TAWANG (Arunachal Pradesh)
Monastery: About 2 Kms from the town is the Tawang Monastery. The Monastery is the second biggest and oldest in Asia and is known as the Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhatse i.e., the celestial paradise of divine site chosen by the horse was founded by Merag Lodroe Gyamtso in the year 1680-81. The Dalai Lama gave him a painting of goddess Palden Lhamo to be kept in the monastery. The 8 m high glided statue of Lord Buddha dominates the sanctum. The great rotating prayer wheels, priceless thangkas, the drone of monks in prayer, sputtering butter lamps are an evocative vision.
The Tawang Monastery has a residential building for the monks, a library, a museum and school for the basic education. Pierced atop a hill dominating everything around and below it is an enormous yellow-roofed Tawang monastery which was originally a large and fortified complex strategically sited where the caravan routes from Tibet, Bhutan and West Kameng met. The place is also famous with the legend of 7th Century A.D., King Kalawangpo and Khandro Drowa Zangmo, known as rTa nag mandal sgang.
Polo Park : Polo park is a little botanical garden located at the top of a ridge that overlooks the entire town of Naharlagun. One peculiar feature of this park that visitors should not forget to notice is the cane thicket, which looks a bit like a palm, with spines on its stems, but which is growing as a bush. Also, there is also a small zoo. The zoo is located18 kms from Naharlagun and near Banderdewa police check post.
If someone wants to have hand made shawls, carpets, carved caskets & the beautiful cane & bamboo items , there is a Handicrafts Centre run by the Industries Department which offers quite a range of items. Also, Pachin River which provides a fine fishing spot passes by Naharlagun.
The Buddhist Temple
The capital of Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar has a new, beautiful, yellow-roofed shrine, the Buddhist Temple. It rises in a well-maintained ground behind a stupa bearing the portrait of a monk. At one side is a tree planted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The grounds of the temple afford a good view of Itanagar town.
Ganga Sekhi Lake
A 6 km drive to the lake from Itanagar takes visitors on a rugged road through some superbly primeval jungles: bamboo, orchids massed on tall trees, tree-ferns are some of the vegetation which can be identified by the interested traveller. Stopping at the base of a hill, one has to cross a bamboo bridge floored with a bamboo mat spanning a culvert. This leads to a flight of steps cut into the red clay of the hill. At the top of the ridge one looks down at a serene, green forest lake which one can cross in a row boat. It’s an ideal beautiful picnic spot.