Leave behind the cities on the plains of Assam in a comfortable 4×4, drive northwards across the mighty Brahmaputra River and then upwards into the jungle green mountains of the Eastern Himalayas to explore both traditional tribal villages and the expansive, colourful Buddhist community of Tawang, the most important yet least known outside of Tibet.
We head from historic Guwahati across the mighty Brahmaputra River to Nameri National Park, famous particularly for its wildlife and above all for the Hornbill, the rare state bird of Assam.
We raft down the Bor-Dikorai River and take a nature trail trek through jungle before driving up into Arunachal Pradesh and the imposing mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, to the lofty historic mountain towns of Bomdila and Dirang.
We explore traditional Sherdukpen and Monpa tribe villages, including Thembang, reputedly the oldest village in West Kameng, and spend time at its weekly market before crossing the motorable Sela Pass (4170 m) and skirting around Sela Lake. We descend into the Tawang Valley, its hillsides scattered with Buddhist monuments, the largest Buddhist monastery outside of Tibet, and the inspirational Gorsham Chorten.
We finally return to the plains and take a well-earned night’s rest in a splendid British tea plantation bungalow before discovering the rich cultural legacy of legendary Tezpur.
- Ancient Hindu temples of Guwahati
- Crossing the might Brahmaputra River by local ferry
- Rafting down the Bor-Dikorai River
- Jungle trekking
- The mountain historic towns of Bomdila and Dirang
- Sherdukpen and Monpa tribe villages and market
- Crossing the Sela Pass (4170 m)
- The Buddhist heartland of the Tawang Valley
- Tawang Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery outside Tibet
- Inspirational Gorsham Chorten
- Accommodation in a British tea plantation bungalow
- The legendary city of Tezpur