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Tawang (India)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Fifteen hours from Tezpur by car
When to go
From October to May
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Tawang

Julie Olagnol Seasoned Traveller
145 written opinions

The Tawang Valley, on the border with Tibet, is one of the essential places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India's most northerly state.

My suggestion:
Stop off for breaks at both Bomdila and Dirang on the way to Tawang to make the otherwise intolerably long and arduous journey there (by bus or jeep) more palatable.
My review

The Tawang Valley is one of the most popular destinations in Arunachal Pradesh. Though not as impressive as the valleys of Ziro and Mechuka, it does definitely deserve its place in the top three.

When you're visiting India, one option you have is to plan your trip to Tawang to coincide with the festival held there at the beginning of May. Do note, however, that you will need to at least have an itinerary planned in order to obtain a permit, which you can apply for in Guwahati if you are not visiting the region as part of a tour organised by an travel agency.

Once arrived, you'll no doubt end up spending quite a bit of time at Tawang Gompa, which is apparently the second largest monastery in the world! Its library its quite incredible. I also recommend spending a least a day hiking around Tawang so that you can also visit some of the lesser known monasteries.

The monks of the Tawang Valley
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