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Tawang Monastery, Tawang: Tawang Monastery, in Arunachal Pradesh, is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It is situated in the valley of the Tawang River, near Tawang northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh, in close proximity to the Tibetan and Bhutanese border.Tawang Monastery is known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to "celestial paradise in a clear night." It was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso. It belongs to the Gelug school of Mahayana Buddhism and had a religious association with Drepung Monastery of Lhasa, which continued during the period of British rule.More information about Tawang Monastery can be found here.
Tawang Monastery is also known as 'Galden Namgey Lhatse' in Tibetan, which translates to 'Celestial Paradise in a clear night'. This Monastery plays a critical role in the social and religious life of the Monpas. The Tawang War Memorial is a 40- foot high multi-hued memorial, built in memory of soldiers of the Indian Army who gave up their life in the 1962 Indo-Sino War.Request A Call BackThe rest of the day is at leisure. One can opt to visit the local markets famous for shawls, chadors, carpets, handmade bags and other handicraft items as well. Overnight in Tawang. (B)You can stay at-
Take one for the soul this new year and end your day with perfection and spirituality at the largest monastery in India. En route Tawang Monastery, the descending slopes will slowly take you towards the beauty of the gompa.
Many might not know, but this is the largest monastery in India, founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1681. It encompasses a very big area, divided in many parts dedicated to different sections. There is the Monastry, a library, a museum, house for the monks. The day we visited the Gompa, it was raining heavily, so I could not explore the area much. But, got to visit the museum & the monastery.
The pristine land of the Monpas, Tawang is astonishingly beautiful. On an altitude of 11,000 ft, I was exploring the town discovering local food, local people, the serene views of the snow capped peaks & valleys, and the famous Tawang monastery.
This 400 year old monastery is the largest in India and the second largest in Asia. An important place for the Mahayana sect of Buddhism, this monastery is the chief tourist attraction in Tawang. Also known as the Galden Namgyal Lhatse, it is situated at a height of 3500 m. The complex is huge with around 65 building inside, one of which is an amazing library containing old manuscripts. There are around 450 lamas and 700 monks living here currently. This is the single Buddhist structure of such size and magnificence in the country. This monastery is also a center for social and cultural events of Tawang. All in all it forms an essential part of life in the Tawang valley and its beauty and serenity can be compared with very few structures.