necked Stork. Redheaded Trogon. Day 07: Pakke-Eaglenest (06 hrs): Birding till 9 am on the fringes of Pakke. White-bellied Yuhina. Pied Harrier. Greater Spotted Eagle. Day 04: Pakke: Trek: Seijosa-Khari. Low land evergreen forest. Overnight at Seijosa Forest Rest House/Camps. Lesser Necklaced Laughing-thrush. Emerald Cuckoo. Kalij Pheasant. Great Hornbill. A magnificent wild life sanctuary. Swamp Francolin. & plantations form the vegetation of Pakke.Deepor Beel Elephants . Overnight at Sundarview camp. Jerdon’s Bushchat.Kaziranga Greater Adjutant Guwahati An elderly couple at Kaziranga Deepor Beel A Stream. King Vulture. Crow-billed Drongo. Spot-billed Pelican etc. Day 03: Orang NP-Pakke (Pakhui) WLS (04 hrs): Half day at Orang NP. farmland. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird.km & altitudinal variation of 500 m-3200 m from South to . Sultan Tit. White-browed Shortwing. Later after lunch transfer to Pakke WLS in the East Kameng district of Arunachal.km & altitudinal variation of 100-2000m (accessible up to 300 m). Interesting Species: Blue-naped Pitta. Later transfer to Eaglenest WLS in the West Kameng district of Arunachal. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher-warbler etc. Pakke Project Tiger is a magnificent Wild Life Sanctuary in Western Arunachal. Daurian Redstart.

Collared Falconet. semi evergreen. Kaziranga National Park is one of the best parks in the world. Later. It is accessible up to its highest point though the motorable road stresses up to 2800 metres. Day 09: Eaglenest: Trek: Bompu-Sissni. The habitat of the park consists of tropical evergreen. Long-billed Plover. located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. bamboo. Scaly Laughing-thrush. Kaziranga is excellent for mammal viewing. Grey-bellied and Slaty-bellied Tesias etc. The park recently celebrated 100 years of its protected area status. Blue-fronted Robin. Rufous-necked & Wreathed Hornbills. Grey-chinned Minivet. Bay Woodpecker. Black-faced Laughing-thrush. Wallcreeper. Ibisbill. Rufous-bellied Hawk-eagle. Common Hill-partridge. King Vulture. Overnight at camps. Brown-throated Treecreeper. Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler. Brown Bullfinch. Pale-headed Woodpecker. Beautiful Nuthatch. Nameri National Park. On arrival we check in at hotel Wild Grass Resort/Bonhabi Resort/Aranya Lodge and have lunch. is the best place to see the very rare & elusive White-winged Wood Duck. Eye-browed Thrush. Day 11: Eaglenest (Khellong)-Nameri NP (06 hrs): Transfer to Nameri National Park. Giant. . Ruddy Kingfisher. Wallcreeper. Rufous-bellied Bulbul. Chestnut-headed. This wild life sanctuary is accessible in the monsoons as well due to its location. Day 10: Eaglenest: Trek: Sissni-Beyond Khellong-Back to Khellong.km of great bio-diversity. Sultan Tit. Overnight at Eco Camp. Day 12: Nameri NP: Trek: Full day at Nameri National Park. Little Forktail. Day 13: Nameri NP –Kaziranga NP (03 hrs): Bull Buffalo at KazirangaTransfer to Kaziranga National Park. moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. With an area of 860 sq. Overnight at camps. broad-leaved forest. roadside scrub and farmland. Pied Falconet. flows down by the National Park adding a unique charm to it. which is ideal for rafting and angling. Crimson-breasted Piedwoodpecker. Day 08: Eaglenest: Trek: Sundarview-Bompu. Home to the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros. The vegetation consists of lowland evergreen forest.km (after recent additions) of low lying grasslands. Kalij Pheasant. Pallas’s Fish Eagle etc. White-winged Wood Duck. Beavan's Bullfinch. Interesting Species: Black-breasted Thrush. Nameri along with adjacent Pakke & neighbouring Eaglenest Wild Life Sanctuaries of Western Arunachal protects about 1300 sq. Nameri is a project tiger. Interesting species: Ashy Wood-pigeon. Green Cochoa. Tiger Pug Marks at NameriCovering an area of 200 sq km. Golden Bush-robin. Overnight at Forest Rest House/Camps. we go out birding on the road outside Panbari reserve and also in tea gardens. The sparkling river Jia Bharali. shallow water bodies & woodlands this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Assam. Rufous-necked Hornbill. conifers. Rufous-breasted Bush-robin. Temminck's Tragopan.North.

Ashy Woodswallow. Goldencrested Myna. Kalij Pheasant. Blue-tailed Bee-eater. Black-crested Bulbul. Silver-breasted Broadbill.Kaziranga was brought under the Project Tiger recently. Chestnut-capped Babbler. Kaziranga is the most visited birding area in NE India & for a birder it has been a memorable experience where one comes across innumerable species within a few hours of birding. Blue-naped Pitta etc. Streak-throated. Kaziranga has 70% of the world population of Eastern Swamp Deer and Asiatic Water Buffalos. Slender-billed Babbler. White-Cheeked Partridge. Till now 490 species of birds(25 of them globally threatened) have been recorded at Kaziranga so far & an ardent birder is likely to find more. White-hooded Babbler. Black-necked Stork. Pale-headed and Himalayan Flameback woodpeckers. Swamp Francolin. Interesting species: Bengal Florican. Thick-billed Warbler. Greater Necklaced and Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes. There are 86 Royal Bengal Tigers as per 2000 Census. Banded Bay and Drongo Cuckoos. Pale-capped Pigeon. Asian Fairy Bluebird. Out of 2006 rhinoceros found in Assam 1855 could be found in Kaziranga as per 2006 Census. Abbott’s and Puff-throated Babblers. Grey Peacock Pheasant. Pale-chinned Flycatcher. Oriental and Great Hornbills. Pallas’s & Grey-headed Fish Eagles. Black-breasted Thrush. White-bellied Heron. Lesser Shortwing. Pied Harrier. . Blyth’s Pipits. Common Green Magpie. Spot-winged Starling.

Attractions Animals: One horned Rhinoceros. Pangolin. Green Pigeon. so use jeep to explore the forest surround. without electricity & modern amenities are nothing but a thrilling experience. On October 1st. During winter birds from far off places come here to nestle. Elephants. Barking Deer. Civet Cat & Otter. is located near Silbori. Walking is not allowed in the interior forest. and Eucalyptus trees with wild beasts such as One-horned Rhino. etc. Greylag Goose. It covers an area of 78 sq. Birds: Both migratory and local birds. Elephants. ORANG NATIONAL PARK Orang Sanctuary. HOW TO GET THERE: Rail: The nearest railhead is Salon & Rangapara. The park has only a small rest house so it is better to stay at Tezpur and visit this park. Location: 31-km From Tezpur. Sambar and Hogdeer. Palican. Assam Famous As: Mini Kaziranga Main Attraction: One-Horned Rhinos. Leopards & Migratory Birds Best Time To Visit: November To March Flora & Fauna: The Orange Wildlife Sanctuary area is having rich forestry of Sal. Great Adjutant Stork. Elephant. viz. Road: 2 buses from Orange Chariali. Leopards.ASSAM: ORANG NATIONAL PARK Popularly known as mini Kaziranga. Bengal Florican. Milky white Pelicans from America also migrate over here. At the entrance gate. Teak. km. the Silbari forest bungalow is simply excellent. From Tezpur by bus on Tezpur-Guwahati route at 45-km west is Orange Chariali and from their 18-km towards the south is Orange wildlife sanctuary. How to Reach . King Vulture. Visiting Orange by bus requires staying for a night at Orange WHERE TO STAY: Night stay at the 2 forest bungalows of Orange. Leopard. Another one is 5-km interior of the forest called Sat Simul bungalow. and on the north bank of river Brahmaputra. Royal Bengal Tiger. 1992 Orange Wildlife Sanctuary was renamed as Rajib (Rajiv) Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. Simul. Cormorant. Sambhars. This park is 150-km from Guwahati and 31-km from Tezpur. Large Whistling Teal. Deer’s. one at morning and the other at evening ply regularly for Orange. Orange National Park covers 72-sq-kms only and is located towards the north bank of Brahamaputra. Also termed as a miniature Kaziranga.

