Situated at a height of around 3,048 m above the sea level in-between the eastern ranges of Himalaya, the small and beautiful town of Tawang is known for its stunning monasteries and as the birth location of Dalai Lama.
This quaint little town is situated in the north-western region of India’s Arunachal Pradesh state and shares its boundary with Bhutan. It is approx. 183 km far from Bomdila at an altitude of 3,048 m above sea level. Tawang is not only historically rich, but it is also naturally. These historic wonders and stunning natural beauty attracts thousands of travellers to this place. Places like Tawang-Chu valley, Sela Pass, Sela Lake, Tawang Valley and Tawang Monastery are widely visited by tourists.
Places to Visit in Tawang
1. Tawang Monastery
Known as the second biggest monastery in the whole world, Tawang monastery is a gem of Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated at a height of around 3000 m up from the sea level. Tawang Monastery, also known as Golden Namgyal Lhatse is a 3-storeyed building. During the year of 1860-61, Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso founded this monastery to fulfil the wish of 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso. This 400 years old monastery is a residence for around 300 monks. The monastery is situated on the laps of Himalayan ranges with a scenic and picturesque surroundings and gives a breathtaking sight of the famous Tawang-Chu valley. This huge mansion has a giant statue of god Buddha of height 8 meters tall. The monastery celebrates several festivals every year which bring a vibrant and spiritual aura to this place.
The scenic location and background of the monastery attract thousands of tourists every year while the spiritual and religious importance of Tawang monastery attracts several pilgrims too. Undoubtedly, Tawang Monastery is a wonderful getaway far from the daily hustle bustle of city life and enjoy the serene lifestyle of Buddhist monks and their religious traditions.
2. Sela Pass
Connecting Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh to the rest of the country, Sela Pass works as a lifeline for the people of the state. Situated amidst the Himalayan ranges at a height of approx. 4170 m, Sela pass is one of most astounding place in Himalayan area makes the place heavenly. The place is entirely covered in snow which makes it even more enchanting and beautiful. The view of beautiful and stunning Sela Lake at Sela pass is a sight to behold. The view of this frozen lake is tranquil and immensely peaceful.
3. Nuranang Falls
Nuranang falls is one of the most outstanding and pristine fall in the country. Situated deep down in the forests of Tawang at completely virgin and unknown place, the Nuranang falls seems like a stunning white curtains of water which jumps down from about 100 m. This offbeat and virgin spot can be visited while your way from Bomdila to Tawang.
The setting of the waterfall is mesmerising with multiple high mountains at the back and thick lush green trees all around with the mist all around hanging at the hilltops. This overall setting is tranquil and refreshing. A quick dive in the crystal clear water of the falls will surely take away all your stress. While there, you can also visit Hydel plant which produce electricity from the waterfall water for the nearby places.
4. Madhuri Lake
Situated at a height of approx. 12,000 feet above the sea level, Madhuri lake or Sangetsar Lake is one of the most remote lakes in the country. Tucked amongst the Himalayan mountains, the entire decor of the lake is simply jaw-dropping. The lake got its name as Madhuri Lake because of its appearance in the famous Bollywood movie “Koyala” and so got its name after the main actress of the movie. The lake is situated at around 30 km from Tawang at north-east direction.
The lake is an important site of Buddhist followers from India as well as from Tibet who visits this place almost every year to pray. Madhuri lake is definitely an outstanding place lying in the heart of spectacular Himalayan mountains and beautifully lined tree trunks as its backdrop. The entire setting of the place is definitely going to amaze you and will refresh your soul.
5. Tawang War Memorial
The Tawang War Memorial is devoted to all the martyrs of 1962’s Indo-Sino War. This 40-feet colourful structure is located at the mighty Himalayan ranges overlooking the stunning Tawang – Chu valley.
6. Jaswant Garh
Jaswant Singh was the great warrior who lost his life in 1962 during the India -China war.This site is completely dedicated to this great warrior and is open for all so as to pay tribute to this courageous martyr. The place is located at around 21 km from famous Sela Pass.
How to Reach Here:
By Air: The place doesn’t have its own airport. The closest Domestic Airport is at Salonibari Airport, Tezpur which is about 6 hour from Tawang. This airport is well connected to nearest cities like Guwahati and Kolkata. The closest International Airport is at Guwahati which is around 480 Km far from Tawang and is connected to rest of the major Indian cities which includes Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Aizawl, Agartala, Imphal, Silchar, Lilabari, Dimapur and Jorhat.
By Road: Since Tawang lies in the remote area of India’s elevated Himalayan ranges, it does not have its own railway station or even an airport. To reach to this beautiful destination by road, Bomdila is the connecting point which connects Tawang and other cities of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. One can take local bus or can hire a car/jeep to reach to Tawang.
Best Time to Visit:
Tawang is mostly alpine. It experiences Summers from April to June where are short and weather is mostly mild. From November to February, this place experiences freezing cold and snowfall in the months of December – January and experiences slight monsoon from July to September months.
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