The first view of Arunanchal will leave you spellbound. Picturesque mountains, monasteries, and unexplored passes make the state a perfect place to visit for anyone who wants to be close to nature. Also known by the name of “Land of Rising Sun” and “Orchid State of India”, the state has unexplored flora and fauna, some of which are endemic to the state and offer nature lovers another reason for planning a visit. There are many tourist places in Arunanchal Pradesh to be explored and it only requires unending love for nature on part of the visitor to explore and experience this magic. There are a lot of things to do in Arunachal Pradesh including a visit to Tawang, a small border town, a visit to which will definitely make you feel a bit more nationalist. You can also get an insight into the secrets of Buddhism and interact with monks at Bomdila.
Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh
The captivating beauty of Tawang can be least described in words. With Tibet in the north and Bhutan in the southwest, Tawang is a collage of colors and should be on your wish list, when in the region. Incidentally, it is also one of the most popular tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh. The 400-year-old Tawang monastery has its own essence as does Jaswant Garh and Shonga Tser Lake which you should definitely visit.
If being among nature, exploring waterfalls, and seeking adventure is your core interest area, a visit to Roing should be a part of your travel itinerary and is among the best tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh. If you love being in solitude, Roing can be your perfect getaway and you can ideally explore Mehao lake and wildlife sanctuary, Sally Lake or plan a trek to the Bhismaknagar Fort.
With picturesque snow-capped mountains forming a perfect backdrop and apple orchards adding to the beauty, Bomdila is another of the key places in the region that you must visit when in the state. The place also offers a unique opportunity for exploring the art of the region as it is home to the craft centers and an ethnographic museum where the cultural richness of the region has been creatively displayed. Additionally, you can also plan a visit to Sessa Orchid Sanctuary.
Things to do in Arunachal Pradesh
- Red Panda Spotting
When it comes to things to do in Arunachal Pradesh, Red Panda spotting in Namdapha National Park is the place to be as it is the largest protected area in Eastern Himalayas. Ideally, a local guide can be hired from Deban who will take you through a rainforest hike till Lisu village and you may come across the much famed Red Panda which is also on the IUCN conservation list.
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- Trekking to Talle valley
A cultural assemblage in its real sense a trek to Talle valley will take you through Pangey and Ziro valley too and will provide you with an opportunity to observe the lifestyle of Apatanis people from close quarters. The mesmerizing grasslands and forest streams are unique additives of being close to nature though when you are in the valley.
- Visit the largest monastery of India
If you wish for an insightful glimpse of the cultural diversity of the North East region, a visit to the largest monastery of India should be on your list. The Tawang monastery is the largest in India and the second largest in the world which conserves tantric Buddhism, a less known aspect of this peaceful religion which is otherwise evident only in Tibet.
How to Reach
The region is well connected to Kolkata and Guwahati. The nearest airport is at lilabari in the Tezpur district of Assam. The state capital is a four-hour drive away.
Harmuti railway station in Assam is 43 Km from Itanagar and is well connected to the North-Eastern region.
Interstate buses operate to all major towns of the state and nearby states connecting the region well with other parts of India.
Best time to visit
Summers and winters are perhaps the best time to plan a visit to the state. While temperatures in summer months can vary from 20- 35 degrees Celsius, it can go to freezing point in places like Tawang in winters offering a unique opportunity to adventure seekers to explore the pristine beauty of this Himalayan State.