Arunachal Pradesh also is known as the “land of the dawn-lit mountains” is the northeastern-most state of India. This is a wonderful destination for holidays full of green valleys, and unprecedented aestheticism. To enhance the scenic beauty of this state, several waterfalls and crystal clear lakes with picturesque mountains are the astounding treasure trove of unmatched allure. Arunachal Pradesh has an environment with peace and salubrious weather that is plus to its serenity.
Top 10 Places in Arunachal Pradesh
If you are an energetic adventurist or you are passionate about spirituality, you will find a lot of options to choose from on your amazing journey to Arunachal Pradesh. Let’s welcome to the Indian abode of virgin sun rays and we will take you to the breathtaking beauty of Arunachal Pradesh we have prepared a list of top 10 places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh to unveil the secrets of the beautiful place.
Tawang is the ideal place for those who always look for the historical sites set on an emerald green meadow. This entire region is bathed by the water of Tawang Chu River and nestled amidst Gudpi and Chong Chugmi ranges. The famous Buddhist temple is 113 feet long and 80 feet wide has the stunning interior with 28 feet high golden statue of Lord Buddha to worship here. This is also Tawang Monastery in Tawang. Tourist never forget to go to Indo-China border in Tawang.
Tawang War Memorial, Jaswant Garh, Tawang Craft Centre, Urgelling Gompa, Brahma-dung-chung Ani Gompa, Madhuri Lake and Pangateng Tso Lake are some of the important sightseeing places. Do not miss to have a visit of Nuranang Falls and Bap Teng Kang Waterfall.
May is the best month to visit Tawang and 2-3 days tour will be enough to explore the places. You can reach here, by air or rail. Bus and taxi services are also available.
Itanagar is the state capital and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Arunachal Pradesh. The Ita Fortis is the historical sign made of special bricks, hence significant from a socio-cultural point also. This place has lot of things to be explored either for a simple holidaymaker to an archeologist. The holy Ganga Lake aka Gyakar Sinwi is a popular picnic spot in Itanagar nearby 6 km only from the heart of the city. Gompa Buddha Vihar is a captivating yellow roofed shrine. Tourists may enjoy shopping and buy some local artifacts, herbal dyed yarns, wall paintings, and bamboo-made attractive utility items from the famous Craft Centre and Emporium in Itanagar. Indira Gandhi Park, Polo Park, and Zoological Park are some of the evening leisure walk spots.
You may reach Itanagar by bus in approx 11 hours and by air from Guwahati to Naharlagun (Itanagar) for making the travel convenient, whereas Tezpur is the nearest airport.
Pasighat is the place from a distance of 270 km from Itanagar and known to be the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh. The main tributary of Brahmaputra is Siang River which flows by Pasighat and Pasighat is headquarter of East Siang District and situated at a height of 152m. The main attraction of Pasighat is the Pasighat-Jengging-Yingkiong-Tuting Tourist Circuit. Also, the rock-strewn mountains, snowcapped mountain peaks, and a variety of flora and fauna present abundant options to explore here. People who like to travel for adventures will love to go Siang River as it is a prime destination to enjoy water sports, especially river rafting. Do not forget to visit the Daying Ering Wild Life Sanctuary which is a popular sightseeing spot in Pasighat. Mouling National Park is in Jengging which is 195 km from here and here rare species of animals are found roaming in their natural environment.
You may prefer bus services to visit here from Guwahati, Lakhimpur and Itanagar or the nearest Airports are Lilabari of North Lakhimpur, and Mohanbari of Dibrugarh.
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is the paradise for you if you are passionate to travel for wildlife photography and want to take the life clicks of big cats flaunting their might in the open air. Three types of big cats: common leopard aka Panthera pardus, Panthera tigris, and clouded leopard aka Neofelis nebulosa are found here. Other than this 5 smaller cats such as leopard cat, jungle cat, golden cat aka Catopuma temmincki, fishing cat aka Prionailurus viverrinus, and marbled cat aka Pardofelis marmorata are also found in this reserve forest. The wonderful land is rich in flora and fauna located on the foothills of the Himalaya. There are 2000 species of plants, 300 species of avi-fauna, 40 species of mammals, 36 species of reptiles and 30 species of amphibians in this place. It is a famous tiger reserve forest also.
