PLACES TO VISIT IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH

  • Tawang

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    • Tawang Monastery: Tawang Monastery is the second biggest and oldest in Asia.

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      War Memorial : A 40 feet Namgyal Stupa is about 1 Km from Tawang town. It exemplifies the supreme sacrifice of 2420 brave martyrs of 1962 Sino- Indian war.

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      Urgelling Gompa : The Birth Place of Gyalwa Tsangyang Gyatso (1683-1706) ,the VI Dalai Lama which means the Precious Ocean of Pure Melody.

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      P.T So Lake : Panggang-Teng Tso is about 14 km from the town, the lake is as blue as lapis lazuli on a clear day, coyly hidden under the mist on rainy days, surrounded by flowers of all colors in October and stark white with snow during winters.

      BTK Waterfall : Bab-Theng-Khang (BTK) is on the way to Famous Gorzem Stupa in Zemithang. An 80 km drive from the main town it enthralls and mesmerizes the visitors.

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      Jaswant Garh : War-memorial of valiant warrior Jaswant Singh, MVC (posthumous) of 4 Garhwal Rifles who gave a supreme sacrifice during 1962 Sino-Indian War.

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      Sela Pass : Sela stands at a height of 13,714 ft above sea level. A Beautiful gate with traditional art paves way for all those visiting. With its two lakes and tiny flowers of enchanting shades, the Sela Pass fills one with delight.

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      Jang Waterfall : This enticing beauty of milky white water is enthralling and thunderous ovation for those visiting this place.


        

    •  Papum Pare

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  •  Itafort : The fort was built under the rule of Ahom Dynasty and the construction dates back to as early as the 14th and 15th centuries.

  • Ganga Lake : It is one of the most popular places in Itanagar. People from all around visit this place for recreation and for the picture perfect view of this lake. Because the lake is still disconnected from moving water bodies, its color is green. Many mythological rumors about the Ganga Lake and its color are heard still.

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    Jawaharlal Nehru Museum : It is the state museum of Arunachal Pradesh, in Itanagar. Established in 1980s, it includes clothing, headdresses, weapons, handicraft, music instruments, jewellery and other artifacts of daily use and culture, besides archeological finds.

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    Buddhist Gompa : It is sanctified by the Dalai Lama. This beautiful yellow roofed shrine replicates the widespread Tibetan influence and offers good views of Itanagar and the adjacent countryside.

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     East Siang

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    EAST SIANG

 

 Pangin : It is situated at a distance of about 60 kms from Pasighat. It stands at a point where River Siyom meets River Siang and presents a rare sight. The blue waters of Siyom meet the green Siang and the beauty of the site is to be believed.

 

Kekar Monying Mountain : It is a cliff near Rottung and an important historical place because it was here that the Adi put up a strong resistance against the British in 1911.

 

Daying Ering Wild Life Sanctuary : It covers a total area of 190 sq km. The major part (75%) of Sanctuary is formed by alluvial grasslands, wooded areas, which constitute about 15% and the rest is water. It is located at a distance of 13 km from Pasighat and is one of the few sanctuaries located on an island.

 

Malinithan Temple : It is situated at the foot of the Siang Hills. Relics of stone images of Malinithan came to be noted from the early twenties of the present century. In course of series of excavation from 1968 and ending 1971, ruins of temple and valuable scriptures were unearthed at this site. The fame of Malinithan as a holy place of worship draws a large numbers of visitors and pilgrims. 

 


 WEST SIANG 

 

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Mouling National Park Sanctuary : it is the second largest National Park in the state after Namdapha National Park. The name Mouling is derived from the highest peak named Mouling as per local faith and belief. As far as etymology is concerned it is an “Adi” word which means red Poison derived from a plant, found in the Mouling area only.

 

 

Akashiganga : Akashiganga is believed to be associated with the legend of Parvati narrated in the 8th century Kalika Purana. It is said that Lord Shankar roamed in the sky with the dead body of Parvati (Sati). To bring him out of attachment for the dead body, Lord Vishnu using his 'Sudarshan Chakra' cut the body into pieces. During this process, it is said that one of the body parts fell in the area which is 12 Km from Malinithan towards Along in West Siang District.

 

 

Along: The visitors appreciate the beauty of an alluring destination by visiting it over and over again. Along is one such exceptional beauty that separates Arunachal and Assam and lies close to the city of Likabali. This offbeat cooling destination tranquilizes the souls of the visitors with its never ending charm.

