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Tawang Tourism

 

Situated at an altitude of 3048 meters to the east of Bhutan, amidst the magnificent mountains, the town of Tawang is equally claimed by both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of India as a part of South Tibet. Located approximately 555 kilometres from Guwahati, Tawang is an excellent destination showcasing Buddhism and its principles in all its essence. The place will wrap you and flatter you with its scent of serenity and spirituality. Home to mesmerizing Buddhist Monasteries, this place is more than what it seems to be. Historically part of the Tibet, Tawang is the sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso making it an important place of visit for Buddhist pilgrims.

 

The major tourist attractions include the Tawang Monastery – an abode of Tibetan Buddhist culture, the P.T Tso Lake, Gorichen Peak, Nuranang Falls etc. Tawang receives snowfall every year during December–January. Summers are the best time to visit Tawang as the city comes to life with the Losar festival in February-March. However, visitors Tawang require a special Inner Line Permit (ILP) issued by the concerned government body and can be obtained from offices based in Kolkata, Guwahati, Tezpur, and New Delhi.

Top things do in Tawang

1. Tawang War Memorial

1 kilometres from city centre

2. Tawang Monastery

2 kilometres from city centre

3. P.T Tso Lake

7 kilometres from city centre

4. Gorichen Peak

56 kilometres from city centre

How to reach

Tawang is well connected by road, rail and flight. It is easily accessible by road.

How to Reach by Flight

The nearest airport from Tawang is located in Tezpur (Salonibari Airport) at a distance of 387 km. The airport is directly connected to Kolkata and Guwahati.

How to Reach by Train

Nearest railway station from Tawang is Rangapara Railway Station, at a distance of 383 km. It is well connected to major cities and towns of North-east India.

How to Reach by Bus

Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and other private agencies have introduced regular bus services, most of which connect Tawang to Tezpur (319 km), Bhalukpong (262 km), Nagaon (383 km), Missamari (320 km), East Kameng (381 km), Dhula (420 km), Itanagar (440 km) and other cities.

How to Reach by Road

The journey to Tawang by road is a tiring one. However, the soothing climate and mesmerizing views make it worth all the trouble. The town is about a 16-hour drive from Guwahati. However, it is best to hire a Tata Sumo from Tezpur in Assam

How to travel within

Travelling to the local sites like Tawang Monastery, War Memorial, Emporium etc. can be done by booking a taxi (mostly Maruti OMNI). To travel to outside sites in Tawang which includes P.S.TSo lake, Shungetsar (Madhuri) lake and visit to India-China border at Bumla, a bigger vehicle like Tata Sumo or Mahindra Bolero should be hired as the roads are in bad shape.

Local cuisine

Millet is the staple food of the Monpas. They also eat barley, rice, wheat, buckwheat and various pulses. Tawang offers you a wide range of dishes and delicacies. Other than momos and Thukpa, you can try on traditional Monpa cuisine and the authentic dishes of Tawang like Zan, Khura and Gyapa Khazi. 

Some of the good restaurants in Tawang are:

·        The Dragon (Chinese, Indian, Asian, Tibetan)
·        Hotel Mon-Valley (Indian, Asian, Tibetan)
·        Orange Restaurant & Lounge (Chinese, Indian)
·        Sno-Yak Restaurant (Chinese, Indian, Asian, Tibetan)
·        Greenwood Restaurant (Indian)

 

Tawang Itinerary

Day 1: GUWAHATI – BHALUKPONG (250 km - 4 hrs)

Arrive at the airport or railway station and proceed directly to Bhalukpong. Spent the night at Bhalukpong.

Day 2: BHALUKPONG - DIRANG (180 km - 5 hrs)

After an early morning breakfast, you can head out to do River rafting on Jia Bhorolee River. After that checkout and proceed to Dirang. Spent the evening enjoying exploring the beautiful town. Spent the night at the hotel.

Day 3: DIRANG-TAWANG (200 km - 6 hrs)

After an early breakfast drive from Dirang to Tawang. Considered to be heaven on earth you are welcomed with the beautiful Sela pass along with the Paradise Lake. Spent the night at the hotel in Tawang.

Day 4:

After the breakfast, head straight to Tawang monastery. After spending half of the day in the monastery head to the Tawang war memorial post lunch. Spent the evening in the P T Tso Lake and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5:

After breakfast, visit Bum La Pass. About 37 kms from the town, the Bum La Pass is located at the Indo-China border. Spent the evening exploring the town and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6:

Start early morning head back to Guwahati. You could have a halt in Bomdila and then start to Guwahati the next day.