With an area of 83,743 sq.km, whose name in Sanskrit means the land of the rising sun, bordered on the north and north-east by China, east by Myanmar, south by Assam and west by Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh is a land of stunning scenic beauty. This sparsely populated mountainous region provides jaw-dropping tourist spots that can just take your breath away.
The largest river in Arunachal Pradesh is the Brahmaputra known there as the Siang which provides room for many adventure sports. Along with Siang are its tributaries like the Tirap, the Lohit and the Subansiri. With altitude the temperature of this place decreases but in the foothills the climate is mainly sub-tropical; The average rainfall is between 2000 and 4000 mm in a year..
The single-chamber Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh has 60 seats and the state sends two members to the Lok Sabha and one member to the Rajya Sabha. It has 12 administrative districts on which the local government is based.
Surrounded by paddy fields and pine filled mountains, with bamboo huts and full of biodiversity, Ziro Valley is a visually charming valley clasping the Himalayan foothills and a paradise for adventure seekers and nature lovers. It is a World Heritage Site which allows you to explore the rich culture and traditions of the Apatani tribe. It will be a worthwhile experience for the tourists who also get a chance to visit Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Meghna Cave Temple, Pine Grove, Kile Pakho, Tarin Fish Farm etc. The tranquility and serenity of this place will definitely strike a chord with your heart.
Located at an elevation of 10,000 ft, Tawang is a combination of both nature and culture. Nurtured by the mighty Himalayas, it is a heaven for mountain lovers. If you have spiritual seeking in you then the Buddhist monasteries of Tawang will be a perfect guide. The attractive town is filled with numerous tourist attractions like monasteries, war memorials, scenic lakes etc. The most significant tourist attractions are however the largest monastery in India and Tawang War Memorial which is a tribute to the martyrs of the Sino-Indian war.
A mountain pass at an elevation of 13,700 ft covered with snow all year round, Sela Pass is considered sacred by the Buddhists and it also remains open to tourists during all seasons. it is said that there are 101 lakes around this pass.
Namdapha National Park
A place dedicated to animals which provides joy to every wildlife enthusiast who visits the park. It is the largest protected area and is also the third largest national park in the country. The area it covers is 1985 sq.km and is situated in an elevation range of 200m to 4571m. Hence one can see the towering mountains, water bodies and dense jungles along with an extensive range of animals like red panda, snow leopard, clouded leopard etc. You can enjoy boat ride or jungle safari and photographers, well here are exotic shots waiting for you.
Set beside the Dibang river this town is a quiet, cool and beautiful place where tourists will get plenty of fresh air and memories to breathe in. The river adds to the aura of the place making it refreshing and cool. It is a treasure for the historians and trekkers because you have archaeological sites here and also trekking to watch colourful sunsets or visit lakes to boat there. You will connect to your innermost core in this places due to its calmness and serenity. Mayodia, Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mehao lake, Bhismaknagar Fort etc are some places that you ought not to miss if you visit here.
Tezu is located amidst the picturesque Mishmi Hills and is a major hotspot for tourism in the state. It has a lot to offer in the form of museum, wildlife sanctuary, botanical garden etc but the most attractive and photogenic scene of this place is the Glow Lake with the snow-capped mountains as its background. You will surely be spellbound upon visiting it. This place captures the essence of Arunachal Pradesh which is a perfect blend of nature and culture.
Famous for its snow-laden hills, reverberating landscapes, apple orchards and lush green valleys, Bomdila is a place away from the hubbub of the city where peace will hit you hard. It's a remote place which features Bomdila monastery, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Sissa Orchid Sanctuary and much more where you can find a variety of experiences which will remain in your memories for ever.
At an elevation of around 4,900 ft, Dirang is a small town in the West Kameng district which gives you breathtaking valley views. There are many tribes here whom you will get to know and also get acquainted with their culture And traditions. The weather is pleasant all year round and the must-visit places of this place are Dirang Dzong, Sangti Valley, Yak Research centre, hot water spring, kalachakra Gompa.
The capital of Arunachal Pradesh nests between two hills and is famous for its biodiversity and festivals. It also features historic and archaeological sites. Famed among them are Ita Fort, Indira Gandhi park, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Ganga Lake, Biological Park and many others. There is also a striking Buddhist centre, Gompa which will be an enriching spiritual experience for the seekers and it also provides you with the best views in the state. Itanagar is surely a must-visit place for enjoyment, refreshment and fulfillment.
The oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh also known as the 'Gateway to Arunachal' is a popular tourist spot where tourists can enjoy rafting, fishing, boating, trekking, safari and much more. Pasighat Buddhist temple, Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, Panguin, Kekar Monying among others are the most popular attractions for the tourists.
Known for its scenic beauty, Along or Aalo comprises of hills, valleys and orange orchards which looks heavenly and you can find different tribes here and get acquainted with their culture. Some popular destinations among many include Donyi Polo Temple, Mechuka Valley, Ramakrishna Ashram, Patum Bridge, hanging bridge, Kaying Villages and Jirdin. These are places which you definitely should not miss. It's a coming together of nature and culture and it greatly speaks of the co-habitation of diverse tribes which is peaceful, calm and worth seeing.
Golden Pagoda, Namsai
At the very core of our hearts is the creator himself. If you want a destination where you will be able to connect with your own self, Golden Pagoda is a place which you cannot miss out on. It is one of the most prominent religious places in the state and an excellent specimen of Burmese architecture. Divinity abounds in this temple, do not miss it. It will instill in you a sense of calm and quiet where you will hear your own voice, the voice which comes from the innermost core. If you are a seeker, seek this place out.
