As a utopia of Northeast India, Arunachal Pradesh is a land full of undulant valleys, unique tribes, enchanting stories, and unexplored terra. The scarce attention of this state in the tourism world connects to the hidden beauty and hypnotic character of Arunachal Pradesh. The best time to explore this pristine terrain is from April-May and October-November. The land of Dawn-lit mountains borders Tibet as well as a surreal character that’s way different than the rest of India. A destination for those who love remote mountainous homestays.
The hometown of the sixth Dalai Lama, Tawang is a Shangri-La or a paradise full of sacred Buddhist hymns, an ineffable aura of monks, and old monasteries. The 400 years old Tawang Monastery present in this extreme northeast state is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in India. Tawang shares boundaries with Bhutan in the Southwest, Tibet in the North, and Sela range of West Kameng in the east. According to one of the folklores, the name origin of Tawang is connected to (“Ta” – horse and “Wang” – chosen) a story of a meditating monk and magical horse.
Untouched by the speed and hectic appeal of the modern world, Apatani Tribe families are a reflection of simplicity and uncomplicated lifestyle. The darkness in the households are contrasting to the warm smiles of the Apatani Women. Their nose plugs carry one of India’s beautiful cultural identity. Find out for yourselves whether the Apatanis are from Mongolia and why they believe in the omnipresence of God.
Located just 115 km from the capital of Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar, Ziro Valley is a picturesque destination. Bamboo and Pine trees dominate this ineffable region while layered paddy fields are striking attractions. Try Bamboo chicken during the month of September that’s when Zero Music Festival comes alive. Local and International musicians come together with their indie, rock, funk, fusion, and a few heavy metal acts to entertain the home of the Apatanis.
Kane Wildlife Sanctuary, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mouling National Park, Dihang-Debang Biosphere Reserve, Dr, D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, and Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the wildlife sanctuaries to look out for in Arunachal Pradesh. Endangered species like Hispid Hare, exotic fauna like Assamese macaque, pig-tailed macaque, hoolock gibbon, and capped langur are present. Snow Leopards, Clouded Leopard, and Tiger are common sights while marble cat, golden cat, and leopard cats are also found in Arunachal Pradesh.
Surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, Nuranang Waterfalls is a pristine gem of a waterfalls in India. It originates in Sela Pass and that’s what comprises of the gushing Nuranang Waterfalls 6,000 feet above sea level. If you’re looking to relax and rewind, Nuranang Waterfalls is one of the best waterfalls in India. The thick forest cover of this greenery abundant region is suited for nature lovers.
One of the best man-made bridges in the world. Dong Village which receives the first ray of sun in India is just 7 km away from Walong Bridge. While Walong is an administrative town and small cantonment in the Anjaw district, it is also the easternmost town in India.
The best place in Arunachal Pradesh for handicraft shopping. You can buy Thangkas which are Buddhist paintings on cloths with gold and vegetable dye. These popular tourist buys of Itanagar also consists of local attires, wood carvings, carpets, shawls, and sarongs.
In the West Kameng district, Sangti Valley and Sela Pass are treasure troves for ornithologists and birdwatchers. The broadleaf forests of Sangti Valley is famous for Ibisbill, black-necked Crane, Long-billed Plover and Black-tailed Crake. Located along the Tezpur-Tawang highway, one of the highest motorable roads in India, Sangti Valley is conducive for high altitude species. Snow Partridge, Blood Pheasant, Gould’s Shortwing, Himalayan Monal, Grandala, White-browed Tit Babbler, Tibetan Blackbird, 3 species of Rosefinches, and 3 species of Grosbeaks are some of the species found n Sela Pass.
Sela Pass connects Tawang with the West Kameng districts and is located at a height of 13,700 feet above sea level. It is covered with snow throughout the year while Himalayan Yaks graze in the sparsely present green zones. A few lamas are spotted here and there moving to and for from monasteries and hamlets. Sela Lake here is famous and also sacred. Sela Pass is a highly revered gate made of Buddhist colours – Red, Blue, Green, and Gold. There is yet another splendid gate here called Jaswant Garh, leading to the Jaswant Singh War Memorial. A memorial for the greatest soldier India has ever seen, who died during the Indo-China war in 1971.
The war memorial of the late but eternal hero of Arunachal Pradesh is one of the must-see places in North East India. Indian Panorama recommends Jaswantgarh War Memorial as one of the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh. During the India-China war, rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat singlehandedly (he had some support from his friend and girlfriend during the battle) destroyed the efforts of more than 300 Chinese soldiers. As an one man army he had killed more than 200 Chinese soldiers as well as saved Arunachal from going into the boundaries of China. The infuriated Chinese first took his head off but returned it later with a brass badge honoring his valiant efforts. His boots still polished, towels changed, and linen washed even today show how much Jaswant is loved in Arunachal Pradesh. A Guardian Angel, indeed.
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