Welcome to Western Arunachal Pradesh
A compelling sense of journey is the highlight of an excursion into the remote, formidable highlands of Western Arunachal Pradesh. After two full days of hobbling along a perilous mountain road, you will emerge into a humbling landscape of magnificent blue mountains guarding the ancient city of Tawang, the archetypal Shangri-La. The most important sight in the region, Tawang is inhabited by the Monpa, a tribal people who are culturally closer to Tibet than to their neighbours in the lowlands of Arunachal Pradesh. Budget at least a week for the return trip from Guwahati (or Tezpur), breaking the journey each way with a full day in Dirang or Bomdila. Be prepared for intense cold and snow in winter, and for vehicular breakdowns and roads being blocked by landslides at any time of the year.