Arunachal Pradesh’s Lumla Is A Hidden Gem; From Monasteries To Dalai Lama’s Trail, Things To Do There

Lumla is now going to be transformed into a popular tourist attraction

by Tejashee Kashyap
Arunachal Pradesh’s Lumla Is A Hidden Gem; From Monasteries To Dalai Lama’s Trail, Things To Do There

Tucked away in the eastern Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh’s Lumla is a picturesque place in the Tawang district. It is an area rich in Tibetan spirituality and history, home to a multitude of natural wonders and cultural treasures. Lumla is now going to be transformed into a popular tourist attraction and a spiritual destination, along the Dalai Lama’s escape route.

A Historic Paradise

The original route of the Dalai Lama’s escape leads from Tsona in Tibet to Kehn-De-mani in the Arunachal Pradesh region of Tawang’s Zemithang circle. From mystical monasteries to breathtaking treks, Lumla beckons with its charm and allure.

The events of March 31, 1959, are carved in Lumla’s history, as the Dalai Lama and his companions were officially welcomed at Khen-Dze-Mani. The place provided refuge for the Dalai Lama during his difficult journey, as did the Zemithang Circle in the Tawang district. His Holiness entered Indian land through the tiny gate known as “Lhasa Dwar.” There is a memento of this momentous occasion.

Reaching Lumla is an adventure in itself. The nearest major town is Tawang, and the most common way to reach Lumla is by road. The drive offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayan terrain, winding through lush green valleys and dense forests. The nearest airport is Tezpur in Assam, and from there, a scenic road trip will take you to Lumla. Lumla is home to various indigenous tribes, including the Monpas. Take the opportunity to delve into their rich culture by visiting local villages.

What To Do In Lumla?

Lumla emerges as a peaceful sanctuary for Buddhists. It is home to several monastic communities dedicated to the practice of Buddhist meditation and contemplation. These sanctuaries offer guided retreats, meditation sessions, and teachings by experienced spiritual teachers.

Lumla Dolma Lhakhang is located at Lumla about 45 Kms from Tawang. It has a huge statue of Jetsun Dolma with a prayer hall underneath. Perched amidst verdant hills and overlooking panoramic vistas, the monastery exudes an air of serenity and grandeur. Intricate carvings, vibrant murals, and ornate prayer halls adorn the complex.

When the Gorzam Kora festival is held on the final day of the first lunar month, thousands of devotees come to commemorate this auspicious occasion. The towering stupa was built in the 13th century A.D. by Lama Prathar from Kharman village in Zemithang. Measuring 186 feet at the base and 93 feet high, it is fashioned after the Boudhinath stupa in Nepal.

Lumla is blessed with pristine landscapes that are a treat for nature lovers. For a truly immersive experience, consider camping in the serene landscapes. Indulge in the local cuisine to complete your Lumla experience. The region’s traditional dishes, influenced by Tibetan and Monpa flavours, offer a unique gastronomic journey.

The untouched beauty, cultural richness, and warm hospitality make Lumla a must-visit for anyone looking to explore the hidden treasures of the eastern Himalayas. So, when are you visiting?

Cover image credits:Facebook/Pema Khandu

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