Tawang Valley attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Tawang Valley

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 (in…
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. Th…
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 just…
Museum in Tawang Valley

Museum

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 14t…
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 vi…