Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, bordered on the south by Assam, on the west by Bhutan, on the north and northeast by China, and on the east by Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is a sparsely populated mountainous area in the extreme northeastern part of the subcontinent. Arunachal Pradesh (Sanskrit for "Land of the Rising Sun") has an area of 83,743 sq km.

Most of Arunachal Pradesh is mountainous. Its terrain consists of lofty, haphazardly aligned ridges that separate deep valleys and rise to the peaks of the Great Himalayas.
The state's main rivers are the Brahmaputra known in Arunachal Pradesh as the Siang, and its tributaries, the Tirap, the Lohit (Zayu Qu), the Subansiri, and the Bhareli. The climate of the foothills is subtropical; in the mountains, temperatures decrease rapidly with altitude. Rainfall averages between 2000 and 4000 mm (80 and 160 in) a year.

Country India
Area 83,743 km sq
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Languages spoken Monpa, Miji, Aka, Sherdukpen, Apatani, Adi, Hill Miri, & English
Currency Indian Rupees
Visa requirements No Visa needed for Indians

Places of interest

The land of rising sun

Arunachal Pradesh… "The land of rising sun' Arunachal, the land of the rising sun, is the remotest and one of the loveliest regions, yet most scantily populated states in the entire North East India. With its haunting and incomparable beauty, the state has a magical charm that lures the visitors to imbibe of its natural beauty, tribal cultures, craft traditions and splendid wildlife.

Largest of all the NE states, Arunchal is blessed by a delightfully variegated climate- perfect for holidays any time of the year. Almost 80 percent of the state is under forest cover, which varies from the sub-tropical to the alpine in the upper regions of the north west, where it is bordered by the Himalayan ranges. This vast canopy of rain forest with its dynamic blend of an amazing flora and fauna is one of the world's 17 bio diversity heritage sites. It is home to more than 60 aboriginal tribal groups and sub-groups. There are five major rivers - Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap, which go on to form one of the biggest river systems in the world, the mighty Brahmaputra. Accessibilty to Arunachal is from Sonitpur district, Lakhimpur district and Tinsukia District of Assam.

Recommended Tourist circuits:
1. Bhalukpung-Bomdila-Tawang
2. Itanagar-Ziro-Daporijo-Along-Pasighat
3. Tezpur-Seijosa(Pakhui wildlife sanctuary)-Bhalukpung-Tipi
4. Tinsukia-Tezu-Parasuram kund-Hayuliyang
5. Margherita-Miao-Namdapha National Park
6. Tinsukia-Roing-Mayodiya-Anini
7. Pasighat-Jengging-Yingkiong

BOMDILA :
Bomdila is a beautiful small town situated at a height of about 8000 ft. above the sea level from where one can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture and is among primary attractions of the area.
Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district located at the height of 8500 ft above the sea level. It has a lot of attractions for the tourists with its cool climate, Apple orchards, artistic people, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Buddhist Gompas. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture.. This place has a tourist lodge, a craft centre displaying local crafts and a shopping centre where the visitors gets first feel of the local version of Himalayan Buddhist life.
Local site seeing to Dirang valley and the famous Sela Pass (13,700 ft. M.S.L.) are thrilling experience on the way to Tawang. The Orchid Research and Development Station at Tippi and two other Orchid conservation sanctuaries located at Sessa and Dirang are worth seeing places.

Itanagar

ITANAGAR :
Itanagar has been the capital of Arunachal Pradesh since 20th April 1974. Itanagar is situated at the foothills. The township is situated at 350 metres above mean sea level. It comes administratively under Papumpare district. The Nishis or Nishings is the major tribe in Itanagar area. However, Itanagar can be called as mini India, as people from all over the country, live here in harmony. As a capital town, Itanagar is well connected with the rest of the country by road and air communications.
Itanagar is the capital of India's largest North Eastern state. Here one can find historical fort called Itafort, dating back to the 14-15 centuries, after which it is named. The capital houses the Rajbhawan , the official residence of the Governor has also many worth visiting places in and around Itanagar.
Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum provides a kaleidoscope of Arunachal Pradesh and one can see wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts and archeological finds, while a workshop in the Handicrafts Centre specializes in traditional cane manufacture. It has a library section also.
Other important places of interest around Itanagar is Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan a Premier Publics School, North-Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology(Nirjuli) - a engineering insitute providing innovative way of education, Arunachal University (Doimukh) and Government Piggery and Poultry Farm (Nirjuli), Indira Gandhi Park.

