Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Tour .
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Guwahati Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
Arrive Guwahati airport and Meeting and assistance on arrival and drive to Tezpur (200 kms/4 hrs). Afternoon visit in an around Tezpur. Overnight
After breakfast proceed on the hill road to Dirang. Within two hours cross into Arunachal Pradesh at Bhalukpong and begin the steep ascent to Bomdila and further 2 hrs away to Dirang (150 kms/5 hrs). The road now cuts across probably the best forest cover now present in Arunachal Pradesh and the views are truly magnificent. En route stop at the orchidarium at Tipi. After that proceed towards the spectacular Dirang valley which is Monpa tribe area. Located in a spectacular valley, Dirang is famous for its apple orchards, sheep breeding farms and natural hot springs. The hot water springs in Dirang is considered holy by many who travel to them for a dip. Dirang is ideal place for adventures like trekking and hiking. Dinner and overnight at Dirang.
Today enjoy the day soaking in the splendour of the Dirang Valley and its neighbourhood. After breakfast visit Dirang monastery, which is under the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Later Visit Sangti Valley. Situated along the shores of Sangti River. The Sangti Valley is one of the seasonal homes of the majestic creature called the black-necked crane that flies across from China and perhaps Leh, right into its laps. Wherever possible stop near mountain streams and waterfalls and go for long walks. Enjoy at one such halts near the waterfalls/streams. Return to your hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Dirang.
Today after breakfast, depart Dirang for a fascinating drive to Tawang. The road moves along the Dirang River for 10 kms and then the climb starts. After 51 kms (roughly 2 hours) reach the Sela Pass. Situated at an altitude of 14,000 ft. this route to Sela Pass from Dirang is sparsely populated and the forest cover is alpine. This famous pass is covered with snow for most of the year as is the Paradise Lake, a small lake, which is frozen at this time of the year. From Sela it is downhill to Tawang Chu River (49 km/1 hr 40 min). The drive now is bewitching with piercing snow peaks towering above you, waterfalls (some frozen) at every corner and a gushing Nuranang river accompanying you all the way! Expect snowfall on the way. This region was the scene of heavy fighting between Chinese and Indian troops in the war of 1962. 1 hr from Sela as you cross the Tawang Chu, take a diversion to visit the spectacular Nuranang Falls where scenes from the SRK-Madhuri Dixit starrer “Koyla” were shot. Tawang Township (alt. 10,000 ft.) is situated on the north bank of this river and it takes 1 hour from the Tawang Chu Bridge. Arrive and check into your hotel. After lunch visit the famous Tawang Monastery. The 300 year old Monastery, locally called “Gompa” is considered to be the oldest in India and second largest Monastery in Asia after Lhasa in Tibet. The Monastery stands on the spur of a hill over 12000 ft. above the sea level. It accommodates over 500 monks and houses priceless Buddhist texts and scriptures. The Tibetan influence here is unmistakable, with the elaborately painted wooden windows and other motifs. Prayer flags flutter in the breeze and inside, the monks light lamps and drone in joint prayer. An 8mt high gilded statue of the Buddha is seated here, as are numerous ancient Thankas or traditional paintings and manuscripts. Dinner and overnight at Tawang.
After breakfast visit Buddha Monastry, Nunnery, Dalai Lama Birth place, Local market and evening visit War memorial. Overnight
Or Early morning drive India-China Border BumlaPass ( Please note that visit Bumla pass subject the permit which is provided by Govt For that you need to hire local vehicle also)
Your return journey begins with your drive to Bomdila. Catch up on the sights you might have missed out before. Arrive Bomdila and enjoy lunch after your scenic ride. Rest of the day at leisure. Experience the locale flavour – head out on walks and interact with the locals to enhance your experience. Return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight
After breakfast proceed to Guwahati (380 kms/7 hrs). Overnight
After breakfast drive to Guwahati airport for onward destination. If you have time than visit Tea Auction centre at Guwahati. Enjoy rope way at Guwahati on the banks of river Brahmaputra.