Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the most beautiful cities to visit and is resplendent with breath taking sceneries and serene spots. It is widely believed that the city has got its name from one of the most ancient and the biggest Buddhist monasteries in the country, Tawang Monastery and the name ‘Twang’ is a combination of ‘Ta' meaning Horse and 'Wang' meaning Chosen. The city is abode to the Monpa tribe and shares its border with Sela range in the east, Tibet in north and Bhutan in the south-west. Tourists flock the region in pursuit of the exciting sceneries and tranquil spots in and around the area. Gorsam Chorten, Tawang War Memorial, Sela Pass, Nuranang Falls, Tawang Monastery and Jaswant Garh are the jewels of the city.
The nearest Domestic Airport is Salonibari Airport, Tezpur, roughly six hour drive from Tawang. It is well connected to Kolkata and Guwahati through Air India flight. The nearest International Airport from Tawang is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati and roughly 480 Km from Tawang. It is connected with the major cities like Delhi, Imphal, Kolkata, Agartala, Aizawl, Dibrugarh, Lilabari, Silchar, Dimapur, Jorhat and Mumbai.
The nearest Railway Station is Tezpur Railway Station which is connected to the all major cities.
Tawang experiences summer from the month of March and lasts till June. The temperature remains comfortable between 5°C to 21°C and is apt to experience the beauty of the place. July to September is the season of monsoon and Tawang experiences moderate rainfall during this season. November to February is the winter season in Tawang. The climate is extremely cool and the temperature ranges from - 11°C - 12°C.
The best season to visit Tawang is the summers season and onset of monsoon season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing. The best months to visit are March, April, May, June, September and October.
Sela Pass: Sela Pass is one of the often visited destinations in the state and is believed to be a nature observer’s paradise on earth. Sela Pass in winters remains completely covered with snow. Paradise Lake can be visited on the way to Sela Pass.
Tawang Monastery: A wonderful scenic tourist destination, Tawang Monastery is located at a foothill and at an elevation of 3000 m above sea level. The Monastery is the second ancient monastery in the world after Lhasa and is one of the biggest lamaseries of Mahayana sect which is also identified as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse.
Tawang War Memorial: Well known as Namgyal Chorten, it is a 12 m high multi-coloured memorial whose structure resembles the design of a large stupa. The memorial is situated among beautiful peaks which overlooks the Tawang-Chu valley. The Memorial is dedicated to the martyrs of Sino-India War of 1962.
Regyaling Gompa: It is situated at a distance of just 1 Km from Tawang and was founded by the former Rigya Rinpoche. The monastery is bounded by a lush green pine grove.
Jaswant Garh: Jaswant Garh, other important tourist destination of Tawang is located at a distance of 21 Km from Sela Pass. It is broadly recognized as a home of a warrior named “Jaswant Singh”, who sacrificed his life during the battle fought against Chinese soldiers in the year 1962. The place has its own importance and attracts many tourists every year to give mark of respect to this heroic warrior.