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Among places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang in northeast India is nature's gift to mankind. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a nature lover, looking for spirituality or just wanting to unwind for a while, this is a destination in India for all.

A place with pristine beauty coupled with a spiritual atmosphere all around makes Tawang one of its kind destinations. Surrounded by snow-clad Himalayan peaks and home to lakes and waterfalls with breathtaking beauty, the serenity and aura of this place are sure to reinvigorate your body and soul alike.

Hi guys! From the above description, you must be wondering if Tawang is a paradise on earth? Well, it couldn't be farther from the truth. The mesmerizing natural beauty of the place and the calm spiritual vibes in the atmosphere make it appear like a heavenly place. The best part is that Tawang is a less explored territory unspoiled by the human invasion.

So you can enjoy quiet time admiring nature's work and soaking in the positivity all around which will recharge your spirit.

Tawang is situated in northwest Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of 3048 m (10,000 feet) on the border of India and Tibet. It is a very sacred place for Buddhists as it is considered as the birthplace of sixth Dalai Lama. The Tawang monastery is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. Apart from this, Tawang is a destination in India for many adventures like trekking, mountain biking, hiking, wildlife adventure etc.

And on top of it, the tranquillity of the place gives you an added incentive to explore the place to the fullest. There is something in the air here which immediately fills you with peace and serenity. With a population of just about 11000, Tawang is very different from those crowded places we are so used to seeing. You can be yourself here. No pretensions needed.

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1. Tawang Monastery

Among places to see in Tawang, this is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. It was founded in the year 1681 by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso following a request by the fifth Dalai Lama. This belongs to the Gelugpa sect and is the biggest attraction in Tawang. It has an awe-inspiring architecture and looks like a mini-kingdom from a distance. It has huge doors of about 10 to 20 ft height.

Inside of the monastery has fabulous artwork and you can find sketches of various saints. A massive statue of Lord Buddha adorns the northern side of the monastery. Sitting at a height of 10000 ft, the monastery offers a panoramic view of the entire Tawang town.

2. Madhuri Lake

How many of you have seen Hindi movie Koyla? The original name of this lake was Sangestar Tso but ever since Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit shot a song here for her movie, this lake has come to be known as Madhuri Lake. It is said that an earthquake in the year 1971 led to the formation of this lake which was otherwise a grassland. It is perhaps one of the remotest lakes in the world. But for you, it is the breathtaking scenery, that will pull you towards it like a magnet.

Imagine being at a lake at an altitude of 12000 ft in the middle of rocky mountains. Can you feel that tingling feeling? That is the thrill you get when you are at such a place. The upright tree trunks standing at the center of the lake seem to be there to protect it. Madhuri lake holds a special place for Buddhists who come here especially to pray. When here, you will feel one with nature.

You can go on clicking the pictures of the lake and its surroundings and still you will not have enough. Although it is situated 42 km from Tawang, Madhuri lake is a not to be missed attraction.

How to Reach Madhuri Lake - You will need to hire a taxi from Tawang to reach Madhuri Lake.

3. Nuranang Falls

A white sheet of water falling at high speed from a height of 100m is a breathtaking sight. Just thinking of visiting places in Tawang. There is Nuranang falls. Tucked in a remote area deep in the forest, this place is largely unknown to the average tourist and hence largely unexplored. Nuranang falls is also called Jang falls and Bong Bong falls. The highlight of this place is its pristine beauty.

The high mountains surrounding it, covered with thick greenery and mist over the hills present a soul-stirring spectacle. You can feel a strange kind of joy by just being at this place. The tranquillity and the serenity of the Nuranang falls are sure to rub on you. Don't miss Nuranang falls even if you have to travel an extra mile. You can also visit the small hydel plant located at the base of the falls.

How to Reach Nuranang Falls - There are buses available from Tawang to go to Nuranang falls. Alternately, you can hire a taxi from Tawang.

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4. Jaswant Garh War Memorial

About 25 km from Tawang is this amazing place at a height of 10000 ft, telling the tale of a brave soldier who made the supreme sacrifice for his motherland. Jaswant Singh Rawat was a rifleman in the Indian Army when he fought the 1962 Indo-China war and was martyred fighting valiantly. He was awarded the second highest military honour of Mahavir Chakra posthumously. The memorial is built like a temple structure and a garlanded statue of the martyr stands tall in the premises.

The most interesting part about this war memorial is that there are five to six army men still deployed there who not only take care of the upkeep of the memorial but also Jaswant Singh Rawat as if he was still alive. He is served bed tea, breakfast, lunch and dinner at the appointed time. You can enjoy hot tea or coffee at the memorial in the cold weather along with some crispy samosas and pakoras. These beverages and snacks are prepared and served by the army men present there for nominal charges, which are used to maintain the memorial.

