Dirang is a small town in the West Kameng
district of Arunachal Pradesh. It
is located about 43 km from Bomdila
on the way to Tawang. The town is mostly used by tourists
for overnight halt on the way to Tawang.
The distance between Jorhat
in Assam and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is more than 320
km and given the road condition in the area, the total travel
time can be anywhere between 12 to 18 hours. Dirang is ideally
located almost halfway in between. As a result it has come
up as a overnight destination for tourists visiting Tawang.
Dirang and Bomdila are both overnight destinations. Most tourists
stay in one of these two places while going and in the other
place while returning.
Dirang is a small town on the bank of river
Kameng (Known as Jia Bharali in Assam). Since it is at the
river valley the altitude is relatively low (4900 ft). The
weather here is also not very cold and pleasant during most
of the year.
Where to Stay
On the way from Dirang to Tawang
The small town has a number of hotel accommodations
Pemaling is one of the oldest and the best hotels. The
hotel is located a couple of kilometres before town. There
is also Awoo
resort which is a more recent addition to the tourism
scene and is a very descent resort. More information about
hotels in Dirang can be found in our hotels
Dirang is located about midway between Tezpur
and Tawang. The distance from different places are given below.
to Tawang - 138 km
to Bomdila - 43 km
to Bhalukpong - 144 km
to Tezpur - 200 km
The view of the valley is mesmerising in
itself. There is a bridge over river Kameng and on the other
side you can see beautiful paddy lands. The Dirang market
can also be a good place spend an evening to buy local artefacts.
Dirang Yak Research Centre
The area is close to Bhutan and the Bhutanese influence is
perceptible in the local Dzong or fort. The Dirang Dzong is
about 150 years old. Some of the stone houses around the dzong
are said to be about 500 years old. The entry is through stone
staircase. You can get an excellent view of the surrounding
area from here.
Hot Water Spring
About a kilometre ahead of the town on the way to Tawang you
will find the stairs to this hot spring. You have to follow
the stairs for about 500 meters to reach the Hot Spring which
is considered to be a holy place. The hot spring is rich in
sulphur content and is known to have great medicinal properties.
There is facility to have bath in the hot spring which can
have a magical effect on a journey tired body.
Yak Research Centre
The National Research Centre on Yak is located above
the main town. The centre also has a yak firm at Nyukmandung
about 31 km from Dirang. The centre conducts research on genetic
resources, problems associated with production. It also undertakes
research on improvement of yak and its products through selection
and breeding with exotic frozen semen. The research centre
can be visited with permission by tourists.
Map of Dirang