Tawang is a quaint town situated on the corner of Arunachal Pradesh
with Bhutan on its East, is a gorgeous place that was in history part of Tibet and inhabited by Monpa people. Tawang is till date occupied frequently by this tribe of people. One of the most significant place of attraction in this town is the Tawang Monastery
. Tawang Monastery is the biggest Buddhist monastery in India and the second biggest in the world, making it the most vital site of pilgrimage in India for Buddhists
. Also recognized as Galden Namgey Lhatse which literally means 'celestial paradise in a clear sky', the beautiful monastery really live up to its name. It is perched on top of a mountain at a fearsome altitude of 10,000 ft, which give a brilliant panoramic view of the whole Tawang River Valley, that is spread with lofty snow-capped mountains and lush green thickets of coniferous trees. The monastery belong to the Gelug, also identified as Yellow Hat, sect of Mahanaya Buddhism.
History Of Tawang Monastery :-
The majestic monastery was recognized in 1680-81 by Merek Lama Lodre Gyatso, obeying the instructions of the 5th Dalai Lama. The monastery
had to be built as a fort, as a suspicious structure. This was because it used to be conquered by the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism, and the Drukpas of Bhutan tried to take control of this part of Tawang. Up until the 1914, the monastery was proscribed by Tibet, and after signing an agreement, it came under the control of British Raj.
All days of the week
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
no entry fee
Best Time To Visit Tawang:-
Visit Twang between March to August when the town faces a pleasingly chilly climate. If you wish to witness snowfall
, in the early hours winter season of October to December is the right time to enjoy the snow as well as be able to go on sightseeing