All You Need To Know About India's First High-Altitude Marathon

Check out the forthcoming India's first-ever high-altitude marathon, the Tawang Marathon, scheduled to be held October 1 onwards
Marathon runners
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On October 1, 2023, a historic marathon, the Tawang Marathon, will take place in Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level. The event is being organised by the Indian Army and the Arunachal Pradesh government with the aim of putting Tawang on India's adventure sports and marathon map, resulting in a boost in tourism. This initiative is expected to showcase Arunachal Pradesh's breathtaking landscapes and rich culture, providing an invitation to adventure-seekers to join the journey.

The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh tweeted to share the upcoming event of Tawang Marathon that is to be held on 1 October 2023. The marathon will take place in Tawang Stadium, Arunachal Pradesh, India from 04:30 am to 05:00 pm.

The Tawang Marathon will feature multiple segments, including a full marathon, half-marathon, as well as 10 km and 5 km races. Strong teams from the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, and key Central Armed Police Forces like ITBP and SSB will participate in the event. There will be lucrative cash prizes for the rankers of the race. For further details you can visit Tawanag Marathon's official website.

Places to Visit in Tawang

When in Tawang, travellers can visit other beautiful places as they indulge in an explorative expedition. Here's our list of top places to visit in Tawang:

Sela Pass

Sela Pass
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The Tawang War Memorial

The Tawang War Memorial
The Tawang War MemorialWikimedia Commons

The Sela Pass sits amidst the stunning landscapes of Tawang and stands at an altitude of 13,700 ft above sea level. It is famous for its scenic beauty and the surroundings of the pass are truly breathtaking and often feature snow-covered peaks and a sparkling lake, providing an awe-inspiring spectacle for visitors. Furthermore, the pass holds cultural importance as it is home to the Sela Lake, considered sacred by the locals. The Sela Pass is a destination for adventurers, nature lovers, and pilgrims, offering an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas.

The Tawang War Memorial stands as a poignant tribute to the brave soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1962 Sino-Indian War. This sombre monument, set against the backdrop of the Himalayan peaks, serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Indian troops in defending the nation's borders. The memorial's stupa-like structure, surrounded by names of the fallen heroes, evokes a sense of reverence and gratitude, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking to pay homage to the valour and dedication of our armed forces while soaking in the region's natural beauty.

Tawang Buddhist Monastery

Tawang Buddhist Monastery
Tawang Buddhist MonasteryWikimedia Commons

The Tawang Buddhist Monastery, also called the Tawang Gompa, is a revered spiritual haven in the pristine landscapes of Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the largest monasteries in India and an important part of the Mahayana Buddhism tradition. This centuries-old architectural marvel exudes a sense of tranquillity and spirituality, with its towering walls, ornate paintings, and a massive golden statue of Lord Buddha. In addition to its religious significance, the Tawang Monastery also offers captivating panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, making it a cultural and scenic gem that attracts both devotees and tourists seeking a glimpse into the rich Buddhist heritage of the region.

How to Reach Tawang

Air: The nearest airport to reach Tawang is Salonibari Airport in Tezpur, Assam, which is 317 km away. Air India Regional operates flights to/from Kolkata and Silchar.

Rail: Naharlagun Railway station and Guwahati railway station are the closest railway stations to reach Tawang.

Road: You can easily find buses, taxis, and shared taxis from Tezpur (Assam) and Bomdila to reach Tawang. The journey to Tawang by road is tough, but the scenic route through beautiful hills makes it worth the effort

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