May to October is the best time to enjoy this wildlife and witnessing the rare species here. You may travel here from Tezpur as well as Bhalukpong very easily. Rangapara is the nearest rail station and the nearest airport is Tezpur.
Sela Pass is the connects Arunachal Pradesh to the rest of India. When you are moving towards Tawang, you have to go over this mystic motorable pass. The pass is 2244 m. high from the sea level and a wonderful trek to be explored by the bikers and other adventure lovers. An artistic imagination comes out with the blue water natural lake, snowcapped mountain peaks and scarce grass coating which portray the landscape of this stunning getaway. You will have the best feel when moving clouds touch you with its freezing feel.
Plan to come here either from Guwahati or Tawang as the distances are 340 km or 78 km respectively from Sela Pass. State transport buses are available for specific routes.
Here is a Parasuram Kung in Arunachal Pradesh where you may participate in the Makar Sankranti Mela if you are planning to go to this mystic land of Arunachal Pradesh in January. A famous Hindu pilgrimage that is popular for its magnetic natural ambience. Parasuram Kund is well connected by road from Tinsukia and Dibrugarh and located only 13 miles north-east of Tezu. This holy place should be visited during November to February for the best views. A dip in the holy water of Brahma Kund is the symbol of faith for attaining penance.
Tezu is one more must-visit tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh, also the headquarter of Lohit District. The land of picturesque landscape is well connected by road from Tinsukia. Gushing blue water, undulating hillocks, and Rocky Mountains make it an ideal getaway. This is still a tribal area and a numbers of tribes in this district are yet unaware about the complexities of city life. During festive season their traditional dances, games, and sports are the ideal option for merrymaking. You can enjoy Rafting, riding (elephants), angling, mountaineering, hitchhiking, etc. in Tezu. You can reach here direct by Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST) bus service which connects Tinsukia with Tezu. If you prefer by air then nearest Airports are Dibrugarh and Guwahati.
Just like many other holiday options in Arunachal Pradesh, Hayuliang is also a small but spectacular destination to explore and relax. The place is 100 km from Tezu, and confluence of Lohit and Delai Rivers is an attractive element of this place. This town has a healthy weather and a pleasant and cool environment. If you have permission from government offices you can also enjoy a comfortable stay in government inspection bungalow here. But, you need to take that in advance.
To reach here you need to hire private vehicles.
Daporijo is 327 km from Itangar and 160km from Ziro. You will notice the rich variety of flora and fauna and its ethnic diversity here. Calm environment and cool pleasant weather makes it an ideal retreat for each city traveler. This awesome town is the districts headquarter of Upper Subansiri District. A numbers of astounding trekking trails and nature walks are here for tourists. For rafting and angling, Subansiri River is ideal in the city. The Lord Shiva Temple named as Meghna Cave Temple is a quiet spot to feel the freshness of nature. For one day trip certain hill caves and attractive hamlets are ideal to visit.
To reach Daporijo, nearest airport is Lilabari and railway station is Silapathar and the bus or taxi service is also available from both the sites.
Mechuka is one of the most famous getaways in Arunachal Pradesh, also an administrative township near the Indo-China border.It is a perfect getaway for the series of unexpected events to welcome tourists once they reach at Mechuka. This is a wonderful hill station which has both historical and religious significance such as 400 years old Samten Yongcha monastery and the enchanting Buddhist Gumpas set amidst the open meadows. Spend your holidays here with any of the luxurious accommodation.
If you are planning to visit the place in February, try to attend a 5 days New Year celebration aka Losar Festival here. In the month of April, Mopin Festival starts from the 5th day and continues for 5 days. Siyom is famous for enjoying rafting and angling. Each and every level of trekking and hiking can be experienced here. If you are enthusiasts and highly energetic, don’t miss to try camping in the forests of Mechuka.
Mechuka can be reached through the nearest airport i.e. Lilabari. When you prefer train Simen Chapari is the nearest railway station.