Tawang is located in the north-west part of Arunachal Pradesh and is the district headquarters of the Tawang Distict. Situated at an elevation of 3,048 meters and is famous for being the birth place of the sixth Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso and is home to the largest Buddhist Monastery in India. Tawang also remains an important pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists.
Climate of Tawang
Tawang experiences moderate climate for most part of the year. Though, it can get very cold during the winters.
Best time to Visit Tawang
The best time to visit Tawang is from March to October, this is when the weather is most pleasant.
How to Reach Tawang
The closest railhead to Tawang is at Tezpur, which is located at a distance of 160 km from Tawang, but has limited connectivity to other cities. Another convenient option to get to Tawang is from Guwahati. Here is a list of train's connection to Guwahati.
There are regular bus services available from Tezpur to Tawang. Apart from buses, shared taxis are also available to Tawang.
The Tezpur airport is the closest airport to Tawng and is connected by flight to cities like Guwahati and Kolkata. One can hire a taxi from Tezpur to reach Tawang.
Hotels in Tawang
Tawang has a number of reasonably priced hotels, though it is advised to book a room in advance. Hotels rates are negotiable and are available for a bargain during the off season.
- Hotel Nefa
Phone Number: 03974-222419
Mobile Number: 09436417492
Mid Range Hotels
Tawang is famous for its carpets, shawls, chadors (wrap around skirts worn by women), hand made 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 here, which are excellent for gifting purposes as well. Other local items you can buy here are jewellery crafted out of bamboo and grass necklaces.
The main markets in Tawag are the Old Market, various Tibetan markets and Government run emporia.
Cuisine in Tawang
Tawang's food is best savoured off road side eateries. The most common dishes available here are Momo's and Thupka. Food in Tawang contains a lot of chilies and fermented cheese. Also famous here is the yak butter tea.
One of the most popular restaurants in Tawang is the Dragon Restaurant. Located in the Old Market, they serve some very tasty local dishes, such as Churpa, which is essentially a fermented cheese broth cooked with fungi and vegetables.
Tourist Places in Tawang
Here are a few popular tourist attractions in Tawang:
- Bap Teng Kang
- P.T Tso Lake
- Tawang Gompa (Monastery)
- Bumla Pass
- Urgelling Monastery
- War Memorial
Last Updated on : 30/09/2013