If you are looking for information about Dirang, probably you are planning a tour of Tawang. Dirang is mostly an overnight tourist destination for visitors going to Tawang in Western Arunachal Pradesh. You can contact our team for organizing the entire tour of 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 an 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 in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is located about 43 km from Bomdila on the way to Tawang. Dirang is located on the bank of river Kameng (Known as Jia Bharali in Assam). Since it is in the river valley the altitude is relatively low (4900 ft). The weather here is not very cold and quite pleasant during most of the year.
Where to Stay
The small town has a number of hotel accommodations available. Hotel Pemaling is one of the oldest budget hotels in the area. The hotel is located a couple of kilometres away from the town. There is also Awoo resort which is more luxurious and also located away from the town. Hotel Samdup Khang is another hotel in the same neighbourhood outside Dirang. Closer to town there are several budget hotels such as Hotel Sangeyla, Green Valley Lodge and Hotel Snow Lion. Most hotels here are quite basic and tourists' preference here is also not much for the high-end accommodation as most visitors here reach in the afternoon and the next morning they continue their onward journey. Our team will select the right accommodation according to your present status and your requirement once you contact us for tour assistance.
Dirang is located about midway between Tezpur and Tawang. The distance from different places is given below.
to Tawang - 138 km
to Bomdila - 43 km
to Bhalukpong - 144 km
to Tezpur - 200 km
The view of the valley is mesmerizing in itself. There is a bridge over the river Kameng and on the other side you can see beautiful paddy land. The Dirang market can also be a good place to spend an evening buying local artefacts. Though there are several attractions that can occupy you for a half-day tour, most tourists hardly find any time to enjoy the local place as this has ended up being a one-night destination only. If you have some free time, we recommend you visit the places around as given below.
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 a 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 sulfur content and is known to have great medicinal properties. There is a facility to have a 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 farm at Nyukmandung about 31 km from Dirang. The centre conducts research on genetic resources and problems associated with production. It also undertakes research on the improvement of yak and its products through selection and breeding with exotic frozen semen. The research centre can be visited with permission by tourists.