Arunachal Pradesh is getting ready to celebrate the much-awaited cultural festival, Tawang Festival on October 29th, 2019 with much more pomp and gaiety than the previous years.
The festival which is held in the city of Tawang is a much sought after festival as it is a cultural paradise for travellers who love to explore new cultures especially those of Northeast India.
Preparations are going on in full swing with meetings held by the Festival Director, Tseten Chombay with locals, student leaders, NGOs to make the festival a remarkable one in all these years.
This year the venue of the festival is the Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso High altitude stadium.
So, before you pack your bags to experience this extravagant festival of the land of the rising sun, let us understand what the festival is all about.
What is the Tawang festival?
Tawang festival was first celebrated in the year 2012 and it is a culturally enriching festival where you can feed your mind about the rich culture and traditions that the state holds. As rightly said, Tawang is the land of mystic and enchanting beauties and you will never regret visiting this valley as every new day brings a new picture of this city.
Tawang festival is a three-day event and this year it will start from October 29th, 2019 and will end on October 31st, 2019. The festival is organized by the Tourism Department of the Arunachal government and every year the festival starts with a religious tradition known as the Sebang.
Sebang is a sight to behold to as several monks rally to the festival venue from the Tawang Monastery which shows the rich and vibrant culture of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival also includes events and activities like music, tribal dance performances, art and crafts and many more.
About Tawang town
Tawang town is one of the mesmerizing towns that the state has and its tranquil environment is one reason why the festival is held here. The hill station is located at an altitude of 3,500 ft above sea level and it is surrounded with majestic mountains namely Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi.
The other reasons why the town is selected to host the festival is because it has waterfalls, mountains, lakes, etc to boast about and it is often regarded as a heaven on earth.
Dance, Colours & Much more…
The major attractions of the festival are many and among them, people often visit the festival to witness the Dance of Yak and Aji-Lhamu dance, a prominent folk dance of the Monpa tribe of the state. The festival also holds several traditional monastic dances, Buddhist religious functions, street performances and historical movies of the state.
Of Thukpa and Rice beer
If you love a hot bowl of authentic Thukpa, Tawang festival is the best option for you as the festival installs many food counters that display a range of traditional cuisines. Also, while having a hot piping bowl of Thukpa, don’t forget to taste the traditional rice beer that leaves a sweet taste lingering in your mouth.
Tawang also has…
While visiting the Tawang festival you can also make a trip to the popular tourist destinations that the valley has. Some of the places are:
- Bumla Pass,
- Sela Pass,
- Madhuri Lake,
- Tawang Monastery,
- Gorichen Peak,
- Jang Waterfalls and much more.
If you want to escape from your daily hustle and relax in the mountains and know more about traditions and culture of Northeastern states, then start packing already and book your tickets to the mesmerizing Tawang festival, 2019.
Photo credit: @TawangFestival