Published: 10 Oct, 2018 Nidhi Singh
An extensive place filled with natural beauty, also has an essence of Buddhism in its air. Set at a height of 3,800 meters, Tawang has a scenic view which makes you think about how beautiful nature can be. Well, not to my amusement but Tawag has been a bollywood favourite and the first song that was shit here was from the film Koyla starring ShahRukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit. Interesting, right?
Well the place has been the top choice of tourists and I have no second thoughts about why this destination should not be in your must-see places while you plan a trip to Arunachal Pradesh. Read along to know what places you should explore while your stay in Tawang but before that first you should know about when to visit.
Best Time to Visit: Since Tawang is a hilly-region, therefore, it is not an all-season destination. But why are we even talking about that, so let me tell you the best season and months to visit Tawang.
Months: March-June and September-October
Season: Summers and outset of Monsoons
1. Sela Pass
Standing amidst the glorious Himalayans, Sela Pass has been successful in alluring tourists over the world. Elevated at 4170 metres this pass is known as the highest motorable pass around the world. A must-visit attraction of Arunachal Pradesh, this pass is an experience of heaven on earth itself. A scenic of clouds covering the gaps between the mountains is something one would relish for life. Interestingly, this pass is open all seasons and is closed only when some natural calamity takes place like landslides. Also, Sela Pass is near to Tezpur (257.6 km), Guwahati (340 km) and Tawang town (78 km).
2. Chag Zam Bridge
Built by the disciple of the first Dalai Lama, Chag Zam Bridge depicts the excellence of Tangton Gyalpo. This bridge exists between Kipti and Mukto and has been there for around 600 years. This architectural brilliance is a simple example of how beautiful the other 100 bridges he built in the Himalayas.
3. Shonga-tser Lake (Madhuri Lake)
A perfect example of how nature works, Shonga-tser lake is sight that has to be relished forever. The lake ? after an earthquake hit the region in 1971 making various boulders and trees fall in a certain region. This lake is also famous for the fact that the other name of this lake is after Madhuri Dixit. Yes! The lake is also known as Madhuri lake because it is that exact spot where she shot a song from the bollywood flick- Koyla. Apart from being a bollywood top choice, this lake is also a famous tourist attraction of Tawang.
4. Pengateng Tso Lake
One of the most surreal lakes of India, Pengateng Tso Lake is an explorer’s dream come true. Located 17 km away from Tawang, this lake has been in a high demand of tourists. But this lake is not just about being a tourist destination rather it holds a religious importance too. Many a times, people try not to let tourists be near the lake just because of they are scared that they might pollute the lake. While you are planning a trip to Tawang, don’t forget to visit here.
5. Bum La Pass
One of the riskiest adventure of your trip to Tawang will be Bum La Pass with a doubt! The road to reach this beautiful destination is, well let’s say, filled with risk but once you reach here, you would be overwhelmed. Why this place is a top tourist attraction is because this is the same path used by Dalai Lama to find aid in India from Tibet. Once you reach the desired location, you would witness the extreme beauty of nature.
6. Tawang War Memorial
The unfortunate Sino-Indian war saw the loss of hundreds of lives and to honour each of them, the Indian Government had put up 40-foot high, multi-hued memorial near Tawang known as Tawang war Memorial or Namgyal Chorten. The structure looks somewhat similar to a stupa and overlooks the calm Tawang-Chu valley. One of the must-visit locations of your trip, this location promises to give you memories to relish forever.
7. Tawang Monastery
Built in an area of 135 sq.km, Tawang Monastery holds the record of being the largest lama series of Mahayana Sector. Not stopping at this, the monastery is also considered the oldest one right after Lhasa. This beautiful location has 65 residential buildings within where around 500 monks reside. Apart from being their residence and a holy place, Tawang Monastery is also a centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies. This monastery has been one of the reasons for the visit to Tawang for a lot of tourists.
8. Jaswant Garh
One of the true examples of how Indian Army is, Jaswant Garh is a memorial honouring the contributions of rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat during the Indo-China War in 1962. The memorial is built at the exact spot where Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat stayed during the war and fought alone for 3 days.the count of dead Chinese men is said to be 300. This memorial has allured tourists over the world and is one of the top tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh.
9. Nuranang Waterfalls
Considered as one of the incredible places of India, Nuranang Waterfalls are the jewels of Arunachal Pradesh. The place is famous with names like Jang Falls, Bong Bong Falls or simply Nuranang Falls and the height at which it falls is 100 meters. These majestic waterfalls are located 2 km away from Jang Town which actually is the connecting point of Tawang and Bomdila.
10. Zemithang Village
One of the destinations of India which is a residence of the Monpa Tribe is one of the most magical places. Monpa Tribe consists of the most warm hearted and sweet people who finds the visits of tourists in their village interesting. The village is 93 km away from Tawang and the reason it is secluded is that the tribe shares its traits from Tibet, India and Bhutan. Apart from the utter beauty of the location, Gorsam Chorten or Stupa is something which grasps the attention of various explorers. The tourists find themselves at ease and enjoy the best of the place.
Top Things to Do in Tawang
1. Mountain Biking
The beautiful town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is filled with mountains and the best way to explore the town is through renting a bike. Why to do so? Well while you explore the beautiful location, you get to add an amazing memory of mountain biking to your travel diary.
Every explorer wants to travel the world but without spending any money! Since that is not possible, the next better option is to spend wisely. So with this point all I want to say is that while you plan a trip to Tawang, try ditching the hotels and try finding some best options for homestay. The two advantages of this decision is- first, you save some money and second is that you get to know the actual Tawang by the experiences of the locals. So grab on the best deal you get for homestay and change the monotonous travelling style.
3. Experience the game of football in a different manner
Tawang and Football is the most beautiful and amazing combination one witness. While you enjoy your homestay, you might get to witness the little boys and girls playing football. The craze of this game is similar to the craze of any other sport in India but the mere enjoyment you would find on the faces of these young players will force to join them in this celebration.
4. Enjoying a shopping spree in the land surrounded by mountains
A land abundant with natural beauty also is a place filled with talent. While your stay in Tawang, make sure to go on a shopping spree of handicrafts. The two famous and credible places in Tawang for this kind of shopping are Tibetan Settlement Market and Government Handicraft Emporium. The best way to explore the hidden talent of the locals is to shop for them.
5. Eat what best they serve you
Anybody who travels mostly remembers two things for life- the serenic view and the food. So wherever you travel, remember to eat what’s best in the area. Even though, Tawang is filled with various delicacies, but you would find the best ones in the Dragon Restaurant.
6. Learning about the orphans at Manjushree Vidyapeeth
Having the same kind of trips is sometimes boring, so to add that extra angle to your trip, try visiting the orphanage- Manjushree Vidyapeeth. It is an orphanage run by monks and is visitor friendly. Often the explorers like to help by donating some money or clothes or any material thing. Try experiencing this and thank me later.
7. Go on a hike at Gorichen Peak
Being close to nature is what everyone loves and Tawang offers a chance explore the best side of nature with the facility of hiking at Gorichen Peak. providing the scenic view, Gorichen Peak is considered the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh with the elevation of 22,500 feet. Adding a challenging twist to your trip to Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh will give you a view to remember by.
8. Enjoy a bird watching session at Bhajagang Lakes
With all the exploring going on, one might need a day to relax and take in the beauty of Tawang. While you search for what is the best place to have this kind of an evening, I help you with that. Try visiting Bhajagang Lake where one might get to witness various kinds of migratory birds while being surrounded by orchids and rhododendrons.
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From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.