Tawang is both historically and naturally endowed. It is located at a distance of 183 Kms from Bomdila and is situated at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level. It is famous for its monasteries and also as the birth place of Dalai Lama. The natural beauty and solitude of Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi ranges, Tawang chu River and Tawang valley are very mesmerizing.
The beautiful town of Tawang, also pronounced as Dawang has many sceneries to make your trip a picturesque one. However, what begins to define the area is its significance for Buddhist monks. Tawang is the place to go for monasteries, with the Tawang Monastery being the most popular one and extremely sacred for the Buddhists.
These are the reasons why you need to visit tawang:
Festivals of Tawang!
There are two major religious festivals of the Monpas viz “LOSAR” and “TORGYA”. Both festivals are celebrated once annually. The LOSAR s celebrated to the commencement of New year. Every third year of Torgya, the festival of Dungyur is celebrated. Both “Dungyur and Torgya” festivals are celebrated at the premises of the Tawang Monastery with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm.
There are many beautiful glacial lakes in and around Tawang with crystal blue waters such as Sela lake, P.T.Tso lake, Sangetser lake, Banggachang lake and many more. These remain frozen in winter while in summer they become haven for migratory birds.
Pass through Sela Pass
The Sela Pass is the high-altitude mountain pass located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh state of India. It has an elevation of 4170 m (13,700 ft) connects the Buddhist city of Tawang Town
to Tezpur and Guwahati and is the main road connecting Tawang with the rest of India. Tawang is situated at a distance of 78 km from Sela Pass while Guwahati is at a distance of 340 km.The pass has hardly any vegetation and is usually snow-covered to some extent all through the year. During winter temperature in the pass can go down to −10 degrees. This place is snowed in most of the year and offers excellent and heavenly views all year round.
Tawang not only makes you feel one with nature but it stimulates the challenger in you. Gorichen Peak is the right place for the adventurer in you. Not only is Gorichen Peak the highest in Arunachal Pradesh with 22500 feet height but it also poses a high challenge to trekkers. The gorgeous Gorichen Peak offers magnificent views. Whether you scale the heights or not, you are sure to enjoy the matchless beauty of the majestic peak.
Bap Teng Kang Waterfall
Bap Teng Kang Waterfall is situated 82 km away from Tawang. This 100 ft high waterfall is one of the most visited tourist spot in Tawang. Set amidst lush greenery, the waterfall offers spectacular sight to nature lovers. Popularly referred to as BTK waterfall, Bap Teng Kang’s serenity elevates your spirits. The crystal clear water encourages you to indulge in swimming
Meet the Monpa tribe
The inhabitants of the districts are all of Monpa tribes except Shyo village which is dominated by people of Tibetian origin. Monpas are humble religious folks, who open their doors and hearts to the visitors in town. Practicing Mahayana Buddhism, they have their own clothes, food, rituals, traditions festivals and way of life. Pay a visit to the Monpa tribe with your entire family.
Enjoy mouth watering food!
The tribal cuisine of Tawang is quite flavorsome and features a lot of chillies. You must try out the authentic dishes of Tawang like Zan, Khura and Gyapa Khazi.
Tawang Monastery, located in Tawang city of Tawang district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to “celestial paradise in a clear night”.