P.C: Kelli McClintock
The perfect city-break does exist! Disconnect to connect and lose yourself in the lap of nature, in the valleys and hills of Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. With spectacular vistas soothing your eyes and soul and year-round pleasant weather to comfort you, Dirang, located in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, welcomes you with its snow-capped mountains, roaring rivulets and verdant valleys. With its various picturesque locales and serene surroundings, Dirang is a place you should head to for your next mountain vacation.
How To Reach Dirang:
By Air: The closest airport to Dirang is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport located at Guwahati in Assam which is at a distance of about 350 km from the town. Frequent cab services are available from the airport.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Dirang is located in Tezpur, Assam, which lies at a distance of about 190 km from the town and is well connected to other parts of the country.
By Road: The Dirang bus station connects the town to all the nearby major cities via roadways.
Best Time To Visit Dirang:
Dirang has a pleasant climate all throughout the year; however, the winter months of November to February remain a favourable time to visit the town with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 12°C.
Places To Visit In Dirang:
1. Dirang Dzong
P.C: POOYAN ESHTIAGHI
The Dirang Dzong area, nestled on the shores of the Dirang river, is a stunning settlement of tribal people and is home to some of the most brilliant archaic houses, which are over 500 years old. With antiquated houses built to sustain any hostile condition, the place is a treat given to the stunning picturesque backdrop it is set against. The architectural style resonates with that of some Buddhist monasteries, influenced by the ancient Buddhist kingdoms. With quaint stone-built houses and magnificent architecture dotting the Dirang Dzong, the place is a nature enthusiast's euphoria.
2. Kalachakra Gompa
P.C: Mark Hang Fung So
The Kalachakra Gompa is an architectural masterpiece and is also reckoned to be a Buddhist monastery, which is near around 500 years old. The beauty of the monastery is unadulterated and untouched by the trials and tribulations of humanity. Preserving the centuries-old glorious heritage of Buddhism, the monastery stands as a specimen of exemplary architectural brilliance. It is home to some of the most exquisite murals and stucco sculptures, boasting of its spiritual richness. Standing tall and gloriously amidst the cold and rugged valleys of Dirang, this ancient monastery is definitely a place you must visit.
3. Hot Water Spring
P.C: Ashley Knedler
The hot water spring in Dirang is touted as yet another favourite spot for the tourists. It's a natural fountain and is a major crowd-puller for all the scenic splendour it is encircled by. The water has healing and medicinal qualities due its rich sulphur content, and hence, it is considered very refreshing and beneficial to take a dip in the pool. Throngs of people visit the place from all over the country to take a dip in the hot spring.
4. National Research Centre On Yak
P.C: Ewan Robertson
Founded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the National Research Centre on Yak is responsible for the conservation of Indian Yak. Snuggled amidst the range of Eastern Himalayas, the centre researches on genetic resources and problems associated with yak production conducted in the yak farm belonging to the centre. The centre is open for tourists and is an interesting place to gain some knowledge.
Also read: 7 Places To Visit in Arunachal Pradesh