We welcome you on an adventurous Journey like none other to Sela Pass and Tawang across the following circuit ~

Guwahati ~ Kaziranga National Park ~ Tezpur ~ Nameri ~ Dirang ~ Bomdila ~ Sela Pass ~ Jaswantgarh ~ Tawang ~ Guwahati

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Keeping into consideration the various adventure journeys across India and the World, the travel from Guwahati to Tawang (covering the Kaziranga National Park and the Sela Pass) is one of the most breathtaking! From capturing your moments with the Endangered Indian One Horned Rhinoceros at Kaziranga, the Greenery of the Lush Tea Gardens of Assam, the Unadulterated natural landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh at Dirang, the Snow Covered mountains of the Sela Pass, the Holiness of the Lord at the Tawang Monastery and the exquisite Handicrafts and Handlooms of North East India at Bomdila you feel your time standing still for a moment and get to relive a moment entirely different from the hustle and bustle of the fast paced city life. Amazing Arunachal Pradesh Tourism assures to take you on a journey that allow you to rediscover yourself in the lap of Mother Nature perfectly in tune with one of the famous quotes of Lord Buddha ~ It is better to Travel well than to arrive!

Sela Pass is a high altitude mountain Pass that connects the Buddhist City of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh with the plains of Assam. This Pass is situated at 13,700 feet above MSL and is located between Bomdila and Jung in Western Arunachal Pradesh. The only way one can reach Tawang by road is through Sela Pass. The Sela Pass is covered with snow most of the year and offers excellent heavenly views all year round. Very close to the Pass is beautiful Sela Lake, which could be fully or partially frozen in winter. Overall the Sela Pass is one magnificent place to visit an unparalleled view of the mighty Himalayas. In addition to being a place Tourist Attraction, the Sela Pass is special to the Buddhists. The Buddhists of Arunachal Pradesh believe that there are about 101 lakes in and around the Sela pass that are revered by them.

Sela Pass also has a unique legend attached to it that states, a Sepoy of the Indian Army named Jaswant Singh Rawat fought alone against the Chinese soldiers near the pass during the 1962 Sino-Indian War fought in Arunachal Pradesh. A tribal woman who had brought food and water to him (named Sela) is said to have killed herself upon seeing the dead body of Jaswant Singh Rawat. Singh was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his courage and devotion to duty. Local people around Tawang area believe that he has become a saint and his spirit protects the area. A Shrine (Memorial) has been made at the place where he fought and the place is fondly called as Jaswant Garh. All Indian Army personnel passing by this route from General to a Jawan pay their respects here. Jaswant is treated as if he is alive, his boots shined, linen washed, towels changed. Soldiers who polish his shoes claim that they are often found covered with mud, a sign that he has been walking around at night. The Legend goes that convoys in blizzards have seen Jaswant directing the vehicles through the serpentine bends. He continues to receive his promotions on time even after his death.He even gets letters from people seeking his blessings and help in all types of problems.

Tawang is a beautiful hill town located in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The name ‘Tawang’ is believed to have been derived from the ‘Tawang Monastery’ which is located in the midst of Tawang town and is the Largest Buddhist Monastery in India. Tawang town is inhabited primarily by the Monpa Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh who practice Buddhism as their faith. In addition to varied Flora, Tawang, is also home to a wide species of Fauna and Avifauna of the likes of high altitude birds, mammals, reptile species, snow leopard, musk deer, barking deer, bear, etc.

A town of Festivals and Fairs, the major festivals celebrated in Tawang are the Losar, Torgya, Dungyor, Drukpa and Zhapa Saka Dawa. Most important is the Losar Festival which is celebrated every year in February at the Tawang Monastery and marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year.

The beautiful town of Tawang is at a distance of approximately 70 kilometers from the Sela Pass driving across the Snow Clad mountains of the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Inhabited by the Monpa Tribes who are primarily Buddhists by religion, Tawang is a town of a wide variety of tree species, blue pines and Orchids grow in natural splendor in the friendly company of precious herbal and medicinal plants. Tawang has a varied Fauna and Avi-Fauna of the likes of high altitude birds, mammals, reptiles, snow leopard, musk deer, barking deer, bear and other animals.

The name Tawang is believed to have derived its name from the grandiose of Tawang Monastery. The popular interpretation is that the name Tawang was given by his holiness the Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso. TA means Horse and WANG means Chosen. As legend goes the site of the present Monastery is believed to have chosen by a Horse owned by Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso. Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso was on search for an appropriate place to establish a Monastery and was unable to locate any appropriate site. Finally he decided to sit on prayer for a guidance of a divine power. As he opened his eyes after prayer, he found his horse missing. So wearily he went out for searching his horse and found it on top of hill calm and quite. Believed it a good omen, Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso decided to initiate a work for building up of Monastery with the help of people living across the land of Monpa in the later part of 17th century according to the wishes of 5th Dalai Lama.

The Tawang Monastery is the Largest Buddhist Monastery in India and the Second Largest Buddhist Monastery in the World after the Potala Palace in Tibet. The Tawang Monastery stands atop a hill at around 1000 feet above the mean sea level and is surrounded by the green mountains of West Kameng. Appearing like a fort, the Tawang Monastery offers a majestic view of the Tawang-Chu valley. This Monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Monpa people of Tawang.

