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Twang - Arunachal Pradesh

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    ARRIVAL GUWAHATI Arrive Guwahati / Nameri National Park (255 kms, 5 hrs drive) Arrive Guwahati by flight. Meeting upon arrival and depart for Nameri National Park Nameri National Park: The Nameri National Park of 200 sq kms area is located in the Sonitpur district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh and it is also the core area of Nameri Tiger Reserve (344sq kms). It is the home of Mammals like Elephant, Tiger, leopard, Sambar,Barking deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar,Gaur, slow loris,gaplangur,Burmese ferret badger, and over 350 species of birds including White-winged Wood Duck, Ibisbill (uncommon), Ruddy Kingfisher, Palla’sfishing eagle,Lesser Adjutant stork , Greater spotted eagle,Rufous necked hornbill, Great pied Indian hornbill, Wreathed hornbill, Long-billed Ringed Plover, Sultan Tit, and Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails. Another important wild life sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh The Pakhui (Pakke) wild life Sanctuary adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. The river Jia- Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji, Dinai, Doigurung, Nameri, Dikorai, Kharietc crisscross the park. During rainy season A few jheels (during the rainy seasons) also dot the area. One can enjoy rafting in the Jia Bhoroli river in the south western boundary. Arrive and check in at Eco Camp. Rest of the time free at leisure, Overnight at hotel.

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    DIRANG Nameri / Dirang (145 Kms, 7 hrs drive) Early morning go for the nature walk and the bird watching trip into the dense jungle of Nameri National Park with the forest guards. After an early breakfast departs for Dirang by the same vehicle. Arrive Dirang and check in at hotel. Dirang: Dirang 40 kms from Bomdila is situated at an altitude of 1497 meters. It is an ideal hill resort in West Kameng district with beautiful Apple Nursery, Kiwi Farm, Yak Research Centre, Buddhist Gompa, Hot Water Spring and ancient Dirang Jong (Fort). It is the base camp for trekking to Gorichen peak and other bird watching trails. Afternoon visit: Dirang Dzong: Dirang Dzong fort is a representation of the culture of the Monpa Tribes. This fort, built in 1831 AD served as a centre of all the administrative activities of the Monpas during those times. The Fort is set a top on a hill top consisting of a four storied stone building. A wooden gate designed in local architectural pattern adds to the splendid uniqueness of the fort. Kalachakra Monastery: Kalachakra Monastery is a 500 years old Buddhis Gompa. It belongs to the Gelugpa school of Tibbetan Buddhism. Overnight at hotel.

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    TWANG Dirang / Tawang (140 Kms, 6 hrs drive) Morning after breakfast depart by car for Tawang. En route visit - Sella Pass: The entry point into the Tawang Valley is Sela pass at an elevation of 13700 ft above the sea level.. Legend says that a monpa woman supported sepoy Jashwant Singh during his battle with the Chinese. She brought sepoy Jashwant supplies and used to heal his wounds. When Jashwant got martyrdom she killed herself as an act of loyalty. The glimpse of Paradise Lake in the Sella Pass makes your visit worth. Most of the time the lake is covered with thick blanket of snow. Jaswant Garh: The war memorial is located 14 kms from Sella Pass on the way to Tawang. The memorial pay homage to Jaswant Singh Rawat, Mahavir Chakra Awardee posthumous (the second highest award from the Indian Army). In the famous battle of Nuranang against Chinese in November 1962, Rawat and two other soldiers from 4th Batallion Garhwal Rifles were instrumental in killing 300 Chinese soldiers in 72 hours. Lhou Village: Lhou Village is an ancient Monpa Village. The origin of the state dates back to 16th century or earlier. Buddhist legends speaks of the Monpa Tribes as migrants of the plains to Tawang while the Monpa tradition narrates them to be the migrants from Sikkim and Phari. The base of their economy is agriculture, mainly tarrace cultivation. Breeding of yak and mountain sheep is also practiced by some people. The monpas are the supporters of the lamaistic tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. The presence of beautifully decorated gompas in the Monpa villages reflects their religious enthusiasm. Arrive Tawang and check in at hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

