A valley in Arunachal A picturesque land tucked into the North Eastern tip of India, Arunachal Pradesh greets you to relax in its beautiful hills and Dales, to enjoy its salubrious climate and to meet its simple and hospitable people. Whether you are a simple holiday or an adventure freak, Arunachal Pradesh will surely mesmerize you with its centuries old spectacular vistas and diverse tribal heritage.
Tourist Destinations of Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal, literally meaning "the land of the rising sun", is home to many picturesque townships, villages and hamlets. Consisting of 16 districts, Arunachal Pradesh offers everything that a tourist expects from such type of wonderful destination. Itanagar is the state capital, other important destinations are Tawang, Tezpur, Bomdila, Ziro, Pasighat, Parasuram Kunda and Tezu. Apart from these, the tribal villages of the state offer a dynamic insight into the fashioning of this enchanting land and its lively people. So, don’t forget to include the tribal villages in your itinerary.
Arunachal Pradesh – People & Culture
Nature has blessed the people of Arunachal with a deep sense of beauty which finds wonderful expression in their songs, dances and crafts. Arunachal Pradesh is a treasure-trove of ethnic diversity and old traditions moulded by its geographic boundaries. Around 65% of the state populations belong to 20 major-collective tribes and 82 minor-tribes, most of them are either of Tai-Burmese origin or of Tibetan origin. Notable tribes found in Arunachal Pradesh include the Adis, Akas, Apatanis, Mijis, Monpas, Mishis and Nyishis.
Best Time to Visit
Best Time to visit Arunachal Pradesh is October to May.
How to Reach
By Air: Nearest airport is located at Lilabari (North Lakhimpur) in Assam, at a distance of 60 kms from Itanagar. Flights of Alliance Air connect Guwahati with Lilabari airport. Frequent bus services are available from Lilabari to Itanagar.
Helicopter Services: Arunachal Pradesh Helicopter Service operates daily helicopters between Guwahati and Naharlagun. Helicopter services are also available for other centres within Arunachal Pradesh. Services are available from Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Itanagar to Tawang, Ziro, Along, Deporijo, Pasighat, Roing, Anini, Tezu and Khonsa.
By Rail: Harmuty (33 kms) in Assam is the nearest railhead from Itanagar. Arunachal Express connects Harmuty with Guwahati. Another convenient railhead is North Lakhimpur in Assam which is 60 kms away from Itanagar and 407 kms from Guwahati. For onward journey, bus services are available from Harmuty and North Lakhimpur to Itanagar.
By Road: National Highway No. 52 connects Itanagar with Guwahati (429 kms). Direct buses to Itanagar are available from Guwahati, the journey time is about 11 hours. Direct buses to Itanagar are also available from Shillong (482 kms), Tezpur and other destinations in Assam such as Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. Within Arunachal Pradesh, buses operate between various places at a regular interval.
Shopping in Arunachal Pradesh
Any trip to Arunachal Pradesh is incomplete without doing some shopping. Arunachal Pradesh is known for some of the most brilliant carpets and shawls in the north east, skillfully weaved by the Monpas. You can buy these handwoven wonders in the Bomdila and Tawang craft centers. The Apatanis are famous for their weaving, you can pick their shawls and jackets which make great souvenirs to take home. Arunachal Pradesh is also known for its colourful masks, leather goods and agarbatti (incense sticks). You can also purchase Tangkha paintings, a lovely religious art-form that make for wonderful gifts for friends and family members.