10 Reasons why you must visit Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang  is one of the most famous tourist destinations of  Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at the altitude of 10,000 ft above sea level, Tawang  holds you tight with its unparalleled natural beauty. The towering hills, breathtaking landscapes, narrow roads, mesmerizing natural surroundings, waterfalls, monasteries, and surely the simplicity of the Monpa Tribe make Tawang one of the most beautiful places on the earth.  Arunachal Pradesh is also the largest state of Northeast with an area of 83,743 sq km. The state is inhabited by 26 major tribes and over 100 sub-tribes. The major tribes are Adi, Galo, Aka, Apatani, Nyishi, Tagins, Bori, Monpa, and Bokar.

If you haven’t ever traveled to this part of India, I must tell you that you are missing out something, which is worth visiting at least once in your life. Here are 10 reasons why you must visit Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

    1. Tawang Monastery 


Tawang Monastery is Asia’s second largest monastery and India’s largest which controls 17 Gompas in the region. Tawang monastery is an important seat of Mahayana Buddhism. This world famous monastery of the Gelukpa was founded during the 17th century by Mera Lama Lodre Gyaltso, who is considered as a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. 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.

   2. Sela Pass 

Sela Pass is the one of the highest motor able passes at the altitude of 13,700 ft. The serene crystal blue water of Sela Lake surrounded by prayer flags is simply breathtaking.

     3. Nurannang Waterfalls

        Nurannang Waterfalls is one of the spectacular waterfalls in this part of the Northeast. This waterfall is famous for cold water and rainbow trout fish hatchery where one can go fishing in the chilly water. This waterfall is 12 KM away from Sela Pass.This is also known as Jang fall. 

4.Meet Monpa Tribe

Monpa tribe is one of the most popular tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. Mostly inhabited in Tawang, Monpas are known for their religious beliefs and humbleness. They practice Mahayana Buddhism. They are one of the friendliest tribes you would find in this region. 

   5. Jaswant Garh

 Located at a distance of 4 kms from Nuranang, Jaswant Garh is a memorial erected in the memory of Veer Jaswant Singh of the 4th Garhwal Rifles, who alone stopped the Chinese Army for 72 hours during the 1962 aggression. He won the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously at the Battle of Nuranang.

Any Army personnel on the way to the border makes it a point to stop and pay homage at the beautifully maintained memorial. The Indian army Jawans  at the outpost treat everybody passing through with tea.

 Jaswant Singh was shot by the Chinese when he attempted to stop their intrusion with just three hand grenades in his pocket. Interestingly, his personal stuffs are still kept in a small room with a narrow, neatly made bed. An HMT watch , Fresh towel ,  mirror, a pair of shoes,  an old woolen cap and bullet holes are still kept there  which apparently Jaswant Singh left behind. Its seems as if he is still alive. His uniform goes for a wash daily , his towel is changed regularly . The soldiers who polish his shoes everyday claim that they are often found the shoes covered with mud and believe that Jaswant Singh takes a stroll in the surrounding. Eight promotions have come to him after death and Jaswant is now a Captain. 

         6. Shonga-tser Lake 


Shonga-tser Lake is famously called Madhuri Lake. An earthquake in 1971 , resulted in the formation of Shonga-tser Lake, which until then was grassland. The lake is picturesque and surrounded by snow-capped mountains

7. Urgyelling Monastery

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Urgyelling Monastery is considered sacred as it is the birth place of Tsayang Gyatso , the sixth Dalai Lama.

   8.  Have Local food  

   Traditional Monpa food is based on Yak milk, soya bean, buckwheat, maize, barley, chili, and various indigenous vegetables and fruits.If you are in Tawang , you should definitely try the local cuisines of the tribes.

9. Have a glimpse of their Culture


Fairs and festivals have always been an integral part of the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh. Like other tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, the festivals of Monpas are also mostly associated with agriculture and religion. Monpas of Tawang celebrate number of festivals every year.

10.  Lastly, Just explore the paradise on the earth called Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh


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9 Replies to “10 Reasons why you must visit Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh”

  1. Inspiring post and I feel like planning it soon. Thanks for sharing this lovely post Parnashree !

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  3. This is an interesting post. After reading it, my sons, Akash and Adarsh have made up their minds to embark upon their own solo journeys to Tawang and many more places like it. Although the local food looks somewhat strange to me, but every region has its own cultures that have their own beauty. Good work.

  4. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Happy to know that your sons are inspired to go for a solo journey to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Keep Travelling and keep reading my blog for many more interesting destinations

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  6. A place I missed during my accident in Rickshaw Run.. I m hoping to visit soon Auranchal with the nice photos and description by you ! Btw have you been to kerala , that is also so pretty.. Dont forget to leave your two cents on photokatha 🙂

  7. @shutterbugruts Thank you for the comment. Arunachal Pradesh is simply gorgeous. Do visit this lovely place. I so want to visit Kerala …Hopefully will visit soon 🙂

  8. Thank you for this. Arunachal Pradesh is a awesome place.

  9. Beautiful pictures ….will definitely plan a trip a soon 😊😊

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