Snuggled away in the northwestern corner of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Valley is fringed with magnificent peaks, Buddhist gompas, wild streams, and verdant greenery. Patiently waiting at the end of a long spectacular route up from the Brahmaputra plains, getting to this virgin land is an adventure in itself. Photographed by Suman Kumar Raju Rudraraju

Tawang Valley
A true sight to behold, the route to Bum La Pass is carpeted with pink and red rhododendrons.
Tawang Valley
River Kameng weaves through the picturesque township of Tawang.
Tawang Valley
Several streams and nameless azure lakes with towering mountains in the backdrop dot the route from Tawang to Bum La Pass.
Tawang Valley
The agricultural farmlands near the India-Bhutan border in Tawang.
Tawang Valley
Reared by the Brokpa community, Arunachali yaks are characterised by high fat content in their milk.
Tawang Valley
The mystical Sangester Tso was formed by a flash flood after an earthquake in 1950.
The sky turns into a riot of colours as the sun sets behind the eastern Himalayan mountains.

Getting there: Tawang does not offer air connectivity. The nearest air terminal is in neighbouring Tezpur (318 km) in Assam. Major airlines offer connecting flights from Delhi and Kolkata.

When To Visit: March to June; September and October

Must-See: Enroute Tawang, Sela Pass is worth exploring for the pristine landscape. Visit the Tawang Monastery, the largest gompa in India, or Nuranang Falls which cascades down from 6,000 feet. Gorichen Peak offers great trekking opportunities for seasoned climbers.

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