Tawang Private Trip (7D/6N)

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  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • Minimum Group Size: 2
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Starting/End Location : Guwahati

Overview

Arunachal is the least densely populated state of India which is pure, peaceful, unpolluted and unmatched scenic beauty.

Tucked amidst the high passes of eastern Himalayan range and home to The Lamas, The Tawang valley, situated at a varying height of 10,000 feet above sea level is a sight to behold. It has the largest Buddhist Monastery in the country that houses a 28 feet high golden Buddha statue.

Tawang is home to many glacial lakes that are absolutely heavenly. To reach Tawang, one has to pass through Sela pass at an altitude of 13,700 feet. Sela is one of the highest passes in the world, close to the international borders, where travelers can enjoy a beautiful journey encountering hoards of Army vehicles.

The stone village of Dirang, the apple orchards town of Bomdila, the Indo-China border pass Bum La at an altitude of 15200 ft above sea level are added attractions. BumLa pass is a great example of how Indian soldiers protect our country at harshest of terrains and climates.

The colorful and ancient architecture of monasteries & stupas is well complimented by the smile & hospitality of people, and rich traditions of the Buddist culture.

Wait no more. Travel to this “silent paradise” with your own gang!

Highlights of the trip:

  • Tawang Monastery
  • Bum La Pass (India China Border Post)
  • The Paradise Lake of Sela Pass
  • Soul soothing Sangti Valley trip
  • Dirang Monastery
  • Nuranang Waterfalls
  • Tawang War memorial
  • Beautiful Sangetsar and Ptso glacier Lakes
  • Giant Buddha Statue of Tawang
  • Captivating sights of eastern Himalayas
  • Café run by Indian Army at 13000 ft above sea

Inclusions

  • Travel for 7 days (Guwahati to Guwahati)
  • Stay for 6 nights
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) charges
  • Special vehicle for BumLa pass
  • All permits for all scheduled activities​
  • Expert Driver
  • Operations Manager support (24x7) during trip
  • Once in a lifetime experience visiting all places mentioned in Highlights section

Exclusions

  • Lunches
  • Entry tickets
  • Any additional snacks, drinks ordered at the stays
  • Any kind of activities other than mentioned above
  • Any kind of insurance, shopping, party, medical expenses
  • Any misc. expenses that are not in inclusions above
  • Any extra cost arising due to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation, bad weather, traffic-congestion/roadblocks, political disturbances and/or any factors beyond our control.

Price Chart:

Guests Vehicle Cost (per head)
2 Hatchback ₹34450
3 Hatchback ₹27450
4 to 6 SUV ₹25450
7 to 12 Tempo ₹22950

Itinerary

Day 1 - Guwahati to Tezpur

  • You can start your trip at Guwahati Airport or Railway station around 12 PM in the afternoon.
  • The journey takes you along the highway that runs along the massive Brahmaputra valley, which is the heart of Assam.
  • The first stop is Tezpur/Bhalukpong. Check into the guest house by late evening. The accommodation is booked either at Tezpur or Bhalukpong based on availability.
  • Take a walk in the market, you can shop for items needed for the trip.
  • Finish Dinner and rest for the night.

Day 2 - Tezpur/Bhalukpong to Dirang

  • Check out of the stay after Breakfast and start our journey towards the border village Bhalukpong where we have to show our ILPs (Inner Line Permits) to enter Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The BRO (Border Roads Organization) have done such a tremendous job with the roads that most of the time, one wouldn’t even feel that we are passing through mighty Himalayas.
  • Along the way, you can stop by at beautiful view points to appreciate the sights of free flowing Tenga and Kameng rivers of Arunachal & stop for a Lunch break close to Bomdila pass.
  • Take a pit stop at Bomdila view point and move towards our next destination for the day – Dirang which is also called a stone village.
  • Explore the colorful Dirang monastery and call it an end for the day.
  • Based on the availability, the accommodation would be either Camping in Sangti Valley or Dirang guest house. Extra perk of Camping is the Bonfire under a starry night sky.
  • Social gathering, Dinner and rest.

