January 24, 2022

8 Best Places to Visit in Namsai

Namsai

Top Tourist Attractions in Lower Namsai

Namsai

Namsai is the administrative centre of the Namsai district in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Best Places to Visit in Namsai

  1. MONASTERY, NAMSAI
  2. GOLDEN PAGODA (KONGMU KHAM), TENGAPANI (NOI CHENAM)
  3. WORLD PEACE PAGODA, RIVER ISLAND, CHONGKHAM
  4. LATHAO INTERNATIONAL BANA MEDITATION CENTRE, LATHAO
  5. EMPONG MONASTERY, EMPONG
  6. MONASTERY, PHANENG
  7. PARSHURAM KUND
  8. GLOW LAKE

A traveller may enjoy the environment of quiet and tranquillity by relaxing along the river banks or visiting many gorgeous pagodas and temples in the villages.

MONASTERY, NAMSAI

This pagoda, located in the centre of Namsai town, was the first major edifice to appear in the region. In the enormous compound, it is surrounded by stunning temples and other fascinating monuments.

GOLDEN PAGODA (KONGMU KHAM), TENGAPANI (NOI CHENAM)

Kongmu Kham in Tengapani is a sight to behold, located on the banks of the River Teang. The magnificent golden pagoda, built in the Thai/Burmese style, stands majestically in a lovely manicured garden surrounded by lush foliage, exuding calm and tranquillity. A stunning gilded statue of Buddha, modelled after the kala Buddha of Nalanda archive, is located within the golden pagoda.

A cultural study centre for the Tai Khampti-singpho tribes, a library, and a monastery are all located in the region. A tourist resort nearby offers lodging in the form of separate villas and dorms. From here, guests may see the gorgeous golden pagoda and explore the surrounding landscapes.

WORLD PEACE PAGODA, RIVER ISLAND, CHONGKHAM

The pagoda is situated on a river island in Chongkham, a historic town. This spot is a haven for the mind and is suitable for meditation in front of the Buddha statue that surrounds the vihara’s inner core. Chongkham, located on National Highway 52, is a lovely area to visit. The Tai Khampti Singpho museum, located on the grounds of the Arunachal Pali Vidyapith, is a must-see for those interested in Khampti and Singpho culture and traditions.

LATHAO INTERNATIONAL BANA MEDITATION CENTRE, LATHAO

Vipassana, which means “to see things as they truly are,” is one of India’s oldest ancient meditation techniques, and it is practised here. The centre, surrounded by lush woodland and perched atop the Lal Pahad (red hill), provides a tranquil setting excellent for meditation. It also has one of the highest Buddha sculptures in the region. Vipassana is a method of self-transformation based on self-observation of mind and body, which may be immediately experienced via disciplined attention to the physical sensations that create the life of the body and that continually interconnect and shape the life of the mind.

EMPONG MONASTERY, EMPONG

The locals regard Empong monastery as a ‘Ti Met’ (holy spot) because the statue erected there is said to have extraordinary abilities. According to legend, a long time ago, an innocuous peasant would occasionally utilise the statue of Lord Buddha as a guard to keep a watch on the rice grains drying in the sun and scare the birds away. When this was done, no birds came near to feast on the rice grains, and the rice stock stayed intact. A visitor to the community spotted this and took it back to the Empong monastery, believing it to be the miraculous functioning of the statue. Every year, hundreds of Belivers gather here to get their wishes granted during the Sangken Festival. Another reason to visit the tranquil village of Empong in the Chongkham circle.

It is said that childless couples come to the monastery to pray for their wishes and have them granted.

MONASTERY, PHANENG

It is said that a sacred book (LEK) is stored in the monastery here and that as the pages are turned, it bleeds. According to legend, a great devotee penned the book with his heart and soul, and as a result, the book became personified, with blood dripping from its pages when turned. To avoid causing it pain, the book is now never opened. People come here to provide cloth covers (OM LEK) for the book and to pray for their desires to be granted with flowers, lit candles, and incense.

Other sites accessible from the Namsai district but located in the neighbouring Lohit district include:

PARSHURAM KUND

Parshuram Kund is located in the lower levels of the Lohit River. It is a sacred spot where people from all across the country come to take a holy dip on Makar Shankranti. The common belief among the villagers is that a dip in the Kund on a sunny day wipes away one’s sins. According to the Kalika Purana, it was here that the sage Parshuram washed away his matricide guilt. On Makar Shankranti, which falls on the 14th of January every year, religious people and saints go to this Kund.

GLOW LAKE

Glow Lake is located in the Lohit district’s Wakro circle. It’s a lovely site, with snow-capped mountains in the background and a plethora of flora and animals around and around the lake. It has an area of around 8 square kilometres and is located about 5000 feet above sea level.

The nearest road point is at twam village on the Chongkham-Wakro road, from whence one must begin walking to the lake. Because of the lack of a decent route, journeys to the lake become an adventure. The villages with distant hills in the background, the rivers and their banks, the tea gardens, the huge green fields, the monasteries, and so on are all sights to see, and the friendliness of the local people and their festivals, among other things, must be experienced to be properly appreciated.

Best Time to Visit in Namsai

The best season is from November to April.  

How to Reach Namsai

By Air:-

The nearest airport is Mohanbari (Dibrugarh) in Assam, which is 123 kilometres away from Namsai. Cabs to Namsai may be hired when you arrive at Mohanbari.

By Train:-

The nearest railway station is New Tinsukia Junction in Assam, which is only 79.7 kilometres from Namsai. To go to Namsai, you may use cabs or buses from Tinsukia.

By Road:-

Namsai is well-connected to Assam’s neighbouring towns via road. Namsai has daily day and night bus services to Tinsukia, Guwahati, Siliguri, and Itanagar. Taxis or cabs are also available.

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