Last Shangri La On Earth…. 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 valleys encircled on three sides by Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Come to Arunachal Pradesh to revel in nature in its full splendor. Enjoy the salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people. Snowy mist, famous monasteries, unexplored passes and tranquil lakes come together to form some of the prettiest mountains in Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh, a few days back, has won BBC’s travel magazine ‘Lonely Planet’ as second runners-up in the ‘Emerging Destinations in India’.

Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Upper monastery in Bomdila

Bomdila, the district headquarter of West Kameng District is situated in the heart of Western Arunachal Pradesh. The zigzag roads on the hills, the drive to Bomdila can feel like a drive to the end of the World. Bomdila town, which is 340 Kms, is best explored on foot, up and down the winding road. The main attractions are Upper Gompa, Middle Gompa, Lower Gompa and local market.

Tawang

Tucked in the Northwestern corner of Arunachal Pradesh that joined with Bhutan and Tibbet, is notoriously difficult to navigate, owing to its location at an altitude of approximately 12,000 feet MSL and a harsh mountain terrain, the Tawang is situated. It was here that the 14th Dalai Lama quietly crossed over into India from Tibbet in 1959. Dominated by Monpa Tribe, Tawang main attractions the Second Largest Buddhist Monastery was founded by Mera Lama in 1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama. The 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso was born here. The main attractions in Tawang and nearby are Sela Pass (Sela Range) which is around 13,700 Feet MSL, Tawang Monastry, Taktsang Gompa, Shonga Tser Lake in North Tawang, Nuranang Water Falls in Jung circle, Jaswant Garh, Khinmey Gompa etc. The journey to Tawang from Guwahati takes around 2 days due to tough terrain. 

Ziro

Ziro, situated in the Central Arunachal Pradesh and a headquarter of Lower Subansiri District is a quaint old town in Arunachal Pradesh, home to the Apa Tani tribe it is situated at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. One of the most advanced tribal groups in ArunchalPradesh state, they are famous for the conservation and Paddy-cum-Fish culture which is unique among st the Arunachal tribals. The region is rich in rice fields and it is surrounded by mountains that boast of pine trees in great numbers. The wide range of flora and fauna seen here is soul captivating. Cool summers and cooler winters are characteristics of Ziro. Every angle is above perfect and every view is spectacular. The distance from Guwahati is around 460 Kms and from Itanagar is 110 Kms. 
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Eastern Arunachal Pradesh:

Eastern part of the Arunachal Pradesh is probably the most virgin land in India with its beautiful destinations of Roing, Myodia, Hunli, Anini, Prashuram Kund, Hayuliang, Kibithu etc. which is laying in Lower Dibang Valley, Upper Dibang Valley, Lohit, Anjaw and Changlang District. The main inhabitant tribe is Mishimi. The main tourist attractions in this area are mainly Parshuram Kund in Lohit district, Mayodia sightseeing tour, Mehao Lake trek, Sally Lake, glaciers in Anjaw district, forest areas in Hayuliang, Kibithu, Indo China War memorial in Kibithu etc. Best mode of transport is by Car and easilyu accessible from Tinsukia district of Easter part of Assam.

Roing

Explore Mishimi Hills with Namdapha. Cross Lohit and move to Roing, the land of Mishimi Tribe and other sub tribes. They cross the highest point in Mishmi Hills, Myodiya Pass, 9,000 feet MSL and reach Hunli. Then to Hayuliang, which has the breathtaking landscape and natural beauty at the confluence of Lohit and Delai rivers. Back to Parshuram Kund, a pilgrimage place surrounded by beautiful hills and rivers. Then the Wildife destinations The Namdapha NP, the largest NP in Arunachal Pradesh covering an area of 1,985 sq kms. Famous for its rich Bio diversity, the Noa-Dehing river meanders through the forest fed by numerous tributaries.

Arunachal Pradesh:

Last Shangri La On Earth…. 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 valleys encircled on three sides by Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Come to Arunachal Pradesh to revel in nature in its full splendor. Enjoy the salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people. Snowy mist, famous monasteries, unexplored passes and tranquil lakes come together to form some of the prettiest mountains in Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh, a few days back, has won BBC’s travel magazine ‘Lonely Planet’ as second runners-up in the ‘Emerging Destinations in India’.     

Arunachal Pradesh is:

 The largest state in the North East India covering an area of 83,743 sq kms with evergreen forests covering more than 82% percent of the state.
Inhabited by 26 major tribes and a number of sub tribes.
 Thinnest population density in the country with only 17 persons per sq km.  Home to more than 5,000 varieties Orchids. At Tipi it has the largest Orchidarium in Asia.
For the nature lovers, they can explore Eaglenest WLS, Mehao WLS and Namdapha NP and Tiger Project etc, for adventure lovers there are lots of destinations for trekking, rafting like Dirang area, Roing, Mechuka, Namdapha NP, Siang, Subanasiri, Kameng, etc, for cultural and tribal tour guests have lots of options like Ziro, Daporijo, Along, Pasighat, Roing, Mayodiya, Hunli, Bomdila, Dirang, Tawang etc and lastly for leisure tour whole the Arunachal Pradeshis left.
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 Guwahati – Bhalukpung – Bomdila – Dirang - Tawang 

Main attractions: Route covers historic Tezpur of Assam to the 17th century Monastery built on a jutting spur overlooking the wide Tawang valley at an altitude at an altitude of 10,000 feet. In between, Bhalukpung on the border of Assam and Arunachal with beautiful scenic beauty, Tipi Orchidarium, beautiful Bomdila, the district headquarter of West Kameng district and having a Bird’s eye view of Gorichen peaks the highest peaks of the state. Sela Pass the Second highest motorable pass in the World situated at an altitude of 13,700 feet with a high altitude serene crystal blue water natural lake. Nuranang Falls, 1962 Indo-China War memorial the Jaswant Garh.

