Everything you need to know about the destination
Located in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh is the hill station of Tawang. The place offers a unique experience to travelers, rich in history, culture and gastronomy, among others. Here is your guide to traveling to the mountain destination and everything you need to know about the place. By Anouchka Goel
History of Tawang
Tawang, located in Arunachal Pradesh, shares a border with Tibet (China) and one with Bhutan. The stunning Himalayan destination is not too easy to reach, but makes for a scenic destination. With snow capped peaks, pleasant lakes, pleasant weather and friendly and hospitable people, it is quite lucrative for tourists. The sleepy city is also the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama, as well as the destination of the Sino-Indian War. This gives it a rich historical past that is definitely worth exploring.
Apart from all this, the destination offers surreal views of mountains, hamlets, sleepy villages, magical Gompas, tranquil lakes and much more, allowing you to get up, get closer to nature, culture and religion.
Tawang is home to several monasteries, including Tawang Monastery (after which the town is named). This monastery is the largest in the whole world and has been around for years now. The place evokes a sense of calm and calm that is unique to the city, and all of this combined with its ethereal beauty, abundance of flora and fauna, and views that you can gaze at for hours, in fact a popular travel destination among nature and adventure. passionate.
Best time to visit the city
Summers and the monsoon are the ideal times to visit the northeast destination, as the ambient weather and manageable temperature will ensure you are comfortable as you walk around and explore its beauty. So plan your trip between March and October, avoiding the peak rainy season at this time, for the trip of a lifetime.
Things to do in Tawang
Tawang Monastery is the largest monastery in the whole world and attracts pilgrims, monks and tourists every year. The place can accommodate up to 700 monks and overlooks the Tawang district, offering some of the best views in town. The main altar here has a large Buddha statue, around 27 feet tall, which is one of the main attractions here.
Urgelling Monastery is the birthplace of the Dalai Lama VI. The monastery is around 400 years old and was destroyed during the Mongol attacks and the Tibeto-Bhutanese battle. Today, there are a few remnants of the place, as well as a sacred tree planted by the Dalai Lama. The place offers a serene and peaceful environment that attracts visitors.
Jaswant Garh Memorial
Nestled amid the snow-capped peaks, a little ahead of Sela, is the Jaswant Garh War Memorial. The place is dedicated to the sepoy of the Indian army, who lost his life in the Sino-Indian war and later received the Maha Vir Chakra for his bravery.
Drive over one of the highest motorable passes in the world as you cross Sela Pass. The place offers breathtaking views as well as Lake Sela, a clear and crystal clear body of water that is sure to please!
Bum La Passe
About 37 kilometers from Tawang is Bum La Pass, an important place in Tawang. The place is known for its mesmerizing beauty and is a great place for sightseeing. However, be sure to plan your visit here, as you need a permit to visit.
See the lakes
Legend has it that Tawang is home to around 101 lakes. While you can’t visit them all, be sure to witness the clear waters and blue sky views of at least a few of them.
The magnificent waterfall falls from a height of 100 meters, making it a sight to behold. The beautiful waterfall also often witnesses rainbows and will make your photography sessions even more special here.
How to get to the place
The nearest airport is at Tezpur, Assam. From there, book a taxi to cover the distance, which will introduce you to mesmerizing views, clean air, clear skies and more.
Distance from Tezpur: 331 kilometers
Cost of trip to Tawang
Six-night Tawang tour packages cost around INR 28,000 per person, on average.
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