It's amazing when a place like Miao comes to your attention which is situated in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh with brilliant hills, valleys and lush green forests adding to its beauty. However, these forest areas have a speciality. They are traversed greatly by smugglers and have become quite well-known for the plywood industry. Miao is not left behind when it comes to quite a number of good schools, colleges, government institutions as well as industries. You can vouch for Miao when it comes to good hiking as well as trekking destinations as well as angling spots on the river Noa-Dehing.
Who are the people who majorly occupy the Miao area? These include the Tangsa, Singpo and Lisu tribes. Heard about the Tibetan refugees? They are also seen here in quite large numbers. What has been heard since a long time is that even the Christians staying here have been converted for good? Miao is your cosmopolitan town with a tangy taste for numerous cultures as well as religions. The languages which are spoken frequently in this place are Tangsa, Singpho, Assamese, Hindi with a dash of English. The locals here are involved mostly in government jobs but what is their main focus? It is agriculture and animal husbandry. Jhum cultivation method is practised by one and all and the hilly areas boast of tea plantations as well.
Best Time To Visit Miao:
When would be the best time to visit Miao? October to April would be quite ideal for a wonderful visit to Miao. In the sunny summers, the temperature shoots up to 40°C and you shall feel kinda warm. There is a chilly breeze during the winters.
How To Reach Miao:
By Air - The closest airport to Miao is the Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh, Assamlocated at a distance of 156 km and the closest international airport would be Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati. It is 600 km away from Miao.
Take a taxi or cab or most probably a bus from the airport and reach Miao conveniently. Jeeps and Gypsy are also quite ideal.
By Rail - If we talk about railway stations, Assam's Tinsukia and Dibrugarh railway stations are located at a distance of 115 km and 165 km away from Miao, respectively. The nearest passenger railway station is Margherita Railway Station, again in Assam, and which is just 65 km from Miao.
By Road - Miao has good connectivity to other cities of Arunachal Pradesh via properly maintained roads. However, tourists make it a point to avail a taxi/cab to utilize their time fully while in Miao. As it is a hilly area: Jeeps, Innova, Sumo and Gypsy are convenient modes of transport due to the hilly region.
All interstate cities are connected to Miao and direct buses can be availed from Tinsukia, Guwahati and Dibrugarh. You can avail government and private buses too. You can catch a bus from Margherita, Ledo, Jagun and Kharsang as well.
Let's move on to the tourist places of attraction in Miao!
Places To Visit In Miao
1) Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp:
When one wonders about the oldest or most ancient settlement of refugees in Changlang district, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp strikes the mind. The camp is pretty famous for its classy carpets which are woven together by the dextrous weavers while the Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp houses around 200 families gladly with about 2800 family members. Fond of carpets? Let this place mesmerize you!
2) Miao Museum:
How about a tour of the forest museum which is taken care of by the Namdapha Park authorities? It shall give you quite a lot of information about the natural sources and potential of Arunachal Pradesh forests. You shall come across images reflecting the history of the forest and its animals, birds, and medicinal plants as well. You shall also come across the exhibits of interesting varieties of mammals, reptiles, amphibians as well as birds in the form of reptile bodies, skins and skulls also stored properly.
But do you know what shall have your eyeballs rolling? It is definitely the gigantic python crawling on the wall. If you want to enhance your knowledge about the wildlife of Arunachal Pradesh, then you should take into consideration the wildlife record library in the museum with innumerable books and records about the wilderness. What else has earned a place a fame is the display of lifestyle equipment of the tribes residing here. So, don't miss out!
3) Miao Zoo:
Right opposite to the museum, you can catch a glimpse of the Miao Mini Zoo. It is a very treasured place for the kids who love animals like the pig-tailed macaque, hoolock gibbons, Assamese macaque, stump-tailed macaque as well as slow loris. Let us regard some more animals like Himalayan Palm Civet, porcupines, black bears, gharials and leopard cats too. What else is present here to captivate your senses? A gigantic enclosure outside the zoo which is home for the sambhar and barking deer.
4) Nampong or Hell's Pass:
You shall find this enchanting pass in the Changlang district. It is only 70 km away from Miao. One interesting fact you should know about this place is that this is the last town which was actually in the closest proximity to the Myanmar border and people took a special interest in it too for various reasons! You must be wondering about why the name 'Hell Pass'? This is because of the rash working conditions as well as continually occurring landslides during the making of the Stillwell Road. Would you ever desire to enter into the Pangsau Pass, then Nampong is a must visit! One of the famous winter festival Pangsau Pass Winter Festival is celebrated with pomp and show in Nampong in the month on January every year, where the cultural aesthetics of the North East Tribes and Myanmar people are highlighted.
5) World War II Cemetery:
How else can you address this age-old cemetery? Jairampur Cemetery, which is just 6 km away from Jairampur Town. It is just a 1.5-hour drive from Miao and 25 km away from Pangsau Pass(Indo-Myanmar border). It has its roots emerging from the presence of the Stillwell Road and when it came to eradicating the Japanese occupation in Myanmar, numerous soldiers from the Allied Forces, Chinese, Kachins as well as Indian origin breathed their last during the Second World War. You shall find their graves readily located here. Many localites and labourers volunteered to help out the soldiers. The tombstones of the civilians, as well as the soldiers, were found beside each other.
Wow! Are you finding it as spooky as we do? Think you want to plan a trip to Miao?