You love to travel and explore new places? Already ventured into some famous ones? Well, we strongly suggest you explore the Land of Rising Sun of India- Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh is the north-eastern border State of India and is neighboring with Nagaland and Assam States in India; it also shares international borders with Bhutan, Myanmar, and China.
So, did it occur to where exactly in the large state the sun rises? We have your answer! Dong Basti and Vijaynagar Basti witness the first sunrise of the country. The Orchid State of India is incredibly blessed with its beautiful natural flora and fauna. No wonder why John Abraham, popular Bollywood celebrity, is proud to be associated with the tourism department of Arunachal Pradesh on being appointed as the Brand Ambassador! He has contributed significantly to promoting Arunachal Pradesh by putting North East United Football Club (NEUFC) on the map of Indian sports.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh are generous, warm, and simple in general. And let me clear a misconception that there may be a language problem. Hindi is the most commonly spoken language followed by English, Assamese, and their respective dialects.
Yes, they have dialects! Their languages are primarily oral and have no script.
Arunachal Pradesh schools and colleges are English medium overall.
Having said that let me reveal the names of the places you can plan to visit and witness serenity of nature amidst the mountains!
You can go hiking in Bomdila and once you reach the highest point, you will witness the astounding views of Tibet and Bhutan. Bomdila, the District Headquarters of West Kameng, tourist spots comprises of bird sanctuaries, waterfall, and monastery.
Tawang’s biggest attraction is the Gompa built around 1681. It is worth noting that, this Tawang Gompa is considered the world’s second-largest Buddhist monastery.
Famous Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit shot their movie Koyla here. A lake is in fact named after the said actress – Madhuri lake!
You should consider visiting Sela Pass once you are in Arunachal Pradesh. You can also visit the Bum La Pass which is the meeting point of India and China.
Visiting Jaswant Garh, a memorial built in the honor of a soldier- Jaswant Singh Rawat of the Indian army, will bring down chills in your patriotic spines that fought for three days alone against the invading Chinese troupes.
3. Ziro Valley
Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh is attracting tourists off recently with its Ziro Music Festival. Unlike most of the places in Arunachal Pradesh, it is flat land on the top hills.
Ziro, the District Headquarters of Lower Subansiri, got consideration for UNESCO Cultural Heritage listing due to its innovative farming technique.
Ziro has another unique thing to offer you in case you are a worshipper of Lord Shiva. This unique Shiva temple- Siddeshwar Nath Temple isn’t built of anything fancy. Instead, it is amidst a deep jungle which is about 4 KM from Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh, as you can see in the picture below, a giant natural Shiva Linga, approximately 20-25 feet, was discovered decades ago. Local people have many mystical stories to tell you we bet!
4. Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National Park is located in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity with an area spread of around 1985.23 square kilometers. It is also known to be Namdapha Tiger Reserve.
5. The Golden Pagoda of Namsai
The Golden Pagoda of Namsai is located in the Namsai District of Arunachal Pradesh. This is a Burmese style Buddhist temple.
You visited the state and plan to return without seeing the capital?
Sounds silly innit?
When you are at Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, you can plan to visit the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, which is the State Museum. You get to witness the cultural diversity of the heterogeneously vivid state. There are around 25 main tribes and over 110 sub-tribes.
You can also plan to visit Gekar Sinyi Lake, Ita Fort, and the Gompa (Buddha Temple) while you are in Itanagar.
Naharlagun is a twin capital city which is barely 30 minutes apart which unlike Itanagar, isn’t quite a hilly place. Perks of traveling to Naharlagun- the scenic beauty, the mountainous curvy roads with one side the steep fall and another side mountains, another serine shiva temple!
You will find unique traditional collections in the market as well as in the Government Industrial Emporium and Craft Centres, like their traditional gale dress for women, jackets for men, and other accessories. Surely you can bring back souvenirs your friends and relatives will cherish a long time!
Legal Requirements to travel in Arunachal Pradesh
Unlike other states and cities of India, even Indians need a permit to be legally eligible to visit Arunachal Pradesh. For domestic visitors, no matter which part of the country you are in, you can visit Inner Line Pass Online to apply and obtain an Inner Line Pass (ILP) or gather any information.
It costs around 100 INR for application of single eILP. If you are in a group, it will cost you 100 INR per person. They also have the option for instant eILP with a cost of 400 INR.
In case of foreign travelers, they need to secure a Protected Area Pass (PAP). Any foreign tourists in a group of two or more can obtain PAP for 30 days.
Ministry of Home Affairs, All India Missions Abroad, Secretary (Tourism), Home Commissioner, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar; are some of the authorities who have been delegated the powers to issue a PAP. You may visit Arunachal Bhawan Website for more details.
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