Arunachal Pradesh, a veritable treasure house of nature, tucked away in the north eastern tip of India, invites you to relax in its picturesque hills and vales encircled on three sides by Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Come to Arunachal Pradesh to revel in nature in its full splendour. Enjoy the salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people. Snowy mist, famous monasteries, unexplored passes and tranquil lakes come together to form some of the prettiest mountain spots in Arunachal Pradesh. For a tourist the options are varied, each more tempting than the other.
‘Shangri-La is a mystical, harmonious valley’ or so goes the description in James Hilton’s 1993 novel, Lost Horizon. Hilton went on to describe a Garden of Eden on Earth: a land of milk and honey in a hidden Himalaya valley, where nobody grew old or ugly. Over the years, there’s been no shortage of contenders for the title of ‘Lost Shangri-La’ but now there’s a new kid on the block: Arunachal Pradesh”. The thunderous Himalayan peaks so little known that few have been named, let alone climbed, plus jungles teeming with life forms that scientists are yet to catalogue, delicately tattooed and pierced tribal peoples living in long houses in the forest, magnificent Buddhist Temples and a severe dose of near limitless adventure.
Arunachal Pradesh best time to visit depends on type of activities you are interested in. Mid September to mid December and mid March to mid June is considered the best time for visit to Arunachal Pradesh when the sky is clear and the cold weather is bearable. May and October are the best months for trekkers. The climate is highly hot and humid at the lower altitudes and in the valleys covered by swampy dense forests particularly in the eastern section, while it becomes exceedingly cold in the higher altitudes.
Tawang is both historically and naturally endowed. It is located at a distance of 183 Kms from Bomdila and is situated at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level. The natural beauty and solitude of Gudpi and Chong-Chugmi ranges, Tawang chu River and Tawang valley are very mesmerizing. The inhabitants of the districts are all of Monpa tribes except Shyo village which is dominated by people of Tibetian origin. There are many beautiful grlacial lakes in and around Tawang with crystal blue waters.
Ziro beautiful hill station is located 1500 metres above sea level. The place has an imposing landscape of beautiful lush green forest, rivulets and elevated patches. It is famous for paddy-cum-pisciculture cultivation. The area is renowned for the terrace paddy fields where the unique system of poly-culture and water management is practiced by the local people.
Mainly inhabited by the Apatani tribe, the town wears a festive look during festivals celebrated by the Apatani people.
Itanagar (Capital of Arunachal Pradesh) has a rich mixture of archeological sites of great historical value and built up resources and institutions of great socio-cultural significance.
Pasighat is the land of the mighty Siang and indigenous hanging bridges. Round cane rings, swinging strings, shattered wooden pavements dangling above the mighty Siang makes it a picture perfect moment of thrill and adventure.
The pleasant waterfall graces the mountain cliffs and chills the vicinity. The musical tumbling sound of the water, the cool breezes procreating from the waterfall dips down the temperature. The songs of the birds, the fragrances of the forest after the rains are simply overpowering.
Roing is a picturesque town in a valley by the side of the Dibang River. The Lower Dibang Valley District is located in the eastern most part of Arunachal Pradesh. The topography varies from flat to snow peaked mountains. The district is hilly in the north and gentle to plain in the south. The district is criss crossed with numerous streams, rivers and rivulets.
Bhalukpong lies on the banks of the mighty Kameng river and borders along the dense forests that form the periphery of the Pakhui Game Sanctuary. Bhalukpong is a gateway to popular destinations like Tawang and Bomdila, but it has its own special charm too. It is a favorite picnic spot and people from nearby areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh congregate here every year in hordes to emjoy picnics. Fish angling and river rafting are the other principal tourist activities in Bhalukpong. Tourist attractions in Bhalukpong include the Pakhui Game Sanctuary and Tipi Orchidariurm, which hosts over 2600 cultivated orchids from 80 different species.
Bhalukpong Fort was constructed round tenth century and although now in ruins, it stands for the tradition and historical glory of the place. It was constructed by king Bhaluka on the banks of Bharali River. Apart from the fort’s stays, necessary stays of Bana, grandson of King Bhaluka are additionally preserved right here. The remains of the fort located on the banks of River Bharali, have a few stone blocks and bricks on the slope of the hillock. A pond and a brick well are also found here. Historical remains of Bana, the grandson of King Bhaluka and the heroic character of Mahabharata are also found here.
Nampong is a quaint town situated in the picturesque scenic valley. All along the way from Jairampur to Nampong one can enjoy the nature’s ride and the sight of beautiful terraced tea gardens.
The historic Stilwell Road (Ledo Road) passing through the Nampong and goes down to Burma from here. It is threshold of the Indo-Burma (Myanmar) border. The Pangsau Pass, the Indo-Burma (Myanmar) border is just 12 Km away from Nampong where the famous the Lake of no Return can be viewed from the Pass. Nampong and Pangsau Pass were considered to be "Hell gate" or "Hell Pass" due to difficult terrains in the Indo-Burma Patkai mountain Range.
Aalo is a picturesque valley at the confluence of Sipu and Siyom River. Surrounded by hills and beautiful orange orchards, this is another exotic nature getaway in Arunachal Pradesh. This is the headquarter of West Siang District and offers all basic amenities. For sightseeing or nature walks, there are places like Ramakrishna Mission Campus, Patum Bridge, Bagra Village, Donyi Polo Temple etc. The Kamki Hydrpower Dam is 25km from Aalo and a beautiful place to visit. Siyom hanging bridge is a 70m long bamboo and cane bridge. If you are zealous enough, go for rafting under this bridge.