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.
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, 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.
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.
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.