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Tawang Monastery: The Largest Monastery in India


Tawang Monastery

Known for being an important seat for Mahayana Buddhism, Tawang Monastery is located in Arunachal Pradesh. It is famous for being the largest monastery in India. It has the control over 17 Gompas. Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso, with the permission of the 5th Dalai Lama established this monastery in 1860-61. Along with the spiritual gratification that this monastery endows, tourists from all over the world also come here to have a look at the beautiful view of Tawang-Chu valley.
 
More than 450 monks stay at Tawang Monastery. It is also considered as a major landmark as its perfectly perched on the hilltop, at an altitude of 3300 m. It is also called as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse by the Buddhists. Outside Lhasa, it is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries.

Following are the main attractions of Tawang Monastery:

The Assembly Hall: It is also called as 'Dukhang.' It is the most majestic building of the Taiwang monastery. It houses the 'Labrang' ( the establishment of the Abbot) and the temple. One can spot exquisite paintings and murals of saints and monks on the walls of Dukhang. The entire northern wall makes the altar. A massive and imposing statue of Lord Buddha is present in the northern side.Tawang Monastery

Court of Tawang Monastery: It is also called as the stone labs court. Out door ceremonies and religious dances are organised here. Around 60 residential quarters, called as "Aha" (huts) are present in the eastern side.

Centre for Buddhist cultural studies: Here the young monks are educated in arithmetic, Hindi, English and traditional monastic education.

Thus the splendour and appearance of the monastery is simply breathtakingly beautiful. Undoubtedly, exploring the Tawang monastery is definitely one of the most spiritually reviving actions to do.

Excursions from Tawang Monastery: The explorers can travel to the following locations such as Urgelling Monastery ( 5km), P. T So Lake ( 23 km), Bumla Pass ( 37 km), Bap Teng Kang (80 km).

Shopping in Tawang: Hand-made bags, chadors (wrap wround skirts), shawls and carpets are the main attractions for tourists in Tawang. The prayer wheels and the Buddhist statues are other shopping delights.

When to Reach:Tawang MonasteryThe best time to reach Tawang Monastery is in between April to October. One can also visit during the time ofLosar festival which is in between February and June.

How to Reach
Air: The nearest airport to the Tawang Monastery is located 393 km away in Tezpur, Assam.
Rail:The nearest railway station is located at Rangapara in Assam, around 380 km away.

Road: Buses run from Bomdila to Tawang Monastery every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Otherwise, one can just hire a Jeep from Bomdila bus Station.

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