Tawang Tourism

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White Stupa local sightseeing

White Stupa local sightseeing  Video Review
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Gorsam Chorten

Ruchi Shitole
4th Dec 16

Small area with Lake

Small area with Lake  Video Review
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Sela Pass

Lijo Varghese
25th Nov 17

Indo-Sino war

Indo-Sino war  Video Review
01:12

Tawang War Memorial

Ruchi Shitole
16th Feb 17

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery  Video Review
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Tawang Monastery

Rajat Ghosh
27th Dec 16

Magical Lake

Magical Lake  Video Review
00:33

Pangang Teng Tso Lake

Ruchi Shitole
16th Feb 17

Sela pass videos from top of sell look very nice

Sela pass videos from top of sell look very nice  Video Review
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Sela Peak

Prakash Ratray
8th Dec 17

Sela Pass

Sela Pass  Video Review
00:56

Sela Pass

Rajat Ghosh
27th Dec 16

Snow covered mountain and Lake view

Snow covered mountain and Lake view  Video Review
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Nagula Lake

Ruchi Shitole
4th Dec 16

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Reasons to go to Tawang

1Sela Pass
Sela Pass

HolidayIQ reviewer Subhrajit Gupta says, “The two beautiful crystal clear lakes surrounding the snow clad peaks makes this place beautiful. The continuous hide and seek played between the sun and heavy fog makes it mysterious. If you are lucky, you might get a cup of hot tea from the only tea stall.”

At an altitude of more than 13,000 feet, the gorgeous mountain pass connects Tawang to other parts of the country. The pass is open round the year. However, heavy snow causes occasional shutdowns.

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2Thukpa in Arunachal Pradesh!
Thukpa in  Arunachal Pradesh!

Arunachal is blessed with nature's bounty, wildlife, amazing people and a very diverse variety of food. 

Debayan: The tawang monastery, the war memorial, bumla are a must visit among others. Local delicacies are nothing special but hot thukpa and momos are very very tasty indeed. 

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3Spirituality and nature's grandeur, Tawang Monestry
Spirituality and nature's grandeur, Tawang Monestry

The Tawang Monastery also known as "Galden Namgyal Lhatse" is famous Buddhist monastery which was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1860-61 AD. Set it Tawang, theres everything for the nature and adventurous kind.

Shaliesh: 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.

Learn about Orchid farming. 

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Revealed!  Places that are Below ° C Now

It’s just the right time and the right weather! The weather in Tawang is alpine and the temperature rarely crosses 20° C. Mountain passes, pristine lakes, gushing waterfalls and monasteries- need we say more?

Jayesh Prabhu: Places to visit in Tawang are the famous Tawang monastery, craft center, war memorial, birth place of dalai lama, tawang old market for shopping. And light show in war memorial which starts at 5:30. Also visit the jung fall (waterfall) and a hydro power station.

Visiting Tawang and want to stay close to all this goodness:

Budget stays:Tawang View Hotel

Mid-range stays: Tawang Circuit House

Luxury stays: Dolma Khangsar Guest House

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5It's Hot & Humid Everywhere. Ever Visited Our Offbeat Hill Stations Like
It's Hot & Humid Everywhere. Ever Visited Our Offbeat Hill Stations Like

HolidayIQ Traveller Debayan Bhowmik says, "One of the lesser known but surely one of the loveliest hill station. Every penny spent in reaching here is justified. The tawang monastery, the war memorial, bumla are a must visit among others. Local delicacies are nothing special but hot thukpa and momos are very very tasty indeed. The local garment shops sell variety of items but at a comparative high price. Local sight seeing will engross your stay here."

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Reviews (55)

Ivatoori  venu madhav

Ivatoori venu madhav5.0/5

3 reviews

Tawang is an excellent place to visit

Tawang is the best place we have visited. Suggested places are Tawang monasty, war memorial and the best is Madhuri lake and the route is the most amazing in terms of snow filled mountains . The drive is around 2. 5 hours and one hour we could see only snow all along the route. The lake is picturesque and is at a height of 13000ft . Also the route between Bomdilla and Tawang is awesome.

