Are you thinking about visiting Tawang Monastery because of its rich Tibetan culture? Then make your plan as soon as possible!
Seek Into Arunahchal’s Religious Gem!!
Famously known as ‘Golden Namgyal Lhatse’, Tawang Monastery is the second largest monastery in Asia. Perched at an altitude of 10,000 ft above sea level, Tawang Monastery offers mind-boggling views of the Tawang-Chu Valley. However, it has the capacity for housing about 700 monks but presently around 300 monks live here.
‘Visiting the monastery is truly a spiritually reviving experience for all!’
Getting Tawang Monastery!!
By air- Nearest airport from is Salonibari Airport in Tezpur at a distance of 387 km. This airport is directly connected to Kolkata and Guwahati via numerous flights.
By train- Nearest railway station is Rangapara Railway Station, at a distance of 383 km from Tawang. It is well connected to major cities of North-east India like Siliguri, Assam etc.
To make your trip hassle-free, you can avail best travel agency in Siliguri to reach your desired destination at a budget-friendly rate.
A Trip to Its Glorious Past!!
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There are several talks’ lies behind the construction of Tawang Monastery. Let’s have a look at below-
- The Tawang Monastery was founded by Merek Lama Lodre Gyamsto in 1680.
- Later, according to Pandit Singh, who visited the monastery in 1874, the monastery had a parliamentary form of administration, known as the Kato.
- Under the Shimla Agreement of 1913, the whole of the monastery which earlier belonged to Tibet was given to the Britishers.
- After this, China invaded India On 20 October 1962 and occupied Tawang including the monastery for 6 months.
- In 1959, Dalai Lama escaped Tibet, and On 8 November 2009, despite loud protests from the Chinese, the Dalai Lama’s visit to the monastery was a crucial moment for the local people.
Quite interesting, right?
Tawang Monastery’s Spectacular Architecture!!
Tawang Monastery is a beautifully decorated ornate structure, whose every part is very unique to explore! Let’s discuss it-
1. The Assembly Hall
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Also known as ‘Dukhang’, it is a three-storied building that houses the temple. It’s features-
- The inside walls of the hall are painted with murals of different divinities and saints.
- There is the silver casket that holds the Thangkas.
- There is a 26ft high statue of Lord Buddha standing in the middle of the hall.
2. The Entrance to the Monastery
Tawang Monastery. Oldest one in India. Protected by the gaurdian deity Palden Lhamo. Would love to visit, someday. pic.twitter.com/OvtjDn2DCf
— Rajarshi (@TheRajarshi) March 21, 2017
You can enter the monastery from the north side. Just close to the entrance of the monastery, you can explore-
- To the south, there is an entrance gate, known as ‘Kakaling’ and it has 2 lateral walls, made of stone.
- The ceiling of the gate is amazingly painted with Mandalas whereas the inside walls are painted with a mural of saints.
Fitted with big doors, it is the main gate on the south and It is about 925 feet long.
4. The Court of the Monastery
Running from the main gate, a paved path leads to a stone slabs court, where religious dances, as well as outdoor ceremonies, are held.
5. The Centre for Cultural Studies
It also houses a Centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies where young monks are taught English, Hindi, Arithmetic and traditional monastic education.
So amazing, no? This monastery will actually take your breath away by its beauty!
Hold for a moment, there are festivals too…
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- Losar Festival- Celebrated in January, this festival marks the beginning of the New Year. It is a 15-day festival which is celebrated by lightening lamps, hosting prayer flags and offering prayers.
- Torgya Festival- Celebrated for 3 days by the Lamas, Torgya starts from the 28th day of the 11 months of Tibetan calendar.
- Saka Dawa Festival- Another popular festival celebrated on the 4th month of Tibetan calendar which marks the Buddha’s enlightenment day.
Opening Hours of Tawang Monastery- 7 am to 7 pm
If anyone wants to go Tawang Monastery via road from Bagdogra, they can opt for Bagdogra airport car rental services at a reasonable price as per your choice.
Worried about the route map? Don’t worry, we will make your hunt easy by giving the details at below-
- Follow Bagdogra Airport Rd to NH27
4 min (1.0 km)
- Take Gajol Doba Rd, NH 17, NH317, NH27 and NH 15 to SH 10 in Rowta
11 h 41 min (528 km)
- Take Arnatulla Kalaktang Rd to NH13 in Cona
5 h 15 min (158 km)
- Follow NH13 to Tawang
6 h 37 min (187 km)
- Drive to Tawang Monastery
Don’t miss the opportunity to peek into the peaceful lives of Buddhist monks and their traditions in Tawang Monastery!
Q. Which is the best time to visit Tawang Monastery?
A. The best time to visit Tawang Monastery is from March to June and from September to October.
Q. What are the best nearby hotels of Tawang Monastery?
A. The best nearby hotels of Tawang Monastery are Hotel Ugyenling, Dolma Group of Hotels, Hotel Tawang Holiday etc.