‘Horse Pasture’  Town/District, Arunachal Pradesh (ArP)

From Mon:  ta, ‘horse’; and wang, ‘pasture’.

Tawang is situated  3,000m above sea level.

Historically it was part of Tibet: it was the birthplace of Tsangyang Gyatso, the sixth Dalai Lama (1683-1706), and boasts the largest Buddhist monastery in India.

In 1959 the current Dalai Lama passed through Tawang on his way to India and he visits occasionally for prayers and discourses.

It borders Bhutan to the west and Tibet to the north and in terms of disputed territory with the Chinese it is politically and strtegically important.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Arunachal Pradesh place names.

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