Tawang: Celestial Paradise


Tawang situated at a height of over 10000 feet, is truly a hidden paradise for nature lovers. Mesmerising waterfalls, sprawling lakes spread all over, snow-bound alluring white peaks in faraway mountains, Tawang brings us closer to nature at its finest monasteries and magical gompas. The door to this paradise is Bomdila at 8000 feet and gradually just move upwards to 14000 feet where the awe-inspiring Sela Pass stands at its majestic glory with tales of love and bravery written all over it. For the extreme nature lovers, it is also a paradise for high-altitude trekkers starting right from Bomdila.



The road that winds climbing the Himalayan valleys to Tawang is spectacular and with many attractions: a few steps and crosses through Bomdila and Dirang, making the journey interesting. A town is exemplified by the people of the place and here the simple, ever helpful and caring people of the Monpa tribe simply display it at its best.




The monks robed in warm red and yellow clothes have a smile which can melt a million hearts, are found all over the place. The freezing ice-cold temperatures round the year keep the town alluring and fresh for the native eyes. Draped in a misty cover for most of the time sunlight can hardly be seen, although this part of the world get the first rays of the sun here.




Come October and the valley wears a wedding garment. The main festivals are the Torgya in January. Every three years comes the Dungyur, a sophisticated ritual dedicated to the purification by demons with the invocation of Palden Lhamo and the exposure of a specific Thongdrol, the Losar Tibetan New Year in February and March, which is a very colorful rally of Monpa that flows in from all parts of the valley of Tawang wearing their finest traditional clothing, the festival of spring, the date of which is fixed by the government, and in October the Mahotsava. It is also very interesting that the festival is held annually in Gorsam Chorten.




The three days Tawang Buddha Mahotsav on 13, 14 and 15 October is an event that seeks to show the tradition and culture of the Monpa tribes. The more exciting and colorful event is the dance competition. A mixture of traditional dances from the state, as well as from other parts of the country, in addition to modern dances, is presented continuously for three days.




The traditional dress show throws light on the past days of Monpas and their traditional clothing. Sebang is an important religious ceremony of the Buddhists. In this ceremony 21 monks in their ceremonial clothing walk in procession to receive their spiritual leaders. Choi Kor is an important ritual in the Buddhist and is believed to be a harbinger of peace and prosperity. The festival also includes a Food Festival, Flower Show and various games for entertainment.


The great Tawang monastery, whose name means "blessed by a horse," is the focal point of the cultural life of the Monpa, founded in the seventeenth century by Lodre Gyatso commissioned by the fifth Dalai Lama, spiritual coordinates the activities of 17 other smaller monasteries spread all over the territory. It seems that the point where it was built was chosen by Lodre Gyatso, popularly known as Mera Lama, because his horse escaped and refused to move from there after we arrived the Lama took this as a sign from God that this was the where would rise up the big Gompa.




The Tawang Monastery or the Golden Namgyal Lhatse built in the 17th century, and one of the largest in the world can be spotted from any part of this quaint town. The magnificent grandeur inside and outside the monastery with exquisitely crafted architecture and embroidered paintings thangkas all over just displays the vibrant creativity of the place and the power of spiritual consciousness. Home to around 500 Buddhist monks the buzz of the prayers just hovers over the lingering air. The library adjoining it is a huge resource of ancient artifacts, scriptures, manuscripts and other Buddhist relics including the Kangyur manuscripts.




The Gompa is made up of a large number of small buildings nestled around a large open space overlooked by the main temple (the Dunkhang), the library (the Parkhang) and the Rumkhang, which houses the kitchen, the Dunkhang is finely frescoed and bill contains many statues of late, including a giant representation of the historical Buddha. In Perkhang are kept a large number of valuable ancient texts written in letters of gold, and many other items of great artistic value.


The monastery serves as the connecting point during any kind of ceremonies, festivals and major events in Tawang. Another famous landmark of Tawang is the Urgelling Monastery where the sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso was born. Constructed around 1498 A.D., this house still has a unique charm in its own colourful way.


Tso-kyo Lake

Tawang being close to the international boundary with China is also known for its war memorials and tales of bravery and courageous soldiers. On the way to Tawang is the Jaswant Garh, a symbol of ultimate bravery and sacrifice named after Jaswant Singh, who fought valiantly for 72 hours single handedly and successfully stalled the Chinese progression during the Sino-Indian war. And for some memorabilia from this lovely place, Tawang has a small market where beautiful hand weaved traditional carpets, shawls and other wooden and cloth items with unique Buddhist embroidery can be found.


Tawang is surrounded by almost a hundred lakes each with its own unique charm and for the most part are engulfed in Snow and mist perhaps to protect themselves from the zealous prying eyes of human kind. Among a few notable are the PTTSO lake and the Sangetsar Lake. Madhuri lake after the filming of a Bollywood film Koyla here.


This mystical valley hidden in the hills is the ideal place for a dream holiday destination with snow capped peaks, mysticism characteristic around it and much more. Juggling through the serpentine roads with narrow alpine bends of the Himalayas and scenic views, snow-capped pine trees with ice droplets hanging from the pine leaves all through the place, the journey itself is the destination.



