Tawang Monastery video


Whilst looking for new content for the adamson visuals website I came across this short film shot and edited very quickly a couple of years ago and thought it was worth sharing again. I was traveling through the region with writer and photographer Stuart Butler who was researching the Lonely Planet guidebook for the region. Unfortunately as is always the case on these type of trips we were very pushed for time and only spent a couple of nights in Tawang but this gave me enough of an opportunity to visit the stunning monastery starting in the dark and cold with early morning prayers at about 0430.

Shot on Canon 5d mk2

Tawang lies at just over 3000 metres in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh in an area bordering Tibet and Bhutan and is home to the largest buddhist Monastery outside Tibet. The 12 hour drive from Tezpur in Assam is pretty arduous and is at times spectacular taking in the steep and heavily forested Himalayan foothills and passing over the 4176m Sela pass where from where you get fantastic views to the high snow covered peaks of the Himalaya beyond.

The Tawang monsatery was founded in 1681 in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama and is a major holy site for Tibetan Buddhists as it was also the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama.