Arunachal Pradesh Tourism

Arunachal Pradesh Tourism


About Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is India's easternmost state and lives up to its name (Arun = dawn, Achal = land) by being the first to meet the rising sun in the country. It borders China on the north, Myanmar on the east and Bhutan on the west. Set in the Eastern Himalayas, the state is covered by hill elevations ranging from 50m to 7000m, the whole cut across by a number of rivers and their valleys. The five major rivers are Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap. There are 61,000 sq km of forests of pine, oak, maple, fir and rhododendron in order to protect which the timber industry has now been banned in the state.

 65% of the Arunachali's belong to tribes, mostly of either Tibetan or Thai-Burmese stock with diverse cultures and languages. Some important tribes are the Adi, Nishi, Monpa and Apatani. There are almost equal numbers of aninimists and Hindus, followed by Buddhists and Christians. They practise shifting cultivation, grow crops and fruits, and make bamboo and cane handicrafts.

Border security considerations restricted entry into Arunachal till recently. The state offers less by way of infrastructure but more in terms of unspoilt areas.

Arunachal can best be understood as a western, a central, and an eastern belt. Westernmost Arunachal can be seen as the Bomdila-Tawang circuit (accessible from Tezpur in Assam) covering the 13,700-feet high Sela Pass and Sela Lake. Tawang monastery has been, for almost 400 years, a center of the socio-religious life of the Monpa people and a fortress-like protector of the resident monks. It contains priceless paintings and ancient manuscripts.

Towards central Arunachal, capital Itanagar is the base of the Nishi tribe and is a good point to access picturesque Ziro, home of the Apatani tribe and another scenic location, Pasighat.

On the extreme east is the Tezu-Namdapha circuit (accessible from Dibrugarh in Assam). At 2000 sq km, the Namdapha National Park covers valley heights of 200m and snowy peaks of 4500m. It is the only natural habitat to hold the four big cats: Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Clouded Leopard.

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Partha Bhattacharjee

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  • Partha Bhattacharjee
  • Lives in Faridabad
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"See the places of Raunchily Pradesh, Bhalukpong, Bomdilla, Dirang & Tawang"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2017
Visiting Raunchily Pradesh is a very pleasure trip. The country of Rising Sun. Beautiful Springs, Green surfaces, Himalayan beauty and 14000ft motorable road cross Cella Pass. From Tawang the chinese border is only 30 K. M. Tawang Monastary is 2nd largest monastery after Tibet. Dalai Lama has come from Tibet to this Monastary first when he landed in India. Tawang is the place where chinese force defeat Indian force in 1962. There is also a monument to remember us the great sacrifice of Indian army.
Raunchily Pradesh has no of tourist circuit which will take a long time to reach all the places so it is advisable to select one or two circuit at a time.
My selection was Bhalukpong, Bomdilla, Dirang and Tawang. We took halt in every point because the road is very tough and physically you are unable to complete the tour not below six days if you want to enjoy of the above said spots . . All spot has his own beauty. We took a very good toyota car and travelled the entire strech. We are 3 family person. We enjoyed a lot and a lifetime memory to see the beauty of Eastern Himalayan strech. Hornbill is the beauty of Himalaya in that region.
To visit the Raunchily Pradesh you need an inner line permit. If you go to their website you will get the information and guide line. Tour operators are also arranging for their clients.
Take car from Guawahati and make a contract for your entire trip or otherwise select a Traveller of repute who has the infrastructure to give you a pleasant journey.
Selection of Hotel is also an art. If you have that expertise select from net otherwise visit the place through conducted tour by a good operator.
Enjoy your travel safely and harmlessly to enjoy the beauty of Himalay.
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Sunil Bissa

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  • Sunil Bissa
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Day 2 Nameri to Bomdila"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 26, 2017
Day 2 of our sojourn, we started our voyage to Bomdila. Intermittent rain, camping river and gentle breeze with slight nip were our steady companions. Trek from bhalukpong to Nag mandir was extremely treacherous, roads full of rubble and dense fog was a perfect recipe for a inordinate experience. During our Odyssey, we saw mystic mountains, lush green gardens and roaring waterfalls which made the entire jaunt very picturesque. As I mentioned earlier, finding vegetarian food could be a big challenge and our experience didn't change much, except for the fact that our taste buds just got ignited at the very sight of hot samosas. Samosas and ginger masala tea prepared by Gupta ji at Nag mandir were simply moreish. Journey from Nag Mandir to Bomdila was pretty bonny and easy. We reached Bomdila at 5 pm and started a not so difficult hunt for a suitable dwell. Our tryst lead us to this beautiful property called lungta residency. Very courteous and customer centric staff and clean and tidy rooms with all the basic amenities makes it a perfect stabl. We wandered through the market, interacted with few locals and were extremely joyous to find marwaris. Hridya and self got up at 4 am to have a glance at first sun rays. Simply enjoyed and complimented nature's awe inspiring creation. We would start our journey towards Tawang in sometime. Stay tuned and have a wonderful Monday.
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Sunil Bissa

