Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhatse, that is the celestial paradise of divine site chosen by horse popularly known as Tawang Monastery is the main Tourist attraction of Tawang. The Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in the 17th century has all-encompassing reverence and basic infrastructure for the spiritual development of the followers of this faith. It has dormitories for Lamas, meeting hall, rich library, a school for basic education and learning. Community kitchen and above all main prayer hall and grandeur idol of Lord Buddha. Visit to Tawang Monastery is the most spiritually refreshing experience.
Bumla pass, situated at an altitude above 15,000 feet, it is located approximately 37 km north of the district headquarters. Due to its towering elevation, the pass is snowbound for almost the entire year and presents a beautiful view of the Tibetan plateau. As Line of Actual Control (LAC) IS a de facto border, there is no border fence at the Pass. It is one of the four officially agreed Border Personnel Meeting points between the Indian Armies and the People’s Liberation Army of China . To visit the pass special permit has to obtain from the appropriate authority.
Nuranang Falls (also known as Jang Water Falls), some 100 meters high, is located in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in this part of the country, yet is unknown to many travelers. It lies some 2 kilometers away from the town of Jang on the road connecting Tawang and Bomdila, so it is also known as the Jang Falls. There is a small hydel plant located near the base that generates electricity for local use.
The Nuranang river originates from the Northern slopes of the Sela Pass. Just below the waterfall, it falls into the Tawang river.
According to a popular myth, Nuranang river and Nuranang falls are named after a local Monpa girl named Nura who had helped a soldier, Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, Maha Vir Chakra (posthumous) in the 1962 Sino-Indian War and was later captured by the Chinese forces. The actual circumstances of Jaswant’s heroism are more prosaic and no woman finds a place there. It is possible that the name Nuranang was bestowed well before 1962.
SANGETSAR LAKE (SHO-NGA-TSER LAKE)
A breathtaking lake mystery. The very gorgeous Sangetsar lake was once a grazing ground. Lake formed after an Earthquake hit the region somewhere around 1950. Located about 28 kms in north-east Tawang. Also popular as Madhuri Lake.
A wonder of nature..a breathtaking lake..a lake mystery. Often known as Madhuri lake, this mystery lake , actually pronounced as Sho-Nga=Tseir by locals, was originally pasturage of Shok-Tsen village turned into a lake due to an Earth Quake in 1971.. The lake nestles between huge mountains and is clear and beautiful with what looked like a hundred bamboo poles standing straight up in the water all over the lake. These were actually ramrod straight trees without any branches or leaves on them growing in the lake-water. The entire scene is breathtakingly beautiful. The air is cold and biting. On the way, there are many big and small clear mountain lakes which were also very beautiful. The lake has bare trees standing like guards in vigil.The lake is popularly known as Madhuri Lake after her shooting a film in Arunachal Pradesh.
PANKANG TENG TSO (P.T. Tso)
It is situated twenty kilometers north of Tawang town. The lake is located in beautiful lush surroundings and wild flowers. It is said that, with every week, the lake and its surroundings take on a different colour, changing significantly. The magnificent symmetrical fir forest of the mountains imparts a green glow to the water of the lake. Due to its beautiful and easy accessibility, the lake is a very popular tourist attraction.
Tangton Gyalpo, a disciple of the first Dalai Lama, popularly known as lama Chak-Zam wangpo(1385-1464) was an architect, philosopher and iron chain bridge builder. He is credited with having built more than a hundred iron bridges all over the Himalayan region. This bridge that exemplifies the finest metallurgy is located about twenty-five kilometers away from the town. It is more than 580 years old, still used by men and animals to cross Tawangchu River. The villagers of Mukto and nearby villages take care for its maintenance, renovator and also protection of this bridge.
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 of Arunachal Pradesh state in India. It has an elevation of 4170 m (13,700 ft) and connects the Tibetan Buddhist town of Tawang to Dirang and Guwahati. The pass carries the main road connecting Tawang with the rest of India. The pass supports scarce amounts of vegetation and is usually snow-covered to some extent throughout the year. Sela Lake, near the summit of the pass, is one of approximately 101 lakes in the area that are sacred in Tibetan Buddhism. While Sela Pass does get heavy snowfall in winters, it is usually open throughout the year unless landslides or snow require the pass to be shut down temporarily.
Two enchanting lakes exist near the Sela mountain pass which appears to be welcoming the visitors to Tawang. The more famous one is the Sela lake. It is said that the sighting of a pair of swans in the lake is a good omen and brings good fortune.
It is situated at a distance of 90 kilometers from Tawang. It is said to have been constructed in 13th century by Lama Prathar who belonged to Kharman village of Zemithang. Towering at the ninety-three feet with a base of about hundred and eighty–six feet.
Gorsam Chorten is the replica of the Boudha Stupa of Nepal, the other replica being Chorten Kora in Bhutan. An annual festival is held here which brings Monpa people from all the nearby villages (and also from Bhutan) to gather at one place near the Chorten, to circumbrate and pray. The colorful and friendly Monpas in their traditional attire come out in full spirit to welcome the guest to this spectacular event.
This is also the very place where 14th Dalai Lama had the first rest after entering into India after He fled from Tibet. Included in the visits are Tawang Monastery and the birth place of the 06th Dalai Lama.
You could spend a whole day visiting monasteries in Tawang. Among the many Gompas of Tawang, a few stood out. Urgelling Monastery is one of them and is the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama (born Tsangyang Gyatso). URGELLING Monastery is located about five kilometers southeast of Tawang township. It is said that Terton Pemalingpa, the famous Treasure Revealer told his youngest brother, your subjects/followers are at Sher Lawog Yulsum at a spot shaped like an upturned tortoise or the privy parts of a dakini, construct a gompa , following the advice of his elder brother Ugyen Sangpo set off towards Mon Tawang. It is said that many people of Bumthang, Bhutan, so a blue horse flying through the sky eastwards with a man mounted on it. On arrival at Teli Gorpdhung (presently above JNV School) Ugyen Sangpo looked towards northeast and saw a spot shaped like an upturned tortoise. Taking it to be the place mentioned by his brother, he build a gonpa there and named it Urgelling.
It is well known for the birth place of His Holiness The 6th Dalai Lama.
TAWANG WAR MEMORIAL
Tawang war memorial has been constructed to pay homage to the 2420 brave soldiers of the country who sacrificed their lives in the 1962 sino-india war. The war Memorial, in sheer grandeur, stands forty feet heigh and has a stupa design(Namgyal Chorten) specifically chosen to respect the local religious sentiments and be in harmony with architectural concepts of Tawang.On most evening, the army conducts a light and sounds show for the visitors at the amphitheatre beside the memorial, describing the events of the 1962 Sino-India war.
Tsachu Hot Spring
Apart from hot spring this site is also suitable for hard trekking. The route of Tsacho has very attractive landscapes and beautiful sites. The place can be approached from Tawang after travelling 6 hours by light vehicles. There’s a slightly scientific entry on hot springs in Tamang which hardly adds to the above other than this gem:
‘Monpa, Sherdukpen, Miji and Aka tribes take holy bath in these hot springs in the belief that their sins will get washed away. They also take a dip in the water for 1–3 h for healing any kind of skin disease.