Arunachal Pradesh or the land of the dawn-lit mountain is in the extreme northeastern part of the country. It shares an international border with three countries China, Bhutan, and Myanmar. Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The state borders Assam and Nagaland. Arunachal Pradesh means “land of the rising sun” was formerly part of Assam till 1972. Arunachal Pradesh was formed in 1987. Arunachal Pradesh nestled in the Himalayan range is known for its pristine beauty. There are several places to visit in the state and it has something for everyone. The state is home to an amazing collection of flora and fauna. Arunachal Pradesh with its high altitude meadows, subtropical forests and glaciers are a must-visit for any nature enthusiast. There are several things to do for thrill-seeker during their holidays in Arunachal.
How to get there?
The nearest airport is Lilabari in The 69 km journey takes approximately 2 hrs by road. Guwahati is a large airport near the state and has flights to most major cities in the country. The 325 km journey takes approximately 8 hrs. The nearest railway station is the Harmuti train station in Assam. The station is approximately 43 km from the state capital. Arunachal Pradesh is well connected to the neighboring states of Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur by a network of buses.
The best time to visit
Arunachal Pradesh is located at a high altitude has pleasant weather throughout the year. October to April is the best time to visit the state. Many tourist attractions are closed during the monsoons. The state has a rich and diverse culture. Many tourists plan their holiday around the Tawang Festival to witness the traditions of different tribes.
Sightseeing in Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh is the “Orchid State of India:” is the largest of the seven sister state. Any person who is not a resident of Arunachal Pradesh requires a special permit to visit. Indians require an inner line permit (ILP) while foreign nationals require protected area permit (PAP).
Itanagar has a unique blend of rich history and amazing natural beauty. There are several places to visit in Itanagar. Ita (brick) fort from which the capital derives its name is in the heart of the city dates back to the 14-15 Century. The fort was built by a king of the Jitari Dynasty. The fort has a marvelous architecture. The Ganga Lake (Gyankar Siny) is a natural lake has a beautiful view of the Himalayan range. Gompa Buddhist temple has a prominent yellow roof making it easily identifiable. Children will enjoy a visit to the Zoo at Chimpu. The Jawaharlal Nehru Museum is an interesting place to visit in your tour has a great collection showcasing the culture and heritage of the many tribes in the state. Shoppers will enjoy a visit to the local craft center and emporium to view and purchase local artifacts.
Tawang is a hill-station that offers the perfect amalgamation of nature and culture. It is also the birthplace of the Dalai Lama. The town is known for Buddhist monasteries, Twang Monastery being the most significant. The 400-year-old monastery is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the country. Tipi orchard sanctuary has some of the largest numbers of species of orchids. The Tawang war memorial is dedicated to the martyrs of the Sino-India War in 1962. The 40 feet memorial overlooks the spectacular Tawang-Chu valley. Tawang is blessed with some breathtaking scenic places such as Sela Pass. The pass connects the district to the rest of the country. Sela pass has some spectacular views of the Himalayan Range. The pass has one of the most beautiful lakes in the state, Sela Lake. Madhuri Lake, Nurang Falls, and Gorichen Peak are just some of the iconic places to visit in Tawang.
Ziro is home to the Apa Tani tribe. The oldest town in the Arunachal Pradesh is on a beautiful plateau. The town is 1500 meters above sea level and is surrounded by pine forests and rice fields. There are several things to do in the town. The Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary has several flora and fauna and is home to the clouded leopard. The sanctuary offers some great trekking opportunities. Dolo Mando is a famous trekking destination with the view of Hapoli town and old Ziro from top of the hillock. Kile Pakho is a famous viewing point in Ziro with a spectacular view of the Ziro plateau on one side and the majestic snow-clad Himalayan range on the other.
Bhalupong is several things to do for tourists to experience wildlife and activities to enjoy its picturesque surroundings. White water rafting and hiking are popular tourist activities in the region. Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is home over 40 species of mammals and nearly 300 species of birds. This sanctuary is also home to the royal Bengal tiger.