“The land of the Rising Sun” is one of the beautiful places on earth. It is a bit of paradise that nestles in extreme North eastern corner of India.
It is the state that shares two international borders, i.e., Tibet to the North and Myanmar to the East. Tawang, the Iceland of East, which is at around 10000 ft. of height, witnesses the second largest Buddhist Monastery on Earth.
Exploring the Area:
Arunachal, which name itself known as the Dawn-Lit-Mountains in Sanskrit, is also known as the Orchid state of India or the Paradise of the Botanists. Geographically, it is the largest among the North East Indian States commonly known as The Seven Sisters. It is strikingly one of the beautiful states of India, covered with dense forest land and majestic mountains. Nature has blessed Arunachal with abundant beauty and natural splendor. Undoubtedly, God created Arunachal in his most leisure time and in a gracious mood. He has blessed Arunachal with a pleasing climate, abundant rainfall, high snow-capped mountains, enticing sunrises and sunsets and all else. Above all the simplicity and humanity of the people residing here and grace to the beauty of this magical valley making it unique in itself.
The Major tourist attraction of Arunachal Pradesh is Tawang and Sela Pass which is at West Kameng District. The Height of Sela Pass is a high altitude mountain is around 13700 ft which connects the Tibetan Buddhist place Tawnag to Dirang and Guwahati. Most of the time, one can find milky white shining snows, which makes this valley a true heaven on earth. One can go to the Namdapha, a Tiger Reserve & a National Park, which is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot is a true wilderness and enchanting beauty. The 400 years old Tawang monastery is one of the oldest and largest monastery in the world. Rowing, which is in Lower Dibang Valley attracts nature lover and adventure seekers by its picturesque beauty. Bomdila is also a perfect place if you are aiming to have a stunning view of snow clad Himalayan mountain range. “Zero” which is famously known as Apatani plateau, declared as a world heritage site, where you will get one of the best attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. Don’t miss Talley Valley, Fish Farm, Wild Life Sanctuary and Pine Bamboo grooves in ZERO. Also, please do not miss Bhalukpung, Pasighat, Anini and Along, which are one of the most enticing places of Arunachal Pradesh.
How to Get Around:
By Air: The Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport of Guwahati is the nearest Airport. Moreover, Helicopter service is available on selected days and timings.
By Rail: So far as rail transport is concerned, Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railway station. Also only rail connectivity is there from Guwahati to Naharlagun, which is just 15kms away from the state capital, Itanagar.
By Road: All important towns and villages in the state are well connected with the neighboring states by road. Day and Night bus services, as well as private taxis are available to all major place of Arunachal.
For local travelling, you can hire cabs, bus, traveller, city bus etc according to your requirement.
Where To Stay:
There is wide range of good hotels, resorts & home stays with good taste and quality of food in Arunachal Paradesh. One can find a variety of hotels and resorts according to the need and requirements with best of the amenities. Also, there are fully vegetarian hotels also available here. Also, there are arrangements for stay in Boat House and river side camping for the adventurous and nature loving tourists.
Fairs & Festivals:
Festivals form an integral part of the socio-cultural life of the people of Arunachal. Most of their festivals are connected with agriculture as it is the main occupation of the people. Each tribe celebrates its own festival throughout the year. Some of the festivals are Solung, Mopin, Losar, Boori Boot, Dree, Nechi Dau, Khan, Kshyatsowai, Loku, Longte Yullo, Moi, Nyokum, Ojiale, Reh, Sanken, Si-Donyi and Tamladu. Animal sacrifices are also common in some of the festivals.
Culture & Customs:
Widely the people of Arunachal Pradesh can be divided into three cultural groups on the basis of their socio-religious similarity. The Monpas and Sherdukpens of Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal adopts the Lamaistic ethics of Mahayana Buddhism. Marked for their religiousness, the villages of these communities of Arunachal Pradesh have elaborately decorated Buddhist temples, locally called ‘Gompas’. Though people of Arunachal Pradesh are mostly agriculturists by occupation, practising terrace cultivation, many of these people are also pastoral and breed herds of yak and mountains sheep. Ethnically similar to them are Membas and Khambas of Arunachal Pradesh, who live in the high mountains along the northern borders.
Khamptis and Singphos domesticating the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh are Buddhists folk of Hinayana sect. These sects are said to have arrived from Thailand and Burma long back and still using ancient scripts inherited from their original homeland.
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