Nestled amidst the majestic Himalayan mountains, Geshila Peak offers a day trip experience like no other. As you journey through the Bumla route from Tawang, you will be greeted by a series of stunning lakes, including the beautiful Pangateng Tso Lake. The trail itself is a testament to nature's beauty, adorned with cascading streams, vibrant wildflowers, and towering granite walls. With each step, you will feel the serenity of the surroundings seep into your being, filling you with a sense of peace and wonder. The ascent to the peak, guided by our experts, is a test of physical endurance, but the rewards are beyond measure. Standing atop Geshila Peak, at an impressive altitude of 13,500 ft, you will be rewarded with panoramic views that will take your breath away. The beauty of the sunrise or sunset casting its golden hues upon the Tawang landscape is a sight that cannot be missed. So, lace up your boots, embrace the challenge, and let Geshila Peak weave its magic on your soul.
Discover the Chumi Gyatse Falls and Soak in Damting Village’s Hot Springs
The little-known Chumi Gyatse Falls, also known as the ‘Holy Waterfalls’, a group of 108 waterfalls on the India-China border, is one of the most breathtaking views in Arunachal Pradesh. The road to Chumi Gyatse Falls is not for the faint-hearted. The distance and off-road conditions make the journey both rewarding and challenging. Starting from Tawang, the drive takes you up to an altitude of 15,000 feet before descending into the Yangtse Valley. The road weaves through dense pine forests, high-altitude meadows, and breathtaking cliffs, accompanied by the music of swiftly flowing streams.
The hike to the waterfall is a relatively easy 1.5-kilometer trek (one way). And then, there it is—Chumi Gyatse Falls, cascading down with a heavenly grace. The sight leaves you breathless as you stand in awe of its beauty. One popular folklore tells of Padmasambhava, who is revered by the followers of Tibetan Buddhists as the “Second Buddha” flung his rosary with 108 beads, resulting in the formation of the waterfalls, in response to a challenge from a Bon monk. Another story mentions the falls being created to cure a plague after prayers from locals. Additionally, a Tibetan book called the ‘Karchek’ mentions a Guru named Lawapa, believed to be an avatar of Manjushree, as the creator of the waterfalls. According to this, Guru Lawapa used his power to produce water from 108 different holes in the rocks to overcome scarcity faced by one of the gurus during meditation. The rich folklore and diverse narratives associated with the creation of the waterfalls in Tawang district make it a place of great intrigue and fascination, weaving together spirituality, history, and the wonders of nature. After witnessing the mesmerizing beauty of Chumi Gyatse Falls, get ready to explore another hidden treasure - Damting Village Hot Spring. Just a short 20-minute drive away, you will find yourself at this hidden gem. Park your car near the bridge and take a brief 2-minute walk across the suspended bridge to reach the hot spring. The hot spring boasts three well-maintained pools and convenient changing rooms. Unlike other touristy spots, this tranquil haven remains relatively undiscovered, offering you a serene and uncrowded experience. As you dip into the soothing 70-degree Celsius water, you will feel your worries melt away. The sulphur-rich water not only provides mental peace but also offers various health benefits. Locals can be seen enjoying a relaxing soak in the pools, adding to the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the place. Treat yourself to a cup of local wine as you indulge in the therapeutic waters, taking in the beautiful surroundings and savouring the moment of pure bliss. Chumi Gyatse Falls and Damting Village Hot Spring offer a beautiful blend of adventure, spirituality, and relaxation. Come and let the cascading falls and soothing hot spring heal your mind, body, and soul. Note: While the journey to Chumi Gyatse Falls includes passing through the renowned Bum La Pass, we recommend prioritizing the offbeat charm of the falls and the hidden gem of Damting Village Hot Spring. The falls and the hot spring offer a rewarding experience with their breathtaking beauty, tranquillity, and unique cultural significance, making them an ideal choice for those seeking a lesser-known adventure.
