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About Tawang

Are you looking for an escape into the hilly abode of Arunachal Pradesh? If yes, then Tawang is a perfect pick for you. Situated at an altitude of 3048 meters amidst the mighty Himalayas, Tawang is known for its picturesque landscapes, waterfalls and spiritual significance. Whether you want to soak in the charm of nature or explore the rich heritage of north-east, the town has something for everyone. 

The quaint hill station is also famous for its several Buddhist monasteries which see a massive influx of travellers throughout the year. From the mesmerizing ranges of Gudpi to ethereal Tawang valley and Madhuri Lake, the sightseeing spots in Tawang will spoil you for choices. One can’t leave this place without hiking the spectacular Gorichen Peak which offers surreal vistas of the town.Apart from being a hilly abode, Tawang is also home to many glacial lakes including Sangetser and Sela which boast of crystal blue waters. The place is an ideal vacation spot for those who wish to take a break and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Most of the peace seekers visit here to meditate at the Taktsang Gompa, a pilgrimage site surrounded by mountains and coniferous trees. March to September remains the most preferred time to explore this beautiful hill station. 

However, if you wish to experience some enthralling adventure sports, visit here in the winter months, when there are ample opportunities for skiing. If you are planning your vacation in February and March, don’t forget to attend the festival of Losar which is celebrated in the Tawang monastery.

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What is there to see in Tawang?

Here is a list of famous places to visit in Tawang:

1. Sela Pass:
Situated at an altitude of 4170 meters, Sela Pass is a lifeline for the natives of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the only pass that links Tawang to the rest of the country. Apart from its geographical significance, it is also known for its mystical beauty and snow-clad hills. If you want to get the vivid views of Eastern Himalayas, look no further than Sela Pass.

2. Tawang Monastery:
Popularly known as Golden Namgyal Lhatse, Tawang Monastery is one of the key places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh. Being the second largest monastery in the world, it houses around 300 monks. It is perched amidst alluring Himalayan ranges from where one can relish the awe-inspiring views of Tawang-Chu Valley.

3. Madhuri Lake:
One of the unexplored lakes in the country, Madhuri Lake is nestled at an altitude of 12000 feet. The serene beauty is just 30 Km away from Tawang and offers spellbinding views of rocky mountains and turquoise blue water. The lake got popular after its appearance in the Bollywood movie, Koyla.

4. Nuranang Falls:
Situated amidst the dense forests of Tawang, Nuranang Falls is reckoned as one of the most spectacular waterfalls in India. It is an offbeat destination in Tawang where you can relish some peaceful moments in the laps of nature. The 100-meter high waterfall is surrounded by lush green hills which quadruples the charm of this place.

5. Tawang War Memorial:
Tawang War Memorial is a vibrant 40-feet tall structure dedicated to the martyrs of India-Sino War, 1962. The memorial overlooks the enticing valley of Tawang-Chu and is surrounded by snow-clad Himalayan peaks. If you wish to delve into the rich history of the town, War Memorial is a must-visit place for you.

6. Gorichen Peak:
Cradled between Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, this peak is truly a sight to behold. It is nestled at an altitude of 22500 feet and is just 164 Km from Tawang district. The local tribes of Tawang regard this peak as a sacred spot which protects them from all the evils. It is also frequented by a large number of trekkers and mountaineers.

7. P.T Tso Lake:
It is situated at a distance of 25 Km from Tawang. Owing to its picturesque surroundings,  P.T Tso Lake has emerged as a popular spot among the locals. If you are looking for a tranquil location to relish the natural vistas of Tawang, this lake is where you need to be.

8. Jaswant Garh:
Jaswant Garh is a historical site located at a distance of 21 Km from Sela Pass. This mesmerizing site is dedicated to Jaswant Singh, the brave martyr who got killed in the historic Indo-China War, 1962. 

9. Bumla Pass:
If you are looking for a challenging trekking spot, look no further than Bumla Pass. Located at a distance of 37 Km from Tawang, Bumla Pass will undoubtedly set your adrenaline pumping. Though the roads to the pass are not in their best conditions throughout the year, you can enjoy your visit to this pass from May to October.

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Why is Tawang famous?

Tawang is a beautiful district in Arunachal Pradesh which has gained extensive popularity for its captivating sightseeing spots. From Gorichen Peak to Madhuri Lake, Nuranang Waterfalls and Sela Pass, the list of touristy places in Tawang is endless. Besides being famous for its natural splendour, Tawang is known for its 400-year old monastery, i.e., Tawang Monastery. It is a Buddhist Monastery and a prominent pilgrim centre among the locals. Another reason for the popularity of Tawang is its rich culture and traditions. A single visit to this place will introduce you to the old-age rituals of the local tribes.

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Which is the best time to visit Tawang?

