Starting from the gateway to the Northeast, Guwahati, Assam, this scenic road trip is touted as a bucket list experience for all travellers. Mountainous roads running parallel to the ever-changing landscapes, this is the hilly route that connects Guwahati with Tawang. Though most travellers would prefer the usual NH13 route, there is no fun in following the herd, right?
The route: Guwahati-Tezpur-Bomdila-Dirang-Tawang will cover ancient ruins, heritage and cultural attractions of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
First Stretch: Guwahati – Tezpur
Start off your journey with a drive from Guwahati, Assam. This journey will take you through AH1 and roads surrounded by hills and trees. Hire a taxi or a self-drive car. Fly in a day early and start your trip early next morning to beat the traffic.
Time: 4 hours
Distance: 181 km
Pitstops: Agnigarh and Bamuni Hills are a must visit if Indian mythology and history fascinates you. You will find numerous restaurants near the park of Chitralekha Udyan.
Second Stretch: Tezpur – Bomdila
In this leg of the journey you will cross the border of Assam and enter Arunachal Pradesh. It is very important for both domestic and foreign tourists to obtain an Inner line permit (ILP) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. Explore this remote town in the western Himalayas known for its Tibetan Buddhist influence and trekking trails.
Time: 4.5 hours
Distance: 154 km
Pit stops: Snow-clad mountains offer a picture-perfect backdrop. Visit the Bomdila monastery and Lower Gompa to know more about its Tibetan history. Visit local cafés to feast on Momos and Thukpa.
Third Stretch: Bomdila – Dirang
It is advisable to start early during the day as this stretch between Bomdila and the quaint town is a tedious one. Dirang can be accessed by a forest road. On your way to this settlement you will get a view of the Gori Chen mountain peak.
Time: 1.5 hours
Distance: 43 km
Pitstops- Visit the 400-year-old Dirang Dzong which will give you a breathtaking view of Kameng Valley. Take a dip in the hot sulphur spring a km away from Dirang. Go to the evening markets to buy local souvenirs. If you wish to take a 7 km detour, you can catch a sight of black-necked cranes that migrate from China in winter.
Fourth Stretch- Dirang- Tawang
This is the final leg of your journey which will take you to the town of Tawang. Start early in the morning to reach on time.
Time: 4.5 hours
Distance: 135 km
Pitstops- Dzongri La, Se La and the Se La Lake are the major attractions you can visit by taking a small detour. After reaching Tawang, one can visit the ancient Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak and Nuranang Waterfalls.
Best time to visit
If you want to make the most of your road trip from Guwahati to Tawang, we recommend you hop on your bike or drive a car to tick this journey off your bucket list between March to June. You can also take this road trip between September to November, right before the winter season sets in.
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Curated by Ruchit Rastogi