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Tawang Monastery, also known as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse, is one of the largest lamaseries of Mahayana sects. This is the second oldest Monastery in the entire world after Lhasa. With a control over 17 Gompas in the region, this monastery is believed to be 400 years old.

This largest monastery in Asia stands erect at the base of a hill at a height of 3,000 metre above sea level. Dating back to 17th century, the monastery was constructed by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in accordance with the desires of the 5th Dalai Lama. It was believed by Monpas that Merek Lama was born at Kipti. He became a Lama at a very young age and commenced his career of meditation and praying.

The monastery is also the main venue for the Torgva festival, which is organised in the eleventh Monpa month. It is a three storey building, which is of a height of over 140 square metres. In addition, the monastery houses a temple and also a glided statue of Lord Buddha, which is 8 metre in height.

Designed in such a way, this monastery has the capacity to accommodate around 600 monks. According to a legend, it is believed that in spite of the fact, Dalai Lama declined to accept the invitation by Merak Lama to bless the gompa in person, he drew a thangka. This holy scroll was written by Merak with his own blood. Later, this scroll was encased in silk fabric and was hidden inside the main altar. Since that time, the scroll has been looked by the followers as a protective deity.

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Tawang Monastery


Tawang Monastery

Rajat Ghosh
27th Dec 16

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
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Amit Ghosh4.3/5

581 reviews

Where peace resides

This monastery dates back to several years, where you can definitely head in search of peace. This is the primary tourist attraction of the hilly town of Tawang. Once you enter it will engulf you with its peace and tranquility. The sounds of the monastery bells adds to the serenity of this destination.

Siva Sachin5.0/5

4 reviews

Bhutan monastery

Awesome place to visit in Tawang. This place is very well known and ancient monastery and dalailama used to come here from bhutan. This place has also got a museum.

Dilip Namjoshi4.6/5

18 reviews

Tawang Monastery

You can see this monastery as you enter in Tawang city. This is second largest monastery in the world after Tibet's Potiala Palace. Area is nice, clean and calm. Buddha statue inside is very big.
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Ankita Kumar5.0/5

33 reviews

Om mane pad me hum

The most famous monastery in Tawang is the Tawang Monastery. Like all Tibetan style monasteries it is grand, splashed with colours and beautiful legends. I can never get over the calm that comes over me just to sit in the monastery for a couple of minutes listening to Om Mani Padme Hum. Ah the peace, quiet and the vibrations are going to stay with me for a while.

Ankita Kumar5.0/5

33 reviews

Om mane pad me hum

The most famous monastery in Tawang is the Tawang Monastery. Like all Tibetan style monasteries it is grand, splashed with colours and beautiful legends. I can never get over the calm that came over me just to sit in the prayer room and listen to the vibrations of om mane pad me hum.

Rumu Halder5.0/5

5 reviews

Beauty in the lap of nature

Tawang monastery was built about 400 years ago. The big and magnificent monastery beholds the history and wonder of that era. The beautiful murals on the walls depict the teachings of lord Buddha. An excellent place to find oneself near nature and God. Must visit for all.

Shailesh Upasani5.0/5

11 reviews

A very peaceful place

This is the second largest monastery in the world. A very peaceful place. The location is also very beautiful. One can see most of the Tawang City from the monastery.Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to "celestial paradise in a clear night. " It was founded by Merak Lama Lodro Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso. It belongs to the Gelug school of Mahayana Buddhism and had a religious association with Drepung Monastery of Lhasa, which continued during the period of British rule.A large image of Buddha of 18 feet (5.5 m) height is deified; it is gilded and decorated, and is in a lotus position.

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Rahul Agarwal5.0/5

35 reviews

Divine place

We visited the Monastery during a local festival and so it was heavily flocked with visitors all round the globe, not only Buddhists but all kind of people gathering for a view of Immaculate sized gold plated Buddha idol decorated and painted beautifully. Superb superb superb place.

Debayan Bhowmik4.3/5

161 reviews

Beautiful monastery with soulful architecture

It is a must see sight if you are visiting Tawang at any time of the year. It is basically the chief attraction of Tawang.Talking about activity, you will be truly mesmerised at the sight of the beautiful age-old architecture in the lap of the mountains. It will be good if tourists leave their footwear outside the monastery or else you have to find a place to keep it just outside the monastery. You must at all times carry an umbrella because rains are prevalent in this part of the country.

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Sunil Chaurasia4.3/5

27 reviews

The largest Monastery of India, must visit place in Tawang

Here I am going to give a review on Tawang Monastery which I visited in June, 2015 and I hope this will help the others. Its totally worth a visit, one going there has a chance to see a Monastery which is 400 years old, in fact the largest Monastery of India.One gets to know the lifestyle of the students and the monks out there.I recommend anyone going there must visit the Museum located is in the Monastery premises as it will provide you an insight on Buddhist Scriptures, Vessels, Deity and many more items of their daily practices and also the photographs of VIP's visited there since from the early Indo-China war in 1962.Now coming to the main attraction; the Monastery itself, simply I was stunned by the colorful surrounding all around (gave a feel of a canvas on which every color is sprayed in a manner so that it provides a state of peace). The Buddha Statue which is almost 2-storey high is a masterpiece out there. I suggest to visit the monastery in morning time where one can listen to the prayer sung by the monks and also the different traditional Buddhist musical instruments. Photography is allowed inside so make every second count ;-). I personally feel you should light a yak butter lamp and incense sticks in the name of Buddha there. For this you need to go to a different block made for these offerings. Catch out some small kids out there and have a little conversation with them about the life in monastery and different stuffs.If anyone is willing to witness the festivities out there, then January is the time, unfortunately I missed it (. But one willing to go in the month of January must be careful about the weather conditions he will face there(freezing; temperatures down to zero levels).

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Tawang Monastery, Tawang

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Tawang Monastery, Tawang
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Tawang Monastery, Tawang

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