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