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Sela Pass

The Sela Pass locally called Se La with an elevation of 13,700 ft (4170m), located in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India is considered as the world’s highest motorable high-altitude mountain pass. It is the main road connecting Tawang with the rest of India, while Guwahati is at a distance of 340 km from the Pass. Within the periphery of the Pass the vegetation is very rare and is usually snow covered to some extent all through the year. Adding to your enthusiasm, during winter the temperature in the pass goes down to minus 10 degrees. The snow capped pass offers a panoramic heavenly views for the visitors. This particular Eastern Himalayan range is full of lakes, in and around the pass there is a pretty beautiful lake called Sela lake or commonly known as Paradise lake for its exotic beauty. Lake water remains frozen during the winter and during the grazing season you might see the Yaks grazing around the lake or by the bank of the small rivers originating from the lake.

Jaswant Garh

Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat the true son of Indian soil, who won the Maha Vir Chakra posthumously for his supreme sacrifice at the battle of Nuranang. This Garh was built in the memory of the brave Indian soldier who was serving the 4th Battalion of the Garhwal Rifles. Year back on 17 November 1962 the battalion was subjected to repeated Chinese intrusion. The war reached its final phase, his company was asked to fall back, Jaswant Singh single handedly being assisted by two local Monpa girls named Sela and Nura held back the Chinese intruders for three days at an altitude of 10,000 feet. They install weapons at different spots and fired in volume that made the Chinese to assume that they were opposed by a body of troops. Finally the Chinese came to know about the situation and attacked with a big force, Sela died in a grenade blast, Nura was caught and Jaswant shot himself with the last cartridge. It is alleged that the Chinese beheaded Jaswant Singh’s and took it to China. After the ceasefire, the Chinese commander, in honor of the brave Indian soldier’s bravery, returned the head along with a brass bust of Jaswant Singh. The bust, created in China to honor the Son of India, now is installed at the battle ground.

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery is one of the largest monasteries of Mahayana sect in Asia. It was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, situated in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh state of India. The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa school and has a religious association with Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, which continued during the period of British rule in India. The Monastery is at a close proximity to the Tibetan border, in the valley of the Tawang-chu which flows down from Tibet. The monastery is also known in Tibetan as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which translates to 'celestial paradise in a clear night.' The library of the monastery has valuable 400-year-old scriptures, mainly Kanjur and Tanjur, numbering 850 bundles. The monastery is located at an elevation of about 3,300 metres (10,000 ft) in the district capital, Tawang Town. It inhouses about 700 monks and presently is home to more than 450 lamas. The most fascinating part is the Dukhang or Assembly Hall — a three-storied building housing the temple and the 8.3 m (27 ft) high Golden Buddha. To the left of the altar on the northern wall is a silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddess Dri Devi (Palden Lhamo), the principal deity of the monastery. There is also a Buddhist Cultural Studies center where young monks are taught arithmetic, English and Hindi as well as their traditional monastic education.

Tawang War Memorial

Dedicated in the honor of the unsung heroes of the 1962 India-China War. The 40 foot high memorial is locally known as the ‘Namgyal Chortan’ wherein the names of 2420 dead soldiers is etched in golden letters on 32 black granite plaques. This distinguished war memorial, blessed by Dalai Lama is nestled among the panoramic snow-capped ranges of Eastern Himalaya. Reach in scenic beauty the memorial ensures that the visitors gets recreated among the pristine nature, while admiring the deeds of the brave Indian soldiers who made their supreme sacrifice for the cause of the country. During the evening the Army personal organize a sound and light show depicting the heroic deeds of the martyrs. While you are on a holiday to Tawang, this pride of Tawang is bound to touch your heart and soul.

Pangkang Teng Tso

‘Tso’ meaning Lake in Monpa. About 17 kms away from the town towards the northern corner, the lake looks like a blue carpet warp around the nature. The lake is surrounded by various colours of flowers in October and during the winter months, it is stark white.




Bumla Pass

The Pass is within a distance of 37kms from the town of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, elevation being 16,500ft above sea level standing at the Indo-China border. It is often covered with heavy snow throughout the year. Among the most off-beat passes in the world, Bum La pass is the one and is also referred to as the pass through which Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet. Historically this is the route through which Chinese army marched towards India during 1962 Sino-Indian war. A special permit is required to visit Bum La Pass. The Permits can be requested at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Tawang District, and the same has to be stamped in the Indian army cantonment of Tawang.



Madhuri Lake

The Himalayan landscape with its own beauty are bound to captivate nearly any visitor from around the world. Round the year irrespective of the months, it has something to unfold during visitors arrival. Locally known as the Sangetsar Lake, this high altitude lake is a fusion of spirituality, the mighty Himalayas surrounding it and the tree trunks jutting out of the lake water add to its majesty. This Lake is also known as Madhuri Lake after the famous Bollywood movie Koyla (featuring Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit) that was shot here. This place should not be missed out on your travel plan if you are in love with the Himalayas.