Jaswant Garh is a memorial erected in the memory of Veer Jaswant Singh of the 4th Garhwal Rifles and a recipient of Mahavir Chakra (Posthumous) who alone stopped the Chinese Army for 72 hours during the 1962 aggression with the help of Monpa girls Sela and Nura. The location of this place in itself is very enchanting. The memorial is located on a mountain slope between Sela Pass and Jang Fall. Jaswant garh lies about 20 km away from Sela Pass (45 minutes drive) and 50 km from Tawang. The temple-like Jaswantgarh memorial falls on your left as you travel towards Tawang from Sela Pass. The memorial is maintained round the clock by the Indian army. It has a garlanded bronze bust of Jaswant Singh who is referred as Baba by soldiers, a portrait of the war hero and his belongings including the Army uniform, cap, watch, belt, shoes and even his bed. Jaswant is treated as if he is alive, his boots shined and his personal belongings cared for by Army personnel posted at the shrine. The earthen lamp before the portrait of Jaswant Singh burns round the clock. A marble plaque commemorates him and 161 other men of his battalion who died in the battle of Nuranang, which was awarded to Garhwal Rifles as a battle honour. Other than the memorial building, a lot of bunkers and artillery pits from the 1962 war have been preserved at the site. You feel honored to pay homage to Baba Jaswant Singh and to Indian Army. The landscape around the Jaswant garh memorial is amazing. Surrounded by lofty mountains and beautiful valleys, the view is absolutely breathtaking.
Across the road the soldiers run a snack counter where free tea is served for all travelers. Hot tea is very much required after crossing Sela Pass & long journey from Dirang. They also sell Samosa at Rs. 5/-.
Timing: Open all days – 08:30 To 19:00 hrs.
A journey towards the picturesque Tawang town through pristine hills of Arunachal Pradesh cannot be complete without a stopover at Jaswantgarh.