Tawang district

Tawang District

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Tawang district is one of the 16 administrative districts of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India.

Geography and Administration

The Tawang district is roughly located around latitude 27º 45’ N and longitude 90º 15’ E at the northwest extremity of South Tibet. Elevations range between 6,000 to 22,000 feet, and inhabitants are found at lower altitude, where they enjoy a cool temperate climate.

The district was carved out of the West Kameng district, which adjoins it to the south and east. Bhutan borders Tawang to the west whereas Tibet is to the north of the district. The district occupies an area of 2,085 square kilometers and has a population of 38,924 (as of 2001), almost 75% of which are considered "tribal", i.e. belonging to the native Monpa, Bhotia, Adi, etc.


A sizeable population of 20,000 live in Tawang town. The dominant ethnic group are the Monpa, who inhabit all of the 163 villages. The Tibetan are also found in small scattered numbers throughout Tawang. The Takpa, a small tribal group, are found in small, scattered numbers in the West and the North.

Most of the people, which includes the Monpa, Takpa and the Tibetans, are......
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