Govt. Tezpur (for accommodation at IB). A few jheels (during the rainy seasons) also dot the area. of Assam. The in-accessibility and continuity with neibouring forest areas has helped the wildlife of Nameri to flourish. Western Assam Wildlife Division. the Nameri is the third National Park of Assam. Silbori (Pin-784114) Darrang (for visit). there is a Government Tourist Lodge. Dikorai. from Mangaldai. Doigurung. km.Public buses & rental cars are available from Guwahati. Legal Status Reserved Forest declared on 17-10-1878 Nameri Sanctuary (137 sq. 32 kms. There is a good prey base in the form of Sambar.1998 in Assam Gazette. the State Capital or Mangaldai. Wild Boar and Gaur. Also there are hotels and lodges in Mangaldai and Rowta.O. CH) Range Officer. Deputy Director. km .(Nameri National Park) = 200 sq. km Part of Naduar Reserve Forests Tezpur Sub Division upto Ghiladhari River = 80 sq.) on 09. Hog Deer.km. km. P.97 Final Notification of National Park (200 sq.02. The nearest railhead is Rongapara and the nearest airport is Saloni (Tezpur). The area is criss-crossed by the river Jia. Tourism. Barking deer.09.Barking deer. Nameri. Nameri and Sonai-Rupai are only Protected Areas in the North Bank of the Brahmaputra in the Civil District of Sonitpur. Area of the Tiger Reserve Core Area. Kharietc.) on 18-09-1985 Provisional Notification of National Park (212 sq. Orang.Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji. About 3000 domestic cattle also form part of this prey base for Tiger and Leopards. Wild Boar and gauri. Lakhimpur and Dhemaji. the district HQ by road. declared reserved for a considerable time. Accommodation There are two(2) Inspection Bunglows inside the park. One is at Silbori and the other at Satsimlu inside the forest. The Jia Bhoroli river and the tributaries display devilish look when the incessant downpour in the upper reaches during the rainy season make it swell. from Guwahati. Dinai. The Pakhui (Pakke) Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. It would take One and half hour to reach from Mangaldai. The inaccessibility and continuity with the neibouring forest areas have helped the wildlife of Nameri to flourish. Hog Deer. also qualify to be an Elephant Reserve. There is a good prey -base in the form of -Sambar. Tezpur (for accommodation at Govt. ) on 27. Nameri and the adjoining forest areas. Useful Addresses DFO. a Circuit House and other private hotels of moderate rates at Tezpur. In addition. ASSAM: ORANG NATIONAL PARK Introduction Situated in the District of Sonitpur. The Elephant population estimated in 1997 was 225.Orang is at a distance of 140 kms. About 3000 domestic cattle also form part of this prey base for Tiger and Leopards. One Tourist Lodge is coming up at Nalbari (Tourist Department). from Tezpur and 68 kms. Orang Wildlife Sanctuary.

moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. Ladies Sleeper etc. Sloth Bear.I Mekahi Sub Type.S. Orchoids include Dendrobium. Capped Langur. Pin tailed green Pigeon.2B/C I. Asian Leaf Turtle. Hill Myna .2B/E.S. Amari.D/SSI Eastern Seasonal Swamp Forests. Russels Viper.3C/ 2. Rhesus Macaque. Wild Pig etc. Rudraksha. Fairly Blue Bird Etc. King Vulture. Eastern Hollock Forests -3/I. Long Billed Ring Plover. Ajar. Rat Snake. Silghoria. Dhole. Nahor. Habital shrinkag due to encroachment has put immense pressure on tiger population to move and seeka safer place. Barking Deer. ahollock. cobra. Python. (Bird)315 Sps.5. Bonsum etc. Indian soft Shelled Turtle.I. Siya Nahar. Number of tiger as per latest count (2002 count): 26 Constrains There are as many as 25 Reserved Forests in these three districts where departmental logging is allowed. Cane Brakes. Assam Alluvial Plains semi Evergreen Forests.m Total Area = 344 sq. Shaort gilled Mahseer.Evergreen Forests 2B/I. Till now 315 avian species have been recorded in the Park. Grassland comprise of less than 10% of the total area of the park while the semi-evergreen and moist deciduous species dominate the area. Narrow Headed soft Shelled Turtle. Dog Deer. Great Pied Hornbill. Wreathed Hornbill. Eastern Dillenia Swamp Forests. Indian Hare. Malayan Box Turtle. Hispid Hare. Indian Bison.S. Flying Squirrel.: White winged wood duck. Low Alluvial savanna Wood Land. Hence there are local reports that the tiger concentration in Nameri . creepers are some of the specialties of this forests. Large Whistling Teal. Himalayan Black Bear.(Mammals) More than 30 species: Tiger.I. Clouded Leopard.S. Khallej Pheasant.2. Black Stork. Semi-evergreen. Simul.Flora Fauna The habitat of Nameri is made up of tropical evergreen. Three Toed kingfisher. Assamese Macaque. Himalayan yellow Throated Martin. Reptiles: King cobra.Part of Balipara Reserve Forests Area in between Jia-Bhoroli River and Rangapara .2. Deciduous Forests . Fishes Golden Mahseer. Bonjolokia. The most prized and most significant finding is the White Winged Wood Duck which has a flourishing population in Nameri confirmed officially in 1995. 4. Rufous Necked Hornbill.2b. Northern Secondary Moist Mixed. Agaru. Himalayan pied Kingfisher. Malayan giant Squirrel. Assam Roof Turtle. Bogipoma. Lesse Cats. Black Panther. A.I.4. Pit Viper. Fox. Slow Loris. Elephant. Urium poma. Common Mergernser. Habitat. Hatipolia akhakan.3/ I. Km.S. Wet Bamboo Brakes 2B/K.IR/C 2b Mesua Sub type. Tree Fern.2B/2.D / 2. Ibis Bill. Cymbidium. Eastern Alluvial Secondary Semi Evergreen Forests. Some notable species are Gamari.Anoora association Sub Himalayan light Alluvial Semi.Bhalukpung Railway line = 64 sq. Eastern wet Alluvial Grass land.4D / SS Dillenia Altingia Association. Forest Types and Composition Assam Valley Tropical Evergreen Forests . Sambar. Few notable among them are:. Keeled Box turtle. Phoebe. Titachopa.Buffer Area . Leopard.Lianas. Bhelou. Banded Krait.

however for best wildlife sightings visit between February and March. The park has a typical subtropical monsoon climate. The Orang National Park was established as a sanctuary in 1985 and declared a National Park as recently as in 1999. Orang Ph: 03712. The number of revenue villages in the core area: Nil The number of revenue villages in the core area: Nil Area covered by the villages: Nil Human Population : 1000 nos. Orang National Park is 140 km from Guwahati. You can head to the run down Satsimulu Inspection Bungalow that . Watching the Rhino & Other Animals Park Timings & Best Time to Visit Park Timings: Early mornings and early evenings Best Time to Visit: The park ideally can be visited from November to April. Contacts DFO. The park has channels and islands of the Brahmaputra on the southern and eastern boundaries. ORANG Wildlife enthusiasts who find it difficult to visit Kaziranga to get a glimpse of their favourite one-horned Indian rhino. km and falls in the Udalguri district of Assam. It is under the Process of shifting them outside the National Park.282379 Rhinos are the star attraction here and you many find them grazing lazily in the open fields of Orang National Park. no doubt is the next best option to see one. Nameri is in need of a better conservation and protection measures. All the streams that meander through the park drain into the Brahmaputra in the south. They are occupying 10 sq. of Taungya villagers. Deer at Orang The park is also known as the Mini Kaziranga and is famous for its natural scenic beauty that captivates the tourists from all over the world. It slopes gently north to south and is fringed by the Dhunseri and Pasnoi rivers to its west and east. The terrain of Orang National Park is similar to Kaziranga – swampy grassland with landlocked and slightly higher woodlands that stretch away from the river.has increased in the past few years. Orang National Park covers an area of 78.2517064 Rang Officer. Situated on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River. km of periphery of Nameri National Park. Wildlife Division Mangaldai – 781008 Ph: 0361 . Rhino is the main attraction in the Orang National Park besides other animals. As a result o tiger population.8 sq. Cattle Population 3000 nos they are under the process of rehabilitation. Orang. The access to Orang National Park is quick and easy except the last 12 km on the bumpy country road.

