Also known as Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling monastery, Bombdila monastery was built in 1965 by the twelfth incarnation of the TsonaGontse Rinpoche. And was rebuilt by the thirteenth reincarnation, TsonaGontseRinponche renovated the monastery by building a larger prayer hall. Inside the Gompa, there's a huge prayer, which is used by the lamas for praying; the temple of Buddha, and a tiny quarter of monks.
Apart from its religious significance, the monastery is also known for its natural beauty. Stunning vistas that you can see from here are fabulous and breathtaking.
If you're a nature lover, you will be eager to visit Bomdila View Point. It is one of the highest points in Bomdila that offers the best view of Nechipu Pass eloped in the clouds. The place also offers the most promising view of the West Kameng Valley.
Don't forget to carry your camera as those pictures will surely fill your clipboard with amazing memories.
Sela is a high altitude mountain pass that acts as the gateway to Tawang. It forms the single and highly crucial connecting line between the Tawang and West Kameng districts. The pass rises at a height of 13,700 ft above sea level and is about 67 km away from the heart of Tawang town. Its stark and rugged terrain has hardly any vegetation and is covered with snow for most part of the year, offering a splendid view of the majestic Himalayas.
Some yaks can be seen grazing in the sporadic bursts of greenery on the slopes here.
Although it's associated with India river cruises, the Brahmaputra River passes through several countries and has been given many names. It is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo where it arises in Tibet's Angsi Glacier on the north side of the Himalayas; in the Arunachal Pradesh region of India it's called the Dihang and the inhabitants of Bangladesh know it as the Jamuna River. It is only when it passes through the lush Assam valley in the northeast corner of India that it becomes the Brahmaputra, or 'Son of Brahma,' in tribute to one of the greatest Hindu deities. Being named after a male god gives this rather special river a most particular distinction; it is the only 'male' river in India and a potent counterpart to the Great Mother Ganges, with which it conjoins toward the end of its 1,800-mile journey, just before both rivers spill out into the Bay of Bengal. While not as famous as 'Mata Ganga,' the Brahmaputra River can also take cruise passengers to historic palaces, forts and temples, and offer them a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of remote tribes whose customs have prevailed for centuries. But on top of all that, its shimmering sandy banks offer peace, tranquillity and access not only to verdant tea plantations but also to one of the world's great wildernesses, Kaziranga National Park, where placid elephants carry travelers through shoulder-high grass to watch wild swamp and hog deer and white rhinos grazing with their young and, occasionally, to spot -- if their eyes are sharp and they're lucky -- a magnificent tiger or leopard hiding in the foliage.
The secret when sailing along the Brahmaputra is to look up as well as down, for the vivid colours of Assam's birds must be seen to be believed; they flit overhead like feathered jewels, in flashes of gold, ruby red or sapphire blue – and it's easy to see what inspires the local weavers to produce such colourful and brightly embroidered bolts of fine silk.
Endearingly called as the ‘Chandni Chowk of Guwahati’, Fancy Bazaar is probably the best flea market in all of Guwahati. Consisting of a bazillion tiny shops, stray stalls, roadside setups, Fancy Bazaar is sure to lure you with its labyrinthian alleys and its throwaway prices. A chaotic yet charming amalgamation of the disarrayed shopkeepers, the hustling shoppers along with the aroma of the local street food, the market is a shopping hub for all the compulsive shoppers out there.
This shoppers’ paradise is the go-to place for anything and everything ranging from designer clothes to boots to jewellery, stationery, accessories, artefacts and even furniture, and all of it in the really reasonable wholesale prices. The market is famous for housing some famous Assam Silk shops, garment shops, not to forget, sweets shops and little coops for memorable knick knacks and takeaways. The delicious eateries lined at the side will help you refresh and rejuvenate with lip-smacking local snacks.
