Top things to do in Tawang Valley

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…
Top Choice Cafe in Tawang Valley

Dharma Coffee House

A stunning find on the road to Tawang Gompa, this alpine-style wood-and-brick cafe brews proper cappuccino, a range of teas and delicious cakes (banana-walnut, pineapple upside-down) as well as other comfort foods. …
Tibetan in Tawang Valley

Tawang Food Court

Happily this is not a food court, but a relaxed gathering place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy wine (from ₹80 a glass), whisky or rum alongside tasty preparations like momos (Tibetan dumplings), egg bhuji…
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…
Tibetan in Tawang Valley

Taste of Tawang

A spacious, clean upstairs dining room with chequered tablecloths and big windows overlooking the main street, Taste of Tawang is a good place to enjoy Tibetan favourites like momos (dumplings), thukpa and thenthuk …
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 14t…
Religious in Tawang Valley


Torgya, starting on the 28th day of the 11th lunar month (usually late January), is a ritual chasing-away of evil spirits, and features three days of spectacular masked chaam dances in the courtyard of Tawang Gompa.
Religious in Tawang Valley


Festivities for the dazzling Tibetan New Year festival embrace community prayer sessions, sports like archery and colourful folk dances – including the Senge Cham, which features green-and-white dancing snow lions.
Cultural in Tawang Valley

Tawang Festival

A four-day tourism-oriented celebration of Arunachal cultures in late October, with folk and monastic dances, music concerts, marathon-running and plenty more.