There are two Inspection Bungalows of forest department inside the park. and a number of other animals. barking deer. By Rail: Guwahati is well connected the rail network. The sanctuary is 15 km off the national highway near Orang town (Dhansirimukh). open. The silk weaving village called Sualkuchi. gadwall. The park also offers a host of birding opportunities to bird lovers. pintail and a number of others including forest and grassland birds. One Tourist Lodge is coming up at Nalbari (Tourist Department). Safari timings are early morning and early evenings A trip to Orang would specifically be for wildlife as there is not much to explore around. tiger. Hotels in Orang National Park Reaching Orang National Park By Air: Guwahati.overlooks the large. though jeeps are allowed inside the park. leopard. on route to Orang you may visit Madan Kamdev Temple ruins. Orang National Park abounds in avian species. Other birds you may spot in Orang National Park include lesser adjutant. Tezpur can be a good base for wildlife viewing in Orang National Park. sambar. swampy grassland. It is about 65 km from Tezpur. also known as the Khajuraho of Kamrup. black-necked stork. One is at Silbori and the other at Satsimlu inside the forest. Birds at Orang Wildlife Sanctuary Besides. Wooly-necked stork. rudy shelduck. the Pua-Mecca Mosque in Hajo and Hayagriba Madhav Temple are other place to see around Orang National Park. Elephant safari allows you to observe the wildlife from close quarters. You can take a number of excursions from here. Places to see Elephant Rides Elephant safari at OrangElephant safari is perhaps the best way to explore Orang National Park. spot-billed pelican. It is the most important habitat of the Bengal florican. 140 km away is well connected by Indian and other private airlines. By Road: Orang can be approached from NH 52 through gravel roads running from Orang town and Dhansirimukh. These ruins are located about 35 km from Guwahati. mallard. However. This place offers uninterrupted views of the terrain and you may see a number of wild animals from here. Orang National Park is home to elephants. the one-horned rhinoceros. Places to stay in Orang National Park Orang offers very basic accommodation. . greater adjutant stork.

BANGGACHANG LAKE: -It is an anecdotal lake. It entices visitors' keen to imagine what would be the demographically shape and colour of Tawang on the other side of the peak.sky touching peak of Gorichen is 164 KM away from Tawang township. in height. Lumla is 45 km away. TSACHU HOT SPRING: A part from hot spring. It can be approached from Jang on foot journey or by a pony ride. Jang is just 42 km away. Many mystical stories. SANGETSER LAKE JO-NGA-TSEIR): -It is a lake where observation of nature's beauty. The top of gesela peak offers a unique angle for over viewing the whole HOTSPRINGS THINGBU HOT SPRING: This hot spring is situated 68 km away from Tawang township. It is only 42 KM away from Tawang. and proper Tawang main town is 92 km away from Sela. It has interior location and go to in very verge of it is challenging for tourist.T. Visiting this place. Bhalukpong is 285 km from Tawang LAKES P. PEAKS SELA PEAK: In search of the hidden paradise of Tawang. Dirang is at a distance of 143 km from Tawang. It invites young and enthusiastic tourist to experience it personally in depth. Many back packers attempted for successful climbing of its steeply and dizzy heights. like seeing Gompa. It is a beautiful natural site and provide tourist a lucky chance for deep communion with nature. The place can be approached from Tawang after travelling 4 hours by light vehicle and further 4 hours by foot march. It is at a height of 13714 ft. The Sela Pass is the gateway of Tawang district. GORICHEN PEAK: - It is the highest peak in Tawang and is 22500 ft. very attractive for such tourist who would like to travel 101 KM from the township. which is also a major link between Tawnag and other parts of India. the Peak of Sela naturally come in the way as a gigantic mountain of mountains. It has been always a challenging game of stamina for mountaineers Zeal and determination. .TSO Lake( Pankang Teng Tso): -It is a fetching heaven for tourist only 17 KM away from maddening crowd of township. Tawang is also connected to Tezpur (Assam) about 345 km from Tawang. There are two beautiful lakes at Sela which have been always alluring the visitors for memorable snapshots. serenity and sanctity gets a peaceful rest. From time immemorial this hot spring has been of utmost use to the local population.this site is also suitable for hard trekking. tourist can never control themselves in showing Hula-Hula as so beautiful appearance of nature is here. but a few could enjoy success. candle light. GESHILA PEAK: This beautiful peak is the nearest one to Tawang township at a distance of 25 KM via a place called Khrimu. The route of Tsachu has very attractive land scape and beautiful site. The distance between Tawang & Zemithang is 93 km. The snow caped . This hot spring is known for its medical and therapeutic value. Jewels and Coins and many other mysterious and nerve stimulating sites are woven around it. At the top of this peak one can enjoy a deep solitude.///////// Some Important Destinations near Tawang Bomdila is 185 km from Tawang. The lake emerged during 1950 earthquake.

Thingbu .Lumla route.Mago . The softer trekking routes include the Mukto .Tawang routes. You can also trek along the Namet Village . Trekkers are advised to come fully attired and prepared for the worst. chill weather. Presently there are forty provision from the Tawang monastery.Gyangong Ani Gonpa .Bhramadongchung Ani Gonpa . having about 50 Bhuddist Nuns.RA-I route. Meet and chat with the friendly Lama monks. Take excursions around town to visit beautiful glacier lakes and smaller gompas with big histories. It is located at a distance of preached in remote hilly areas under the shade of 9 Kms. Thus the Gyangong Ani gonpa join the nunnery on their own and there is came into existence. GYANGONG ANI GOMPA: -Gyangong Ani Gonpa BRAMA DUNG CHUNG ANI TAWANG TREKKING AND FOOD Tawang is a much undiscovered Trekkers paradise. km away in the north of Tawang founded by Mera Lam which are the abode of nuns. about 10 containers ( about 250 very poor. located on top of a beautiful hillock about five tradition of nunneries called "Ani Gonpas". This nunnery green trees. which takes you close to the Chinese border outpost at Bomla. GOMPA: -Tawang district has a long is a beautiful Nunnery. The new Singsur anie Gompa was built by the previous Rev. the inhabitants of gms each) of foodgrains per month or about two and Brahmadungchung Ani Gonpa depend on half kg of food grains per month.Brama dung chung Ani This Ani Gonpa is under the administration of gonpa (nunnery) is the oldest Ani Gompa Tawang Monastery. take the Jang .e. Unlike the Lodre Gyamtso and was subsequently offered by him monks (Lamas). no social pressure or tradition making the practice compulsory. It is situated in the lap of a far off mountain laced with period of Maurya Dynasty.Sena Chakra .D. It has a beautiful land scape around it. when the Buddhism was natural scenery.Gyamdong .Bomla . begging for sustaining themselves. It is worth visiting it as it is not far away from main road.Namsring . Location of nunnery and the customs being followed by nuns remind visitors of the (Nunnery) in Tawang District .Khromten Gonpa . offering breath taking views. . But the scale of five (Anis) nuns in this Monastery. It is just above Lhou village. It houses around 30(thirty) Anis (Nuns). fresh mountain air.Goi ichen Base Camp Mago (Back) . The old Singsur ani gonpa is also in existence and is situated in the midst of the shaa (huts) of the anies.Gongkhar .Kharung Bongleng . from the main town.Kungba .Khet . It is situated at a distance of around 28 Kms west from the Tawang HQ towards the Geshila road . Pray at the 400 year old Tawang Gompa.Luguthang .Zarmang Ani Gonpa . was constructed by a Lama named Karchen As this ani gonpa is under the administration of Yeshi Gelek from Tsang province of Tibet in Tawang monastery. Being ration is very low i. Junction .NUNNERIES SINGSUR ANI GOMPA: -This Gompa is View of Nuns & Nunneries one beautiful nunneries of Tawang district.Kharteng .Tawang route. For a rigorous trek ( classified hard). Gonpatse Rimpoche in 1960. and challenging or leisurely treks. and the Tawang Gonpa . Take a walk around the charming town.Y.Geshila Klimta . Turn the prayer wheels dotted outside small gompas. the nuns of this monastery get the year 1595 A. the girls become nuns and to his elder sisiter.

