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Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery in Tawang

Tawang Monastery is the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world. The monastery is three stories high and within the complex there are 65 residential buildings. The library of the monastery has valuable old scriptures, mainly Kangyur and Tengyur.

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Arunachal Pradesh, India
Time Needed:
3 hours
8789 feet
91.8572000°N, 27.5855000°E
Distance from Tawang to Tawang Monastery
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Opening Timings:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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Overall Rating:4.6

  '5' out of 5
"To good plz visit this place. Greatest Buddh ...."
  '5' out of 5
"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 "
  '4' out of 5
"Sitting in the main prayer hall is the best experience. Walking through the upper floors is beautiful as well. One correction to the Wikipedia note it was the second largest monastery in Tibet when Tibet was still Tibet, it is far from the second largest either in size or number of monks in the world."
  '5' out of 5
"World's second biggest monastery. Tawang is good place to see but Monastery is not maintained properly."
  '4' out of 5
"A very serene place to be in."

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