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    Day #4 - Dirang to Tawang via Sela Pass -- contd..

    So after Sela Lake stop and ambling around for some time, we moved forward. Its downhill again from here and this side was all clear, the leeward side!

    No stopping now as wanted to reach Tawang not too late in the night but just a few downhill turns and suddenly saw a beautiful trail going down from the main road to somewhere down below.

    Though late, it was too tempting to just move forward. From a distance it looked picture postcard, milky white frozen stream, a rocky trail going beside it.

    Parked the Safari VTT on top and we went for a walk and me also to look out how till where the trial goes and if I could take the VTT down along that frozen stream

    And again to repeat, it was amazing. A frozen stream, and in places one could see the water still gurgling beneath. Really it was difficult for us to move on from such a scene, but then with evening coming up fast we had to move on. This full trail ride was kept again for while coming back, one of pics of our drive on that same trail 3 days later, again more of it later.

    So reluctantly we left that trail back on the road to Tawang, it was fast driving from now on, to catch up with some of the lost time due to unscheduled stoppages.


  2. #7
    Day #4 - Dirang to Tawang via Sela Pass -- contd..

    So, as said, it was all downhill now and some great drive-by scenes to keep us company.

    It was late and we skipped Jaswantgarh, as would be coming back again through the same route on return journey.

    With snow line receded, it was back to the narrow highway as it goes on to Tawang. We met up with the AP2AP team out here and it was a great place to stop.

    Nazim [pulsar56] took this one at that meet point

    We reached Tawang late, it all dark, they had a power cut going on at that time and after searching found a decent hotel with parking. The rooms were small but clean, and the hotel owner and his wife ran that place and they were most welcoming. As we found out in the subsequent days, they were some of the most helpful persons we have met in all our travels.

    The coldness at Tawang hits you, there's always a constant breeze outside, temperatures less than zero and windy makes the coldness much more bitter, but then we were here for the freeze - and no one's complaining! It was a good days journey and we soon went to sleep, BTW the heater had no effect or range - but it kept our drinking water warm.

    So that completes the 4th day's travel story, for the next 3 days we used to move out early morning and come back just before sunset, went through and tried out each and every road that leads out from Tawang.


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    Day 5 of our journey, early morning rise and a fast breakfast of noodles and hot tea by our hotel owners, we were ready to go and leave Tawang town to experience the Lakes of this Lake District

    Tawang town has an average elevation of 2,669 meters (8,756 feet) and as we climb up, we soon reach the snow line

    Each and every day weather was different at Tawang, today it was overcast and snow and ice abundant, it was dramatically clear the next day when we went off from Bumla border

    First of the lakes is a small lake known as Panggang Homa Tso, some part of Koyla song shooting took place here

    The first of the first alpine lakes (Tso in local parlance) is called the Panggang Homa Tso which literally translates into Grassy(Panggang) Lower(Homa) Lake. Because of its shape, this lake is also known as the ‘Heart shaped Lake’. The view from this lake is ethereal and the view of the Ghesi La (La in local parlance means Mountain) & distant Sela Pass juxtaposed against the valley stuns your senses.

    Stopped a while and we moved on again

    Climbing up and soon reached the lake PT TSo

    Pankang Teng Tso [ PT TSO] 4100 m/13500 feet
    Next is the Pankang Teng Tso, a natural lake that forms when the snow melts in summer, located 17 km away from Tawang is the most beautiful.

    Tso means Lake in Tibetan language. Now 2 versions I found out on the net about the name:

    1. P.T. is derived from Pankang Thang, Pankang is a slice of wood used locally to insulate the roof of the houses. Thang is a place or plains in Tibetan. The place is called so because locals from Tawang used to give Pankang instead of money as tax to the kings of Tibet, as most of Tibet is a high altitude desert and devoid of trees, each family would keep their share of Pankang at the lake from where Tibetan Army would collect it.

    2. Pankang Teng Tso was a Chinese engineer, who built a road from Bumla to Tawang for the People’s Army to march on. Later, in more romantic times, jawans named the lake after Madhuri Dixit, who came here to act in the Hindi flick, Koyla.

    Whatever, the views with the snow leaves an impression forever.

    Parked by side of the road and went down, walking very carefully as the steps were very slippery and it does take out breath at that height.

    Enjoyed each and every moment at PT Tso Lake before we moved on, this was good - the tourist traffic still way behind due to an early start and the mountain road leading us to what lies beyond


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    Day #5 contd.. Pankang Teng Tso Lake to Sangetsar Lake

    Leaving PT Tso Lake continuing towards Sangetsar Lake via Y-junction

    And we soon approached the bunkers from the '62 war

    Nagku La Tso– A few kilometers beyond P.T. Tso likes the lake whose name literally translates to Snake Mountain Lake. It is a small lake which is guarded by a small mountain spur on one side but offers a beautiful view because of its overall natural composition of the surrounding landscape

    View of the Nagku La Tso

    Greeptsang Tso.

    The road ascends further from P.T. Tso through lovely hair pin bends to Nagu - la a pass at an altitude of 13,568 feet, and three kilometers from P.T. Tso. One km further from Nagu la is Greeptsang Tso, another lake with rich history and myth attached to it. Guru Padmasambhava, an Indian saint who "re-introduced" Buddhism in India, especially in the Himalayan states was praying in a cave adjoining Greeptsang Tso. The myth goes that a twelve-headed serpent lived in what was Greeptsang Tso. Guru Padmasambhava, to mediate in peace, fed the serpent with so much food that he exploded.

    Greeptsang Tso is considered a holy lake by the locals and while visiting the holy lake they don't shout, utter bad words or dirty the place because, according to their belief, if they do so, the weather changes drastically and is accompanied by rain and snowfall. Some locals also visit the lake to see their future, usually accompanied by a lama, who first performs a holy ritual and after certain offerings are given to the lake, one can see his future in the water's reflection. There is also a meditation hut and a Gurudwara near the lake.

    Greeptsang Tso

    Brief stops done and the journey continued towards Sangetsar


  5. #10
    Day #5 contd.. Pankang Teng Tso Lake to Sangetsar Lake

    Sangetsar Lake is located at a lower altitude after Y-Junction, the road is downhill, sun came through, and weather was much more clearer now.

    From Greeptsang Tso the road breaks up into a track and after a few steep stretches comes Y-Junction, 3 Kms from the lake. It's called Y-Junction because the road intersection is in the shape of a Y.

    A straight from Y- Junction will take you to Sangesar Lake also known as Madhuri Lake and the small turn on the right will take you to Bum-la.

    Beautiful colours and jagged peaks

    A couple of lakes we passed through

    And then finally the first view of Lake Sangetsar [Jo Nga Tsier] as we descend down to it.


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