Arunachal Pradesh : Not On Your Travel List Yet? Think Again!

Posted: April 23, 2019

Not many people (no, not even the travel junkies), include Arunachal Pradesh on their bucket list. However, this is a perfect place for people looking for respite and those who want to experience its untouched scenic beauty. 

This eastern-most Indian state still boasts of its virgin landscape, historical edifices and rich tribal culture which is largely untouched and still unexplored.

One of the reasons that Arunachal Pradesh is still not a favoured destination is the very basic infrastructure and the issue of getting Government permits. The good news is that the State is gradually catching up and promoting tourism, thereby boosting its economic growth.

Culturally, the state is more akin to parts of Nepal and China than India. There are several tourist places in Arunachal that one can explore depending on the time and budget. We bring you some of the most interesting things to do in Arunachal Pradesh.

Places to see in Arunachal Pradesh

Firstly, you need to decide which are the tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh you want to see. This plan would help you to obtain the necessary permits beforehand and prevent you from facing any hassles later. The State has 12 tourist circuits across 83,500 sq. km. Each tourist circuit is different in ethnic culture, topography and vegetation.

Foreigners need to apply for the Protected Area Permit while Indian Nationals can apply for the Inner Line Permit. There are several tourist agencies which help with the application process, however, one can apply at individual level too. Once this is done, you are ready to go!

Here are the top tourist places and things to do in Arunachal Pradesh (pictures are in order of sequence):

Tawang

Tawang is the most popular destination in the state and offers one of the best cultural experiences. It is the home of the famous Tawang Monastery, which is the biggest monastery in India and second biggest in the world after Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso was born in Tawang.

Bomdila

This is small town with less than 10,000 population and is abode to several tribes including Monpa and Aka.  Apart from Bomdila monastery, one can explore Eagle’s Nest Wildlife Sanctuary which is 20 km outside the town.

Ziro Valley

Ziro is known for Apatani tribe recognized by their face tattoos and huge nose ring. Apatani is the most advanced tribes in this region and has earned the consideration for listing in  UNESCO Cultural Heritage.

Mechuka

The breath-taking view of snow-capped mountain is a must see. Don’t forget to visit New Gompa as well as Mechuka Lake.

How to Reach?

Tezpur (Assam) is the nearest airport which has regular flights from Kolkata and Guwahati (both these cities are well connected with all other major cities in India). The nearest railway station is Harmuti (Assam) which is 43 km away from Itanagar.  Taxis and bus services are easily available for onward journey. For exploring tourist places in Arunachal, public transport is easily available. Those who are looking for flexibility and comfort may hire private taxis.

Best Time to Visit

Generally the north-east region of India experiences heavy monsoon and therefore for Arunachal too, the best time to visit the place are the ‘non-monsoon’ seasons. April-May or October- November are the best times to visit the place.  November to February are peak winters, so load your luggage with lots of woollens if you are planning to visit during this time.

Other things to do in Arunachal Pradesh

  • Apart from sightseeing, Arunachal also offers delicious food. Tickle your taste buds with some Tibetan delicacies such as momos, thupka (noodle soup) and momoloco (a type of bread).
  • Explore home-stays with the local tribes.
  • Alcohol in Arunachal is tax-free. Enjoy the happy hours!
  • This is a place with rare scenic beauty best enjoyed through walking tours, hikes and treks. Do experience at least one of this. Don’t forget to hire a local guide.

Now Pack Your Bags

Wouldn’t it be a crime not to visit a place that is a part of India and yet so different in so many aspects? So what are you waiting for? Go, pack your bags!

Before that don’t forget to apply for your permit. Have a great trip.

 

Images via www.tourmyindia.com, Pixabay

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