Hawai, the young District Headquarter, is located on the left of the Lohit River at about 58 km southeast of Hayuliang by road. "Hawai" in Kaman Mishmi dialect means "Pond". This beautiful township is situated at an altitude of 1296 m above sea level. It is connected by a Cable Suspension Bridge, named as Anjaw, over the mighty Lohit River. Its pleasant climate, scenic landscape and unique ethnic culture make it one of the best places for visits.
Another remote Circle Headquarter, Chaglogam is a picturesque place located on the left of Dalai River. It is 170 km and 107 km from Tezu and Hawai respectively. The surface communication to the place is soon likely to be connected by road under Border Road Organization. Situated at about 1258 m above Mean Sea Level, Chaglogam is a potential place for tracking, angling, and adventure sports like rafting, mountaineering, and similar sports. The place is a heaven for the nature lovers. The local Mishmis are hospitable and peace-loving and still maintain their beautiful ethnic culture.
It is situated at an altitude of about 1094 m above sea level and 200 km from Tezu, Walong is a Circle Headquarter with a tremendous tourism potential. The word "Walong" in Mishmi dialect means "a place with full of bamboos." Historically prominent because of it being the scene of gallant fight by Indian Soldiers and invading Chinese forces in 1962 and endowed with spectacular landscapes, Walong is a popular tourist destination in the district.
Namti Valley, commonly called as Namti Maidan, is placed above 7 KM from Walong on the way to Kibithoo. The fiercest battle of 1962 was fought in this valley. The beautiful age-old pines standing in witness of the supreme sacrifice made by the brave Indian Soldiers defending the borders of scarifice renders Namti Maidan a special tourist spot. To commemorate the exemplary sacrifice of our brave soldiers, a beautiful War Memorial has been built at Walong.
The climate is cool and salubrious. A hot spring beside the Lohit at a distance of 4 KMs from Walong is another attraction for all kinds of visitors.
Besides the one near Walong, there is another hot spring located at a distance of 39 KM from the confluence of the Lohit and the Dichu River. It is 64 KM towards East from Kibithoo. The region is endowed with spectacular landscapes of picturesque plateaus and valleys and snow-clad hills.
Located on the left of Lohit River, Dong is a small but beautiful village of Meyor Communities. Surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and picturesque pine forests, the village welcomes earliest sunrise in in the country. Situated at a distance of seven KM from Walong, it is connected by a nice foot suspension bridge over the Lohit.
Kibithoo is a small but beautiful Circle Headquarter located close to the Indo-China Border at an altitude of about 1305 m above sea level. Nestled on the right bank of the mighty Lohit, it is 140 KM away to the North of Hayuliang. The whispering pine forests, wild rash berries, beautiful flowers and majestic waterfalls from the surrounding hills set against tall blue hills add grandeur to it. Its climate is cool and salubrious. The place also witnessed some of the severest fights by Indian Soldiers against the Chinese in 1962. Kibithoo township is endowed with recently commissioned 30 KW Micro-Hydel Electricity Project. Further work on 5 KW Micro-Hydel for Kaho village is in advanced stage of completion.
Places of Interest at Changlang District
Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National Park is located in the Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh on the India Burmese border a few km from the entry point, Miau. It was designated as a National Park in 1983 under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The same year, it was also declared as tiger reserve under Project Tiger. With a total area of 1985 sq kms, this is the largest national park in the north-east and one of the larger protected areas in the country. In fact, this was among the earliest national parks established in the seven states of north-east India.
The park watered by the Noa- Dehing and the Namdapha rivers, is largely inaccessible, with diverse habitats of flora and fauna. The vegetation ranges from the wet evergreen tropical and sub-tropical forests to temperate and alpine forests. A variety of wild tree species and crop plants including banana, mango, citrus and medicinal and ornamental plants including wild orchids are found here. The inaccessibility has helped the forests to retain its pristine ness.
The fauna of the park comprises elephant, tiger, leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, golden cat, wild dog, endangered Hoolock gibbon, Namdapha Flying Squirrel, wild buffalo, guar, hog deer, sloth bear, bison, Himalayan Tahr, Bharal, python, King cobra, , the wild goats; takin peculiar to the Patkoi range, Serow and Goral etc. The park is rich in bird life. The important birds are Indian Horn bill, the state bird of Arunachal, white winged wood duck, cheer pheasants etc.
The park is unique in its altitude, which varies around 200 metres (nearly sea level) in the valleys to more than 4,500 metres of snow covered mountain peaks. Perhaps no other national park in the world can boast of such phenomenal altitudinal variation. The park is also ideal for trekking and hiking. From Miau the entry point, a forest road stretching over 28-km gives access to the protected area up to a place called Deban where accommodation is available. Beyond this there is no road and one has to go on foot. It is a challenging trek through dense forests and steep hill ranges with rivers flowing in between and the varying climatic conditions from tropical to cold and temperate conditions.
Where to stay
Accommodation is available at the Government Tourist Lodge, Miao; Rest House at Namchik and at the Forest Inspection Bungalow surrounded by evergreen forests overlooking river Noa-dihing. For reservation at the forest inspection Bungalow, Deban contact
Deputy Commissioner, Tawang, Phone: 037824 - 22221 (O) 22222 (R)
How to get there
Air: The nearest airport is Dibrugarh, Assam (140 km).
