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Bum La Pass, Tawang|Hiking Trails in the Himalayas | Folkslyfo

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Let’s hear from someone who has already visited Bum La Pass. Vinayak, a traveler who has shared his mesmerizing experience of riding across this place.

Would you like to cover the two borders via road within 3 days?

It sounds impossible, right! It all started because of our wish for the Himalayas. Obviously, the famous Leh-Ladakh comes first. But we thought of something new. Arunachal Pradesh, the land of dawn-lit mountains. Imagine the home of picturesque landscape, tranquil lakes & monasteries. Bag packed, took a flight, rented the bikes & started to our first destination, Dirang. We took the Trans Himalayan highway route which covers the Indo-Bhutan Border & headed towards Dirang.

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Way to Bum La Pass

Day 2

We did some sightseeing at Dirang, mainly Sangti valley, an unknown valley surrounded by the Eastern Himalayas covered with fruit orchards, dotted with pristine forests & meandering hill rivers & home for traditional culture & black-necked cranes during winter. Later we head towards Tawang via Sela Pass, the world’s second-highest motorable pass (13700ft).

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Lush Green Vegetation

Day 3

We started with a sunrise view & visited Tawang monastery, which perched on a hill, overlooking the ridge & surrounded with clouds, India’s largest & the second largest in the world. Later we head over to our major destination, the Bum La Pass(15200ft) Snowbounded for almost the entire year due to its steep elevation & presents a mesmerizing view of Tibetan plateau.

The road to the pass takes many scenic views making it memorable for a lifetime. Well maintained by our Indian Army & were received with refreshments & warm stories about the Indo China War, Dalai Lama’s refugee route, etc which was like flipping up the history pages in front of me. They showed us the watchtowers of China over the mountain which we merely see through our naked eyes. The unbeatable hospitality of people, jaw-dropping natural scenic & enriched history stories filled in our hearts we took our flight back to our home.

Top Attractions in Tawang (other than Bum La Pass ), Arunachal Pradesh – The Land of Lamas

1. Se La Pass

The place that is covered with snow throughout the year. Due to this fact, you won’t find much greenery here. Most of the time, the temperature will be low, but the warmth of the temple will make you feel like home. Not only this place is beautiful but also sacred. You will find this place surrounded by more than 100 lakes which are considered sacred in Buddhism.
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Tawang Gate

2. Madhuri Lake

Madhuri Lake also called Sangestar Tso Lake. This lake is beautiful to see as it is surrounded by yellow woods and lush green vegetation. You will find this lake in the way riding from Tawang to Bum La pass.

Madhuri Lake
Tawang Buddhist Monastery

3. Tawang Buddhist Monastery

Have you visited this place? if not you have not seen the largest monastery in India and the second largest monastery in the world. This is the treasure house of the Buddhist culture and home for people seeking peace.
Tawang Buddhist Monastery

4. Jaswant Garh

Jaswant Garh is a memorial dedicated to the brave late Jaswant Singh Rawat, an Indian rifleman of 4 Garhwal Rifles. This is the place where he fought with the Chinese army. This is the place where you can stop to have a warm meal. A lot of places here offer hot traditional tea and coffee which will keep you warm at 10,000 ft above sea level. It is said that the place has an architecture that looks like camouflaging itself with surrounding nature.

Jaswant Garh

5. Nuranang Falls

Nuranang Falls or Jang fall, 27 km from Bum La Pass. One of the most beautiful places for sightseeing and photography. You will experience a waterfall of milky white color which originates from the Se La Pass. There is also a popular story associated with it. A girl named Nura helped Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat (Maha Vir Chakra), who was later caught by the Chinese Army.

Nuranang Falls

6. Pangateng Tso Lake

If you find this place, you are closer to Bum La Pass. Bum La pass is 15 Km from Pangateng Tso Lake. This is quite a big lake. You will be rejuvenated by the landscape of picturesque blue water. This lake is frozen most of the time and a thick layer of snow covers this lake to save the vegetation underneath.

Pangateng Tso Lake

7. Gorsam Chorten

People are crowded here at the Gorzam Kora festival, which is a traditional festival at Tawang. The stupa was built by constructed by Lama Prathar from Kharman village in Zemithang, in 13th Century A.D., This is important from the archeological perspective. The beauty of long scenic stupas are word wide famous and hence becomes an attraction for people around the world.

Gorsam Chorten

8. Nagula Lake

The beauty of this place lies in a half-frozen lake surrounded by Himalayan mountains. Spending a morning with a warm drink in your hand and looking at the sun rising from behind the Himalayas. It is the best feeling in itself to be so close to the Himalayas. This is the reason people recommend to stay here before heading towards Bum La Pass.

Nagula Lake


Twang is beautiful and very peaceful place. The adventurous ride along the picturesque mountains and frozen lakes will always resides among your best memories of life. This is the dream destination for many people to ride along the Himalayan trails, and many have already achieved it.

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