NAMDAPHA NATIONAL PARK

NAMDAPHA NATIONAL PARK :
This park is the 15th Tiger Reserve of the country that is spread over an area of 1985 sq km. It is the only National Park in the country where four of the felines (tiger, the leopard, the snow leopard and clouded leopard) are found. Bison, sambar, barking deer and a variety of snakes are the other inhabitants of the park.
Moreover, the Noa-Dihing River meanders through the forest and has a rich variety of aquatic life. Another unique feature of this park is that it covers a wide range of altitude from 200m to 4500m. The upper reaches remains covered with snow during most part of the year. The park also has a large variety of butterflies, over 150 timber species and some rare species of medicinal plants like Mishmi Teeta.

TAWANG :
The area of the district is approximately 2085 sq. km. bordered by Tibet in the North, Bhutan in the South-West and Sela ranges separate West Kameng district in the East. The name TAWANG derives from some bearings on surroundings. But people's interpretation is that the name TAWANG was given by Mera Lama in the 17th century.
One can reach Tawang from other parts of the country via Guwahati and Tezpur in Assam. From Guwahati(Assam) or Tezpur(Assam), one has to go to Bhalukpong in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and from there via Bomdila and Sela Pass one can go to Tawang by road.
The inhabitants of the districts are all of Monpa tribes except Shyo village which is dominated by people of Tibetian origin. The Monpas belong to Mongoloid stock. They are well built, fair in complexion. Their houses are built with stones and timbers. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry are the fundamental means of the Monpas occupation.

Culture and history

TAWANG

Arunachal Pradesh society is a patriarchal society. The society in Arunachal Pradesh is a primogeniture society, where the laws of inheritance mostly support the male member of the family.

An important feature of the society of Arunachal Pradesh is that the people in Arunachal Pradesh observe endogamy: clan exogamy can also be seen within the social set up of Arunachal Pradesh. Endogamy and exogamy are two distinct features of the society at Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh, the north eastern state of India is popularly believed to be existent since the pre-historic days of Ramayana, Mahabharata and different other sacred legends. The historical characters of Lord Parashuram, King Bhismaka and Princess Rukmini are said to be from this region. Owing to the unavailability of corroborating information, the verification of the same could not be done though. However, recorded history of the state can be found in the Ahom chronicles, which dates back to the 16th century. Since that time, Arunachal Pradesh's history can be divided into some distinct periods. The history of the state has witnessed the demands and rule of varied rulers and monarchs. Still Arunachal Pradesh was silent throughout.

During the period in between 500 B.C. and 600 A.D., this area was ruled by the Monpa kingdom. Post that the northern region was controlled by Bhutan and Tibet whereas the other parts were under the supervision of the Ahom and Assamese till British annexation in the year 1858. The then population of the states comprised of people mainly of Tibeto-Burmese origin. Tribes like Bangnis, Daflas and Monpas were the majority.
Similar to any other state, the history of Arunachal Pradesh plays a significant role in attracting tourists. The state's ancient history can even be associated with the excavated ruins of the Hindu temples of Malinithan. Located at the foot hills of Siang, the remains of those temples date back to the 14th century. Though most of them are found towards the state of Assam, still the places are said to be associated with Arunachal Pradesh.
The historical relationship with Tibetans becomes evident from the Tawang Monastery towards the north west of Arunachal Pradesh. This monastery is most likely to be of 400 years old. Earlier the state was popularly called as the North Eastern Frontier Agency (N. E. F. A.), which was constitutionally included within the state of Assam.

SITT Assam- Arunachal Pradesh Tour: (7 nights/8 days)

Day 1: Arrive Guwahati
Our tour representative will welcome you at the Guwahati International Airport then transfer to hotel. Local sight seeing in Guwahati including Shankardev Kalakhetra, Handloom emporium and evening Brahmaputra River cruising. Overnight in Guwahati.

Day 2: Guwahati-Tezpur (181 kms, 4 ½ hours)
After early breakfast move to Tezpur, the city of eternal romance. Check in hotel and then local sight seeing. Attractions: Chitralekha Udayan (coal Park), Agnigarh Hill, Ganesh Ghat to have beauty of mighty Brahmaputra, Mahabhoirab Temple etc. Overnight in Tezpur.