During your stay at Tawang:

  • Sight the Tawang Monastery
  • Sight the majestic snow Clad peaks of Tawang
  • Visit the Jung Fall and the Madhuri Lake near Tawang
  • Visit the India and China Border at the Bumla Pass
  • Visit the local Monpa settlement a Tawang
  • Taste local savories of the Monpa people of Tawang
  • Be a part of the religious festivities at Tawang

Tawang is a Land of Festival and Fairs as these have always been an integral part of the Monpa Tribes of Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The festivals of Monpas are mostly associated with agriculture and religion. Monpas of Tawang district celebrates numbers of festivals every year. Some of the important festivals are Losar, Torgya, Dungyur, Choekor, Ganden Ggamchoe, Drukpa, Tse-ze and Zhepa Saka Dawa.

Two major festivals namely DUNGYUR and TORGYA festival are celebrated in the premises of the Tawang Monastery. The people from all parts of the district come on these auspicious occasions and enjoy with cheer and joy. Dungyur festival is celebrated once in three years. The Torgya festival is a Monastic festival being celebrated in the month of January every year. At the occasion of this festival a monastic dances are performed in the courtyard of the Tawang Monastery.

Losar festival is also one of the major festivals of Monpa people, which is celebrated in the last part of February and early part of March every year to commemorate the “New Year”.

So why wait?! Plan your visit to one of the most Amazing Adventure Filled Journey’s in the World from Kaziranga National Park to Tawang, the States of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!

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Sample Itinerary for your visit to Tawang, Sela Pass and Jaswantgarh ~

Day 1 ~ Guwahati and Cherrapunji

Arrive at Guwahati Airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport offering a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style. From the Airport drive to Cherrapunji. Enroute visit the Umiam Lake at Barapani. At Cherrapunji, visit the Nohkalkai Falls and Mawsmai Caves and Seven Sister Falls. (if time doesn’t permit visit next day depending upon flight arrival time at Guwahati)

Night Stay: Sohra Plaza at Cherrapunji or Similar 
Meals Included: NA

Day 2 ~ Cherrapunji, Mawlynnong and Dawki

Early morning, depart to the Border of India and Bangladesh at Dawki. Click pictures at no man’s Land at the pillar 1275 at Dawki. Later visit the Asia’s Cleanest Village at Mawlynnong. At Mawlynnong visit the Living Root Bridge of Riwai. Back to Cherrapunji for night halt.

Night Stay: Sohra Plaza at Cherrapunji or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 ~ Cherrapunji and Kaziranga National Park

After Breakfast, enroute to the Kaziranga National Park. On the way visit the Don Bosco Museum at Shillong which showcases the rich culture of North East India. Arrive at Kaziranga National Park. Evening free to visit the nearby Tea Gardens of Kaziranga.

Night Stay: Nature Hunt Eco Camp at Kaziranga or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 4 ~ Kaziranga National Park and Kaziranga Orchid Park

Early morning go for an adventurous Jeep Safari into the interiors of the Kaziranga National Park to spot the endangered Indian One Horned Rhinoceros species. Afternoon, visit the Largest Orchid Park in India at the Kaziranga Orchid and Bio-diversity Park.

Night Stay: Nature Hunt Eco Camp at Kaziranga or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 ~ Kaziranga and Dirang

After Breakfast, proceed to Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. On the way visit the Tippi Orchard famous for its orange cultivation. Arrive at Dirang.

Night Stay: Hotel Sundupkhan at Dhirang or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 ~ Dirang and Tawang

After Breakfast, proceed to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. On the way visit the snow covered Sela Pass and Jastwatgarh. Enjoy the scenic drive to Tawang with snow covered mountains all around.

Night Stay: Hotel Bumla Inn at Tawang or Similar 
Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 7 ~ Tawang Monastery and Madhuri Lake

Today you will visit the Largest Buddhist Monastery in India at the Tawang Monastery. Also visit the Madhuri Lake named after Bolywood actress Madhuri during the shooting of movie Koyla. Afternoon visit the Local Market at Tawang famous for exclusive handicrafts and handlooms.

Night Stay: Hotel Bumla Inn at Tawang or Similar
Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 8 ~ Tawang and Bomdila

Depart to Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh. At Bomdila, visit the Bomdila Monastery.

Night Stay: Gompa Monastery Guest House at Bomdila 
Meals Included: Breakfast a

Day 9 ~ Bomdila and Chandubi Lake

Depart to Chandubi Lake near Guwahati. One of the best Eco-tourism destinations of North East Chandubi Lake is famous for the variety of migratory Bird species.

Night Stay: Chandubi Jungle Camp
Meals Included: Breakfast 

Day 10 ~ Chandubi Lake and Guwahati Airport

Early morning enjoy the sunrise, boat riding and Jungle hike near the Chandubi Lake. After breakfast you will depart to Guwahati Airport for your onward destination. Trip Ends. Bid Adieu!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tawang Monastery Tour, Sela Pass, Tawang Tourism, Arunachal Pradesh Tourism
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