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Tawang Gompa

The magical Tawang Gompa, founded in 1681 in what was then a Monpa royal palace, overlooks the town from its ridgetop site. Reputedly the world’s second-largest Buddhist monastery complex after Drepung Monastery...

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Samten Yongcha Gompa

Thought to be about 400 years old, the charming wooden Samten Yongcha Gompa stands on a breezy hilltop 6km (as the crow flies) west of Mechuka, fronted by a forest of prayer flags and with wonderful panoramas...

National Park in Arunachal Pradesh

Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park, spread over 1985 sq km of dense forest in far eastern Arunachal Pradesh, is an ecological hot spot with a mind-boggling array of animal and plant species, and habitats ranging from warm...

Buddhist Monastery in Tawang Valley

Khinmey Gompa

This beautiful monastery in a tiny village east of Tawang (9km by vehicle, 6km on foot) is well worth a visit. Its current head, the Thegtse Rinpoche, is the 14th reincarnation of the guru who founded it in 1440....

Temple in Aalo

Donyi-Polo Dere

Around a quarter of Arunachal's population follows the Donyi-Polo (Sun-Moon) religion, an institutionalised form of traditional animist beliefs developed in the 1970s in response to the spread of Christianity...

Buddhist Monastery in Tawang Valley

Urgelling Gompa

The ancient if modest Urgelling Gompa, a 3km walk below Tawang town, is where the sixth Dalai Lama, a Monpa, was born in 1683. Before he left for Lhasa, it's said that he stuck his walking stick into the ground...

Museum in Tawang Valley


An interesting Buddhist museum that contains images, robes, trumpets, gongs, oboes and ancient masks and manuscripts, along with some personal items of the sixth Dalai Lama and (upstairs) photos of visits by the...

Museum in Itanagar

Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum

With two spacious floors of well-displayed exhibits, the state museum gives a decent representation of Arunachal Pradesh's tribal cultures, especially their crafts, costumes, adornments and tools.

Buddhist Monastery in Tawang Valley

Gyangong Ani Gompa

This friendly nunnery, with about 50 Buddhist nuns, was founded by Merag Lama (founder of the main Tawang Gompa) for his sister. It's connected to Tawang Gompa by a cable car. The cable car was closed on our last...

Buddhist Temple in Itanagar

Siddhartha Vihar

The small, brightly painted Siddhartha Vihar, and an equally colourful stupa, stand in peaceful gardens on a little hill towards the east end of town, near the State Museum – a tranquil respite from the din along...

Buddhist Monastery in Mechuka

Samden Choeling Gompa

A small monastery overlooking the valley from the hillside on the south side of Mechuka, Samden Choeling makes for an enjoyable 1km walk from the town centre. Particularly nice at sunrise or sunset.

Museum in Aalo

District Museum

Next to the Circuit House is an informative little district museum showcasing bits and pieces of local tribal culture in the form of artefacts. It also sells a few books.