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Tawang Valley

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Images (Dirang-Tawang)

 by     Ramana  Athreya

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              Images  from the Dirang  and   Tawang     
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Sangti from Mandala
The Sangti valley
A distant view  from high up on the Mandala ridge. Dirang is a good base for visting Sangti and Mandala.   

Sangti valley
The Sangti Paddies
The black-necked cranes find their winter sustenance on the fallow paddies between the two halves of Sangti village. 0-10 visit the valley between November, when they move away from their summer haunts, and February, when the Sangti folk start their spring operations. The cranes have put in a show regularly for the last 8 years.
Mandala conifers
The Mandala Ridge
Has extensive conifer stands, highly disturbed in patches and excellent in others. The road follows the ridge at about 3600m. There are several large man-made grazing pastures along the road but there are no alpine meadows (too low). Pictured opposite is a pasture in the making - the central patch of conifers have been girdled to death and only await clearing.



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Sela Ridge

The Greater Himalayas from Bomdila
The Sela ridge divides  W. Kameng from Tawang. The highway winds up to and across this ridge at the Sela Pass at 4200m.  Even this high ridge is dwarfed by the Greater Himalayas beyond; the summits of Gorichen (6540m) and Kangto (7090m) are the highest in the state and sentinels on the border with Tibet.

Sessa from Jgarh
Sela viewed from the Tawang side
The road goes down by easy gradients into Tawang passing through alpine meadows, dwarf treeline vegetation and, of course, extensively deforestation in all easily accessible conifer patches. The heartening sight is the healthy regeneration  of conifers in all areas abandoned and undisturbed by  people for a couple of decades. 
Deforested scrub
Treeline Vegetation
Conifer Regeneration
Alpine scrub
alpine vegetation conifer regeneration

jaswantgarh memorial
A memorial to Jaswant Singh, one of the few Indian soldiers to get a gallantry award in the Chinese disaster of 1962. Located at the mouth of the Sela valley it commands a spectacular view of the Tawang Valley (next image)

Tawang valley
The Tawang Valley
The dense packed cluster a little left of the centre is the 400 year old Tawang Monastery.  The Dalai Lama used the  ancient Tibet-Tawang route to escape from the Chinese authorities in the 1950s, and spent some time here before moving on to Himachal Pradesh.
Rama spur road
The Jang - Rama Spur road
The road climbs up from 2400m at Jang to 3850m before climbing down to PanGi below Thingpo, passing through some of the best stands of Fir in that region. Most of the trees below 3000m have been felled to provide fuel to Jang.  One can climb up from the highest point on the road to the alpine zone above.

Pakke images          Eaglenest images          Dirang-Tawang images

The  Eaglenest Biodiversity Project  was funded by a grant from the Rufford Foundation (UK) to Ramana Athreya.
The information contained herein may be freely used, provided that these webpages and/or the report (Athreya 2005)  are  appropriately cited. The images are copyright and may not be reproduced without permission from  Ramana Athreya
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13 March 2005
Kaati Trust
, Pune