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    TWANG Tawang - Morning after breakfast explore Tawang, visiting Tawang Monastery (Vihar): Tawang Monastery about 400 years old, situated at an altitude of approximately 10,000 ft. is the second largest Buddhist monastery in India. It also holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. The monastery is the house of more than 700 monks. The monastery was founded by Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso, in 1681 in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso. The ancient library inside the courtyard has an excellent collection of thangkas, painted with the blood from the nose of 5th Dalai Lama and valuable Buddhist manuscripts mainly Kanjur and Tanjur numbering 850 bundles. The Craft Center: The craft center in Tawang sells beautiful masks, hand woven carpets, jewellery in silver, coral and amber, ‘chubas’ the local dressand delightful affordable mementos. Tawang War Memorial: The memorial is dedicated to the martyrs of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. The memorial is 40-foot-high and like a stupa in design. It is locally called ‘Namgyal Chortan’. The names of 2420 martyrs imprinted in gold on 32 black granite plagues. Gyangong Ani Gompa: Ani Gompas, which literally translates into ‘Nunnery’, are run by the women monks.No male monk can be seen near these Ani Gompas and all you can see are sparkle eyed and clean-shaven nuns who are busy managing the day-to-day operations of the Ani Gompa. Gyangong Ani Gompa is the oldest Ani Gompa in the Tawang District. It is situated in the lap of a far off mountain laced with natural scenery. This Ani Gompa is under the administration of Tawang Monastery. Sangestser Lake (optional: @Rs.4500 per vehicle): Popularly known as Madhuri Lake is located 35 kms away from Tawang near the China Border. The drive to Sangestser Lake is full of thrill and one can still see the war bankers that had been used during the Chinses aggression in 1962 and the beautiful PTSO lake. Overnight at hotel.

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    BOMDILA Tawang / Bomdila (180 Kms, 7 hrs drive) Morning after breakfast depart for Bomdila En route stop at the Nuranang falls. Arrive Bomdila and check in at the hotel. Bomdila: On the way to Tawang , situated at height of 8500 ft (distance from Tezpur 180 kms), Bomdila is a picturesque town in the foothills of Himalayas and the headquarter of West Kameng District the land of the Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka (Hrusso), Miji and Bogun (Khawas) tribes. One can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad Gorichen ranges of the Himalaya on a clear day. With its apple orchards, Buddhist gomphas and a magnificent view of the Kameng Valley Bomdila can be named as a mini paradise. Bomdila is also an ideal place for nature lovers with several trekking and hiking trails are now opened for the adventure seeker. Bomdila Monastery: The monastery has been built under the guidance of Dalai Lama. It is a residence of more than 200 Buddhist monks. From the monastery one can have the breathtaking view of the entire Bomdila. The time of pray is in dawn and dusk, attending which, one can have the absolute peace of mind. Also visit craft center, where very fine wooden carpets of colourful designs and Masks are produced. Bomdila also offers a Bird's eye view of Kangto and Gorichen peaks (highest peaks in the state) amidst the Himalayan landscape and snow clad ranges. Overnight at hotel.

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    BHALUKPONG Bomdila / Bhalukpong (100 kms, 5 hrs drive) Morning after breakfast return to Bhalukpong. En route visit: Nag Mandir: Just before entering the Tenga Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, perched on a small hillock at a vantage point is this temple. The temple is nice and well maintained, and gives a beautiful view of the Tenga valley. Tipi Orchid Sanctuary and Research Center: An Orchidarium at Tipi (5 kms from Bhalukpong) on the way to Bomdila is the Botanical paradise. About 300 species of orchids can be seen in the flora – glass house. Some of them are rare and endangered species. By the side of the glass house there is an orchid museum too. Arrive and check in at the nature resort Bhalukpong: Situated on the Assam-Arunachal border, 250 kms from Guwahati, Bhalukpong is another picturesque spot for angling and leisurely picnics. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at hotel,

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    GUWAHATI Bhalukpong / Guwahati (243 Kms, 5 hrs drive) Morning after breakfast transfer to Guwahati Arrive Guwahati and check in at hotel. Afternoon visit: Kamakhya Temple: The origin of Kamakhya Temple is pre Aryan situated atop the Nilachal Hill. The formost shrine of Assam, The Kamakhya is an ancient seat of Tantric and shakti Cults of Hinduism. The original temple was destroyed by the invading Muslims in their crusade against Hindu temples and idols in the early part of 16th century. Ultimately it was restored from ruins by King Naranarayan of the Koch dynasty and rebuilt in its present forming 1665 AD. Evening enjoy the sunset cruise in Brahmaputra river (Optional: @Rs. 450 Per Person) Overnight at hotel.

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    TRANSFER Depart Guwahati - Morning after breakfast in time transfer to Guwahati Airport for the onward destination.

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