A local Cycling body, Tawang Cycling Association (TCA) first came up with the idea of conducting a Cycling event in the district in order to promote biking culture and hence promote adventure tourism. The riders of the association were keen on riding the lesser-used trails and soon began to find the history behind the trials. They then, decided to work on the trials and hence conduct a cycling event.
The TCA hopes to transform Tawang into a biking paradise and an ultimate destination for adventure tourism. They intend to conduct biking events every year and hope to attract riders from all around the globe. Their aim is to revive the forgotten history of ancient routes of Mon-Tawang some of which has trading significance with Tibet.
Tawang is a mystical land perched at an altitude of 10,000 ft above sea level surrounded by lofty mountains. It has a total area of 2,172 Sq.km (approx). The name of Tawang is believed to have derived its name from the grandiose of Tawang Monastery perched on the edge of the ridge running along the western part of Tawang township. The popular interpretation is that the name “Tawang” was given by his holiness the Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso. “TA” means Horse and “Wang” means blessed. As legend goes the site of the present Monastery is believed to have chosen by a Horse owned by Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso. Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso was on search for an appropriate place to establish a Monastery and was unable to locate any appropriate site. Finally he decided to sit on prayer for a guidance of a divine power. As he opened his eyes after prayer, he found his horse missing. So wearily he went out for searching his horse and found it on top of hill calm and quite. Believed it a good omen, Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso decided to initiate a work for building up of Monastery with the help of people living across the land of Monpas in the later part of 17th century according to the whishes of 5th Dalai Lama. Another theory goes by the tale of King Kala Wangpo who ruled over Mon region in the 7 th century. Tawang was called Tana Mandal Gang back then. Mandal Gang means an elevated place surrounded by lofty mountains.
Mountain Biking at Tawang is a budding culture. The area has immense potential to be crowned as a biking paradise. There are numerous trails within and outskirts of the town that were used in the past by locals to commute. The terrain, the history, and the weather make it a perfect destination for bike lovers. Moreover, the change in the lifestyle of the locals due to the Covid pandemic, makes it ever necessary to promote Cycling and hence promote health. One would always be elated to be able to ride amongst the snow-clad mountains and amidst the clouds.
Though there isn’t a bad or a good weather for cycling, it is always comfortable to ride in a soothing weather. The maximum temperature at Tawang doesn’t exceed 22- degree Celsius, which makes it perfect for cycling. Winters at Tawang could be harsh but summers definitely compensates.
Department of Tourism (Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh)
Arunachal Cycling Association