Rail: The nearest rail-head is Ledo (56 km) and the nearest station is Margherita in Assam. Local train connects Margherita to Tinisukia which is connected with major cities of India.
Road: Good motorable roads connect Miao (entry point of the park) to Dibrugarh (140 kms), Tezu (182 kms), Sibsagar (199 kms), Guwahati (561 kms) etc. Miao can be reached by Jeep/Gypsy from Margherita (Assam)
For more information
P.O. Miao, Dist. Tirap,
Dy.Conservator of Forests,
Namdapha National Park,
PO, MIAO, District Tirap.
Assistant Director (Tourism),
O/o the D.I.P.R.,
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,
Naharlagun, Tel: (03781) 44115.
Govt. of India Tourist Office,
Sector- C, Naharlagun- 791 110.
Phone: (03781) 44328.
Places of Interest at East Kameng
East Kameng is a worthwhile place to visit. One of these is the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, a place where it shows a wide range of wildlife. Seppa (formerly known as Salpa) is the headquarters of East Kameng district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It lies on the bank of Kameng River and lies 160km from Itanagar. Seppa, the capital, hosts beautiful tribal dance festivals that adds colors to the natural landscape. Cool and clear as they were, tourists can also take a good look at the view of the mighty Himalayas from the hill stations of Bameng, Chayangtajo and Pakke-Kessang.
Places of Interest at East siang
Pasighat is the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh. The town was established in 1911 by the British. It is the headquarter of the East Siang district. Due to its 'strategic' situation where the Siang leaves the mountains, Pasighat has been often called the gateway to the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Pasighat is situated on the banks of the river Siang and is at a height of 152 m. from the sea level with a Latitude 28.0667, 28° 4' 0" N and Longitude 95.3333, 95° 19' 60" E. It's population is almost 23,000. The climate is hot and humid in summers and temperate during winters. The average daytime temperature varies from around 32°C in summer to around 23°C in winter. At night the average winter temperature is around 8°C. The nearest airport is at Lilabari. Another option (and a more interesting one) is Mohanbari (Dibrugarh), from where you can take a ferry across the Brahmaputra to Oiramghat, which is a few kms from Pasighat. But, avoid it during the rainy season when the river is flooded. Pasighat can also be reached by bus from Guwahati (overnight journey), Lakhimpur and Itanagar. Pasighat is predominantly inhabited by the Minyong Adi people who are remembered for their colourful Ponung dance. Pasighat is also ideal for adventure sports activities. The Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary is 13km away and is worth visiting.
Kekar Monying, a mountain cliff near Rottung is an important historical place because it was here that the Adi put up a strong resistance against the British in 1911. The war was a part of a punitive expedition undertaken by the British for murdering Noel Williamson, a political officer in the previous year by Matmur Jamoh, a native of Yagrung village.
Komsing, a village on the left bank of the Siang is the place of Williamson's murder. A stone epitaph bearing the name of Noel. Williamson still lies near the Siang. GOMSI, a cultivation area near Rani village is another place of historical importance. In June'96 a team of archaeologists led by Shri T. Tada, Deputy Director, Archaeology of the Research Department conducted a trial excavation and survey in the site. They have found apart from broken pieces of different evidence of glorious past culture of early medieval period (probably Pre-Ahom). The site has a big rectangular Canal measuring 3.5 meters wide and a pond measuring 38x36 mts. in the site. A mound has been unearthed inside the Canal area from where 13 different sizes of bricks have been found from it's brick wall. Further excavation and extensive study is required to arrive at a definite idea about the 11.5 acres big settlement area.
The Daying Ering Wild Life Sanctury is located at a distance of 13 kms. from Pasighat and is one of the few sancturies located on an island. One has to cruise through River Siangby country boat to reach the place. During September - February, a variety of migratory birds like cranes, wild-ducks, storks, water-fowlsand hornbils come here from far-off places making it a paradise for the bird watchers. Deers, wild elephants, buffaloes and smaller predators are also abundant. The lucky visitors may also have a glimpse of tiger.
Besides above, the district is endowed with some exquisite scenic locations particularly on both sides of the Siang. There are also a number of rare plants and herbs which are of medicinal importance. Botanists amd Zoologists can have ample scope for study of the rich plant and wild-life resources. The locals still maintain their traditional Socio-cultural practices and observe different festival like Mopin, Solung, Unying-Aran, Etor, Pime, Ali-Aye Ligang etc. They use various colourful costumes and perform dances like Ponung, Delong, Gumrak Soman, Yakjong, Tapu and various other folk dances. They can be of additional aspects of interest specially for sociologists, anthropologists and other culture tourists. Other places of interest are Yambung, Boleng, Ranaghat at Pasighat, Rottung, Ayeng village on the left bank of the Siang, Balek, J.N. College, Craft centre, Pasighat and District Museum run by Research Department.
