Sela Pass

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Sela Pass, Tawang Overview

One of the most breathtaking places in the Himalayan vista, Sela Pass is a lifeline for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, and it is as heavenly asĀ it gets. The Sela Pass and Himalayas combine to enchant one and all by their mystic beauty. One of the most stunning gifts of nature to the North-East, Sela Pass is a lifeline for the people of Arunachal Pradesh as it is the only way that connects Tawang district of the state to the rest of the country. Besides its geographical importance, Sela Pass is breathtaking place always covered in snow providing some beautiful views of the eastern Himalayan range. The rocky pass is also home to one of Arunachal's most beautiful lakes - the Sela Lake. Being a sensitive region, one needs an inner line permit to visit Sela Pass.

The Sela pass and the Sela lake situated at an altitude of 4170 meters are a gateway to Arunachal and in a way tell you the treasures that lie ahead within the state. Being at Sela Pass and gazing into the frozen Sela Lake one cannot help but marvel at the wonder that is the Himalayas. Sela pass lies on your way to Tawang city which is some 80 km from the pass and does make a great place to stop and relax admiring the awesomeness of the surroundings.

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Sela Pass and Sela lake are protected by the Indian Army. One can witness their struggles in guarding the significant route which connects the state to the rest of India in such gruelling conditions. 

According to the legend, Jaswant Singh Rawat, an Indian army sepoy fought alone against the Chinese soldiers near the Sela Pass during the Sino-Indian war in 1962. A tribal woman named Sela brought food and water to him but killed herself on seeing his mutilated body. The brave Jaswant Singh was later posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra.

1. Very high temperatures in the region during most months means one needs to carry high altitude clothing, especially during winters. Protect yourself from frost bites by keeping yourself warm at all times.
2. Avoid heavy eating just before the hike towards the pass.

Sela Pass and Sela lake are protected by the Indian Army. One can witness their struggles in guarding the significant route which connects the state to the rest of India in such gruelling conditions. 

Even though Sela Pass is open throughout the year, the best months to visit are October, November, March, April and May as there are less chances of the route being snowed-in due to the snowfall. The temperatures can range from anywhere between 20 to 5 degrees Celsius, hence adequate warm clothing is necessary. During these months, the Pass and the Lake are at their most beautiful with snow covered mountains, forests and the frozen lake making for a wonderful sight.

  • Air: The nearest airport is at Guwahati which is 480 km from Tawang and is well connected to all major cities of the country. One can hire a car or catch a bus till Tezpur for further journey till Tawang. Alternatively, helicopter services are available from Guwahati till Tawang daily at the cost INR 400 for adults and INR 2500 fro children.

  • Rail: The nearest railhead is at Tezpur. It is well connected to Tawang and Bomdila by road and one can hail a Tata Suma or a bus till Bomdila or Tawang.

  • Road: Tawang is well connected to all major cities of the North-East by ASPRTC buses and some more private buses. The most convenient way is by hiring a cab as you can stop at Sela Pass & Lake before carrying on to Tawang.


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