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Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, one of the seven states of the northeast popularly known as ‘The Seven Sisters’ is the largest of all the states in the northeast. The state is full of natural beauty of mountain peaks, dense forests, flora and fauna and the tribes in their original environment. The rich forest cover encompasses almost 80 % of the land area.

Arunanchal Pradesh is untouched by the modern problems that come along with the development like the deforestation, pollution, concrete jungle, congestion etc. the state has series of valleys surrounded by the Himalayas in the north and Brahmaputra in the south. Arunachal Pradesh boasts of the finest 500 species of the orchids.

Cities of Arunachal Pradesh

Travel to the cities of Arunachal and know its culture and tradition. There are pilgrimage, cultural, historical and pre-historic sites with numerous attractions.


Akashiganga is one of the most significant pilgrimage located in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Akashiganga in Arunachal Pradesh is believed to be associated with the legend of Sati (the consort of Lord Shankar) recited in the 8th century Kalika Purana. The place provides a magnificent bird’s eye view of the Brahmaputra glimmering far below. It is believed that, Lord Shankar when saw the dead body of Sati, could not resist himself from anger and started doing Tandava (the dance of destruction).



Bhalukpong is worth a visit at the time of the Nyethidow festival in March. Also nearby (3 kms) is the famous Tipi Orchid Centre. Languages spoken here are Aka, Hindi, Assamese and English. Bhalukpong is known for picnics, rafting and angling on the banks of Kameng river and trekking and hiking. Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh is a mesmerizing place for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventurers (an ideal destination for hikers, rafters and anglers). Bhalukpong Arunachal Pradesh is a little town on the Kameng River and lies along the dense forests that form the border of the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary.



Bhismaknagar in Arunachal Pradesh is a holy heritage site of the Idu Mishmis. Bhimaknagar Arunachal Pradesh is a symbol of past grandeur and signifies the high standard of civilisation that once marked Bhismaknagar. It is believed that, Arunachal Pradesh Bhismaknagar was a strong hold of the Chutiyas in 12th-16th centuries BC. The excavations at this ancient town of Arunachal Pradesh throws new light on its much earlier relics. It speaks for the Catholic spirit of the ancient Indians and the contribution made by the Idus to the synthetic fabric of Indian culture.



Bomdila is situated at an altitude of over 8500 feet in the north eastern state of in Arunachal Pradesh in India. Hooked in the amongst the mighty mountainous ranges of Himalaya, Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh is a mini paradise, with its apple orchards, Buddhist gomphas and a magnificient view of the Kameng Valley. There are also some scenic views of Himalayan landscapes and snow wrapped mountains. Bomdila is an ideal place for trekking & hiking and also an ideal getaway in summer. Bomdila is 100 km west of Bhalukpong, in Arunachal Pradesh. Tezpur is about 160 km from Bomdila, which is connected to Guwahati.



Itanagar, the capital city of the state of Arunachal Pradesh also as known as ‘the Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains’, is nestled on top of low flat hills. Placed amidst a beautiful and booming surroundings with a pampering climate, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh offers a lovely and lively atmosphere for the tourist to Arunachal Pradesh. Remnants of a old palace and other such monuments boast of the glorious past of the city to the visitors from all around. Some historians identify Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh with the ancient 11th century BC capital of Mayapur, under the Jitari dynasty. Itanagar today is divided into two parts, each 10 km apart from each other.



Malinithan is a temple site in ruins located in the north eastern state of Arunachla Pradesh in India. Malinithan in Arunachal Pradesh is situated at the foot of the Siang hills under the Likabali Sub-Division of West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. Malinithan is a holy place of worship visited by huge number of visitors and pilgrims every year. Likabali (Arunachal Pradesh) is about 1 km from Malinithan. It is the nearest administrative centre from Malinithan. Silapathar (Assam) is the closest railhead just about 10 km from here. Akashiganga, another pilgrimage site of Arunachal is about 12 km from here. Leelabari (Assam) is 110 km from Malinithan.


Monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Monasteries The monasteries of Arunachal are some of the major attractions of Arunachal in the northeastern part of India. These religious places are ideal location to seat and meditate.


The Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Ling Monastery, Upper Gonpa, Bomdila was started by the 12th reincarnate of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche in 1965 – 66. The Gonpa is a replica of Tsona Gontse Monastery at Tsona in South Tibet, which was established during 15th century. The 12th reincarnate was born in the Morshing, Kalaktang Circle, West Kameng. Before his dead in 1966, he constructed this modest Gonpa. The present Rinpoche, the 13th Tsona Gontse Rinpoche commenced the construction of the main prayer hall, which was consecrated by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama on 13th October 1997.



Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh has a long tradition of nunneries called “Ani Gompas”. There are several nunneries located at Tawang Arunachal Pradesh India. One of the oldest nunnery (Ani Gompa) is the Brama dung- chung Ani Gompa, located 12 km from Tawang. This Ani Gompa or nunnery was commissioned by Karchen Yeshi Gelek in 1595 and houses about 45 nuns. The Gyangong Ani Gompa is about 5 km from the Tawang township and has about 50 nuns staying here. Another nunnery is the Singsur Ani Gompa, built by Gonpaste Rimpoche. This is home to 45 nuns and is 28 km from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.



The Tawang Monastery also known as “Galden Namgyal Lhatse” was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1860-61 AD. The Tawang Monastery stands on the start of a hill, about 10,000 ft above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and a gradual slope on the east. It offers an imposing and picturesque view of the Tawang -Chu valley. The monastery appears like a fort from a distance, as if guarding the admirers in the wide valley below. Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh is the largest of its kind in the country and 2nd largest in Asia.



Urgelling monastery stands about 5 km to the south of Tawang Township in Arunachal Pradesh India. Urgelling Monastery of Arunachal Pradesh was first of the three monasteries built by Urgen Sangpo, the youngest brother of Terton Pempalingpa, the famous Treasure-Revealer. Urgelling Monastery was built sometime before the year 1489 AD. This was the place were in 1683 AD Tsangyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai Lama was born. Tsangyang Gyatso was the son of Lama Tashi Tenzin of Urgelling, a descendant of Terton Pempalingpa. His mother was Tsewang Lhamo.


Adventure & Sports in Arunachal Pradesh

The terrain of Arunachal is appropriate for the adventure enthusiasts and nature seekers. There are some very unusual and rugged treks and some very challenging high lands to tame you till you conquer them. Arunachal Pradesh – the extreme north eastern state of India is one of the most unexplored areas of the Himalayas.


Arunachal Pradesh – the extreme north eastern state of India is one of the most unexplored areas of the Himalayas. This green patch of India is botanically rich and complete with trekking opportunities and hundreds of plant species, rare to find elsewhere in the world. The tropical and semi tropical climate of the area has favoured in the growth of a spectacular range of plantations. Plan a trek to the area of Arunachal Pradesh the real botanical treasure trove of the Himalayas in India. The weather of Arunachal Pradesh India favours the growth of a much larger diversity of interesting plant species, many of which are waiting to be discovered.



Arunachal Pradesh India is the ultimate choice of the adventurous explorers due to its inaccessibility and remoteness. The river Brahmaputra, one of the greatest rivers in the world, offers a 10 day expedition through dense rainforests, tribal habitations and some great white water. The river Subansari, the biggest tributary of the Brahmaputra also offers a spectacular 4-5 day expedition through deep gorges and some of the remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh India. The main rivers of the state are the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries, the Lohit and the Subansari.



Angling & Fishing in Arunachal Pradesh India offers lots of opportunities for angling and fishing lovers. The abundance of water and the simplicity of the sport has helped the sport to grow in Arunachal Pradesh India. Arunachal Pradesh offers numerous possibilities to catch fish especially trout and Mahseer. Arunachal Pradesh, Pasighat has a lot of places like Yingkiong, Bodak, Siom, etc., that provide good spots for Fishing & Angling. The Mahseer being a favourite among angles, getting a 20-30 kg over here is not uncommon. The colder waters of the higher reaches of Arunachal have the golden and the rainbow trout and anglers.


Famous Festivals in Arunachal Pradesh

Festivals form an essential aspect of Socio-Cultural life of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. As a matter of fact festivals of Arunachal Pradesh reflects the real culture and tradition of the people of Arunachal Pradesh . Every social community of Arunachal Pradesh celebrate number of festivals.


Losar is one of the important festival of Monpas. The festival is celebrated to commemorate the advent of new year. Before the commencement of Losar, they make arrangement for a feast with local drinks where all the relatives and friends are entertained and wish each other happy New Year (Tashi Delek) of the 15th day of the same month they bid good bye to Losar festival with merry making.



