Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is situated in the eastern most Himalayas. The state has verdant forests, turbulent streams, lofty mountains and snow clad peaks make it a tourist paradise. It is one of the most sparsely populated states of India and borders Tibet, China, Bhutan and Myanmar (Burma). Arunachal Pradesh is home to more than fifty tribal groups and various other sub - groups. Five major rivers of the states namely Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap join the biggest river systems in the world forming the powerful Brahmaputra. The snow peaked mountain ranges of Arunachal is home to some of the tallest peaks of the world including Gorichen, Kangto, Takpa Shri, etc. Festivals are an essential part of the life of the tribes. The festivals are celebrated with ritualistic gaiety. The state of Arunachal Pradesh is rich in flora and fauna. Orchids are the one of the most varied and diversified found in the state. Nearly over 500 are to be found in this state alone. These are colourful, spectacular and some bear exotic names. An Orchid Research and Development Centre at Tippi in West Kameng district in addition an Orchidorium at Tippi, two more Orchid conservation sanctuaries have been developed at Sessa and Dirang in West Kameng district. Wildlife of Arunachal Pradesh is rich and varied. Elephants and tigers abound, especially in the grassy foothills and leopards and jungle cats are quite common. The White browed gibbon, red pandas and musk in the higher altitudes can be spotted. Ziro is famous for cultural festivals, Namdapha tiger project, Sela Lake near Bomdilla, Malinithan in Lekhabali, Rukhmininagar near Roing are all places of interest in the state. Two of the most popular circuits in Arunachal Prades are Itanagar - Bomdila – Tawang and Along - Pashighat – Akashiganga.

Most Popular Places in Arunachal Pradesh

Bomdila
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Bomdila : Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Bomdile is one of the 60 constituencies of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The MLA for this region is Japu Deru.

Tezu
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Tezu : Tezu is an administrative headquarters of Lohit District in Arunachal Pradesh. Situated just 25 kms away from the famous Parasuram Kund Lake, it is a perfect hill station to chill out with family and friends. It is located at an elevation of 185 metres (606 feet) above the sea level.
Famous for its scenic beauty, adventure enthusiasts can enjoy trekking, hiking and river rafting in Tezu also. There are also facilities for trekking from Tezu to glow lake which takes one day, hiking and river rafting and angling on the river Lohit.
The hill station is home to indigenous tribes like Mishmi, Khamti, Digaru and Miju. Among the famous is, Mishmi Tribes, which have traditions and customs dating back to the Mahabharata times. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna's first queen Rukmini was a Mishmi Damsel. Mishmi tribes still have a King and Queen residing in Tezu.

Parashuram Kund
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Parashuram Kund : Parasuram Kund is situated within the Kamlang Reserve Forest area. This place on the Lohit River carries a strong mythological link with the legend of Parsurama, a Hindu sage. According to the legend, sage Parsurama washed away his sin of matricide in the waters of the Lohit river at Bramhakund. Each year thousands of pilgrims from all over the country congregate on Makar Sankranti day, to wash away their sins. A fair (mela) is held during this period.
Parshuam Kund Mela is an annual religious fair which is celebrated near Parshuram Kund, which is based at a distance of nearly 3 miles from the north-eastern portion of Tezu, which is the district headquarters of the district of Lohit in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. On Paush sankranti, a Parshuram Mela is held near this place on 4th January every year, which is attended by innumerable saints and devotees from across the nation, despite the severe cold.

Parshuram Kund is situated within the Kamlang Reserve Forest area in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh. The Kund is surrounded by dense forest of Ruddraksha trees, the fruit of which is considered sacred to Hindu ascetics as well as general believers of the faith. This place on the Lohit River carries a strong mythological link with the Kalika Purana, the Srimad Bhagavat and the Mahabharata; sage Parsurama washed away his sin of matricide in the waters of the Lohit River at Bramhakund. Each year thousands of pilgrims from all over the country congregate on Makar Sankrati day, to wash away their sins. A fair (Mela) is held during this period.

