Bike and Backpacking Expedition to Tawang
This bike expedition is the holy grail for the bikers in India, the route being so raw and rugged even visitors from around the world come and have a go at it. It takes a certain level of madness and a thing for adventure to rev a bike and go through this route through the “land of dawn-lit mountains”.
We start our 7 nights 8 days Bike expedition to Tawang from Guwahati. Guwahati is known as 'the city of Eastern Light' and it stands on the southern banks of mighty river Brahmaputra. It is the capital of Assam and gateway to the entire north-eastern states. It is surrounded by hills and the Brahmaputra river, rich and diverse flora and fauna enhance its natural scenic beauty.
Dirang is a village in Arunachal Pradesh which lies in the West Kameng district. It is situated on the banks of Jia Bharali river at an altitude of 4900 fts. While in Dirang, you can take a walk through the peaceful village and take in the beautiful and serene environment.
Sangestar Tso or the PTSO Lake is one of the highest altitude lakes in India and the world at a height of 15,200fts. It is located on the way from Tawang to Bumla Pass.The Bum La Pass is located about 37 km away from Tawang, at the Indo-China border above 16,500 ft above sea level. The roads are mostly covered with snow. The road to Bum La is also a historical route; here in Bum La Pass one of the fiercest battles took place in the 1962 Sino-Indian War.
Up next is Tawang, which lies at an elevation of 10,000fts. Tawang has unmatched natural beauty which will leave you awestruck and some of the iconic places to visit in Tawang are Tawang Monastery, which is the largest monastery in India.
Thembang Heritage Village is one of the unique villages which has been identified by UNESCO as a world heritage site village. Here you are going to have an experience of proper traditional Monpa Houses built of stones.
In the evening, enjoy cultural dance and rituals by a local group. Traditional wine and bonfire will also be there to add some spark to the evening.
The ideal time to visit Arunachal Pradesh would be during summers i.e. April to June where the valley comes alive with wildflowers and greenery and weather is pleasant. If you want to experience Arunachal Pradesh during winters, October to February is the best time to experience snow covered landscapes and mountains.
1st Day: Guwahati - Kaziranga
2nd Day: Kaziranga to Bomdila
3rd Day: Bomdila - Tawang 140 kms - 6 hrs
4th Day: Tawang - Bumla Pass - Tawang 100 kms - 5Hrs
5th Day: Tawang Local Excusion
6th Day: Tawang - Dirang 140 kms - 6hrs
7th Day: Dirang - Guwahati
8th Day: Departure from Guwahati
Price (Guwahati to Guwahati)
|Double Occupancy||37300 / Person|
|Double Occupancy||35500 / Person|
|Double Occupancy||38300 / Person|
|Double Occupancy||36500 / Person|
|Double Occupancy||39500 / Person|
|Double Occupancy||33400 / Person|
Itinerary (Guwahati to Guwahati)
1st Day : Guwahati - Kaziranga
On your arrival at Guwahati, proceed to the accommodation site where our representative will receive you give a brief description of the route which you will be riding for the next few days.
Departure for Kaziranga.
Stay at Kaziranga.
2nd Day : Kaziranga to Bomdila
Post Breakfast we go for Safari.
Start for Bomdila.
3rd Day : Bomdila - Tawang 140 kms - 6 hrs
After breakfast, start for Tawang. While en-route, the landscapes will take your heart away. Make a pause at Sela Pass, which is located at an altitude of 13,700ft above sea level. And pay homage to the Jaswantgarh War Memorial and enjoy the valley view.
On reaching Tawang, check-in to the venue and get yourself refreshed. We will arrange an evening tea/coffee time for you at Café Suburb where a renowned local Lama will tell you about the history and significance of the place, and will also guide you for your next day travel track. Get back to the hotel and stay overnight.
4th Day : Tawang - Bumla Pass - Tawang 100 kms - 5Hrs
After breakfast, leave for Bum La pass on cabs. And your bikes will get serviced at Tawang on this day. The Bum La Pass is located about 37 km away from Tawang, at the Indo-China border above 16,500 ft above sea level. The roads are mostly covered with snow. The road to Bum La is also a historical route; here in Bum La Pass one of the fiercest battles took place in the 1962 Sino-Indian War.
On the way, also enjoy the beauty of the Heart Lake, the P. T. Tso and the Sangetsur Tso. Here “Tso” means “lake” in their local language. Way back to Tawang from Bum La Pass and reach hotel. Evening you are free for shopping and personal activities.
5th Day : Tawang Local Excusion
Tawang Valley is dotted with monasteries and stupas. One can spend a whole day visiting monasteries in Tawang. Post breakfast, visit the Tawang Monastery, known in Tibetan as the Galden Namgey Lhatse, it is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world. Then visit the Urgelling Monastery which is the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama (born Tsangyang Gyatso).
Then leave for a short adventure ride to Chakzam Village (25 kms from Tawang) where you will find a hanging bridge hand-made of iron wires dating back to 560 years. Also, watch the sound and light show at the War Memorial of Tawang in the evening. After a hard-core exploration of the day, relax in the evening in your hotel rooms
6th Day : Tawang - Dirang 140 kms - 6hrs
After breakfast set out for Dirang and en-route visit the Nuranang Falls at Jang which is a 100 meters high waterfall and Apple Garden, Kiwi Garden, Kameng River at Dirang and stay overnight at our campsite.
And not much far below, you will see the roaring Kameng River. The experience cannot just be explained in words. Come and feel it.
7th Day : Dirang - Guwahati
This day, after breakfast, we will take you to Thembang Heritage Village which has been identified by UNESCO as a world heritage site village. Here you are going to have an experience of proper traditional Monpa houses built of stones.
Dirang to Guwahati.
Overnight stay at Guwahati
8th Day : Departure from Guwahati
After Breakfast, depart with amazing everlasting memories of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
ROYAL ENFIELD BIKES (with FUEL, HELMETS, GLOVES & RIDING ARMOUR)
MEALS; BREAKFAST + LUNCH + DINNER + EVENING SNACKS
CAMPING + BONFIRE
LOCAL DANCE-LOCAL DRINK-LOCAL FOOD (with CAMPING)
INNER LINE PERMIT
BUM LA PASS VISIT & PERMIT (DEPENDS ON AVAILABILITY; INR 1,000.00 per person)
RIDING JACKETS & BOOTS
SIGHTSEEINGS OTHER THAN SPECIFIED
ENTRY TICKETS TO ANY TOURIST PLACES.
CAMERA & VIDEO PERMITS.
ANY EXPENSE OF PERSONAL NATURE LIKE; TELEPHONE, LAUNDRY, MINERAL WATER, SOFT/HARD DRINKS, etc.
TIPS & PORTAGES.
ANY OTHER EXPENSES NOT MENTIONED ABOVE.
Things To Pack
Down Jacket /Main Jacket
Thermals (Upper & Lower)
Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)
First Aid Kit
Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
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