Did you ever think of running away from everything? From the day to day chaos and spend some time in peace, adoring nature? Then a trip to Tawang will fulfill your wish. Tawang is a destination where you can refresh and rejuvenate your soul. Tawang is the hidden gem of India and also called the Earthly paradise in India. As such there are many tourist places in Tawang Arunachal Pradesh.
Tawang is a hilly area located in Arunachal Pradesh. It acts as a border for India, China, and Bhutan. Tawang is situated approximately 10,000 ft above sea level.
It has more than 30 places to visit, from the most peaceful Buddhist monastery to the most adventurous snow skiing, all kinds of people have something to cherish in this alluring destination. Tawang is dependent on tourism and is known for its panoramic landscapes, water bodies, and spiritual significance.
The name Tawang originates as “Ta” means horse and “Wang” means green pastures. They also say it means “The Chosen Horse”. It formerly belonged to the Tibet region. During the Sino-Indian war of 1962, China invaded Tawang but later withdrew its troops. By the end of the war, Tawang was claimed by India.
The Tawang district was formed in 1989 being split from West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh. It once served as district headquarters of West Kameng and now is the district headquarters of Tawang district.
People and culture
Monpa tribes of Arunachal Pradesh form most of the population. Besides them, some other tribes are also found. Assamese and Bengalis are also found in small numbers. The people here are simple, helpful, and peace lovers.
Their culture is highly influenced by Tibetans and Buddhist way of life. They have three important festivals named Torgya, Lossar, and Choekhor harvest.
Their official language is English and natives speak Bodish, Tshangla, Tibetan and Limbu, and Hindi languages. Gyapa khazi, momos, thupka are the famous meals in this place.
The climate of Tawang is alpine. Three main seasons of winter, summer, and monsoon can be experienced throughout the year. Winter from November to February with temperatures varying from 5 to -2 degrees Celsius.
Summer can be seen from March to June noting the temperatures from 5 to 22 degrees Celsius. Monsoon is experienced in July to October with moderate rainfall.
Best time For Tawang Tour
It solely depends on what the visitor wants to experience and explore in Tawang. If you are a winter person and enjoy snowfall, then the winter season is the perfect time to visit. However, it can get hard to move around the places for sightseeing in the biting cold weather.
If you want to enjoy pleasant and clear weather then the summer would be the best. However, it is not advisable to visit Tawang during the rainy season as the condition may become worse due to landslides.
Tawang is a fusion of exquisite places and the list goes on as there are many admirable sites in and around Tawang Arunachal Pradesh.
Most interesting sites to visit in Tawang
For Peace seekers:
There are few Buddhist monasteries like The Tawang monastery Arunachal Pradesh was built 400 years ago and is the second-largest monastery in the world and is currently the largest active monastery. Other monasteries include Samten Yotcha Monastery, Taktsang Gompa, Bomdila Monastery, Urgelling Gompa Monastery – where the sixth Dalai Lama was born.
For Adventure hunters:
The first choice would be Bumla pass which is wild and serene. Trekking can be done in the Jang-ra-1 route, Leisure-mukto-lumla route, and Tawang gompa.
Gorichean peak is both adventurous and famous for its scenic beauty. Gorichean peak is the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh.
For Nature lovers:
Sela Pass gives a stunning view of the eastern Himalayas and the pristine Sela Lake is also found here. Madhuri lake, named after the leading actress in Koyala, is also known as Sangestar lake. It is a perennial lake with a combination of rocky mountains.
Nuranang falls gives a spectacular view of the pure waterfall from 100 meters high. There is also a hydel plant generating electricity from the waterfalls. P.T. Tso Lake is the perfect spot for a family picnic amidst the allure of nature. Nagula lake is also an artistic creation of nature that gives a panoramic view.
For honoring the bravery:
Jaswanth Garh was built in the memory of Jaswanth Singh Rawat, who lonely battled against invading Chinese troupe. Tawang War Memorial is dedicated to 4220 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting the Chinese army in the Sino-Indian war of 1962.
There are market places where Tawang’s famous wood carvings and handlooms are available.
There is the availability of a cable car when weather permits which helps to have an aerial view of this magnificent place.
The visitors need an Inner line permit(for Indians) and Protection Area Permit(for foreigners) to visit places in Arunachal Pradesh. You can visit Tawang with your family and you do not have to worry about your security.
It is one of the most visited tourist spots so you must ensure that you book your hotel room beforehand itself. It is better to carry essential medicines for mountain sickness.
Woolen clothes, leather jackets, mufflers, and sweaters need to be carried as well. The schedule of the trip should be planned flexibly as the weather is not always favorable.
It is not advisable to travel during the dark.
How to Reach Tawang Arunachal Pradesh
Roadways are most accessible to Tawang. Airways and Railways are connected only with the nearest towns or cities.
The nearest airport is Salonibari Airport located in Tezpur Assam. Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati is around 497 kilometers away from Tawang. You can reach Tawang from Guwahati via a helicopter ride as well!
The nearest railway station is Rangapara in Tezpur, Assam connected with cities like Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, etc. The railway station at Guwahati is connected with all major cities of India.
There are frequent buses of Arunachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation from Bombidila to Tawang. The journey time is 11 hours and is very economical.
Travel inside the city:
Shared cab and rental cab services are most available.
Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh offers everyone a chance to explore and relish the beauty. Fused with culture, nature, and patriotism, Tawang represents the full-fledged glory of our Bharat.
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