Banga Jang Lake
Welcome to Tawang,
Tawang is a district in Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated at an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres (10,000 ft). Tawang receives snowfall every year during December-January. There is also a ski lift in town. Most of the travel from the plains is on a steep hill road journey, crossing Sela Pass at 4,176 metres (13,701 ft). Tawang shares boundaries with Tibet in the north, Bhutan in the south west and Sela range of West Kameng in the east. There are two legends about how Tawang derived its name. 'Ta' means horse and 'wang' means chosen. The site of the present monastery is believed to have been chosen by a horse owned by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso.
It is also the seat of the 400-year-old Tawang monastery, one of the oldest and the largest monasteries in India and the biggest outside of Lhasa. It has a handicrafts centre that promotes the small-scale industries for local handicrafts.
Banga Jang Lake, situated in the Banga Jang range, is one of the famous lakes located in proximity to Tawang Township. Every year pilgrims from across the globe visit the lake to acquire heavenly bliss and sanctity. In addition to this lake, there are several other lakes located in the Banga Jang range. According to belief, many pilgrims visiting this lake had an experience of witnessing deities in the lake in several images.
Bap Teng Kang Waterfall is situated 82 km away from Tawang. This 100 ft high waterfall is one of the most visited tourist spot in Tawang. Set amidst lush greenery, the waterfall offers spectacular sight to nature lovers. Popularly referred to as BTK waterfall, Bap Teng Kang's serenity elevates your spirits. The crystal clear water encourages you to indulge in swimming.
BongBong Waterfall, also known as Nuranang Waterfall is located at a distance of 2 km from Jang, which is the administrative circle headquarter of Tawang district. 40 km from Tawang, the waterfall offers beautiful view of milky water falling from height of approximately 100 m. A visit to this waterfall is included in the itinerary of tourists travelling to Arunachal Pradesh.
Brahma-dung-chung Ani Gompa is located at a distance of around 8 km from the Tawang town. It is one of the oldest Ani Gompa located in the north of Tawang Township. This Ani Gompa was constructed in 1595 AD by a Lama Karchen Yeshi Gelek of Tsang province of Tibet. At present, the place is also a home to 45 nuns, who are also known as Anis.
Bumla Pass is situated 37 kms away from Tawang. The Indo-China border that lies at 16000 ft altitude is the right place for you to assess your fitness level if you love adventure. As you go higher, you will be short of oxygen and your vehicle may not be your best companion to take you beyond a certain point. You might have come prepared for a trekking but may not be for the lack of oxygen and the chillness of the snow that penetrates deep inside. Since the road to Bumla may not be in the best of conditions throughout the year, the ideal time to visit the place to enjoy its limitless beauty would be from May to October. Bumla Pass was the passage used by Dalai Lama to escape from Tibet and to enter India.
Ghesila Range is located at a distance of 25 kilometre from Tawang Township. This range is also believed to be a protection wall for Tawang. The entire range runs along the north-eastern side of Tawang Township.
Tawang not only makes you feel one with nature but it stimulates the challenger in you. Gorichen Peak is the right place for the adventurer in you. Not only is Gorichen Peak the highest in Arunachal Pradesh with 22500 feet height but it also poses a high challenge to trekkers. The gorgeous Gorichen Peak offers magnificent views. Whether you scale the heights or not, you are sure to enjoy the matchless beauty of the majestic peak.
Gorsam Chorten, located at a distance of 90 kilometre from Tawang town, is the largest stupa of the entire area. Believed to be constructed in the early part of 12th century, it is founded by a Monpa monk, Lama Pradhar. On the top of the chorten is a semi-circular dome that rests up on a three-terraced plinth. In addition, on the lower most terrace of the plinth, there are four miniature stupas standing erect on the four corners. The base of this chorten is squared with each side about 170 feet in length with a niche running along its whole length. Moreover, there are around 120 manis set in the wooden frames. Encircling the stupa is a well paved path on which pilgrims go roundabout for praying, which is also known as Kora.
Gyangong Ani Gompa, perched on the top of a beautiful hillock is nunnery, is located at a distance of around 5 kilometre in the north of Tawang. Being home to about 50 Buddhist nuns, it was found by Mera Lam Lodre Gyamtso. This nunnery was subsequently offered to Mera Lam Lodre Gyamsto by his elder sister. This Nunnery is under the control and management of Tawang Monastery. In addition, the Tawang Monastery provides the things required for everyday needs of the nuns.
Jaswant Singh Rawat of the Indian army 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 without giving up until his last breath. Located 21 kms from Sela Pass towards the direction of Tawang, the post held by him to fight Chinese army is named as Jaswant Garh in honor of his memory.
Tawang has to offer every form of nature at its best to your eyes. Nuranang Waterfalls is one such wonderful attraction that Tawang offers. This spectacular 100 meter-high waterfalls is located 40 kms away from Tawang and it is also called as Jang Falls since it is close to Jang, a town between Tawang and Bomdila. Originating from northern slopes of the famous Sela Pass, Nuranang River forms the waterfalls and then plunges into Tawang river. The Hydel power station nearby is open for visits.
