Mr. Prem Singh Pal (Chhinka, Bampa) was honored for his contribution to the society at 23rd SWAD Annual Function 2013 on 25th Dec'2013 at National Museum, New Delhi. He has been very helpful to all Rongpa families for medical as well as social help in last 2-3 decades. He is currently working in AIIMS, New Delhi and has been SWAD executives many times.
Mr. Laxman Singh Rawat (Baula, Gamshali) was also honored for his dedication and contribution in SWAD Uttarakhand Flood Relief in 2013. Mr. Rawat has joined SWAD team for flood relief without hesitation and helped the team thoughout the movement.
In the hills of Garhwal, the two major passes to Tibet (China) are Niti and Mana. These two passes were used by traders of Tibet and India before 1962, which were closed later. These two beautiful valleys were developed due to trading and fertile atmosphere, which are at an elevation from 3000 m to 5800 m.
These valleys are surrounded by many beautiful snow covered mountains, trees, forests and rivers. Many small villages and temples can be seen in these mountains range.
The Rongpa community is a group of people living in the trans-Himalayan regions of India - Tibet border. The community name “Rongpa” derives from the words "Rung" and “Pa”. Where Rung means Valley and Pa means inhabitants. Rongpa can be referred as the community inhabit in the valleys (Niti and Mana) of District Chamoli of Uttarakhand.
Tibet is known as Bhot. Being connected with Tibet, Rongpas of Niti and Mana valleys were officially named as Bhotia.