Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh hosts a spectacular Tibetan Buddhist monastery, encircled by awesome mountains. Located in one of the most remote locations imaginable, this largest Buddhist monastery marks the land of the Monpa tribe. Established in the seventeenth century, this location is renowned as the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama.
Tawang Monastery is a colourful complex perched atop the mountain and is a home to around five hundred monks. Also, the monastic complex is renowned for its collection of manuscripts and thangkas. A small museum in the monastery is replete with Buddhist ornaments and relics, including jewellery belonging to the sixth Dalai Lama’s mother, Thangkas and a library. The sanctum of the monastery hosts several statues, including the thousand armed Avalokiteshwara.
The destination is also famous for a three-day Torgya celebration held in January to protect the community from evil spirits and natural disasters. The week-long Losar (Buddhist New Year) festival is also organized in February or early March, featuring more dancing and festivities.
Foreign visitors need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for Tawang tour. Mor details regarding RAP may be obtained from the nearest Indian Embassy or India tourism offices.
Tourist Attraction Places Tawang
Tawang Monastery - The Galden Namgyal Lhatse, or the Tawang monastery is the largest monastery in India located atop the hill at an altitude of 10,000 ft. Founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the 1860-61, this is one of the best examples of religious architecture, especially dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism.
The entrance of the monastery has a pond which fulfills the water needs for the monastery. The main gate or "kakaling" is beautifully decorated with Buddhist paintings. Besides, the assembly hall hosts religious prayers and other monastic congregations. There is also a Buddhist cultural centre for Buddhist studies, which particularly caters to the young monks in their studies and learning the Buddhist values apart from other cultures and their values.
How to reach in TawangAir -
Nearest airport is in Tezpur, which is connected to major destinations of India. Tawang Tour also has a heli-pad that caters to the helicopter services from various airports.Rail -
The nearest railway station is Bhalukpong, in Assam, at a distance of 298 km from Tawang.Road -
There are some good motorable roads from Itanagar via Bomdilla.