Tawang

We welcome you to Tawang town, Sela Pass, Jaswanthgarh and the Tawang Monastery at Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. 

Tawang is a beautiful hill town located in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The name ‘Tawang’ is believed to have been derived from the ‘Tawang Monastery’ which is located in the midst of Tawang town and is the Largest Buddhist Monastery in India. Tawang town is inhabited primarily by the Monpa Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh who practice Buddhism as their faith. In addition to varied Flora, Tawang, is also home to a wide species of Fauna and Avifauna of the likes of high altitude birds, mammals, reptile species, snow leopard, musk deer, barking deer, bear, etc.

A town of Festivals and Fairs, the major festivals celebrated in Tawang are the Losar, Torgya, Dungyor, Drukpa and Zhapa Saka Dawa. Most important is the Losar Festival which is celebrated every year in February at the Tawang Monastery and marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year.

The Tawang Monastery is the Largest Buddhist Monastery in India and the Second Largest Buddhist Monastery in the World after the Potala Palace in Tibet. The Tawang Monastery stands atop a hill at around 1000 feet above the mean sea level and is surrounded by the green mountains of West Kameng. Appearing like a fort, the Tawang Monastery offers a majestic view of the Tawang-Chu valley. This Monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Monpa people of Tawang.

Sela Pass is a high altitude mountain Pass that connects the Buddhist City of Tawang with the plains of Assam. This Pass is situated at 13,700 feet above MSL and is located between Bomdila and Jung in Western Arunachal Pradesh. The only way one can reach Tawang by road is through Sela Pass. The Sela Pass is covered with snow most of the year and offers excellent heavenly views all year round. Very close to the Pass is beautiful Sela Lake, which could be fully or partially frozen in winter. Overall the Sela Pass is one magnificent place to visit an unparalleled view of the mighty Himalayas. In addition to being a place Tourist Attraction, the Sela Pass is special to the Buddhists. The Buddhists believe that there are about 101 lakes in and around the Sela pass that are revered by them.

Sela Pass also has a unique legend attached to it that states, a Sepoy of the Indian Army named Jaswant Singh Rawat fought alone against the Chinese soldiers near the pass during the 1962 Sino-Indian War. A tribal woman who had brought food and water to him (named Sela) is said to have killed herself upon seeing the dead body of Jaswant Singh Rawat. Singh was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his courage and devotion to duty. Local people around Tawang area believe that he has become a saint and his spirit protects the area. A Shrine (Memorial) has been made at the place where he fought and the place is fondly called as Jaswant Garh. All Indian Army personnel passing by this route from General to a Jawan pay their respects here. Jaswant is treated as if he is alive, his boots shined, linen washed, towels changed. Soldiers who polish his shoes claim that they are often found covered with mud, a sign that he has been walking around at night. The Legend goes that convoys in blizzards have seen Jaswant directing the vehicles through the serpentine bends. He continues to receive his promotions on time even after his death.He even gets letters from people seeking his blessings and help in all types of problems.

During your stay at Tawang:

  • Sight the Tawang Monastery

  • Sight the majestic snow Clad peaks of Tawang

  • Visit the Jung Fall and the Madhuri Lake near Tawang

  • Visit the local Monpa settlement a Tawang

  • Be a part of the religious festivities at Tawang