Tawang

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Largest Buddhist monastery in the world (outside Lhasa). Birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. One of the highest motorable passes in the world. Site of the historic 1962 Indo Sino war. Home to indigenous Monpa & Nishing tribe. Land of 101 lakes. Historic Indo- China border pass. Brimming with cultural, national and military history, there are a few places that can be as enticing as Tawang. Located in the north western part of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Bhutan on the west and Tibet on the north, Tawang district is one of the untouched & unexplored regions of India. To reach this destination, one has to cross Sela pass (13, 700 ft) which is ornamented with colourful prayer flags fluttering in the chilling wind and a fantastic view of the Sela lake. This makes it one of the most beautiful if not the highest motorable mountain pass in the world. The Tawang monastery itself is one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in the world, with a capacity of housing more than 700 monks. The main altar with its 27 ft high statue of Lord Buddha continuously receives pilgrims who come from near and far. The monastery also has a centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies, a library and a museum with valuable artifacts and manuscripts. Tawang is also of major religious significance since the 6th Dalai Lama was born here. A small shrine, known as the Urgelling gompa, is built here to venerate this holy ground. And if this isnâ??t enough, Tawang is also home to the Monpa and Nishing tribes, of the Tibeto- Burmese origin. Nearby is the Bum La pass 16,500 ft, which has earned historic significance since it is through here that His Holiness Dalai Lama entered India while escaping from Tibet.

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