''Tawang is located in the north-west part of Arunachal Pradesh and is the district headquarters of the Tawang Distict. Situated at an elevation of 3,048 meters and is famous for being the birth place of the sixth Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso and is home to the largest Buddhist Monastery in India. Tawang also remains an important pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists.
Tourists flock the region in pursuit of peace and tranquillity. Tawang travel guide is full of references to the exciting sceneries and tranquil spots in and around the area. Gorsam Chorten, Tawang War Memorial, Sela Pass, Nuranang Falls, Tawang Monastery and Jaswant Garh are the jewels of the city. It is widely believed that the city has got its name from one of the most ancient and the biggest Buddhist monasteries in the country, Tawang Monastery and the name ‘Twang’ is a combination of ‘Ta' meaning Horse and 'Wang' meaning Chosen.
PLACES AROUND TAWANG
Tawang Monastery - Tawang Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries of India.It is also known as Galden Namgyal Lhatse. The monastery has an 18 feet high , gold painted statue of Gautam Buddha. The monastery was founded by Mera Lama in the mid-17th century.
Pankang Teng Tso Lake - There are beautiful lakes around Tawang, the most being Pankang Teng Tso Lake. It is 17 km away from maddening crowd of township.
Monpa Tribe - The picturesque Tawang girdled by lofty hills, is the home of the Monpas. There are various versions how this land came to be known as ' Tawang'. The Monpas are of Mongoloid descent. There are legends that the Monpas emigrated from Bhutan and Tibet at different times.
Tawang Library - The library is a repository of thousands of block-printed commentaries and treatises on the subject of Mahayana Buddhism. This is a valuable resource for Buddhist scholars in the region.
Bomdila - Bomdila is 185 km from Tawang, which is also a major link between Tawnag and other parts of India.
War Memorial - This 40 feet high war memorial was built in memory of all those soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation in the 1962 Sino-Indian war.
Best time to visit Tawang
The best time to visit Tawang is from March to October, this is when the weather is most pleasant.
HOW TO REACH THERE
Air: The Tezpur airport is the closest airport to Tawng and is connected by flight to cities like Guwahati and Kolkata. One can hire a taxi from Tezpur to reach Tawang.
Rail: The closest railhead to Tawang is at Tezpur, which is located at a distance of 160 km from Tawang, but has limited connectivity to other cities. Another convenient option to get to Tawang is from Guwahati. Here is a list of train's connection to Guwahati.
Road: There are regular bus services available from Tezpur to Tawang. Apart from buses, shared taxis are also available to Tawang.
Fast Facts about Tawang
State: Arunachal Pradesh
Famous for/as: Scenic
Languages: English, Tibetan and Hindi
Best Season: March to October
Weather: Tropical type; hot in summers, chilly in winters
Altitude: 2669 m
STD code: 03782
Distance Charts to Tawang
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