The largest among the North-Eastern states, Arunachal Pradesh experiences the first sunrise in India. The sun rising from behind the Eastern Himalayan snow-capped mountains with Tibetan prayer chants from the nearby Buddhist monasteries is the perfect getaway for tourists wanting to escape the humdrums of hectic city life. Crystal clear lakes like the famous Madhuri Lake and Nagula Lake in Tawang, Ganga Lake in Itanagar and the Lake of No Return in Pangsau is ideal for nature lovers and visitors looking for solitude. For more adventurous and adrenaline seeking tourists, Kayaking and River-rafting on the white waters of Subansiri and Lohit river is the ultimate high. A land of diverse flora and fauna, the Orchid capital of India has developed several Trekking and Hiking routes in and around the Himalayan foothills of Bhalukpong for tourists to enjoy the natural habitats of Orchid species.
The Zero Festival of music at Zero around September each year has been experiencing massive footfalls of both National and International tourist who are musically inclined. For the more spiritually and aesthetically inclined tourists, The Tawang Festival (The Festival of Dreams) celebrates the serenity, mysticism and enchanting beauty of Arunachal Pradesh.
Tourist sightseeing in Arunachal Pradesh
For tourists who want a mix of historical monuments and natural splendor, Tawang is the ideal place. The entire Tawang region is nestled amidst Gudpi and Chong Chugmi ranges and bathed by the water of Tawang Chu River. Tawang Monastery is around 113 feet long and 80 feet wide and is one of the most popular and visually appealing Buddhist monastery. The interior of the building is a masterpiece of Oriental architecture with a 28 feet high golden statue of Lord Buddha. The Indo-China border is another significant tourist spot in Tawang. Jaswant Garh, Tawang War Memorial, Tawang Craft Centre, Brahma-dung-chung Ani Gompa, Urgelling Gompa are some of the important sightseeing places. Madhuri Lake and Pangateng Tso Lake exude enchanting views. Do not forget to get a glimpse of Bap Teng Kang Waterfall and Nuranang Falls. The best time to visit Tawang is October -May.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is the state capital and a well connected city. The township is situated at an altitude of 350 m above sea level. Apart from the state administrative headquarters, the city presents a number of rich architectural wonders. The historical Ita Fort is made of special bricks and is significant from a socio-cultural point. For a simple holidaymaker to an archeologist, this place is of great value to be explored. The legendary Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinwi) is a famous picnic spot in Itanagar which is 6 km from the heart of the city. Jawaharlal Nehru Museum is a wonderful repository of indigenous tribal culture of Arunachal. Gompa Buddha Vihar is an astounding yellow roofed shrine. One can have a glimpse of the surrounding countryside from the gompa premise. Buy some local artifacts, wall paintings, herbal dyed yarns and bamboo/cane-made attractive utility items from Craft Centre and Emporium. Polo Park, Indira Gandhi Park, and Zoological Park are some of the the popular places that attract a lot of visitors.
Sella Pass is the entry point of Arunachal Pradesh by road. On the way to the highlands of Tawang, one encounters this mystic motorable pass. It is 2244 m high from the sea level and a wonderful motorway for bikers and driving enthusiasts. The blue water natural lake, snow capped mountain peaks and deserted landscape are extremely popular amongst bikers who embark on a solitary ride through the Sella Pass. With the mist on your face and the howling winds zooming through your ears, Sella Pass is a not-to-be-missed place in Arunachal Pradesh.
Bomdila is an attractive summer getaway in Arunachal Pradesh. Located at a height of 8000 ft above sea level, Bomdila is an idyllic destination for family outings, this quiet place will indulge your senses and replenish you both mentally and physically. The snow capped Himalayas and clear views of Kangto and Gorichen Peaks are a sight to behold. If you are adventurous enough you can trek through the hills or simply stroll through the long quiet trails of the luxurious slopes. The most important sightseeing spot in Bomdila is Bomdila Monastery which is rich in art and craft. The Local Craft Centre displays samples of local crafts of the area. If you are ready to take a short tour, visit Sessa Orchid Sanctuary where 2600 orchids of 80 species are cultivated. To witness the orchid cultivation more closely trekking routes are developed which is truly amazing.
The gateway to Arunachal, Bhalukpong is only 56 km away from Tezpur Town. Located in West Kameng District, this is a historical place where one can look back at the days of the Mahabharata. Nestled amidst the dense forest and watered by the Kameng River, the region is a popular picnic spot. For the adventure lovers, there are abundant scopes to explore the region to the fullest. Various modes of trekking can be enjoyed here. You can enjoy rafting on Kameng River or get involved in angling on the bank of this mighty river. Have a glimpse of Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary which is very close to Bhalukpung. If you are visiting the place in March, you can enjoy the local Nyethidow Festival.
Located at a distance of 42km from Bomdila, Dirang is an attractive hill station in Arunachal Pradesh. An ideal place to spend quality time in the lap of Goddess Nature, Dirang has enormous options to explore vividly. The region is located at an elevation of 4910 ft above sea level and on a picturesque valley in between two major getaways- Bomdilla and Tawang. The land of kiwi and apple orchards is cooled by the freezing river air. It is the base camp of trekking and bird watching at Mandla. There is a historical fort atop the hill and the remnants of the fort bears evidence of the glorious past of this area. Other than its own attractions the neighboring areas of Dirang are also famous in terms of their natural view. Visit the Regional Apple Nursery and Kiwi Firm. Sangty Valley is 7km away from Dirang where black-necked crane comes from Siberia to breed.
Ziro is an ideal place for trekking in Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated on a plateau and known to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in Arunachal Pradesh. The native people of this region live an easy-going life where the perplexities of mundane city life hardly bother them. The undulating terrains are perched with deep green forests which add to its scenic view. Walking through the pine forest edging the paddy field will soothe your strained nerves. Along with its own attractions, Ziro is the gateway to a number of other attractive tourist spots. Kardo Hills, Talley Valley, Talley Wildlife Sanctuary are the best of them. Ziro Putu is a perfect spot to have a bird’s eye view of the entire Ziro Valley. Do not miss the 25 ft high and 22 ft wide Shiva Lingam at Kardo Hills. Talley Valley is located 32 km away from Ziro and offers the best trekking route by the bamboo, orchids, ferns, and rhododendron forests. Talley Valley Reserved Forest and Talley Wildlife Sanctuary are situated at an elevated level and rivers like Karing, Subansiri, Sipu, and Pange flow through them. Apart from being home to the endangered snow leopard, Ziro is home to many other rare and exotic animals making it a wildlife lover’s delight. The Ziro Festival of Music in September over the past few years has been drawing both national and international tourists, growing by the year.