Finally to the adrenaline part of this trip. The sela pass is teh second highest motorable pass in the world. Time for some adventure travel. Situated on an altitude of 14000 ft, this drive is scary and gorgeous. Sela pass is a great way to enter Tawang to Guwahati. In fact, this is the only road that connects Tawang to the rest of the country. The pass takes you through lakes, monasteries, mountains, valleys, meadows and all there is to the Himalayas. It is literally a ride through the Himalayan beauties. Some consider the road a bit scary to drive on but, I couldn't et enough of the view to divert my attention anywhere else.
This lake was formed during the earthquake of 1950. Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, this lake is considered to be holy by the Buddhists. The lake is also known as Madhuri lake, after a famous song from a Bollywood film starring the Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit was shot here. We enjoyed the sight of the lake nestled in the mountains.. It was also really cold and windy but the weather just added to the fresh beauty of the place. This is one of the few remotest high altitude lakes in the area and is quite close to the border of China. Since the lake is sacred to the Buddhists of India as well as Tibet, both come here on pre-defined days. The lake is quite a beauty though.
This 400 year old monastery is the largest in India and the second largest in Asia. An important place for the Mahayana sect of Buddhism, this monastery is the chief tourist attraction in Tawang. Also known as the Galden Namgyal Lhatse, it is situated at a height of 3500 m. The complex is huge with around 65 building inside, one of which is an amazing library containing old manuscripts. There are around 450 lamas and 700 monks living here currently. This is the single Buddhist structure of such size and magnificence in the country. This monastery is also a center for social and cultural events of Tawang. All in all it forms an essential part of life in the Tawang valley and its beauty and serenity can be compared with very few structures.
Tawang War Memorial
This permit then you have to submit at the brigade office which is opposite to war memorial. In general, it takes INR 10 for the permit application n INR 10 per permit but if you plan to get it done through agents then they charge you INR 700. As we had bikes , riding around to DC office and Brigade’s office was not difficult.
Pankang Teng Tso Lake
Tawang is made up of high mountains, thick snow, deep valleys and crystal blue lakes. One such lake is the Pankang Teng Tso lake. Located 17 kms away from the main town, this lake is a great place for spending some time with nature. The picturesque landscape is a sight for sore eyes. The beautiful blue water running amidt the wilderness, snow capped peaks that glitter with the falling sun rays, chirping birds and gushing water, all make a visit here worth the time. It is hard to come across so much beauty at once and in that aspect Pankang Teng Tso does give it all to you! Note- The best time to visit is in summers since the lake remains frozen during winters.