So after spending a couple of months in my home,I finally decided to move my lazy ass and begin a new journey. A journey of self discovery and exploring some new unexplored places. For this trip I had no plans and I did not expect anything either. I was planning to travel in India again and since I had been to all the places in India,I planned about exploring the only part where I’d never been to, the Northeast. It was perfect for me as I was planing to go to a place where not many people have been to. Lately there has been really good rise in tourism for NorthEast,which has made traveling to some parts easier but yet there are a few places which is hard to reach and I planned to start by visiting those places first.
I reached Guwahati as it is the Gateway to The NorthEast. I spent a couple of days in Guwahati before I started my journey towards Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. I knew that the journey was going to be long and painful but I had no idea about what was waiting for me. So,on the planned date I began my journey from Guwahati to Tezpur in Assam. I reached Tezpur and I went to the bus station thinking that there are buses available from Tezpur for Tawang but that wasn’t true. There are these Tata Sumo’s available which leave at 5:30 in the morning and reach Tawang after 8 in the night. What I could’ve done is wait in Tezpur for the day and take the Sumo available next day. But being the crazy adventurous person that I am,I decided to HitchHike all the way till Tawang. So I began asking cars to drop me at Bhalukpong which is at the border of Assam and Arunachal. That is the same place where they check the permits. So after waiting for an hour, finally I got a car which was heading towards the same direction. I reach Bhalukpong and the officials check my permit and stuff. After that began the challenge of finding a car that was heading towards either Tawang or Bomdila. For those who don’t have an experience of hitchhiking,let me tell you it’s not an easy job. I finally managed to get a lift and the view right from the starting was so mesmerizing and intriguing. After 5 hours of traveling I finally managed to reach Bomdila. It was somewhere around 4:30pm and then I got a little bit mote adventurous and decided to try and reach Tawang the same night. So I had something to eat in Bomdila and started trying to hitchhike again. After standing for 2 hour, finally I got an army truck to stop and they told me that they would be going to Sela pass and they will drop me there. Sela pass is somewhere around 4 hours away from Bomdila. Sela is located at an height of 4500m. There are a lot of stories about why the place is named Sela. Legends say that during the 1962 India-China war,an army man known as Jaswant Singh held down the entire Chinese army with the help of two local women known as Sela and Nura for 72 hours. The women supplied food and amuniton to Jaswant Singh and Jaswant Singh alone killed around 150 Chinese army men. The Chinese people were so angry at Jaswant Singh,when they killed him, they cut off his head and took it to China. That’s what the local people ,army men and wikipedia say. I don’t know if it’s true or not. So ya, I reached Sela around 10:30 in the night. Thanks to the army men, they helped me to get another ride to Tawang and I didn’t had to wait for too long at Sela in that freezing -8 degree celcius. So after driving for 3 more hours I reached Tawang and damn,the town still looked beautiful at night. Even my stay in Tawang was much more beautiful and amazing than I had expected it to be. I met some really amazing people in the time that I’d spent here in the NorthEast. People here are so friendly. Whatever people say about NorthEast is completely fake. Yes,there are some issues close to the border but other than that people are really helpful and friendly. Even the owner of the hotel was really helpful. He showed me around Tawang in his car and he didn’t even take money for that. I was in Tawang for 3 days. So,on the 2nd day I hired a car and visisted Shungetsar lake which is situated in a little bit higher altitude than Tawang.This was one of the most beautiful places around Tawang. The road can be very steep and hazardous, road condition is not that great but the view is worth the pain. Since it falls in a military controlled zone, they don’t allow vehicles to enter after 1pm. So you have to wake up around 5:30am and leave by 6am. Also,one should definitely visit the world famous Tawang Monastery. That place has a different vibe altogether.
So from Tawang my plan was to head back into Assam and visit Majuli:-The biggest riverine island in the world. That’s a story for another blog.