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  • Sunil Bissa
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Day 1"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 26, 2017
Verdure at galore. Warble of birds. Gentle breeze, this has been a very assuasive experience so far. We started from Guwahati at 11:30, crossed gigantic Brahmaputra river, took various pit stops at small villages. Interacting with local denizens, quite warm people and munching anything vegetarian ( (very difficult to find). We reached Nameri (bhalukpong) at about 5 pm and started our struggle to find a suitable abode. We found this unflappable place amidst nameri forest. Ecocamp has decent facilities and nice food. Staff is very courteous and you feel like home. Golden rays of sun at 4 am, sweet tweet of birds and a piping hot cup of ginger masala tea can't ask for more. Our next destination would be Dirang/Bomdila.
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Sudipta Nandy

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  • Sudipta Nandy
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
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"Mesmerizing Raunchily"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2017
First thing to remember that you require to have a permit to enter Raunchily. We got it from Kolkata and once you are through to Arunachal, as if you have come down to a land of amazing natural beauty. It was a hurricane tour of sort, as we travelled to Itanagar, Ziro, Daporijo, Pasighat and Teju in a span of four days. The freezing temperature of Ziro is unique, as rest of the place were comparatively warmer and much cosier compared to Ziro. The ferry to cross the Lohit river at Pasighat is also a unique experience, as crossing the mighty river with our SUVs in such pre-historic and shabby boats seems to be an impossible task. However, the operation laughed at our worry and proved to be perfect to his words, as the crossing was as smooth as a cake walk. The local food served at the Hotel and specially the road side eateries were extremely tasteful. If you plan to cover such a huge stretch in sort time, it is advisable to have your own stock of food, as for miles you will not have any eateries where you can have your food. Finally after a nature watch of four days, we come down to the Assam planes at Dibrugarh to commence our return to Jamshedpur.
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Ankita Kumar

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  • Ankita Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Beautiful Arunachal!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2016
I have always been an ardent lover of the Buddhist culture - the bright and colourful monasteries, the low, rumbling Buddhist chants and the always smiling, ever helpful monks. The mountains lined with tiny temples with prayer wheels, the vibrant prayer flags adorning every little nook - the vibe of Tawang was just so happy and delightful!
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Alok chandra

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  • Alok chandra
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 25, 2016
Uncial is a beautiful location situated in North East India. A very cold climate every time of year. Best time to visit is from August to December... If you love nature mountains and natural beauty and can stay without WiFi. Its best place.. Localities belong to Monpa tribe and are very kind hearted and beautiful people.
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Kanwal Preet

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  • Kanwal Preet
  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"Tenga valley and Chillipam monastery"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2016
If given a choice between mountains of J&K, Himachal and Arunachal, bet me Arunachal is THE choice. Lush green mountains, waterfalls and many more. We went from Guwahati to Bhalukpong (Assam Arunachal border) where we halted for a night and next day we moved towards Tenga Valley. The drive was amazing. In the month of Sept it was cool winds touching your body and giving a pleasant touch. Chillipam a colorful monastery on top of Tenga mountains and most importantly it created a trip to remember.
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Suketu Shah

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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Best for one who love nature and adventure"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2014
We loved nature and adventure, travel from Ahmadabad to Guwahati by Kamakya express train, we rent taxi from Guwahati to return 12 days up to Kaziranga by Enova and Aasam Meghalay by indigo(41000 +3000 Tawang top+1500 majuli fair)1st day reached Nameri (9.00 to 14.00 )stayed at Jia bharoli , good service and food, good cottages ,second day reached Dirang (8.00 to 14.00), required woolen clothes,stayed at Awoo resort, excellent room, good service and food, 3rd day reached Tawang (8.000 to 15.00) visited Jasvansinh Gudh memorial and sell pass full of snow, place of heaven, visited Tawang old monastery , stayed at Dolma Khangsar Gh, beautiful room, lovely nature of host,4th day visited Tawang Maduri Lake, Bumla pass border , lady monastery (gompa), war memorial, by private taxi of Tawang ,cant reached at Madhuri Lake because of heavy snow fall. Excellent place, must visit. 5th day return from Tawang to Bomdila stayed at doe Gukha Monestry GH, excellent calm place, good room and service. Sixth day visited Kaziranga, stayed at Prashanti cottages, good room and service, Seventh day visited Kaziranga national park, temple, hill top. Eighth day visited Majuli Island, reached by fery, satra dance and facing homemade, must visit, Ninth day way to Shilong-Meghalaya. Tenth day visited Shilong local sightseen, Eleventh day visited Cherapunji, cave, Clean village.
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Kunal Gore

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  • Kunal Gore
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Best place to relax in nature's beauty"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 2, 2014
Best place to visit. Instead of going to Switzerland and other destinations this is for sure the one, which we should definitely visit. It is one of the best places for adventure and a romantic destination as well. Because of its greenery and the food.
Food: India is known as a country of flavours. And this place is another one to simply justify it. With its local food everyone would enjoy the beauty of flavours and the ambiance of the nature's lap.