 


 

UPPER SUBANSIRI 

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Meghana Cave Temple : It is the foremost attraction of this quiet little place. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is majestically located on a hill top and can be reached by a fleet of steps. Located in tranquil surroundings, it is an abode where devotion meets natural beauty.  Ancient Sanskrit inscriptions are found on the temple walls.

 

 

Subansiri River: It is a tributary of the river Brahmaputra. Subansiri River is also known as the Gold River and is popular for its gold dust. The Subansiri River originates from China and flows towards the east and southeast into India, Where it joins the River Brahmaputra. Moreover, this river is also offers opportunity to enjoy rafting and angling.

 

 

Kamala Forest Reserve : It is another protected forest area near Daporijo City. The forest is rich in vegetation and flora. This dense forest is also home to many wild animals, birds and reptiles. Tourists can opt to go for a trek in the forest or do some bird watching. It is advisable to hire a local guide before venturing into the forest.

 

 

Good Shepherd Church : This is a Catholic Church of Daporijo. The church is under the Itanagar diocese. The baptized tribes are the main members of the church. The church has about 2500 members and it runs missionary schools and a hostel.

 


 

LOWER SUBANSIRI

 

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Ziro: Ziro is headquartering Upper Subansiri district. It is a beautiful hill Station as well as one of the oldest towns of the state. This valley is rich in biological diversity.   

  

Shidheswar Nath Temple : This temple is well known for the Shiv Linga located in it. This temple was built in July, 2004. This Lingam has a height of 25 feet and a width of 22 feet. Tourist can see the constant flow of water from the base of the lingam. The Temple has beautiful idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Parvati.

 

Namdapha National Park: It is the largest National Park of the northeast region, which is also one of the largest wildlife protected areas in India. The wet tropical rain forest comprises 150 timber species along with endangered orchids like blue vandal. Apart from this, various animals can also be seen such as tiger, clouded leopard and snow leopard. The best time to explore Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary is during the months of October to April.

 

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary : It is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Ziro that houses a diverse range of flora and fauna. It is situated towards the northeast of Ziro, the Sanctuary is known as a biodiversity zone.

 

Dolo Mando: It is one of the famous attractions of Ziro and travelers can trek to the top of this hillock to view the Hapoli Town and Old Ziro. This hillock is situated on the western side of Ziro on the Daporijo Road.

 

 


  

EAST KAMENG

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The Three Valleys : The three valleys namely Pakke-Valley, Pappu Valley and Passa Valley are worth seeing from the road top. The meandering rivers make them more beautiful. On both banks of the rivers paddy is grown. Lumdung (Passa) is famous for migratory birds during winter season. Passa is 78 kms and Pakke is 140 kms and Pappu is 21 kms from Seppa.

 

Hill Stations : Bameng, Chyangtajo and Pakke-Kessang are cool places which are like hill stations. Chyangtajo is famous for “Gorichaan” the snow peaked Mountain which can also be seen from Bameng.

 

River Kameng : During Winter, River Kameng is a good spot for angling and fishing. Those who want to angle have to take permission from the District administration.

 

Pakke Tiger Reserve : It is one of the finest yet one of the least visited tourist destinations. PTR is a two and a half hour drive from Kaziranga National Park. PTR is a paradise for viewing and photographing four species of Hornbill. The experience of watching hornbills flying to their roost is a must for every wildlife enthusiast.

 

 


WEST KAMENG

 

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Dirang Fort : Locally known as ‘Jong’, the Dirang Fort is an important historical monument for the Monpa tribe of Dirang Circle. The fort was built at Dirang in the year 1831. It has a strategic location and is two storey fortified building. The fort was built out of huge stone slabs and wooden logs.

 

Lhagyala Gompa, Morshing : The Gompa is situated in the mountainside, overlooking the Morshing valley. It is located around 80 kms from Bomdila towards Shergaon. The term ‘Lhagyala’ means storeroom of more than hundred large icons.

 

Sessa Orchid Sanctuary : It is famed for numerous and gorgeous varieties of Orchid, including the endemic ones. This place has been declared as a protected area. Sessa Orchid Sanctuary is the home to more than 200 orchid species including new and endemic species. Trekking routes have been developed in the sanctuary by the Department of Environment and Forests through which the natural orchid habitats can be cherished.