Day 3 - Sangti Valley, Dirang to Tawang

  • Experience the morning vibes of picturesque and serene Sangti Valley with flowing river, mountains on one side, huge swathes of grassland on the other side, grazing cattle, and greenery all around.
  • Sangti valley is just a half hour drive from Dirang main town.
  • Have Breakfast and check out of the stay.
  • Today you will head to the next destination Tawang by passing via one of the highest motorable roads in Himalayas called Sela pass.
  • It will take about 6-7 hours of total journey along with Lunch and different pit stops mentioned above to reach the land of Lamas – Tawang.
  • Take a stop at the Paradise lake of Sela Pass at 13,700 feet above sea level to soak into the serene setting.
  • One of the things to look forward to is the Cafe run by Indian Army at Sela pass and their warm hospitality.
  • Owing to the proximity of border with China, one can find large swathes of Army vehicles all around. It really feels safe and secure out there, and a sense of pride.
  • Check into our Tawang guest house and refresh.
  • Dinner and socialize.
  • Sleep on the cozy beds.

Day 4 - Tawang Local

  • Early Breakfast and check out of the stay.
  • Explore every nook and corner of mesmerizing Tawang Monastery, the largest of its kind in India. The only monastery bigger than Tawang monastery is the one in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The colorful architecture and peaceful surroundings inspired by Buddhist way of life will touch your soul and heart.
  • Have Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Explore giant Buddha statue of Tawang located on a hill where we get panoramic views of Tawang.
  • Give a visit to the 1962 Tawang War memorial and salute to the sacrifices of Indian soldiers who bravely defended our mother land.
  • Dinner and take good rest at our Tawang guest house.

Day 5 - BumLa Pass Day Trip

  • Start the day with Breakfast in the tranquil town of Tawang.
  • Today is an interesting day where you will go on a special permit road trip to the highest point of the trip – BumLa pass. Our tourist vehicles are not allowed to go there, and hence we will book a special cab from Tawang.
  • The journey takes you along the scenic glacier lakes straight to the Indo-China border post.
  • Along with peeking into the Chinese side, visitors can also view beyond the border by a few binoculars.
  • One can get refreshed at the Army canteen that serves hot snacks, tea and desserts.
  • On your way back, driver will stop at picturesque Sangetsar lake (famously called as Madhuri lake) and Ptso lake. ​​
  • Take an evening walk in the Tawang market to shop some souvenirs before wrapping up things for the day.
  • Get back to the stay, rest for the night.

Day 6 - Tawang to Bomdila

  • Pack your bags, check out after Breakfast and say goodbye to Tawang.
  • You will now take a 5 hours return journey back to Bomdila pass traveling through dense forest.
  • Stop by at towering Nuranang waterfalls and take some pictures enroute. On a sunny day, one can even spot a rainbow at this gigantic waterfall which is usually gushing during rains.
  • Enroute you will also stop by at hot water springs and have Lunch at Dirang.
  • Reach quite, hilly town of Bomdila by evening and take a stroll in the market.
  • Gather at a common area to socialize one last time during the trip.
  • Dinner and rest for the night.

Day 7 - Bomdila to Guwahati

  • Check out after Breakfast at our guest house.
  • With all the spectacular images of Tawang valley, Buddhist culture and sweetest people fresh in your mind, you will take a return journey back to the planes of Assam. It feels like leaving a part of paradise and coming back to earth.
  • You may book flights after 7 PM or we shall help you with pointing a guest house in Guwahati for the night so that you could leave the next day.
  • Note: Many travelers extend their holiday to visit Kaziranga National Park of Assam. If you need any assistance in that, do let your organizers know.
  • Note: Our team can also assist you in booking your flight tickets at discounted rates.

Seasonal Variations:

  • Mid Mar to June: Summers are pleasant in Tawang which pull tourists in good numbers. 
  • Jul to mid Sept (monsoons): The rains hit the eastern Himalayas starting from mid June. Journey would be tough during this time. We usually avoid traveling to Arunachal in these months.
  • Mid Sept to Nov (Post monsoon): Another good season to travel before extreme winter sets in. One can expect high tourist footfall in these months. 
  • Dec to mid Mar: Temperatures will drop below 0 degrees towards the end of the year with the onset of snow fall covering the entire valley. It will be very difficult to travel and important roads will be closed by Indian Army.

What to Expect

About Trip:
  • This trip involves basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay without any luxury, whatsoever.
  • This is a group trip with shared model. It may not suit everyone – especially for those expecting privacy and comfort. It best suits for people who wish to socialize.
  • Please do not book this trip if you are not okay with above points.

