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What The World’s Second Largest Monastery Taught Me - FootLoose Dev
Tawang valley in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is wrapped with a hulking mountain range which always seems to cast special magic on the mind of travelers. The entire valley is a patchwork of stunning mountain ridges and vast fields – so beautiful that every moment you find yourself awestruck. And when you are not being enthralled with its natural beauty, you are captivated with the Buddhist prayer wheels of Monpa pilgrims wearing a traditional black-yak-wool overcoat. Well, there are many reasons to visit Tawang, but the prime reason why it stands above the crowd is that it is home to the world’s second largest monastery – something that makes Tawang exclusive, and culturally rich. Located at 10,000 feet with a commanding view of Tawang River, Tawang monastery is one small city in itself. It is an ideal epitome to some 500 monks, many of whom are small children. Their sole place of refuge in the monastery premises where they learn and follow Buddhism. During my visit to this monastery and a small conversation …