Places of Interest at Lohit District
Parasuram Kunda, a place of pilgrimage is situated in the lower reaches of the river Lohit at about 24 Kms. to the North-east (27 degree 51' IV and 96 degree 23'E) of Tezu. The other name of the Kunda is 'Prabhu Kuthar', the origin of the 'Kunda' viz. Parasuram Kunda is associated with Parasuram's matricide. The history goes in brief that one day Renuka, mother of Parasuram went to Ganga for having bath and bringing water. Delay in bringing water made the Rishi Jamadagni, the husband of Renuka very angry as it was already getting late for the mid day worship. He asked the sons to kill her. None of his six sons except Parasuram could oblige. Parasuram chopped off the head of his mother indeference to the wishes of his father, but as a result of crime handle with his axe got struck to his hand. Jamadagni was very pleased with him for carrying out his order and asked Parasuram to have for boon. He asked for bringing his mother back to life, then enquired as to how to get rid of the crime of matricide. Jamadagni granted it and his mother got her life back and told Parasuram to visit " Brahma Kund" to wash off the sin. Parasuram came to the Brahma Kund, in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh for holy dip in the kunda. Religious people, saints come to this kund on Makarsakranti which falls on the 14th January every year. The Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh extend all possible arrangement/help to those pilgrimage.
There are several Buddha-Vihar locally called CHONG in the Khamtis area. The CHONG of Namsai, Sub.Division and Mon-mau, near the junction of Wakro-Tezu road is big and attractive. The world Peace Pagoda located in a river island at Chongkham is ideal for meditation in front of Buddha statues that surrounds in inner core of the vihar. The Khamti Raja's Chong at Guna Nagar at Chongkham is famouse for relics of Gautama Buddha. All the CHONGs and statues of Lord Buddha are made in the Thai-architectural style. There is no ban to visit these CHONGs.
"Dong" a small hamlet in the eastern most part of India had the privilege to have first sunrise of the millennium in India. It is located near Walong circle at distance of about 200 Km from Tezu connected with all weather roads. The spectacular view of snow-capped mountains and blue pine forest is worth watching besides having glimpse of first sunray.
Glow Lake is located in Wakro circle. It is a beautiful spot with background of snow clad mountains and rich flora and fauna in and around the lake. It covers an area of about 8 Sq.Kms. at a height of about 5000' above sea level. The nearest road point is near Twam village on Chongkham-Wakro road from where one has to start trekking for the lake. Owing to absence of proper road, it becomes an adventure trips to the lake.
There are not springs near Kibithoo circle as well as Walong circle. Visitors prefer to have a hot bath at the hot springs near Walong owing to easy communication. It is located at a distance of about 5 kms. from Walong.
District Museum/Craft Centres
The Museum and Craft centers are situated at the central place of Tezu township. The books, the crafts and handloom articles of different communities of the people of Arunachal Pradesh are available in these centers, to know them in depth.
A city of Bhismak Nagar, according to the Mahabharata and popular tradition, was established by a king named Bhismak. The story of Bhismak narrates how Shri. Krishna married Rukmini against the wishes of her father Bhismak. The ruin of the historical Bhismak Nagar is located at a distance of about 40 Kms. from Tezu near Sunpura circle.
It is located at a distance of 33 Km. from Tezu towards Hayuliang. One can have panoramic eye-view of the magnificent Lohit Valley and sunrise and sun set view from this spot. An ideal picnic spot.
Places of Interest at District Tawang
Tawang Monastery or Gompa also known as the 'Galden Namgyal Lhatse', is a 400 year old Buddhist monastery of the Mahayana sect, built in the 17th century. It is situated at a height of 3500 meters or 10,000 ft at the Bhutan border. The monastery was founded by a monk, Mera Lama, a contemporary of the fifth Dalai Lama. It is a vast complex of 65 buildings - a treasure house of old scriptures, priceless images, painted tapestries, books and collection of gold lettered Buddhist scriptures. The 'Parkhang' hall of the monastery houses the library which holds the rare hand written and block-printed Thankas or manuscripts of revered books like 'Tangym', 'Kangyur' and 'Sungbhum'. The other rare works of Buddhist literature include 108 gold-embossed manuscripts of the 'Teaching of Lord Buddha' and 225 volumes of the explanations of Buddha's teachings covered with specially designed moth - proof silk adorned with paintings. There is a towering 18 ft high gilded statue of the Buddha in the monastery complex.
The Tawang Monastery is associated with the famous Torgva festival which is held in the eleventh Monpa month called the Dawa Chukchipah(i.e Dec-Jan as per the Buddhist). There is also a Craft Centre here producing fine woolen carpets of colourful designs.
