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Tawang, Arunanchal Pradesh, India

    • by Nancy Vinay
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      Nestled in the cradle of the high peaks of Estern Himalayas, it the most beautiful place of Arunanchal Pradesh in India. If you are looking for some great holidays then this is the place. Also for people interested in Buddhist religion this can be a great trip. Arunanchal Pradesh being a protected area tourists are required to get an innerline permit/protected area permit from the competent authority. Being a domestic tourist we got the innerline permit deputy resident commissioner at Guwahati.

      The protected area permit for international tourists can be obtained for 10 days from ministry of home affairs, Govt of India at new delhi. For reaching Tawang we reached Guwahati by train and from there to Tezpur by road which is approx 200 kms. From Tezpur one has the option of going by bus or taxis for which there is abundant service. The route is Tezpur - Bhalukpong - Bomdila(140 km) - Tawang (185 km).

      This journey was made in one day by us.

      Passing through the Sela pass situated at a height of 13000 ft. The view from Sela was breath taking, as you are above the cloud level. Near Sela is the place called Nuranang where a war memorial of 1962 war with China is made, called Jaswantgarh in the memory of a gallant soldier of Indian Army who fought valiantly to protect his post.

      From Nuranang one gets the first view of the Majestic Tawang Monastery which is one of the grandest lamaseries of the Mahayana Sect in the Asia and the second largest monastery of the World, second only to that in Lhasa. It has a centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies. Situated on the Sela - Tawang stretch, just 40 kms short of Tawang is the Nuranang Water Falls. We stopped here enroute.

      there is micro hydel project providing electricity to the entire region. The water falls are so equisite in its grandeur that it should be unwise to miss it by any tourist.

      • We reached Tawang after last light, after travelling for almost 10 hours. Accommodation was fixed at the circuit house, located at the heart of Tawang overlooking the Grand Monastery.

        Besides this there are plenty of hotels with reasonable rates. Over the next few days we visited some places in and around Tawang, which included BTK (Bap Teng Kang) waterfalls (72 kms), Thingbu and Tsachu Hot water springs (68 kms), Rigyaling Gonpa, Takstang Monastery, Singsur Ani Gompa (Monastery for Females), Brama dung Chung Ani Gompa, Pangang Tang Tso lake (12 kms), Sangester lake (48 kms). The Tawang Monastery which is an institution unto itself. The seat of Buddhist culture is worth visiting.

        All these places are away from the hustle bustle of a busy city life and one gets real peace of mind visiting these. We also went to Bumla pass which is the border of India and China, a road leading from India into China here and both sides have military posts. Tawang has winters

        from October to March, snow fall from December to February. One must carry enough warm clothings.

        The Tawang market is well equipped otherwise. Famous for its traditional Buddhists paintings on cloth called Thangkas and shawls and carpet weaving are some of the handicrafts which will win your heart. Also one can get some real pearls, worth buying. The eating joints offer you a wide variety of local food.

        Momos(minced meat and onions in dough), Zan, Khura, Gyapa Khazi(fried rice), Thukpa(noodle with minced meat) to name a few. In the month of Jan-Feb Winter festival called Torgya is celebrated here and people from around the world visit here during this time. The colors of Tawang at its peak during this time. We were lucky to visit Twanag during this time of the year.

        Overall it was a week full of sight seeing and knowing one of the civilisation on earth which is colorful and mesemerizing. If you love nature and want to explore the Buddhist culture then Tawang is THE place.

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