Sela Pass | A High-Altitude Mountain Pass In Tawang

If you are looking forward to savoring the best of natural presence, then Sela Pass is the destination you should visit this season. Once you have reached Sela Pass,  So, why not plan a trip to Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh. A breathtaking place in Arunachal Pradesh is a high altitude mountain pass Se-La, with La denoting Pass is a must-visit attraction. Located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh Sela Pass sits at an elevation of 4,170 meters and you can experience a slice of heaven on earth here. It’s cool environs and adrenaline height is simply spellbinding. This popular tourist attraction is seldom jam-packed with fluffy snow lovers, undoubtedly in Sela Pass; you can notice a pool of clouds covering the gaps between mountains. Its snow-clad mountains and shimmering pine trees covered in sprinkle flakes will give you a goal to keep traveling amidst the best destinations of Mother Nature.

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While Sela Pass does get heavy snow during winters, there is no stopping to experiencing that either. It is usually open throughout the year unless landslides slide-in of course. An interesting feature of Sela Pass is that, this place houses around 101 lakes around the pass. One such spectacular and famous lakes in Arunachal Pradesh is Sela Lake, it is also called Paradise Lake because of its appeal and beauty. Getting to Sela Pass is just a mere 78 kilometers from Tawang town and it is a significant place for the Buddhists and an interesting attraction for the tourists in Arunachal Pradesh.

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The pass has hardly any vegetation and is usually snow-covered to some extent all through the year. During winter temperature in the pass can go down to −10 degrees. This place is snowed in most of the year and offers excellent and heavenly views all year round. This part of the Eastern Himalayan 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 the grazing season, yaks grazing around the lake. While Sela Pass does get heavy snow in winters, it is usually open throughout the year unless landslides or snow require the pass to be shut down temporarily. Sela Pass is the main route to access Tawang town, and given the proximity of Tawang District with Tibet.

Permit to enter Sela Pass:

  1. Inner Line Permit (ILP):

Every Indian citizen living outside Arunachal Pradesh needs ILP to enter Arunachal Pradesh. Recently Govt. Of Arunachal implemented electronic ILP (e-ILP) through their website:

How to obtain e-ILP:  TO obtain e-Ilp one needs to have a genuine email id and a mobile phone number in working condition. Follow this link for required documents:

How to reach:

How to reach Tawang by Air

The nearest Domestic Airport is Salonibari Airport, Tezpur, a roughly six-hour drive from Tawang. It is well connected to Kolkata and Guwahati through Air India flight. The nearest International Airport from Tawang is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, roughly 480 kms from Tawang. It is connected with major cities like Delhi, Imphal, Kolkata, Agartala, Aizawl, Dibrugarh, Lilabari, Silchar, Dimapur, Jorhat, and Mumbai.

How to reach Tawang by Rail

The nearest Railway Station is Tezpur Railway Station which is connected to all major cities of Arunachal Pradesh via Guwahati Express, Porvotr S Krnti, Ghy Rajdhani and Sc Ghy Express, etc.

How to reach Tawang by Road

Tawang is 262 kms from Bhalukpong, 319 Kms from Tezpur, 320 Kms from Missamari, 383 kms from Nagaon, 381 Kms from East Kameng, 390 Kms from Udalguri, 402 Kms from Dhula, 408 Kms from Paneri, 440 kms from Itanagar, and 502 Kms from Sagali and is very well connected via Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) and some private travel services.