Arunachal Pradesh is located in the northeast corner of India sharing its border with Tibet (China), Myanmar, and Assam. It is blessed with extremely rich flora and fauna, deep river valleys and mountains and salubrious climate making it a perfect destination for the tourists. It is inhabited by more than 19 tribes with each having its own distinct language, traditions and food. One can also witness some splendid relics of Buddhist art and architecture mirroring the strong Buddhist presence.
Places To Visit In Arunachal Pradesh:
Itanagar: It is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh situated at the foothills of Himalayas. It derived its name from the historical Ita-fort (Ita meaning brick) dating back to 14th and 16th century.
Itafort: This historical beauty is situated in the middle of the town. It was built during Jitari Dynasty, which dates back to 1360 and 1550 A.D.
Ganga Lake: Locally known as Gekar Sinyi (confined water), it is decked in the foothills of Himalayas. Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Craft Centre, Emporium, Donyi Ã¢?? Polo Centre are some of the places that can be visited around.
Bhalukpong: About 250 kms from Guwahati, this place is situated on the Assam-Arunachal border. This picturesque place is famous spot for fishing and leisurely picnics.
Tipi Orchid Sanctuary and Research Center: This Orchidarium is situated in Tipi, around 5 kms from Bhalukpong. It contains more than 300 species of orchids including some rare and endangered species. It also contains an orchid museum.
Bomdila: It is a picturesque town located in the foothills of Himalayas and is the headquarters of West Kameng District. With blooming apple orchards, Buddhist gomphas and magnificent Kameng Valley, it has been rightly named as mini paradise.
Bomdila Monastery: Built under the guidance of Dalai Lama, it is now the residence of more than 200 Buddhist monks. One can experience a breathtaking view of the entire Bomdila including the Kangto and Gorichen peaks. Another attraction here is the famous craft center.
Jaswant Garh: Located about 14 kms from Sella Pass, this war memorial pays homage to Jaswant Singh Rawat, Mahavir Chakra Awardee posthumous. He played an instrumental role in killing 300 Chinese soldiers in 72 hours.
Sella Pass: Located at an elevation of 13700 ft above the sea level, it is the entry point into the Tawang Valley. One can also take a glimpse of the picturesque Paradise Lake always covered with snow.
Tawang Monastery (Vihar): This 400 year old monastery is the second largest Buddhist monastery in India. Situated at an altitude of approximately 10,000 ft., it houses more than 700 monks.
Urqelling Monastery: It is famous for being the birthplace of 6th Dalai Lama. It has several stupas (vihar) inside it and is visited by people from all walks of life to get the blessing during the Buddhist new year.
The Craft Center: You can shop for some beautiful masks, jewelry in silver, coral and amber, hand woven carpets, "chubas" the local dress and charming mementos in the craft center of Tawang.
Tawang War Memorial: The memorial is dedicated to the martyrs of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. The memorial is 40-foot-high and is like a stupa in design. It is locally called "Namgyal Chortan". The names of 2420 martyrs are imprinted in gold on the 32 black granite plaques.
Sangestser Lake: It is located about 35 Kms away from Tawang near the China Border. One can also witness the famous war bankers used during the Chinese aggression in 1962.
Dirang: Situated at an altitude of 1497 meters, it is about 40 kms from Bomdila. It is an ideal hill resort containing beautiful Apple Nursery, Yak Research Centre, Kiwi Farm, Buddhist Gompa, Hot Water Spring and ancient Dirang Jong (Fort).
Ziro: This picturesque town characterizes beautiful pine and bamboo groves. The craft center and the villages offer an insight into the culture and tradition of the place. Tarin Fish Farm is an ideal place for relaxation.
Talley Valley: It is located about 30 Kms from Ziro. The place is mostly inhabited by the Apatanis tribe. The name of the valley translates into a plant in Apatani dialect while in other dialects, it is known as paradise.
Daporizo: It is districts headquarter of Upper Subansiri District situated on the right bank of Subansiri River. It has some picturesque villages and caves which can be visited. Assamese, Tagin, Hill Miri, Hindi, Adi(Gallong), and English are spoken here.
Along: Located at an altitude of 300 m above the sea level, it is the headquarters of the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is an ideal place for summer vacations.
Ramakrishna Ashram: Located in Along, it is a nice place to visit one can get various items related to Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda and Maa Sharada.
Hanging Bridge: It is another attraction at Along located on the Siang river. The distance of this bridge is 60 to 70 m long and is made from cane and bamboo.
Pasighat: It is the district headquarters of East Siang district situated on the bank of river Siang. The place is well known for its snow-clad peaks, virgin forests, rocky mountains and diverse fauna.
Kekar Monying (Black Rock): It is an important memorial erected in the memory of Adis who fought and died a heroic death against British on 4th December 1911.
Komsing: The place is known to have an Epitaph/memorial stone erected in the memory of Sir Noel Williamson killed by Narmi Manmur Jamoh.
Dr. Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary: It is a famous wildlife sanctuary containing some unique species of plants, animals and birds including deer, hispid hare, Bengal lioricans, raptors and migratory water birds.
Mouling National Park: Situated in the Upper Siang District, the Mouling National Park houses some rarest varieties of animals such as animals such as Clouded Leopard, Serow, Black Bear, Goat, Takins, Red Panda, Leopard, etc. It is also visited by the rare migratory birds.