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5. Sela Pass

This is the lifeline of people of Tawang as this pass connects it with the rest of the world. But more than that, it is the beauty of the place that will stun you. Located at an altitude of 13,700 feet SELA pass is often termed as Heaven on earth, and not without reason. It is mostly covered in snow but is open throughout the year.

It is about 80 km from Tawang but you cannot resist stopping here and spending a few hours admiring the pristine beauty lying all around the place. The snow-covered mystical Himalayas are so near and the gap in the peaks is covered with the clouds. It becomes difficult to distinguish where the clouds end and peaks begin.

And the icing on the cake is the number of lakes around SE LA pass, the most noticeable being the Se La lake. It is said there are 101 lakes around SE LA pass. The Se La lake is generally frozen but even in this state, it presents quite a picturesque view. The pine trees around this place covered in snowflakes add to the charm. Se La pass and lake are enchanting places and you cannot help but marvel at these wonders of nature.

Things To Do In Tawang

Trekking - For those of you who are adventurously inclined and love trekking, there are ample trekking routes around Tawang. To start with, Bomdila-Tawang area has many trekking routes. Then you can go on Jung to Mago trek passing through many scenic places and waterfalls.

But the most popular trek starts from Siang and passes through a thick forest. For wildlife lovers and photographers among you, this is the best trek as there is every possibility of encountering some wild animals in the forest which you can capture in your cameras.

Boating - You can enjoy boating at the Salley Lake nearby. Boating facilities are available for the travellers here.

Apart from this, you can hire a bike and go on motorbiking. Enjoy driving in nature on curvy roads through mountains, halting in between to admire the creations of mother nature.

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How to Reach Tawang

By Air - The nearest airport to Tawang is Tezpur in Assam which is some 350 km away. Tezpur is connected to Guwahati and Silchar. However, Guwahati international airport would be a better option as it is connected with all the major cities of the country and many international destinations. It is 480 km from Tawang. You can get a bus or a taxi from Guwahati or Tezpur to reach Tawang. There is a twice a week helicopter service also from Guwahati. You can avail that too.

By Rail - The nearest station to Tawang is Rangapara in Tezpur, which is some 315 km away or Guwahati. It is connected to the major cities of the country. From Rangapara or Guwahati, you can get buses or taxis to reach Tawang.

By Road - Tawang is very well connected by road to major cities like Guwahati, Silchar and Tezpur. Regular bus services are available from these cities. You can also hire shared taxis for economical travel. Of course, you always have the option of hiring a private taxi.

And for those of you who are more adventurous, bikes are available on rent from Guwahati. You can experience the beauty of your journey at your own pace.

Hotels in Tawang

Tawang has a good range of private hotels and guest houses to suit every budget. You can also avail of the accommodation in government guest houses, circuit house and lodges. There is also quite a number of registered homestays in and around Tawang.

While talking of Arunachal Pradesh, you cannot afford to miss visiting the amazingly beautiful Ziro Valley. Read more here.

VERY IMPORTANT - Whether you are an Indian national or a foreigner, you have to get an Inner Line Permit to visit Tawang. The ILP is obtainable from government offices in New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Tezpur.

So pack your bags and set off to a once in lifetime exciting experience of Tawang.


Vimal Bhatia, a passionate traveller and keen travel blogger writes about some really stunning but unexplored places. A solo traveller so far, he hopes to find his travelling companion someday, maybe on one of his sojourns. For more such stories about enchanting places, go to his website. He is already planning his next trip. Suggestions are welcome. Which place you would like him to go to and write about? Mention in the comments.
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  1. That is such a gorgeous place! I've never heard of Tawang before. It's on my bucket list now, though. I have to get there!

  2. I really would love to visit some time. Thanks for showing me how amazing Tawang is.

  3. These pics are breathtaking! My husband and I haven't been able to travel much since having kids! This is giving me to itch to travel now!

  4. These look like such awesome places to see in person. It must be so fun to see these corners of the world.

  5. What a lovely place to visit, seem so untouched and just like heaven on earth. Love how there are trekking activities too.

  6. I must admit I had never heard of Tawang before. It sounds like a very interesting place and looks really beautiful

  7. never heard of Tawang. the pictures are beautiful and this has a lot of information!

  8. I've always wanted to visit India. It's such a magical place and everywhere you go there's deep history and beauty.

  9. What an incredible place and view...especially in the winter! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love all the scenary and the fact that it isn't populated with tourists. You have me wanting to go now!!

  11. Never been to this place but that place looks very vibrant to relax and unwind. Looks like you had a great time there!

  12. Tawang looks indeed so beautiful, perfect to visit if you love mountains. The photos you posted look spectacular and indeed it looks like paradise on Earth.

  13. Id love to see the monastery and expirience the place as well as those stunning mountain views ! Tawang got a lot to offer

  14. I have been planning a trip covering North-East India and wow! I am definitely going to visit Tawang. Thanks for sharing about this beautiful place. 😄


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