State :Arunachal Pradesh, the north eastern state of India.
Best Time to Travel : October to April.
Significance : The Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre.
Locate : The nunneries are located in
Tawang, which 160 km
from Tezpur (Assam).
Know the Nunneries of Tawang
Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh has a long tradition of nunneries called "Ani
Gompas". There are several nunneries located at Tawang Arunachal
Pradesh India. One of the oldest nunnery (Ani Gompa) is the Brama dung-
chung Ani Gompa, located 12 km from
Tawang. This Ani Gompa
or nunnery was commissioned by Karchen Yeshi Gelek in 1595 and houses about
45 nuns. The Gyangong Ani Gompa is about 5 km from the Tawang township and
has about 50 nuns staying here. Another nunnery is the Singsur Ani Gompa,
built by Gonpaste Rimpoche. This is home to 45 nuns and is 28 km from
Tawang in Arunachal
The Nunneries of Tawang
Brama Dung Chung Ani Gompa
Brama Dung Chung Ani Gompa (nunnery) is the oldest Ani Gompa (Nunnery) in
Tawang District of
Arunachal Pradesh. This nunnery is located in the lap of a far off mountain
surrounded by natural beauties. It is located at a distance of 9 km from the
main township of Tawang.
The nunnery was established by a Lama named Karchen Yeshi Gelek from Tsang
province of Tibet in the year 1595 AD. At present there are 45 'Anis' or
nuns in this monastery. Being very poor, the inhabitants of Brahmadungchung
Ani Gonpa depend on begging for sustaining themselves.
Gyangong Ani Gompa
Gyangong Ani Gompa in Tawang Arunachal Pradesh is a beautiful Nunnery,
having about 50 Buddhist Nuns. The Nunnery is located on top of a beautiful
hillock about 5 km away in the north of
Tawang in Arunachal
Pradesh founded by Mera Lam Lodre Gyamtso and was consequently offered by
him to his elder sister. Thus the Gyangong Ani gonpa came into existence.
Monastery and the nuns of this monastery get provision from the Tawang
monastery. Location of nunnery and the customs being followed by nuns remind
visitors of the period of Maurya Dynasty, when the Buddhism was preached in
the distant hilly areas under the shade of green trees.
Singsur Ani Gompa
This Gompa is one beautiful nunneries of Tawang district. It is located at
a distance of about 28 km west from the
district Headquarters towards the Geshila road in Arunachal Pradesh. It
houses around 30 'Anis' or Nuns. The new Singsur Ani Gompa was built by the
previous Rev. Gonpatse Rimpoche in 1960. The old Singsur Ani Gompa is also
in existence and is located amidst the 'Shaa' (huts) of the Anies.
Journey to The Tawang Nunneries
There is no airport or railhead in
Tezpur is the closest place, which
offers an airport.
Road Transport : The only way out of the
Tawang town leads back
over the Sela Pass and down to
State Transport runs buses to Bomdila on Wednesday. Friday And Saturday
(8hr). Private buses also run daily via Bomdila to
Tezpur , departing round about
noontime and arriving Tawang early in the morning of the following day.
Jeeps also leave daily for Tezpur
early in the morning from Tawang
City Gate, 200m downhill from the bus stand.
Staying near the Tawang Nunneries
Some accommodations are available at
Tawang for the tourists.
you may not come across luxury accommodations.
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