This Monastery was founded by a monk Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso. momos or simple and delicious Paratha.Sabzi eaten hot from the roadside shacks on cold misty days are a treat !! Most restaurants in Tawang serve these. Thangkas and other art facts antique are well protected. Budhdha statues. or fried. sometime not very hygenic. Gyapa Khazi is a kind of Pulao made of rice. that serve authentic dishes at very affordable prices. small dried fish or shrimp. the famous Momo. It houses the colossal gilded statue of Lord Buddha. A small shack called Annapurna serves delicious alu ( potato) chips. minced meat. Ashum Thukpa is made of Maize. Like all places of travel. Khura is a pancake. It is usually had with vegetables or meat to which is added fermented cheese. soya bean or other herbs. chadars (wrap skirts worn by local women). The Momo is made by stuffing minced Pork and Onions into a dough and then steamed in a three layer steamer. an ancient library and antique museum. [edit][add listing] Eat Tibetean delicacies like Thupka . The Thukpa is a soup filled with noodles. beans and meat. beautiful bags. Some traditional Arunachal dishes are. The monastery complex comprises of more than 65 residential buildings meant for monks. The traditional Monpa cuisine use a generous amount of chillies and fermented cheese which has a strong flavour and is not for the faint hearted. Tawang Sightseeing Tawang Monastery (Gonpa) Golden Namgyal Lhatse commonly referred to as Tawang Monastery is one of the largest lamaseries of Mahayana sects and the second oldest Monastery in the world after Lhasa. It is usually made of Millet flour. Look for shops in Old Market as well as Tibetan settlement. brassware. chillies ginger and other spices. and vegetables. The Monastery is housed with more than 500 monks. eateries. Take a nap on a hillock if its sunny. a contemporary of His Holiness Fifth Dalai Lama in 1681 AD. living chambers of the Lamas. fermented cheese. Apart from this are many statues of God and Goddesses preserved for offering prayers. widely eaten in the north east and other Himalayan regions. They are sure to be authentic food of the region as they are most frequented by locals. The most important building of the monastery is the main assembly hall/ temple called Duk-hang. It has also a centre of Buddhist Cultural Studies where . The Monastery also houses the establishment of the Head Priest. some of the best food is found at the small non descript. shawls. Zan is the staple dish of the Monpa tribes.Chat with friendly and beautiful locals. [edit][add listing] Buy Tawang has a good range of tourist souvenir shops which sell Budhdhist prayer wheels in colourful wood. also known as Der Thuk. be prepared to be awoken by a grazing Yak. had with tea.

there are number of lakes in the area. This Gonpa is about 5 King. . Tawang Monastery is also light up with tiny bulbs emitting its perfect shape and size for the viewers at night. ' Deities are believed to have a strong control over every lake. This Gorsam Chorten is believed to have constructed in the early part of 12* century by Lama Pradhar. the youngest brother of Terton Pempalingpa. Dating more than 550 years ago. One can have a beautiful sight of this nunnery from Tawang Monastery as well. This Monastery is perched on the ridge of the hillock surrounded by a dense coniferous forest and lofty mountains. there is no any hard and fast regulation in the society compelling any girl child to become a nun but they join nun hood at their own wishes. Anybody wishes to visit Gyangong Ani Gonpa needs to trek about half an hour from Tawang Monastery. Monpa monk. A numinous story has a big hold of the area. His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama. the monastery is the birth place of Tsangyang Tashi. Presently the Gonpa is housed with 40 Anis (Nuns). It is place where one can really feel the ecstasy of being alone. Every year Pilgrims Tour (Tirth Yatra) round about the Banga Jang range to acquire the heavenly bliss and Sanctity. It was one of the first three monasteries built by Urgen Sangpo. Gorsam Chorten This is situated 90 Kms from Tawang town. Brahrna-dung-chung Ani Gonpa Gaden Thekchen Choeling. Visitors can also conduct a visit (Tirth yatra) round about the places nearby Taktsang Gonpa where Guru Padmasambhava had meditated. popularly known as Brahmadungchung Ani Gonpa is one of the oldest nunneries in Tawang district located at about 8 Kms from Tawang township. BangaJang Lake Nature has so lavishly blessed the entire Banga Jang range that one cannot help resist themselves from exclaiming the fabulous design of the nature. Any visitors wanted to contribute (cash or kind) towards the welfare of Gonpa is accepted with thanks. It was commissioned by Lama Karchen Yeshi Gelek in 1816 AD. the famous Treasure-Revealer. There are many other Ani Gonpa (Nunneries) viz. Zyumay Ani Gonpa and Ngawang Ani Gonpa in Tawang district Taktsang Gonpa Taktsang Gonpa is located at the distance of 45 Kms from Tawang township. This Nunnery houses more than 50 nuns.young monks are provided basic education besides traditional monastic education. away from Tawang township. is believed to have consecrated by the visit of Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century AD. This Stupa is the largest Stupa of the area. Gyangong Ani Gonpa (Buddhist Nunnery) Jangchub Choeling commonly referred to as Gyangong Ani Gonpa is a Nunnery beautifully perched on the hillock which is about 5 Kms from Tawang township founded by Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso and is believed to have subsequently handed over to his elder sister. Nunnery Tawang has many aged old traditional Buddhist Nunneries called Ani Gonpa. Singsur Ani Gonpa This Ani Gonpa is at 28 Kms distance from Tawang township towards Ghesila mountain range. Now a day. He was the son of Lama Tashi Teiizin of Urgelling village a descendent of Terton Pempalingpa. Apart from Banga Jang lake. Many Pilgrims had visited the place but only few probably pure hearted pilgrims had an experience of witnessing the deities in lake in different images. In fact. Urgelling Gonpa This Gonpa is believed to have been in existence since 14th century.

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2006 With the inauguration of a bridge on the Lumla-Dudunghar road and completion of a new road. No. 1 2 3 Name of Hotel & Phone Number Circuit house/IB (PWD) 234424 Guest House (IFCD) 234424 Forest Guest House 234478 Name of Hotel & Phone Number Tourist lodge 222049 Circuit House 222021 Hotel Shipyang Pong 222286 Hotel Dawa 222360 Hotel Bomdila 222416 Hotel Pasang 222627 Hotel Potola 222248 LA Hotel 222097/22416 Sangrilla Hotel 222226 Name of Hotel & Phone Number Tourist Lodge 222221/222225 Hotel Pemaling 222215 IB (P. 20/.Economy rooms 10 (Double bedded) room Rs. No. a popular tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh. No. DIRANG (STD Code: 03780) Sl. 100/. .D) 222221 Rooms Single 6 2 4 Double Dormitory BOMDILA (STD Code: 03782) Sl.per bed Double Dormitory 1 room @ Rs. 200/. 1 2 3 Rooms Single 4 4 4 Double Dormitory Shorter route to Tawang Press Trust Of India / Kolkata/ Itanagar March 10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rooms Single 8 7 10 12 5 1 1 1 4 6 5 4 6 5 @ Rs.per bed. Heater BHALUKPONG (STD Code: 03782) Sl.per room Geyser.W. the distance between Guwahati and Tawang town.

On completion of the new road. depending on snowfall Best Season . A stretch of 11km of the new road is yet to be constructed.Birds : April-June & October-December. has been reduced by 170 km.Tawang by Page content : Birding Areas Boarding & Lodging Contact Addresses Entry Permits General Information Link to landscape images Map of the area Transport Miscellaneous the newly described Arunachal Macaque Ramana Athreya General Information Area : This sprawling region spread over 2 districts is not part of any protected area Altitude : 1500-4300+ m (all of it accessible by road) Lat-Long : 27. cultivation. A former tourism minister.5N 92. blood pheasant. W. he said work on construction of the 11km stretch is expected to be taken up in the next financial year. Once it is completed and modalities are framed with the Bhutan government. eyebrowed thrush.butterflies : monsoon (May . alpine accentor. chairman of the advisory council for tourism of Arunachal Pradesh. Best Season . tourists will be able to come to Tawang by the new road from Guwahati via Rangia-Samg ub-Zongkher through Bhutan. It will reduce the distance between Guwahati and Tawang by 170km. black-necked crane. slender-billed scimitar- . Satyr and Temminck's tragopans. white-throated redstart. Kameng & Tawang districts. alpine meadows. Western Arunachal Pradesh Dirang . scrub. ward's trogon. Kameng) and Jang (Tawang) Vegetation Type : dry inner valleys. It removed a major hurdle in the way of shortening the distance between the two places. according to G Rimpoche. temperate broad-leaved and conifer forests. he said. The 52-metre long Namtsering bridge on Nyamjangchu river at Lumla was inaugurated by chief minister Gegong Apang.through Bhutan.September) Speciality Birds : Monal pheasant. Rimpoche represents Lumla in the assembly.1E. longbilled plover. Arunachal Pradesh See map Nodal Locations : Dirang (W. tourists will be able to come to Tawang without having to make the journey through Sela pass.

