There are plenty of tourist attractions in Arunachal Pradesh. Verdant forests at the backdrop of the lofty placid mountains, colourful tribes with their curious social customs make the land a picturesque one.
Places to See in Arunachal Pradesh
Unspoilt natural beauty, interesting life style of the tribes and mythology play a large part to form the tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. Following are only a few of them :
This is the capital of the state and includes many tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. The historical fort made of bricks from which the drives the name, is 14-15 centuries old. The Rajbhawan, the official residence of the Governor, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, the legendary Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinyi) are also worth a visit.
Bomdila (8500 ft.)
Home to the tibes like Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka (Hrusse), Miji and Begun (Khawas). Colourful gomphas tucked in the brilliant landscape makes it an ideal Himalayan destination.
The meandering highland pass that leads to this picturesque valley itself is one of the tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. This is the land of 400year old Tawang monastery, which is the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. The monastery house gold lettered copies of sacred Buddhist script.
Ancient Indian mythology has it that Parashuram, a great sage of ancient India had washed his sin of matricide in the bank of the rive Lohit, which later came to be known as Parashuram Kund. People come from far and wide to take part in the Parashuram Mela during the month of January.
Mythology says Lord Krishna carried away Rukmini one of many wives from her father Bhismaka who rule this kingdom. Excavations have revealed a very early settlement of the Aryans here.
Malinithan has a 7 to 8 centuries old temple site in ruins. A series of excavations have unearthed a decorated basement of a temple, icon of deities, animal motifs and floral designs, carved columns and panels reminding of an unknown past.
Mythology again comes into play. When the Lord Shiva was frantically carrying the corpse of Parvati, his wife, Lord Vishnu cut her body into pieces with Sudharshan Chakra. One of the pieces fell in this area so the place is considered divine. The place also provides a magnificent bird's eye view of the Brahmaputra river glimmering far below.
As many as 7 Wild Life Sanctuaries and 4 National Parks of varying sizes add to the tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh :
- Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, Seijosa
- Itanagar Wild life Sanctuary, Naharlagun
- Dr. D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, Pasighat
- Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Roing
- Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary, Miao
- Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary, Seijosa
- Kane Wildlife Sanctuary, Along
- Namdhapa National Park (Tiger Project), Miao
- Mouling National Park, Jengging
- Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Tipi
- Dihang-Debang Biosphere Reserve, Dibang Valley
One can spot a wide variety of wild lives including elephant, tiger, gaur, barking deer, black bear, red panda only to name a few.
Five major rivers - Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap - branching out from the mighty Brahmaputra and countless other rivulets crisscross the mystic land. Alongwith the breathtaking view, they also offer good rafting and angling opportunity.
Last Updated on : May 30, 2015