Pasighat is the oldest town and has been often called the ‘gateway of the state of Arunachal Pradesh‘ and derives its name from the ‘Pasis’, a tribe of the area and with its breathtaking hillside and lush-green river valleys domesticated by a galaxy of tribes, the area is a tourists delight and photographers’ paradise . To reach the Daying Ering Wild Life Sanctuary around this area, you would have to cruise through the river Siang by boat. During the month of September-February, a variety of migratory birds like cranes, wild ducks, storks, water fowls and hornbills come here from far off places making it a ‘bird’s paradise’. Deers, wild elephants, buffaloes and smaller predators are also abundant, and the lucky visitor may also have a glimpse of the Tiger. Pangin stands at the confluence of the rivers Siom and Siang that presents a spectacular sight as the blue waters of Siom meet the green Siang, creating a beauty beyond the beautiful, absolutely bewildering! For the adventure loving people, Pasighat has a great scope for adventure sports such as river rafting, trekking and fishing and angling. An inner line permit is required for the tourists to visit this town that can be arranged from the liaison officers. Accommodations are available in the Siang Guest House, Circuit house and Inspection Bungalow. Hotel accommodation is also available in the city and paying guest accommodation can be managed too on prior intimation. For the nature lovers, tented tourist camps with modern amenities are available and comfortable government inspection bungalows are also available at nearby places of interest.
Occupying a saucer-shaped valley, Manipur’s capital Imphal is surrounded by hills on which the state flower, the siroi lily, grows. This is a hub for exploring the state, which has forested stretches, the largest fresh-water lake in the North-East and the rare brow antlered deer, the sangai. Meitei, the main community of Manipur, has an interesting Vaishnavite culture. It would be worth visiting Sri Govindaji Temple, Khwairamband, and Kangla Fort. Other places around the area to view are Bishnupur, Moirang, Loktak Lake, and Kaina. Spread in an area of 40 sq km, Keibul Lamjao National Park is another Wildlife Sanctuary, worth a visit!
Contemporary Shillong is a small town, inhabited by a church-going, guitar-and-piano-playing population, glorifying its restaurants and tourist infrastructure, Indian heritage manors, waterfalls, golfing, and Shillong peaks and museums. The Umiam Khwan (Barapani), near Shillong, offers water sports facilities including sailing, water skiing, water scooter The Orchid Lake Resort and the adjacent Lum Nehru Park is an ideal quiet holiday spot. The Botanical Garden is a secluded but captivating area with a plethora of indigenous and exotic plants and is located just below another notable site, the Ward’s Lake.
High above the hazy valleys and foaming rivers, hidden in the rolling clouds and perched on an headland, lies Cherrapunji, in the north eastern state of Meghalaya, a spectacular location with the year-round rain. Long ago, it had earned the coveted place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the wettest place on the earth. This is one place all over the world, where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters. This pristine land with ever-lasting beauty, is perhaps the only place in India, which has just one season, – the monsoon. The rainfall varies from heavy to medium to light, but there is no month without rain. Another surprising fact about Cherrapunji Meghalaya is that, it rains mostly at night, and day-to-day activity does not really get disrupted by the downpour! The alluring, spectacular and cascading Mawsmai Falls, – the fourth highest in India, lie just a few kilometers beyond Cherrapunji.