10 Places to visit in Tawang


Magical Valley located in Arunachal Pradesh, a sparsely populated landscape with ancient Buddhist Monasteries, majestic Mountains, Glacier passes and high altitude lakes.

Enclosed by Tibet in north, Bhutan in  south west and  beautiful Sela Pass range on the east. This is one such place that reminds you of true Shangrila, with its serene beauty, Buddhism and a  400 year old monastery that is also the largest monastery in  India.

Beautiful and gorgeous scenery,  misty rivers and fabulous waterfalls dot the place at every turn. An ideal place for people looking for complete peace and tranquility. Tawang is famed for its colourful festivals, amazing mountain treks and for being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama.

While everything about this place is about  extreme beauty of nature we bring to you the few places and things that you must not miss while here:

1.Tawang Monastry

Established in the 17th century, is the second largest monastery of Asia and the largest in India.

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This monastery has very high regards among followers of Buddhism and young monks come here to learn the ways of the religion. Numerous ancient Buddhist manuscripts and artifacts here on display too.

2. Sela Pass

The beauty of this place cannot be described in words. Nne of the highest altitude pass and the only way to reach Tawang is through this pass.

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This place has some snow almost all year round and in winters the Sela lake here gets completely frozen. Sela pass also holds religious significance as it is believed that  around 101 lakes of huge religious importance exist in and around Sela Pass.

3. Gorechen Peak

An ice and rock mountain and is the highest peak in Arunachal Pradesh. Best place to unleash the adventurer in you as this peak is considered as a favoured spot for trekkers.

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A panoramic mountain holds a special place in legends as the Mompa tribes here believe this is a scared mountain protects them from all evil.

4. Shonga-Tser Lake

Also known as Madhuri lake this picturesque lake was formed as an result of a huge earthquake in 1971.

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Lake is surrounded by snow capped mountains and offers a lovely view, an absolute delight for photographers.

5. Nuranang Waterfall

A 100 meter high natural wonder that can leave you awe struck.  

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One of the most specatular falls of this region and is also known as Jang falls as it is near Jang town. This fall originates in Sela Pass and cascades down to meet the mighty Tawang river.

6. Taktsang Gompa

One of the most revered Gompa’s here and also a frequently visited tourist site.

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This Gompa is considred sacred as it is believed to have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century AD.

7. Pangang Teng Tso Lake

Also known as the Ptso Lake this lake is just 17 kms away from Tawang and remains frozen all through the winters and turns into a skiers paradise.

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Come summers and this is one of the most beautiful nature’s creation. One can hear the winds here and see many colorful blooms and sight rare birds and  rhododendron.

8. Bumla Pass

Located near the Indo- China border and is 37 kms away from Tawang.

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Visit this place only if are physically real fit as due to high altitude you may suffer from lack of oxygen. The pass that was used by Dalai Lama to escape Tibet and enter India.

9. Bap Teng Kang Waterfall

Located at about 100 kms away from Tawang, one of the most picturesque waterfalls with lush nature all around.

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Also one of the most visited waterfalls of this region and offers great views of mother nature.

10. Jaswant Ghar

Located in between Sela pass and Tawand this place is the war memorial of the legendary warrior Jaswant Singh Rawat who fought alone for 72 hours continiously against the Chinese army without giving up his post , till his last breath.

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Trekking, Hiking and Learning about Buddhism.


Tawang has lots of standard to budget accommodation options.

Best Time

March and October; winters too are fabulous if you love snow.


One must apply for an Inner Line Permit, to visit this scenic town, unexplored and still hidden from the general tourist crowd.


Airports either at Guwahati or Tezpur ( Assam), Take Road trip through Bhalukpong, Bomdila to reach Tawang. 

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