|Stark mountain terrains in Tawang|
|Old Mompa Woman with a prayer wheel|
|Jaswant Garh War Memorial en route|
People called Kashmir a heaven in earth and I realized that this place was the real one. A valley of clouds hid everything from mountain peaks to grasslands, flowers and birds, and touched our cheeks gently just as we got down to capturing it on our lens. On the third day, I was driving from Dirang, a small hill station in Arunachal Pradesh towards Tawang, set high in the Eastern Himalayas. The mountains curved steeply around us River Kameng flowed along with us.
|Tawang Monastery dance|
Sun was playing hide and seek with clouds and the temperature was freezing cold. I already put triple layers but still somehow this torturous wind passed through the sheets of clothes and penetrated deep into my bones.
|Giant Buddha statue in Tawang Monastery|
I witnessed several bunkers used by the Indian Army way back in the 1960s. The war memorial was a tribute to the martyrs. Watching closely while crossing several tombstones on the way was a different kind of intense experience. It is a scary thought that this peaceful place was once a battlefield. My love for this place grew as I was discovering the landscape more and more. However, there is always an end to every journey as so as mine.
By air: The closest airport is at Guwahati. Jet airways has regular flights to Guwahati from across the country.
By rail: The nearest railhead to Tawang is at Rangapara, Assam.
|Route to Tawang|
Government tourist lodges at reasonable rates are available at Bomdila and Tawang. At Tawang Inn provide good accommodation and other facilities. Smaller hotels, lodges are available at both the places.
Any domestic tourist coming to Arunachal Pradesh has to obtain an Inner Line Permit. Inner Line Permits can be obtained from officers of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.