Top 8 places to visit in Tawang and things to do

Top 8 places to visit in Tawang
Top 8 places to visit in Tawang

Tawang is a place where mountains whisper mantras of Buddhism. Every bit of the place is rich with its scenic beauty. The view of misty mountains from every corner of the place is heart winning and wondering. People live very close to nature here. Simple lifestyle with no luxury. In tawang, It’s very hard to find a luxury building within the small town. Small shops and open markets are the only sources to buy necessary things. Since you can’t travel the high altitudes at a stretch the first town you have to hit is “Bomdila” from Guwahati. From Guwahati to Tawang its calculated almost 510 Km, that too through narrow roads.

While starting from main town Guwahati its seen tar road which leads to mud roads and finally no roads.

1. Tawang Monastery

It is the second largest monastery in the world. The divine paradise gives you a present atmosphere filled with the Buddhist Mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum”. This is the slogan that they wrote on prayer wheels and prayer flag which symbolize the colors of “Pancha Bhuthas”. In each corner of the place you can see a prayer wheel placed and local people prays to God by rotating this Mantras written wheels. It’s a belief that these mantras will flow through the air will reach to God.

2.Tawang War Memorial

The place where 2140 soldiers name is written, who lost their lives on the Indo- China war in 1962. The building stands for the dedication of the Indian army. This is also built in the same architecture of Tibet culture.

3.Nuranang Waterfalls

There exist many unknown and unexplored sites in these valleys. This is a spot one among them. You can visit this beautiful waterfall on the way to Tawang. it is situated inside a forest area. One of the most visited place in Tawang.

Nuranang waterfalls
Nuranang waterfalls

4.Jaswant Garh

A war memorial built for the memories of great Indian Soldier Jaswant Singh Rawat who fight as a one men army during indo-china war. This is a monument to visit on the way to Tawang.

Jaswant Garh
Jaswant Garh

5. Nagula Lake

Lake situated between Tawang and Bumla pass. Rounded with mountains and all-time army force secure area. Base camps of Indian army are surrounded here.

Nagula Lake
Nagula Lake

6.Sela Pass

High altitude mountain pass on the Himalayas where water freezes easily and starts to fall snow because of its 13,680 ft. high from sea level. This is a gateway to Tawang from another part of state Arunachal Pradesh. This is one of the coldest places since it is high in altitude.

Sela Pass
Sela Pass

7. Bumla Pass

This is 15200 ft. above from sea level and considered as Indo-China border. Indian army operates with all security forces in the Indian border. This is the meeting place with the China border security force. The Indo-china war started from here and they conquered the most part of Tawang district.

8. Shonga-Tser lake

The frozen lake covers with rocks and submerged trees and glowing pebbles in the cold water. It is a very rare type of lakes. By visualizing a Bollywood movie stared by Madhuri Dixit in this lake named Madhuri lake. Indian army serves with basic facilities to the visitors over there.

Shonga-Tser lake

Best time to visit Tawang: November to January is the snow falling time in Tawang. The winter froze the mountains and shines in the sun.

Favorite food: You can’t find a luxury life in the valleys of Tawang. Most are leading a simple life. They live too close to nature. Fruits, healthy steamed foods are the food culture over there. The special food of Tawang is Momos: vegetable or meat coated with Maida and cooked in steam or boiled in oil.

How to reach Tawang: Guwahati is the nearby city that has an airport transportation facility.The easy mode of transportation

Nearby airport: Salonibari Airport in Tezpur & Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport,

Medical preparation: Keep drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration. You will never feel thirst since the climate is cold most of the time.


Written by Meera Das

A techie traveler and bike rider who believes "The best adventures come from traveling outside of your comfort zone".The love for nature, wilderness, art, and culture facilitate to turn her experience into words and make it reach out for the world.


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