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A visit to a small post of Surwa Samba

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-04-21

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Surwa Samba is a small check post which is 15 kilometers ahead of Zemithang in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) manned this Samba post since it falls under the international border zone. There is a small war memorial in honor of the 4th Grenadiers fought the battle of Drokhung – Samba bridge and due to border area one needs to take permission from the Army Camp to move forward from the post. The route from Lacha, China (Tibet) to Tawang via Khenzamani in Zemithang is considered to be sacred by the Buddhist community since in the year of 1959 during the month of March His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama was reported to have escaped from this road. Zemithang is a very beautiful, serene, clean and wonderful place that is gifted by the natural scenery and natural landscape of flora and fauna. One can also do a day trek since there are many options for trekking and hiking routes in nearby places for example one can do a hike to Khenzamani from Surwa Samba and it is approximately 3 kilometers only. Here is the outline of the itinerary to visit this wonderful place.

DAY 1: Arrival Guwahati and overnight stay in Guwahati

DAY 2: Guwahati to Bomdila

DAY 3: Bomdila Sightseeing

DAY 4: Bomdila - Tawang

DAY 5: Tawang Sightseeing

Start the day tour with a visit Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery, the second biggest and the oldest monastery in Asia. Followed by the visit to Jaswant Garh made in memory of Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat hero of battle of Nuranang.

Post lunch visit the Sino Indian War Memorial, which has a beautiful Stupa built on with 2 halls one with collection of personal articles of 2400 plus martyrs of the war while the second one had the sound and light show. Finish the day tour with a stop at the Giant Buddha Statue.

DAY 6: Tawang - Zemithang

Start the day by driving to Lumla, en route stop to see the Chagzam bride built by Tangton Gyalpo, between 1420 & 1430. Continue to Lumla to see the Giant Statue of Tara, with a beautiful lakhang underneath.

Drive on to the village of Zemithang the nesting ground of Black necked cranes and home to The Gorsam Chorten.

DAY 7: Zemithang - Tawang

Start the day driving towards the village of Khenzamani reach the war memorial of Surwa Samba, in memory of martyrs of 1962 war. This is also the route which was taken by His Holiness the dalai Lama when he had fled Tibet.

Post lunch start drive back to Tawang en route stop at the Taksang Monastery and The Sungestar lake.

DAY 8: Tawang - Dirang

Start the day with a visit to Gyangong Ani Gompa option is to take the cable car, one of the highest in the world with a 20 mins one way ride to the Ani Gompa with about 50 odd nuns.

DAY 9: Dirang - Bhalukpong

Drive to Sangti valley and the National Institute of Mountaineering and Adventure Sports.

Option to go to the Dirang hot water Springs .

Post lunch drive to Bhalukpong.

DAY 10: Blakukpong - Guwahati

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