Tawang: The ancient town in a wild land

Mountains are like a crown to Mother Nature, and clouds are the pears embedded on them. But when the mountain meets the clouds, the result is the epitome of beauty. This magic of nature prevails in the mesmerising town of Tawang.

The state of Arunachal Pradesh is wild and unexplored. The north-indian state is gifted, with captivating scenic beauty, serene monasteries, exotic wildlife in national parks, treasure-trove museums, tribal culture and lush surroundings. Let us discuss the peaceful town of Tawang.

Tawang: The magical town

The spell-binding town of Tawang is set amidst the eastern Himalayan ranges. The place has a rich history and is famous for its 400-year-old monastery. This ancient monastery is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in India, marking the place an important pilgrimage centre for the followers of Lord Buddha.

Geography of Tawang

The enchanting town is no short in natural beauty, which attracts and enthrals the traveller. Located in the north-eastern part of India is worlds most beautiful locations which are still decades behind in human exploitation and mechanisation, but are centuries ahead in the conservation of nature. One of the seven sisters Arunachal Pradesh hosts the fascinating town of Tawang. The place shares its boundary with neighbouring in Bhutan. The city, set in the tranquil Himalayas at the bewildering height of 3,048 metres above sea level, is a must visit.

Best time to visit Tawang

The enigmatic town experiences alpine climate. Summers, i.e. April to June in Tawang, is not prolonged and the temperature is mild. The winters can be harsh and the months of December and January experiences ravishing snowfall. The place also experiences scant rainfall during the monsoon in July-September.

The best time to visit this prepossessing town is in between the months of June and October.

History of Tawang

The place has a crucial role in Indian-Chinese history. During medieval times it was part of Kingdom of Tibet. Tawang was ruled by local tribal rulers for most of the ancient time. Later, after the colonisation by the British, this area was declared as off-limits in 1873. After the independence of India, it fell under the territory of Republic of India and the Chinese army invaded Tawang in 1962 but they later withdrew.

How to reach Tawang?

The geographical complexities of Tawang make it a bit inaccessible. There are no railway or airline services, connecting the place with the rest of the world. The only way to reach here is via road. But the 12 hours journey by a shared jeep or a 24 hours journey by a local bus is worth the pain because the road trip in the remote part of India amongst the lofty Himalayan ranges will appease your soul.

Places to visit in Tawang

The tourists come here to satisfy their soul in the placid environment and relish the beauty of nature.

1) The Tawang monastery -

This ancient monastery is the real treasure of Arunachal Pradesh. The monastery is also known as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse and is perched at the dazzling height of 3,000 metres above sea level which makes it the world's second highest monastery. The home for 300 monks offers the spellbinding view of the Tawang-Chu valley. The huge 8-meter long statue of Lord Buddha is the major attraction for tourists.

2) The Sela Pass -

This is one of the most magnificent Himalayan vista, also the lifeline for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 4170 meters the Sela pass and Sela lake is a gateway to Arunachal. The Sela Pass and the Sela lake are the most astounding bounty of nature blessed upon north-eastern India. The glittering snow and the rocky pass imprint the place with unforgettable beauty. Visit here and marvel at the magic of the Himalayas.

3) Gorichen peak -

Are you visiting Tawang to witness the magic of mountains? If yes, then Gorichen peak should be at the top of your list. Gorichen peak is the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh, and it is located between Tawang and West Kameng districts. The local Monpa tribe believe that 22,500 feet high sacred peaks of Gorichenprotects them from all the evils.

4) Madhuri Lake -

Arunachal Pradesh lies in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. Therefore it has numerous lakes, but none of them is as charming as the Madhuri Lake. The magnificent lake is also known as the Sangetsar Lake. The lake is named after the Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, who shot for her movie Koyla at this awe-inspiring location. The lake is located at the altitude of 12000 ft above sea level and is an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from India and Tibet who come here to offer their prayers and seek peace.

The tales of the rejuvenating beauty of Tawang are uncountable. Make sure you visit here at least once to get the spellbinding view of the mystic Himalayas.