Monday, 6 May 2013

Tawang arunachal pradesh, India

(183 Kms from Bomdila & 3500 m above msl) has a unique historic perspective mixed with natural beauty and solitude of Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi ranges and Tawang chu River and Valley. Tawang is an important seat of Mahayana Buddhism famous for Tawang Monastery of the Gelukpa founded by Mera Lama Lodre Gyaltso during the 17th century, and a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. This is the second largest Monastery in Asia and the largest one of its kind in the country which controls 17 Gompas in the region. The most imposing part of the Monastery is the three storied assembly hall which houses the temple and the 28 ft high Golden statue of Buddha.The monastery has a big library having an impressive collection of ancient books and manuscripts where the famous Buddhist scriptures Kangyur and Tangyur inscribed in gold are preserved.

Urgyelling is the birth place of Thangyang Gyatso, the sixth Dalai Lama and another sacred place. Bramadung Chung/Sengsarbu Ani Gompa, Gyanggong Ani Gompa are nunneries/ monasteries run by nuns. The Ani Gompas are among the oldest of such type in the country.

Tawang is also famous for beautiful natural Lakes, like the Sangetsar Lake with splendid natural beauty of the surroundings. It is home to snow pigeons and musk deers. PTso Lake is surrounded by a picturesque landscape.

Other important places to see in and around Tawang are the War Memorial, Craft Centre and local markets.