Grade 5) : Sheep breeding centre IB (?).Grade 3) : A PWD IB (8 people). Jang : (2200m . Camping by river.J.babbler. firetailed sunbird. brown bullfinch. extensive conifer stands and summer pastures. opens during summer. res . Arunachal Pradesh. eurasian treecreeper. CCC! B. Temperate bamboo. Dry inner valley with pine stands and cultivation. birch and rhododendron. Treeline vegetation (conifers. Glow : Tenga Market. when it gets quite chancy above 3500m. W. Temperate broad-leaved forest and scrub. The road begins to descend beyond the highest point at 3800m. Tenga. Mr. white-winged grosbeak. Jang . This passes through extensive alpine meadows and tree-line vegetation. (top) Birding Areas 3-5 days is required to cover this vast area which has some really special birds. if accommodation is available there. dwarf scrub) and alpine meadows. Kameng.Tawang district border. More Information on the area : Ramana Athreya email (rathreya at ncra . See town grade and accommodation descriptions (top) Contact As of now there is no local contact person in Dirang or Jang. broad-leaved and fir forests. Doing this area by public transport. 500-1500) and several other basic ones and restaurants.J. beavan's bullfinch. However. other than Sela Pass. Dirang (W. rufous-bellied tit. Sela Ridge : 3500-4500m. But one can climb higher on foot. The entire road is open during summer.Sela ridge road : (2200-3700m).Gompa road : 2800-4300m. Bugun Welfare Society) Mr. The Circle Officers at Tenga/Singchung/Bhalukpong/Bomdila/Dirang/Jang can issue fresh permits to extend the stay (for Indians only). in) Bird Tours : Kaati Tours & Mr. CCC! Sangti : (1600m. Jang (Tawang) Jang . is not possible.Gompa. brown-throated tit-babbler/fulvetta. No other permits are required.J. Ph 91-3782-273359 Kaati Tours : Ph +91-2132-245770 email (kaati_tours at vsnl . fir and rhododendron forests with clearings. Kameng) Sangti Valley : (1600m). Sengey (3000m. The highway itself has decent roadside birding between Baisakhi (8 km beyond Sengay) and Sela Pass and also further beyond on the Jang side.Gompa : (4200m? . net) (top) Entry Permits Arunachal entry permits are required for both Indians and foreigners and are checked on entry at Bhalukpong. Grade 3) : couple of decent hotels (doubles at Rs. red-billed chough. tifr . Indi Glow of Tenga can help with making the arrangements. The only black-necked crane wintering area in India (1-10 birds in late November-February only) Mandala . Indi Glow (President. this area has a very heavy army presence. Temperate bamboo.B. rufous-fronted tit. A road goes off from the Pass to Chabre La and then to B. Demarcates the W. snow conditions determine access rest of the year. Kameng .Grade 5) : a buddhist monastery. Grade 4) : (3000m ) : PWD IB (2-4 people).Rama Spur road : 2800-3800+m. alpine meadows. any group of . (top) Boarding & Lodging Dirang (1625m. coal tit. It is in the alpine zone and may be a good place for exploring the area.

Mandala : 28 km.highest point on Rama Spur road : 32 km Typical speeds on these hill roads are 20 kmph. good forest for another 20 km towards ChabriLa Dirang to : Sengay 37 km.March). The Mandala . Dirang. Distances Dirang . Jang 59 km (side road) Sela to : Jang 37 km. It is best not to attempt the side roads after the first winter snow (usually in late December). B. Baisakhi 45 km. Diesel vehicles must be capable of handling sub-zero conditions. All other localities are off the highway and may not have any traffic for days on end.J. Sela Pass 61 km. So a reliable jeep and good weather are essential for visiting these places.Bomdila : 42 km Dirang .ChabriLa road is still not through. Arunachal .this is also a good safety precaution in case unseasonal snowfall leaves the party stranded far from habitation. Sela to : ChabriLa 11 km.Gompa 17 km. Arunachal (top) Miscellaneous (top) Map of Dirang-Tawang Areas click here for map details and an overview of W. Bomdila.birders with serious optics should take the time to inform the local army officials of their presence especially if they plan to wander far from the highway . both ascending and descending See also transport in W. (top) Transport This is a region of early starts and long commutes with Dirang and Bomdila being the only place for those who require very comfortable sleeping quarters. Tawang 77 km (along the highway) Jang . Sela and Jang lie on the Tezpur-Tawang highway and are served by several daily buses and shared taxis. construction is going on about 20+ km beyond Mandala. The army is responsible for keeping these roads open and are quite efficient at clearing snow and rocks from the highway but sometimes it can take a day or two in case of heavy snowfall in winter (January .Sangti : 10? km Dirang . But the Sela Pass is the only area which can be accessed solely by public transport.

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at an altitude of 14.Villages of Tawang District [20] Broksher Lumla Chumba Mago Chuna Meruthang Jang Mukto Jithang Nuranang Kangkar Nyuri Lhau Pangchen Roh Sakti Senge Dzong Thingbu Yumkhang Zemithang Broksher is located in Tawang District and lies on the high altitude trek route from Jang to Meruthang. It falls on the high altitude trek route from Jang to Meruthang. Jang is about 42 km south-east of Tawang. The road enters Nyamjangchu valley after passing Lumla. Mago is 10 km downhill from Jithang. Mago lies at an altitude of 12. The village is famous for the Nuranang waterfalls. It can be accessed by a 20 km trek from Thingbu. It is situated at altitude of 7000 ft above sea level.500 ft above the sea level in Tawang District. It is west of Lap. is the base camp for those venturing for the Gorichen ranges of the Arunachal Himalayas. It is perched at an altitude of 8500 ft above the sea level and is about 20 km from Jang and around 18 km downhill of Thingbu. . Jithang is a small village perched at an altitude of 13. It can be reached after an 11 km climb along a gradual rocky slope from Mago. It is about 6 km from Tawang. Chumba is located in Tawang District and is east of Tawang. Nuranang is about 40 km from Tawang and lies on the Sela – Tawang road. Mukto is a small village in Tawang District and lies near the Indo . It is about 3 km from Jang.Bhutan border. Chuna is located in Tawang District. Lhau is located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh. It lies near Arunachal PradeshTibet border. Meruthang.372 ft in Tawang District. It falls in the Mukto – Thingbu taluk and is about 15 km from Lhou Nallah.800 ft. The trek route from Jang to Mago via Thingbu passes through dense studded with glittering waterfalls. Lumla is a picturesque village in Tawang District and one would come across it while on the way from Tawang to Zemithang. It can be reached by a 10 km exhaustive trek from Jithang. Jang is located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh and lies on Tawang – Bomdila road. Nuranang waterfalls lies nearby. the district headquarters. Nuranang is a small hilly village in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated at an altitude of about 12000 ft above sea level. Kangkar is located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh.

a 100 ft high stupa that soars over the narrow river like a behemoth. It is about 16 km from Jang. created by the river Namjang Chu flowing in from Tibet. Pangchen is located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh. at an altitude of 7800 ft. is located in Tawang District. Gorsam Chorten. Tawang .the district headquarters – is 93 km south-east. The hamlet can be reached by an 18 km trek from Broksher. is a stunning sight and hence a tourist hotspot near Zemithang. sandwiched between Bhutan and China. It is located at the head of a picturesque vale. It falls on the trekking route from Jang to Broksher. Bomdila is 140 km from Jang. along the Roh . but hiring a private vehicle would be a better option. the district headquarters. Zemithang has a government rest house which should be booked in advance from Tawang. A few buses operate between Tawang and Zemithang. is about 15 km away. Jang is the nearest place with a road link. Sakti (also spelt . Zemithang lies in the remote and some times isolated north-western most corner of the district. Roh.Jithang trekking trail. It is about 15 km from Tawang. B T K Waterfalls is a nature's splendor situated nearby. . It is about 10 km from Jang. Zemithang is a Monpa settlement in Tawang District and lies near the Indo – Tibet border. Senge Dzong is located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh. Tawang. The place is 85 km north-west of Tawang and about 8 km short of Zemithang.Nyuri is located in Tawang District and is about 4 km from Chuna. Many more waterfalls can be witnessed on the way from Tawang to Zemithang. Yumkhang is a scenic locale in Tawang District and one would come across it while traveling from Tawang to Zemithang. Thingbu is a charming village on the hills in Tawang District.Shakti) is located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh.

