how to reach

One can reach Tawang from other parts of the country via Guwahati and Tezpur in Assam. From Guwahati (Assam) or Tezpur (Assam), one has to go to Bhalukpong in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and from there via Bomdila and Sela Pass one can go to Tawang by road.

The inhabitants of the districts are all of Monpa tribes except Shyo village which is dominated by people of Tibetian origin. The Monpas belong to Mongoloid stock. They are well built, fair in complexion. Their houses are built with stones and timbers. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry are the fundamental means of the Monpas occupation.

Tawang Monastery is one of the most important element in Social and Religious life of the Monpas. This Monastery is known as “GALDEN NAMGYEL LHATSE”. It is one of the most largest Lamaseries of Mahayana sect in Asia. Lamseries comprise of several sections ranging near about four hundred years, devoted to Love, Learning and Purity of life.

This fortified complex covers an area of 135 sq. meters enclosed by a compound wall of 610 meter long. Within the complex there are 65 residential buildings and 10 other structures. The library have valuable old scriptures mainly Kanjur and Tanjur numbering 850 bundles. It is dated back to 17th century A.D.

There are two major religious festivals of the Monpas viz “LOSAR” and “TORGYA”. Both festivals are celebrated once annually. The LOSAR s celebrated to the commencement of New year. Every third year of Torgya, the festival of Dungyur is celebrated. Both “Dungyur and Torgya” festivals are celebrated at the premises of the Tawang Monastery with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm.

There are beautiful lakes around Tawang. One is Pankang Teng Tso (P.T. Tso ) lake. It is a fetching heaven for tourist only 17 KM away from maddening crowd of township. It is a beautiful natural site and provide tourist a lucky chance for deep communion with nature. Other eye catching lakes are Sangetser lake , Banggachang lake.

How to reach                      :               By bus from Tezpur(Assam) or Bomdila

Clothing                               :              Warm clothing throughout the year

Nearest Airport                  :               Tezpur or Guwahati (Assam)

Nearest Bus stand             :               Tezpur (Assam)

Nearest Railway Station    :               Rangapara or Guwhati(Assam)



Foreign Tourists in a group of 2 or more persons can obtain PAP for a period of 30 days from the following offices:

Govt. of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi.

The Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Phone: 011-230113915/23013956/26880901

The Commissioner (Home), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar- 791111.

Commissioner and Secretary (Tourism), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar- 791111.

Foreign Tourist visiting Arunachal Pradesh shall have to pay USD 50 per head as Royalty to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and  application for PAP are to be applied through local approved tour operators only.


Arunachal Pradesh falls under restricted area, official permission is required to enter the state, therefore the visitors other than natives of Arunachal Pradesh are required to obtain an Inner Line Permit ( ILP ) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. The Permit is granted as a routine for the tourists and so it should not deter any tourist from coming to Arunachal Pradesh. Innerline Permits are issued by the Secretary (Political), Government of Arunachal Pradesh, respective Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner of the Districts. These can also be obtained from Resident Commissioner’s office / Deputy Resident Commissioner & Liaison Offices which are mentioned below:

The Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. 011-23013915/ 23013956

The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, CE-109, Sector-1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata. 033-23341243/ 23589865

The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, GS Road Rukminigaon opposite Manasa Mandir, Dispur, Guwahati -781021. – 0361- 2412859/2416720/ 2412859

The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Shilllong. -0364- 2224247/ 2224476.

The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Parvati nagar, Tezpur,Assam – 03712-260173

The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Mohanbari, Dibrugarh, Assam 0373- 2382560/2382738.

The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Lilabari, North Lakhimpur, Assam -03752-22186.

The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Jorhat, Assam 0376- 2340173.

From the office of all the Deputy Commissioners of 16 Districts of the state.

Temporary ILP are also issued from the office of the Extra Assistant Commissioners (EAC) at every entry gate where there are offices of the EAC.