Arunachal Pradesh is the extreme north-eastern State of India, bordered by China to the north, Bhutan to the west, and Myanmar to the east and south. It is so-called as it is the land from where the first sunrise can be seen in India. It is situated high up in the misty-eyed Eastern Himalaya. The true beauty of the land lies in the unhampered vistas, the serenity of its lakes, lively books and the spiritual fragrance.
Most attractive tourist spots in Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is a beautiful land of the Monpa and Sherdukpen tribes with the century-old monastery, Dragon gates, hundreds of pristine lakes and numerous waterfalls.
Tawang Monastery is famous for its 400-year-old Buddhist heritage. It is locally called Gumpha, It is the fountainhead of the spiritual life of the followers of the Gelugpa sect of the Mahayana school of Buddhism. The monastery is associated with the famous Targva festival which is held in December-January. The Tibetan influence here is unmistakable, with the elaborately painted wooden windows and other motifs. There is an 8-metre high gilded statue of Lord Buddha here. The adjoining craft centre is a must-visit for fine woollen carpets of colourful designs and masks.
Se La Pass lies on the way to Tawang. It is the world’s second-highest pass which runs through a small ridge and along a placid Lake called the Paradise Lake. It is a wonderful place to visit.
Bomdila, the headquarters of West Kameng district, offers spectacular panoramic views of Himalayan landscapes amid the apple orchards, wild orchids and cascading waterfalls.
Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, is a beautiful historic city, also known as the ‘Land of Dawnlit Mountains’. The historical fort ‘Ita fort’ is situated here, It is a fort of the irregular shape of 16,200 cubic metres. It is estimated that more than 80 lakhs of bricks, 45 cubic metres of stone and 46,300 man-days were required to build the fort. Besides this, other places of interest are the Buddhist monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum and Ganga Lake where boating facilities are available.
Ziro is a picturesque valley of the Apatani plateau to the north of Itanagar. The valley is surrounded by pine-covered mountains. The place is an anthropologist’s delight as the home of Apatani tribes.
Daporijo is a large village town situated at the confluence of the Sippi and Subansiri rivers. Places of interest are the local villages in and around and a beautiful cave a few kilometres away. The place is ideal for trekking and angling on river Subansiri.
Pashighat, the headquarters of East Siang district, is situated on the right bank of the river Siang, which is the local name of the river Brahmaputra in Arunachal Pradesh. One can visit the Ering Wildlife Sanctuary where wild buffaloes, tigers, sambar deer and wild ducks are found in plenty. Pasighat is ideal for river rafting, boating, angling, trekking and hiking.
The best time to visit Arunachal Pradesh in October to April, as these months are quite pleasant and sunny.