The hidden paradise with splendid beauty and sparkling lakes – Arunachal

Point Zero

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<<< Some random click from vehicle mounted camera in between Bhalukpong and Dirang >>>

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Way to Bomdila


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Way to Bomdila

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Way to Bomdila

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Way to Bomdila

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Welcome to Bomdila
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Way to Bomdila Monastery


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Way to Dirang Monastery




Day 4 (October 5th 2015)

The next day we were heading towards Tawang. This was the last destination in Arunachal where we were going to stay. The altitude is 10,000 ft. and hence we expected that it will be quite cold there. Around 25 KM from Dirang we stopped to view the colorful valley of Arunachal. The blue sky, meandering roads and the villages in green valleys were a delight to look at. There was a bit of snow at some of the mountains where we capture some shots.

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Sunny morning at Dirang.. Just before leaving the hotel..
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After few kilometers from Dirang.. We stopped to had our breakfast
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After few kilometers from Dirang.. We stopped to had our breakfast
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After few kilometers from Dirang.. We stopped to had our breakfast
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Way to Sela Pass from Dirang
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Way to Sela Pass from Dirang
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Way to Sela Pass from Dirang
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Myself .. enjoying the sunny morning ..
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My wife and friends ..
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On the way to Sela Pass
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On the way to Sela Pass
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On the way to Sela Pass

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On the way to Sela Pass



<<<< Some snap of the road from vehicle mounted camera >>>

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Way to Sela Pass

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Way to Sela Pass
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Way to Sela Pass
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Way to Sela Pass

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Way to Sela Pass

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Way to Sela Pass




As we started approaching Sela Pass, the percentage of vegetation was decreasing and we could see the trees with almost no leaves standing at attention mode.

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Almost reached Sela Pass


Sela Pass is the most popular pass in Arunachal which is appropriately pronounced as SE LA, where ‘SE’ means mountain and ‘LA’ means pass. Sela Pass is actually the start of Tawang district at an altitude of 13,680 ft. At Sela Pass we took some rest at the army cafeteria for a while. From there when we moved ahead to look at Sela Lake, we could not believe at what we saw. The water was crystal clear and due to the reflection of the blue sky it appeared as if the lake is filled with blue water. The mountains surrounded the lake as if to safeguard it.

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Army canteen at Sela Pass.. Must try some Pakora
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Army cafeteria at Sela Pass.
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Army cafeteria at Sela Pass.
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View of Sela Pass from Army cafeteria
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Army cafeteria at Sela Pass.

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Army cafeteria at Sela Pass.
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@ Sela Pass..
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@Sela Pass

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Way to Tawang from Sela Pass
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Way to Tawang from Sela Pass
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Finally we are at the pass ...
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Sela Pass was expected to have snow but fortunately or unfortunately this time we had sunny day to enjoy the beauty. It is said that Sela Pass has 101 lakes around it. We have seen some of them, the famous one is the Sela Lake which is also called as Paradise Lake because of its exotic beauty.

To be continued .. 2nd part of day 4 and more ...
 

Point Zero

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Day 4 Continued …

It is said that Sela Pass has 101 lakes around it. We have seen some of them, the famous one is the Sela Lake which is also called as Paradise Lake because of its exotic beauty. As we moved upwards, we could see ice covered peaks which is my wife’s personal favorite. Traveling the road we reached Jaswant Garh built in the memory of Jaswant Singh, who served as a brave soldier in 1962 Nuranag battle. Jaswant Garh is a religious place for the soldiers as the place provides them courage to face challenges. After having hot coffee at Jaswant Garh we moved towards Nuranang Fall.

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Way to Jaswant Garh after crossing Sela Pass

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People taking rest and enjoying Sun after some painting work in Jaswant Garh

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View from Jaswant Garh

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At Jaswant Garh

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At Jaswant Garh

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At Jaswant Garh

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At Jaswant Garh

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Take a break and have a cup of tea ...


Nuranang was a local lady who had helped Jaswant Singh during the war of 1962. In her honor, the fall was given the name Nuranang. Around a few kilometers from there we saw a restaurant full of flowers. The colorful flowers hooked us to the place. Though the restaurant was abandoned one, we stopped there to capture some moments.

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Nuranang Fall... We spent a long time there..

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Nuranang Fall... We were feeling very lucky ..

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Unknown place after crossing Nuranang fall.. Just beside the road

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Unknown place after crossing Nuranang fall.. Just beside the road

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Unknown place after crossing Nuranang fall.. Just beside the road


While leaving from Dirang we had enough spare time in hand, and hence we decided to drive reluctantly halting at places with picturesque beauty. And this provision made us tread towards an unknown destination by just following a sign board which indicated towards a hot spring. No distance was maintained but there was only one road. The place was quite isolated and hence we could hardly find anyone to consult. In search of hot spring we reached a village with very thin population. The most attractive part of the village was the meandering fire path covered with sweet colorful flowers in both side and green vegetation. I have no words to explain the pleasure we got seeing the place. The picture of the place will explain more than words. We wondered who had planted so many flowers all around. The countable houses were all locked and it seemed that people have gone out for work. The fire path was only enough for one bolero to pass at a time. We got down to have a closer look at the flowers and breathe in the breezy air within.

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The unknown village near Kitpi

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The unknown village near Kitpi

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The unknown village near Kitpi.. Way to haven

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The unknown village near Kitpi..

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The unknown village near Kitpi..

Though this place was not mentioned by anyone who had visited Arunachal earlier, this place is the must visit at the time of spring. To reach the place you need to take a left turn from Kitpi and drive for 10 KM. Kitpi is around 10-12 KM before Tawang while moving from Sela Pass to Tawang. We could not discover the hot spring and so decide to return back to the roads leading to Tawng.

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Way to Tawang

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Way to Tawang


It was already late as we reached Tawang. The roads were getting dark and hence it was required that we search for a hotel soon. The roads within the city are very steep, so it is required to apply the extra skill of driving and get the booster work at the right time. We checked into hotel and decided to have the dinner fast as the market closes at 8:00 PM. After dinner we went to the roof of the hotel to take some picture of the Tawang valley and Tawang monastery.

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View of Tawang Monastery from our Hotel

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View of Tawang Monastery and Tawang Valley from our Hotel

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View of Tawang Monastery and Tawang Valley from our Hotel

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View of Tawang Monastery and Tawang Valley from our Hotel

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View of Tawang Monastery and Tawang Valley from our Hotel

This was all for that day as we have to give some time to our visuals to settle down in our memories.



To be continued ... Day 5 and more ....
 
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