One of the most popular places to visit in Guwahati, Kamakhya Temple is indeed a unique temple with a unique festival. Dedicated to Devi Kamakhya, the temple shut for five days everywhere, as it is believed that the deity experiences menstruation during the period. On the sixth day, the temple is opened for the devotees, after the deity is bathed and rituals have been performed. This day is full of celebrations as locals gather for the grand fair. Not only in Guwahati, but this place is also among the most popular tourist places in Assam.
This is among 51 Shakti Peethas and is observed as in important Hindu pilgrimage spot.
Our list of Guwahati sightseeing spots wouldn’t be complete without this one. Umananda Temple is a delight and one of the best places to visit in Guwahati city. It is dedicated to Hindu God, Shiva and is located in Peacock Island, surrounded by River Brahmaputra. Being an important pilgrimage spot, you will always find devotees around, but there is a special charm during the festival of Shivratri.
The temple was commissioned by King Gadadhar Singh in 1694 AD and even today the carvings and sculptures don’t fail to lure. In 1897, some part of the temple was damaged due to earthquake, however it was later reconstructed by a local merchant.
Kaziranga National Park – a world heritage site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros. Kaziranga also boasts the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Though sighting of tigers are difficult because of the tall grasses that provide excellent camouflage, their presence can be felt everywhere by way of pug marks, kills and territorial markings.
The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer.
Elephant Falls, the Three Steps Waterfalls as it is originally called, is located 12 km from the capital city. The three steps in which the water falls earned it the name as Three Steps Waterfalls, which was later called as Elephant Falls by the British. The stone that resembled an elephant near the beautiful falls inspired the British to name the falls thus though the stone is no longer seen as it was destroyed in 1897 by an earthquake.
The rainy season brings more life to the already energetic waterfalls and you will see the falls in full vigor. You may combine your visit to Shillong Peak and Elephant Falls on a single day as both are just a few minutes away from each other.
Brimming with ducks and wishes, Lady Hydari Lake is an exceptionally picturesque lake that stands as the favorite picnic spot for nature lovers and as a renowned name amongst Shillong places to visit. It gets its name from Lady Hydari, the wife of the Governor of Assam and thus famously revered as the first lady of the state.
Built-in Japanese style, it is dotted with orchid, willow trees, as well as rhododendrons trees. With beautiful ponds, enamoring lawns, and a mini zoo and museum, it is an ideal recreational destination to enjoy with family. Boating in the ponds of this park will give you an astoundingly beautiful view of greenery blossoming with life. A treasured place for Shillong sightseeing, it is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Shillong.
Situated 10 kms from the city, Shillong Peak offers spectacular views of the city from an impressive height of 1965 m above sea level. Being the highest point in Shillong, it offers stunning views of lush greenery and cascading waterfalls.
If you are here on a day when clouds do not play spoil sport, you will be able to view the majestic Himalayan peaks and the Bangladesh plains from here. Indian Air Force has its radar station here.
"A gorgeous by-product of the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Umiam River, Umiam Lake is a serene man-made reservoir that forms the perfect picnic spot for tourists from across all geographies. This makes it one of the best Shillong places to visit. Spreading across 222 square kilometres of land, the lake is surrounded by lush green Gulmohar trees and is nestled amidst lofty valleys. Bustling with exquisite flora and fauna as well as indigenous locals, the lake will give you a kaleidoscopic view of the natural beauty and rural and tribal lifestyle of the region.
An absolute paradise for photographers and nature enthusiasts, it is a delight when it comes to Shillong sightseeing. The sunset and sunrise views on the periphery of this lake are sights to behold. Along with its picturesque setting, it also offers tourists an array of water sports and adventures. This makes it one of the most prominent Shillong tourist places."
One of the most picturesque places to visit in Tawang, Nagula Lake is a high altitude lake that is a delight for nature lovers. With some alluring reflections of the mountain waters in its serene waters, Nagula Lale is a captivating tourist attraction in Tawang. The scenic landscape of the lake will leave you to spellbind and one can spot a number of Brahminy ducks around the lake.
