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 Śarīra (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.


The picturesque memorial has a calming and serene atmosphere and from its grounds, snow-capped mountains and rugged hills can be seen in a 360 degree circle. Surrounding the stupa are several flags flying high, including the National Flag, the Army Flag, the Air Force Flag as well as the flags of the 27 other regiments that fought in the war. The memorial was built in memory of the 2,420 members of the armed forces who laid down their lives in Kameng district during the war. The dedication plaque at the memorial reads 'Their names liveth for evermore'. The memorial is divided into two major halls. One is a museum that houses the belongings of the martyrs, and the other is used as an auditorium where a sound and light show takes you back to the days of the war. There are wall-mounted photographs that chronicle the brave acts of the soldiers, and exhibits that showcase the weapons and tanks used by both the Indian and the Chinese armies during the war. Glass encased displays containing maps show the rugged terrain and border areas where most of the fighting took place. The war monument also has a gift shop where mementos can be bought and the proceeds go to army welfare.

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