Arunachal – meaning ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’ – escalates brusquely from the plains of Assam as a mass of thickly forested and dreadfully vertical hills, climaxing in snowcapped summits along the Indo-Tibet border. Home to 36 native tribes and 306 sub-tribes, Arunachal Pradesh, is rich with charming beauty that provides peace and rejuvenation. Arunachal provides a lush and pristine Himalayas of the east.
Thembang in the Sangti Valley, a remote mountain village of the Monpa Tribe, is altogether a unique location, where a community run tourism project maintains and preserves the local environment and culture.
The native tribe Monpas has numerous unique customs such as water-burials where the dead are cut into 108 pieces and given to rivers. Monpas believe that a body should not be wasted and instead left for fish and other aquatic life-forms to feed on. The testimony to this stands the beautiful Tawang Monastery, a center for deep Tibetan learning.
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The picturesque Sangetsar Lake along with some other mesmerizing high-altitude wetlands, going as far as the untouched borderlands with Tibet with a visit to the Bumla Pass army base right at the Line Of Control can turn out to be hilarious locations. Zemithang, the scenic village of the Monpa tribe, located near to the tri-border with Tibet and Bhuta, located right at the secluded frontiers of the Himalayas, the village is an example of traditional Monpa living, where nature provides for the community. The scenic mountaintop town Tawang to Bomdila offers breathtaking views of the snow-clad mountains.
After arrival at Guwahati Airport, drive to Nameri National Park (7-8 hours) which is one of the most scenic national parks of India with its view of the Himalayan peaks and is a haven for rare and exotic birds. Your stay will be in Potasali Eco-Camp, a jungle camp styled property with standard amenities which is run by a local NGO involved in ecotourism and conservation of the Pigmy Hog and Golden Mahseer, both critically endangered species. Evening at leisure with campfire.
Go for an early morning thrilling guided jungle walk for bird watching and if lucky some larger species such as deer, elephants and bison. After breakfast, leave for Thembang (8-9 hours) in the Sangti Valley, a remote mountain village of the Monpa Tribe where a community run tourism project maintains and preserves the local environment and culture. Your journey will thus enter the lush and pristine Himalayas of the east. En-route visit Tipi Orchid Center that has an amazing diversity of orchid species. Your stay will be in a homestay with clean amenities, providing you a glimpse into the distant lifestyles of the Monpa people. Evening at leisure.
Spend the day in and around the village exploring more about the culture, history, people, landscapes, flora and fauna of the area. Interact with the locals and learn more about the Bon Buddhist beliefs of the Monpas. The tribe has numerous unique customs such as water-burials where the dead are cut into 108 pieces and given to rivers. Monpas believe that a body should not be wasted and instead left for fish and other aquatic life-forms to feed on. Also observe the simple and sustainable ways that the tribe have adopted in order to live alongside and respect nature. Evening at leisure with bonfire.
It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.
The two days will be well spent visiting the significant monasteries and nunneries located in and around the town, with further visits to markets and craft centers that will help understand the lifestyle and skills of the town’s people. Evenings at leisure where you may taste some steamy hot Tibetan food in the busy market area.
The day will be spent in an extremely scenic outing. Indian citizens will visit till the picturesque Sangetsar Lake along with some other equally mesmerizing high-altitude wetlands, going as far as the untouched borderlands with Tibet with a visit to the Bumla Pass army base right at the Line Of Control. Alternatively, foreign nationals will drive till Zemithang, an interesting and scenic village of the Monpa tribe, located near to the tri-border with Tibet and Bhutan. Located right at the secluded frontiers of the Himalayas, the village is an example of traditional Monpa living where nature provides for the community. You will also visit Jhamtse Gatsal en route, a local sustainable community or rather a school of life, which is doing commendable and heartwarming work for local children and allows for interaction with travelers. Return to Tawang by evening at leisure.
Drive from Tawang to Bomdila (7-8 hours), a scenic mountaintop town which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-clad mountains on a clear day. Evening will be at leisure to explore the upbeat market area of the town. Your stay will be in the cozy monastery guesthouse with standard amenities.
Visit the monastery to observe early morning activities of the monks. Later after breakfast, drive to the small town of Tezpur (8-9 hours), thus returning back to the Assam plains. Evening at leisure. Your stay will be in a comfortable standard hotel.
Early morning can be spent visiting some historic temples of the town. Later after breakfast, leave for Guwahati Airport (5-6 hours) for a departure flight preferably in the afternoon. Tour ends.