Although the lake is known for heavy military presence owing to its location near the border, the place attracts a number of tourists. The best time to visit the lake is during the summer months of April to May and during September and October.
Tawang has to offer every form of nature at its best to your eyes. Nuranang Waterfalls is one such wonderful attraction that Tawang offers. This spectacular 100 meter-high waterfalls is located 40 kms away from Tawang and it is also called as Jang Falls since it is close to Jang, a town between Tawang and Bomdila.
Originating from northern slopes of the famous Sela Pass, Nuranang River forms the waterfalls and then plunges into Tawang river. The Hydel power station nearby is open for visits.
Encompassed by blue lapis flowers, Peng Teng Tso Lake is one of the most beautiful places in Tawang. The place boasts of picturesque natural beauty and makes a surreal landscape with the flowers and snow. The calm waters of this serene lake offer a splendid view of the Himalayas that adorn the background. Maintained by the Indian army, this lake is located 17 km away from the main town and attracts a number of tourists.
Replete with a charming landscape comprising of snow-clad Himalayas, a breathtaking trail of rhododendrons and tranquil waters, Peng Teng Tso Lake is a beautiful tourist attraction that must not be missed when you are in Tawang.
Shonga-tser Lake is famously called Madhuri Lake. An earthquake in this region resulted in the formation of Shonga-tser Lake in 1971, which until then was grassland that served the cattle of the locals here. The lake with picturesque snow-capped mountains surrounding it and the valley offer spectacular views.
You are encouraged to take a casual stroll along the pathways around Shonga-tser Lake. The lake is an absolute delight for the photographers.
Considered to be the place of where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in 8th century, Taktsang Gompa is a popular monastery in Tawang. Taktsang Gompa is located at a distance of 50 km from Tawang and boasts of an exquisite landscape filled with thick conifers and lofty hills. The place is known for its mesmerising backdrop and is a pure delight for shutterbugs in Tawang. The idyllic surroundings of the place add to the spiritual retreat and offers a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of cities.
The popular tourist spot promises to be an enthralling escape to cherish the natural beauty and take back home some captivating memories.
The second largest monastery in Asia and the largest in India is the Tawang Monastery. It was established by Mera Lama Lodre Gyasto during the 17th century. It is situated amidst picturesque landscape. Followers of Buddhism attach high importance to Tawang Monastery, as it is a centre where young Buddhist monks learn about the essence of Buddhist culture.
The amazing collection of manuscripts, books and other artifacts in the monastery increases its value multifold.
Tawang War Memorial is a stupa (Buddhist shrine) built to commemorate the Indian martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the 1962 Indo-China war. Located a stone's throw from Tawang town, the memorial has been designed using Buddhist architectural and cultural elements, including prayer wheels and flags, colourful serpents, dragons and other Sarira (Buddhist relics).
Some of these ornamental decorations have also been donated by the local Tawang population as tribute. All these things come together beautifully to highlight the sanctity of this place. Statues of deities like Lord Buddha can be seen inside.
Mahabhairab Temple is situated at a hillock of the northern part of Tezpur in Assam. The temple is said to be built by King Bana. Kings of many dynasty, especially Tungkhungiya donated a large part of Devottar land for the temple and the pujaris. To look after the temple, Paiks were also appointed. During early times, the responsibility and the management of the temple was at the hands of Borthakur. Currently the temple is maintained by the Government with the help of a managing committee which is headed by the District Deputy Commissioner. Shivratri is the main festival that is celebrated with full grandeur and people from all over the country come to attend the festival.
The temple was built during 8th to 10th century A. D. Cement-concrete idol of Ganesh and Hanuman are built in front of the temple door and are reckoned as Dwarpaals. The temple hosts an annual Shivratri fair which lasts for a week and is famous all over Assam. Bhang and laddoo are served to people as prasad. It is also known to be one of the famous pilgrimages where people visit and show their devotion.