About 5 km to the south of Tawang township stands the Urgelling monastery. It was first of the three monasteries built by Urgen Sangpo, the youngest brother of Terton Pempalingpa, the famous Treasure-Revealer. It was built sometime before the year 1489. It was here in 1683 Tsangyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai Lama was born. He was the son of Lama Tashi Tenzin of Urgelling, a descendant of Terton Pempalingpa. His mother was Tsewang Lhamo, a monpa girl hailing from a royal family of Bekhar Village. Royal mother experienced a few miracles before the birth of Tsangyang Gyamtso. One day in the first month of her pregnancy she was husking paddy in the stone mortar and to her surprise water started accumulating in the mortar. On another occasion, when she drank water at a near by place, milk started gushing out in place of water. Since then this stream came to known as Oma-tsikang ( milk-water). In the course of time, she gave birth to a boy who was named Sangey Tenzin by his grandfather and Nawang Norbu by his father. It is said he would not drink his mother's milk for these day after the birth. One day when his face began to swell with an infection and he could hardly open his eye, two local diviners were summoned. They prescribed purifactory rite and said his name should be changed to Ngawang Gyamtso. His recovery was credited by the regent to the intervention of the Dalai Lama's own guardian deity, Dorjee Dakpa. The grandfather dreamt that the child was constantly being protected by heavenly beings. The mother dreamt, as she took a rest from her weaving, that a great company had arrived to take him off. His parental grandmother dreamt of two suns shirring in the sky. It is also said that when the party from Tibet came to take him to Tibet, after establishing that he is the incarnation of the Dalai Lama, the boy was playing with his playmates at a place about a kilometer east of Urgelling Gompa. When he heard his mother shouting for his immediate return he with his finger wrote on a stone slab the words "Lama Kheno" (God Knows). These words got miraculously inscribed on the slab and are still standing on the slab.
After his enthronement, Desi Sangye Gyamtso, the regent entrusted Chong-gye Gonpo Rabten with the work of restoring and enlargement of the monastery in the year 1699. The new structure included a double storied main temple, and eight pillared assembly hall, a four pillared altar room, a two-pillared chapel of protective deities, a residential quarters for the sixth Dalai Lama, a Ka-gyur house, a chapel for the practice of new Tantra, a big courtyard with twenty pillars and twenty rooms for monks' quarters. Unfortunately Lajang Kham deposed the sixth Dalai Lama in 1706 ad in 1714 one of the Lajang Khan's forces sent against Bhutan invaded from the direction of Tawang. During this campaign, they destroyed the Dalai Lama's restored and enlarged monastery at Urgelling as an attempt to obliterate his memory. Another version has it that the destruction of all Nyingnapa Gompas including Urgelling was carried out by Sokpa Jomkhar, a Mongolian warrior who was averse to non-Gelugpa sect. Whatever the reason may be for its destruction, all valued possession of Urgelling monastery like scriptures, statues and other objects were made to Tawang Monastery. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur written out in gold and silver was received by Tawang monastery. Today there is only a modest temple at the site.
The largest Chorten (Stupa) of the area is the one at Gorsam near Zemithang, which is about 100kms away in the north of Tawang. Lama Pradhar, a Monpa monk, constructed it most probably in the early part of eighteenth century. The hemispherical dome rests upon a three-terraced plinth. Four miniature stupas are set on the four corners of the lower most terrace of the plinth. The base is square with each side about 170ft. in length, with a niche running all along its whole length and 120 manis are set in frames of wood in the niche of each of the base. A paved path goes all around for the pilgrims for circumambulation.
Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Den )
Tak-Tsang Gonpa, serenely situated about 50kms away from the Township, is believed to be hallowed by the visit of Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D. Beautiful hills snow-capped peaks surround the place. This is one of the oldest monastery of the district.
It is situated at the heart of the Tawang Township. It is beleived that in the olden days the place where the present Gompa stands was popular known as "Massamg Key-ling Boothmey" which means a place where a strongman of a society used to play a melodious sounds with the flutes. With the passage of time a Gompa was built in that particular place
It is situated at a distance of 1 Km from Tawang township. The Gompa is constructed by the former Rigya Rimpoche. After his death, chang-sey, the secretay took charge of the Gompa. The re-incarnated Rigya Rimpoche, Rev.Tenzin Tsedhar is presently in South-India, completing his education. This Gompa is surrounded by a thick plantation of tress planted by 'Changsey' under the guidance and supervision of forest department, Tawang. The 'Changsey' is probably the first architect of green landscaping in Tawang District. His efforts transformed the place into growing greenery. Driven by the love for nature, creation of new, he started his plantation from the year 1979. The species which dots his backyard are both the local as well as the exotic ones. Now every house hold looks for the crown species called Crytomeria Joponica, popularly known as Rigilling 'Sheng', introduced by the "Changsey". Other notable species planted by him are Blue Pine, fir, popular Salix, Oak, Thoza etc.
The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in the year 1680-81. The monastery stands on the spur of a hill, about 10,000 feet above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and a gradual slope on the east. It offers a commanding and picturesque view of the Tawang-chu valley. From a distance it appears like a fort as if guarding the votaries in the wide valley below. Tawang monastery is the largest of its kind in the country and is one of the largest monasteries in Asia. Though it has the capacity for housing about seven hundred monks, the actual number of resident lamas(monks) at present is a little more than 450. This monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the people of this region. The approach to the monastery is from the north along the ridge. Just near the entrance to the monastery there is a building housing the dung-gyur mani from where the water is fetched for use in the monastery. To the south of it is the kakaling, the entrance gate. The kakaling is a hut-like structure with its two lateral walls made of stone. It serves as a gate. The ceiling of the kakaling is painted with Kying-khors (Mandalas). The inner walls are painted with mural of divinities and saints. After passing through the kakaling there is a big gate further south which is without any door.
