Arunachal Pradesh Tawang Hill Station
The Tawang district covers an area of 2085 sq km and it is bordered by Bhutan of the South west and Tibet of the North and of the eastern side Sela ranges are present that separates it from the district of west Kameng. According to the interpretation of the people of Tawang, the name to this place was given of the seventeenth century by Mera Lama.
The Tawang district is located of the state of Arunachal Pradesh of India and is also known as the Land of Monpas. This district has an average elevation of 10000 ft above the sea level. Tawang is famous for an old monastery which dates back to 400 years. The Tawang Monastery comes of the largest monasteries of India. Tawang is the main core of Buddhist learning as well.
The name of the place is after the majestic monastery located here. It is a kind of place that seems to belong to the other world. The monastery has the capacity of housing more than 700 monks. Merag lama LodreGyatso founded this monastery of the year 1681.It was founded of order to fulfill the wish of 5th Dalai Lama, NagwangLobsangGyatso. There is a legend associated with the name of Monastry. Ta means horse and Wand means chosen. So the name indicates to be the place that has been chosen by the horse. It is said that the Merag lama’s horse chose the site for the monastery. Merag Lama was not able to decide where to establish the monastery. One day while he was praying inside a cave, he asked for the divine guidance for the same. After coming out of the prayers he found that his horse was missing. The horse was discovered from a top of the hill, standing quietly at that very site. Merag Lama considered it as a divine sign and built the monastery at that place with the help of the volunteers belonging to the nearby villages. The Monastry is still maintained by the villagers. It is also called as GaldenNamgeyLhatse which means celestial paradise.
How To Reach
Tezpur airport, located at a distance of 345 km from Tawang is the nearest airport. The bus facility is available from the airport to reach Tawang.
Bhalukpong located at a distance of 285 km from Tawang and Rangapara of Assam are the closest railheads from Tawang.
The Bus service and taxis are available at regular intervals and from the places like Tezpur, of assam and Bomdilla.From here tawang is located at a distance of 180 km. it takes ten hours to reach Tawang from these places. To other towns of Arunachal Pradesh and assam, the place is well connected via Bomdila.
Places To Visit
Tawang Galden Namgyal Lhatse
Tawang Galden Namgyal Lhatse is popularly known as Tawang Monastery. It is a piritual center of the universe for the Monpas, which was established byMera Lama. Merag lama LodreGyatso founded this monastery of the year 1681. It was founded of order to fulfill the wish of 5th Dalai Lama, NagwangLobsangGyatso.
It is a war memorial which is located on the route of the Tawang monastery. It is located at a distance of 21 km, ahead to the town of Tawang. The place has been established to venerate the courage shown by the martyrs during the Indo China war of the year 1962. It is mainly dedicated to Rifleman Jaswant Singh who was killed by the invaders from China.
The library contains thousands of books which are block printed and contains dissertations on the Mahayana Buddhism subjects.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
The climate of Tawang is moderate and remains pleasant during the major part of the year. During most of the months the rainfall occurs here and the amount of rainfall is quite heavy during the monsoons. The temperature during the winters also drops down to the freezing point. The best time to visit this place is during the summer season from the month of March to October. The Losar festival is celebrated during the early month of March because the Losar festival is celebrated here by the Monpas. Heavy rainfall occurs during the winters hence the roads are blocked for a particular time period during winters. It should be avoided to visit Tawang during the heavy monsoons that occur from July to September.
Languages And Culture
Tawang is famous for an old monastery which dates back to 400 years. The Tawang Monastery comes of the largest monasteries of India. Tawang is the main core of Buddhist learning as well. The Tawang Monastery comes of the largest monasteries of India. Tawang is the main core of Buddhist learning as well. It is of the Geluga sect and also connected to the Drepung Monastery of Lhasa.
The town also has a handicrafts center which was established with the aim to promote the small scale industries of India for the local handicrafts. The wide range of shawls, Woolen carpets, and other handicrafts are available here. Many good Chubbas and shoes are also available here. Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, English and Monpa are the main languages spoken here.
Tawang - Tourist Lodge
This lodge is located at the old market of Tawang. of the year 1994 it was opened for the tourists. The distance of Lodge from the Guwahati airport is around 640 km. There are 47 rooms of the lodge and all of them are Non AC. The tariff ranges between Rs 300 to Rs 1100.
Address: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Buddha Hotel, Tawang
Buddha Hotel located close to the Old market of Tawang, was opened for the guests of the year 2004. This hotel has eight non AC rooms and is located at a distance of 620 km from the Guwahati airport. The amenities available includes hot as well as cold water supply, room service, television etc.
Address: Old Bazar Line, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh - 790104, India
Festivals And Activities
It is a New Year festival which is celebrated by the Monpas. Thi festival is celebrated during the last days of the month of February and the early days of March. The duration of the festival is around 8 to 15 days. Yak and liondances are performed during the festival.
This festival is celebrated on the 28th day of the 11th month of the Lunar calendar each year. The festival is generally celebrated January. It is celebrated of order to ruin away the evil spirits which are responsible for human disease and also misfortunes related to the humanbeings as well as the crops. It also aims to get rid of the natural calamities. The Monastic dance is celebrated during the festival of the tawang monastery’s court yard called Cham-lang.
The other activities that can be enjoyed at this hill spot are trekking , hiking and other outdoor adventures.
Hotel Gakyi Khang Zhang, Tawang
Hotel Gakyi Khang Zhang is situated close to the DC Office of Tawang. This is the nearest hub of transportation to Twang and it is located at a distance which can be covered by a 7 hour journey by the road. There are thirty rooms of the hotel of all the categories like deluxe, suite, business,and presidential suite. All the facilities like internet, wifi, LCD Tvs, Air conditioning are provided.
Address: Near D.C.Office, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh - 790104, India
Siddhartha Hotel, Tawang
The hotel is built ona nice location and the rooms are neat an dclean and reasonable and food quality is also good
Tariff is between rs 900-1400
Address: Nehru Market, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Bus and jeeps are available as local transport. The taxis are available to travel to the tourist sites like War Memorial,Monastery, Emporium etc. The vehilces like Tata Sumo or Mahindra Bolero are available to move to the sites outside the tawang like India-China border at Bumla, Shungetsar or Madhurilake, P T So lake etc.
Pankang Teng Tso Lake
It is a beautiful lake located around Tawang. This lake is located at a distance of 17 km from the town area. Other lakes include Banggachang Lake and Sangetser Lake.
Guwahati is 284 km away from Tawang. It was the former capital of the state of Assam. The city is having rich history that dates back to the sixth century A.D.
Tawang has a handicrafts center which was established with the aim to promote the small scale industries of India for the local handicrafts. The wide range of shawls, Woolen carpets, and other handicrafts are available here. Many good Chubbas and shoes are also available here.