Places To Visit
TAWANG (183 Km from Bomdiala)
Tawang is chilly,and you will need atleast two days to see tawang properly, maybe three. So be prepared with woolens and time.
History and natural beauty is how Tawang can be described. The massive and very impressive Tawang Monastery-the second largest (after the origin one is Lhasa)in asia,and the largest in the country- is majestically the top draw for tourists. Tawang itself
is enclosed within the Gudpi and Chong Chugmi ranges and the Tawang Chu river The Tawang Valley is an imporant seat of Mahayana Buddhism. The monastery controls 17 Gompas in the region. The most impessing part of the Monastery is the three stoned assembly
hall which houses the temple and the 28ft high Golden Statue of Buddha The monastery has a big library having an impressive collection of ancient books and manuscripts where the famous Buddhist scriptures Kangyur and Tangyur inscribed in gold are preserved.
The best time to visit is May, when the roads are open and you wiil get to see the bloom while visiting Sangetsar Lake. The Sangetsar lake was formed in the valley when a flash storm broke off a part of a mountain in 1970, and the r ocks formed a natural dam at the meeting
point of four streams. After the shooting of the film Koyla localities began calling this the ‘Madhuri lake’. This beautiful place
is close to the Chinese border and a few mountains of China can be seen. It is home to snow pigeons and musk deer. Visit Urgyelling, which is the birth place of Thangyang Gyatso, the sixth Dalai lama.Bramadung Chung/Sengsarbu Ani Gompa, Gyanggong Ani Gompa are nunneries/ monasteries run by nuns. The Ani Gompas are among the oldest of such type the country.
Pasighat is half way up into the district, so you are already at the foothils of the Himalayas. As detailed in another featured circuit, this is not just the administrative head quarters of the East Siang district- which gives you the many basic facilities of a town-it is also a place of great beauty and peace. Pasighat, on the banks of the mighty Siang River, the main tributary of Brahmaputra, the oldest administrative centre of the erstwhile NEFA. This beautiful place is Arunachal’s oldest town,founded in 1911 by the British as a gateway to administrative convenience of the greater Abor Hills Primarily it was a settlement of pasi and Minyong communities who still live in village in and around Pasighat. In january 2011 Pasighat completes its 100th birthday. Pasighat was important then because of the Anglo-Abor War of 1912 in the post-independence era Pasighat had an airfield(1946)
and also an agricultural institute(the first in arunachal 1950).It is bounded by snow-clad peaks,rocky mountains and a deep valley Pasighat and the area around it receive the highest rainfall in a year.Rain lash the area from May till September.This is because the town is in a tough and high hills on three sides block the clouds from the Assam plains resulting in heavy precipitation. The winters however are cold and dry accompanied by a strong breeze- the result being that the place is fog-free even in winter.
Your 360 degree view is totally unhindered.You come to Pasighat for 3 very important reasons:Watch the Adi people’s colourful war
dance(called Taapu), for adventure sports,and to visit the Dr Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary(13 kms away).
As you leave Dirang on your way to Twang you climb through the sela pass the world’s second-highest motorable pass at nearby 14000ft.This is the main road connection Tawang with the rest of India.The Sela Pass gets heavy snow in winters, but it is usually open throughout the year,barring temporary landslide or snow interventions.The sela pass is the main route to access Tawang town,the Border roads Organization(BRO) of India is always alert in keeping the pass open all the year.Summer at sella pass are comfortable,but temperatures in winter can fall to minus 10 degree Celsius.
Stop at the high altitude, serene crystal blue water natural lake. You will be transported to another world,in its beauty and peace.
Tirap, one of the oldest district of arunachal is bordered by Myanmmar in south and south east, Longding in the south and south west, by Changlang District in the northeast and Assam in the north and north west.Deomali is the entry point of this district and Khonsa the district head quarter which is at an altitude of about 4200feet. The district gets its name from the river Tirap which originates in the district and flows through the Changlang District. The entire area of the district is covered with high hills and deep gorges.
The district is nature lover’s dream.If you have the energy for long treks,this is the place to be.The climate here varies with the gradient.Humidity in the summer is high.The general elevation varies from about 200 feet above the sea-level in the north-west to about 5000 feet on the mountains.
Parasuram Kund is situated within the Kamlang Reserve Forest area.The Kund is surrounded by dense forest of Ruddharaksha trees, the fruit of which is considered sacred to Hindu ascetics as well as general believers of the faith.This place on the Lohit River carries a strong mythological link with the legend of pasurama, a Hindu sage. According to the legend recorded in the Kalika Purana,the Srimad Bhagavat and the Mahabharata, sage Parsurama washed away his sin of matricide in the waters of the Lohit river at Bramhakund.Each year thousands of pilgrims from all over the country congregate on Makar Sankranti day, to wash away their sins.A fair(mela) is held during this period.
Sangti Valley is situated 7 km away from Dirang. The location of Sangti Valley is beyond description. It is surrounded by Eastern Himalayan ranges and you will find this area rich in dense forests and rivers. Black-necked cranes migrate to this valley from China during the months of November and December and after the winter months are over, they set back to their homes during April and May. These birds are referred to as tung tung ka uk by the people of Sangti Valley.
With lush green forests setting a perfect surrounding and a view of stunning landscape with snow-clad mountains, Mayudia, at a height of 8000 feet, is the perfect place for you to enjoy the artwork of nature. Mayudia is a hill resort situated at a distance of 56 kms from Roing. If you happen to be here in winter, you will be awe-struck by the sight of snowfall and the spectacular valley that set the right atmosphere for you to feel oneness with nature. Go trekking here to feel a part of the limitless beauty that brings in immeasurable joy to your soul.
Bhalukpong (56kms from Tezpur) is the entry point to Arunachal and is in the West kameng District . As you enter the small town ,you land in the lap of history,amid and famous archaeological ruins of king Bhaluka, an ancient ruler of the region. Some of the important remains of King Bhaluka and his grandson Bana of Mahabharata fame have been preserved which speak of his earlier glory. You can also see the see the remains of a historical fort of 10th-12th century AD in the foothills of the region. Situated beside the dense forests that form the border of the Pakhui Wildlife Santuary. Bhalukpong is today not merely a favoutite picnic spot,but also a great place for rafting,angling on the banks of kameng river and trekking and hiking. Difficulty levels are not high,and all trekkers can find their own levels.
History apart,Bhalukpong is a mezmerising place for wildlife enthusiasts as it is close to the Pakhui Wildlife Santuary. The mighty river Kameng after completing all turbulence courses enters Bhalukpong in a serene flow which provide rare opportunity of adventure tourism and a beautiful picnic spot. If you are visiting in March,you will be in time for Nyethidow Festival.
(42 kms from Bomdila)
You have climed dowm a bit from Bomdila,and the weather is fine. You will find hot water springs that are said to cure many ailments. This is the land of kiwi and apple orchards. It is a new world in Dirang,a picture-postcard valley between Bomdila and Tawang,with a gentle breeze along the river that soothes you. This is where the tribal Mahayana share their traditions and heritage,similar to Western Bhutan.
The adventure angle apart, You can visit the National Yak Research Center. The Regional Apple Nursery and Kiwi Farms are situated across the river valley and one has to cross a small bridge.
Don’t forget the Sangti Valley, 7km from Dirang,sesional home to the majestic black necked crane that migrates from Siberia. The crane migrates to the valley in the month of November-December to breed during the winter months and then return home along with their young ones in April-May.