 

 


 

LOHIT

 

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Parasuram Kunda : It is a place of pilgrimage and is situated in the lower reaches of the river Lohit at about 24 kms to the North East of Tezu. The other name of the Kunda is “Prabhu Kuthar” the origin of the ‘Kunda’ viz. Parasuram Kunda is associated with Parasuram’s matricide. Religious people and saints come to this kund on Makarsakranti which falls on the 14th January every year for holy dip in the Kunda.

 

Buddha Vihar : There are several Buddha Vihar locally called CHONG in the Khamtis area. The CHONG of Namsai, Sub Division and Mon-mau, near the junction of Wakro-Tezu road is big and attractive. The World Peace Pagoda located in a river island at Chongkham is ideal for meditation in front of Buddha statues that surrounds in inner core of the vihar.

 

Dong: “Dong” a small hamlet in the eastern most part of India had the privilege to have first sunrise of the millennium in India. It is located near Walong circle at distance of about 200km from Tezu connected with all weather roads. The spectacular view of snow-capped mountains and blue pines forest is worth watching besides having glimpse of first sunray.

 

Glow Lake : Glow Lake is located in Wakro Circle. It is a beautiful spot with background of snow clad mountains and rich flora and fauna in and around the lake.

 

Hot Spring: These are hot springs near Kibithoo circle as well as Walong circle. Visitors prefer to have a hot bath at the hot springs near Walong owing to easy communication. It is located at a distance of about 5 kms from Walong.

 

Bhismak Nagar: The city of Bhismak Nagar, according to Mahabharata and popular tradition, was established by a king named Bhismak. The story of Bhismak narrates how Shri Krishna married Rukmini against the wishes of her father Bhismak.

 

Hawa Camp : It is located at a distance of 33 km from Tezu towards Hayuliang. One can have panoramic eye-view of the magnificent Lohit Valley and sunrise and sunset view from the spot. An ideal picnic spot.

 

 


  

TIRAP

 

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District Museum : District Museum located in Khonsa was built in the year of 1956. This museum showcases several cultural artifacts that representing various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. The museum remains closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

 

Khonsa : Khonsa has become a prime tourist destination in Eastern India. Trekking and hiking through the natural trails, visit to nearby tribal villages are some of the activities in Khonsa. The Khonsa Museum, Namdapha National Park and Miao are the other places of tourist attraction in Khonsa. The best time to visit Khonsa is from September to April.

 

 


ANJAW

 

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Hayuliang: The word “Hayuliang” means ‘the place of my liquor’. The beautiful panoramic view of the confluence of Dalai and Lohit Rivers are scenic surroundings which make the place worth visiting.

 

Hawai : Hawai, the young district headquarter, is located on the left of the Lohit River at about 58 kms Southeast of Hayuliang by road. “Hawai” in Kaman Mishmi dialect means “Pond”. It is connected by a cable suspension bridge, named as Anjaw, over the mighty Lohit River. Its pleasant climate, scenic landscape and unique ethnic culture make it one of the best places to visit.

 

Chaglogam: Chaglogam is a picturesque place located on the left of Dalai River. It is located at a distance of 170 kms from Tezu. Chaglogam is a potential place for trekking, angling and adventure sports like rafting, mountaineering, and similar sports. The place is haven for the nature lovers.

 

Hot Spring : This hot spring located at a distance of 39 km from the confluence of the Lohit and the Dichu River. It is 64 km towards East from Kibithoo. The region is endowed with spectacular landscapes of picturesque plateaus and valleys and snow clad hills.

 

Kibithoo: Kibithoo is a small but beautiful circle headquarters located close to the Indo-China Border. The whispering pine forests, wild rashbarries, beautiful flowers and majestic waterfalls from the surrounding hills set against tall blue hills add grandeur to it. The place also witnessed some of the severest fights by Indian Soldiers against the Chinese in 1962.   

 

 


CHANGLANG

 

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Namdapha Tiger Reserve : It is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot. In terms of area, it is the third largest National Park in India. A true wilderness and lush green vegetation, impenetrable pristine and virgin forests having diverse flora and fauna lies in the International border between India and Myanmar (Burma) within Changlang District.

 

World War II Cemetery : The recently unearthed large Burial-ground with about 1000 graves of allied soldiers believed to be mostly of Chinese, Kachins, Indian, British and Americans soldiers who died in Second World War is located at Stillwell Road, Changlang.