Sangken festival, is an occasion to bathe the images of Lord Buddha ceremoniously. This also heralds the new year and people sprinkle water on each other as a sign of merriment. The Khamtis celebrate ‘Sangken’ a Buddhist festival annually once in a month of April and similarly ‘Nunhak’ is also celebrated on the full moon day in the month of May. The other ceremonies such as Khau-A, Catang-Cale and Nyin-Cam-Meijung are celebrated in the Buddhist way by offering flowers, vegetables and rice at the village monasteries- in the last part of July for Khau-A, in the middle September for Catang-Cale and before the start of winter for Nyin-Cam-Meijung.



In this religious festival of Monpas, the Lamas (Buddhist priests) read religious scriptures in the Gompa (Buddhist temple) for a number of days. Thereafter the villagers carry the religious books on their back in a procession under the guidance of senior Lama. The procession goes round the cultivated fields which fall within the jurisdiction of the village. The significance of this performance is to ensure better cultivation and protect the grains from the insects and wild animals and also for the prosperity of the villagers. Normally this festival is performed during the months of April-May, after the Jhum fields are prepared.


Wildlife in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Monasteries The monasteries of Arunachal are some of the major attractions of Arunachal in the northeastern part of India. These religious places are ideal location to seat and meditate.


Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary is located to the northeast of Anini the headquarters of the Upper Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh. Lying in the lush Dibang Valley, Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 4149 sq km. The surrounding area of the sanctuary is inhabiting by the Idu Mishmi tribes. Apart from the lush green and abundant vegetation, the prominent species seen in this area are musk deer, serow, takin, goral, black bear, red panda, leopard, monal tragopan, kalij and other pheasants, rare birds.



Eagle’s Nest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh is located in the West Kameng District of the state. The sanctuary covering an area of 217 sq km, shelters various animals and birds. The various animals seen here are elephants, tigers, leopards, sambars, serows, gorals, red panda to name a few. The vegetation is very rich and exhaustive. The lush green surroundings in the area is very impressive and breathtaking. Accommodation is available at all the ranges. A Forest Rest House is available in Ramalingam and PWD Inspection Bunglows are available at Dedza (Jamiri) and Tenga



The Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary is actually situated in Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh.Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh is spread over an area of about 140.30 sq. km with rare and varied species of flora & fauna. Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary Arunachal Pradesh is actually in Naharlagun, the other part of Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. The wild life present at Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary are elephant, barking deer, tiger, leopard, serow, birds & orchids. The sanctuary is rich in vegetation. You will find varieties of orchids and other plantations. The sanctuary is the ideal place for the nature seekers and wildlife lovers.



Part of Kamlang Reserved Forests under Lohit District was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary covering an area of 783 sq km in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. The forest area at Kama\lang is rich with greenery and wildlife. The wildlife that can be seen in the Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary are hoolock gibbon, tiger, leopard, capped langur, red panda, takin and lots more. The vegetation also presents some rare variety of plantations found only in Arunachal Pradesh India. Good accommodation is available near the sanctuary for the tourists coming to the sanctuary.


Hillstations in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal presents some excellently beautiful hill stations with abundant and lush surroundings. The salubrious locations will revive and refresh you after a day long hectic schedule.


Along the headquarter of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 300 m from the sea level. Sitting amidst abundant natural surroundings, Along in Arunachal Pradesh is a small town with beautiful villages. Along Arunachal Pradesh is a most ideal place to spend the hot summer seasons. The picturesque surroundings laced with brilliant plantations makes Along in Arunachal one of the most perfect health resorts of India. The places one can visit at Along are the Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm at Kamaki 25 kms away from Along.



Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh is the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh established in 1911. At Present, it is the headquarter of the East Siang district. Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh has been often called the ‘gateway of the state of Arunachal Pradesh’. From Pasighat, there are numerous places of interest that can be visited in Arunachal Pradesh. Pashighat derives its name from the ‘Pasis’, a tribe of the area. Pasighat town is situated at a height of 155 m. from the sea level. The climate of Pashighat Arunachal Pradesh is hot and humid in summers and temperate during winters.



Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is located at an altitude of 5754 ft. (1,780m) from the sea level. This high town is almost a level valley enveloped on all sides by pine clad low stooping hills. Ziro is the land of Apatani tribals. Ziro is a small picturesque destination with Pine and Bamboo groves, villages, a craft centre and Tarin Fish Farm, which is located at a high altitude and also to see are the indigenous method of rice cultivation. Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is also called Apatani Plateau, which is famous for Paddy-cum-Fish culture. This place also comprise of the quietly flowing rivers of Subansiri, Nishi, Apatani, Dafla, and Miri.