Wednesday, February 2, 2011


                                                            A HERITAGE MONUMENT

                                             It is located in Dibang Valley district and is a sacred heritage of the Idu Mishmis. It is a symbol of past glory and indicate the high standard of civilisation that once prevailed around Bhismaknagar. Bhismaknagar must have been a strong hold of the Chutiyas (12th-16th centuries) but the excavations has been throwing new light on its much earlier antiquities. Bhismaknagar stands for what is best in the tribal and Aryans way of life. It speaks for the Catholic spirit  of the ancient Indians and the contribution made by the Idus to the synthetic fabric of Indian culture. Today Bhismaknagar has become the nucleus of a renaisance a determination of a sturdy race to revive its traditional culture, while accepting everything that is progressive.

Bhismaknagar fort, located nearly 30 km from Roing is tentatively dated to 8 century and is recorded as the oldest archaeological site in the region. The site was first explored by I. Block in 1848 and afterward it was excavated from 1965-70. The complex houses the ruins of brick-built structure of 1860.52 sq. meters plinth area, having three halls, two extension rooms and six entrances in all.  

When to visit                       : During the period, November to Feb.

How to reach                      : By Bus/Taxi from Tinsukia. (about 100 Kms)

Where to stay                      : Circuit House Roing, Inspection Bunglow Sunpura

Nearest Airport                    : Mohanbari (Dibrugarh).

Nearest Bus stand               : Tinsukia. (direct).

Nearest  Railway Stn.          : Tinsukia.

What to see                         : Archaeological ruins of Bhismaknagar.

Bomdila is a beautiful small town situated at a height of about 8000 ft. above the sea level from where one can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture and is among primary attractions of the area.

Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district located at the height of 8500 ft above the sea level.  It has a lot of attractions for the tourists with its cool climate, Apple orchards, artistic people, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Buddhist Gompas. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture..  This place has a tourist lodge, a craft centre displaying local crafts and a shopping centre where the visitors gets  first feel of the local version of Himalayan Buddhist life.

Local site seeing to Dirang valley and the famous Sela Pass (13,700 ft. M.S.L.) are thrilling experience on the way to Tawang. The Orchid Research and Development Station at Tippi and two other Orchid conservation sanctuaries located at Sessa and Dirang are worth seeing places.

When to visit                 During the period April to October.
How to reach                 By bus and car from Tezpur, Guwahati (Assam).
Where to stay               Circuit House, Tourist Lodge, Hotel La, Hotel Sweet.
Clothing                         Warm clothing during winters.
Nearest Airport             Tezpur, Assam.
Nearest Bus stand        Tezpur, Assam.
Nearest Railway Stn     Rangapara, Assam.
What to see                    Craft centre producing very fine carpets of colourful designs and masks and Buddhist Monasteries.


                                                                                           Parasuram kund is located 13 miles north-east of Tezu,District Headquaters of Lohit district - a growing town, famous for its scenic beauty. Thousand of pilgrims visit this place from all parts of India every year during Parasuram mela held in the month of January.

                  When to visit                        : During the period, November to Feb.

                  How to reach                       : By bus from Tinsukia.

                  Where to stay                       : Circuit House Tezu/ Hotels

                 Nearest Airport                     : Mohanbari (Dibrugarh).

                 Nearest Bus stand                 : Tinsukia. (direct).

                 Nearest  Railway Stn.            : Tinsukia.

                Nearest Bus stand                   :  Bomdila.
                Nearest Railway Stn                :  Rangapara(Assam).

                What to see                              :   400 years old famous
                                                                      Buddhist temple



The area of the district is approximately 2085 sq. km. bordered by Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the South-West and Sela ranges separate West Kameng  district in the East.

The name TAWANG derives from some bearings on surroundings. But people's interpretation is that the name TAWANG was given by Mera Lama in the 17th century.
One can reach Tawang from other parts of the country via Guwahati and Tezpur in Assam. From Guwahati(Assam) or Tezpur(Assam), one has to go to Bhalukpong in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and from there via Bomdila and Sela Pass one can go to Tawang by road.

The inhabitants of the districts are all of Monpa tribes except Shyo village which is dominated by people of Tibetian origin. The Monpas belong to Mongoloid stock. They are well built, fair in complexion. Their houses are built with stones and timbers.  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry are the fundamental means of the Monpas occupation.


                    Tawang Monastery  is one of the most important   element in Social and Religious  life of the Monpas.  This Monastery is known as "GALDEN NAMGYEL LHATSE". It is one of the most largest Lamaseries  of Mahayana sect in Asia. Lamseries comprise of several sections ranging near about four hundred years, devoted to Love, Learning and Purity of life. 

                       This fortified complex covers an area of 135 sq. meters enclosed by a compound wall of 610 meter long. Within the complex there are 65 residential buildings and 10 other structures. The library have valuable old scriptures mainly Kanjur and Tanjur numbering 850 bundles. It is dated back to 17th century A.D.

                      There are two major religious festivals of the Monpas viz "LOSAR" and "TORGYA". Both festivals are celebrated once annually. The LOSAR s celebrated to the commencement of New year. Every third year of Torgya, the festival of Dungyur is celebrated. Both "Dungyur and Torgya" festivals are celebrated at the premises of the Tawang Monastery with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm.

                      There are beautiful lakes around Tawang. One is Pankang Teng Tso (P.T. Tso ) lake. It is a fetching heaven for tourist only 17 KM away from maddening crowd of township. It is a beautiful natural site and provide tourist a lucky chance for deep communion with nature. Other eye catching lakes are Sangetser lake , Banggachang lake.

                        When to visit          During the period, April to October.                      
                        Where to stay        Circuit House, Inspection Bungalow, Hotel Nichu,                

                                                        Hotel Shangrila.
                        Clothing                  Warm clothing throughout the year
                        Nearest Airport      Tezpur(Assam).