DAY 03: Tezpur-Bomdila (176 kms, 6 hours)
Post breakfast move to Bomdila. En route visit Orchidarium at Tipi, Orchid sanctuary at Sessa. Bomdila is a picturesque town in the foothills of Himalayas and the capital of the West Kameng District. If lucky, one can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad Gorichen ranges of the Himalaya on a clear day. Check in hotel in Bomdila. Overnight.

Day 4: Bomdila – Tawang (183 kms, 7 hours)
Breakfast and move to Tawang. En route visit Jaswant Garh and Sela Pass (2nd highest motor able pass in the World, 13,900 MSL). Evening check in Hotel at Tawang. Overnight at Tawang.

Day 5: At Tawang
Whole day sight seeing at Tawang. Attractions: Tawang Monastery (17th century, second largest in Asia), Craft center, Pshco lake, Nuranang Falls War memorial and overall sight seeing. Overnight at Tawang.

Day 6: Tawang to Dirang (141 km, 5 hours)
Post breakfast move to Dirang. En route stop at the Nuranang Falls. Dirang 40 kms from Bomdila is situated at an altitude of 1497 meters. It is an ideal hill resort in West Kameng district with beautiful Apple Nursery, Kiwi Farm, Yak Research Centre, Buddhist Gompa. Evening check in hotel at Dirang and overnight.

Day 7: Dirang to Guwahati (397 kms, 7 hours)
After early breakfast move to Guwahati. Check in Hotel and overnight in Guwahati.

Day 8: To Guwahati Airport
Early morning move to Kamakhya temple. Then move to Guwahati International Airport for onward destinations.Book Now

Cost Includes:

1. Transportation (All sightseeing, long drive, transfer and drop).
2. All accommodations in double bedded Standard room on CP basis.
3. All car Parking.
4. Driver allowances.
5. All Entrance fees and all taxes

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
3. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
4. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
5. Guide charge not include.
6. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT Assam-Arunachal Pradesh Tour : (7 nights/8 days)

Day 1: Dibrugarh Airport to Dibru-Saikhowa NP
Our tour representative will greet upon after arrival and transfer to Tinsukia or Eco camp at Dibru-saikhowa (1 ½ hour). Evening is free and overnight.

Day 2: At Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
Explore the Dibru-Saikhowa NP. It is a riverine national park and covering area of 340 sq km. Famous for 36 species of Mammals, above 450 species of birds and rich bio diversity. Morning entry to Dibru-Saikhowa NP by boat and on foot. Evening back to Camp and overnight.

Day 3: At Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
Morning move to Borajan WLS. Birding and enjoy other wildlife. Post lunch boating at Maguri Motapung beel. This is a wetland famous for various species of residential and migratory birds. Evening back to camp and overnight.

Day 4: Dibru-Saikhowa to Roing (5 hours)
Post breakfast move to Roing. Cross the Lohit river at Dhola ferry point and reach Roing. Roing is the headquarter of Lower Dibang valley of Arunachal Pradesh. Evening is free and overnight at Chelly lake guest house or traditional bamboo house in Roing.

Day 5: Roing-Myodia-Hunli (115 kms, 6 hours)
Morning explore Roing and Myodia and then Hunli. Visit the Mishimi tribal villages, enjoy the Mishimi hills, its flora and fauna. Stop at Myodia Pass. Then move to Hunli and overnight at Circuit house or same.

Day 6: Hunli to Parshuram Kund and Tezu
Morning move (146 km, 5 hours) to Parshuram Kund, it is a pilgrimage place for Hindus. Stop at Parshuram Kund and enjoy the beauty of Parshuram Kund. Then move to Tezu, headquarter of Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh. Overnight in circuit house or hotel in Tezu.

Day 7: Tezu – Digboi
Morning move to Digboi (5 hours). Digboi is the 1st Oil Refinery in Asia. After reaching visit Oil Museum, War Memorial, Township etc. Night stay at Tourist Lodge in Digboi.

Day 8: Move to Dibrugarh Airport
Early morning move to Dibrugarh International Airport for onward destinations.Book Now

Cost Includes:

1. Transportation (All sightseeing, long drive, transfer and drop).
2. All accommodations in double bedded Standard room on CP basis.
3. All car Parking.
4. Driver allowances.
5. Inner line Permit for Arunachal Pradesh. 6. All Entrance fees and all taxes

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Camera fee.
2. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
3. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
4. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
5. Guide charge not include.
6. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Tour : (13 nights/14 days)

Info: NE India has its numerous numbers of Tribes. There are about 20 major tribes with a number of Sub-Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh. Every tribe has its distinctive cultures, traditions, beliefs, food habits and colourful attire. Still today these tribes of Arunachal Pradesh are maintaining their own originality in various cultural fetes.