Travelling with holiday IQ has been of good and best support.
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Sangeeta Das

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  • Sangeeta Das
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Journey to Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang-Dirang during October,2011"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2012
An unique place in the Himalayas. Arunachal Pradesh is the state with diversified flora-fauna and various tribes. This is the place for people having interests in various fields, - history, international politics, anthropology, botanists, ornithologists and last but not least - the nature lovers.
As you enter the state in Bhalukpong, coming by road from the plains of Assam, - you will find yourself in the foothills, with wider river valleys and dense evergreen forests. Until you reach Tawang via Dirang and Bomdila, - you will experience the journey through all the ranges and valleys of the mighty Himalayas from south to north, with changing geographical aspects. Tawang is the second highest town of India (after Leh), which is situated in the highest ranges of the area. If you travel beyond Tawang, towards the China border to visit the Bumla Pass and the Sangetser Lake, - you will found yourself above the snowline where beauty of the permafrost grounds are enhanced by the multi-coloured flora. After crossing the Sela pass and the Paradise Lake you will find yourself in the paradise.....

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Special foods : Tibetan cuisines including momo and thukpa and chhang.
Sight-seeing : Bhalukpong - river Kameng, Tipi Orchidarium, (can visit nameri and Eagles nest and Pakhui sanctuaries).
Bomdila - Craft centre, ethnographic Museum (beside the stadium), upper and lower monesteries, and RR hills (from here in the early morning Kangto and Gorichen peaks are visible).
Dirang - hot spring, and the beautiful river side. (warning : do not went to look for the Yak Research Centre - which has no existence!)
Tawang - Tawang monestery, war memorial, various markets, craft center and emporium ( those are closed on holidays), Anni gumphas ( one easily reached by road, another you have to trek down the odd angled hill path), Bumla pass (where you may set your foot in China), Takshang gumpha, Sangester Lake, PTso Lake and the numerous lakes on the way.
Shopping - Tawang is the place for all your shopping. Mostly 'made in China' products are easily available here and the prices are not so much high as expected in high altitude remote towns.

Activities & things to do: Off-route from the known way, you can visit the Rupa village and Chilipom monestery - in between Bhalukpong and Bomdila - bifurcation from the Tenga valley.
Here you are in the lands of the Indian Army. You are surrounded, protected, helped and controlled by them. Your movement and photography are so - highly censored !

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To visit these places in Arunachal, one requires to obtain ILP (Inner Line Permit), which is issued from (in Kolkata) Arunachal Bhawan, Salt Lake (opposite to Salt Lake Telephone Exchange).The authority insists for going there physically. In case of family or group, any one of the visitors may represent others. Do not forget to take original address proof and photocopy and two copies of passport photos for each one. They took 7 days to process the same and reach there after 2pm on the given date. Keep authorization letter from others to collect the ILP. Those who wants to proceed for Bumla Pass, from Tawang, requires a seperate permission from DC Office, Tawang - which is again to be endorsed by Army official at War Memorial, Tawang. These precess needs almost half days engagement . The DC office at Tawang remains closed on Saturday and Sunday (a very tourist un-friendly practice). We faced this trouble and found a sincere helping hand at Tawang Tourist Lodge. Alternatively one can approach the Army Brigade Head at Tawang for an exceptional permission to access to Bumla Pass.
For entering Arunachal for Bomdila sector, the first check post is at Bhalukpong. There is an office who can issue ILP. So, we Indian citizens who land up there without prior ILP, do have a possible recourse if properly explained at the check post. This is what we were told, but no first hand idea how effective is this procedure.
Our plan was to take a SUV for the trip from Tezpur, as drivers from this place are more conversant with east AP roads. So, we compared rates and finally struck deal at Rs. 2500/- (Scorpio-dry/day). Since fuel is difficult to measure at hills unlike 1 ltr./ 10 km., the car owner charged flat 150-170 ltr diesel for the whole trip. Due to very bad condition of road (blasting and road widening procedure was going on in those days), car charges are pretty high compared to plains, where per day dry charge is Rs. 1500/-. The distance we covered during our stay is around 900 km. (off course we stayed for 11 days and cover Sangetser Lake, Chilipom monestery, Anni gumpha etc.). Those who wish to have budget tour, should better avail daily Sumo service or bus service from Tezpur. Share sumo service is upto Tawang and fare is Rs. 650/-. If you wish to get down at some mid points - then for onward journey afterwards you have to book the seat in advance. The condition of public transport is pretty bad in this sector.
Private accomodations in Bomdila, Dirang and Tawang costs higher compared to service and amenities. Govt. Tourist lodges are rather infra-structurally better, but maintenance wise quite poor. Cost is significantly lower.
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