10 Reasons Why You Must Plan a Holiday in Tawang
Snuggled in the pristine beauty of North East India, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful places in India. Situated at the altitude of 10,000 ft above sea level, the town offer vacations that you cherish for a lifetime. The breathtaking landscape of towering hills, frozen lakes, waterfalls, mountain passes, is truly spectacular; but that is not all, the town is witness to ancient history. Monasteries, tribal culture, thrilling sports, hospitable people and relaxing getaway make Tawang one of best places for holidays in North East India.
Whether be it for family vacations in India, adventure or to escape the cities, Tawang is amazing. We choose the top reasons why you must visit Tawang:
A Visit to Tawang Monastery
The pride of the pictorial hill town, Tawang Monastery is Asia’s second largest monastery and India’s largest which controls 17 Gompas in the region. An important seat of Mahayana Buddhism, the famous Buddhist monastery in India of the Gelukpa was founded during the 17th century by Mera Lama Lodre Gyaltso. The notable delights of the monastery is imposing three-storied assembly hall, the 28 ft high golden statue of Lord Buddha, vast library with an impressive collection of ancient books and manuscripts. Do not miss to take a look at famous gold inscribed Buddhist scriptures Kangyur and Tangyur.
Pass through Sela Pass
Sela Pass at 13,700 ft, is one of the motorable high-altitude mountain passes in the world and an important reason why you must visit Tawang. The mountain pass is the only way to gain access to Tawang by road. The view of the Sela Pass in its snow-covered glory and views from the pass are truly out of the world. On the way of Sela pass, stop at the Paradise Lake. Like its name the lake is ethereal, you will be in love with it, at just one glance.
Explore Nuranang Waterfalls
Nuranang Waterfalls is one to the best places to visit in Tawang. The 100 meter-high waterfall appears in a milky white form. It is also called as Jang Falls, since it is close to the town of Jang. The falls are fed by Nuranang River which originates in the northern slopes of the famous Sela Pass and then merges with the Tawang River. The waterfall is said to be named after a girl of the Monpa Tribe who did a great service to a soldier to defend the country. Also, pay a quick visit to the Hydel power station nearby is open for visits. Nuranang Falls is one of best places to visit in June, as one can witness the fall in full might before the monsoon arrive and makes it a challenging expedition.
Meet Monpa Tribe
Arunachal Pradesh is the largest state of North East India, inhabited by more than 100 tribes and sub-tribes. Monpa tribe is one of the most popular tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. Mostly settled in Tawang, Monpas are humble religious folks, who open their doors and hearts to the visitors in town. Practicing Mahayana Buddhism, they have their own clothes, food, rituals, traditions festivals and way of life. Pay a visit to the Monpa tribe with your entire family.
Visit Jaswant Garh
A holiday in Tawang is not just about natural wonders, it is the land of unique beliefs. One such distinctive marvel is the shrine of a ‘wonder man’ Jaswant Garh. It is an attraction that must be visited in Tawang. The man worshipped as a deity here is Jaswant Singh Rawat of the Indian army. He is worshipped for his valor and said to protect the region till date. It is said that Jaswant Sing fought a lone battle against the invading Chinese troop during Indo-China war in 1962. He stood his position for 3 days at an altitude of 10000 ft and defended his country up until his last breath. Pay a visit to honor his memory.
Marvel at the beauty of Shonga-tser Lake (Madhuri Lake)
Shonga-tser Lake, famously called Madhuri Lake is one of the most scenic lakes in India and not just the North East. It is said that Shonga-tser was lush grassland but the lake was formed after an earthquake in 1971. The picturesque sight is one of the reasons why you must visit Tawang. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains it is beauty few can match to. Spending some time here is one of the best things to do in Tawang. Do not forget to get as many photographs as much as you can.
Urgelling Monastery is one of the popular tourist attractions in Tawang. It is considered sacred as it is the birth place of Tsayang Gyastso, the sixth Dalai Lama. The temple was built around 1487 and it became truly holy with the birth of the Sixth Dalai Lama, Tsanyang Gyatso on 1 March 1683. His Holy Highness was the descendant of the treasure revealer Pema Lingpa, and Tsewang Lhamo, hailing from a royal family of Bekhar Village.
Enjoy delicious local food
A taste of the delicious food is what makes a holiday truly memorable. Momos and thukpa are the delights of North East India, and you will find aplenty in Tawang but the unique taste comes from the traditional Monpa cuisine. The tribal cuisine is quite flavorsome and features a lot of chillies. Do try out the authentic dishes of Tawang like Zan, Khura and Gyapa Khazi.
Have a glimpse of their Culture
Influenced by the Tibetans and the Buddhist way of life, the culture of Tawang is one of the reasons why you must visit the scenic hill town of Arunachal Pradesh. Losar is one of the most important festivals in Tawang. It is considered to be the New Year festival, celebrated in February for 8-10 days. The charm of this festivity is the lion and yak dance. Torgya, celebrated in January is a ritual to chase away evil spirits. Other important festivals are Cheokor, Gaden Ngamchoe, Dukpa Tse-She and Saka Dawa.
A part of the way of life in Twang is the exquisite art, crafts, dances and music. Do take a look at the local splendid wood carving, Thangka painting, carpet making, weaving, wooden bowls and bamboo woven products.
Marvel or scale the Gorichen Peak
Tawang lures tourists from all over the world not just with its natural beauty but the thrilling scope of adventure. Gorichen Peak is the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh with 22500 feet height. The gorgeous mountain is not just a beautiful sight but is also considered sacred to the Mogpa tribe and possess a high challenge. The majestic peak offers adventure opportunities to seasoned climber, however, beginners will be able to trek in the area surrounding the mountain.
Now that you are aware of the reasons why you must visit Twang, plan a trip to North East. Enjoy beauty, adventure and bliss in its pure form!