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.
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).
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
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.
3. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.