Life Tour ( 10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS )
Dibrugarh - Kajiranga - Tinsukia - Changlang (Deban)
(Includes visit to kajiranga National Park famous
for one horned Rhinocerous, Ride by Jeep /elephent
in Kajiranga National park, Visit Dibru Saikhow wild
life Santuary, drive to ( Deban ) Namdapha National
Park 60 Km 4 hrs drive, evening in the forest lodge,
Full day trekking
Tawang The Monpa Paradise
Buddhist Monastery & Monpa habitat
Tawang The Monpa Paradise
Tawang Monastery is reached by a two days enchanting
journey of 590 Kms over the 4150 meters high Se-la,
Maximum altitude: 4150 meters.
Open : October and April
Tawang Monastery stands atop a mountain, 3300 Meters
high, overlooking the Tawang Chhu Valley. It is over
350 years old, and is the fountainhead of the
spiritual life for the followers of the Gelupa Sect
of the Mahayana School of Buddhism, which is
followed by the Monpa, and Sherdukpen tribes of
Arunachal Pradesh. It is an awe-inspiring sight.
Surrounded by lofty peaks of over 4000 Meters in
elevation, it is built like a fortress and can house
over 500 monks. The surrounding Tawang Chhu Valley
is a virtual Shangri-La, of lush forests, smiling
vales, gurgling streams, picture post card villages
and a lovely, smiling people, surrounded by high
mountain barriers above 4000 meters. This is a rare
opportunity to explore the Buddhist lifestyles of
the unique and remote Himalayan tribal culture of
the Monpas. You get to see the various monasteries,
Monpa villages and the breathtaking vistas of
Himalayan uplands. We also visit two national parks;
The Kaziranga and Nameri, and visit Bomdila, with
its set on monasteries, Sherdukpen and Bugin tribes.
Day 01: Fly in from Delhi, Kolkota or Bagdogra.
Drive 250 Kms, through the Brahmaputra Valley with
its evergreen vistas. Overnight in tented huts at
Nameri Eco Camp.
Day 02: Choice of angling, boating, and bird
watching. You can take a jungle walk, Visit a tribal
habitat or just relax at the river beach. Overnight
Day 03: Cross-into Arunachal Pradesh at Bakukpong
and drive145 kms to Dirang Dzong, located in a
scenic river valley. It is known for its ancient
fortress, and Gompa. On the way we will take time
off to visit, Asia's largest Orchidarium at Tippi,
and Sherdukpen tribal village at Rupa, and cross the
Tenga Range over the Bomdi-la pass, 2590 Meters.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: In the morning visit the Kalachakra
Monastery. Thereafter dive to Tawang, 165 kms. Our
enchanting, journey to Tawang continues over the
4150 meters high Se-la Pass, which was once the
battle ground between the Indian and Chinese armies.
Enroute we visit an Alpine Lake and Se-la temple,
and marvel at the scenery. There are photo
opportunities at every turn and twist of the
mind-boggling road. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Explore the 350 years old Tawang Monastery,
and have an audience with Rimpoche. In the afternoon
visit the Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489
followed by the Seru Monpa village, and the craft
center. Overnight at hotel.
The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as
Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre
Gyamtso in the year 1860-81. This monastery is the
largest of its kind in the country and the second
largest in Asia. This monastery is the fountain-head
of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the
Mahayana School of Budhism, which is followed by the
Monpa, and Sherdukpen tribes of Arunachal Pradesh -.
the people of this region. The inner walls of the
Dukhang - the assembly hall are painted with murals
of various divinities and saints. The silver casket
wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddess
Sri Devi (Palden Lhamo) the principal deity of the
monastery, is kept here. It was given to Merak Lama
by the Vth Dalai Lama. The Thankas were painted with
blood drawn from the nose of the Vth Dalai Lama. A
colossal richly - gilded statue of Lord Buddha
occupies the middle of the northern side. It is the
largest image of the monastery and is about 26 feet
The Urgelling Monastery is the birth place of the
Sixth Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama was deposed in
1706. In 1714 the destruction of all Gelupa Gompas
was carried out by Sokpa Jomkhar, a Mongolian
warrior who invaded from Bhutan. During this
campaign, the Dalai Lama's original monastery at
Urgelling was destroyed. All valued possession of
Urgelling monastery like scriptures, statues and
other objects were taken to Tawang Monastery. It was
during this time that the Ka-gyur (scriptures)
written out in gold and silver arrived at the Tawang
monastery, where they are preserved to this day.
Today a modest Gompa stands at this site.
Day 06: Drive up the "spiral staircase"
road leading to the Tibet frontier, to Peng teng Tso
Lake at an altitude of 4100 meters. Breath taking
views. Later visit a Buddhist nunnery. The Monpas
have a tradition of nunneries called "Ani
Gompas". Traditionally at least one girl from a
family joined an Ani Gompa. However this practice no
longer exists. We will be visiting the Gyangong Ani
Gompa close to Tawang town. In the evening Monpa
cultural programme. Overnight at Tawang..
Day 07: Drive back 165 Kms over the Se-la pass to
Dirang Dzong.. On the way stop over at Jang to
explore another village and visit the Indo-China War
memorial. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Drive 60 kms to ancient Monpa Village. Spend
the day exploring the exquisite Buddhist Gumpa,
Kakaling gate, Chusker (traditional water mill), and
village houses.. Meet the village folks and get an
idea of lifestyles. Return to Dirang Dzong.
Overnight at hotel
Day 09: A short drive to Bomdila.Visit Rabgyaling
Gontse Gompa, Upper Gompa , Thupchob Gatseling Gompa.,
and Bugin tribal village.
Day 10: Drive 320 kms to Kaziranga, retracing our
steps past Nameri National Park to the city of
Tezpur. Here we cross over the Brahmaputra bridge
and drive along the Assam Valley to the National
Park. Check in at Wild Grass Resort Kaziranga lies
on the South bank of the Brahmaputra, and is famous
for its 1000 plus, population of Rhinos. Tigers are
also present in sizable numbers. Other attractions
include the wild buffalo, magnificent swamp deer,
hog deer, wild boar, Hoolak Gibbon, Capped Langur,
and Badger. Amongst the birds, the Crested Serpent
Eagle is common. While Pallas Fishing Eagle, as also
Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Crane, Great Adjutant
Stork, Bengal Floricab, Bar Headed Goose, whistling
Teal and Pelican can be seen in the wild. Jeep and
Elephant Safari, is the mode of exploration.
Day 11: Kaziranga - Early morning Elephant Safari.
After breakfast Jeep Safari followed by another jeep
safari in a different range after lunch. Overnight
at Wild Grass
Day 12: Drive 220 kms to Guwahati.airport to board
your departure flight.