Tawang monastery which literally means the Horse Chosen was found in 17th century by Mera Lama Lodre Gyaltso who is considered as a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. The name is associated with a legend. It is one of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monasteries in India. It is also popular as the birth place of 6th Dalai Lama. The monastery is in the shape of fountain head of the spiritual life of the people of this region.
Highlights of the Place
It is Asia's second largest monastery and India's largest which controls 17 Gompas in the region. The highlights of this monastery are the imposing three-storied assembly hall and the 28 ft high golden statue of Lord Buddha. There is also a big library which has an impressive collection of ancient books and manuscripts. The famous Buddhist gold inscribed scriptures Kangyur and Tangyur are preserved here.
There are also beautiful natural Lakes in Tawang like the Sangetsar Lake which is known for its scenic surroundings as well as rare avi-fauna like snow pigeon and musk deer and the PTso Lake for its picturesque landscape.
Best Time to Visit
The best season to visit Tawang is the summer season and the onset of monsoon season. The best months are March to June and September and October when the temperature remains calm and pleasant.
5 Star/ Luxury Hotel
- Tawang View Hotel
- Hotel Alpine
- Hotel Shipyang Pong
- Tsepal Yongjam
- Welcome heritage Pemaling
- Hotel Nefa
How to Reach
Tezpur airport is the best and the closest option for those traveling by air.
Tezpur has the nearest railhead around 160 km.
Buses are available for Tawang from Tezpur and other parts of the region.