If Shangri-La conjures up images of an earthly paradise isolated from the outside world, happy people, Buddhist chants floating in the air, and mystical monks engrossed in prayers, then Tawang is what you’re most likely thinking about. Located at a height of near about 10,000 ft above sea level, picturesque Tawang is a thinly populated mountainous tract lying on the northwest extremity of Arunachal Pradesh in north east India. It is also the seat of the 400-year-old Tawang monastery, one of the oldest and the largest monasteries in India and the biggest outside of Lhasa.
As the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama, it is a holy site for Tibetan Buddhists and a prominent center for Gelug or Gelugpa, the pre-eminent Buddhist school in Tibet. Tawang shares boundaries with Tibet in the north, Bhutan in the south west and Sela range of West Kameng in the east.
Bhalukpong, Dirang, Tawang, Bomdila, Guwahati
Pick up from Guwahati drive to Bhalukpong. Overnight at Bhalukpong.
After breakfast drive to Dirang. Reroute we can have visit orchid research center at Tipi (Bhalukpong). Check in to your hotel. Evening if time allows can move or take rest in the Hotel.
After breakfast drive to Tawang. Stop briefly at the Sela pass 14000ft. From Sela, the road goes downhill and there will be many photo-stops reroute past Jaswantgarh, a memorial to Jaswant Singh PVC of the Indian Army who single-handedly repulsed a Chinese attack but fell bravely defending his position, and the spectacular Nuranang waterfalls. Check into hotel Gayki Khang Zhan arrival. Overnight at a hotel.
Morning visit the legendary 400 year-old monastery at Tawang. The Tawang monastery was founded by the Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1681 in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso, and has an interesting legend surrounding its name, which means “Chosen by Horse”. It also houses Also visit Urgelling Monastery, situated 5 km to the south of Tawang Township. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast drive to PTso Lake. Spent the entire day there itself. Afternoon on your own. Evening visit the market and craft center. Overnight at hotel.
Morning, drive to Bomdila (185km / 7hrs). Upon arrival check-in to hotel. Evening you can walk around the town/Buddhist Monasteries and visit the Upper and Lower Gompa.
After breakfast drive to Guwahati. On way sightseeing. Overnight at the Hotel in Guwahati.
Kamakhya Darshan and Drop at Guwahati Airport / Railway station for return onward journey.