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The wonder of North East India lies in its virgin rain-forests, winding roads of the mountain passes and the indigenous lifestyle. Arunachal Pradesh, the secluded and beautiful state in North East India, promises to inspire the collective body of backpackers and casual vacationers. There are many things to do in Arunachal Pradesh.

If you too have spring in your feet and you want to soak up the beauty of Tawang instead of reading about it, Arunachal Pradesh is your go-to destination. To be honest, Tawang's name rose in popularity after the Tanhai Tanhai song from the movie Koyla was shot there. Not just Tawang, in fact entire Arunachal Pradesh has become one of the highly coveted tourist destinations ever since.

In Arunachal Pradesh, glaciers are found in Greater Himalaya ranges which run along the Tibetan border. All peaks here rise above 4500 meters and are snow covered throughout the year. The area is characterized by the Meerathang Glacier and the Kangto peak which extends beyond the Chinese border and the Gori Chen.

What is really captivating in Arunachal Pradesh is the sheer innocence of nature. As pristine as it gets! If you are a solo traveller and you are scouring the internet for leads, visiting Arunachal Pradesh will be the best decision that you will ever make. We will here under discuss about the best tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh.

places to visit in arunachal pradesh

1. Tawang

The first of these cultural macro-areas is the ancient eastern pilgrimage route that led to Lhasa, Tibet. This passed through the district of Tawang, where there is the homonymous historical Buddhist Tawang monastery, the Tawang War Memorial and West Kameng which houses the Dirang dzong, the only one in India in a fortified village in the medieval Tibetan style and the capital of Bomdila.

Of extreme cultural, historical and naturalistic interest the Sela pass connects the two districts and was the scene of the Sino-Indian war of 1962. The orchid research and development station in Tippi and two other orchid conservation sanctuaries located in Sessa and Dirang are worth seeing places.

It is hard to imagine a die-hard travel enthusiast not visiting Tawang. It is famous for the scenic beauty and its historical site but the Tawang monastery takes the cake! Tawang is nestled amidst Gudpi and Chong Chugmi ranges while Tawang Chu river washing its feet. The 400-year-old Tawang Monastery is one of the largest Indian monasteries.

Other significant tourist destinations in Tawang include Jaswant Garh, Tawang War Memorial, Tawang Craft Center, Indo-China border, Brahma-dung-chung Ani Gompa and Urgelling Gompa. We will urge you to visit Bap Teng Kang Nuranang Waterfalls in Tawang too.

2. Itanagar

Lake Ganga (Gyakar Sinyi) is a beautiful picnic spot, 6 km from Itanagar, a green forest lake surrounded by primitive vegetation, masses of orchids in tall trees, tree ferns provides a small taste of the state's magnificent forests.

3. Ziro

Eastward after crossing the Deopani bridge in Roing, the main center of the area is Ziro, located in the so-called Apatani Valley, which takes its name from the nearby indigenous settlements along the Kele River. The iconic Apatani Plateau is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful hill stations in Arunachal Pradesh.

You should not miss Ziro Putu too if you are there which is a perfect spot to have a birds eye view of the entire Ziro valley. If you are yearning to indulge in trekking, visit the Talley Valley which is located 32 kms away from Ziro. The trekking route stretches between the bamboo, orchids, ferns and rhododendron forests.

From here the streets to the Kurung Kumey area lead to the softer Himalayan slopes of the settlement of Koloriang surrounded by the reliefs of Hamching and Gilo Domcho (Lulupo to the south). Continuing in north-west direction lead to the Nyegyi Kangsang, one of the major Himalayan peaks on the border between China and India.

Experience tranquility in Ziro music festival. This is not only one of the best things to do in Arunachal Pradesh but a life changing experience in itself. You will be serenaded by many a bands in this festival and they NEVER repeat a band! Of course, visiting this festival will vitalise you and change your mental synthesis for the better.

Trekking in the trails of Talle Valley will be the experience of your lifetime. You will be familiar with the ancient tribal culture and customs that help maintain the sanctity of the forests. The Apatani people inhabit the three valleys of Pangey valley, Talle Valley and Ziro Valley. Their indigenous culture is the magnet to many tourists across the year.

4. Daporijo

Daporijo is one of the unexplored places in Arunachal Pradesh that is located 160 kms from Ziro. The pristine valleys are inundated with flora and fauna. Also, the main attraction of this place is its ethnic diversity. This is one of the best tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh, undoubtedly. You can also visit the 25 ft high and 22 ft wide Shiva Lingam in Kardo hills.

5. Pemako

Ride the white water rapids in the brimming rivers to easily get from one place to another. You can get a glimpse of the golden mahseer, a great game fish when making your way through Upper Siang, between Yingkiong and Boleng.

Also known as the beyul (meadow), this is for lovers of mysticism and, of course, trekking. The name of the walk itself is translated as the earth hides the shape of a lotus. For this, you must start from Tuting, the last city in which you can go by motorcycle, near the border with Tibet. Take off towards Kuging Village through the suspension bridge.

