Friday, September 21, 2012

Tourist Places in North East India - Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is known as ‘Land of Rising Sun’ is among the one of the state of North East India. Arunachal Pradesh find mention in the literature of Kalika Purana and Mahabharata and supposed to be the Prabhu Mountains of the Puranans. It’s been told that Sage Parshurama washed away his sin, Vyasa mediatated, King Bhishmaka founded his kingdom and Lord Krishna married his consort Rukmini. Arunachal Pradesh is famous for its rich cultural heritage, invites you to relax in its picturesque hills and valleys, enjoy its salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people, with their glorious heritage of arts and crafts and colorful festivals that reflect their ancient faith in the inexorable power of nature encircled on the three sides by Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Each of the attractions in Arunachal Pradesh is at par. The wavering rivers, the snow clad mountains, the stubborn plains, exclusive flora and fauna, the habtat of wind savages, the thick woodlands, the tribal terrains. Nature has provided the people with deep sense of beauty which finds delightful expression in their songs, dances and crafts. The climate varies from hot and humid to heavy rainfall in the Shivalik range. It becomes progressively cold as one moves northwards to higher altitudes. Arunachal Pradesh is also considered to be the “Nature’s Treasure Trove”.  Among the thousands of species of orchids as many as 600 species of orchid are found in Arunachal Pradesh of India. The foreign tourists of Arunachal Pradesh require a Restricted Area Permit and the Indian tourists need an Inner Line Permit.

Tawang : The land of the Monpa and Sherdukpen tribes with centuries-old monastery, Dragon gates, hundred pristine lakes and numerous waterfalls, situated high up in the misty-eyed Eastern Himalaya. 

Tawang Monastery : Tawang is famous for its 400 years old Buddhist Monastery locally called Gumpha.

Around Tawang  : Se La Pass, Lies on the way to Tawang .The World's Second highest Pass, the Sela Pass at 4,125 meter, which runs through a small ridge and along a placid lake called the Paradise Lake , in India.  

Bomdila : The headquarters of West Kameng district is situated at a height of 2,530 metres. Offers spectacular panoramic views of Himalayan landscapes and snow clad mountains. Bomdila, lies amidst apple orchards, wild orchids, forests and cascading waterfalls.

Around Bomdila  : Bhalukpong a beautiful picnic spot was the capital of Bhaluka, the grandson of King Bana. This beautiful place lies at 64km from Tezpur on the foot of Aka Hills (Arunachal Pradesh). The remains of the fortification of the kings are still visible. 

Itanagar : A modern settlement built in the vicinity of the ruins of a medieval capital. The capital of Arunachal Pradesh, it is a beautiful historic city, also known as 'the Land of the Dawnlit Mountains '. It is located to the east of Tawang and has been identified with Mayapur, a city of the 14th or 15th century A.D. Itafort is a historical fort situated at the heart of the capital complex in Papum Pare District. 
Around Itanagar : Naharlagun, situated at a distance of 10km from Itanagar, is a twin town of Itanagar. One can visit the Zoo, Craft Centre, and Polo Park. The place is ideal for trekking, hiking, boating and canoeing on the River Ganga and angling on the River Dikrong.

Ziro : A picturesque valley of the Apatani plateau to the north of Itanagar. The valley is surrounded pine covered mountains. The place is the home of Apatani tribes. High altitude fish farm, Pine Bamboo groves, villages, indigenous method of rice cultivation, craft centre are the major attraction of the place. The smell of the mist, the taste of the breeze and the sound of the forest make it worth travel. The place is an Anthropologist's delight.  

Around Ziro : Talley Valley, t ale in Apatani dialect is the name of a plant and to many other tribes the word means paradise. Talley valley is 30 kms from Hapoli (Ziro) the densely populated township in the Apatani Plateau and the headquarters of the Lower Subansiri District.

Daporijo : Daporijo is a large village town situated at the confluence of the Sippi and Subansiri rivers. It is the District Headquarters of Upper Subansiri district and is situated on the right bank of River Subansiri.  

Along:  On way to Along one can see the historical Malinithan temple. The Legendary Akashi Ganga, a point from which one gets an unusual over view of the Bhramhaputra and its tributaries. Mithun and Jersey cross breeding farm at Kamki, 25 kms from here is another interesting visit.

Pasighat :  Headquarters of East Siang district, situated on the right bank of river Siang. Siang is the name of river Bhramhaputra in Arunachal Pradesh. A visit to Dr. D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary where wild buffalos, tigers, samber deer and wild ducks are found in plenty is a must. Other places of interest are the surrounding villages and the Emporium. Pasighat is Ideal for river rafting, boating, angling, trekking and hiking. The Bhramhaputra Darshan, festival has become a bi-annual fest.

How to Reach :
By Rail : Well connected with rest of India. The closest railway station is Harmuty located at a distance of 33 km from Itanagar the capital of state.
By Air : The Nearest airport is Lilabari airport of Assam.
By Road : Well connected by buses provided by Arunachal State Transport and Private transport companies. A direct bus facility from Guwahati (381 km), Shillong (481 km), Tezpur (216 km), Dibrugarh (375 km), Tinisukia (415 km), Jorhat (245 km), Nagaon (275 km), Namsai (495 km) connects to Itanagar.
Best Time to Visit : October to April


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