Tawang Monastrey, Tawang
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Visit the largest monastery in India, Tawang Monastrey, a large fort-looking Buddhist monastery complex. Founded in 1680 on a ridge overlooking the Tawang River Valley, the complex features a three story monastery building with ornate interior decorations, 65 residential buildings surrounded by a tall 282 m (925 ft) long wall. Completed in 1860, the main temple building features a large 5.5 m (18 ft) gilded statue of a lotus-seated Buddha with elaborate decorations. Housing 300 monks, the monastery can accommodate up to 700 of them during religious festivities, proving the center of spiritual life of the region. Add Tawang Monastrey to your Tawang travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tawang itinerary builder.
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Dear Trip Advisor, My wife and I, both senior citizens, drove from my hometown of Gorakhpur to Tawang on the Indo Tibet border, a round trip of a little over 3500 kms. We left Gorakhpur on 24 May and ... read more »
The tawang monastery is considered to be the 2nd largest in the world ...it is a big area on a hill overlooking tawang town.the atmosphere in the monastery is quaint.we met a lot of little kids who we... read more »
Yes, it's a long and tiring way to Tawang. You'll probably get up very early and spend hours in crowded busses on bumpy road. But all these strains are worth it. The monastery is absolutely beautiful,... read more »
Tawang Monastery: the Golden Namgyal Lhatse !!! Tawang Monastery, also known as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse, is one of the largest lamaseries of Mahayana sects. This is the second oldest Monastery in the entire world after Lhasa. With a control over 17 Gompas in the region, this monastery is believed to be 400 years old. This largest monastery in Asia stands erect at the base of a hill at a height of 3,000 metre above sea level. Dating back to 17th century, the monastery was constructed by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in accordance with the desires of the 5th Dalai Lama. It was believed by Monpas that Merek Lama was born at Kipti. He became a Lama at a very young age and commenced his career of meditation and praying. The monastery is also the main venue for the Torgva festival, which is organised in the eleventh Monpa month. It is a three storey building, which is of a height of over 140 square metres. In addition, the monastery houses a temple and also a glided statue of Lord Buddha, which is 8 metre in height. Designed in such a way, this monastery has the capacity to accommodate around 600 monks. According to a legend, it is believed that in spite of the fact, Dalai Lama declined to accept the invitation by Merak Lama to bless the gompa in person, he drew a thangka. This holy scroll was written by Merak with his own blood. Later, this scroll was encased in silk fabric and was hidden inside the main altar. Since that time, the scroll has been looked by the followers as a protective deity. Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 7.00 AM - 7.00 PM
World's second biggest monastery. Tawang is good place to see but Monastery is not maintained properly.
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