MTB Tawang is an initiative of the Directorate of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of Arunachal Pradesh. This Annual MTB event has been started with an aim to promote mountain biking as a sport amongst the youth and also promote Arunachal Pradesh as a premier destination for adventure tourism in India.
The first edition of MTB Tawang saw strong participation of top mountain bikers from across the country. The riders turned the heat on in the freezing temperatures of Sela Pass. The race saw strong performances from local talents like Ahonda Menjo (a stage winner in this year’s MTB Himalaya), Everester Taka Tamut and Ruby Lombo.
Devender Kumar of Himachal Pradesh was the champion of MTB Tawang, 2017. Yogesh Kumar of Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh’s Ahondo Menjo secured the second and third spots respectively.
The ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’ Arunachal is one of India’s wildest and least explored state. Rising abruptly from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested and impossibly steep hills, culminating in snowcapped peaks along the Tibetan border Arunachal is home to 26 indigenous tribes. Be it bio diversity, diversity of culture or diversity of terrain this land is heaven for explorers and adventurers. Much of the state remains beyond tourism’s reach, but new areas are slowly being opened to visitors. So if you are seeking to step into a world of extraordinary beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on earth, Arunachal Pradesh is the place for you.
Tawang is located at an altitude of 11,500 ft at the extreme North West corner of Arunachal Pradesh surrounded on three sides by Bhutan and China. This makes Tawang difficult to reach. But the visitors are well rewarded with the grand views of the alpine mountains surrounding Tawang.
The valley is a gorgeous patchwork of mountain ridges, vast fields and clusters of Buddhist monasteries and Monpa villages. Autumn is a particularly beautiful season for travelling this route, when waterfalls are in spate and cosmos shrubs lining the tarmac come alive in riotous reds and pinks. The setting is more beautiful than the town itself, but murals of auspicious Buddhist emblems and colourful prayer wheels add interest to the central Old Market area.
Apart from the grand mountain and lakes that create an extremely beautiful background for the town, Tawang is also famous for the 17th century Tawang Monastery which is the second largest in Asia and also one of the most beautiful. The local tribe “Monpa” are well known for their friendly smile and the headgear they wear.