I did a Tawang tour last year and staying in Mumbai this year, I so miss it. I am sure, many of you might not even know where Tawang is.
Tawang is in India’s Arunachal Pradesh. Historically, it had been a part of Tibet and now China and Taiwan claims it. But you can visit it with an Indian passport. When I mentioned “Arunachal Pradesh”, “Tibet”, I have given you enough hints that it is a part of the Himalayas and is considerably cooler than Mumbai. Obviously!
Tourism is still surviving because there’s the Tawang monastery. Once you have the inner line permit from the Government of India (Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Tezpur) you can hire a cab or a bus from Tezpur (Assam) and reach Tawang.
I’ll tell you 5 things why I want to visit Tawang again this year.
To Truly connect by Disconnecting!
We spend so much time glued to technology and gadgets that we forget to really connect with people, or even our own selves. Tawang’s natural beauty – its lakes, monasteries, and valleys have a surreal quality about them. They make you want to just sit back, and tune into nature also that you’ll lose your mobile network.
Tawang Tour: To keep Clicking photographs.
In this age of selfies and Instagram, treat that photographer in you to some breathtakingly beautiful shots. It’s unbelievable how many different colours you will see in one shot that has just mountains, the sky and the road. Browns, oranges, blues, greys, white and tonnes more. If you’re biking to Dhirang or further, make sure your companion records the trip either through still images or a video. Capture the icy roads of Sela Pass at various times in the day.
To witness an entirely different kind of mountain
Lush green velvet cover enhancing a huge mound of rock is your basic idea of a mountain. Tawang stands out here, where the mountains are covered with bunkers! Bunkers are where the armies live and spend their day during wars. The bunkers are like an underground home, it has a cook house (kitchen), a dining room, a dormitory bedroom and the online room (*check: ‘On-line’ with all the bunkers and army bases near, so as to make up a small conference hub).
To breathe in some pure oxygen
When smoke and dust fill your lungs enough to produce a beaker full of Tar, run off to Tawang to breathe in proper 21% Oxygen of the air. At 10,000 ft, a deep breath of the fresh air can refresh you and make you feel alive like never before.
To satisfy the travel bug in you.
Travelling from Bhaloukpong to Bomdila, followed by Dhirang and finally to Tawang is the ultimate satisfaction a travel bug can ever get. Those bumpy roads, mesmerising scenics, the pleasant temperature and the Indo-China border. Together, a trip to Tawang will make you thank yourself when you’ll be back for the wonderful experience.