Arunachal Pradesh is a north-eastern state and a part of famous ‘Seven Sisters’ of India whose literal meaning is a “land of the dawn-lit mountains”. The sky-touching mountains here will give you an illusion of walking above the clouds while its milky waterfalls and crystal clear lakes will give you a mirage of being on heaven. It is quite difficult for a nature lover or explorer to judge where to go and where to not. But yes, time is always a constraint which every traveller needs to take care of. So, to make this work a little easy for you, here is a list of top ten beautiful places you must visit in Arunachal Pradesh.
The entire Tawang region is nestled amidst Gudpi and Chong Chugmi ranges and bathed by the water of Tawang Chu River. Tawang Monastery is an around 113 feet long and 80 feet wide edifice which is a famous Buddhist temple. The interior of the building is stunningly beautiful and a 28 feet high golden statue of Lord Buddha is worshiped here. However, the major attraction of this place is Indo-China Border, where you can see soldiers marching 24X7. Tawang War Memorial is also a must visit place here.
Namdapha National Park
Being the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalayan sub-region, Namdapha National Park is the largest national park in India in terms of area. Accessing the location of Namdapha is an easy task for every traveller as the destination is well connected with other parts of the country by air, rail and roads. The wildlife repository is rich in rare species of animals like Asiatic Small Bears, Eurasian Otters, Wolves, Clouded Leopards, Dholes, Red Foxes, Tigers, Red Pandas, Musk Deer, and Fishing Cats.
Are you too fond of walking above the clouds? If yes, then Sela Pass is the place for you. It is 2244 m high from the sea level and a wonderful trek to be explored by the bikers and other trekking fans. The blue water natural lake, snow-capped mountain peaks, and scarce grass coating portray the landscape of this stunning getaway.
Bomdila is perfect site if you want to watch snow-clad Himalayas closely. It is situated at a height of 8000 feet above mean sea level and is famous for its apple orchards and Bomdila Monastery. You can also watch Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, and Dirang Valley.
Ziro is declared as world heritage site and is famously known as Apatani Plateau. You must visit Talley Valley Sanctuary, Meghna Cave Temple, Kile Pakho, Midey, Ziro Puto and Dolo Mando. This place is famous for enchanting pine bamboo groves that are worth watching, so make sure not to miss them.
If you are an avid bird watcher and photography is your passion, do not miss Sangti. During the winter season, black-necked cranes come from the distant lands of Siberia for breeding. If you are lucky enough, you can see light snowfall during the winter days. The weather is salubrious and pleasant across the whole year. The calm and serene location perched with gurgling river water and deep greenery attract picnic lovers from distant lands of the neighbouring plains.
Itanagar is the state capital and a well-connected city which is situated at an altitude of 350 m above sea level. Recently opened to tourists by the government, the heritage and tribal culture of the city, which is decades and centuries old, is still intact. The historical Ita Fort is made of special bricks and is significant from a socio-cultural point. The legendary Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinwi) is a famous picnic spot in Itanagar which is 6 km from the heart of the city. Jawaharlal Nehru Museum is a wonderful repository of indigenous tribal culture of Arunachal. The town of Yupia shares its attractions with Itanagar. Hence, the two can be covered simultaneously.
The snow peaked mountains, deep gorges, turbulent rivers cascading down the hills, numerous waterfalls, placid lakes, archaeological sites, peace and fun-loving hospitable people and above all the heavenly climate make Roing one of the most attractive destinations for tourists. The Bhishmaknagar fort and Nehru Udyan add historical significance to the place. Mayudia pass, however, steals the limelight with snow coverage for the most part of the year.
Pakuhi Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are passionate enough about wildlife photography, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is the paradise for you. Located on the foothills of the Himalaya, this is a wonderful land rich in flora and fauna. There are 2000 species of plants, 40 species of mammals, 300 species of avi-fauna, 36 species of reptiles and 30 species of amphibians in this place. Three types of big cats: common leopard (Panthera pardus), (Panthera tigris), and clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is found here. Other than that five smaller cats – jungle cat, leopard cat, golden cat (Catopuma temmincki), fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus), and marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata) are also found in this reserve forest.
Home to river Brahmaputra which transcends down from Tibet, this place is a photographer’s delight for comprising abundant sceneries of nature. Pasighat is known as ‘Gateway of Arunachal Pradesh’ and is famous for adventure sports like white river rafting, boating, and angling. It was founded in 1911 A.D. by British as a gateway to administrative convenience of the greater Abor Hills and the north area in general. Places to visit in Pasighat are Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, Kekar Monying, Panging, and Komsing.
During your trip, if you are lucky enough to cover these places in one go, then there are many more places waiting for you to explore. Parsuram Kund is one such historical site, quite important in Hindu mythology. You can also go for Tezu, which is the land of the picturesque landscape. Undulating hillocks, gushing blue water, and rocky mountains make it an ideal getaway. Add to that the local Mishmi tribe and you will get to know about a completely different world. Also, if you are still not satisfied then you can head for Hayuliang, Daporijo, and Aalo.