Arunachal Experience : March 9th to 17th' 2024
Explore the last frontier of India in our ” Arunachal Experience ” journey. Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage with 26 major and more than 100 sub tribes living in the quaint mountain villages and around lush tropical jungles. An ideal destination for the offbeat traveller, we explore tribal villages in beautiful valleys, drives through high mountain passes and visit frozen lakes. On our journey we visit Monpa tribe villages in far off Zemithang on the Bhutan – China border, cross the Sela pass at 13700 feet, visit high altitude lakes of Pangateng Tso and Tsungatsar, visit one of the most important Monasteries at Twang and pass scenic valleys and jungles on the beautiful drives.
Cost: Rs 37500/- per person
Start Date: 9th March’ 2024
End Date: 17th March’ 2024
Duration: 9 Days
Group Size : Min 5 | Max 15
Theme: Culture, Adventure
– Visit and stay at a Monpa village in far off Zemithang on the Bhutan, China & India border.
– Experience scenic high altitude Himalayan drives.
– Cross Sela Pass located at a height of 13700 feet
– Visit to Tawang Monastery, the largest monastery in India.
– Visit to high altitude PT Tso & Sangetsar Lake.
– Explore paddy fields, pine forests and rivers in Sangti valley.
– Visit apple orchards, sheep breeding farm and hot spring at Dirang
Day 1 : March 9th – Saturday : Guwahati to Tezpur ( 205 kms / 4.5 hours )
Arrive in Guwahati and transfer to Tezpur. Overnight at Tezpur.
Day 2 : March 10th – Sunday : Tezpur to Dirang ( 195 kms / 5.5 hours )
After breakfast we leave for Dirang the land of the Monpa tribe. Dirang is also famous for its apple orchards, sheep breeding farms and natural hot springs. Enroute visit Tippi Orchid Centre and Sessa Orchid Sanctuary. Most part of the road skirts besides the Kameng river, passing occasionally through thick tropical forests. Overnight at Dirang.
Day 3 : March 11th – Monday : Dirang
In the morning visit the historic village of Thembang, whose inhabitants claim direct ancestry from the royal family of Tibet. Walk around the village to learn about the Thembang dzong and its historic significance. In the afternoon drive to Sangti Valley which seems seasonal homes of black-necked crane that flies across from China. It’s a serene and beautiful place where the Sangti river lazily flows through the valley, patched with paddy fields and pine forests. Typical stone houses built by the Monpa Tribe, lend a very special charm to this place. We visit the Sheep Breeding centre and Dirang Dzong at Sangti valley. Overnight at Dirang.
Day 4 : March 12th – Tuesday : Dirang to Tawang via Sela Pass ( 130 kms / 4.5 hours )
Today after breakfast, depart Dirang for a fascinating drive to Tawang. The road moves along the Dirang River for 10 kms and then the road climbs towards 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. The drive now is bewitching with piercing snow peaks towering above you, waterfalls at every corner and a gushing Nuranang river accompanying you most of the way. We stop at the Nuranang waterfalls, one of the most spectacular falls in eastern Arunachal and spend some time before heading to Tawang. Overnight at Tawang.
Day 5 : March 13th – Wednesday : Tawang to Zemithang ( 80 kms / 3 hours )
Zemithang at an altitude of 2150 meters, sandwiched between Bhutan and China, lies in the remote and isolated north-western corner of Arunachal. This region also has high cultural and historical significance. As there has been very little impact of urbanization in the village, it provides, immense potential to experience the traditional life style and culture of the indigenous Monpa tribe. Numerous water streams and falls are there and one can enjoy the view of Nyamjanchu rivers that meanders down below the ranges of mountains of different colors. Spend the afternoon exploring the various villages like Lumpo-Muchat and Kharman-Kyalengteng, to see the traditional lifestyle of the Monpas. Evening we drive to the Gorsam stupa and enjoy the tranquil setting of the stupa, measuring 120 feet in width and 100 feet in height. Overnight at Zemithang village homestay.
Day 6 : March 14th – Thursday : Zemithang to Tawang ( 140 kms / 5 hours )
After breakfast drive to Tawang via the high-altitude route and witness some of the most spectacular high-altitude scenery on the way while stopping at the high-altitude PT Tso and Tsungatsar Lake. This is an extremely scenic drive with a bird’s eye view of Tawang township below. Late afternoon we visit Tawang Monastery, an important seat of Mahayana Buddhism. This famous monastery of the Gelukpa was founded during the 17th century and it is also one of the largest monasteries in the world. Spend time at Tawang monastery exploring and experiencing its history and architecture. Overnight at Tawang.
Day 7 : March 15th – Friday : Tawang to Bomdila ( 170 kms / 6 hours )
After breakfast drive to Bomdila a place of misty mountains, lush forest, apple orchards and Buddhist monasteries. Bomdila , the district HQ of the West Kameng district, is located at a height of 2,530m. Catch up on the sights you might have missed out on before. In the evening experience the local flavor – head out on walks and interact with the locals to enhance your experience and visit the Bomdila Monastery. Overnight at Bomdila.
Day 8 : March 16th– Saturday : Bomdila to Guwahati ( 320 kms / 8 hours )
After breakfast drive down the mountains to the plains of Assam. Evening (time permitting) one can take a river cruise on the Bhramaputra river. Overnight at Guwahati.
Day 9 : March 17th– Sunday : Guwahati
After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of tour.
– 2 nights stay at Tawang, 2 night stay at Dirang , 1 night stay at Tezpur , 1 night stay at Guwahati, 1 night stay at Bomdila, 1 night stay at Zemithang
– Breakfast on all days
– All land transfers and transportation in SUV
– Service charges
– Flight Charges ( To Guwahati and return )
– Any extra excursions and tours other than mentioned
– Entry tickets & Camera charges at sightseeing points ( wherever applicable )
– Dinner & Lunch
– Other than mentioned
- Rs 2000/- Discount ( For repeat travelers )
- Rs 1500/- Discount ( For 2 to 3 person booking together )
- Rs 2500/- Discount ( For 4 or more people booking together )
- Stay will be in Standard category hotels and Bed n Breakfast places with good reviews on double/twin sharing basis.
- Indian and local food available at all places.
- Breakfast ( Included ) will be mostly Indian breakfast.
- Transportation and transfers will be in SUV / Car
For this trip
Our Experience Arunachal tour is designed for travelers who are interested in experiencing offbeat places and cultures with basic to standard level of comfort and long distance mountain drives.
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