The Sela Pass (Se La, La means Pass) is a mountain pass located, at a high-altitude, on the border between the Tawang and West Kameng Districts of Arunachal Pradesh state in India. With an elevation of 13,700 ft above sea-level, it connects the Indian Buddhist town of Tawang to Dirang and Guwahati.
This Pass is the gateway to Tawang. It is about 67 km from the center of Tawang city. There is hardly any vegetation in the rugged mountains and rugged area of the pass. The snow remains frozen for most of the year, but it offers an amazing view of the magnificent Himalayas.
Here some yaks can be seen grazing in the sparse greenery present on the slopes. Some lamas can also be seen coming from villages and monasteries around the region.
The beautiful Sela Pass gate stands gracefully in the majestic style, designed with red, blue, green, and golden Buddhist colors in the face of the white peaks of the mountain range.
A View Of Sela Pass
This Pass gives you some really scenic views of the surroundings with its high elevation. You can almost feel the clouds passing through your hands here during the winter months. Most of the pass is frozen with snow with temperatures dropping to well below the zero degrees mark. This place experiences snow almost the whole of the year and offers excellent heavenly views all year round.
This part of the eastern Himalaya range is pretty special for the Buddhists as it is believed that about 101 lakes exist in and around Sela pass and each of these lakes has a huge religious significance for the Buddhist community.
Very close to the Pass is the beautiful Sela Lake, sometimes called Paradise Lake, because of its beauty which could be fully or partially frozen in winter. Some small rivers also flow out of the lake and during grazing season the Yak’s graze around the lake.
Sela Pass In Winter, Sela Lake & Sela Pass In Tawang
You will be delighted to be very close to this beautiful lake and experience the beauty and solitude of the place.
The other attraction here is the Jaswant Garh Gate, which is on the path that leads to the Jaswant Singh War Memorial. The memorial is named after the Indian soldier who died while fighting the Chinese Army.
Jaswant Singh War Memorial
Sela Pass is well connected by road. Tawang Bus stand is the nearest local bus stand but the frequency of buses is very limited. Guwahati Bus Stand is the nearest major bus station and is connected to other cities. From Guwahati to Sela Pass, the distance is 340 km and the journey takes about 11 hours.
If you are approaching Sela Pass from Bomdila on the way to Tawang, which is 177 Km, this Pass is the bootle neck, at 100 km, to reach Tawang. You can either hire a cab from there or take state transport buses.
The nearest major Railway Station is Guwahati Railway Station. Majbat Railway Station is the local railway station though with limited railway connectivity.
The nearest major international airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, at Guwahati.