Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
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The quaint town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is a stunning example of the stunning contrast between nature’s colour palette, where dense emerald jungles give way to stark icy peaks and snow-blanketed passes. It is well-known for having one of India’s largest monasteries that is 400 years old. No less are its picturesque landscapes and waterfalls. Along with hiking on the breathtaking Gorichen Peak, other attractions include the Gudpi Ranges, the Tawang Valley, and Madhuri Lake. Numerous glacial lakes, including Sangetser and Sela with their ethereally blue waters, can be found in Tawang.
You embark on an adventure as you travel through zigzagging and winding mountain passes, including Sela, one of the highest motorable roads in the world, to get to the town, which is surrounded on all sides by impressive snow-capped mountain ranges and dotted with charming Buddhist monasteries. Travellers will find Tawang to be the ideal destination because of the misty mountainous landscape, lovely walking trails, and mesmerising views that this valley offers.
Nearby Places to See
Sela is a high altitude mountain pass that acts as the gateway to Tawang. It serves as the sole and most important link connecting the Tawang and West Kameng districts. The pass is located approximately 67 km from the centre of Tawang town and rises to a height of 13,700 feet above sea level. Its arid, mountainous terrain has little vegetation and is mostly covered in snow for most of the year, providing a magnificent view of the towering Himalayas. On the slopes here, there are a few yaks that can be seen grazing in the sporadic bursts of greenery.
Given its steep elevation and location at a height of over 15,000 feet, Bumla Pass, which offers a stunning view of the Tibetan plateau, is snowbound for almost the entire year. It is about 52 kms from Tawang. The drive is memorable as it passes through numerous sleepy hamlets and picturesque lakes on the way to the pass. Maintained by the Indian Army, Bumla Pass is a must for those who want to see how Indian soldiers protect the borders in the harshest of climes. Additionally, it is one of the four BPM (Border Personnel Meeting) points between the Indian Army and the People’s Liberation Army of China that have been formally agreed upon. For access to the pass, a special permit is needed, which can be obtained from the Tawang office of the Deputy Commissioner.
The lake, which is a favourite getaway spot for both locals and tourists, is situated between two large hills. It is also referred to as Sangestar Tso. A flash flood that followed a 1950 earthquake led to the creation of the lake. The lake was originally known by the name Shonga-Tse. After a well-known Bollywood film star filmed some scenes there in 1992, the lake received its current name. It is one of the country’s more remote lakes and is located 35 kilometres from Tawang.
The Tawang Monastery serves as the spiritual, cultural, and social hub for all of the surrounding valley. This monastery is the biggest in India, and it is perched on a hill about 10,000 feet above sea level. It has views of ravines to the south and west, a narrow ridge to the north, and a gradual slope to the east. It becomes covered in snow during the winter, which enhances its beauty. The majestic monastery’s northern side offers access through the stone-walled “Kakaling” gate, which resembles a hut.
It is a war memorial built in memory of the late Jaswant Singh Rawat. He battled the Chinese army right here while serving as a rifleman in the Indian army. Jaswant Singh allegedly killed 150 soldiers by himself, according to a legend. It is located about 50 kilometres away from Tawang.
It is one of Arunachal Pradesh’s magnificent waterfalls, plummeting from a height of more than 300 feet. The waterfall can be seen from the road and goes by many different names. Rapidly plunging from the cliff into the valley below, it quickly converges with the Tawang River. It is about 30 kilometres from Tawang.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Shawls & carpets,Handcrafted bags,Local tribal dresses,Chadars – wrap skirts,Brassware,Buddha figurines,Wooden prayer wheels
Foods to Relish
Tsizinkyola,Momos,Bresi,Puta,Thukpa,Gyapa-Khazi,Khura,Zan,Banana Pitha,Dal Lentil And Eggs,Paanch Phoron Tarkari,Fish Stew,Bamboo Shoot