Situated at the sleepy outskirts of Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh, right by the bank of Sangti river, is a quaint little hamlet that houses around 500 families. It is in this village that I had decided to stay instead of Dirang which is thronged by tourists from all over.
Lined with the typical stone and wood houses, people of Sangti live in absolute harmony with the ecology. They build their own homes and furniture and utilities are made out of wood and bamboo / cane. The making of utilities out of bamboo / cane is an art-form of this region and you would find them in every household. They transform simple bamboo/ cane into visually attractive utilities like baskets, trays, storage pouches, smoking pipes, ornaments etc.
Sangti is also known for being shelter to black-necked cranes during the winter months between November and February. Buddhists consider this bird to be the embodiment of 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso and hence, treat them as sacred.