Arunachal Pradesh – Unravel the unexplored and untouched!

Arunachal Pradesh

The Indo-Sino conflict has been in recent news. And as always, Arunachal Pradesh finds mention whenever there is tension along the India-China border. As there are various exchanges between the two nations a famous proverb comes to my mind. ‘When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.’ In this case, it is the mesmerizing beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and its people that takes a hit every time there is political discourse or friction between the two most populous nations of the world. And hence now is the time to highlight the splendor that makes up the delightful land of Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh – The hidden gem

Pristine and profound, Arunachal Pradesh is one of the few hidden gems of incredible India. The northeast state that shares its border with a number of neighboring countries is an astonishing keeper of ethnic cultures and mystic landscapes. With no dearth of various things to do in Arunachal Pradesh, it is a perfect destination for both the serene and adventurous travelers.

In fact, almost all tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh boast of splendid vacationing. And unmarred by the crowds, pollution, and commercialization of its elegantly pure beauty. Literally meaning, the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’, visit Arunachal Pradesh for its magnificent snowcapped mountains, glistening lakes, acres and acres of forests and its strong cultural roots that manifest in the warmth of its people and structures. Also, the state is a biodiversity hub, home to hundreds of flora and fauna species.


Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh


The capital city of the state is Itanagar and also one of its most popular cities. Itanagar is often the starting destination from where tourists begin to explore the other attractions of the state. Well connected to the other tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar also has some wonderful sightseeing spots, such as the Ita Fort, Ganga Lake, Jawaharlal Nehru Museum and Craft Center and Emporium.

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Tawang is home to one of the oldest and largest monasteries of India, the Tawang Monastery. Crossed by the Tawang Chu River, some of the important attractions at Tawang include the Sela Pass, Nuranang Waterfall, Pangateng Tso Lake, Jaswant Garh and more.

A view of the Tawang monastery
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One of the trekking delights of Arunachal Pradesh is Ziro. A World Heritage Site, Ziro displays some of the best scenic landscapes of the state. Also, do not miss visiting Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Ziro Puto, Hapoli and other attractions.

Ziro Town
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Paddy field in Ziro
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Pasighat is the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh and is tucked away on the banks of Siang River. With the Brahmaputra passing through here, Pasighat is galore with abundant beauty. However, the Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary and Pangin are its main highlights.

The Pasighat Bridge
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Bomdila is another ideal tourist place in Arunachal Pradesh. With both scenic and cultural attractions, such as the Dirang Valley, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and the Gompas, Bomdila definitely deserves a visit.

Bomdila Monastery
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Some of the other top tourist attractions of the state include Roing, Bhalukpong, Anini, Sangti, Parasuram Kund, Tezu, Daporijo and many more.

Things to do in Arunachal Pradesh         

Arunachal Pradesh has a simmering mix of varied things to do. Of course, soaking in the landscapes and just admiring the sheer beauty of the natural surroundings is the topmost agenda for any tourist visiting Arunachal Pradesh. But there are also a number of other things to do in Arunachal Pradesh that can be chosen depending on individual preferences.

Trek along

Trekking or hiking across the many passes, trails and meadows is the wanderlust’s delight. Arunachal Pradesh has many such memorable treks, such as the Talley Valley trek, Ziro trek, Bailey trail, Mechuka trek and more.

Watch Red Pandas!

The only surviving member of the Ailurus bear family, the red pandas are found in the Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh. Sighting these petite pandas in the rich biodiversity hub is a wonderful activity, especially for wildlife enthusiasts.

The Red Panda
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Rafting and kayaking adventures

Arunachal Pradesh is the land of many rivers. The rushing cascades, sometimes flow in force and in other times in slow pace. Rafting expeditions are quite the exciting thing to do for those who like the sniff of adrenaline rush. Rafting is done of the Brahmaputra and Kameng River and Seppa is a popular rafting spot.

Find peace at monasteries and temples

Arunachal Pradesh has a deep-rooted cultural heritage. Its Buddhist monasteries are an oasis of calm, divinity and architectural brilliance. Some of the monasteries and temples worth visiting are Urgelling, Rigyalling, Bomdila, Tawang Monastery and Malinithan Temple.

Besides, there are multiple festivals held in the monasteries that are a great way to understand the spiritual, social and cultural fabric of the state. The popular festivals of the state include the Solung Festival, Losar Festival and Ziro Music Festival.

Losar Festival
Source: Wikipedia

How to Reach

Arunachal Pradesh is located in the north easternmost corner of India. It is accessible by air, rail and road.

Though there is no airport within the state, the airports at Kolkata, Guwahati and Tezpur are in proximity to the state. A number of transports, such as taxis and buses ply from the airports into Arunachal Pradesh.

Itanagar has its own railway station and the next closest railway station is in Harmuti in Assam.

By road, Arunachal Pradesh is very well-connected to other states of northeast India, such as Meghalaya (790km), Assam (550km), Nagaland (450km). There is good road connectivity within Arunachal Pradesh as well.

Best time to visit

Arunachal Pradesh is bestowed with pleasant climate almost throughout the year. However, it can experience near zero temperatures or less depending on the altitude. Though the winters are the best time for those who enjoy trekking, the spring season is ideal for those looking to explore the flora and meadows of the state. Hence, April for spring and October-November for winter are the best times to visit the state. Monsoons can be quite inconvenient with constant showers and summers may see a rise in temperatures in the valleys.

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Finally, let’s celebrate Arunachal Pradesh and hope that peace prevails.

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  6. Tawang and Ziro are my favorite places to visit. Though I haven’t visited AP yet but I have read a lot, have written about them, and watched a lot of YT videos and vlogs about these two beautiful places.
    I loved the way you described the situation in the starting of the blog.

  7. Very good post. Highly informative for travellers who want to visit Arunachal Pradesh. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you! Keep reading and commenting…:)

  8. Wow … don’t know when we will be able to visit places

    1. Soon it will all be good! We all are hopeful!

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