Tawang – Bumla Pass – Tawang Monastery – Dirang Stay
Today our plan was to go to Bumla Pass (China Border). We were ready at 0600 hrs and went to nearby market for breakfast. During the hot paratha sabji breakfast, we were informed that there is lot of snow fall in upper areas of Tawang and in the area of Bumla Pass. No tourist vehicle went there since last three days and we may also face the same problem. We contacted local taxi drivers and they told that you try, but chances of reaching Bumla are very less. With heavy heart, we decided to give it a shot and go to Bumla as far as possible. We started at 0650 hrs from Tawang.
Slowly slowly we were climbing and enjoying the beautiful view of Tawang from height. As we were climbing, climate was changing and was growing heavier. No tourist vehicle was to be found on the way except army vehicles and trucks. By now, Snow fall had started and white snow covered the road. We were enjoying and climbing gradually.
Now vehicle started giving trouble and was not able to climb on snow filled road. Somehow, we reached near one lake. Army persons informed us that snow fall is heavy on upper hills and it will be difficult for us to move further.We decided to enjoy snow& lake at this place only.
We came out of our vehicle and walked on snow enjoying natural surroundings. After getting our fill with snow, we started back to Tawang.
We reached Tawang Monastery at 0900 hrs. This world famous monastery of the Gelukpa was founded during the 17th century by Mera Lama Lodre Gyaltso who is considered as a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. It is Asia’s second largest monastery and India’s largest which controls 17 Gompas in the region. The highlights of this monastery are the imposing three-storied assembly hall and the 28 ft high golden statue of Lord Buddha.
Tawang Monastery overlooks the wide Tawang Valley at a height of 10,000 ft. The monastery is a vast complex of 65 buildings housing Lamas and antique scriptures written in gold letters and ancient scripture images. We were allowed to open the doors of the main monastery and enter our self with no one there to supervise our presence. Entry to Monastery was free. We visited the monastery museum which houses the tanguar and kanguar sacred scrolls written in gold. Its entry ticket is Rs. 20/- per person. We liked the monastery. We can view this mighty ancient monastery from almost every corner of Tawang.
We returned back to Tourist Lodge. Since we had covered all main tourist spot of Tawang, we decided to start back. We checked out at 1020 hrs and move back to Dirang.
We reached Jaswang Garh War Memorial (54 km) at 1215 hrs. Since we had visited this place previous day on our journey to Tawang, we stopped here for a cup of tea & samosa, served by soldiers. We continued our journey and reached Sela Pass at 1320 hrs. Full road was white and snow fall was there. We stopped for a short duration to enjoy it and moved ahead towards Dirang. We reached Dirang at 1525 hrs. We were not having hotel booking at Dirang. We went to Awoo Resort and got super deluxe room. After taking bath & tea, we walk around in the Resort. This resort is situated at a height with a spectacular view of Dirang valley. We enjoyed the view and relaxed in big property of Resort.
All our tiredness of full day journey vanished. We had a nice dinner at dining hall of Resort which had good ambience.