Explore Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Land of endless natural beauty

Arunachal Pradesh is a state in Northeast India. The picturesque valleys and lush landscapes of Arunachal Pradesh make for a perfect vacation to rejuvenate and relax in the lap of nature. It's home to lofty hills, pristine lakes, beautiful waterfalls, shimmering rivers, fascinating wildlife, rich biodiversity, tall peaks and quaint monasteries. Adventure seekers can indulge in several exhilarating activities from hiking to river rafting. Blessed with bountiful nature, Arunachal Pradesh is engulfed in peaceful aura and breathtaking sights. 


Popular cities: 

  • Tawang

  • Itanagar

  • Bomdila 

  • Along


Climate
The climate of Arunachal Pradesh is dominated by altitudinal variations. The low altitude areas have a humid subtropical climate and the high altitude areas have an alpine and subtropical highland climate. The best time to visit the state is between October and April.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cold
  • March — Warm
  • April — Warm
  • May — Hot
  • June — Warm
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cold
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life
Bomdila is an idyllic destination for family outing. Located at a height of 8000 ft above sea level, this town provides breathtaking vistas of snow-clad peaks. Owing to several trekking routes and long quiet trails, it's one of the prominent places for trekking in the state. Tawang has a lot of religious importance and is famous for its natural beauty.
History & Heritage
Ita Fort is one of the old marvels of ancient religion which guarded the kingdom for years. Built in the 14th century AD, this fort represents marvelous stonework and construction. Tawang War Memorial is a 40 feet magnificent structure dedicated to the martyrs of the Sino-India War of 1962. This colorful structure overlooks the picturesque town. Bhalukpong Fort and Malinithan are other historic places in the state that represent the rich history of the state.
Museums
Jawaharlal Nehru Museum displays different aspects of tribal life in Arunachal Pradesh. It houses an extensive ethnographic collection including woodcarvings, handicrafts, traditional art, musical instruments, cane products and much more. Khonsa Museum, located in Tirap district, exhibits various cane and bamboo works. It showcases handlooms and artifacts that represent the culture of various parts of India.
Nature & Adventure
Dirang is a picturesque hill station located at a distance of 42km from Bomdila. It's a blissful place to rejuvenate in the lap of nature. The land of apple orchards also serves as a base camp of trekking and birdwatching at Mandla. Sangti Valley located near Dirang is also a serene location worth exploring for unbounded meadows. Gorichen Peak, located between Tawang and West Kameng districts, is the highest peak of Arunachal Pradesh. Locally known as Sa-Nga Phu (Kingdom of Deity), Gorichen is considered to be one of the sacred peaks. It's also a great trekking and mountaineering spot. Trekking in Roing, Bhalukpong, Tirap, Changlogam, Ziro, Daporijo has a number of astounding trekking trails. Ziro is one of the most ideal places for trekking in Arunachal. Ziro is the gateway to Talley Valley, Kardo Hills, and Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Tuting also offers exotic trails which have numerous shrines on the route such as Yingkiong-Tuting-Sitapuri trail and Yingkiong-Tuting-Devakota trail.Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, located in the West Kameng district, is dotted with more than 200 orchids. Lush greenery, dramatic landscapes and colourful orchids makes this sanctuary a favorable place for nature lovers. Tipi Orchidarium displays a plethora of different flowers. This scenic place is full of various orchids including nearly 20 endangered species. Nuranang Falls, situated en route Tawang to Zemithang, is a spectacular sight to behold. The Sela Pass and Himalayas combine to stupefy everyone with their mystic beauty. Sela Pass connects Tawang to the rest of the country. Covered in snow, Sela Pass offers breathtaking vistas of the eastern Himalayan range. Sela Lake is also a prime attraction of this place. Pasighat is pure heaven for nature and adventure lovers. You can indulge in white river rafting, kayaking, boating and angling as River Siang and Brahmaputra flow in this region. Mechuka is famous for its tribal culture and picturesque beauty created by River Siyom and surrounding lush greenery. It's an ideal place to enjoy different levels of trekking, hiking and river rafting. You can also enjoy camping in the greens surrounded by innate serenity. The strong currents of Kameng River calls for an exhilarating rafting experience. Surrounded by forests, amazing biodiversity and splendid vistas, white river rafting on this shimmering river will leave you completely awe-inspired. Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls, Khonsa Waterfall, Mishmi Hills, and Anjaw are other places worth visiting for their natural beauty.
Lakes
