Arunachal Pradesh when translated means the land of the dawn-lit mountains. Located in north-east India, it is the country's wildest and least explored state. It rises from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested and impossibly steep hills along with the snow capped peaks, sharing its border with Tibet.
It is home to 26 indigenous tribes. The gushing waterfalls, clear lakes and picturesque mountain tops enhance the astounding scenic beauty of this hidden treasure trove with unmatched allure.
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It is a state which is worth a visit as it is jam-packed with things to do. The Herculean task is to decide which one to do first. If you are an adventure-loving person, there is a long list of thrilling activities to get your adrenaline rushing.
If you are someone who has come in looking for some relaxation, away from the maddening chaos of the stressful city life, you have the hot pools, vineyards and a long list of cultural attractions which would keep you entertained.
For both the energetic adventure junkie and the peace lover, you will find a lot of options to choose from the magical journey to Arunachal. To give you a gist of the breathtaking beauty, we bring you a few places which are the keys to the secrets that nature is hiding from you in Arunachal Pradesh.
Tawang is a combination of two words, Ta means horse and Wang means chosen to put together. Together it means Chosen Horse. It is one of the most beautiful cities to visit, with its breathtaking sceneries and serene spots.
The city is home to the Monpa tribe and shares its border with Sela range in the east, Tibet in the north and Bhutan in the south-west directions. With its mighty mountains, it works as a special magic on the minds of travellers.
The valley is filled with mountain ridges, vast fields, Buddhist monasteries and villages. The season of autumn is particularly beautiful and best for visiting.
It is a picturesque valley located at the confluence of the Sipu and Siyom river, surrounded by hills and orange orchards. It is one of the exotic natural gateways. It is one of the ideal places to spend the hot summer. The scenic surroundings filled with plantations make it one of the perfect places to rejuvenate yourself.
One can visit the villages of Jirdin, Kabu and Kayi which are home to the Galo Tribe. This will give you a chance to have a better understanding of the culture of the people of Aalo.
It is a small hamlet located at an altitude of 6000 ft above sea level. Mechuka is also known as Menchuka which is a combination of three words, Men which means medicinal, Chu means water and Kha means ice. The melted ice which flows down from the mountains is said to have medicinal properties.
It is Paradise on earth, with its natural beauties of landscapes, exotic tribes, lakes, snow-capped mountains and the Siyom river. It is slowly becoming one of the most popular destinations in the state.
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It is one of the high altitude mountain passes in Tawang with an elevation of 13,700 ft. The pass has hardly any vegetation, as it is usually covered to a certain extent with snow throughout the year. Buddhists believe that there are 101 lakes that exist in and around the pass and each lake has a very significant place amongst the Buddhist communities here.
According to a legend, a jawan of the Indian Army by the name of Jaswant Singh Rawat fought alone against the Chinese soldiers in the 1962 Sino-Indo War. A tribal woman called Sela who had brought food and water for him is said to have killed herself upon seeing the dead body of Jaswant Singh Rawat. He was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his courage and devotion to his duty.
Bomdilla is famous for its apple orchards which are spread across large areas of the place. With apples and huge trees, this place attracts a lot of tourists. Visiting this place during winter for sure would make your heart skip a beat, as this is when the apple orchards are in full production.
It is inhabited by the tribes of Aka, Miji, Monpa, Sherdukpen and Khawas. There are many craft centres and monasteries, an ethnographic museum and several other attractions in this place, which makes it a must-visit place for tourists.
Roing is famous for its snow-covered mountains, deep gorges, rivers flowing down the hills, waterfalls, placid lakes, sites of historical importance along with peace loving and very hospitable people. All this makes this place one of the best tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh.
Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mehao Lake, Sally, Bhishmakar and Rukmini Nati are some of the most important attractions here. If you are a nature lover, then this hidden paradise is the perfect place for you.
Located at 1500 m above sea level, this beautiful plateau is one of the oldest towns in the state. A place filled with lush greenery, rivulets and elevated patches, it is known for its terrace paddy fields which have a unique system of polyculture and water management by the locals.
It is home to the Apatani Tribe; it is a peace seeker's paradise.