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Finding wonderland ! Visit Arunachal Pradesh (6 NIGHTS / 7 DAYS)
Rs 14,300
6 nights & 7 days

The final frontier of Indian tourism, virginal Arunachal Pradesh shows up as a giant patch of green on the country's map. India’s wildest and least explored state, Arunachal – literally the ‘Land of Dawn-lit Mountains’ – rises abruptly from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested, and impossibly steep, hills, which eventually top off as snow-capped peaks along the Tibetan border. Home to 26 indigenous tribes, from the robust Monpas of Tawang to the artistic Apatanis of Ziro, Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India's natural and anthropological heritage. Much of the state still remains beyond tourism's reach, but new areas (comprising lush river gorges and craggy mountainscapes) are slowly being opened to visitors. So next time when you are planning to see something very different come discover the fascinating world just behinds you. 

 

Day 01: Guwahati-Bhalukpong/Nameri Camp (240 kms)

Upon arrival at Guwahati you will meet and assist at the airport by our representative after having seen to vehicle drive to Bhalukpong the gateway to Arunachal Pradesh. Here you will have a beautiful and relaxing night stay by river side a luxury camping in one of the most picturesque landscape. Overnight at camp at Prasanti Camp.

 

Day 02: Bhalukpong-Bomdila (103 kms)

After having breakfast leave for Bomdila after entry formality at Bhulukpong Check post. Drive to Bomdila en route one of the best scenic drive criss crossing valleys and numeorus falls that falls in the middle of the road. Also visit to Sessa Orchidorium the worlds largest collections of varieties of Orchids. While travelling don’t forget to click the memorable moment of dense forest which you will rarely found in other places in India. Reach Bomdila by late afternoon check into your hotel. After refreshing walk down till upper Gompa just to acclimatize with the climate and also pay a visit to Handicrafts emporium if you reached before 5 pm. You will feel the refreshing air & the changed culture. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 03: Bomdila- Tawang En route Sela Pass-178 kms

After breakfast leave for Tawang en route pay the tribute to Cap.Jaswant Singh at Jaswant Garh an army officer who laid his life fighting with chinese army during Chinese agression in 1962 contnue your journey and after criss crossing you reaches to the Sela Pass located at a height os 13700 ft or 4170 m above sea level if you are lucky you can have the breathtaking view from top of Sela. Also see one of the most spectacular Jung Falls falling from 100 mtrs. Upon arrival at Tawang by evening check in relax and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 04: Tawang

After breakfast today the day for sightseeing of in and around visit to lake Madhuri Lake & Twang Monastery. Rest of the day to explore the market & free time for shopping of local handicrafts. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 05: Tawang-Dirang (135 kms)

After breakfast drive to Dirang Upon arrival check into the beautifull Hotel located at best view point. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 06: Dirang-Tezpur (198 kms)

After breakfast drive to Tezpur en route Rahung diary farm, Munna Camp and Dirang Dzong beneath you will see the Dirang Mini Hydel Power station also the old Dzong or fort as you enter the Dirang village these places are mainly dominated by Monpa tribes  and Sherdukpen. Upon arrival hotel check in. This beautiful town is located at the Bank of mighty river Brahmaputra visit to Temple and Udayan/Park. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 07: Tezpur-Guwahati (185 kms)

After an early breakfast you will be departed to Tezpur Airport or Guwahati Airport/rly station for onwward journey.

 

Hotels Envisaged as under:

Bhalukpong Camp: Prashanti Camp/Similar

Bomdila: hotel Elysum/Similar

Dirang: Hotel Pemaling/Similar

Tawang: Hotel Zax Star/Similar

Tezpur: Fern Residency/Similar

 

Tour Price: Rs.14300 per person (Based on minimum of 04 persons traveling together)- without meal.

Tour Price: Rs.18000 per person (Based on minimum of 02 persons traveling together)- with breakfast and dinner.

 

Package Cost Includes:

·                     Accommodation on triple sharing basis with an extra bed.

·                     Meal as per above chose plan.

·                     Cost of procuring inner line permit.

·                     Sightseeing as per the itinerary ( However you have the flexibility to explore more )

·                     All Surface Transportation & Transfers by NAC Sumo with our excellent chauffeur cum guide as per the above itinerary.

·                     All interstate taxes, permits, driver Bhatta, parking, road tax, toll taxes and fuel charges etc are included

·                     Includes of all taxes.

 

Package cost Does Not Includes:

·         Personal nature Expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, Meals, Tipping, Insurance etc.

·         Camera Fee & Entrance Fees to Monuments.

·         Anything not specified not Included

·         Expenses due to force Majeure Factor.

 

NOTE: Please note the rooms are subject to availability. We strongly suggest you to book this unforgetable tour well in advance at least a month before departure to avoid any last moment rush. The prices are subject to change without prior notice.

 

 

IMPORTANT TRIP ADVISORY:

Visiting Arunachal Pradesh requires Inner line permit for Indian nationals which will be arraned by us on your behalf. Best time to visit is Septemeber to April avoid visiting during Monsoon seasons. 

