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Getting Around Tawang: A superb Guide In 2024

Tawang is a remote town in the Arunachal Pradesh state of India, and getting around requires some planning and flexibility. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to get around Tawang, including transportation options and routes:

Transportation Options in Tawang:

1. Public Buses: The most affordable option is to take public buses, which are available from the the Bus Stand. Buses are not very regular and hence most people travel by shared sumos to nearby towns and villages, but be prepared for crowded and uncomfortable rides.

2. Private Jeeps and Sumo: Hire a private jeep or Sumo (a 12-seater vehicle) for a more comfortable and flexible ride. These can be booked through local taxi operators or at the bus stand.

3. Taxi: Hire a taxi for a day or half-day for a more personalized experience. Be prepared for higher costs.

4. Walking: For shorter distances, walking is a great option, especially around the town area.

5. Motorcycle: Rent a motorcycle to explore the surrounding areas at your own pace.

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1. Tawang Town to Bumla Pass: Take a private jeep to Bumla Pass (120 km, 6 hours). This route offers stunning views of the Himalayas and the Indo-China border. The jeep cost anywhere between INR 5500 TO 6500 based on the rush. 

2. Tawang Town to Dirang Valley: Take a public bus or private jeep to Dirang Valley (100 km, 4 hours). This route passes through picturesque villages and offers stunning views of the valley.


3. Tawang Town to Sela Lake: Take a private jeep to Sela Lake (40 km, 2 hours). This route passes through the Sela Pass and offers breathtaking views of the lake.

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4. Tawang Town to Shunggang Village: Take a public bus or private jeep to Shunggang Village (50 km, 3 hours). This route passes through scenic villages and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills.

5. Guwahati to Tawang: The three options are 1. Shared sumo from Guwahati which takes around 16-18 hours. Option 2. Is Overnight bus which takes the same time but is more comfortable. Option 3 is Pavan hans helicopter which depends on the weather for that day. 


1. Plan ahead: Book your transportation and accommodations in advance, especially during peak season.

2. Be prepared for rough roads: The roads in Tawang can be rough and unpaved, so be prepared for bumpy rides.


3. Check weather conditions: Check the weather forecast before heading out, as bad weather can cause road closures and disrupt travel plans.

4. Respect local culture: Be respectful of local customs and traditions when traveling in Tawang.

5. Carry essentials: Bring essentials like water, snacks, and first aid kit when traveling.

By following these tips and routes, you’ll be well-prepared to get around Tawang and explore its stunning natural beauty and cultural heritage.

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