Further south stands the main gate of the monastery, which is fitted with huge doors and is set in the northern wall of the monastery. The eastern wall starts from the open outer gate and encloses the entire eastern side of the monastery. It is about 925 feet long and the height varies from about ten to twenty feet. There is another gate near the southern and of this wall. It is fitted with a huge door. Near it there are two slits in the wall to see out through and for placing muzzle loaded gun to fire upon the approaching enemy. A narrow path runs all along the outer side of the eastern wall connecting this gate with the kakaling. It is said that the yarn given by the Vth Dalai Lama to Merak Lama enclosed the area bounded by the four walls. A paved path runs from the main gate toward rear of the monastery and leads to a stone slabs court. Religious dances and outdoor ceremonies are held in this court. The entire eastern half of the monastery is covered with sixty residential quarters called "sha"(hut) for housing the resident monks. Each of these dormitories has been constructed by a group of villagers on voluntary basis. They also carry out the repairs and are responsible for its maintenance.A three storied building stands on the western side of the court. It is the par-khang (Library). All the Holy Scriptures including. A long two-storied building flanks the southern side of the court. A part of this building is used as store for the provisions of the monks. The other part is occupied by the Dra-tsang buk and his entourage. A two storied building, on the eastern side of the court is called Rhum-khang which is used for cooking the food-offerings for the rituals as well as refreshments for the monks on ritual days.The most imposing building of the monastery is the assembly hall known as Dukhang. It is a three-storied building standing on the northern side of the court and houses the temple and the Labrang (The establishment of the Abbot).
Singsur Ani Gompa
This Gompa is one beautiful nunneries of Tawang district. It is situated at a distance of around 28 Kms west from the Tawang HQ towards the Geshila road . It houses around 30(thirty) Anis (Nuns). The new Singsur anie Gompa was built by the previous Rev. Gonpatse Rimpoche in 1960. The old Singsur ani gonpa is also in existence and is situated in the midst of the shaa (huts) of the anies. It has a beautiful land scape around it. It is worth visiting it as it is not far away from main road. It is just above Lhou village.
Gyangong Ani Gompa
Gyangong Ani Gonpa is a beautiful Nunnery, having about 50 Bhuddist Nuns, located on top of a beautiful hillock about five km away in the north of Tawang founded by Mera Lam Lodre Gyamtso and was subsequently offered by him to his elder sisiter. Thus the Gyangong Ani gonpa came into existence. This Ani Gonpa is under the administration of Tawang Monastery. Location of nunnery and the customs being followed by nuns remind visitors of the period of Maurya Dynasty, when the Buddhism was preached in remote hilly areas under the shade of green trees. As this ani gonpa is under the administration of Tawang monastery, the nuns of this monastery get provision from the Tawang monastery. But the scale of ration is very low i.e. about 10 containers ( about 250 gms each) of foodgrains per month or about two and half kg of food grains per month.
Brama Dung Chung Ani Gompa
Tawang district has a long tradition of nunneries called "Ani Gonpas", which are the abode of nuns. Unlike the monks (Lamas), the girls become nuns and join the nunnery on their own and there is no social pressure or tradition making the practice compulsory.Brama dung chung Ani gonpa (nunnery) is the oldest Ani Gompa (Nunnery) in Tawang District . It is situated in the lap of a far off mountain laced with natural scenery. It is located at a distance of 9 Kms. from the main town. This nunnery was constructed by a Lama named Karchen Yeshi Gelek from Tsang province of Tibet in the year 1595 A.D. Presently there are forty five (Anis) nuns in this Monastery. Being very poor, the inhabitants of Brahmadungchung Ani Gonpa depend on begging for sustaining themselves.
Other Places of Interest
In journey towards Tawang township from Bomdila, one reaches Jaswant Garh after about half an hour drive from the Sela Pass. The Place was given name after the death of a great Indian Warrior Jaswant Singh Rana, who had fought alone against Chinese soldiers continuously for 72 hours in 1962 Indo- China War and made supreme sacrifice for the country. Who would not like to visit this place to pay tribute to this great Son of India who is immortal among us.
Tawang War Memorial
It is a beautiful Stupa, dedicated to the memory of those brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice defending the frontiers of the Mother Land during 1962 Indo-China War.
This is the only orphanage of its kind in Tawang District. It is situated at a distance of 5 km from Tawang town-ship. For visitor it may be a pleasure with a different experience to meet the inmate orphan children and their caretakers in the orphanage.
It is a centre for mask making and weaving clothes in tradition style of Monpas. It is a govt-sponsored organization. There is also a sales emporium in the centre. It is located within the township.
P.T.Tso Lake( Pankang Teng Tso)
It is a fetching heaven for tourist only 17 KM away from maddening crowd of township. It is a beautiful natural site and provide tourist a lucky chance for deep communion with nature.
Sangetser Lake Jo-Nga-Tseir)
It is a lake where observation of nature's beauty, serenity and sanctity gets a peaceful rest. Visiting this place, tourist can never control themselves in showing Hula-Hula as so beautiful appearance of nature is here. It is only 42 KM away from Tawang. The lake emerged during 1950 earthquake.
