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
The small town has a number of hotel accommodations available. Hotel 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 decent resort. More information about hotels in Dirang can be found in our hotels section.
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.
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 farm 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.