Road to the Eastern Most East of India – The Golden Pagoda of Tengapani

Our journey in the ‘Land of Rising Sun’, Arunachal Pradesh, started early in the morning of 25th December 2015 from Tinsukia in Assam. We were travelling to the eastern most east of India, the land which is most beautiful yet less travelled! The places in western and central Arunachal namely Tawang and Mechuka are more popular among the travelers than the eastern parts – Walong, Kibithu and Kaho. But our urges to travel along the river Lohit, a major tributary to the river Brahmaputra and catch the first rays of sun in India landed us in the town of Tinsukia.

Ready to start the journey on this Bolero

Ready to start the journey on this Bolero

To enter Arunachal Pradesh one is required to obtain Inner Line Permits (ILP) as the state falls under restricted area. However, permits are granted to the tourists as a routine manner and these can be obtained from the offices of Resident/Dy. Resident Commissioner at New Delhi, Kolkata in West Bengal, Shillong in Meghalaya and Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tezpur, North Lakhimpur and Jorhat in Assam. ILPs are verified in the entry check gates of Arunachal.

After travelling about 58 Kms from Tinsukia town we reached Dirak Check gate of Arunachal Pradesh where our vehicle number was recorded and we were allowed to enter the land of rising sun. We travelled another 13Kms and reached a small town of ‘Namsai’ which is the Headquarter of District Namsai in Arunachal. We had hot Roti Tarka in our breakfast here.

We had our breakfast in this Dhaba at Namsai

We had our breakfast in this Dhaba at Namsai

Next, about 30 Kms from Dirak check gate, we saw a signage welcoming to Golden Pagoda. The place is Tengapani of Namsai District.

The signage welcoming to Golden Pagoda.

The signage welcoming to Golden Pagoda.

We drove to the top of a small hill upto the entry gate. Entering through the gate, which is beautifully carved and designed, we awed by the structure of Buddha Vihar, the Golden Pagoda. Built in Burmese architectural style and design on a plateau overlooking the plains, the Pagoda is a distinguished monument and one of the largest Buddhist Shrines in North-East India.

Entry Gate of Golden Pagoda

Entry Gate of Golden Pagoda

Amidst  vast lawn stands the  Golden Pagoda

Amidst vast lawn stands the Golden Pagoda

The complex is spread over vast lands and the Pagoda stands also on huge plinth area. Covered with gold paint, the Pagoda is designed with one main large dome and twelve sub domes.

The Golden Pagoda

The Golden Pagoda

Golden Pagoda

Golden Pagoda

We entered in the Pagoda. The wooden doors of it are beautifully hand carved. Yet from being a crowded tourist spot, the Pagoda has a beautiful gilded statue of Lord Buddha which is said to be modeled on the Kala Buddha (Black Buddha) of Nalanda archive.

Lord Buddha inside the Pagoda

Lord Buddha inside the Pagoda

Gilded statue of Lord Buddha

Gilded statue of Lord Buddha

This statute is modeled on the Kala Buddha of Nalanda archive

This statute is modeled on the Kala (Black) Buddha of Nalanda archive

We wandered around the massive temple complex unhurried to our onward journey to the mountains. After spending divine moments in the Golden Pagoda we hit again the road to the Eastern Most East of India.

Photo Gallery

My friends with the Pagoda

My friends with the Pagoda

A close shot of the Golden Pagoda

A close shot of the Golden Pagoda

The beautiful Pagoda

The beautiful Pagoda

Fact – The Golden Pagoda of Tengapani, Namsai was inaugurated on 22nd February, 2010.

Getting There:

By Road: Tinsukia- Dirak Check Gate – Namsai – Tengapani Golden Pagoda – Total distance 88KM

Nearest Railhead: Tinsukia Junction is the nearest railhead

Nearest Airport: Dibrugarh Airport is the nearest airport.

The journey to the Eastern Most East of India continued…..

24 thoughts on “Road to the Eastern Most East of India – The Golden Pagoda of Tengapani”

  1. Ami says:

    Beautiful pictures. Kind of reminded me of the monastry in Coorg

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you, Ami 🙂

  2. Indrani says:

    A great virtual trip for me.
    The pictures are terrific!
    Happy new year to you!

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you. Happy New year to you too!

  3. yogi saraswat says:

    Really Beautiful place to visit !! well written

  4. Anupam Chakraborty says:

    Arunachal is a less explored place though it has lot to offers but the infrastructure. Thank you, Yogi!

  5. Arun says:

    Brilliant pictures! Have pinned few of them.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you very much Arun!

  6. Prasad Np says:

    Wonderful post and I was not even aware of these places.. true dream destinations within our Incredible India and you have clicked some amazing pictures…

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Prasad 🙂

  7. It looks beautiful… esp the big golden Buddha statue…
    thanks for sharing Anupam 🙂

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Archana!

  8. Tennyson says:

    Awesome! I would love to take this journey some day 🙂

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      My best wishes. Thank you.

  9. Megha Gupta says:

    seems like a beautiful place

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      It is a lovely place, Megha 🙂 Thank you.

  10. Mridula says:

    Truly beautiful pictures Anupam!

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Mridula

  11. joshi daniel says:

    that looks so great 🙂

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thanks

  12. Misbah Hussain says:

    Beautiful place to visit

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Misbah! 🙂

  13. Thank you for the informative blog. Very persuasive!

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you very much sir! 🙂

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