Ganga Lake, also known as Gyakar Sinyi, is one of the most visited popular attractions in Itanagar. Surrounded by lofty mountains and lush greenery and exotic flora, this lake is a perfect place for picnics. Madhuri Lake, also known as Sangersar Lake, is one of the remotest lakes of the country. This beautiful amalgamation of rocky mountains and shimmering lake is beyond spellbinding. Sela Lake, located in the Tawang District, is a stunning sight to behold. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and innate tranquility, it is the best place to visit if you seek solitude in the gorgeous lap of nature. Pankang Yeng Tso Lake, also known as P.T Tso, is a must visit attraction in Arunachal Pradesh. With the backdrop of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains and wet snow-covered forests, this tranquil lake is a delightful treat to the eyes.
Wildlife
Namdapha National Park, situated in Changlang district, is area-wise the third largest national park in the country. It's a haven for rare and endangered flora and fauna. You can spot species such as Clouded Leopard, Snow Leopard, Asiatic Small Bears, Red Foxes, Eurasian Otters and Tiger, among others. Being in the lower Eastern Himalayan belt, Namdapha provides splendid views of the nearby peaks. It’s also perfect for some trekking and hiking activities. Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for birdwatching as it houses a number of varied bird species. Some of them are Oriental White Ibis, Cormorans, Herons, Hawks, Black Stork, Eagles etc. Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is a scenic land rich in flora and fauna. It shelters nearly 2000 species of plants, 300 species of avifauna, 40 species of mammals and 30 species of amphibians. It also has some globally threatened species. Pakke Tiger Reserve, Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary and Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary are also famous for their fascinating flora and fauna.
Monasteries/Places of Worship
Galden Namgey Lhatse, also known as Tawang Monastery, has been recognised as the second largest monastery in the world. Set amidst the Himalayan ranges, this monastery offers spectacular views of the Tawang-Chu Valley. The massive statue of Lord Buddha housed by the monastery will leave you spellbound. Gompa Buddhist Temple is one of the major tourist spots of Itanagar. The striking yellow roof contrasted by the green carpets that surround the shrine makes this temple one of a kind. Bomdila Monastery, Urgelling Monastery, Donyi Polo Temple and Old Mechuka Monastery are other beautiful places of worship in the state.
How to spend time / how long will it take?
You can explore most of Arunachal Pradesh in 10 to 12 days. Spend a day or two in Itanagar to visit the pristine Ganga Lake, Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary and much more. For a serene getaway spend a day each in Bomdila and Dirang. From here you can go to Tawang and spend two days rejuvenating amidst bountiful nature and trekking. For more such adventures filled with splendid vistas, spend a day or two in Ziro. The exotic valleys in Ziro will steal your heart away. To know about the tribal lifestyle, culture and traditions, spend a day in Daporijo. From here head towards Along and spend a day exploring its prominent attractions. Take a day trip to Mechuka Valley and try some adventurous activities while you are there. For a little more adventure and tranquility, spend a day in Pasighat. Spend some time in Dibang Valley to spot a few exotic wildlife species before you move to Roing. You can stay in Roing for a day to try rafting, hiking, trekking, camping etc. Take a short day trip to Tezu to visit the Glow Lake and other beautiful parks. Spend a day in Changlang to visit the Namdapha National Park and nearby scenic hamlets. End your trip in Tirap by spending a day visiting some beautiful places in Khonsa.
Cuisine
  • The type of the dishes of Arunachal Pradesh vary within the region according to tribal influence. The eastern side of the state prefers boiled or smoked food items which mainly include bamboo and leafy vegetables. Rice Beer, locally known as Apong, made from fermented rice or millet is a popular beverage as an alcoholic drink. Some of the popular dishes include rice with traditional fish curry, Bamboo Shoots, Thukpa, Wungwut Ngam, Momos, Pehak, Pasa, Ngatok, and Lukter, among others.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Arunachal Pradesh can vary, the average cost of food is approximately INR 200 per meal.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 10 - 12 days

Known For
  • Valleys
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls
  • Hills
  • Wildlife
  • Monasteries
  • Hiking
  • Trekking
Areas to Visit
  • Sangti Valley, Mishmi Hills, Dirang, Sela Pass for nature
  • Gorichen Peak in Tawang District for trekking and mountaineering
  • Trekking trails in Ziro, Changlogam, Roing, Tirap, Tuting etc
  • Protected areas across the state- Namdapha National Park, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

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