At the top of this peak one can enjoy a deep solitude. Visiting this place.TSO Lake( Pankang Teng Tso): -It is a fetching heaven for tourist only 17 KM away from maddening crowd of township. a part of the Himalayas. It invites young and enthusiastic tourist to experience it personally in depth. Many back packers attempted for successful climbing of its steeply and dizzy heights. BANGGACHANG LAKE: -It is an anecdotal lake. The top of gesela peak offers a unique angle for over viewing the whole Kangto Peak lies on the West Kameng District’s border with Tibet.500 ft) of Arunachal Pradesh. Tawang is also connected to Tezpur (Assam) about 345 km from Tawang. which limits the mountaineers. which literally means the kingdom of the deity. Located between Tawang and West Kameng districts. Dirang is at a distance of 143 km from Tawang. Jang is just 42 km away. it borders with China. It is often referred to as Sa-Nga Phu. very attractive for such tourist who would like to travel 101 KM from the township. An ice peak. and proper Tawang main town is 92 km away from Sela. SANGETSER LAKE JO-NGA-TSEIR): -It is a lake where observation of nature's beauty. Many mystical stories. which is also a major link between Tawnag and other parts of India. It is a part of the Himalayas and this 7090 m high peak is one of the unconquered peaks in this part. candle light. Lumla is 45 km away. It is at a height of 13714 ft.Some Important Destinations near Tawang Bomdila is 185 km from Tawang.T. the Peak of Sela naturally come in the way as a gigantic mountain of mountains. Hence. in height. tourist can never control themselves in showing Hula-Hula as so beautiful appearance of nature is here. it is considered sacred by Monpa tribe. it is a holy mountain just north of the Indian border. Located at an altitude of 7.sky touching peak of Gorichen is 164 KM away from Tawang township. HOTSPRINGS . Gorichen Massif is the highest peak (22. This snow-clad mountain is surrounded by thick forests. Takpa Shiri is one of the major peaks of the Kangto Section. The lake emerged during 1950 earthquake. Jewels and Coins and many other mysterious and nerve stimulating sites are woven around it. It is only 42 KM away from Tawang. near the Tibetan village of Migyitun. but a few could enjoy success. The snow caped . It has been always a challenging game of stamina for mountaineers Zeal and determination. like seeing Gompa. It entices visitors' keen to imagine what would be the demographically shape and colour of Tawang on the other side of the peak. serenity and sanctity gets a peaceful rest. The distance between Tawang & Zemithang is 93 km. The Sela Pass is the gateway of Tawang district. It has interior location and go to in very verge of it is challenging for tourist. PEAK: - GORICHEN PEAK: - It is the highest peak in Tawang and is 22500 ft. It is a beautiful natural site and provide tourist a lucky chance for deep communion with nature. PEAKS SELA In search of the hidden paradise of Tawang.047 m in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. GESHILA PEAK: This beautiful peak is the nearest one to Tawang township at a distance of 25 KM via a place called Khrimu. Gorichen is an ideal base for mountaineering and trekking. Bhalukpong is 285 km from Tawang LAKES P. There are two beautiful lakes at Sela which have been always alluring the visitors for memorable snapshots.

chill weather.Bhramadongchung Ani Gonpa .Goi ichen Base Camp Mago (Back) .Thingbu . and challenging or leisurely treks. But the scale of ration is very low i.RA-I route. Unlike the monks (Lamas). From time immemorial this hot spring has been of utmost use to the local population. The route of Tsachu has very attractive land scape and beautiful site.Sena Chakra . the nuns of this monastery get provision from the Tawang monastery.Tawang routes. NUNNERIES SINGSUR ANI GOMPA: -This Gompa is View of Nuns & Nunneries one beautiful nunneries of Tawang district.Kharteng . having about 50 Bhuddist Nuns. This nunnery was constructed by a Lama named Karchen Yeshi Gelek from Tsang province of Tibet in the year 1595 A. located on top of a beautiful hillock about five km away in the north of Tawang founded by Mera Lam Lodre Gyamtso and was subsequently offered by him to his elder sisiter.this site is also suitable for hard trekking. about 10 containers ( about 250 gms each) of foodgrains per month or about two and half kg of food grains per month.Luguthang . It is located at a distance of 9 Kms. Thus the Gyangong Ani gonpa came into existence. Being very poor. tradition of nunneries called "Ani Gonpas". It is situated in the lap of a far off mountain laced with natural scenery. the inhabitants of Brahmadungchung Ani Gonpa depend on begging for sustaining themselves. fresh mountain air. TSACHU HOT SPRING: A part from hot spring. This Ani Gonpa is under the administration of Tawang Monastery. Location of nunnery and the customs being followed by nuns remind visitors of the period of Maurya Dynasty. take the Jang . It houses around 30(thirty) Anis (Nuns). .Mago . The old Singsur ani gonpa is also in existence and is situated in the midst of the shaa (huts) of the anies.Kungba . when the Buddhism was preached in remote hilly areas under the shade of green trees.Gongkhar . and the Tawang Gonpa . It can be approached from Jang on foot journey or by a pony ride.Khet . As this ani gonpa is under the administration of Tawang monastery. The new Singsur anie Gompa was built by the previous Rev. offering breath taking views.Gyangong Ani Gonpa . which are the abode of nuns. Gonpatse Rimpoche in 1960. For a rigorous trek ( classified hard). It is worth visiting it as it is not far away from main road.Gyamdong . Presently there are forty five (Anis) nuns in this Monastery.Lumla route.THINGBU HOT SPRING: This hot spring is situated 68 km away from Tawang township.Kharung Bongleng . TAWANG TREKKING AND FOOD Tawang is a much undiscovered Trekkers paradise. It is just above Lhou village. It has a beautiful land scape around it.Brama dung chung Ani gonpa (nunnery) is the oldest Ani Gompa (Nunnery) in Tawang District . the girls become nuns and join the nunnery on their own and there is no social pressure or tradition making the practice compulsory. The softer trekking routes include the Mukto .D. from the main town. This hot spring is known for its medical and therapeutic value.e.Namsring . GYANGONG ANI GOMPA: -Gyangong Ani Gonpa BRAMA DUNG CHUNG ANI GOMPA: -Tawang district has a long is a beautiful Nunnery. The place can be approached from Tawang after travelling 4 hours by light vehicle and further 4 hours by foot march. It is situated at a distance of around 28 Kms west from the Tawang HQ towards the Geshila road .

You can also trek along the Namet Village - Zarmang Ani Gonpa - Khromten Gonpa - Geshila Klimta - Bomla - Y. Junction - Tawang route, which takes you close to the Chinese border outpost at Bomla. Trekkers are advised to come fully attired and prepared for the worst. Take a walk around the charming town. Pray at the 400 year old Tawang Gompa. Turn the prayer wheels dotted outside small gompas. Meet and chat with the friendly Lama monks. Take excursions around town to visit beautiful glacier lakes and smaller gompas with big histories. Chat with friendly and beautiful locals. Take a nap on a hillock if its sunny, be prepared to be awoken by a grazing Yak.

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Tawang has a good range of tourist souvenir shops which sell Budhdhist prayer wheels in colourful wood, chadars (wrap skirts worn by local women), beautiful bags, shawls, brassware, Budhdha statues. Look for shops in Old Market as well as Tibetan settlement.

