Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India



Arunachal Pradesh, India

Erstwhile Tawang District was a Sub-Division of West Kameng District till 5th October 1984. This district is situated in western most part of Arunachal Pradesh. The area of this district is approximately 2,172 Sq.km, bounded by Tibet (China) to the north, Bhutan to the south-west and Sela ranges separated from West Kament district in the east.
The name of Tawang is believed to have derived its name from the grandiose of Tawang Monastery perched on the edge of the ridge running along the western part of Tawang township. The popular interpretation is that the name “Tawang” was given by his holiness the Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso.

Tawang Travel Tips

Plan your trip when the weather is fine and make sure to pack all your essentials. Be a part of the local  Culture and respect them, if you want to visit in monsoon season don't forget to carry  warm cloths, rain coat or umbrella.

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Tawang Facts

“TA” means Horse and “Wang” means Chosen. As legend goes the site of the present Monastery is believed to have chosen by a Horse owned by Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso. Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso was on search for an appropriate place to establish a Monastery and was unable to locate any appropriate site. Finally he decided to sit on prayer for a guidance of a divine power. As he opened his eyes after prayer, he found his horse missing. So wearily he went out for searching his horse and found it on top of hill calm and quite. Believed it a good omen, Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso decided to initiate a work for building up of Monastery with the help of people living across the land of Monpa in the later part of 17th century according to the whises of 5th Dalai Lama.
At the instance of the Government of India, the first administrative centre at Tawang was set-up on 6th February 1951 by Major Bob Khating, a Naga officer of the Indian Frontier Administrative Service (IAS) and then Assistant Political officer at Charduar.
In 1984, on 6th October, this Tawang Sub-Division came into a full-fledged district carved out from West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

How to Reach

Flight By Air

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, which is well connected to all the major hubs in India, is the closest airport for Tawang. It is approximately 497 kilometers from Tawang and can be approached by an overnight taxi. You can also consider taking a helicopter ride to Tawang from Guwahati.

Train By Train

Naharlagun Railway station and Guwahati railway station are the closest railway stations to reach Tawang.

Car By Road

From Tezpur (Assam) and Bomdila, you can easily get buses, taxis, and shared taxis to reach Tawang. The journey to Tawang by road is an arduous one. However, the soothing journey by cutting through beautiful hills makes it worth all the efforts.

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Sela Pass

The Sela Pass (more appropriately called Se La, as La means Pass) is a high-altitude mountain pass located on the border between the Tawang and West Kameng districts in the Indian state of Arunachal P...

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Sela Pass

Bum La Pass

The Bum La Pass is a border pass between China's Cona County in Tibet and India's Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh. It is 37 km away from the town of Tawang in India's Tawang district and 4...

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Bum La Pass

Sangestar Tso

The Sangestar Tso, formerly called Shonga-tser Lake and popularly known as the Madhuri Lake, is located on the way from Tawang to Bum La Pass in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, near Indo-China border abov...

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Sangestar Tso

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