You will cross some of the most beautiful landscapes of the attached farms and the Yangsang Chu River here. Although it is very necessary to rest one night here, you can take a walk to the town of Mabi the next day. The change in flora is quite evident here, since the subalpine vegetation marks the landscape here.

Another 3 hours of Mabi will take you to Yungchak, where you can leave it for a day and set up your tent right in the rhododendron forest. Start early the next day because you need about 5 hours to get to the next stop that is Kanebenga. Try to stand on tiptoe and from here you can see Chinese villages.

While you spend a night here with the bulbs in the villages that shine at a distance, walk to Pao Limik the next day. While now there will be nothing in terms of vegetation, you will stumble upon small and beautiful lakes in the stretch. Your next stop later is the sacred lake of Danakosha. You will stumble upon small beautiful lakes on the stretch.

After climbing a steep stretch, you will find yourself face to face with the still distant peak of the Titapori mountain. When you cross the five sacred lakes and head to Wangchen Phukpa, you can find an Ibex or Red Panda lounging freely! A quick start the next morning can make you cover both Dungchen Droma and Tashi Droma the next day, taking you through a forest full of orchids to Tashigang Village.

Your next stop after it is the village of Payengdam, where you will find a little-known monastery. Stay here at night, as this is the last stop on the hike before starting the descent. It takes about 20 days or more to complete this walk.

Further north, following the course of the Brahmaputra rises another of the most important Himalayan peaks, Namcha Barwa. This is an incredibly rugged and little visited area where in addition to the presence of local indigenous people, the Tibetan most sacred beyul is found, or secret places that guard the terma, the hidden treasures of Buddhist knowledge.

6. Malinithan

Malinithan is a ruined temple site. It is situated at the foot of the Siang Hills. These rich granite sculptures belong to the 14th century, being Indra more important in Airavat, Surya in Chariot and the huge Nandi bull. The temple dedicated to the goddess Durga in Malinithan is based on the classical tradition of Odisha. Akashiganga is believed to be associated with the legend of Parvati narrated in the eighth century Kalika Purana.

7. Tezu

One of the most important places from a historical-cultural point of view is the so-called Parshuram Kund not far from the city of Tezu. Thousands of pilgrims visit this place from all parts of India every year during Parshuram Kund Mela held in the month of January. Bhismaknagar located in the district of Dibang Valley represents what is best in the tribal and Aryan way of life.

8. Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park is one of the offbeat places in Arunachal Pradesh which conserves the Red Panda population among the 20 other esteemed areas across the nation. In the Eastern Himalayas, Namdapha National Park is the largest protected area and a hotspot for biodiversity.

Located in the Changlang district, Namdapha is famous for its wildlife sanctuary. It is a few kilometers from Miao. For the the truly dedicated wildlife fanatic, a visit to the Namdapha National Park is a challenge. The majestic gaur or mithun, elephant, black bear of the Himalayas, takin, the wild goat peculiar to the Patkoi range, musk deer, slow loris, binturong and the red panda are found here.

How to reach Arunachal Pradesh?

By air: Arunachal Pradesh doesn’t have an airport. However, the nearest airport to Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, is Lilabari in Assam which receives flights four days in a week from Kolkata and Guwahati. Furthermore, there are many Pawan Hans helicopters operate from Guwahati to Arunachal Pradesh that ferry the travelers to the place

By Railways: The Naharlagun-Guwahati intercity express scales a route from Delhi to Tawang. There are only two trains of the same run on this network.

By roadways: One can easily reach Arunachal Pradesh by road from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam. There are other neighboring cities such as Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Nagaon from where one can board direct buses to reach Arunachal Pradesh.

What is the best time to visit Arunachal Pradesh?

An indispensable part of the Seven Sisters, Arunachal Pradesh is an amazing place to visit between October and March. Going by the suitable weather conditions, the best time to visit Arunachal Pradesh is from October till April. Throughout this period, winter reigns supreme in the valleys which provides a breather from the scorching heat of the other states.

This state that is full of culture and effervescence has become perennial traveller favourite from an unsung destination because of its Instagram-worthy landscapes. Tucked in the lap of tall Himalayan mountains, Arunachal Pradesh also boasts of rich Buddhist history. The verdant valleys and swift rivers will take your breath away for sure.
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  1. All of these sound wonderful places to see in Arunachal. I would love to see some photos of the places you mention in your post.

  2. It sounds so beautiful here!

  3. I've never been to North East India before but would love to explore. Hopefully next year.

  4. Sound's a lovely place to visit! Great bucket list and would be happy to see it personally.

  5. I would love to visit more of India in future. Last year I have seen Goa and Karnataka, now I am definitely ready for more

  6. While I’ve traveled through India, I haven’t had the opportunity to explore Aranuchal Pradeep. It sounds intriguing.

  7. Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful to plan a great trip to India. Loving the pictures so much.

  8. I have never been there but it sounds like a nice destination getaway during summer.


  9. I have never been to North East India but I always wanted to visit when Iw as a kid. Such a wonderful place.

  10. This place seems really cool. I would have loved to see some pictures as well (although your descriptions are pretty good too). Thanks for sharing!