Trek to Nongriat Village and the Iconic Double-Decker Living Root Bridge
Welcome to a place where time seems to slow down, and the bridges themselves become living monuments of patience and dedication. Welcome to the world of living root bridges in Nongriat Village, Meghalaya.
These bridges are a testament to selflessness and sustainability. The locals, who begin constructing these bridges, may never have the chance to walk on them during their lifetime. It takes years for the roots to grow strong enough to form a sturdy bridge. These incredible bridges, made from the roots of rubber trees, represent a labor of love that spans generations. The double-decker living root bridge in Nongriat is a sight that should not be missed. While there are no motorable roads leading to the village, the adventure of hiking your way through over three thousand stairs through the lush green jungles of Sohra; is an experience in itself. Once you reach Nongriat, it's time to immerse yourself in the beauty of the forest. You would be staying at a local homestay for two nights and really get a taste of the village life. Our local expert will guide you as you explore the natural pools and waterfalls of Nongriat. Get ready for an adventure that blends nature, culture, and a deep appreciation for sustainable living.
Learn about River Communities and Island Life in Majuli
Majuli, India's Largest River Island, holds a special place in the hearts of the Assamese people and beyond. At the heart of Majuli's significance lies the Neovaishnavism movement led by Srimanta Sankardev, a revered saint and reformer. The Sattras, established by him and his disciples, served as spiritual centers and nurtured the growth of various art forms and literature in Assam. These monasteries not only preserved religious teachings but also became bastions of cultural heritage.
The island is a melting pot of diverse indigenous communities, each with its own distinct culture and traditions. The Mising, Deori, Sonowal Kachari, and Moran communities, among others, have contributed to the island's history and continue to uphold their unique way of life. Majuli's fragile ecosystem, exposed to the erosive forces of the Brahmaputra River, led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The recognition highlights the importance of preserving its natural, cultural, and religious heritage. Exploring Majuli means immersing oneself in its stunning natural landscapes. The island boasts picturesque vistas, with vibrant rice fields, serene water bodies, and the majestic Brahmaputra River serving as a constant presence. In addition to its cultural and natural wonders, Majuli offers a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. The island is home to numerous migratory and resident bird species, making it a bird lover's paradise. The diverse avian population and the opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat make for an unforgettable experience. To truly appreciate the essence of Majuli, it is essential to engage with its people, immerse oneself in the local way of life, and participate in the island's festivities. Traditional music and dance performances, local handicrafts, and delectable Assamese cuisine all contribute to the rich tapestry of experiences that Majuli offers. Majuli is not just a place to visit; it is an experience that touches the soul. Its history, culture, and natural beauty intertwine to create an environment where heartfelt connections can be forged, leaving lasting memories and a sense of appreciation for the wonders of this unique river island.
Roar and Explore: Jeep Safari in Kaziranga National Park
Picture this: You're sitting in a jeep, the wind caressing your face, as you venture into the heart of Kaziranga National Park. The excitement in the air is palpable as you embark on a thrilling safari, hoping to catch a glimpse of the majestic Indian rhinoceros, the elusive Bengal tiger, and the gentle Asian elephant. Your heart skips a beat when you spot a rhino grazing peacefully by the riverbank. As the safari continues, you're awestruck by the park's natural beauty – vast grasslands, serene wetlands, and dense forests that shelter a myriad of wildlife. Every turn reveals a new surprise – the graceful dance of colorful birds, the elegant stride of deer, and the playful antics of monkeys. Your guide shares stories of the park's rich biodiversity, and you can't help but feel a deep sense of connection with nature. Every moment spent in the presence of these majestic creatures is a privilege, a humbling reminder of our place in the intricate tapestry of life. The breathtaking landscapes and the tranquil Brahmaputra River serve as a backdrop, reminding us of the delicate balance that exists within this sanctuary. This jeep safari is not just an adventure; it's an opportunity to connect with nature, to appreciate its resplendent beauty, and to carry its lessons of conservation and harmony in our hearts long after we bid farewell to this enchanting land.
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