Buddhist Monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh


Arunachal Pradesh is an enchanting tourist destination of northeast India. This picturesque destination offers natural beauty, rich wildlife and beautiful Buddhist Monasteries. This land of Buddhists has several wonderful monasteries. Some of the famous Buddhist Monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh are:

Bomdila Monastery

It is a famous attraction of Arunachal Pradesh. Built in the year 1965, it is a home to the Buddhist Lamas and monks. It was established by the 12th reincarnate of Tsong Gontse Rinpoche. Also named as Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling monastery, it preaches Mahayana Buddhism. Its architecture resembles the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona in Tibet. Later the 13th reincarnate of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche added a prayer hall to it. There is a beautiful Buddha temple inside it. The hall was sanctified by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama in the year 1977.

Tawang Monastery

Located amidst picturesque surroundings, it is the largest Buddhist monastery in Asia. Located in the Twang district at an altitude of 10,000 feet, it leaves the visitors mesmerized with the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. It was built in the 17th century by a Bhutanese lama. The assembly hall has a giant statue of Lord Buddha. It is decorated with beautiful thangkas and murals. The colorfully painted windows decorated with motifs are other attractions of it. There is also a library here housing a rich collection of the scriptures, thankas, manuscripts and images. One has to cross the Sela Pass to reach the monastery. It is the second highest motorable pass in the world.

Urguelling Monastery
Built in the 15th century by Urgen Sangpo, it is a beautiful monastery located at 5 km from Tawang town. This town is the birth place the sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso. The monastery is steeped in sheer historic significance. It was attached by the Mongols in the 18th century. To protect the statues and scriptures written in gold and silver, they were transported from here to the Tawang monastery. Later the Urguelling Monastery was restored in 1699.