54 Comments

  1. Amazing landscapes and photos! This post reminds me of my travel from Nepal to Tibet.

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  2. Lovely snaps of an amazing place .

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  3. This place is fantastic!
    Very beautiful shots! ;-)

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  4. Nice post. Would love to visit Tawang. Also thanks for visiting Fragile prints.

    -FP

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  5. Beautiful capture.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  6. This is third time I come across a post about tawang from you but I couldn’t avoid reading it… since I know this place through you I liking it so much. I enjoy again reading and viewing those awesome pictures. Thanks friend

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  7. What a lovely hidden lake. Shangri-la. :)

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  8. Kalyan, All images are good but the one with lake and surrounding snow is like poetry, and it is great that you have linked it to the full size image! :)

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  9. Incredible, dramatic scenery!.... thank you for sharing....:)

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  10. it's such an awesome place..
    I wish one day i can visit this heaven :)

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  11. What an amazing place! and a beautiful picture!
    Kalyan,thanks for visiting my blog,greetings:)

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  12. this is such an amazing place...i haven't travelled to mountains for a while now and everyone in the blogging world seem to be :)

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  13. Photos are nice. it looks cool :)..

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  14. Wow what a beautiful place. Amazing shots.

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  15. Beautiful view! The mountains are gorgeous :D

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  16. That looks incredible - a part of the world I'd love to visit one day. Mountains are my favorite place to be.

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  17. This place looks beautiful. Nice post with amazing pictures.

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  18. Beautiful! It looks similar to our Hardangervidda here and since Norway is a very mountainous country, so it's not really a surprise.

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  19. Absolutely stunning!
    An almost magical feeling...

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  20. The scenes are so similar to those I witnessed during my Char Dham Yatra! Words fail to describe these places, Gods creation at its very best...
    Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Hello,

    Beautiful photo and very interesting information.

    Have a lovely Sunday,
    Joseph

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  22. °º♫
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    Olá!

    O lugar é lindo... as fotografias belíssimas, acompanhadas de informações preciosas sobre Tawang, que é um pedacinho do paraíso na terra.

    Boa semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil
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  23. hi kalyan, thanks for your visit, wondered how you found my site. great- this is such a lovely scenery- looks so cool and tranquil- a very peaceful sight for the eyes and soul.
    how i wish you publish 3 photos instead :) and of bigger size..

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  24. Awesome pictures, took us through the journey indeed. And thanks for your visit to my blog!

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  25. Hello. Thank you for visiting my blog ad leaving a nice comment. I love your blog. Its so colorful. Glad to follow u :-)

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  26. first time in your lovely site following you
    lovely pictures and details looks wonderful

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  27. nice info with beautiful photos

    thanks for sharing

    and also special thanks for commenting on my blog

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  28. Such beauty this is, a beautiful place indeed.

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog. I hope you come again soon.:o) Happy week to you.

    Smiles♥

    Beverly

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  29. Had no idea Tawang is that gorgeous.All the photos are gorgeous, but the second last picture stole my heart away

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  30. this is so beautiful, a rugged landscape that speaks of so much character

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  31. Stark beauty! I can breath in the clear stillness and peace!

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  32. What a beautiful photograph this is Kalyan!!
    Such wonderful serenity.

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  33. nice snaps....and a very beautiful write up kalyan

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  34. What a dreamlike place! I would love to see the Himalayas. That is one stunning place on earth.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  35. nice...gorgeous pic....and sounds like a tryst i would love to take...nature is a place i love retreating to...

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  36. Wow! Such a magical place!
    I'm going to Malaysia for my summer holiday.
    I hope you have a good one.

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  37. Reminds me of Kashmir - Gulmarg, Dal Lake and all. Relatively undisturbed and heavenly. Any houseboats there? There are in Kashmir.

    P/S Thanks for dropping by.

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  38. Nice pictures, a wonderful place.

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  39. Kalyan Da,
    Those pictures speak volume about the magnificent place Tawang is..And you have captured every picture so well ..breath-taking nature's beauty..and congratulation on completing 5 years in blogging world..warm regards

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  40. Hi Kalyan,

    Tawang is absolutely stunning! The Buddhist monastery seems magical and enveloping, doesn't it? I bet their mantras pierce our soul.

    Thanks for sharing this, man: it is a pleasure to learn more and more about your country :D.

    Cheers

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  41. superb !

    i hope it stays hidden ... doesnt do to have humans convert it into a tourist spot

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  42. the buddhist monastery ... awesome !! the last monastery i went to was in Kushal Nagar, near Coorg ... amazing work !!!

    hey .. ur blog is nice ... i enjoyed quite a number of articles

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  43. nice snaps kalyan...

    Tawang, it remains me abot my dad's army life..

    iam kalai. i think u remember me..

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  44. Beautiful. I bet it's peaceful there.

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  45. wow! beautiful place...

    photos also good

    thanks for sharing

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  46. Hi Kaylan, excellent picture. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  47. nice pic
    BTW Iam back to blogging..plz visit my space n if gets sum time check out my new FB page dear.Thanks in advance..
    Maha

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  48. Hi!
    Lovely landscape
    Greetings from Sweden
    /Ingemar

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