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Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh » Tawang November 19th 2019

On the Road to Tawang The SUV was newly acquired Mahindra Scorpio S-11, that wife Rina nicknamed "Black Beast". Dear friend PT Bhutia & I decided to embark on a driving trip from Siliguri in Darjeeling foothills to Tawang in West Arunachal Pradesh, North East India. The mission was to drive through high altitude Sela & Bomdilla Passes and to pay obeisance to the guardian deity of Lord Buddha in the 400-year-old Tawang Monastery, the biggest in size and shape, next only to Potala Palace, Lhasa. The first long trip, immediately after taking the delivery of the SUV, was Siliguri-Dharan-Dhankuta in Eastern Nepal in April 2019 with wife Rina wherein the Black Beast clocked 200 km plus. Being a Mahindra SUV fan and having driven white Scorpio and Bolero in the past 10 years it was ... read more
On the Road to Tawang
On the Road to Tawang
On the Road to Tawang

Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh February 28th 2018

When the country celebrated Holi in the usual traditional manner I along with my mom chose to make a short trip to Arunachal Pradesh- the land of dawn lit mountains to celebrate Holi with the different shades of colour of the mother nature. A short afternoon flight to Guwahati with a spectacular aerial view of the mighty Brahmaputra meandering through the dense forests of Assam was the first leg of our journey. On reaching the Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport an expected phone call came from my childhood friend Satyajit who was eager to meet me after a long twelve years. On the way to the railway station we visited the Ramakrishna Mission and finally met my friend at the station. After spending some quality time at the Food Court right opposite the parking area we boarded ... read more
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Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh April 29th 2017

Arunachal Pradesh – one of the seven sisters of the mesmerising north-east India. It is the eastern most state of India that allures everyone to explore its breath-taking destinations. Arunachal Pradesh till a few years ago eluded most of the travel enthusiasts, but with the government’s efforts to promote tourism, it now has 12 tourist circuits. Arunachal Pradesh has been blessed with abundant natural beauty with the green eastern Himalayas covering most of the region. From mountains to valleys to monasteries to orchids, this state takes pride in being one of the top three greenest states of India with almost 80% green cover. Of the 12 tourist circuits, we chose the ‘Tezpur-Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang’ circuit and off we went in summer to explore the mystic land. Since most of the commercial airlines do not fly into Arunachal Pradesh ... read more
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Welcome to Tawang !

Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh December 16th 2014

A quaint town in Arunachal Pradesh with mystical beauty all around is Bomdila. It is situated at a height of 8800 feet. It has a cute restaurant in the town by the name of Lungta Residency. It offers amazing food suiting different palates. Most of the people going to Tawang stop in Bomdila and then move ahead. A Small town but with a stop for all tourists going up to Tawang. There is a beautiful monastery upon a hill in Bomdila which has huge and beautiful statues of Lord Buddha. The view of the town from the monastery is simply breathtaking.... read more
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Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh December 16th 2014

We had a picnic at chillipam. It all started with a visit to the monastery followed by a visit to the kiwi orchard. The location of the monastery is amazing with a breath taking view of the hills and the valley all around. A visit to the kiwi orchard was an amazing experience in itself.... read more
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Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh August 1st 2014

I dont know about you, But I love to find places off the beaten track. In 2002 I headed my own mini eco-tour into what felt like the most remote place on earth. It’s in an area called the North East Frontier, where India meets Myanmar and China. The most inaccessible part of this area, which is pretty remote anyway, is a state called Arunachal Pradesh. In order to get there, you have to get special permission from the government of India. For the most part it’s off-limits to tourists. I met one of the tribal groups in Assam, the Singpho people, through friends who which started an organic tea-growing project with these people. I was the first Westerner to ever stay in their village. I met these people in 2001, in the middle of the ... read more
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Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh March 23rd 2014

On 23rd March, we started again from Tenga valley, on the supposedly last leg of the journey to Tawang. The car was buzzing with anticipation as all of us were looking forward to today's sights. The Army guesthouse I was staying at rested at the very bottom of the valley - and the surrounding mountains were rising high above us. A fast flowing rocky stream cut through the valley. Short metal bridges spanned it at intervals. We crossed several of them on the road. We were climbing higher and several times I felt my ears pop. We bypassed the town of Dirang, and headed higher towards Bomdila. Bomdila is a sub-city - it rests on a horseshoe ridge and is fairly developed. It had two museums of craft, culture and ethnological basis, both of which we ... read more
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Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh March 21st 2014

The journey we took from Digaru (in Assam) to the night's halt in Tenga, was by road. The tea gardens of Assam are calming to watch as they roll by, but during this stretch I was asleep. When I woke, the car had passed the Bhalukpong checkpoint. Bhalukpong itself is the entry point into Arunachal Pradesh. My family and I cruised in the river (a service provided by the Eco Park). The cruising was pleasant with very minor rapids at this time of the year, but is a paradise for bird watchers. Bhalukpong is mostly plains with a background of the foothills. I ate lunch and continued on my way. The road after that starts undulating and is accentuated with hairpin bends and rises and drops so unexpected you can feel the negative g in your ... read more
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Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh » Tawang May 8th 2013

Hello Tawang - Shillong. Hi Guys, I am in the process of planning my visit to North Eastern India and visit the places which I had seen a couple of years Earlier. My Travel plan is :- •Day 1 - Guwahati to Bhalukpong (250kms/5hrs). •Day 2 - Bhalukpong to Dirang (185 kms/6.5 hrs). •Day 3 - Dirang to Tawang (155 kms/ 6 hrs). •Day 4/5 - Tawang local sight seeing. •Day 6 - Tawang to Bomdila (180 kms/ 6 hrs). •Day 7 - Bomdila to Guwahati (230 kms, 4.5 hrs). •Day 8 - Guwahati to Shillong (110 kms, 2.5 hrs ) and local sight seeing at Shillong. •Day 9 – Shillong to Guwahati (110 kms, 2.5 hrs) and local sight seeing at Guwahati. I shall keep posting things as and when I progress them. Please update ... read more

Asia » India » Arunachal Pradesh » Tawang March 31st 2012

Hello Everyone, Just a quick message to say that I am still alive and having a ball!!! Teaching Yoga which I am loving and visiting many villages with the children. I am 'OMU' which means big sister in Mompa language (which is the language they speak in Tawang). I am kitting for the children, so that they can keep warm during the 'spring', each night. It is spring time here and it is extremely cold in the morning and night. The internet is really slow and has a mind of it's own so I;m sorry if I haven't been writing as often as you may like. "AHH" There goes another explosion. There are 3 construction sites here at the orphanage and every afternoon / night they put explosives into the rock to break it up to ... read more




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