After some great PHOTO JOURNEYs, here is another one by Jitendra Singh from Arunachal Pradesh State of India. This Photo Journey shares some beautiful captures from Tawang showing culture, colors, religion and lot more through stunning visuals.
Tawang is a town situated in the north-western part of Arunachal Pradesh of India. The area is claimed by both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China as a part of South Tibet. The town once served as the district headquarters of West Kameng district and became the district headquarters of Tawang district when it was formed from West Kameng.
Tawang Monastery was founded by the Mera Lama Lodre Gyasto in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect and is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. The name Tawang means Horse Chosen. It is said to be the biggest Buddhist monastery in the world outside of Lhasa, Tibet. It is a major holy site for Tibetan Buddhists as it was the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama as well.
Tourists to Tawang require special Inner line permits from the government which are available in Kolkata, Guwahati, Tezpur, and New Delhi. Most of the travel from the plains is on a steep hill road journey, crossing Sela Pass.
A colorful shot from Tawang Monastery.
Tourists can travel to Tawang from Tezpur, Assam, which is 12 hours by road. Tezpur has direct flights from Kolkata. Guwahati, Assam, is 16 hours by road. A daily helicopter service from Guwahati was started by the Arunachal Pradesh government few years back.
Tawang is also base for Parvat Ghatak Commando School, one of Indian Army's elite high altitude warfare training schools. Several domestic and international units have been trained in high altitude special operations at this school
A View of closer view of Tawang Monastery which is huge in size...
The 8m tall statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha in the Tawang Monastery.
Music and dance are an integral part of festivals in Tawang. Both men and women participate in the dance rituals. Aji Lhamu dance is a prominent folk dance depicting the Tibetan version of Ramayana. It is mostly held during Losar, the New Year. Yak dance and the Lion and Peacock dance are some of the famous dance forms of Tawang. Some of the dances are ritual monastic masked dances where the dancers perform in magnificent traditional attires. Some of the dances are performed in Cham- Lang or the courtyard of the Tawang Monastery.