There aren’t many places left in the world where you can truly feel like you’ve stumbled upon a hidden gem off the well-traveled path. Places where, for a split second, it seems as if you’re an early explorer, discovering something new for the first time. Arunachal Pradesh in India’s wild northeastern region may just be as close as you can get to such a place.
“It’s the most beautiful area — it’s just so remote,” the hostel owner in Gangtok said. I was sitting in the small lounge of what seemed to be the only accommodation in the former mountain kingdom of Sikkim’s capital. I had only a few weeks to explore the region, and the sparkle in this man’s eyes was enough to sway me. He was speaking of a small town in “the land of the dawn-lit mountains,” a location that would become my next destination…
Originally written for Passion Passport. To continue reading: A Journey to the Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains
If you want to find out how to get to Tawang as an independent traveller, read my guide on: How to get to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh