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Arunachal: the rapture of the vagabond’s soul

Arunachal Pradesh , 2019-07-10 3:26 PM
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Despite getting well known to be a tourist attraction, Arunachal Pradesh nestles regal beauties of nature that remain scarcely explored.

 The essence of Arunachal Pradesh cannot be put into a line. If I try, I shall describe it as nature’s own painting; a million Elysium in a single sight. Arunachal Pradesh is the northeasternmost state of the country is situated in the Himalayan ranges and shares borders with Bhutan, Myanmar, and China. Often known as the Land of the Rising Sun or the Orchid State of India, Arunachal is one of the most picturesque parts of the country making it the paradise for Botanists, nature lovers, and explorers.

Arunachal is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, rough trekking routes, aggressive waterfalls, superabundant flora, and numerous raftable rivers. The remote location and deficiency travel and communication kept this paradise hidden from the rest of the country and the world for decades. Till today, most of the places in Arunachal are unexplored by people although there are more and more travel enthusiasts who are developing a keen interest in the wildlife, adventure, and tranquillity of Arunachal Pradesh.

Here is a list of few offbeat places of Arunachal that if you are a nature enthusiast, will surely enrapture you:

  1. Mayodia Pass

Mayodia Pass

Mayodia Pass is located about 56 km from Roing in Arunachal Pradesh, with an elevation of 2,655 m above sea level. The name of the place itself meaning “shrine of mother goddess”, will treat your eyes with the classic white and clear blue setting. Snowfall in Mayodia starts in November and continues until March, but heavy snowfall occurs between the month of January and February. Mayodia can be easily reached by road from all major cities of Assam. Tourists can either hire a car or get Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APSTC) bus services via the national highway to Roing.

  1. Dong

Sunrise at Dong

Dong makes Arunachal the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Dong is the easternmost village where the first sunrise of the country can be witnessed. Located on the tri-junction of India, China, and Myanmar, the village is enriched with astonishing scenic and unspoiled beauty and the best way to explore this place is by trekking through every trail you come across. At 1,240 meters, Dong is located at the confluence of the rivers Lohit (a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra) and Sati and can be reached only after a one-and-a-half-hour climb from the important military base of Walong.

  1. Anini

Anini valley

Lying in the beautiful Dibang Valley district, Anini is marked by pleasant weather and immense natural beauty, making it a tourist's paradise, appearing from the clouds. Its silence, beauty, and magic are almost untouched and can relax you to the very core. A popular tourist spot nearby is the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary. While in Anini, one may want to visit the tribal villages here and experience their subtle heritage and colorful cultures. Some of the tribal villages here are New Anaya, Hunli, Ranli and a few more.

  1. Mechuka

Menchuka Village

Surrounded by lush pine forests, the serene hamlet of Mechuka is located in a picturesque location in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is home to the stunning Mechuka Valley, also called Menchukha, nestled in the West Siang district, close to the Indo-China border. Needless to say, the serene valley is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers. The Mechuka Valley in Arunachal Pradesh sits at an altitude of 6000 ft. and is blessed with abundant beauty. River Siyom, also spelled as Siom, flows through the valley, adding to the beauty of the surreal landscape. The Siom River is locally referred to as Yargyapchu River.

The best time to visit Mechuka would be the post-monsoon and winter months between October and March.

  1. Dambuk

A shanty by the river at Dambuk

This little town is one of the 10 least populated districts in Arunachal. Reaching Dambuk is an adventure in itself because you have to cross the rugged roads in a jeep ride and when you reach the destination, it will take your breath away. Every hardship is going to be worth it when the place is as surreal and virgin as Dambuk. Although it is scarcely populated, this town is seen to produce the finest oranges in India and is known as the Land of Oranges. Hence, the government initiated the Orange Festival of Adventure & Music to promote tourism in the region.

  1. Tenga Valley

Tenga valley

This small town lies by the Tenga River and perfectly embodies the freshwater streams running by and the alluring view of the mountains of the Himalayas. This place is located away from the city and therefore, allows you to break free from the monotonous life by being completely in awe of its natural goodness. The Tenga valley has a strategic army check post and this quiet town played an important part in the Indo-China War. If you crave serenity, this is the place that will make you happy.

  1. Dirang


Dirang is a small town which is usually an overnight resting ground for people traveling from Assam to Tawang. That’s because the journey to Tawang can be quite treacherous due to the poorly maintained and dangerous roads. And besides, resting and taking a night off at the gorgeous and quiet town of Dirang might be the best decision you’ve taken. Also, whenever in Dirang, do not forget to go over to the bridge on the river Kameng and view the majestic valley between the Eastern Himalayas.

Updated by: News Sources 2019-07-10 3:26 PM