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Tibetean delicacies like Thupka , momos or simple and delicious Paratha- Sabzi eaten hot from the roadside shacks on cold misty days are a treat !! Most restaurants in Tawang serve these. A small shack called Annapurna serves delicious alu ( potato) chips. The traditional Monpa cuisine use a generous amount of chillies and fermented cheese which has a strong flavour and is not for the faint hearted. Some traditional Arunachal dishes are, the famous Momo, widely eaten in the north east and other Himalayan regions. The Momo is made by stuffing minced Pork and Onions into a dough and then steamed in a three layer steamer, or fried. The Thukpa is a soup filled with noodles, minced meat, and vegetables, also known as Der Thuk. Ashum Thukpa is made of Maize, beans and meat. Zan is the staple dish of the Monpa tribes. It is usually made of Millet flour. It is usually had with vegetables or meat to which is added fermented cheese, soya bean or other herbs. Khura is a pancake, had with tea. Gyapa Khazi is a kind of Pulao made of rice, fermented cheese, small dried fish or shrimp, chillies ginger and other spices. Like all places of travel, some of the best food is found at the small non descript, sometime not very hygenic, eateries, that serve authentic dishes at very affordable prices. They are sure to be authentic food of the region as they are most frequented by locals.

Tawang Sightseeing

Tawang Monastery (Gonpa) Golden Namgyal Lhatse commonly referred to as Tawang Monastery is one of the largest lamaseries of Mahayana sects and the second oldest Monastery in the world after Lhasa. This Monastery was founded by a monk Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso, a contemporary of His Holiness Fifth Dalai Lama in 1681 AD. The monastery complex comprises of more than 65 residential buildings meant for monks. The Monastery also houses the establishment of the Head Priest, living chambers of the Lamas, an ancient library and antique museum. The most important building of the monastery is the main assembly hall/ temple called Duk-hang. It houses the colossal gilded statue of Lord Buddha. Apart from this are many statues of God and Goddesses preserved for offering prayers. Thangkas and other art facts antique are well protected. The Monastery is housed with more than 500 monks. It has also a centre of Buddhist Cultural Studies where young monks are provided basic education besides traditional monastic education. Now a day, Tawang Monastery is also light up with tiny bulbs emitting its perfect shape and size for the viewers at night. Urgelling Gonpa This Gonpa is believed to have been in existence since 14th century. It was one of the first three monasteries built by Urgen Sangpo, the youngest brother of Terton Pempalingpa, the famous Treasure-Revealer. Dating more than 550 years ago, the monastery is the birth place of Tsangyang Tashi, His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama. He was the son of Lama Tashi Teiizin of Urgelling village a descendent of Terton Pempalingpa. This Gonpa is about 5 King; away from Tawang township. Nunnery Tawang has many aged old traditional Buddhist Nunneries called Ani Gonpa, In fact, there is no any hard and fast regulation in the society compelling any girl child to become a nun but they join nun hood at their own wishes. Gyangong Ani Gonpa (Buddhist Nunnery) Jangchub Choeling commonly referred to as Gyangong Ani Gonpa is a Nunnery beautifully perched on the hillock which is about 5 Kms from Tawang township founded by Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso and is believed to have subsequently handed over to his elder sister. One can have a beautiful sight of this nunnery from Tawang Monastery as well. Anybody wishes to visit Gyangong Ani Gonpa needs to trek about half an hour from Tawang Monastery. This Nunnery houses more than 50 nuns. Brahrna-dung-chung Ani Gonpa Gaden Thekchen Choeling, popularly known as Brahmadungchung Ani Gonpa is one of the oldest nunneries in Tawang district located at about 8 Kms from Tawang township. It was commissioned by Lama Karchen Yeshi Gelek in 1816 AD. Presently the Gonpa is housed with 40 Anis (Nuns). Any visitors wanted to contribute (cash or kind) towards the welfare of Gonpa is accepted with thanks. Singsur Ani Gonpa This Ani Gonpa is at 28 Kms distance from Tawang township towards Ghesila mountain range. There are many other Ani Gonpa (Nunneries) viz. Zyumay Ani Gonpa and Ngawang Ani Gonpa in Tawang district Taktsang Gonpa Taktsang Gonpa is located at the distance of 45 Kms from Tawang township, is believed to have consecrated by the visit of Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century AD. This Monastery is perched on the ridge of the hillock surrounded by a dense coniferous forest and lofty mountains. Visitors can also conduct a visit (Tirth yatra) round about the places nearby Taktsang Gonpa where Guru Padmasambhava had meditated. It is place where one can really feel the ecstasy of being alone.

Gorsam Chorten This is situated 90 Kms from Tawang town. This Stupa is the largest Stupa of the area. This Gorsam Chorten is believed to have constructed in the early part of 12* century by Lama Pradhar, Monpa monk. BangaJang Lake Nature has so lavishly blessed the entire Banga Jang range that one cannot help resist themselves from exclaiming the fabulous design of the nature. Every year Pilgrims Tour (Tirth Yatra) round about the Banga Jang range to acquire the heavenly bliss and Sanctity. A numinous story has a big hold of the area. Apart from Banga Jang lake, there are number of lakes in the area. ' Deities are believed to have a strong control over every lake. Many Pilgrims had visited the place but only few probably pure hearted pilgrims had an experience of witnessing the deities in lake in different images. Hot springs Tawang is endowed with many hot water springs which are known for their medicinal value. All these hot water springs have high sulpher content which cures many skin ailments. Tsachu hot The water spring can be reached traveling by light motor vehicle for two hours from Tawang up to Sarong Gonpa and from there one has to trek on foot for another three hours. Apart from this, there is many other Hot spring available in Tawang district viz. Kitpi Hot Spring, Thingbu Hot Spring, Greng-khar Hot spring etc.

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TAWANG (STD Code: 03794) PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION 1. TAWANG INN (Contact No. 224096) Room Category No. of rooms Tariff Deluxe Suite 01 (Double bedded) Rs. 1600/Suite 04 (Double bedded) Rs. 1500/Deluxe 02 (Double bedded) Rs. 1000/Semi Deluxe 07 (Double bedded) Rs. 800/Other facilities: Restaurant attached 2. TOURIST HUT (Contact No. 222738) Room Category No. of rooms Tariff Deluxe 03 Rs. 500/3. HOTEL NEFA (Contact No. 222419) Room Category No. of rooms Tariff 04 (Double bedded) Deluxe Rs. 500/Attached Bath 04 (Four bedded) Economy rooms Rs. 350/Common Bath Other facilities: Restaurant attached 4. HOTEL SAMDUPLING (Contact No. 224213) Room Category No. of rooms Tariff Deluxe 06 (Double bedded) Rs. 750/-

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a popular tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh. It will reduce the distance between Guwahati and Tawang by 170km. . tourists will be able to come to Tawang without having to make the journey through Sela pass. It removed a major hurdle in the way of shortening the distance between the two places. through Bhutan. Rimpoche represents Lumla in the assembly. A stretch of 11km of the new road is yet to be constructed. has been reduced by 170 km.Shorter route to Tawang Press Trust Of India / Kolkata/ Itanagar March 10. according to G Rimpoche. he said. On completion of the new road. the distance between Guwahati and Tawang town. 2006 With the inauguration of a bridge on the Lumla-Dudunghar road and completion of a new road. The 52-metre long Namtsering bridge on Nyamjangchu river at Lumla was inaugurated by chief minister Gegong Apang. chairman of the advisory council for tourism of Arunachal Pradesh.