It is an anecdotal lake, very attractive for such tourist who would like to travel 101 KM from the township. Many mystical stories, like seeing Gompa, candle light. Jewels and Coins and many other mysterious and nerve stimulating sites are woven around it. It has interior location and go to in very verge of it is challenging for tourist. It invites young and enthusiastic tourist to experience it personally in depth.
In search of the hidden paradise of Tawang, the Peak of Sela naturally come in the way as a gigantic mountain of mountains. It entices visitors' keen to imagine what would be the demographically shape and colour of Tawang on the other side of the peak. The Sela Pass is the gateway of Tawang district. It is at a height of 13714 ft. and proper Tawang main town is 92 km away from Sela. There are two beautiful lakes at Sela which have been always alluring the visitors for memorable snapshots.
It is the highest peak in Tawang and is 22500 ft. in height. The snow caped ,sky touching peak of Gorichen is 164 KM away from Tawang township. It has been always a challenging game of stamina for mountaineers Zeal and determination. Many back packers attempted for successful climbing of its steeply and dizzy heights, but a few could enjoy success.
This beautiful peak is the nearest one to Tawang township at a distance of 25 KM via a place called Khrimu. At the top of this peak one can enjoy a deep solitude. The top of gesela peak offers a unique angle for over viewing the whole district.
Thingbu Hot Spring
This hot spring is situated 68 km away from Tawang township. It can be approached from Jang on foot journey or by a pony ride. From time immemorial this hot spring has been of utmost use to the local population. This hot spring is known for its medical and therapeutic value.
Tsachu Hot Spring
A part from hot spring,this site is also suitable for hard trekking. The route of Tsachu has very attractive land scape and beautiful site. The place can be approached from Tawang after travelling 4 hours by light vehicle and further 4 hours by foot march.
Places of Interest at District Upper Siang
Mariyang & Pekimodi Circuit
Mariyang is the homeland of Padam, Pasi and Millang Communities located at 52 KMs from the district Headquarter, Yingkiong. It is also accessible via Pasighat - Ranaghat road, crossing the river Siang by boat. It is situated at a hillock overlooking the confluence of the river Yammeng and Yamne. Apart from scenic beauty, one can go and see the Damro village, which is known to be the largest village of Upper Siang District (10 KMs from Mariyang). Pekimodi, which is famous in Adi folklore is 34 KMs away from Mariyang. The Padams, Millangs and Pasis are having a rich traditional culture. Solung a festival is celebrated in the month of September. During this festival, a traditional dance form namely Ponung is performed by the village belle.
Best time to Visit Throughout the year
Main Tourist Attraction Scenic Beauty, Trekking, Angling, Picnic Spot, etc.
Tuting - Gelling Circuit
Gelling is the last Circle HQ, which is attached to the International Boundary of China. The famous MacMohan Line touches this circle. It is 34 KMs from Tuting. Half of the road has been converted into all weather road by BRTF and rest half is to be covered by foot track. River Tsangpo enters here from Tibet and is locally named Tsang Chu, which is further named river Siang in the South and Bramhaputra in Assam. Memba, a Nyingma Sect. of Mahayana Buddhist inhabits Gelling Cricle. Lossar, Torgya, Dhruba and Tsobum are the main festivals of Memba's. The festivals are celebrated according to the Buddhist Calendar. During these festivals, BARDOH CHAAM popularly known as Mask Dance is performed at the Gonpas. Dancers wear the mask of animals. The prime theme of the dance is to depict victory of good over evil and also to show the importance and preservation of all living creatures. There is a 3 hours trekking from Gelling to Bishing where a series of beautiful cataract falls down from mountain above 300 feet. The remnants of Kapangla Pass is still present near Gelling. Earlier, this pass was the main trade route for Adis and Tibet.
Best time to Visit September to February
Main Tourist Attraction
i) Dompo Tso Lake near Gelling
ii) Sibe-Re Waterfall at Bishing
iii) Kapangla Pass
iv) Trekking & Scenery.
Yingkiong - Ekodumbing - Riutala Circuit
Ekodumbing (Riutala) is under Simong territory. During the month of October and November the people of Simong arrive here in group to collect EMO (Aconite), which is used for hunting. Many rare species of animals like Takins, Muskdeer (Sikung), birds like PEDE, TANE, SIKO (all local names) can be seen here, medicinal plants like NYODO (Coptis tita), TALAP (a type of wild garlic), etc. are found here. Now a days the place has acquired religious importance for the Buddhists. They call Eko Dumbing as Riutala and regard it as a paradise of AWALOKESHWARA, which means the paradise of CHENRISI, the Dalai Lama. It is three days foot march via Simong village and 6 days via Tuting - Tashigaon and Singha. The Buddhists Pilgrims from far flung areas arrive here in the month of August and September to offer their prayers.
Riutala is a hill which is interspersed by many lakes. From this river Sipit, Yammeng, Simong Patang, Tangam Patang have originated. Around this place there are many caves which give shelter to pilgrims. The scenic beauty of Eko-Dumbing is breathtaking.
How to Reach
- Via Simong 3 days trekking.
- Via Tuting 7 days trekking.
Best time to Visit:
August to November.
