High up in the north-west corner of Bhutan Arunachal that juts into Bhutan, and shouldered by China (Tibet), Tawang has mostly been remembered only in times of war. Tawang has become one of the popular hideout for the seclusion loving tourists in recent times. This 10,000 feet altitude hillock is full of natural belongings which is attracting the sense of all. Monpa people are dominating this township from the ancient times. This far north-eastern site is part of Indian state Arunachal Pradesh under the district West Kamang.Tawang monastery is one of the famous spot of the place where all the tourists come in attraction of it strong Buddhist cultural activity.

Tawang is a town situated at an elevation of approximately 3048 meters to the east of Bhutan. In winter there is much less rainfall in Tawang than in summer. Tawang receives snowfall every year during December - January. There is also a ski lift in town. Most of the travel from the plains is on a steep hill road journey. Tourist can travel Tawang from Tezpur, Assam by road and Tezpur has direct flights from Kolkata.

English is the official language of Tawang. However, the natives speak East Bodish, Tshangla, Tibetan and Limbu languages. The people are well-versed in English and Hindi and this makes it comfortable for tourists to converse with them.


Travel Tips

Inner Line Permit is required for domestic travellers.

International travellers are requested to acquire Restricted Area Permit from Ministry of External affairs before entering in this state

Best season to visit this land is April to October.

Heavy woollen clothes with adequate warm accessories is a must during all the time.

Keep rainproof attire during monsoon season.

Do not litter the place by depositing plastic and any garbage.

Keep emergency medicines and a first aid kit along with you.

Make a dig to the delicacies available in this place.

One must purchase local handicrafts from local markets.

Avoid taking elderly people who are not fit for the long road journey.

Permits are available in New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Tezpur.

When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
  • 19° Max
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  • 0.5 mm
  • Heavy woollen
Things to do

The best thing to do during the visit is nature walk around the region.

Those who are interested to know the cultures and languages of local people can take a course from any friendly people.

Local cuisines and local wine should be a must try for those who desires to add an experience about this place.

Getting Around

Walking is the best way to explore the region in an intrigued way.

Places to Stay

The hotels are quite basic. Most of the hotels serve simple food.

How to Reach

  • There are no airports directly connecting this town. The nearby airport is at Tezpur, Salonibari airport which is 319km away and is in neighbouring state Assam. There are flights of Indian airlines connecting this airport with other major metro cities of India. There are irregular fights available.
  • There are no rail station at Tawang. Train service is up to Rangapara and Tezpur which has rail heads connecting with other major cities of Assam. Assam is completely connected with other parts of India on daily basis. About 88 stations are directly connected to Rangapara Railway station.
  • There are regular public bus services available from Tawang and Tezpur. Tourists can take ASTC buses from Itanagarand Tawangalso. There are rental cars available from Guwahati to take tourists at the destination also.

Surrounding Attractions

The Tawang Valley is known for its largest Buddhist monastery outside Lhasa, Tibet.

Tawang Monastery, located in Tawang city of Tawang district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.

Tawang Monastery is one of the holy place for this religion followers because sixth Dalai Lama was born in this place. Neatly crafted villages of Monpa people are true delight. Their beliefs, culture and food style is completely unique and different than other parts of the country.

There are lakes named PankangTeng Tso, Sangetser Lake, Banggachang Lake. Other parts of the state can be visited from this township also.

Important Numbers

  • Police: 100
  • Fire: 102
  • Ambulance: 103
  • Police Station: 03794- 222235