MONASTIC TOUR CUM SAFARI
Duration : 9 nights/ 10days
During the MONASTIC TOUR you will visit Gompas in DIRANG and BOMDILA and the world famous monastery in TAWANG. Further you will see a nunnery in Tawang and go to URGELLING, where the 6th Dalai Lama was born.
The MONASTIC TOUR can be combined with a SAFARI TOUR at Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary. See the suggestion for this extension below the MONASTIC TOUR.
Day 01: Arrival in Guwahati. Transfer to hotel. In case of early arrival visit of Kamakhya Temple in the afternoon. Overnight hotel.
Day 02: Drive through the Brahmaputra Valley to Nameri National Park. Choice of angling, a boat ride, bird watching or relaxing. Overnight in Nameri Eco Camp.
Day 03: Today we will enter Arunachal Pradesh and drive to Dirang. Enroute you will visit Tipi Orchidarium, Asia´s largest orchidarium with over 7500 orchids. In the afternoon visit Dirang, a Monpa village, with its traditional water mills and Dirang Dzong. Overnight at hotel.
Puja in Tawang nunnery
Day 04: In the morning you will visit the Buddhist Kalachakra Monastery. After that drive to Tawang. To get there we will have to cross the 4150 metres high Se-la Pass, which was once the battlefield where the Indian and Chinese armies fought against each other. Enroute we will visit the Se-la temple and stop at small villages on the road. In the afternoon visit a Buddhist nunnery, the Gyangong Ani Gompa close to Tawang town. Overnight hotel in Tawang.
Day 05: Explore the 350 year old Tawang Monastery and take part in the early morning puja. Tawang Monastery is the largest Tibetan style monastery in India and the second largest in Asia. It is inhabited by monks who belong to the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Buddhism. In the afternoon visit the Urgelling Monastery that was built in the 15th century. It is the birthplace of the Sixth Dalai Lama. Overnight at hotel.
Urgelling, birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama
Day 06: Drive back over the Se-la pass via Dirang to Bomdila. Enroute stop at villages and take photos of a fantastic waterfall. Overnight hotel in Bomdila.
Day 07: In the morning visit Rabgyaling Gontse Gompa, Upper Gompa and Thupchob Gatseling Gompa. After that we will have to leave the mountains and come to the plains of Assam when we drive back to Guwahati. Here our interesting tour will end. Overnight hotel.
Day 08: Transfer to airport for departure.
Possible extension of 2 days ( Tour 3 B ): Safari in Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary
You can combine the MONASTIC TOUR with a trip to Kaziranga. Then we would not drive on day 7 from Bomdila to Guwahati but to the wildlife sanctuary instead.
Day 07: In the morning visit Rabgyaling Gontse Gompa, Upper Gompa and Thupchob Gatseling Gompa. After that we will leave the mountains and come to the plains of Assam when we drive to Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight hotel.
Indian one-horned rhinoceros
Day 08: Early morning elephant safari. After breakfast a jeep safari to watch the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and wild fowl. Overnight hotel.
Day 09: Drive to Guwahati. Check into hotel. Evening watch life on the river banks of the Brahmaputra or visit emporiums to buy some souvenirs. Here our interesting tour will end. Overnight hotel.
Day 10: Transfer to airport for departure.
Price: On request
· All transfers as per itinerary.
· Accommodation on twin share basis.
· All meals and mineral water.
· Local tour as per itinerary.
· Park fee, and wildlife safaris (only Kaziranga extension).
· Accompanying English speaking guide.
· Government fee for Arunachal.