Main Tourist Attraction
Sipit Lake, Yammeng Lake, Komji Lipik (Caves), Simong & Tangam Patang caves.
Yingkiong - Tuting - Dewakota Circuit
Nay Dewakota, Nay means holy place / shrine and Dewakota means abode of God derived from Sanskrit. It is surrounded by Nyigong (Yangshang Chu) river and is located on a plateau. It is 40 KM (Approx.) from Tuting and accessible only by porter track. The natives believe that Guru Rimpoche has kept many sacred treasure / script (TER) at Dewakota, which are yet to be revealed and deciphered. There are many holy spots like SINDURA, Guru Durpuk and numerous caves which were said to have been used by Guru PADMA SABBAWA. The caves can accomodate more than 100 pilgrims at a time. They are opened only during winter season, during rest of the year, the caves remain submerged under Yangshang Chu river. It is believed that those who visit Dewakota for 3 times will attain heaven and also wipe off all past sins.
The Membas of Gelling and Khambas of Singha believe that the present pilgrim places like Dewakota, Riutala, Pema Shree, Dakar Tashi and Jachung were engraved by Lord Guru Rimpoche or Guru Padma Sabbawa - the Second Buddha. These holy spots were later discovered and unravelled by His Holiness TERTON NYANGGOE.
How to Reach
2 days trekking from Tuting. One night halt at Nyukong enroute to Dewakota.
Main Tourist Attraction
Holy Shrines, caves, lakes, Gompa and Chorten.
Yingkiong - Tuting - Tsitapuri Circuit
Tsitapuri is yet another pilgrimage centre under Yingkiong - Tuting Circuit of Singha Circle. Tsitapuri is believed to be the paradise of Lord Guru Rimpoche. A spectacular sight of this place is that there are more than 108 lakes in it. Lake Danakhosa is one of them, from where river Nyigong (Yangshang Chu) and Jeying Chu originate. Buddhist people believe that those who are fortunate or have pure heart witness different wild animals and a Gompa with a queue of Lamas with their prayer wheel and beads in their hands on the island. The lake is surrounded by barren mountain valleys covered with snow throughout the year. The scenic beauty is so breathtaking that people hardly want to go back.
How to Reach
6 days by trekking (Tuting to Nyukong, Nyukong to Tashigaon, Tashigaon to Singha, Singha to Shibrang, Shibrang to Tsitapuri).
Best Season to Visit
June to August.
Mouling National Wildlife Sanctuary
Mouling National Park was established in 1982 with an objective to create a favourable habitat for plants and animals. It is located in the right bank of river Siang covering an area of 483 Sq. KM. This park is a reserved house for diverse flora and fauna. The vegetation of the area varies according to the altitude. Temperate alpine and coniferous forest at the upper reaches whereas the lower area is covered with tropical evergreen forest. Ornamental plants like foxtail, orchids are abundant in this area. The park has also an impressive area of animals and birds. Many endangered species like takins, snowclouded leopard, golden languor, hornbill, monal scalater, serrow are spotted here. And many more species are there which are yet to be identified and recorded. One can venture into this park during winter season by seasonal trekking path from Bomdo and Ramsing villages. Inside the sanctuary, there are many attractive waterfalls. Dabung Waterfall and Nirbung Waterfall are two of them. This park is thoroughly a dreamland for trekkers and animal & bird lovers.
Best time to Visit
October to 1st week of January.
Main Tourist Attraction
Rare birds, animals, orchids, waterfalls, etc.
Places of interest at West Kameng District
Rupa, a town that is mainly inhabited by the Sherdukpen (with some Monpa and Tibetan refugees), it is located at an elevation of 1400m. Because it is located in the middle of four mountains, it boasts beautiful scenery in Summer with the Ziding Kho and Dinik Kho rivers that run on the both side of the village and join at the very edge of the valley.
The main attraction centers are the Rupa Gompa of the Gelugpa sect, which is constructed shortly after the construction of the Tawang Gompa. Beautiful orchids and fruits planted by the natives are found everywhere.
The district's headquarters, Bomdila, boasts of a beautiful collection of Gompas, orchids, fruits and flowers. The main attractions are the Gompas, craft centres, the district museum, and the sports complex. Bomdila acts as a center to unify all the tribes from the entire district to live in harmony. Over time, the local Buddhist culture have interwined with magico-spiritual beliefs, mainly thriugh the frequent contact. Today, people celebrate festivals from different religions such as Losar (the Tibetan New Year), Wang, Neichidow, and Choskar. Groups of Tibetan refugees can be found in Bomdila.
The Altitude of Dirang is 1497m / 4910ft. The Regional Apple Nursery, Kiwi Farm, Angling,Yak Research Centre, Gonpa, Dirang Jong (Fort), Base camp for trekking, Sight Seeing & Hot Water Spring are the main attractions at Dirang. Distance is 45 KM from Bomdila. Bus and Taxis are readily available.
The sheep breeding farm, Scenic Beauty spots & picnic spots are the main attractions here. istance is 12 KM from Dirang. Bus & Taxi services are readily available.
