‘It was like being trapped in a washing machine….with wheels!’ said a dazed and slightly wild eyed traveler on reaching Tawang – by road. ‘But it was the most amazing journey I ever made.’ he added quickly but with equal conviction. That’s what a road trip to Tawang can do to you – despair to ecstasy is literally a hair pin bend away.
I have traveled the road to Tawang and back on more than a few occasions. Between the elegant university town of Tezpur to Tawang lies roughly 325 Km of spectacular countryside but it can be a hard and sometimes brutal journey. I guarantee that you will be bone tired but never bored, shaken but also stirred, rattled but strangely revived……its that kind of road and that kind of ride. For me its hard to describe – yet there are no shortage of travelogues waxing eloquently about Tenga, Bomdila, Sela, Tawang and the strip of asphalt that links them all together. To give the intrepid traveller my perspective, I’ve pieced together a few photos, some of questionable quality, in no particular sequence, most of places of no significance, but all taken from a moving vehicle and for me capturing the essence of the drive.
They say a journey is like life. Its so true when you make the trip to Tawang….but unlike real life you get to have a return trip too.