Madhuri Lake or Sangestar Tso
The orginal name of this lake was Sangestar Tso but it was renamed Madhuri Lake after a movie scene in this place acted by Madhuri Dixit in her film 'Koyla'. It is located at an elevation of approx 15,200 ft and is an exemplifying analogy of the creator's artistry. The lake, cradled between snow-capped mountains will surely take your breath away for a second.
If you want a adrenaline spike and if you share an enthusiasm for thrill, this is the peak yiu would want to go. At a whopping elevation of 6,858m it is a popular spot for camping and trekking. The panorama of the mighty mountains and the green hills will surely make you delightful and your memory of the place, unforgettable.
Pakke Tiger Reserve
Abode of at least 40 mammal species including big cats like Tiger, leopard, clouded leopard and other species like barking deer, elephant and jackal with exotic birds which are both migratory and resident, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is also famous as Pakke Tiger Reserve. Its an ideal place for wildlife enthusiasts who want a diversity of flora and fauna. It spans over a region of 862 sq.km and was declared a tiger reserve in 2002.
A majestic spectacle it is, a picture-perfect picturesque waterfall located in tawang District. Not many people know about this place and hence is a hidden treasure trove for those who visit it. It plummets from a height of around 100m and in this tranquil environment you can spend time with nature along with your loved ones.
A beauty, unmatched in rivalry, a feast for the eyes to see, Bhalukpong caters to many thrilling activities that you can indulge in like canoeing, rafting, hiking, trekking, fishing and exploring the wildlife. Bhalukpong is one of the best places to visit in the state which has Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhalukpong Fort, Tipi Orchidarium as some of its popular attractions. Do not worry about the destinations, the roads are enough to make you go spell bound.
If you are a fan of Robert Frost and want to take a path less travelled by, you can set your navigation towards the hidden village of Hayuliang. This place literally means “The place of my liquor.” You have an untouched view of nature here and it will never cease to amuse you. Here is the confluence point of two rivers- the Delai and Lohit. Come over to this place to experience the untamed nature which will be forever etched into your heart.
Located beside the Subansiri, this place deserves to be a part of your trip to Arunachal Pradesh. A place of scenic beauty, this town is famous for its roaring waterfalls, bamboo forests and paddy fields. A popular tourist attraction is a bridge made of bamboo that spans over the Subansiri. Also it has archaeological remains in the form of temple ruins that date back to the 10th and 14th centuries.
If you want to escape into nature for some time leaving the humdrum of the cities this is a place which you might want to check out. The panoramic landscape and pleasant climatic conditions make it very popular among the tourists. Its greeny landscapes clothed with white fog is a sight of a lifetime. You can also explore the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary and its rich variety. Experience the thrill of pure nature as you trek your way into the picturesque landscapes of the place.
A treat to your eyes, Sangti Valley is 'a piece of heaven' due to its charm and magnificence. Cradled in the lap by the mighty Himalayas, this valley is a peaceful holiday from the chaos of the city. The roaring river, the clean and green environment with its majestic mountains will surely make your visit worthwhile. This valley also houses migratory birds as well as a decent variety of flora and fauna.
At an altitude of 6,000 ft covered by pine forests, Menchuka is a beautiful town which translates to 'Medicinal Water of Snow.'' If you are a photographer and want to capture magical moments through your lens, this is a place that you cannot miss. Only 29 km away from the Indo-China border this place features stunning landscapes, exotic tribes, Siyam river and snow-filled mountains that border it.
The vibrant culture of Changlang will never cease to amuse tourists no matter what he/she is looking for. It is one of the major districts of Arunachal Pradesh ranging from an elevation from 200m to 4500m. Some of its popular places to visit are World War 2 Cemetery, Jongpho-Hate, Lake of No Return and Namdapha National Park. Do book your destinations and experience the soothing beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.
At a whopping elevation of 15,200 ft, covered with thick blankets of snow, give it a surreal effect which will enchant you for sure. You can also witness one of Indo-China Border Personnel Meeting(BPM) points. Also there is a lake, the Madhuri Lake which is one of the most photogenic beauty in the state. This place will definitely soothe your nerves as you wonder about the artistry of creation itself.
Festivals of Arunachal Pradesh
A major festival in Arunachal Pradesh which marks the Tibetan New Year, celebrated by the followers of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism like Memba, Khamba, Monpa, Sherdukhpens and Nah with all pomp and glory. The festival is celebrated for three days starting from the 11th of February every year. On the first day the priests make an offering to the Dharmapala or PaldenLhamo who is the highest priest whereas the people greet their near and dear ones and wish them TashiDelek (best wishes). Also to ensure a good harvest according to the local tradition sprouted barley seeds and buckets of Tsampa (roasted barley flour with butter) and other grains are offered on home altars. On the second day which is called Gyalpo Losar, national leaders and kings are honoured. On the final day of the festival which is called Choe-Kyong Losar, the people make offerings to the Dharmapala and also tie prayer flags across the locality and on rooftops. Although the spiritual observation ends on Day 3, the festivities can go on for ten to fifteen days.
Dree festival is the festival of the Apatani tribe but it has gained popularity all over the state. Held on the 5th of July , the festival is the biggest festival of the Ziro Valleyand is celebrated to ensure a good harvest. Prayers are offered to four Gods namely Harniang, Tamu, Metii and Danyi. As a symbol of good harvest cucumber is distributed to all and traditional dance is performed. Women brew wine and people savour traditional delicacies and rice/millet beer.