Known as the “land of dawn-lit mountains”, Arunachal Pradesh – India’s northeastern-most state – is a treasure trove of natural beauty, rich cultural diversity, and ancient heritage. From picturesque mountains, unexplored passes, tranquil lakes, and mesmerising valleys, to peaceful monasteries, lush farmlands, dense forests and remote villages, the state has it all. It is known to be one of the richest biodiversity and heritage hotspots across the world.
But it is not just the natural beauty that makes Arunachal unique. It is extremely important from a geographical and political stand point as it shares a border with three of our neighbours – China Myanmar, and Bhutan. Culturally, it has the highest number of regional languages being used in any state in India and also presents an interesting overlay of Buddhism with the tribal way of life.
However, since Arunachal Pradesh isn’t the most popular destination on the tourist circuit, options for accommodation and eateries are somewhat limited. Planning in advance is essential to make the most of your trip to Arunachal. So, I’ve put together a 10-day itinerary covering some of the more popular and must-visit places in the state.
Before you go
Indian tourists require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to be able to tour around Arunachal. It can be acquired from any of the Arunachal Pradesh Houses situated in New Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong or Guwahati. At present, it is not possible to procure an ILP on arrival to Arunachal, therefore you will need to get it in advance from one of the aforementioned places. You can also apply for one online, here.
The ILP for tourists is valid for 15 days and can be extended up to a maximum of 30 days from the date of visit.
Read more about which places in India require ILPs here.
Foreign tourists require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) which can only be acquired from New Delhi or Kolkata. In Guwahati travel agents can arrange this permit for private groups of 2 or more people.
The permits will be required to be presented at official checkpoints and hotels where you are staying. It is therefore important to keep several physical copies of the permit with you.