“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone
Or weary of Life”- Rachel Carson
As the sun first strikes India, it shines upon Arunachal’s majestic mountains, wild jungles, tribal communities and gushing waters. Tourist Places in Arunachal Pradesh are breathtakingly beautiful high mountains, hilly forests ranging from alpine to tropical rain-forest, complimented with silvery fir trees, plentiful climbers and graceful grasses. This naturally occurring geographical isolation has thus allowed the varying tribes to evolve with their own unique dialects and prosper within their distinct identities. The things to do in Arunachal Pradesh are thus unique and diverse in their experience.
Arunachal Pradesh, one of the seven sister states in India’s extreme northeast, is one of the largest at nearly 84,000 sq km in area. The state finds itself mentioned in the literature of Mahabharata and has a long international border with Bhutan to the west , China to the north and north-east, and Myanmar to the east.
Being one of the last frontiers of India, this beautiful state has been away from the mainstream attention for a very long time. Recently several places here have been opened up by the government, allowing entrance through permits that are easily available to Indian Nationals.
Here are top 4 tourist places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh:
1)Tawang: The beautiful land of the Monpas is famous for its 400-year-old monastery, natural beauty and a glorious heritage of arts and crafts. The monastery is one of the biggest in India and is an important pilgrim centre for the followers of Buddhism.
Famous for: Monasteries, Buddhism, Nature, Arts & Crafts
2) Roing : If Roing were a restaurant, its buffet would serve a wide range of travellers be it nature freaks (Himalayan ranges, lakes, rivulets, gorges , waterfalls) ,history freaks (Numerous ancient forts and enigmatic sites of archaeological significance) and culture freaks (wealth of colourful and charming tribes).
Famous for: Nature, Archaeological sites, Tribes
3)Bomdila : 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.
Famous for: Apple Orchids, Buddist Monastries, Gompas, Treking/Hiking Trails
4) Ziro: Ziro It is one of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh and is famous for paddy-cum-pisciculture cultivation. Mainly inhabited by the Apatani tribe, the town wears a festive look during celebrations by the Apatani people.
Famous for: Pine Hills, Rice Fields, Apatani Tribe, Music Festival
Five Things to do in Arunachal Pradesh
- Go Red Panda Spotting in Namdapha National Park: Namdapha Park is renowned as the largest protected area in the eastern Himalayas for conserving the Red panda population.
- Trek to Talle Valley : Trail to Talle Valley is an insightful journey into the ancient tribal culture and customs that play a pivotal role in maintaining the sanctity of the forests.
- Be a part of Ziro Music Festival: This festival is one of those rare celebrations which seamlessly bring together the beauty of nature with the enigma of music.
- Rafting skills at white water of Kameng River: The start point of rafting is Seppa where it takes a minimum of four days to reach. All rapids of the Kameng River are grade 4and above.
- Visit the sister of Pang Tso, Pankang Teng Tso, near Tawang: Surrounded by green grassy meadow, this high altitude lake is nestled between towering snow covered peaks.
How to reach Arunachal Pradesh:
By Air: Kolkata, Guwahati and Lilabari Airport (north Lakhimpur) are the nearest airports to Arunachal Pradesh.
By Train: Go by train to Arunachal Pradesh from Kolkata to reach in 28 hours. Helem is the nearest railway station. It is about 23 kms from Lilabari airport.
By Road: Arunachal Pradesh is easily accessible by roads from the various neighboring cities, and towns like Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukhia and Nagaon.
Best Time to visit Arunachal Pradesh
The best time to visit the tourist places of Arunachal Pradesh is the summer from April- August. The climate during this time is moderate, not extremely hot or cold with sunny mornings and cool nights. During the winter, temperatures may fall to sub-zero digits.