Places To Visit In Tawang

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1. Sela Pass

Sela Pass
Top Attraction 4.2 /5

24 km
from city center
1 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

One of the most breathtaking places in the Himalayan vista, Sela Pass is a lifeline for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, and it is as heavenly as it gets. The Sela Pass and Himalayas combine to enchant one and all by their mystic beauty. One of the most stunning gifts of nature to the North-East, Sela Pass is a lifeline for the people of Arunachal Pradesh as it is the only way that connects Tawang district of the state to the rest of the country.

2. Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery
Top Attraction 4.4 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Located amidst the picturesque surroundings, the Tawang Monastery also known as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse is one of the gems in Arunachal Pradesh. Perched at the height of 3,000 metres above sea level, it has been recognised as the second largest monastery in the world, the first one being Lhasa. The monastery is believed to be 400 years old and has control over 17 gompas in the region. Built as a large mansion, it is an abode for over 300 monks.

3. Madhuri Lake

Madhuri Lake
Top Attraction 4.2 /5

21 km
from city center
3 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Nestled amidst the Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh boasts numerous stunning lakes, but none are as captivating as Madhuri Lake, also known as Sangetsar Lake or Sangestar Tso. Situated on the route from Tawang to Bum La Pass in Tawang district, near the Indo-China border, this remote lake sits at an altitude of over 3,708 meters (12,165 ft) above sea level. Its pristine beauty, nestled amidst rocky mountains, earned it fame after appearing in the Bollywood movie "Koyla," leading to its colloquial name, Madhuri Lake, after the film's lead actress.

4. Nuranang Falls

Nuranang Falls
Top Attraction 4.3 /5

11 km
from city center
4 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Nestled deep within the forests of Tawang, Nuranang Falls offers a serene and unspoiled experience, hidden away from the bustling tourist trails. Cascading from a height of approximately 100 meters, this magnificent waterfall, also known as Jang Falls or Bong Bong Falls, is a pristine white veil of water. Located 2 km northeast of Jang town in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, Nuranang Falls is a tranquil spot, often referred to as the BTK waterfall, known for its crystal-clear waters ideal for swimming.

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5. Tawang War Memorial

Tawang War Memorial
Top Attraction 3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
5 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

The Tawang War Memorial, a stupa dedicated to the martyrs of the 1962 Indo-China war, stands as a solemn tribute amidst the serene landscapes of Tawang. Overlooking the scenic Tawang-Chu valley., the 40 feet structure incorporates Buddhist architectural elements, including prayer wheels, colorful serpents, and flags, donated by the local community. Inside, statues of deities such as Lord Buddha add to the sanctity of the place.

6. Gorichen Peak

Gorichen Peak
3.7 /5

56 km
from city center
6 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Highlights: Gorichen Peak Trek

Gorichen Peak is the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh and it is located between Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 22,500 feet above sea level, this peak is roughly 164 kilometre from Tawang. The peak is locally known as Sa-Nga Phu, which literally means the Kingdom of Deity and is considered to be one of the sacred peaks protecting them from all the evils according to the local Monpa tribe.

7. Penga Teng Tso Lake

Penga Teng Tso Lake
3.3 /5

30 km
from city center
7 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Nestled amidst the enchanting landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh, Pankang Teng Tso Lake, also known as P.T. Tso, stands as a captivating natural wonder. Surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Mountains and fed by pristine rivers, this picturesque lake offers a serene retreat for nature enthusiasts. With its tranquil waters, misty forests, and melodious birdcalls, the lake provides a perfect blend of tranquility and adventure.

8. Jaswant Garh War Memorial

Jaswant Garh War Memorial
3.3 /5

18 km
from city center
8 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Jaswant Garh War Memorial, located near Sela Pass in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, stands as a poignant tribute to the valor and sacrifice of Indian soldiers during the 1962 Indo-China War. Dedicated to Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, a brave soldier of the 4th Garhwal Rifles, the memorial commemorates his heroic efforts in defending the pass against Chinese forces. Situated 21km from Sela Pass en route to Tawang, this site welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to pay their respects to the courageous martyr.

9. Rafting in Kameng River

Rafting in Kameng River

100 km
from city center
9 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

The Kameng River, formerly known as the Bhareli River, is situated in the eastern Himalayan mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Originating from a glacial lake beneath the snow-capped Gori Chen mountain on the India-Tibet border, it flows through the Bhalukpong circle of West Kameng District and Sonitpur District of Assam. As a major tributary of the Brahmaputra River, it merges with the Brahmaputra at Tezpur, just east of the Kolia Bhomora bridge.

10. Urgelling Gompa

Urgelling Gompa

3 km
from city center
10 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Urgelling Gompa, situated approximately 3 kilometers from Tawang Township, is renowned as the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Tashi. Established in 1487 AD, this monastery holds immense importance for Buddhists. His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama was born here in 1683 and lived in Urgelling Village. To reach the monastery, one can either hire a taxi or walk the short distance from Tawang.

11. Taktsang Gompa

Taktsang Gompa

17 km
from city center
11 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Taktsang Monastery, situated in the Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India, is a significant Tibetan Buddhist sacred site perched on a cliffside. It is located 45 kilometers from Tawang township and is believed to have been consecrated by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century CE. Surrounded by dense forests and towering mountains, the monastery comprises three tiers, each dedicated to a Tibetan guru or deity.

12. Bum La Pass

Bum La Pass

16 km
from city center
12 out of 12
Places To Visit in Tawang

Bum La Pass, located in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India, is a high mountain pass situated at an elevation of approximately 15,200 feet (4,600 meters) above sea level. It holds immense strategic importance as it serves as a border between India and China, lying near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries. The pass is approximately 37 kilometers away from Tawang town and is accessible via a scenic drive through rugged mountain terrain.

FAQs on Tawang

What are the top sightseeing places in Tawang?

The top sightseeing places in Tawang are Sela Pass, Tawang Monastery, Madhuri Lake, Nuranang Falls, Tawang War Memorial, Gorichen Peak.

How much does a package cost for Tawang?

The packages for Tawang start at INR 12259 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

How can I commute within Tawang?

The sightseeing within the town can be completed in half a day, and it is best to book a taxi for that. The other section of sightseeing involves moving outside the town. A vehicle like Sumo would be more suited for the purpose. One day is enough to cover these sights, although the roads are not in excellent shape.
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Can you suggest an itinerary for Tawang?

Day 1- Pay respect to the martyrs in the Tawang War Memorial on the way to the town. Do not forget to munch into the tasty snacks served in the defence canteens on the way.
Day 2- Start off early morning and visit the Panganag Teng Tso Lake and Madhuri Lake and get lost in the beauty of the Ghelisa Range. Enjoy the view of Tawang Town from the glistening and divine Tawang Monastery and feel peace sink in your system.
Day 3- Visit the Banga Jang Lake and Nuranang Waterfall.
NOTE: Tourists in Tawang need to get an Inner Land Permit. Some regions in Tawang require approval from the Ministry of Defence. Permission can be obtained in a day by furnishing necessary documents. So, it is advisable to keep an extra day for the formalities.
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