Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Info On City Tour – The Unexplored Paradise

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.

Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh Buddhist Temple

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.

Arunachal Pradesh - The Unexplored Paradise

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.

North East India Hill Stations

Assam’s topography makes her an ideal destination for mountaineers and rock climbers. The hills, in particular, the North Cachar Hills and Karbi Hills are ready to receive tourists for mountaineering, as there is a recognised mountaineering route in both the districts. There is also a rock hill in Morigaon District known as “Elephant Rocks” which offer ample scope for Rock Climbing. The Simhasana Hill of Karbi Anglong is also known for rock climbing and the main city of Assam, Guwahati, is bounded on three sides with beautiful hills.

Umrangshu is located at the borders of Assam and Meghalaya, some distance away from Haflong. This hill station is bestowed with the natural backdrop of North Cacher Hills region, and travel to this area is a bewildering journey.

Hill Station in Assam

The Tawang Monastery also known as “Galden Namgyal”  stands on the start of a hill, above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and a gradual slope on the east. In Arunachal Pradesh,   it is the largest monastery as the source of the spiritual life of the people of this region. The most imposing building of the monastery is the assembly hall known as “Dukhang”, which is a three-storeyed building standing on the northern side of the court and houses the temple and the “Labrang”. The inside walls of the Dukhang are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. The altar has a silver casket veiled in silk, holding the Thangkas (or Tankas or Thangkas), of the Goddess Sri Devi (“Palden Lhamo”) the main deity of the monastery. A massive richly adorned statue of Lord Buddha stands in the middle of the northern side the monastery also has a Centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies, the place, where young monks are taught Arithmetic, English, and Hindi besides traditional monastic education. In brief, this monastery is simply amazing and majestic in its appearance and splendour. Visiting the Tawang Monastery is most religiously a very satisfying and accomplished experience. Some accommodations are available here for the tourists, though you may not come across luxury accommodations. The Gentse Gaden Babgyel Ling Monastery is also located closeby and Tawang has a long tradition of nunneries called `Ani Gompas’ and also the Urguelling monastery, which add to the calm and tranquility of the area.

In Arunachal Pradesh, the extreme north eastern state of India, lies one of the most unexplored areas of the Himalayas and this  green patch  is botanically rich and complete with trekking opportunities and hundreds of plant species, rare to find elsewhere in the world. The tropical and semi tropical climate of the area has favored in the growth of a spectacular range of plantations.

North East India Hill Station destinations

Along, the headquarter of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh is sitting amidst abundant natural surroundings.  This is a small town with beautiful villages and the most ideal place to spend the hot summer seasons. The picturesque surroundings laced with brilliant plantations make it one of the most perfect health resorts of India. The places one can visit around the area are the Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm at Kamaki.  Another nice place to visit is the place that provides items related to Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Maa Sharada and Swami Vivekananda. The Hanging Bridge on the Siang river is another site and is locally made of cane and bamboo and connects to the other hill tribes which indulge in fishing as a sport.  The most ideal locations at along are available for river rafting, angling, trekking and hiking with splendid picnic spots.

Ziro or Zero in Arunachal Pradesh is a high town but almost a level valley enveloped on all sides by pine clad low stooping hills. It is a small picturesque destination with pine and bamboo groves, villages, a craft centre and the Tarin Fish Farm, which is located at a high altitude and you could also visit the paddy fields to see the indigenous method of rice cultivation. This place also comprises the quietly flowing rivers of Subansiri, Nishi, Apatani, Dafla, and Miri and is an ideal place for trekking and hiking. Accommodation is available at the Inspection Bungalow and Circuit House though you may not find luxurious accommodation.

At the end of the city there is a Government Handicraft Centre, from where you can collect hats made of cane or bamboo and other articles as souvenirs. The Tale Sanctuary is a natural botanical garden stretched throughout the valley and the nature and character of flora and fauna also vary here according to height. Some of the famous attractions found here include mithun, clouded leopards, and bears along with varied orchids.