Pankang Teng Tso Lake, also called as Ptso Lake is situated 17 km from Tawang. The lake remains frozen during winter and area around the lake supports skiing. To enjoy the calm waters moving about slowly in an atmosphere where you could not miss even the smallest whispers of nature, you need to visit this place in summer. Radiant rhododendron flowers and birds in different hues could not be done justice even by the best of photographers.
Regyaling Gompa, constructed by the former Rigya Rinpoche, is located at a distance of 1 kilometre from Tawang Township. However, after his death, the charge of the Gompa was taken over by his secretary, Chang-sey. The monastery is surrounded by a lush green pine grove. The reincarnation of Rigya Rinpoche, Rev. Tenzin Tsedhar is presently completing his education in South India.
Sela Pass is amongst the most frequented tourist destination in the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. It owns the credit of being the only high-altitude mountain pass in the world that is motorable. This is the only way to gain access to Tawang by road. The views from Sela Pass are spectacular. If you venture to this place in winter, you will have before you a stunning view of snow-clad Sela Pass. You will find Paradise Lake on your way to Sela Pass. The lake, for the most part would be frozen during winter. The sunrays kissing the mountaintop give you a different version of the mountain. Summer or winter, you are sure to love the experience. Sela Pass is rightly called the 'Heaven on earth'.
Shonga-tser Lake is famously called Madhuri Lake. An earthquake in this region resulted in the formation of Shonga-tser Lake in 1971, which until then was grassland that served the cattle of the locals here. The lake with picturesque snow-capped mountains surrounding it and the valley offer spectacular views. You are encouraged to take a casual stroll along the pathways around Shonga-tser Lake. The lake is an absolute delight for the photographers.
Wood carvings, carpets and bamboo utensils made by Monpa tribals are exquisitely beautiful. Thanka paintings, hand-made papermaking are also worth a visit. Tawang has a good range of tourist souvenir shops which sell Buddhist prayer wheels in colourful wood, chadars (wrap skirts worn by local women), beautiful bags, shawls, brassware and Buddha statues.
Singsor Ani Gompa, one of the most beautiful and famous nunneries of Tawang District, is on the way to Geshila. Located at a distance of around 28 kilometre towards the west of the Headquarters of Tawang district, it is home to approximately 30 nuns. In 1960, the new Ani Gompa was constructed by the Rev. Gonpatse Rimpoche. However, the old Ani Gompa is still in existence, which is located amidst the 'Shaa' of nuns.
Situated 45 kms away from Tawang Township, Taktsang Gompa is believed to have been honored by Guru Padmasambhava's visit during the 8th century. Your eyes cannot feed enough on the spectacular views from here. The thick coniferous forest and lofty mountains surrounding the monastery, which is located on the ridge of a hill, render magic to the air. You are sure to be overwhelmed by the serene atmosphere that makes you feel one with nature.
Tawang Monastery, in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It is situated in the valley of the Tawang River, near the small town of the same name in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh, in close proximity to the Tibetan and Bhutanese border. Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to "celestial paradise in a clear night." It was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso.
A monastic festival usually celebrated in January every year. It is believed that celebrating the festival chases out evil spirits which usher in diseases and misfortunes. Monastic masked dances are performed in Cham-lang, courtyard of the Tawang Monastery.
Thingbu and Tsachu Hot Water Springs is the warm sulphur rich water in this hot springs cures many skin ailments. It lies on the Tawang Jang road.
Urgelling Gompa, one of the first three monasteries built by Urgen Sangpo, is believed to have been present in Tawang since 14th century. Urgen Sangpo was the youngest brother of the famous Treasure-Revealer, Terton Pempalinga. Located at a distance of 3 km from Tawang Township, this place is believed to be the birthplace of His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Tashi. His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama, born in 1683, was the son of Lama Tashi Tenzin. Lama Tashi Tenzin resided in Urgelling Village and was a descendant of Terton Pempalingpa.
War Memorial, a 40 foot high multi-hued memorial, has a structure constructed in stupa design. Dedicated to the martyrs of Sino-India War held in 1962, this memorial is nestled among beautiful peaks, which overlooks the Tawang-Chu valley. Popularly known as Namgyal Chorten, the memorial has names of 2,420 dead soldiers. The names of the soldiers are etched in gold on around 32 black granite plagues. War Memorial comprises two memorial halls. One of the halls has the collection of personal articles of martyrs, while the other is used for sound and light shows, depicting their heroic deeds. The entire memorial was blessed by Dalai Lama. In addition, the Holy Scriptures and idols of Lord Buddha and Arya Avlokiteshwara were also sent by Dalai Lama to this memorial. These idols have been kept in the vaults of the stupa.
- Cheokar Festival, Losar Festival, Khinmey Gonpa etc.