 


Things to know before visiting Tawang:

1)Mobile network:
Only BSNL Postpaid works in the region. No other Postpaid connection works. Prepaid connection doesn’t even work in Assam. Other Postpaid connections work in Assam. So if you need to be connected while you are there, please don’t visit unless you have a postpaid BSNL connection. If you don’t have BSNL then be prepared to be disconnected from the point you leave Tezpur/Guwahati till you come back there.

2)Inner Line Permit:
Everyone who is entering Arunachal Pradesh needs to show the ILP at Bhalukpong (if entering by road) or at the Guwahati Airport (if using the helicopter). 

If you are an Indian, you can apply personally in advance for a 15 day inner line permit (easily extendable for 15 days) in Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati or the places mentioned in Assam. Foreign nationals have to get it from Delhi.

The fee for Indian Nationals is 20 rs per person. You can get it within a few hours, or in worst case, within one day of applying. It will take much more time for foreign nationals. Do not go for agents, who charge in the range of 8000 Rs just to take your documents in advance and email or fax it to you. Get it done personally, or send your documents to someone you trust in these cities to get it done for you.

All DC offices of Arunachal Pradesh Govt, whether in Tezpur or Guwahati or anywhere they are present are closed on Sundays and Public holidays. You won’t get your ILP made on these days.

3)Helicopter:
There is a daily Pawan Hans helicopter flight available on weekdays from Guwahati to Tawang and back (for schedule click here). Earlier, prior booking was available, but due to various reasons it has been discontinued. Now you need to personally apply to the DC’s office and only if your name appears in the list then you can buy a one way ticket. For flights from Guwahati, only if you have the ILP, you need to apply at the airport (ask anyone about the Pawan Hans counter at the airport). The people there don’t work after 2 pm, and we had a harrowing experience because our flight landed at 2:15 and in spite of speaking to 2 men from the Airport one day before, nothing was done. So I suggest that you keep one day on hand if you want to take this route. In fact, I do not recommend helicopter at all
No return flights are booked whatsoever, so if you plan to return using helicopter, you need to apply to the DC’s office in Tawang. Even if you get your name on the list, you are still not guaranteed a seat, as VIPs and Army personnel are given priority over civilians, even if they arrive at the last minute. So I recommend you keep at least 2 days in hand for any bookings from Guwahati(Aeroplane, Rail or hotels). So that you can take the road route if the flight is cancelled due to bad weather or your seat is cancelled at the last moment due to VIPs (or their relatives)travelling.

4)Roads:
The road to Tawang is in a sorry state. But it is only because the single lane road from Bhalukpong to Tawang The road to Madhuri Lake is equally bad, and to China border is worse. The roads in Tawang town are not that bad.


5)Travel Duration:
Keep at least 4 extra days in hand .Book your return flights from Guwahati or even hotels in Guwahati 4 days after the planned return date if you are going to try helicopters. If by good fortune you do get back as planned then you can visit other good places like Shillong (2 days), Kaziranga (1 day), Tezpur (1 day) and of course the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati. If you are returning by road, then you can very well visit The Nameri Eco camp and Tiger reserve (rafting is on between Oct and March) for a day or two or Tezpur for a day.

You need at least 2 days to See Tawang properly. I recommend 3. You can do local Sightseeing including Tawang monastery in one day. You can visit Madhuri Lake and the destinations on the way in one day. If you plan to visit China border, you need one more day, and yes you need another Permit apart from your ILP from the Army Brigade. It is done easily if you have your ILP, but beware of holidays and Sundays, when you won’t get the counter sign from the Brigadier and the DC.

From Guwahati to Tawang by road takes 2 days including a halt, so for road travel, you should keep 2+3(Tawang sight seeing)+2+2 (contingency) days for a round trip from Guwahati.


About Tawang:

1)Climate
Harsh, cold climate once you reach Bomdila (by road). The best time to visit (recommended by many localites) is February, when the entire place is covered with snow. May is the time when the roads are open and you’ll get to see the bloom of flowers when visiting Madhuri Lake and the high lakes such as Sela lake and PTSO will not be frozen and there will be a lush greenery throughout the place.


2)Food
Food is largely non veg (pork and cattle; don’t expect chicken, as chickens don’t survive in the cold, the only time you’d get chicken is when a fresh lot is transported from the plains below). Veg meals are available on demand in few hotels like Maa. If you order in advance though, veg meals are available in other hotels like the kitchen of Buddha hotel.

While travelling to and from the town, the drivers will stop at designated hotels. These hotels are basic but they give meals without having to wait. Typically all such roadside hotels follow the meal system, where you pay 40 rs for a veg meal (unlimited rotis, rice, dal and 2 vegetables) and higher for a non veg meal (around 80 rs). Again, although I am a veg, I found that the non veg people travelling with me found it extremely difficult to find chicken anywhere.

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