Tawang Monastery
Arunchal Pradesh • India

From: India Travel Guide North Eastern India

See also: Golden Triangle

Tawang Monastery
The Twang Monastery is also known as Gaden Namgyal Lhatse and is one of the largest monasteries in India and the residential abode of several hundred monks and lamas.

The monastery was founded in 1860 by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso and is positioned on a ridge with excellent views of the Twang-chu Valley.

The monastery is surrounded by a stone wall with the main entrance gate leading you in from the south. Inside the monastery are several residential quarters and an impressive three storied library known as Par-khang which contains many important scriptures.

Other buildings include the assembly hall which is known as Dukhang and is three stories high and contains several detailed and very colorful wall paintings and a huge alter. Another important feature is the very large gilded statue of Lord Buddha which is accompanied by smaller statues and decorations.

Attraction Location Guide
The Tawang Monastery is located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the north east of India.