Dirang
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Dirang : Dirang is a small town in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is located about 43 km from Bomdila on the way to Tawang. The town is mostly used by tourists for overnight halt on the way to Tawang.
The distance between Jorhat in Assam and Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is more than 320 km and given the road condition in the area, the total travel time can be anywhere between 12 to 18 hours. Dirang is ideally located almost halfway in between. As a result it has come up as a overnight destination for tourists visiting Tawang. Dirang and Bomdila are both overnight destinations. Most tourists stay in one of these two places while going and in the other place while returning.
Dirang is a small town on the bank of river Kameng (Known as Jia Bharali in Assam). Since it is at the river valley the altitude is relatively low (4900 ft). The weather here is also not very cold and pleasant during most of the year.

Ziro
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Ziro : Ziro (167 km from Itanagar) is a beautiful plateau and the headquarters of Lower Subansiri District. It is one of the oldest towns in Arunachal Pradesh.
This beautiful hill station is located 1500 metres above sea level. The place has an imposing landscape of beautiful lush green forest, rivulets and elevated patches. It is famous for paddy-cum-pisciculture cultivation. The area is renowned for the terrace paddy fields where the unique system of poly-culture and water management is practiced by the local people.
Mainly inhabited by the Apatani tribe, the town wears a festive look during festivals celebrated by the Apatani people.

Bhismaknagar
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Bhismaknagar : Bhismaknagar (30 km from Roing) is the oldest archaeological and mythological site in Arunachal Pradesh, dates back to 12th century A.D. The fort was excavated during 1969-1973 which yielded terracotta plaques, decorative tiles, potteries, terracotta figurines etc. Popular legends and traditions identify the ruins of the fort as the site of the capital of Raja Bhismaka, father of Rumini (wife of Lord Krishna).

Itanagar
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Itanagar : Itanagar (Capital of Arunachal Pradesh) has a rich mixture of archeological sites of great historical value and built up resources and institutions of great socio-cultural significance.
Itafort, 'the fort of bricks' from which the State capital derives its name, is situated in the heart of the Itanagar. The fort has an irregular shape, built mainly with bricks dating back to the 14th-15th Century of Mayapur of Ramachandra, a king of the Jitari Dynasty.
Geykar Sinyik (Ganga Lake) is a beautiful natural lake locally known as Geykar Sinyik surrounded by landmass of hard rock.The name Gekar Sinyi means 'confined water'.
Jawaharlal Nehru Museum has a rich collection of textiles, weaponry, household articles and handicrafts items reflecting the tribal culture and heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.
Craft Centre & Emporium at Itanagar is worth visiting where one can see and buy local artifacts like wall paintings, traditional costumes made of natural vegetable and herbal dye yarns, and attractive utility items made of cane and bamboo.
Zoological Park (Zoo) is located at Chimpu. The park has a variety of fauna including avi-fauna species.
Indira Gandhi Park is a popular park located at Itanagar
Polo Park is a small botanical garden located on top of a ridge at Naharlagun (the twin capital city).


Packages

Duration: 6N/7D

Place:Thimpu, Phuntsholing, Paro

Details

Communication

By Air

For Bomdilla the nearest airport is Tezpur. The Arunachal Pradesh Helicopter Service operates daily service between Guwahati to Naharlagun and Guwahati to Tawang. Some of the places like Roing, Dambuk, Mohanbari, Anini, Tezu, Dirang has chopper service.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Harmuty in Assam nearly 25 kilometers from Naharlagun and close to 33 kilometers from Itanagar. However the nearest convenient railhead is North Lakhimpur in Assam. It is 50 kilometers from Naharlagun & 60 kilometers from Itanagar.

By Bus

Road connectivity is good but occasional stop will compensate the journey. One can reach to various places of Arunachal by bus or car from Likabali and Pasighat. Bus / Taxi are available from North Lakhimpur or Itanagar or Guwahati. Tawang is well - connected by daily bus service from Tezpur.