Tenga Valley

Tenga Valley is actually like picture-perfect postcards where greenery and blue skies cover the entire vista.  The small town of Tenga lies beside the Tenga River in the Eastern Himalayas, in the Western Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh in India.

Tenga Valley

This town is an important landmark for travelers who are traveling to Tawang in the Western end of Arunachal Pradesh.  It has an important army check post and provides a splendid view of the Mighty Himalayas.

Tenga Valley is situated at an altitude of 6,500 feet above Mean Sea Level.  Covered in thick green vegetation, it experiences snows only for a few days in the peak winter season.

This Valley is a paradise for mountain mongers.  The breathless view of the mountains and calmness of freshwater streams are sure to enthrall mountaineers as well as visiting travelers alike.

Travelers can pay a visit to some remarkable monasteries here which provide a clue to the deeply entrenched Buddhist culture of the residents of this Valley.

Places to visit when in Tenga Valley

Monasteries: Most of the monasteries in Tenga valley are high up in the mountains.  As a result, visitors can experience Buddhism as well as have a glimpse of a breathtaking environment.  The atmosphere becomes more enthralling with the fog surrounding the monasteries.  Chillipan Monastery is one such monastery that you can visit.  It takes a few hours to reach this monastery which is located on the hill.  It’s also known by the name of Sang Ngag Choekhar Dargyeling (Zangdokpalri) Monastery.  Brightly colored, this monastery has a huge collection of Buddhist and Tibetan artifacts and artwork.

Sang Ngag Choekhar Dargyeling (Zangdokpalri) Monastery

Nag Mandir (Temple): Built in 1966, this temple provides a picturesque view of the valley.  It is located on a hillock at the first entry point of Tenga Valley en route to Tawang.

Nag Mandir (Temple)

Chindit Top: Also known as Ruchum Pam is a tiny village in the Valley and provides visitors an insight into the lives of the local residents.

Waterfall: Located at zero point close to Valley, this waterfall is visible from the road.

Upper Gompa and lower Gompa (Tibetan residential place of learning): Upper Gompa is situated on a hilltop, roughly 1 km from the road whereas lower gompa is situated right near the road.

The Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Himalayan foothills The Red Eagle Division of the Indian Army was stationed in the area during the 1950s, hence the name Eaglenest.  To the east of this sanctuary is the Kameng River.  It is a famous bird site for visitors due to the large variety of bird species in the Sanctuary.  The Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary has been mostly spared from poaching of timber and livestock due to its isolation.

A rough road leads to this sanctuary which is used to reach the peak of the mountain range.  This makes it easy for the army, scientists, and environmental tourists to reach here.

As a major birding site, the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary has 454 species of which some are prominent – cormorants, black cranes, oriental white ibis, ducks, hawks, nizars, vultures, indigo birds, larks, flycatchers, kingfishers, etc.

Along with birds, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary also has 15 species of mammals such as Chhaya langur, Bengal tiger, Asiatic elephant, Red panda, Asiatic black bear etc.

Apart from this, there are 34 different species of amphibians, 24 species of snakes, and 7 species of lizards in this wildlife sanctuary.

Some rare species in the Eaglenest Sanctuary are Darjeeling liar-wolf, snake, and Gunther’s Kukri Nag.

The Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

The best time of the year to visit Tenga Valley is March to May and September to November.

The nearest domestic Airport is Salonibari Airport at Tezpur, Assam State.  The nearest International Airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati, Assam State.

The nearest railway station is Rangapara Railway Station in the Sonitpur District of Assam State and is 32 km from Tezpur Railway Station.  Rangapara Railway Station is well-connected to major Northeastern Indian cities and towns.

Tenga Valley is well-connected by road to Bhalukpong, Nagaon, and Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Tezpur in Assam.  The Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses ply on these roads along with many private buses and cabs and taxies.