The only black-necked crane wintering area in India (1-10 birds in late November-February only) Mandala . alpine accentor. Sengey (3000m.5N 92. depending on snowfall Best Season . Best Season .Gompa road : 2800-4300m. scrub. Dirang (W.Sela ridge road : (2200-3700m).Tawang General Information Area : This sprawling region spread over 2 districts is not part of any protected area Altitude : 1500-4300+ m (all of it accessible by road) Lat-Long : 27.Gompa.Rama Spur road : 2800-3800+m. Satyr and Temminck's tragopans. snow conditions determine access rest of the year. Kameng . Treeline vegetation (conifers. other than Sela Pass. coal tit.B. white-winged grosbeak. rufous-fronted tit. Kameng & Tawang districts. dwarf scrub) and alpine meadows. The road begins to descend beyond the highest point at 3800m. CCC! B. black-necked crane. birch and rhododendron.J. (top) Birding Areas 3-5 days is required to cover this vast area which has some really special birds. Jang : (2200m . fir and rhododendron forests with clearings. Sela Ridge : 3500-4500m. Dry inner valley with pine stands and cultivation. alpine meadows. eyebrowed thrush. Camping by river.Dirang . brown-throated tit-babbler/fulvetta. Demarcates the W.September) Speciality Birds : Monal pheasant. temperate broad-leaved and conifer forests. opens during summer. Temperate bamboo. broad-leaved and fir forests.Birds : April-June & October-December. Arunachal Pradesh See map Nodal Locations : Dirang (W.Gompa : (4200m? . A road goes off from the Pass to Chabre La and then to B.J. when it gets quite chancy above 3500m.Tawang district border. Jang (Tawang) Jang .Grade 3) : A PWD IB (8 people). brown bullfinch. white-throated redstart. This passes through extensive alpine meadows and tree-line vegetation. It is in the alpine zone and may be a good place for exploring the area. ward's trogon. rufous-bellied tit.J. is not possible. Temperate broad-leaved forest and scrub. Kameng) Sangti Valley : (1600m). See town grade and accommodation descriptions (top) Contact . red-billed chough. cultivation.Grade 5) : a buddhist monastery. Doing this area by public transport. beavan's bullfinch. alpine meadows.1E. But one can climb higher on foot. if accommodation is available there. The highway itself has decent roadside birding between Baisakhi (8 km beyond Sengay) and Sela Pass and also further beyond on the Jang side. Grade 5) : Sheep breeding centre IB (?). extensive conifer stands and summer pastures. slender-billed scimitarbabbler. Kameng) and Jang (Tawang) Vegetation Type : dry inner valleys. Temperate bamboo. Grade 4) : (3000m ) : PWD IB (2-4 people). The entire road is open during summer. 500-1500) and several other basic ones and restaurants. longbilled plover. Jang . W. CCC! Sangti : (1600m. Grade 3) : couple of decent hotels (doubles at Rs. eurasian treecreeper. blood pheasant. (top) Boarding & Lodging Dirang (1625m. firetailed sunbird.butterflies : monsoon (May .

any group of birders with serious optics should take the time to inform the local army officials of their presence especially if they plan to wander far from the highway . Dirang. res . But the Sela Pass is the only area which can be accessed solely by public transport. Baisakhi 45 km. However. Indi Glow (President. W. Arunachal Pradesh. It is best not to attempt the side roads after the first winter snow (usually in late December).As of now there is no local contact person in Dirang or Jang.ChabriLa road is still not through. Sela to : ChabriLa 11 km.Bomdila : 42 km Dirang . Kameng. The army is responsible for keeping these roads open and are quite efficient at clearing snow and rocks from the highway but sometimes it can take a day or two in case of heavy snowfall in winter (January . Ph 91-3782-273359 Kaati Tours : Ph +91-2132-245770 email (kaati_tours at vsnl . No other permits are required. All other localities are off the highway and may not have any traffic for days on end. this area has a very heavy army presence. More Information on the area : Ramana Athreya email (rathreya at ncra . Tenga. Tawang 77 km (along the highway) Jang .J. Sela Pass 61 km. Arunachal (top) . Indi Glow of Tenga can help with making the arrangements. The Circle Officers at Tenga/Singchung/Bhalukpong/Bomdila/Dirang/Jang can issue fresh permits to extend the stay (for Indians only). tifr . both ascending and descending See also transport in W. Distances Dirang .Gompa 17 km. in) Bird Tours : Kaati Tours & Mr. B. The Mandala . Glow : Tenga Market.Mandala : 28 km. Bomdila. So a reliable jeep and good weather are essential for visiting these places.March). good forest for another 20 km towards ChabriLa Dirang to : Sengay 37 km. Jang 59 km (side road) Sela to : Jang 37 km. Mr. Bugun Welfare Society) Mr. Diesel vehicles must be capable of handling sub-zero conditions. net) (top) Entry Permits Arunachal entry permits are required for both Indians and foreigners and are checked on entry at Bhalukpong. (top) Transport This is a region of early starts and long commutes with Dirang and Bomdila being the only place for those who require very comfortable sleeping quarters. Sela and Jang lie on the Tezpur-Tawang highway and are served by several daily buses and shared taxis. construction is going on about 20+ km beyond Mandala.this is also a good safety precaution in case unseasonal snowfall leaves the party stranded far from habitation.highest point on Rama Spur road : 32 km Typical speeds on these hill roads are 20 kmph.Sangti : 10? km Dirang .

Arunachal .Map of Dirang-Tawang Areas click here for map details and an overview of W.

( Cooch Behar ) Dist.P. S.Jalpaiguri Range Name & Designation Office Nos. 953561-230492 S. ( Jalpaiguri ) Dist. 953582-227755 227745 POLICE CONTROL ROOM Malda 03512 .P.

252310/252951 Jalpaiguri 03561 230725/230682 Darjeeling 0354 2254247/2252520 Uttar Dinajpur 03523 252883 Dakshin Dinajpur 03522 255554 Cooch Behar 03582 227800 Name of the District DHUBRI .

233353 (R) SDPO.P. Bazar T. 230028 (R) Dy.I.P. (IPS Cadre Post) Shri Deepak Choudhury.. Bilashipara (03667) 250213 (O) SDPO.S.P. Dhubri (03662) 230979 2. Sukchar GOALPARA Name of the S. (B) (03662) 231744 (O) Dy.sp_dhub@assampolice.O. Sapatgram (03667) 281227 5.P. (03662) 230074 2.P. (DSB) (03662) 230028 (O). APS Phone : Office (03663) 240161 Residence (03663) 240026 Fax (03663) 240595 e-mail . IPS Phone : Office (03662) 230014/230974 Residence (03662) 230004/233354 Fax (03662) 231100 email . N. P.7. Chagalia (03662) 238637 4.25.: Addl. Mankachar (03662) 285228 (O) Name of the Police Station / Out Post : Name of the Police Station Phone 1.S. Bilashipara (03667) 250221 4.sp_gpara@assampolice. Bilashipara (03667) 250330 (O) C. S. Chapor (03667) 263555 5.com Other .com Other G. Golokganj (03662) 287230 3. Gouripur (03662) 281428 Name of the OutPost Phone 1.Is.Area(sq. Mancachar (03662) 285229 6.P. South Salmara . kms) 2838 Population (1991) 13. (HQ) (03662) 230045 (O). Bondihana . P..(HQ) (03662) 230029 (O). (IPS Cadre Post) Shri Luish Aind. Hatsingimari (03662) 286326 (O) C. (03662) 230077 3. 230017 (R) Addl. S.I.Os. College T.6.O. B.653 Name of the S./C.

Lakhipur (03663) 283432 6. S. 240138 (R) C. (HQ) (03663) 240172 (O).G. Kukurkata 4. S. (HQ) (03713) 222122 (O) Dy.Os.com Other G. 222175 (R) Name of the Police Station / Out Post : Name of the Police Station .Dudhnoi (03663) 281542 3. 222213 (R) Dy.. P. Joleswar - Name of the S. Matia (03663) 288001 7. S./C. (HQ) (03713) 222213 (O). 240088 (R) Dy.Goalpara (03663) 240031 2.Os.Dhupdhara (03663) 284303 5. Agia (03663) 285008 2.P.Is. S.P. (IPS Cadre Post) Shri Prithipal Singh. Krishnai (03663) 282225 5. (DSB) (03713) 222175 (O). Baguan* 8./C.: Addl. Marnoi* (03663) 287001 Name of the OutPost Phone 1.Is.P.Rangjuli (03663) 286042 4.P.I. Dudhnoi (03663) 281557 (O) Name of the Police Station / Out Post : Name of the Police Station Phone 1.: Addl.sp_darr@assampolice.(HQ) (03663) 240171 (O). Kharmuja 3.P. S. IPS Phone : Office (03713) 222214 Residence (03713) 222149 Fax (03713) 222198 e-mail .

Sipajhar (03713) 266426 Name of the Out Post Phone 1. Burah .Phone 1. Dhula (03713) 252009 4. Mangaldoi (03713) 222136 2. Daipam - . Kharupetia (03711) 254283.2. Dalgaon (03713) 270072 3. 224387 3.

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