I have an admission to make, this is my first photo essay and I’m so excited it’s Tawang. I was looking through my photo archives of Arunachal Pradesh and there are just too many awesome photos to share for one blog post.
Beyond getting lost in these captures, make sure you check out these blog posts for more context: The 15 reasons why visiting Arunachal Pradesh will ruin your life & 7 unbelievable places to explore on the road to Tawang
So, without further ado; here are the 35 photos that will make you want to visit Tawang!
Reaching the summit of the Sela Pass
A winter wonderland near the Sela Pass (yes, that is actually the road)
A snowy but fluffy encounter on the road to Tawang
The first viewpoint of Tawang
Crossing the 14th Century Chaksam Bridge
A view from the monastery
Monks practicing for an upcoming festival
This old lady visits the monastery to pray every day. Traditionally, the temple is circled 108 times in prayer.
A lady in prayer with traditional prayer wheels
Monks late for their lectures… or lunch!
Still at prayer
Monks studying out in the sun as it’s probably warmer outside than in the cold study halls…
Curious budding scholars at break time
The tiniest, cutest and cheekiest of Buddha’s disciples :)
Making candlewicks for the monastery out of cotton
This poor little monk was too scared to ask for help to tie his robe up. Bless.
Puppies huddling to keep warm
A Buddhist nun at the Thukje Choeling nunnery
In Tawang, you get to see the moon as the sun sets on another day
An ode to the same lady, circling the same temple, on a different day
First light and morning prayer
Smoke patterns of incense
Basking on the temple steps in the sun
A Brokpa (nomad) shepherdess churning yak butter, it has to be churned 1000 times per kg!