In 1959, His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India through Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh or the land of “Dawn lit Mountains” rises from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested, and impossibly steep, hills, which eventually top off as snow-capped peaks along the Tibetan border. It is one of India’s last unspoilt wildernesses. Home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal is a sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage. A staggering five hundred species of orchid –found in its glacial terrain, alpine meadows and subtropical rainforest are a visual delight. It is also home to the oldest and the second largest Monastery in Asia region and also the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama.
I have sprinkled a little bit of wildlife from Assam for some action after a calm and peaceful sojourn with nature.
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Arrival at Guwahati, explore the city at leisure and enjoy the Brahmaputra river cruise in the evening.
Nameri National Park
Visit the Kamakhya temple ( one of the Shakti Shrines of India) and drive further to Eco Camp in Nameri National Park. Enjoy a relaxed stroll by the Jia Bhoreli river in the evening.
Get ready for a long and scenic drive to the mountains Arunachal Pradesh- the Eastern Himalayas. The landscape will gradually change from flat plains to lofty hills and mountains with deep gorges. Visit the old Dirand village and the local market.
Visit Thembang village, whose inhabitants claim direct ancestry to the royal family of Tibet. Know more about the historical significance of Thembang Dzong. Drive further to the Sangti valley, which seems like a place straight out of fairy tales.
Tawang (10000 feet), a mighty gash in the earth fringed by hulking mountains is a magical experience. The valley is a gorgeous patchwork of mountain ridges, vast fields and clusters of Buddhist monasteries and Monpa villages.
Soak in the serene atmosphere at the 400 years old Tawang Monastery. Visit Ani Gompa, inhabited by only nuns and Urgelling Monastery – the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama. Take a peek into the life of Monpa village.
Tawang – Zemithang
Drive to Zemithang in the north-western corner of Arunachal Pradesh. Visit the famous Gorsam chorten in Zemithang a historic monument constructed in a similar style as Bodhnath chorten in Kathmandu.
Tawang – Bomdila
Drive back to Bomdila which is at an altitude of 8000 ft. Stop at Jashwant Garh, a war memorial of 1962 saga. Visit lower Gompa and the local market in Bomdila.
Bomdila – Tezpur
Tezpur is derived from the Assamese words ‘Teza’ (blood) and ‘Pura’ (town or city). Visit Cole Park, where the ruins of temples and many stone inscriptions are scattered.
Get transferred to the Guwahati airport for your flight back home.