Why travel to Lohit Valley?Previously known as Mishmi Hills, Lohit derived its name from the Sanskrit word Louhitya translating to red, and was also influenced by the Lohit River, whose rust-tinted waters, and the district's somewhat red mountains run from the north to the south of the valley. A southward extension of the Great Himalayas, the sun-doused valley is quite literally the northeastern tip of India, and Tezu, Chowkham, Namsai and Lekang are the constituencies that throng Lohit.A brief lay of the landGeographically speaking, Lohit is interspersed with the flood plains of Brahmaputra tributaries, snow-capped mountains, and the lower Himalayan and Shivalik ranges. And as we scour through the timeline of this valley's past, in the 19th century, it was one of the last territories to be conquered by the British Raj. In 1980, Dibang Valley was separated from Lohit, and 2004 saw a district bordering Tibet and Myanmar, and going by the name of Anjaw, being carved out of northern Lohit.
Remember the magical woods you wanted to escape to, every time you devoured those umpteen number of Enid Blyton books in your childhood?Well, they exist and are sitting right where Eastern India ends, and China’s Yunnan province begins. Lohit Valley, at a lofty 5,140ft, belongs to the land of the dawn-lit mountains – Arunachal Pradesh, and is replete with inky-blue starlit skies, alpine meadows, shrubby woods, and orchid forests, veiled at times by a thick mist, and at times by cotton-candy clouds. Home to the nine endemic tribal communities of Zekhring, Khampti, Deori, Monpa, Memba, Ahom, Singpho, Chakma and Mishmi, the 1960s also saw a small group of Tibetans settling down in the valley, who if you are fortunate enough to interact with, will regale you with tales of local legends and ancient myths, over a mug of millet beer. So open up Google Maps, or get lost in the trail of the tiny trickling waterfalls, peppered across the grasslands as you set out to explore Lohit Valley.