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Tawang was the ultimate culture trip. Not only do you get an unbeatable sense of achievement when you finally make it over the treacherous Sela Pass, you have this overwhelming wonderment wherever you go in this awe-inspiring Himalayan town.

Your jaw will drop at the peaks of the snow capped mountains, the colours in the Buddhist monks robes and temples, the presence in the statues of Buddha, the hospitality of the locals and the  cuteness of the yaks (okay, maybe that’s just me!).

Arunachal Pradesh is one of the least visited states in India for tourism but I find this fact unbelievable. It’s literally Nirvana. My little slice of heaven and it’s so unlike the rest of India. It’s fresh, untouched, pure. It’s the perfect oasis for a getaway. So, I wanna shout about it!

Where is Tawang in India?

Tawang and the district of Tawang are located in Arunachal Pradesh in North East India;

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Sandwiched in between Bhutan and and South Tibet (China), it has an amazing mix of cultures and traditions that are waiting for you!

As a foreign tourist you will need to gain a Protected Area Permit (PAP) to enter the state of Arunachal Pradesh itself. For Indian tourists you will need a (ILP) Inner Line Permit for your visit.

For tours of Arunachal Pradesh I would highly recommend Holiday Scout. Not only is the founder, Sage Tsering, voted one of the top 50 people to know in the Himalayas by Condé Nast Traveller, he’s also extremely passionate and knowledgeable about this part of the world. Click here to read about my experience and full review of the tour. 

Get lost in the pictures

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!

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Reaching the summit of the Sela Pass

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A winter wonderland near the Sela Pass (yes, that is actually the road)

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A snowy but fluffy encounter on the road to Tawang

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The first viewpoint of Tawang

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Crossing the 14th Century Chaksam Bridge

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Nuranang falls

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A view from the monastery

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Monks practicing for an upcoming festival

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Tawang Monastery

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This old lady visits the monastery to pray every day. Traditionally, the temple is circled 108 times in prayer.

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tawang photos arunachal pradesh

tawang photos arunachal pradesh

A lady in prayer with traditional prayer wheels

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Monks late for their lectures… or lunch! 

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Still at prayer

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Monks studying out in the sun as it’s probably warmer outside than in the cold study halls…

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Curious budding scholars at break time

tawang photos arunachal pradeshThe tiniest, cutest and cheekiest of Buddha’s disciples :)

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Making candlewicks for the monastery out of cotton

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tawang photos arunachal pradesh

tawang photos arunachal pradesh

This poor little monk was too scared to ask for help to tie his robe up. Bless. 

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Puppies huddling to keep warm

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A Buddhist nun at the Thukje Choeling nunnery

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In Tawang, you get to see the moon as the sun sets on another day

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tawang photos arunachal pradesh

tawang photos arunachal pradesh

An ode to the same lady, circling the same temple, on a different day

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First light and morning prayer

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Smoke patterns of incense

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Basking on the temple steps in the sun

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A Brokpa (nomad) shepherdess churning yak butter, it has to be churned 1000 times per kg!

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Hahaha!

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