TAWANG (Arunachal Pradesh)
At an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres (10,000 ft) in the north-western town of Arunachal Pradesh in India, Tawang is a gift of nature displaying its valour in every inch of the land. At 10000 feet high above Mean Sea Level, Tawang is surrounded by lakes, with the scenic beauty reaching out to your soul through your eyes. Embracing Tibet to its northern side, it has the Sela range of West Kameng in the east. Bhutan lies towards the southwest direction. The breathtaking valleys, misty rivers and stunning waterfalls in this green district present the ultimate experience. Image Source
Climate: Summers begin from the month of March and lasts till June with comfortable temperature, moderate rainfall in July and September and extremely cool in November to February requiring warm clothing throughout the year.
Best time to visit: April to October
By Air: Tezpur (Assam) is the nearest Airport while it’s 6 hrs drive from Salonibari Airport
By Train: Rangapara (Assam) is the nearest railway station. Tezpur Railway Station connects to all cities of the state via Guwahati Express, Porvotr S Krnti, GhyRajdhani and ScGhy Express etc.
By Bus: Bomdila is the nearest Bus stand and the bus availability is also from Tezpur(Assam).
Places of interest
Location: Nearly 50 km away from Tawang Township
Believed to be honoured by Guru Padmasambhava’s visit during the 8th century, the Taktsang Gompa, is a small monastery that presents beautiful spectacular view of the surroundings. Located on the ridge of a hill, it lies between the Chinese border and the Sangetsar lake. Rendering magic to the air are the thick coniferous forest and lofty mountains that surround the monastery making it extremely alluring. Visited by thousands of tourists, the monastery offers not only spiritual pleasure but also a visual treat.
Location: In Arunachal Pradesh between Tawang and West Kameng districts
The Gorichen Peak, the highest one in Arunachal, not only makes you feel in awe of nature but it also stimulates the challenger in you. Rising to a height of 22,500 feet above sea level, it is also called ‘Sa-Nga Phu’ in the local language which means Kingdom of the Deity. It is revered as sacred by the local Monpa tribe who believe that it protects them from evil. It is a great place for mountaineering and trekking
Location: 40 km away from Tawang
Nuranang Waterfalls is one such wonderful attraction which offers nature at its best. The spectacular 100 meter-high waterfalls is also called as Jang Falls since it is close to Jang, a town between Tawang and Bomdila. Presenting a stunning visual delight, these are a must visit on your way to Tawang where you can spend some great time with your family.
Pankang Teng Tso Lake
Location: 17 km from Tawang
The Pankang Teng Tso Lake is a charming lake that was formed due to an earthquake. It was earlier part of a pine forest and even now dead trees peep out from within the blue water. Presenting a great visual and romantic treat for visitors, the lake has a soothing, tranquil effect. You can be lucky to spot red coloured birds that often visit the place. In October, striking blue lapis flowers surround the lake while in winters it is surrounded by snow and the area around the lake supports skiing. A great place for nature lovers, it is a must visit.
Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls
Location: 82 km away from Tawang
With a height of 100 ft, this waterfall is one of the most visited tourist spots in Tawang. Popularly referred to as BTK waterfall, it offers spectacular sight to nature lovers midst lush greenery. You can even dive and enjoy the water or simply relax and take pleasure in the stunning beauty of the place.
Location: 78 km away from Tawang
Being the most frequented tourist destination in the whole of Arunachal Pradesh, it’s the only high-altitude mountain pass in the world where it is possible to drive. A stunning view of the snow-clad Sela Pass is visible in winters. However, in all weathers the scenic beauty surely charms the tourists making them fall in love with it. Its alluring and breath taking views make you understand why it is called the ‘Heaven on earth’.