The Urgelling Monastery is the birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama was deposed in 1706. In 1714 the destruction of all Gelupa Gompas was carried out by Sokpa Jomkhar, a Mongolian warrior who invaded from Bhutan. During this campaign, the Dalai Lama’s original monastery at Urgelling was destroyed. All valued possession of Urgelling monastery like scriptures, statues and other objects were taken to Tawang Monastery. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur (scriptures) written out in gold and silver arrived at the Tawang monastery, where they are preserved to this day. Today a modest Gompa stands at this site.
Day 06: Day Excursion toward Tibet Frontier and Ani Gompa
Drive up the "spiral staircase" road leading to the Tibet frontier, to Peng teng Tso Lake at an altitude of 4100 meters. Breath taking views. Later visit a Buddhist nunnery. The Monpas have a tradition of nunneries called "Ani Gompas". Traditionally at least one girl from a family joined an Ani Gompa. However this practice no longer exists. We will be visiting the Gyangong Ani Gompa close to Tawang town. In the evening Monpa cultural programme. Overnight at Tawang.
Day 07: Tawang- Sela- Dirang
Drive back 165 Kms over the Se-la pass to Dirang Dzong. On the way stop over at Jang to explore another village and visit the Indo-China War memorial. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Day excursion to Namsu
Drive 60 kms to ancient Monpa Village. Spend the day exploring the exquisite Buddhist Gumpa, Kakaling gate, Chusker (traditional water mill), and village houses.. Meet the village folks and get an idea of lifestyles. Return to Dirang Dzong. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Dirang- Bomdila - Elephant
A short drive to Bomdila.Visit Rabgyaling Gontse Gompa, Upper Gompa , Thupchob Gatseling Gompa., and Bugin tribal village. After lunch continue through Tenga Valley to Elephant for overnight halt at The Retreat - a comfortable resort set up overlooking the River Bhareli in a wilderness location in the foothills.
Day 10: Drive to Kaziranga
Drive 143 Kms to Kaziranga National Park, in 4.00 hrs. First e will retace our footsteps to the to the city of Tezpur. Here we cross over the Brahmaputra bridge and drive along the Assam Valley to the Kaziranga National Park. The park lies on the South bank of the Brahmaputra, and is famous for its 1000 plus, population of Rhinos. Tigers are also present in sizable numbers. Other attractions include the wild buffalo, magnificent swamp deer, hog deer, wild boar, Hoolak Gibbon, Capped Langur, and Badger. Amongst the birds, the Crested Serpent Eagle is common. While Pallas Fishing Eagle, as also Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Crane, Great Adjutant Stork, Bengal Floricab, Bar Headed Goose, whistling Teal and Pelican can be seen in the wild. Jeep and Elephant Safari, is the mode of exploration.. Overnight at Bon Habi Resort.
Day 11: Kaziranga
Early morning Elephant safari for one horned Rhino and other animals. Thereafter morning and after lunch jeep safaris in outlying ranges of the park.
Overnight at Bon Habi Resort.
Day 12: Kaziranga- Guwahati
Drive 240 kms to Guwahati airport in 4.30 hrs to board your departure flight to Kolkata or Delhi