Tawang is a popular tourist destination best known forthe Tawang Monastery built in 1681. To reach there one needs to chart a steep hill road journey and the cross the Sela Pass at an altitude of 14,000 feet.
Perched atop a hill, overlooking the ridge and surrounded by thick clouds, the 337-year-oldTawang Monastery is the fountainhead of spiritual life for the followers of Buddhism. The building is about 113 feet long and 80 feet wide and houses valuable antiquities, books, and manuscripts.
It is Asia’s second largest monastery and the largest in India. The highlights of this monastery are the imposing three-storied assembly hall and the 28 feet high golden statue of Lord Buddha. There is also a huge library which has an impressive collection of ancient books and manuscripts. Let Global Connection Siligurialso tell you that the famous Buddhist gold inscribed scriptures Kangyur and Tangyur are preserved here.
Another attraction of Tawang is the Urgyelling Monastery, which is considered sacred as it is the birthplace of ThangyangGyatso, the sixth Dalai Lama. There are also beautiful natural lakes in Tawang like the Sangetsar Lake, which is known for rare avifauna like snow pigeon and musk deer. Other attractions includePTso Lake, the War Memorial, and the Craft Centre.