Arunachal Pradesh, with its scintillating landscapes, vibrant culture, lush forests and jovial hosts, is a pristine paradise in Northeast. Called as the land of the dawn-lit mountains, the state has a plenty to offer—to those with the spirit of adventure or to those looking for a quiet retreat.
Here are the top 10 things to see, do and experience in this beautiful state of Northeast.
10. Shop till you drop in Itanagar
From handicrafts made of cane and bamboo to beads and woven grass necklaces, Itanagar caters to all your shopping needs. Vibrant outfits of various tribes are available in local stalls and one can also visit the state handloom emporium. Handwoven bags by Wangcho women, along with bamboo headgear and Mishmi shawls, provides a colourful sight. For those looking for antiques as souvenir to back home, Tangkhas from the Buddhist monasteries is the right artifect.
9. Make merry with Apong
Brewed by fermenting rice, Apong is the local rice beer, which is prepared in every Adi house hold. Sans chemicals, this beer is light on the buds. This makes it a perfect drink to go with a side of pork and bamboo shoot. A little drizzle, a steaming plate of smoked pork with bamboo shoot, and a glass of Apong is all you need to enjoy the blue hills.
8. Explore the beauty of Bhalukpong
Nestled in lush green forests is the gateway to Arunachal, Bhalukpong. Frequented by picnic lovers, this place offers numerous activities for those who love the outdoors. Nature lovers can visit the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary to see wild animals and several species of rare birds. A few kilometres away, the roads lead to Tipi, which houses the famous orchidarium, with more than 50,000 varieties of orchids.
7. Revel in the celebration of Losar
Celebrated with opulence and grandeur, Losar is the most significant festival of the Buddhist community in Arunachal Pradesh. At the harbinger of the New Year, this celebration symbolises warding off the evil eye, and includes prayers for happiness and prosperity. Characterised by merry making and feasting, this week-long celebration is integral to the Monpa tribe of Tawang. Presenting a fine blend of cultures, traditions and diversity, one must witness Losar, for it is a celebration of the joy of living.
6. Ride the Rapids in Pasighat
Marked by picturesque snow-capped mountains and varied flora and fauna, Pasighat is the ultimate destination for adventure seekers. Situated on the banks of the Siang River, it has two wildlife sanctuaries. For those who want to enjoy the thrills of rafting and water sports, the river provides the perfect opportunity. Negotiating through rapid torrents, passing by impenetrable gorges and navigating through dense forests is what you have in store. This exhilarating experience is part and parcel of the Arunachali tour, which showcases the surreal amidst the serene.
5. Unwind in Changlang
Picturesque valleys, unique traditions and lush landscapes—Changlang’s beauty is contrary to its varying altitudes. Rich in culture, it hosts people speaking as many as 50 dialects. As you feast your eyes on the exotic flora and fauna in Namdapha National Park, don’t forget to take a trip down to the Lake of No Return. Strange, as the name suggests, it has a historical significance as well. Nature is at it’s best here and it is the ideal destination for one to experience the best of Arunachali hospitality while relaxing in tranquillity of the mountains.
4. In the snow in Bomdila
Situated 8000 feet above sea level, Bomdila is an idyllic weekend getaway to beat the heat. Giving bird’s eye view of the snow-capped Himalayans, this region beckons the wanderlust in you. While trekking remains the most-popular tourist activity, there are several other engaging options waiting to be explored. The Bomdila Monastery in all its serenity is refuge to wandering souls who seek peace and quietness. As night falls, tourists can indulge in a rustic bonfire while food (mostly pork) sizzles on the open flame with the stars above to keep you company.
3. Find some peace and quiet in Roing
Away from the hustle bustle of the city, situated amidst valleys and with skies flecked with clouds lays Roing. For wanderers, restless souls, silence seekers or discoverers, Roing offers a chance to take some time off to think, reflect and reconnect with oneself. A paradise for nature lovers, it satisfies the soul with its simplicity. With abundance of lakes and waterfalls, Roing’s beauty is truly mesmerising. One must not forget to visit the orange orchards. We say, this place should be on your road trip bucket list.
2. Unleash your self in Ziro
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tranquillity and lush beauty of Ziro have been attracting tourists for ages. Dotted with pine trees and situated 1500 meters above sea level, it has an ancient cave temple that goes back to 5000 years. The Kile Pakho ridge is a feast for eyes, as it offers a magnificent view of the Ziro plateau on one end and the snow-capped Himalayas on the other. Strolling by the pine trees, trekking through the hills or merely taking it all in, Ziro’s quaint charm and beauty captivates all those who wander towards it.
1. Experience the best of everything in Tawang
From scrumptious thukpas in monsoons to the first snowflakes in winters, Tawang is the place where ever lasting memories are created. Offering a host of activities, which include trekking, hiking and camping in the hills, it is a pristine haven for tourists. The 400-year old Tawang Monastery is a melting pot of diverse people seeking spiritual guidance. Panoramic views, picturesque valleys, lush and dense green forests, and the tranquillity and peace that binds all of it together makes Tawang the most-frequented destination in Northeast. Be it the cuisine, the culture or the people, each little aspect has a different story to tell. Everything is open for discovery. Make you plans to mark your footsteps into this undisturbed little haven.