Sharing its international borders with China, Bhutan and Burma, Arunachal Pradesh is one such state in the north-eastern region of India, which will give you enough reasons to visit it over and again. Yet it is not for what lies beyond, but within those borders. There are many places in this state that are yet to be explored by the tourists. The moment you enter the state's periphery, fresh air will surround you with an undoubted healthy feeling. The lush greenery, the orange orchards, the 'jhum' cultivation, the interesting lifestyle of the tribal people, the untouched beauty will leave you mesmerised. If you are planning to relax, look no further than this extreme north-eastern side of the country.
Arunachal Pradesh Travel Map
Take a look to find what can you experience in the state:
Itanagar is not only the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, but also one of the most visited places in the state. The historical place made of bricks from which it derives the name, is 14-15 centuries old. Rajbhawan, the official residence of the Governor, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, the legendary Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinyi) are also worth a visit.
Bomdila (8500 ft.)
This Himalayan destination is home to the tribes like Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka (Hrusse), Miji and Begun (Khawas). Colourful gomphas tucked in the brilliant landscape make it an ideal nook to visit. The place is known for various sanctuaries.
The meandering highland pass that leads to this picturesque valley itself is one of the tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. This is the land of 400-year-old Tawang monastery, which is the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. The monastery houses gold lettered copies of sacred Buddhist script.[[ad-code-moi-mobile-300x250- 6; e-2]]
Ancient Indian mythology has it that Parashuram, a great sage of the ancient Indian times had washed his sin of matricide in the bank of the rive Lohit, which later came to be known as Parashuram Kund. People come from far and wide to take part in the Parashuram Mela during the month of January.
Mythology says Lord Krishna carried away Rukmini, one of many daughters of Bhismaka who ruled this kingdom. Excavations have revealed a very early settlement of the Aryans here.
Malinithan has a 7-8- centuries-old temple site in ruins. A series of excavations have unearthed a decorated basement of a temple, icon of deities, animal motifs and floral designs, carved columns and panels reminding of an unknown past.
When the Lord Shiva was frantically carrying the corpse of Parvati, his wife, Lord Vishnu cut her body into pieces with his Sudharshan Chakra. One of the pieces fell in this area so the place is considered divine. The place also provides a magnificent bird's eye view of the Brahmaputra river glimmering far below.
Tuting is basically a village panchayat under the Upper Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh. The village is located on the 2,000-kilometre-long Mago-Thingbu to Vijaynagar Arunachal Pradesh Frontier Highway by the McMahon Line. The village has a major population of Buddhists. In the recent years, river rafting enthusiasts have also shown much interest to the place. Tourists who want to reach this place via Yingkiong, have to cross Gandhi Bridge, a hanging bridge.
As many as 7 Wild Life Sanctuaries and 4 National Parks of varying sizes add to the tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh :WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES
One can spot a wide variety of wild lives including elephant, tiger, barking deer, black bear, red panda, to name a few.
Five major rivers - Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap - branching out from the mighty Brahmaputra and countless other rivulets crisscross the mystic land. Along with the breathtaking view, they also offer good rafting and angling opportunity.