I was at Jomotshangkha last year. During my stay I had a short trip to Amatulla village. This small Indian village is under West Kemang District of Arunachal Pradesh state. It’s around 10km from Jomotshangkha/Daifam town.
There is a free entry access for both nationalities. Bhutanese often go there for sightseeing. Indians also come crossing the border to do business with Bhutanese residing on the other side of the border.
There is a small security check-post on a borderline of Samdrup Jongkhar and Arunachal Pradesh. Security people ask the purposes of visit. I was told that the interrogation would take at least 15-20 mins. But presence of my friend saved us from waiting that long. Because they know him quite well.
It’s through this gate Bhutanese enter Arunachal Pradesh. There are many tourist attractions under Arunachal Pradesh. Some of the most popular Arunachal Pradesh tourist attractions:
- Sela Pass of Tawang.
- Tawang Buddhist Monastery.
- Tawang Bumla Pass.
- Madhuri Lake at Tawang.
- Tawang Memorial Park.
- Bomdila Monastery.
- Ganga Lake of Itanagar.
- Itanagar Buddha Temple.
- Nehru Museum.
- Dirang Dzong.
- Indra Gandhi Park.
- Ita Fort.
- Ziro Fish Farm.
- Sally Lake at Roing.
Bhutanese enter through this gate to visit those tourists attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. Maximum actually visit Tawang Monastery, Bomdila Monastery and Itanagar Buddha Temple.
Though there is one unofficial entry gate from Trashiyangtse, this provides an alternative entrance for Bhutanese living in Samdrup Jongkhar.
No photography at Amatulla Security Check-post
There are good viewpoints near this checkpoint. The distant view of Indian plain with clean mountain river meandering is wonderful. It would entice any photography enthusiast to take out their cameras and take photos.
But in this checkpoint, we cannot take photos randomly. I did as any photography enthusiast would do. I was scolded and then they took my camera. They deleted few which they say aren’t allowed to be photographed.
Therefore, to avoid scoldings from those Indian security people, you can either ask them if they allow photography or not. Otherwise just like me you may lose few wonderful shots. The worse, you may get scoldings from them.
Amatulla Suspension Bridge & other Points of Interest
Amatulla is a small Indian village with less population. People there look like Tibetans or north-east Indians. The village is quite remote. Houses are traditional huts. However, people are frank who love interacting with strangers. Many of them know Tshangla, a dialect of Eastern Bhutan.
We went in a small bar and ordered some eateries. We can actually get different brands of drinks and also momo; a dumpling that almost all Bhutanese love.
Amatulla village maybe remote yet I love the authenticity in living styles of its people. Most people are happy farmers. They look happy and are walking harmoniously with the rhythm of nature.
There is one traditional suspension bridge that links two sides of Amatulla river. You’ll love exploring both parts of the village. And the distant view of the Indian plain is something you shouldn’t miss at the time of exploration.
Therefore if I had a time, I would love to spend at least one night in this village. I would love to experience living styles of Indians living in Amatulla village.
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