Guwahati – Likabali – Along – Mechuka

Drive to the border of India and Tibbet, stop at Mechuka the remotest and quaint hill station. Move via Likabali, the border of Assam andArunachal Pradesh, Along or Aalo situated in a picturesque valley at the confluence of Sipu and Siyom rivers. Then to Mechuka. One can see the oldest Buddhist Monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh situated on a hill top overlooking the valley.

Guwahati – Itanagar – Ziro – Daporijo – Along/Aalo – Pasighat

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Dirang:

Approximately halfway between Tawang and Bomdila, Dirang can be one night stop over. The distance from Guwahati to Dirang is around 380 Kms. Dirang is a popular tourist spot, situated between Bomdila and Tawang. It is home to the Monpa tribes and is significant because of the Dirang Dzong or Dirang fort. It was built in the 17th century to ward off invasions of the neighboring states. During Vietnam war, it war used as a jail. During world war, this fort was used as a shelter. Monpa tribes live in this fort now days, have a unique life style, said to have also have Vietnam descendants among the Dzong dwellers. The Sangti Valley which is a beautiful quite destinations which is only an hour journey from Dirang. .

Itanagar:

The Capital City of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is located in the Southern foothills of the Himalayas. Pleasan weather, rich bio diversity and vast stretches of breathtaking landscapes make Itanagar a superb destinations. The distance from Guwahati city is around 390 Kms. A visit to the City's Craft Centre and Emporium is the best way to get the idea of Arunachal Pradesh.
Main attractions: Ita Fort, Buddha Temple etc.

Daporizo:

Daporijo, the headquarter of Upper Subansiri District, is a scenic town situated 600 meters above the sea level. Daporijo is typically a good town to stopover on the route of Along to Ziro for a break, otherwise, the town does not have much to offer to its tourists. The town is known for its varied ethnic cultures. The Subansiri River ( a main tributary of Brahmaputra ) gives a panoramic view flowing in the immediate vicinity of the town. This is a home of people of different tribes like Tagin, Galo, Hilmiri etc. one of the oldest being Mishmi, which are believed to have existed since the Mahabharata era. Varied tribes at one place enriches the town that also celebrates many local festivals. Bamboo handicrafts or colorful costumes are some special take away things from this place. Distance from Guwahati is 710 Kms and from Itanagar is 290 Kms.

Along:

Located around 300 kms Northeast of Itanagar, the small market town of Along or Aalo is the headquarter of West Siang district. The town is situated at an altitude of 300 Meters in a scenic valley carpeted with orange orchards at the confluence of the Sipu and Siyom rivers. There are many beautiful Adi tribal Villages around the town that offers a glimpse into the unique culture of the Adi people. The suspension bridge over Siang river, which is around 14 kms from town one of the main attractions. Made of Cane and Bamboo, the 60 to 70 meters bridge is fine example of Adi craftsmanship

Mechuka Valley:

Around 170 kms of Northwest of Along, the Mechuka is situated at an altitude of 1,828 meters MSL. This remote Valley is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas in India. It is situated in a forested valley, surrounded by pine trees and thorn bushes. The Siyom river locally called Yargyap Chu flows through the valley and offers river rafting and angling opportunities. It is only 29 kms away from Indo- China border. Mechuka is inhabited by the Memba, Ramo, Bokar and Libo Tribes. The prime tourist attractions here is the 400 year old Samten Yongcha Monastery, on the western edge of the Mechuka Village. 

Pasighat:

Stretching along the banks of the Siang river, Pasighat was established by the British in 1911 as an administrative gateway to the Abor Hills and Northern parts of the state. The distance from Itanagar is 265 Kms. The biggest attraction here is the sunrise over the Siang river.  

Miao and Namdapha National Park in Changlang District:

A charming little town set on the banks of the Noa Dehing river, Miao serves as the headquarter of Changlang district and as the gateway to the Namdapha National Park. The Miao town can be reach via the historic 430 kms long stilwell Road, which is used to connect Margherita in Assam and Kunming in China. Located 4 kms from Miao town, the Choephelling Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp is worth a short visit. The place is known for its carpet weaving centre that produces high quality woolen carpets in exotic designs.

A few kms from Miao town, The Namdapha National Park is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot. Amongst the biggest National Park in India, Namdapha stretches along the international border between India and Myanmar. Spanning over varying elevations, the park harbours many natural habitats, making it one of the richest and most bio diverse parts of the subcontinent. It is one of the few parks in the country that must be traversed on foot. For Nature and Wildlife enthusiasts, this is perhaps the best experience offered anywhere in the country. It is having core area of 1,808 sq kms and buffer zone of 177 sq kms. The vegetation here changes from tropical moist forests at the lower altitude to montane forest and alpine meadows at the higher elevation. A number of rare orchid species can be found in the park. With trees reaching as high as 150m, the jungle has a thick canopy. Its home to many species of mammals such as Tiger, Clouded and Snow Leopard, elephant, Red Panda, Deer and even Hoolock Gibbon. The park is also having a good collections of avian species and butterfly species. Trekking is the only way to thoroughly explore Namdapha National Park and regarding the accommodation Tent is the best option inside the forest during the trek. Best Time to visit Namdapha National Park is in between Nov end to March last week. As its a rain forest zone, maximum time it is getting heavy rain apart from the dry season.