About Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh, the land of the dawn-lit mountains is the northeastern-most state of India and shares its international borders with Bhutan in the west, Myanmar in the east and China in the north. Every non-local requires an Inner Line Permit to visit this extraordinary place. This can be obtained from the resident commissioner, government of Arunachal Pradesh from the following cities – Kolkata, New Delhi, Shillong and Assam. You can also get permits online.Fees:You can get Single eILP or Group eILP for Rs 100 per person for a maximum of 30 days validity from the date of visit to date of return.Documents required:Pan card or driving license or passport or voter id and passport-sized photo.You can get the permit online here.Amazing places you shouldn't miss:Tawang, Roing, Itanagar, Bomdila, Ziro, Bhalukpong, Pasighat, Anini, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Dirang Dzong, Monpa Village, Sela Lake, Nuranang Falls, Penga Teng Lake and many more.A glimpse of the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh:
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Finally to the adrenaline part of this trip. The sela pass is teh second highest motorable pass in the world. Time for some adventure travel. Situated on an altitude of 14000 ft, this drive is scary and gorgeous. Sela pass is a great way to enter Tawang to Guwahati. In fact, this is the only road that connects Tawang to the rest of the country. The pass takes you through lakes, monasteries, mountains, valleys, meadows and all there is to the Himalayas. It is literally a ride through the Himalayan beauties. Some consider the road a bit scary to drive on but, I couldn't et enough of the view to divert my attention anywhere else.
This lake was formed during the earthquake of 1950. Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, this lake is considered to be holy by the Buddhists. The lake is also known as Madhuri lake, after a famous song from a Bollywood film starring the Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit was shot here. We enjoyed the sight of the lake nestled in the mountains.. It was also really cold and windy but the weather just added to the fresh beauty of the place. This is one of the few remotest high altitude lakes in the area and is quite close to the border of China. Since the lake is sacred to the Buddhists of India as well as Tibet, both come here on pre-defined days. The lake is quite a beauty though.
This 400 year old monastery is the largest in India and the second largest in Asia. An important place for the Mahayana sect of Buddhism, this monastery is the chief tourist attraction in Tawang. Also known as the Galden Namgyal Lhatse, it is situated at a height of 3500 m. The complex is huge with around 65 building inside, one of which is an amazing library containing old manuscripts. There are around 450 lamas and 700 monks living here currently. This is the single Buddhist structure of such size and magnificence in the country. This monastery is also a center for social and cultural events of Tawang. All in all it forms an essential part of life in the Tawang valley and its beauty and serenity can be compared with very few structures.
Jaswant Garh War Memorial
We started from Sela pass to Tawang by around 12.30 pm and endured snow fall for sometime, rain for some time and also through wet &amp; really muddy roads. The temperature had dropped really down and we started feeling the frost pains on hands and legs. We stopped at Jaswant Singh memorial, greeted by the army personal with great cheer, had hot tea, biscuits, some friendly chit chats with them, and enquired about the road condition ahead. We were told that there had been heavy snow fall for last few days and take extreme care while driving. From there on, for some part of the road from it was one of beautiful stretches of double road and then very very bad roads (can be said as just paths not roads). Finally reached Tawang by around 4.30pm and checked in at Hotel Tawang Regency (I wouldn’t recommend this place and there was frequent power cuts throughout), arranged the passes for next day visit to Bumla pass through one of the guys there.
Hidden from the gaze of many travelers, the Nuranang falls is one of the most spectacular show of nature in the North east. It is situated in a small village of Jang and therefore also called as Jang falls. The falls originate from the sela pass and fall to meet the Tawang River. We were here for hours at a stretch gazing at the roaring waters and taking in the fresh aquatic small that loomed in the air. Since there was almost no tourist there, we had this spectacle all to ourselves!
Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National ParkNot only the third largest national park in the country, but also the leading protected area in the biodiversity hotspot in the Eastern Himalayas, this park in Arunachal Pradesh is home to all the four big cats - Leopard, Tiger, Snow Leopard and Clouded Leopard. It is extraordinarily rich in its biodiversity ranging from tropical moist forests to Alpine meadows which provide a home to its numerous fauna and avifauna species.
Tawang War Memorial
Embedding the war torn history of this place, this memorial is dedicated to Jaswant Singh Rawat, the local hero. There are quite a few legends around how he fought and how he died. He is said to have singlehandedly fought the Chinese soldiers for 72 hours in the Indo-China war. Some say he hanged himself after the Chinese finally closed on him while some claim that the Chinese caught and killed him. Immaterial of what is true and what is not, he is revered and even worshiped in one sense by the Indian soldiers posted here as well as the locals. There is a bust of him that is garlanded and the memorial is filled with people paying their respect to Jaswant Singh's heroism. A journey to Tawang is incomplete without this piece of history.
Namdapha National Park
INTO THE WILD: The Namdapha Tiger Project (Wildlife Reserve) is situated here and is actually quite a popular destination for tourists. You can opt for a safari here or spend a few days at the Namdapha Jungle Camp, which is probably the only accommodation, situated a few kilometres from the township.
Meghna Cave Temple
Nature and culture are the two words you will associate with this town that is located in Arunachal Pradesh. The Kamala Reserve Forest will take you a little bit closer to nature and the Good Shepherd Church and Meghna Cave Temple will take you a little bit closer to God! After a rafting session in the river Subansiri, you can indulge in a handicraft shopping. They make for great souvenirs!
Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary
Besides being the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh, Pasighat has been in the news for being a part of the 100 smart cities mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It can be reached by air and road. History buffs will love this place for its rich roots. Visit the village of Komsing where Captain Noel Williamson was assassinated. Take a walk to Kekar Monying, the cliff where Adi people fought the British. Nature and wildlife lovers can take a tour of the D. Ering Wildlife Sanctuary. Still looking for more? Indulge in all kinds of adventure sports here to get your blood rushing!
During the agriculture season, tourists can witness the paddy (rice) cum fish culture which is the practice of rearing fish in the rice fields. The Ziro Putu is a hillock from where one can see the entire Ziro valley. The airstrip in Ziro is also visible from here and makes it a scenic view point.