How one lake was named to Madhuri Dixit film actress?
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As you can see in this google map, the great Himalayan range of mountains are spreading across different Indian states, from Jammu and Kashmir in the north to the Arunachal Pradesh in the east. If you check the map carefully, a large portion of the great Himalayas is also present in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the extreme east of India. Tawang lies, within the Himalayas, in the north-west portion of Arunachal Pradesh (see map below), and that is the reason it is at a great height of 11,500 ft.
Madhuri Lake is on the way to Bum La Pass, which is a road connecting Tawang town to Indo-China border. You need special permission from Tawang District Collector to reach Bum La. Indo-China border is at a height of 16,500 ft from sea level. Since Tawang is only at a height of 11,500 ft from sea level, so even after reaching to Tawang, you still need to travel higher to 16,500 ft to reach Madhuri Lake (near Indo-China border). This is a height where the availability of oxygen gets reduced, and you feel so tired even when walking slowly. Due to lack of oxygen, you start breathing faster at great heights to survive, and that is the reason, people take oxygen cylinders with them, while climbing on high peaks like Mount Everest. But really, you don't need an oxygen tank to reach Madhuri Lake, unless you have some breathing-related problems.
Bum La Pass is one of the most beautiful places in India, and you can enjoy ice on both sides, while passing through Bum La Pass. It is very very cold there. You can also reach to final destination Indo-China border, where the country China is visible from India, and there you can meet with people in the Indian army, protecting the border (line of actual control). The 1962 war between India and China happened at this border. But now the relationships are good between the two countries at this border, and China gives party to Indian army twice a year (October 1 and October 30), and they also get return parties from India on Indian Independence Day and Republic Day at this line of actual control. The border is at such a great height, that there is no any mobile connectivity, and electricity is also generated from electric generators. Here is a nice video showing a motorcycle rider passing through Bum La Pass. Buddhism prevails in this area, and Tawang Monastery is delight to watch. It is India's biggest monastery.
How to Reach Tawang?
I have already mentioned above > how to reach Madhuri Lake from Tawang. But first, we need to reach Tawang from different cities of India. Guwahati is the capital city of the Indian state of Assam, and flights to Guwahati are available from different cities of India. The journey from Guwahati to Tawang is too long (543 km) by road, and it may take 14-16 hrs, and so it is better to take rest and stay for a night on some, in between station, like Dirang. Here is the best tutorial on how to reach Tawang from different cities of India. To know more about other tourist places in Tawang visit the official website of Arunachal Pradesh Government. Sela Pass would come on the way to Tawang, and Sela Pass hardly has any vegetation, and usually snow covered to some extent, and it is really enjoying while passing through it on the way. In winter, the temperature could go as low as -10 degrees in Sela Pass. There are several small and big lakes, and waterfalls, that appears on the way, and this would give surprising experience to new travelers coming to this place of heaven for first time.
Written by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )