Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, a veritable treasure house of nature, tucked away in the north eastern tip of India, invites you to relax in its picturesque hills and vales encircled on three sides by Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Come to Arunachal Pradesh to relive in nature in its full splendour. Enjoy the salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people. Snowy misty, famous monasteries, unexplored passes and tranquil lakes come together to form some of the prettiest mountain spots in Arunachal Pradesh. For a tourist the options are varied, each more tempting than the other.

October to April are the best months to visit Arunachal Pradesh which are the winter and the spring months for the state. Arunachal is located at a high altitude, and so has pleasant weather throughout the year. During the summers (April to June) temperature might be too high to explore during the peak daytime hours. July to September is the monsoon season in the state when the terrain transforms into a beautiful green paradise, but many tourist attractions may be closed due to heavy rainfall.


WHAT IS Arunachal Pradesh FAMOUS FOR?


The small town of Bomdila is perched amongst the panoramic settings of the lofty ranges of the eastern Himalayas. It is a remote destination and like few other Indian towns, it has escaped the virtual tourist invasion in recent times. Bomdila is known for its scenic environs along with its Buddhist monasteries and apple orchids. It also attracts the adventure seeker with its numerous trekking trails.


Tourists Attractions
Bomdila is known for its beautiful apple orchards that spread over a massive portion of land. It is a must-see attraction that gives a fantastic view of full blooming apple trees and is one of the most highly-recommended places to visit in Bomdila during winter when apple orchards are at their most favourable in production. You can stroll through the attractive apple-laden gardens, which encourage you to buy fresh apples for lower prices. It also has a couple of Buddhist monasteries or gompas. The area around Bomdila has a number of trekking and hiking trails that attracts the adventure seeker. All of them will bring you a charming sight so make sure that you include it in your list of places to visit in Bomdila.


How To Reach
By Road - Bomdila is located in a remote part of India. It does not have an airport or railway station of its own. It is connected by road with other towns in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Bomdila can be reached from the town of Tezpur by local bus or shared jeep.


The small town of Tawang is located north of Bomdila and the journey from Bomdila to Tawang takes the traveller through some breathtaking mountainous terrain. Tawang is perched at a height of over 3,400 m above sea level, and is world-renowned for its 400-year-old Buddhist monastery. The origin of this monastery can be traced to the mid-17th century and is an important Buddhist centre of northeast India. This monastery is one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries to be found in India and is an important pilgrim centre for the followers of Buddhism. Apart from its religious importance, Tawang is famous for its natural beauty, which attracts and enchants the traveller.


Fairs & Festivals
The Tibetan Buddhist festival of Losar is celebrated in the month of February-March every year with great fanfare in the Tawang monastery.


How To Reach
By Road - Tawang is located in a remote part of India amongst the lofty Himalayan ranges. It does not have an airport or railway station of its own. It is connected by road with other towns in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam via Bomdila. Tawang can be reached from the town of Tezpur in Assam by local bus (24 hours), while it takes 12 hours in a shared jeep


Snow-clad Himalayan ranges, a rustic charm and spirituality filled in the air; all these ingredients make Dirang a perfect hideout to spend some tranquil holidays in the lap of Mother Nature. The little village lies hidden in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and stands as a gateway to the state’s much celebrated tourist destination, Tawang. This quaint hill town’s picturesque scenic beauty and simplicity of the ever smiling people is sure to take any visitor’s heart in no time. While Dirang is no less than a paradise for nature lovers, landscape photographers and adventure seekers.


Engulfed in awe-inspiring Himalayan vistas sprinkled with verdant greenery, sparkling streams, enchanting waterfalls and natural hot water springs, the tiny hamlet truly makes for an idyllic getaway for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and cultural freaks alike. The village’s scenic trails immersed in profound tranquillity provide for a fascinating time to all the bird watchers too; venture on a nature stroll early in the morning and get treated with charming sights of white-throated redstarts, fire-tailed sunbirds, rufous-bellied tits and rainbow-coloured trogopans playing hide and seek amidst the thick bushes. For a more splendid experience, embark on a short hike to the ‘Sangti Valley’, yet another beautiful sightseeing place that lies just 7 km. off the main city centre and is famous as a wintering spot for the migratory black-necked cranes.


The National Research Centre on Yak is located amidst the Eastern Himalayan ranges. Founded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the centre is responsible for conserving Indian Yak. The yak firm belonging to this centre is located 31 km away from Dirang. Researches on genetic resources and problems associated with yak production are conducted here. Improving yak and yak products are part of an agenda of the centre. National Research Centre on Yak is open for tourists’ visits on permission.


Hot Water Spring is yet another favourite spot for tourists. Flowing from nearby hills, the Hot Water Spring falls into River Dirang. Rich in sulphur content and praised for its curative powers, Hot Water Spring attracts people in great numbers. The bath is particularly refreshing when you visit this place in winter.


Sangti Valley is situated 7 km away from Dirang. The location of Sangti Valley is beyond description. It is surrounded by Eastern Himalayan ranges and you will find this area rich in dense forests and rivers. Black-necked cranes migrate to this valley from China during the months of November and December and after the winter months are over, they set back to their homes during April and May. These birds are referred to as tung tung ka uk by the people of Sangti Valley.


Bhalukpong, 56 km from Tezpur in Assam is the entry point to Arunachal Pradesh. It is famous for Archaeological ruins of King Bhaluka, an ancient ruler of the region.  The river Kameng after completing all turbulent courses enters Bhalukpong in a serene flow which provides rare opportunity of adventure tourism and a beautiful picnic spot. Angling and river rafting are principal tourist activities in Bhalukpong. Bhalukpong serves as gateway to popular destinations like Tawang and Bomdila. Tourist attractions around Bhalukpong includes Bhalukpong Fort, Pakke Tiger Reserve/ sanctuary and Tipi Orchidariurm. Nature interacts with you in various ways and draws out different emotions from you. You might feel entirely at peace in the serenity of nature or you might get excited by adventurous challenges it throws on you. You might draw comfort from the quiet beauty of nature and be mesmerized by the scent of the flowers and the ruffling sounds of feathers or you might feel spirited and playful hearing the light whispers of the wind and the brooks bubbling. Nature impresses, inspires and at times intimidates. If you were a nature lover, you would be eager to play the part and if you are ready for it, Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh is the right holiday destination for you.


Spreading over an area of 862, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is located in a scenic environment. Surrounded by rivers on three sides and situated amidst the Himalayan ranges, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is a treat to your eyes. The sanctuary is home to various wild animals including tiger, jungle cat, Himalayan black bear, elephant, leopard, barking deer, flying squirrel and many more. Some of the rare bird species found here includes great pied hornbill, jungle fowl, serpent eagle and wood duck.


Tipi is located 5 kms from Bhalukpong. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations thanks to the Orchidarium here. Tipi Orchidarium has over 50000 varieties of orchids. With more than 1000 orchids, the Orchid Glass House located at the centre of the Orchidarium is a feast to your eyes. The orchids are wonderfully displayed in hanging baskets and some on pots. You could also go rafting and fishing here.

Adventure Activity

For almost every tourist planning a visit to the Arunachal Pradesh, taking part in the adventure activities has always remained on the top of their travel itineraries. They are so many and that too of different that it becomes really different for the travellers to choose the best from them. Whatever the adventure activity that one chooses, surely your heart will skip a beat. If adventure is what triggers one the most, then activities like angling, trekking, white water rafting, and motorbiking in Arunachal Pradesh are surely a treat.


All those who love the idea of the recreational adventure activities, Angling at the spots like Siang, Dibang and Yamne Rivers in Arunachal Pradesh are ideal places to be. At these prominent places, you can anchor fishes like Mahseer, Golden and Brown Trout, Boka (Katli), Sal, Korang and Gorua. If angling is meant for the light-hearted ones then trekking, white water rafting, and motor biking are meant for those crazy bunch of people who love living on the edge. Arunachal falls under the mesmerizing the Patkoi Ranges, which happens to the be the part of the Outer Himalaya.


Thus, here one can find a good number of trekking trails that one should discover like omdila-Seppa, Along-Mechuka, Daporijo-Taksing, Pasighat-Tuting, Pasighat-Mariang, Daporijo-Along and Bomdila-Daimara-via-Ramlingam and Chakku. From a quite drift through the wilderness to the nerve-wracking wild rafts reaching to the topmost grades, rafting of various grades are offered in Arunachal Pradesh. The tributaries of the Brahmaputra River - Lohit and Subansari, and Siang Lake offers the most defined and gushing rapids for white river rafting.


Those who have an undying thirst of getting lost in its rapids, plan an adventure trip to Arunachal Pradesh between November, and March. Apart from rafting, the daredevils can end their thrust of adventure by going for moto biking too. The route between Bhalupkong – Tawang is counted amongst the topmost motor biking trails in India. Testing endurance at every turn, this crazy ride can introduces tourists to different cultures.


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