Astounding Arunachal: Top 5 Places You Cannot Afford To Miss!

Perched on the north-eastern shoulder of India is a gem that mesmerizes many a traveller for life. Arunachal Pradesh, literally the “land of dawn-lit mountains”, can captivate, enthrall and cleanse a sore eye and a tired mind. It is the land of simmering thukpa soup and momos, of vibrant orchids and pine bamboos, of gushing rivers, lakes and snow peaks, and a landscape so surreal that it leaves you wondering if you are on Earth at all. Right from spiritual revelations to adrenaline rushes, Arunachal Pradesh is simply an exquisite treasure box waiting to be opened.

The state brims with culture, history and natural wonders at every nook and corner, yet there are certain places which one cannot afford to miss. Here are the top 5 places you should make a beeline towards, as soon as you reach the dawn-lit mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. Continue reading

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Arunachal Pradesh Tourism

Deciding where to go, or what to do on vacation can be a huge hassle. Sometimes sitting and relaxing on the beach sounds keen, but often times one finds themselves bored after just a couple days. For those looking to try something new, visiting the mountains could be just the answer you are looking for. Visiting mountains can be very stimulating, and can help people get a real break from the stressful and fast paced world surrounded by every day life.

India is home to part of one of the largest mountain ranges in the world, the Himalayas. The majestic views they offer give chills down the spine. In the north eastern tip of India lies Arunchal Pradesh, a beautiful spot to get a glimpse of these powerful forms of nature. Arunchal Pradesh is full of adventure for any tourist, and one can enjoy a lovely holiday in this neck of the woods. In addiction to the beautiful landscape, this area also offers rich tribal history that still shines brightly today. People can learn all about their culture, traditions, and heritage when taking a visit to northern India.

Arunachal tribal woman

This photo captures a lady’s expression of cultural significance. This is something very unique to this tribe! Taken by rajkumar1220.

There are about 26 main tribes that inhabit this part of the world. One of the amazing facts is that they live in harmony with each other. They don’t quarrel, and haven’t since the record of time. They respect all other tribes, and live in peace with each of them. Some of the major tribes consist of Adi, Aka, Apatani, Nyishi, Tagins, Galo, Bori, and Bokar. These tribes each have major festivals that display their culture, religion, and traditions they may follow. This is one of the best ways to expose yourself to a new culture, and you may even learn something about yourself and your own culture.

Since this isn’t a huge tourist area yet, there are still many unexplored mountainous regions that lie just outside of Arunchal Pradesh. Locals are very helpful as guides to show you the countryside. It’s always best to have a guide just in case one is to get lost, have an emergency, etc. The mountains here are no joke, and should be taken very seriously. The beauty of the area is enough to allow you to enjoy your time here. There are several lakes that also surround the area, so make sure to also enjoy those as you trek through the mountains.

Accommodation in this part of the world may not be as modern as other more tourist areas in India. There are a few nicer places to stay for the westerner, but once wandering away from the main cities, the luxury leaves as well. Be prepared by bringing your essentials with you. If you are trekking, it is best to live as the locals live. Packing light may save you, and make your time exploring the country much easier. It’s a great experience to appreciate the nature and change your way of living, and acts as a great cultural experience in itself. The same may go for restaurants as well. Be sure to bring water with you, and only drink bottled sealed water. The food may take some adjusting to, so bringing proper medicine from home is always a good plan. Make sure your body is comfortable with this medication before trying something new while on vacation.

Arunachal Pradesh is a great area, so feel free to explore it on your own time. Whether you are soaking in the culture through the many tribes or enjoying the nature, feel your spirit set free for a while. Get in touch with another part of the world and enjoy your time.

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This sign in found in one of the outlying valleys. A message we can all take advantage of. Taken by rajkumar1220.

Some Thoughts On Arunachal Pradesh


Arunachal Pradesh is an Indian stated located at the North-Eastern tip of India and sharing international borders with China, Bhutan and Myanmar. The first time I heard about the place was in the 4th standard when our teacher mentioned the place while teaching geography. She was a south Indian lady and it kinda sounded funny when she mentioned it. Nevertheless, Arunachal Pradesh is practically ‘China’ for the people who haven’t been there. The people are practically Tibetan-Burmese and look the same. The region was mentioned in the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharatha, as the place where the deity Parasurama washed his sins and the great sage Veda Vyas meditated and Lord Krishna married Rukmani (phew).


Arunachal Pradesh is so much like China, that the Republic of China claims a part of this state as their territory. But due to the place’s mention in the Hindu texts, the Indian government is not letting it go. Too bad for the Indian government as Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash (also mentioned in the Hindu texts) are already in China and they can hardly do anything to change it. During the 1962 Sino-Indian war, most parts of the state were annexed by the Chinese forces but for some unknown reason, they declared their victory over the lands but withdrew their forces while exclaiming a simple ‘LOL’ via a telegraph, leaving the state in Indian possession. This left the prime minister of India in an utter state of shock followed by uncontrollable laughter. The joke is still shared by both the countries’ governments during the UN meetings.


Buddhism is one of the major religions in Arunachal Pradesh nevertheless; the population of Buddhists and other shamanistic religions in the state is surpassed by the number of Hindus. Tibetan Buddhism is prevalent in the cities near the Tibetan region. A friend recently wanted to visit Arunachal Pradesh on his Royal Enfield motorbike, but sadly got married and went to Nepal instead with his wife. There’s a thing about visiting the mountains for all the Royal Enfield enthusiasts which has become more of a trend in recent years.