The altitude is 4114m / 13494 ft. Its famous for high altitude lakes& scenic beauty & is ideal for ice skating during winter. Bangajung Gonpa is the main budhist cultural centre here. Distance is 100 km from Bomdila. Bus services & Taxis are available from Bomdila & Dirang. Accommodation is provided at a Rest House. Weather is cold in summer & snow falls during winter
Sange is famous for its scenic beauty and is the base camp for going to Sela Pass. Distance is 80 km from Bomdila. Bus&Taxis services are available from Bomdila & Dirang. Accommodation is provided at Inspection of Bungalow (PWD) at a Rs 100 a day. Tourist Lodge is being constructed by the State Tourism Department and is nearing completion. Climate is warm in summer andcold in winter. Snow falls during winter.
The Altitude is 213m / 699 ft. The Cane House, Angling, Wild Life, View Points River rafting, Burn Rice (Dizling) and picnic spots. Distance is 40 km. from Tezpur. Buses & Taxis readily available from Tezpur & Bomdila are also locally available.
Tipi Orchidarium & Bhalukpong
There is an Orchidarium at Tipi near the banks of the Bharali River in the West Kameng District, west of Tawang district. It houses 500 or more varieties of orchids which grow abundantly in different parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Some of the rarest species of Orchids are on display. In the Orchid research centre, scientists create new hybrid varieties of orchids using the latest techniques of biotechnology. The place is also ideal for rafting and angling in river Kameng. The river is a perfect rafting spot and a fishing heaven, perfect for mahseer fish which can be found on the Jia Bhorali river that branches off from the Kameng river. Buses are available from Bomdila the headquarters of West Kameng district and Bhalukpong, the entry point only 3km from Tipi. Bhalukpong on the Assam- Arunachal border straddles the edge of the Kameng river and is surrounded by the evergreen forests of the Pakhui Game Sanctuary. Pakhoi sanctuary can be reached by crossing the Kameng river in a dug out canoe and is a lush rain forest of tangled moss, lichen and ferns. Nearest airport is Tezpur (52km) and the nearest railway station is Rangapara. Waterfall, Distillery, Bottling Plant, Cold Storage, Resin Factory (Nafra Chemicals)& Citronella Factory are the other attractions here.
Nechiphu (Zero Point)
The altitude is 1708m / 5602 ft. Paragliding & View Points are the main features. Distance is 52 km from Bhalukpong. Bus & taxi sevices are available from Bomdila, Tezpur & Bhalukpong. However there is no accommodation.
Fishing, Picnic spots, Megalithic stone& Rock climbing are the main attractions. Distance is 67 km from Bhalukpong.
The altitude is 1954m / 6409 ft. Angling, Fish Farm, Apple Orchard, View of natural valley & rockclimbing are the main attractions. Distance is 60 m from Bomdila. Bus services and Taxis are available.
Morshing has one of the oldest Gompa, The Lhagayala Gonpa built in the 7th Century AD. It has breathe taking view of the natural valley. Various track and routes here are as old as even 400 years. Distance is 87 km from Bomdila. Bus services & Taxis available from Bomdila & Rupa.
The Tibetan Settlement area owes its attractions to The Tantric University, Carpet Industries & The Gyuto Monastery. Distance is about 80 km from Bomdila. Bus services & Taxis are available from Bomdila & Rupa.
Places of Interest at West Siang
Along is the headquarters of West Siang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It is located about 150 kilometers from Likabali which is at the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Along is a valley and is extremely beautiful as far the scenic grandeur of this place is concerned. It has mountains all around with two rivers flowing through it - the Sipu and Siyom. Both these rivers converge at Belun Ghat and ultimately meet the Siang which is one of the biggest rivers in Arunachal Pradesh.
Among all the archaeological sites in Arunachal Pradesh, Malinithan, a place of high sanctity, is the most ornamental and sublime. Set on a mound of about 60 metres high, overlooking the vast stretch of the Brahmaputra Valley, Malinithan is situated near the Assam-Arunachal border at a point where the plains end and the hills begin. It is only one kilometre east of the circle headquarter Likabali and about 8 Km from Silapathar in Assam. Linked by road and rail communications Malinithan is easily approachable.
Like many other sacred places in the north-eastern region, Malinithan is also associated with the Krishna legends. According to the tradition, Krishna and Rukmini, daughter of King Bhishmak, took a rest at this place on their way to Dwaraka from Bhishmaknagar. They were received cordially by Siva and his consort Durga (Parvati) as guests. Durga garlanded them with choicest flowers. At this, Krishna, in praise, addressed her as Malini (mistress of the garden). Since then, the place ceme to be known as Malinithan or Malinisthan - the seat of Malini.
Relics of stone images of Malinithan littered all over the mound came to notice from the early twenties of the present century. In course of a series of excavations beginning from 1968 and ending in 1971, ruins of temples and valuable sculptures were unearthed at this site. Beautifully designed and decorated basement of a temple, divine images, icons of Hindu deities, fine sculptures with animal motifs and floral designs, broken columns and panels with carvings were among the huge mass of stony remains, which were dug out as if from a buried treasure.
The fame of Malinithan as a holy place must have spread far and wide in early times. It is still a place of worship, and draws a large number of visitors and pilgrims.