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Tawang is one of the least populous districts in India in the state of Arunachal Pradesh bordering China, situated at an altitude of 3500 M in the northern Himalayas famous for the Tawang Monastry, the largest outside Lhasa. A quiet mystical town with and interesting legend surrounding its name, which means “Chosen by Horse”.

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The dominant ethnic group are the Monpa, who inhabit all of the 163 villages. Tibetan are also found in small scattered numbers throughout Tawang.

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Tawang Monastery is an important seat of Mahayana Buddhism. The Monastery was founded during the 17th century by Mera Lama Lodre Gyaltso who is considered as a contemporary of the 5th Dalai Lama. The fortified complex covers an area of 135 sq. meters enclosed by a compound wall of 610 meter long. Within the complex are a library and a museum that houses scriptures and relics many centuries old. The famous Buddhist gold inscribed scriptures…

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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