March to September is an ideal duration to plan your Tawang trip. During this time, the Tawang region witnesses a moderate temperature which is perfect for sightseeing.  If you want to bask in nature’s glory, you can also visit here during the monsoon season. However, winter months are not considered favourable for Tawang trip as the region turns frigid during this season. In the winter season, the temperature might drop to as low as 1 degree Celsius.

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How can I go to Tawang?

By Air:
Situated at a distance of 480 Km, Guwahati Airport is the nearest international airport to Tawang. It is well-connected to all the major cities of India including Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi. You can also catch a flight from Tezpur airport, which is directly connected to Guwahati.

By Road:
If you want to opt for a road trip to Tawang, hire a cab from Tezpur or avail the Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation bus services.

By train:
Rangapara Railway Station is the nearest station from Tawang. It is just 383 Km away from Tawang and is well-connected to all the major cities of North-east India.

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What is the meaning of the word Tawang?

The word Tawang is formed by the conjunction of two words from the Monpa dialect, namely “Ta” and “Wang”. While “Ta” means horse, “Wang” is indicative of green pasture land. The local tribes believe that in the 17th century, a Tibetan monk, Mera Lama saw a beautiful horse in the valley. Captivated by the beauty of the furry horse, Lama tried to capture him. But the horse suddenly disappeared. The monk kept searching for the horse and ended up at a serene spot. He fell in love with that surreal place and built a Buddhist Monastery at the same location. The town which developed around the monastery was later named as Tawang.

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Is there snowfall in Tawang?

The magnificent town of Tawang witnesses alpine weather. While the summers here are mild and short, winters are quite cold. In the months between July and September, the town sees scanty rainfall. If you want to enjoy the snowfall in Tawang, visit here in December and January months.

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How can I go to Tawang from Guwahati?

One can travel from Guwahati to Tawang either by rail, road, or air. However, the best way to reach Tawang from Guwahati is by road. Guwahati is just 488 Km away from Tawang. To cover this distance, you can take a cab or bus from Guwahati and head towards the ethereal town of Tawang.

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How far is Tawang from Guwahati?

Guwahati is 488 Km away from Tawang. One can cover this distance in approximately 9 hours.

Is ILP required to visit Tawang?

Yes, ILP is needed to visit Tawang. If you are coming to Guwahati via flight, you can get ILP from Arunachal Pradesh Tourist Counter at the airport. You can also get it from the District Court in Tezpur, Guwahati, North Lakhimpur, and other north-eastern cities.

How do I get ILP for Tawang?

Arunachal Pradesh is considered as a protected area. Hence, to enter the state, you need to get an ILP. The only people who are exempted from ILP are the natives who have a valid work ID card. One can acquire ILP from district courts in Tezpur, Guwahati, and other cities of the state. If you are falling short of time, you can also apply for it from the official ILP website of Arunachal Pradesh.

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When was Tawang monastery built?

Tawang Monastery was built in the year 1860 by Merek Lama Gyatso on the commands of 5th Dalai Lama. It was built as a defensive structure to protect the state against any attacks. One can still find the old-age scripts of Tengyur and Kangyur preserved in this monastery.

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Tawang Reviews

Preeti Shukla
Reviewed: 09 Jun 2024
The Throllophilia team planned the trip really well and Mr. Priyanshu and Ms. Priya were excellent support and super prompt responsive throughout journey. All hotels had great view and were very well informed of our arrival. Rooms were decent to good too. The driver bhaiya, Subhash Bhai, was excelle... Read More
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Virendra Kamal Singh
Reviewed: 13 Oct 2022
Our experience about 8 days Arunachal Tour was excellent. We commenced our journey from Guwahati airport. Stayed overnight at Bhalukpong in Hotel Waii International which was comfortable, followed by another overnight stay at Hotel Awoo Resort, Dirang, a great property but totally mismanaged; good a... Read More
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Meghnath Bhat
Reviewed: 21 Feb 2021
We were planning for a trip in North East India to spend some quality time. We came across a tour package offered by Thrillophilia and found it to be very much interesting. The booking experience was just amazing and then our trip started. The stay at the hotel was very special as it has all sorts o... Read More
Chandraketu Marar
Reviewed: 12 Feb 2021
To revel in the beauty of the north east, there is nothing like an Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh package that will ensure you make the most of a serene chance to view the stunning locations. We booked our trip with Thrillophilia and headed off to see many fantastic places like the Bomdila, Taw... Read More
Dipendra Shah
Reviewed: 14 Feb 2021
Experiencing North East India’s unparalleled beauty was always on my mind but I had my quirks. I did not want the usual air travel or train travel so I signed up for a Motorcycle tour of the Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh with Thrillophilia. And, boy! Was I impressed? Hell Yes, My friend and I bagged ... Read More
Enakshi Shukla
Reviewed: 11 Feb 2021
Our visit to the largest monastery of India with Thrillophilia was just amazing. With top-notch amenities at the hotels and timely pick-up and drop services, the touring experience was great. We were assisted by experienced tour guides who gave us loads of information about the place during the sigh... Read More

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