 

Miao: This beautiful and small town is headquarter of Miao sub-division and situated at bank of River Nao-Dehing. The interesting things to see are Mini Zoo, museum, Tibetan refugee settlement where colorful woolen carpets of various designs are produced, oil drilling at Kharsang and Manabum.

 

Nampong: Nampong is a threshold of the Indo-Burma (Myanmar) border. The Pangsau Pass, the Indo-Burma 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. Crossing these places towards Burma were considered to be dangerous and hazardous as hell during World War II.

 

Lake of No Return : The famous lake called The Lake of no Return in Myanmar side which can be viewed from Pangsau pass is 12 km away from Nampong. During World War II, large numbers of Aircrafts were reported to have perished into this lake. Perhaps, the lake served the allied pilots for soft landing into the lake water during return mission when the aircrafts got hit by enemy or out of mechanical snags in the aircrafts. The pilots had chosen this lake for emergency landing in case of imminent Air crush and therefore, many aircrafts were reported to have crashed in to the lake.

 

 


 

LOWER DIBANG VALLEY

 

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Mayudia : Mayudia is located at a distance of approximately 56 kms from Roing in the Himalayas. It is a place where one can enjoy snowfall. The area receives snowfall during the months from December to March. Walk a little and you are in the midst of sprawling bears, fast running wild goats, flying squirrels, variety of birds and above all the famous Mishmi Takin. Trekking in high altitudes in chilled weather and enjoying the peaks is a heavenly joy here.

 

Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary : A rugged mountainous belt with its panoramic landscape is beyond description. It is a land of wonder for tourists and living treasure for scientists i.e. Ornithologists, Zoologists, Botanists, Ecologists. Indeed, a virgin natural forest with unique natural lakes in the midst of wilderness. The sanctuary derives its name from Mehao Lake, a vast and virgin lake and is situated at a distance of 17 km from Roing.

 

Mehao Lake : Part of Mehao Wildlife sanctuary, situated at 14 kms from Roing is the natural stretch of water which is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in Arunachal Pradesh. The absolutely clear water of the lake attracts huge number of wild ducks. The water of the lake is absolutely crystal clear and a boat ride walk around the lake fills one with divine pleasure. Geologists have classified this lake as Low Nutrient Lake where no fish is available.

 

Sally: Just three kilometers away from Roing. A natural lake surrounded by thick green forest provides a serene and tranquil atmosphere.

 

Kampona Pond : It is situated at Idili village at a distance of 17 km from Roing. Kampona in Adi dialect means good looking. Kampona is the abode of Nag Raja, as per Adi belief.

 

 


 

UPPER SIANG  

 

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Trekking Circuits:-

 

Mariyang-Pekimodi Circuit

 

Tuting-Gelling Circuit

  

Yingkiong-Ekodumbing-Riutala Circuit

 

Yingkiong-Tuting-Dewakota Circuit

 

Yingkiong-Tuting-Tsitapuri Circuit

 

Mouling National Wildlife Sanctuary : It was established in 1982 with an objective to create a favourable habitat for plants and animals. It is located in the right bank of River Siang . This park is reserved house for diverse flora and fauna. The park has also an impressive area of animals and birds. Inside the sanctuary, there are many attractive waterfalls. Dabung Waterfall and Nirbung Waterfall are two of them. This park is thoroughly a dreamland for trekkers and animal and bird lovers.

 

 


 

UPPER DIBANG VALLEY

 

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Dibang Wild Life Sanctuary : The sanctuary is rich in wildlife. Rare mammals such as Mishmi takin, Red goral, Musk deer (at least two species), Red panda, Asiatic black bear, occasional Tiger and Gongshan muntjac inhabit this area while among birds there is the rare Sclater's Monal and Blyth's Tragopan. A flying squirrel, has been recently discovered in this sanctuary

 

Mishmi Hills : Mishmi Hills are situated in the Eastern Himalayan province, the richest bio-geographical province of the Himalayan zone and one of the Mega bio-diversity hotspots of the world. There are about 680 bird species. Some of them are Sclater's Monal, Blyth's and Temmink's Tragopan, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Rufous-necked Hornbill, pale-capped Pigeon, Ward's Trogon, dark-sided Thrush, Green and Purple Cochoa, Rusty-bellied and Gould's Shortwing, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rusty-throated and Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, at least four Parrotbill species, Black-headed Greenfinch, Scarlet Finch and Grey-headed Bullfinch.