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Ideal duration: 4 - 8 days

Best Time: October to April Read More

Major Airports: Guwahati in Assam

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"Land of the dawn-lit mountains"

Arunachal Pradesh, India

Nestled in India's northeastern region, Arunachal Pradesh beckons travelers with its pristine natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and diverse landscapes. Bordered by Assam on the south, west of Bhutan, on the north and northeast by China, and on the east by Myanmar, Arunachal Pradesh is famous for its picturesque mountains, tranquil lakes, unexplored passes, and renowned monasteriesis. Known as the "Orchid State of India" or the "Paradise of the Botanists", the state has a unique array of flora and fauna, glaciers, high-altitude meadows, and sub-tropical forests that adds to its charm.

A key draw to Arunachal Pradesh is its untouched wilderness, attracting adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers, and cultural explorers. The state provides opportunities to explore tribal culture and experience its simplicity and beauty firsthand. Highlights include Tawang Monastery and Namdapha National Park, offering rich biodiversity and wildlife safaris. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the diverse cultures, traditions, and cuisine of the tribal villages scattered throughout the region.

Arunachal Pradesh hosts vibrant festivals like Losar, Ziro Music Festival, and Torgya Festival, showcasing its cultural diversity and traditions. Adventure activities abound, from trekking and hiking in the Eastern Himalayas to river rafting on the Brahmaputra River. The state's cuisine is a delightful fusion of Tibetan, Nepali, and Assamese, while vibrant festivals celebrate the region's cultural diversity and traditions. With its breathtaking landscapes and warm hospitality, Arunachal Pradesh promises an unforgettable journey into India's northeastern frontier.

Must Know Before You Visit Arunachal Pradesh

  • Limited Stay Options: Accommodation in Arunachal Pradesh is limited, especially in remote areas. Book in advance during peak seasons.
  • Transportation: Arunachal Pradesh lacks public transport for tourists; cabs or private vehicles are the main options.
  • Early Sunset: Due to its eastern location, Arunachal Pradesh experiences early sunsets, around 4:30 PM. Plan activities accordingly.
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP): Non-residents need an ILP to visit most areas, including Itanagar, Tawang, and Bomdila. Obtain online or from designated offices. read more on Inner Line Permit
  • Tribal Regions: Various indigenous tribal communities inhabit Arunachal Pradesh. Permits may be needed to enter tribal areas and interact with communities. Notable areas include Monpa villages in Tawang, Apatani villages in Ziro, and Nyishi villages in Lower Subansiri district.

Holidify's opinion on Travel to Arunachal Pradesh

What's Great about Travelling to Arunachal Pradesh?

Wide range of adventure activities. Unspoilt nature. Excellent climate.

What's Not So Great about Travelling to Arunachal Pradesh?

A little difficult to access because of poor road connectivity especially during monsoons. Sometimes the area is politically unstable.

Who should Travel to Arunachal Pradesh?

Arunachal has something for everyone- the adventure enthusiasts, wildlife aficionados, family vacationers and those looking to relax in the lap of unspoilt nature.

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What is the culture of Arunachal Pradesh?

Arunachal has a confluence of cultures from Tibet, mainland India and the native tribes which gives the state a rich, vibrant and varied heritage. Over 50 dialects are falling under the 'Tibeto-Burman' family are spoken by the people of this state. Twenty-six tribes inhabit the land, each with their colourful festivals and way of life. Most of the celebrations are a spectacle for tourists to watch and coincide with the agricultural cycle.

What are the major festivals celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh?

There is some festival or the other taking place in Arunachal at all times. The most famous ones are the Ziro Music Festival that is held in September to promote the musical talent of the North East, the Sangken festival where tribes from the region gather to celebrate the tenets of Buddhism in April each year, and the two weeks long celebration of Losar held in Tawang to honour the new year. Each of these festivals has a rich history attached to them and demonstrates the years of intermixing of various traditions while being an absolute fun fest for the tourists. Solung, an agricultural festival that is held during the monsoon season (July/August), Nyokum festival of the Nyishi tribe, the Dree festival, the Boori Boot, Khan, Gomkum Gompa, Tamaldu, Mopin and Aran are some the other cultural festivals celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh with immense zeal and enthusiasm. Apart from the fun and frolic of these festivals, their location in the serene mountains further enhances their appeal for those who want to immerse themselves in the local life and traditions. 

What is the wildlife of Arunachal Pradesh like?

The sunrise state also has some of the most pristine forests in the country and is home to a plethora of wildlife ranging from the big cats to amphibians and rare plants. It holds the distinction of harbouring the 'big four' of the cat world ? tiger, snow leopard, clouded leopard and leopard. Because of the unique geography of the state, most of the species found in this region are either very rare like the Clouded Leopard and the Takin or are not found anywhere but in this state. The Great Hornbill is the state bird and efforts have been taken to conserve its habitat and stop its extinction.

Why is Arunachal famous for fishing and angling?

Arunachal is among the very few states in the country where the government has consistently developed fishing and angling as a method of attracting tourists. The abundance of rivers and forests ensures a plentiful catch all year round. The rare Golden Mahseer is also found in the rivers of Arunachal, but since it is now considered as an endangered species, anglers and fishers are requested by the government to release it back in case it is caught. This fish also holds religious significance to Hindus as it features prominently in Hindu Mythology.

How are the local people of Arunachal Pradesh?

Warm, friendly and big-hearted, the people of Arunachal Pradesh form an eclectic mix of cultures, traditions and identities. The prime tribes among the people of Arunachal are Monpas, Apatanis, Nyishi, and Galo people. They harmoniously coexist with each other, and several subgroups and sub-tribes exist among them as well although the majority of the population are now either Christians, Hindus or Buddhists. A lot of Arunachalese people are also nature worshippers. Their simple and amiable nature makes them the perfect hosts for travellers who are keenly discovering the beauty of every facet of Arunachal.

What is the history of Arunachal Pradesh?

The region of Arunachal has an eleven thousand years long history of human habitation and the people show close links with the tribes of present-day Bhutan, Myanmar, China and Tibet. It has been culturally integrated into India over the years but maintains its distinct traditions. Recent excavations have shown remains of temples from the 14th century at the foothills of Siang. Modern history has been riddled with conflict because of its strategic position at the border of several countries.

The MacMahon line was drawn in 1913-14 and since then serves as the frontier between India and China. During British rule and till 1972, Arunachal was known as the North Eastern Frontier Agency. It has witnessed a bloody war in 1962 between India and China, and the international boundary is still disputed but Arunachal is now a politically stable area, and tourism forms a large part of the state's economy.

What is the landscape of Arunachal Pradesh?

This North-Eastern state is the last frontier between India and China and is the largest among the Seven Sisters. It also shares a border with Bhutan and Myanmar. The undulating terrain consists of high peaks and flowing rivers that originate from the Himalayas and join the Brahmaputra along with plenty of rainfall throughout the year. Arunachal also has extensive lush forests that hold plenty of wildlife and rich tribal culture. Itanagar is the capital of this state while Tawang, Siang and Lohit are other popular tourist destinations.

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