Day 1: At Guwahati.
Our tour representative will welcome you at the Guwahati International Airport and then move to Hotel Pragati Manor or same in Guwahati. Evening River cruising on the mighty river Brahmaputra. Overnight in Guwahati.

Day 2: Guwahati-Nameri National park
Move to Nameri NP, 223 kms, 5 hours journey. Overnight in Nameri Eco-Camp or Prashanti Eco-lodge.

Day 3: Nameri National Park
Whole day at Nameri. River rafting in Jia-Bhoroli river adjoining Nameri NP. Then Nature walk and Bird watching. Overnight at Nameri.

Day 4: Nameri National Park –Zero
After early breakfast move to Zero, 322 kms, 7 hours journey. It is the headquarter of Lower Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 5754 ft, it is home of the Apatani tribe and almost a level valley enclosed on all sides by fine-clad low stooping hill. Zero is famous for paddy and fish culture. Visit Nishi tribal villages en route. Over night at Zero.

Day 5: At Zero
Whole day sightseeing in and around Zero. Visit famous Hong Village (one of the largest tribal village in Asia) and other Apatani villages. Overnight at Zero.

Day 6: At Zero
Explore Ziro Limekin Nishi tribal villages. Whole day at Zero. Over night at Zero.

Day 7: Zero – Daporizo
After breakfast move to Daporizo, 175 km, 7 hours. It is the headquarter of Upper Subansiri district, located on the right bank of Subansiri river. Daporizo, altitude 2100 ft, is the junction of three important tribes: Hill Miris, Tagins and Adi-Gallongs. Enroute visit Nishi & Tagin villages. Night stay at Daporijo or Govt IB.

Day 8: At Daporizo
Whole day at Daporizo. Daporizo is ideal for trekking. Visit and explore ethnic Tagin country. Also visit cane suspension bridges at Daporizo. Overnight at Daporizo.

Day 9: Daporizo to Along
Drive to Along, 165 km, 7 hours. Along is the HQ of west Siang district, located on the south bank of river Siang. It's the territory of the Adi tribe, one of the largest tribes in Arunachal Pradesh with lots of subgroups with an altitude of 1020 ft. The Adi tribe has different sub tribes like Adi (Galong, Miniyong, Pasi, Padam, Bori and Borak ) which differs from each other. Afternoon visit Kabo village. Overnight at Along.

Day 10: At Along
Whole day at Along and visit Adi Villages. Overnight at Along.

Day 11: Along to Pasighat
Drive to Pasighat, 145 km, 5 hours journey. Pasighat is the HQ of west Siang distict, located on the right bank of river Siang. Pasighat is the oldest town of Arunachal. It is the land of Passi and Minnyiong tribes. En route enjoy the great view of Great Siang and Siyom confluence. Visit Minnyion villages enroute. Over night at Passighat.

Day 12: Pasighat- Dibrugarh
Move to Dibrugarh by crossing river on boat ( 6 hours). Evening check in hotel at Dibrugarh. Overnight at Dibrugarh.

Day 13: Dibrugarh-Namphake Village
Early breakfast and then move to Namphake village near Naharkatia town, 65 km, 2 hours. It is the largest of the Tai-Phake villages in Assam, boasting 70 odd families, which trace their ancestry to the great Tai race and of Buddhist Religion. The Namphake Buddhist Monastery, one of the oldest and most respected Buddhist Monastery in Assam. The villagers live in 'Chang Ghar', bamboo and wood houses built on raised platforms and are mostly engaged in Agricultures. Evening back to Dibrugarh and overnight.

Day 14: To Dibrugarh Airport
Morning after breakfast in time, transfer to Dibrugarh airport for the onward destination. Book Now

Cost Includes:

1. Transportation (All sightseeing, long drive, transfer and drop).
2. All accommodations in double bedded Standard room on CP basis.
3. All car Parking.
4. Driver allowances.
5. Inner line Permit for Arunachal Pradesh. 6. All Entrance fees and all taxes

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Camera fee.
2. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
3. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
4. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
5. Guide charge not include.
6. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.