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Frequently Asked Question

  • Do I need a permit to visit northeast India?
    Not for all states. But, out of the 7 northeastern states, you will need permit for 3 of these states: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Mizoram. This permit is called as Inner Line Permit (ILP). A permit can be obtained at any Arunachal Bhawan, Nagaland Bhawan, or Mizoram Bhawan, located outside of northeast. Major airports in northeast, like Guwahati international airport, have the facility of providing permits. The government of Arunachal Pradesh has also provided the facility of online application of Inner Line Permits. For foreign nationals, you will require another type of permit called as Protected Area Permit (PAP). We usually include the cost of application for ILPs in the total cost of our tour packages to keep the tour hassle free for you.
  • How to Reach Tawang?
    To reach Tawang, you'll need to travel to either Guwahati or Tezpur first, as they have the nearest active airport and railway station. Guwahati, located around 500 kilometers away, boasts the most activity. Tezpur, approximately 300 kilometers distant, also has an airport and a railway station, albeit less active. From either city, you'll embark on a road journey through hilly terrain to cover the remaining distance to Tawang.
  • When does snow in Tawang
    Snowfall in the Tawang region doesn't follow a specific schedule. It's a natural occurrence that happens randomly during the winter months. The amount and duration of snowfall can differ each year. While there's no guarantee, it's typically expected to occur between December and February.
  • Do I need another vehicle to visit Bum La Pass in Tawang?
    According to Tawang's taxi association rules, vehicles from outside Tawang aren't allowed to go to Bum La Pass and nearby areas. You'll need to hire a local taxi for the day. We usually leave this as optional, so the guests can decide if they want to go after reaching Tawang. If they do, we assist in arranging a local taxi for them.
  • What are the must-visit attractions in Tawang?
    Some of the must-visit attractions in Tawang include the Tawang Monastery,Bum La Pass (India-China border), Sela Pass, Jaswant Garh War Memorial, Nuranang Waterfalls, and Madhuri Lake (Sangetsar Lake). Each of these destinations offers unique cultural, historical, or natural experiences.
  • Is it safe to travel to Tawang?
    Yes, Tawang is generally considered safe for tourists. However, like any remote mountainous region, travelers should exercise caution, especially during inclement weather conditions. It's advisable to check weather and road conditions before embarking on your journey. And in winter you should definitely look for an experienced car driver for snow roads.
  • What kind of clothing should I pack for a Tawang tour?
    Due to the high altitude and unpredictable weather, it's essential to pack layered clothing for a Tawang tour. Even in the summer months, temperatures can be chilly, especially in the mornings and evenings. Additionally, sturdy walking shoes, a waterproof jacket, and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Are there ATMs and medical facilities available in Tawang?
    Tawang town has a few ATMs and basic medical facilities, but they may be limited. It's advisable to carry sufficient cash and any necessary medications with you. For emergencies, Tawang has its district hospital near town and the nearest major hospital is located in Tezpur, Assam, approximately 300 kilometers away.
  • Can I visit Tawang by public transport?
    Yes, you can reach Tawang by public transport such as buses or shared taxis like TATA SUMO from nearby towns like Guwahati, Tezpur, or Bomdila. However, keep in mind that the journey can be long and the availability of public transport may be limited, especially in remote areas.
  • Is altitude sickness a concern in Tawang?
    Yes, Tawang is located at a high altitude, and altitude sickness can affect some travelers. It's essential to acclimatize properly by taking it easy for the first day or two, staying hydrated, and avoiding alcohol and heavy meals. If you experience symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, or dizziness, seek medical attention.
  • Are there any trekking opportunities in Tawang?
    Yes, Tawang offers several trekking opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Popular treks include the trek to Gorichen Base Camp, Kromten Gonpa Trekking, the Bum La Pass trek, and the Pangateng Tso Lake trek. Make sure to hire a local guide and obtain the necessary permits before embarking on any trekking expedition. We at ExploreTawang provide customized trekking plans.
  • Can I visit Tawang with my family?
    Yes, Tawang is a family-friendly destination with plenty of attractions suitable for all ages. However, keep in mind that the journey to Tawang involves long hours of travel on winding mountain roads, which may not be suitable for very young children or individuals with mobility issues.
  • What are the accommodation options in Tawang?
    Tawang offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget, including hotels, guesthouses, homestays, and resorts. It's advisable to book your accommodation in advance, especially during the peak tourist season, to ensure availability.
  • Are there any cultural festivals or events in Tawang?
    Yes, Tawang hosts several cultural festivals and events throughout the year, celebrating the region's rich cultural heritage. One of the most well-known is the Tawang Festival mostly between October-November, Losar (Tibetan New Year), and Buddha Mahotsava are some of the prominent festivals that attract tourists from all over the world.
  • What souvenirs can I buy in Tawang?
    Tawang is known for its unique handicrafts and local products, including thangka paintings, handwoven textiles, Tibetan artifacts, and organic produce such as honey and cheese. The Tawang Market is a great place to shop for souvenirs and support local artisans.

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