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Happy Holidays – Tawang

Tawang district is one of the 16 administrative districts of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India. Breathtaking valleys, misty rivers and stunning waterfalls in this scenic district give you the ultimate experience. Sela Pass is amongst the most frequented tourist destination in the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. It owns the credit of being the only high-altitude mountain pass in the world that is motorable. The views from Sela Pass are spectacular. The sunrays kissing the mountaintop give you a different version of the mountain. Sela Pass is rightly called the ‘Heaven on earth’. Tawang Monastery is the second largest monastery in Asia and the largest in India. The amazing collection of manuscripts, books and other artifacts in the monastery increases its value multifold. Taktsang Gompa is believed to have been honoured by Guru Padmasambhava’s visit during the 8th century.

The thick coniferous forest and lofty mountains surrounding the monastery, which is located on the ridge of a hill, render magic to the air. Gorichen Peak, is the right place for the adventurer in you. Shonga-tser Lake or Madhuri Lake with picturesque snow-capped mountains surrounding it offer spectacular views. Nuranang Waterfalls offers nature at its best to your eyes. The Hydel power station nearby is open for visits. Pankang Teng Tso Lake or Ptso Lake remains frozen during winter and area around the lake supports skiing. Radiant rhododendron flowers and birds in different hues provide a beautiful sight.

Bumla Pass is situated 37 kms away from Tawang. The Indo-China border that lies at 16,000 ft altitude is the right place for you to assess your fitness level if you love adventure. Bap Teng Kang Waterfall is situated 82 kms away from Tawang. Set amidst lush greenery, the waterfall offers spectacular sight to nature lovers. Popularly referred to as BTK waterfall, the crystal clear water encourages you to indulge in swimming. Tawang is also famous for its carpets, shawls, chadors (wrap around skirts worn by women), handmade bags and clothing items. Other interesting items one can pick up here are Buddha statues, prayer wheels and lucky charms crafted out of wood.  Tawang is also famous for porcelain and chinaware and you can pick up some beautiful piece of crockery. Other local items you can buy here are jewellery crafted out of bamboo and grass necklaces.

Tawang’s food is best savoured at road side eateries. The most common dishes available here are Momos and Thupka. Also famous here is the yak butter tea.  While each and every spot in Tawang is alluring, the entire district envelopes you into its fold making you want to be a part of the life there.

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