Tamal kumar mani

Tamal kumar mani

1 review

Tawang

Sightseeing experience is very good. Weather was sunny . . Food and Shopping: Shopping experience was excellent and food quality also were very good. Highlight of the trip: Highlights of this trip was thrilling journey, beautiful monasteries, Sela pass, Bumla pass and many beautiful lakes viz. Sela lake, Madhuri lake, PTSO lake etc.
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Recommended Duration in Tawang

Number of days to spend in Tawang as recommended by our travellers.

3 days

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4 days

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5+ days

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Tawang Overview

Tawang, the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, is one of the most beautiful places in Arunachal Pradesh. Lying between the latitude 27º45’N and the longitude 90º15’E, the destination is located at a height of around 10,000 ft above sea level. Home to the Monpa tribe, Tawang shares its border with Tibet in the north, Bhutan in the south-west and the Sela range in the east.

It is believed that the place has derived its name from one of the oldest and largest Buddhist monasteries in India, Tawang Monastery. Perched on the edge of the ridge along the western part of this destination, Tawang Monastery is an important learning centre. About 400 years old, the monastery is believed to be home to more than 700 monks. Tawang Monastery was found in 1681 by Merag Lama Lodre Gyatso in compliance with the desires of 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso.

'Ta' means Horse and 'Wang' means Chosen. It is believed that the site on which the monastery has been constructed was chosen by the horse, which was owned by Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso. According a legend, Merag Lama was unable to decide a location to establish the monastery. In order to seek divine guidance for choosing the construction site for the monastery, he was praying inside a cave. When he came out after finishing prayers, he found that his horse was missing. On searching, he saw that horse was standing on a hilltop.

On seeing his horse on the hilltop, he considered this as a sign of divine blessing and finalised that location for construction of the monastery. The construction of this monastery was completed with the help of people residing in the neighbouring villages. At present, those same neighbouring villages are responsible for the upkeep of the monastery.

Tawang Monastery is also popularly known as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which means celestial paradise. Before the construction of this monastery, Tawang was inhabited by the Monpa tribe. At that time, the Monpa tribe was under the rule of the Mon kingdom, which had their kingdom stretching from Tawang up to Sikkim. However, later the entire kingdom went under the control of Tibet and Bhutan.

When India got its independence from Britain, Tawang was severed off from Tibet. In 1962, Tawang was conquered by the Chinese troops, who destroyed some portions of the monastery. For six months, the entire district was under the control of Chinese nationalist troops. However, after a retreat, it went under the control of India. Later in 1984, the district was separated from the West Kameng District.

Owing to beautiful mountains and monasteries along with 100 lakes, today Tawang is one of the most sought out tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh. The destination celebrates several festivals throughout the year, which are mostly associated with religion and agriculture of Monpas. Some of the important festivals celebrated in Tawang are Losar, Torgya, Choekor and Dupka Tse-She.

The Losar Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tawang, is celebrated by the Monpa community. It is celebrated for around two weeks, usually in February-March, to herald the Monpa New Year according to the lunar calendar. The Monpas belong to the Mongoloid stock and form a majority of the population of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival is marked by feasts and spending time with family and relatives.

Houses are cleaned, lamps are lit, prayers are offered and prayer flags are hoisted. Masked dances, known as ‘chaam’, are performed by Buddhist monks in gompas to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. The festival welcomes the new, ushering in good health, peace and prosperity.

Khapse, a Tibetan biscuit, is prepared during this time. It is made from a dough of flour, sugar and butter which is then shaped into different forms and sizes and deep fried. The most common shape is the twirled rectangular one which is shared with friends and relatives and offered to guests. Other shapes include discs coated in sugar and long hollow tubes.

Situated in the north eastern corner of the country, Tawang has limited connectivity to the rest of the country by air, rail and road. The nearest airport is at Tezpur in Assam, 365 km away, which has direct flights to Kolkata twice a week. The nearest railhead is at Guwahati, 555 km away, which is connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore. By road, Tawang can be reached from Bomdila (185 km), Tezpur (365 km) and Guwahati (555 km) through the Sila Pass.

The best time to visit Tawang is during summer, which extends from the months of July to October.

Photos of Tawang

Sela Pass, Tawang

Photo by

Sunanda Das

Sela Pass, Tawang
Geshila Peak, Tawang

Photo by

Sunil Chaurasia

Geshila Peak, Tawang
Shonga-tser Lake, Tawang

Photo by

Shailesh Upasani

Shonga-tser Lake, Tawang
Tawang War Memorial, Tawang

Photo by

Raj Ail

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