Travel:
  • Trip starting/ending point: Guwahati
  • Pick up and drop at Guwahati Airport or Railway station
  • Tempo, Innova or similar tourist vehicle (6 days journey)
  • Start time: First day, 12 PM (afternoon)
  • End time: Seventh day, 7 PM
  • You can book flights/train to Guwahati based on the above timings.
  • Note: Our team can also assist you in booking your flight tickets at discounted rates.
  • There is no night journey on this trip. All travel is during day time.

Stay:
  • Standard shared stays with comfortable bedding, hot water.
  • 2 or 3 sharing rooms.
  • Tawang: Homestay for 3 nights.
  • Dirang/Sangti: Homestay/Camping for 1 night.
  • Bomdila: Guesthouse for 1 night.
  • Tezpur/Bhalukpong: Hotel for 1 night.

Food:
  • Breakfasts & Dinners included.
  • Lunches are self-sponsored.
  • How much you have to spend for good Lunch?
    200 – 250 per meal

Misc. info:
  • Batch size: 2 to 15
  • Trek Difficulty: No trekking
  • Max altitude: BumLa pass at 15,200 feet above Sea level
  • Climate:
    Very cold at Tawang
    Cold at Dirang, Bomdila
    Warm at Tezpur

Special Notes:
  • Expect seasonal variations in Arunachal depending on the month we are travelling
  • Travelers are expected to come with open heart by appreciating complexities of mother nature based on seasonal variations, monthly or even daily weather conditions.
  • This is not a luxury trip. This is a group trip with basic facilities.

FAQ

How to book this trip?

  • 50% amount has to be paid to confirm the trip.
  • Remaining 50% shall be paid at the beginning of the trip after boarding vehicle.
  • Payment mode will be shared by our Bookings Team.

Things to carry

  • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
  • A lightweight large Backpack for the entire trip (50-60 liters). Strictly no trolleys. Remember this is a Backpacking trip.
  • A small backpack for basic items (to carry valuables, water bottle, snacks, etc. for outdoor activities).
  • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID).
  • 2 Passport size color photographs (important for permit).
  • Thermal inners and warm clothes (cold climate).
  • A rainproof jacket with a hood (to protect from cold winds, sudden rain).
  • Thick socks, track pants, full sleeve t-shirts (to keep your body warm).
  • Cap/Hat/Sunglasses (to protect from harmful sun rays).
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50 or more).
  • Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to).
  • Hand sanitizer and liquid hand wash for outdoors.
  • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our stays.
  • Disposable garbage covers (to separate used/unused clothes).
  • Water-resistant good grip shoes for travel, extra slippers to use at stays.
  • Personal medications, any drugs that you may feel necessary (remember ghat roads, cold climate), basic first aid kit.
  • No need to carry snacks/chocolates. You may buy at local shops to support local people in Arunachal Pradesh.

What's next after booking your trip?

  • A Whatsapp group shall be created on the trip day and Vehicle & Trip Leader details will be shared.
  • This trip involves traveling with strangers and night stays (if any). Please be mindful that:
    • It is mandatory to share your personal information with the team along with a copy of your government approved ID card.
    • You will need to share your co-traveler(s) details if you have booked more than one seat.
  • Live location of the vehicle will be sent in the group once it starts at the first point.

Terms & Conditions

  • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Travellers are not allowed to advice/instruct the Organizers (Driver or Trip Leader or Operations Manager) to change the itinerary.
  • Cooperate with the Organizers in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travellers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling and visiting all places in itinerary.
  • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Do not indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to self or fellow travelers.
  • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
  • Unexpected situations: In rare scenarios, we might not be able to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest/local authorities, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the Organizers will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip places altogether.
  • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the stays for interested people.
  • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help one another. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
  • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/Organizers, and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
  • Every traveler is expected to digitally fill & submit a liability/waiver form given by the Organizers before the trip. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

Cancellation & Refund

Cancellation by Traveler

  • 80% refund/100% postponement if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
  • No refund/postponing is allowed within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Covid, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
  • No refund/postponing is allowed for partial payment – booking fee – which is done to book your slot.
  • No refund during/after the event.

Cancellation by Muddie Trails

Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
We have 2 options in this case:
Option 1: Complete refund.
Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.


Cancellation due to external factors

Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

In these scenarios:

  • No Refund is allowed.
  • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
  • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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