Buddhist Monasteries in Arunachal
Arunachal Pradesh is a name that has been catching on in the tourist circuit and the scenic beauty of this state has been the major draw for tourists. Among the most linguistically diverse of all of India’s states, Arunachal has over 50 languages that are spoken here along with a large number of dialects. Buddhism is a major religion here and the sight of prayer flags fluttering in the breeze is a common and heartening sight all over Arunachal. The Himalayas loom large over most of Arunachal and the peace and calm along with the natural beauty of this land was what also drew the Buddhists to build a monastery here in 1965. Among the most famous of Buddhist monasteries this one is especially well known as it was established by the 12th reincarnation of Tsong Rinpoche. The monastery and its prayer hall were sanctified by the Dalai Lama himself during a visit here in 1977.
There are other Buddhist monasteries in Arunachal and the monastery in Tawang is the largest in Asia. Tawang is situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet and the views that one gets of the Himalayas is simply unforgettable. Built in the 17th century this monastery must be on the list of Buddhist monasteries in Arunachal to visit while here. The monastery has all the best examples of Buddhist art and the walls and ceiling are intricately decorated. The library in the monastery also boasts of a huge collection of scriptures and manuscripts along with thankas. What makes a visit to this monastery especially unforgettable is that one has to cross the second highest motorable pass in the world, the Sela Pass to reach here. Another monastery to add to the list of Buddhist Monasteries in Arunachal is the Urguelling Monastery; this is also close to Tawang and is also the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama to add to its claim to fame. Raided by the Mongols, the precious books and artifacts were transported to the Tawang monastery for safety and then restored back.
The best way to plan a trip to see the Buddhist monasteries in Arunachal is to book a good tour. A professional tour will take care of all the arrangements and will ensure a memorable trip here.