Top 13 Offbeat & Must Visit Destinations of Arunachal Pradesh

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

1. Tawang

  • About :- It is a high altitude (3048 m) town located in the lap of the mighty Himalayas which offers a perfect blend of nature and culture with the second largest monastery in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
  • Main Attractions :- Galden Namgey Lhatse/ Tawang Monastery, Panga Teng Tso Lake, Bap Teng Kang /Nuranang Waterfalls, Bum La Pass, Meerathang Glacier Wall, Sangestar/ Madhuri Lake & Sela Pass.  
  • Best Time :- April to September
  • How to Reach :- Tezpur is the nearest airport (330 Km) while Rangapara (320 Km) is the nearest rail station.

2. Ziro

  • About :-  This picturesque quaint village nestled in the foothills of majestic Himalayas is one of the most stunning places to see in Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro Valley is a village that has its floors covered in vast paddy rice fields, charming bamboo hut, serene hamlets, and a wide range of rare flora. This is one of the most tranquil and soothing places to visit in this state.
  • Main Attractions :- Ziro Music Festival, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Kile Pakho, Meghna Cave Temple, Pine Grove, Tarin Fish Farm, Midey.
  • Best Time :- March to October
  • How to Reach :- Tezpur is the nearest airport to Zero (278Km), whereas, North-Lakhimpur (132 Km) is the nearest Railway Station.

3. Bomdila

  • About :- It is a remote quaint town which gives you a glimpse of the unique culture and tradition. Enjoy the natural splendor of this town set amidst the snow-laden hills and vibrant landscape, lush green valley and apple orchards.
  • Main Attractions :- Bomdila Monastery, Apple Orchards & Sessa Orchid Sanctuary.
  • Best Time :- April to October
  • How to Reach :-Tezpur is the nearest airport (154 Km) while Rangapara is the nearest rail station (144 Km) to Bomdila.

4. Mechuka

  • About :- The town is famous for picturesque hills, exotic tribes, Siyom River, and snow-capped mountains that border it. Enjoy rafting and angling in Siyom. Different levels of trekking and hiking can be experienced here. If you are enthusiasts enough, try camping in the forests of Mechuka.
  • Main Attractions :- Samten Yongcha monastery, Losar Festival in Feb & Mopin Festival in April
  • Best Time :- October to April
  • How to reach :- Nearest airport is Lilabari (487 Km) and Simen Chapari is the nearest railway station (364 Km).

5. Roing

  • About :- This picturesque valley is situated on the bank of Dibang River. The scenic beauty and tranquility of this place will calm your senses and will soothe your mind. 
  • Main Attractions :- Nehru Van Udyan, Mayudia, Mehao Lake & Bhismaknagar Fort
  • Best Time :- October to February
  • How to reach :- Nearest Airport and Railway Station is Dibrugarh (150 Km). 

6. Itanagar

  • About :- It is a Arunachal Pradesh Capital with plenty of Places to Visit.
  • Main Attractions :- Ita Fort, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Ganga Lake, Biological Park Itanagar, Indira Gandhi Park.
  • Best Time :- October to April
  • How to reach :- You can reach here from Guwahati airport (326 Km), or from Tezpur airport (159 Km).

7. Namdapha National Park

  • About :- The huge mountains, dense jungles, and many water bodies, an extensive range of wildlife species including snow leopard, red panda, and clouded leopard. Thus considered to be one of the most excellent National Park in terms of biodiversity. The activities that can be enjoyed at Namdapha are wildlife and landscape photography, boat ride, jungle camping, jungle safari, and much more.
  • Main Attractions :- Red Pandas
  • Timing :- 8am – 5pm
  • Entry Fees :- Rs 50/-
  • Best Time :- October to April
  • How to reach :- Dibrugarh is the nearest airport(228 Km). Tinsukia is the nearest rail station (178 Km).

8. Pasighat

  • About :- It is also known as “Gateway of Arunachal” is located along the Siang River Valleys and the Himalayas. It is the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh founded in 1911 and makes for a perfect destination to explore the tradition and culture of the people living here. You can also enjoy rafting, fishing, angling, boating, wildlife safari, nature photography as well as trekking here. 
  • Main Attractions :- Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, Kekar Monying, Pangin, Pasighat Buddhist Temple, Bodak Scenic Area.
  • Best Time :- January to May
  • How to reach :- Bus services are available from Itanagar (267 Km). The nearest airports are Lilabari of North Lakhimpur(200 Km), and Mohanbari of Dibrugarh (150 Km)

9. Along

  • About :- Along also known as Aalo, is renowned for its scenic beauty. Lush green valleys, hills and orange orchards dot this town and make it appear heavenly. It is also known for many villages where you can find different tribes and get to know the rich culture and tradition of the tribal. It is a picturesque valley at the confluence of Sipu and Siyom River.The Kamki Hydropower Dam is 25km from Aalo and a beautiful place to visit. Siyom hanging bridge is a 70m long bamboo and cane bridge. 
  • Main Attractions :- Mechuka Valley, Ramakrishna Ashram, Donyi Polo Temple, Patum Bridge, Kaying Villages, Jirdin and hanging bridge
  • Best Time :- October to April
  • How to reach :- From Itanagar, hire a private vehicle & you can easily reach here (370 Km).

10. Sela Pass

  • About :- Located at 4170 m elevation. This pass is considered sacred by Buddhists, and it is believed that there are 101 lakes around it. During the ride through this pass you will get the glimpse of the mighty snow-clad Eastern Himalayas and this ride will surely leave you spellbound. Sela Pass, without a doubt, is one of the must visit places in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Main Attractions :- Sela Lake
  • Best Time :- March to April and October-November
  • How to reach :- Guwahati is 340 km from Sela Pass and Tawang is situated at a distance of 78 km. 

11. Dong Village

  • About :- This village is situated at a confluence of Lohit and Sati rivers and is the easternmost village which is said to receive the first sun rays in India. At an altitude of 1240 m, It is placed at a strategic location of tri-junction of three countries namely, India, Myanmar and China. The place is enriched with unspoiled natural beauty and is a photographer’s paradise. Trekking is the best way to explore this gorgeous destination.
  • Main Attractions :- Watch the sunrise at 3 am. Witness the beautiful confluence of Lohit and Sati Rivers and enjoy the Trijunction of India, Myanmar and China.
  • Best Time :- April – July & September – October
  • How to reach :- Nearest Airport Dibrugarh (Mohanbari – 376 Km) and Railway Station Tinsukia (131 Km).

12. Dirang Valley

  • About :- This is the town where one can witness breathtaking valley views & a unique cultural harmony between many tribes residing in this town.
  • Main Attractions :- Dirang Dzong, Sangti Valley, hot water spring, Sangti Valley, Yak Research Centre, and Kalachakra Gompa.
  • Best Time :- March to July
  • How to reach :- Nearest Airport lokpriya gopinath bordoloi international airport (305 Km) & Railway Station Tezpur (196 Km). 

13. Dambuk

  • About :- It is a small village in Arunachal Pradesh hosts the most far-flung music festival in the entire India. Dambuk is known to produce some of the best oranges in the country and, hence, the name Orange Festival. It is the  Land of Oranges.
  • Main Attraction :- Orange Festival of Adventure & Music (OFAM)
  • Best Time :- December
  • How to reach :- Dibrugarh is the closest Airport and Station (184 Km).

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  1. My brother studies in Guwahati and every year we think that this summer break, we’ll visit him instead of him coming to us. We finally had tickets for 13th may this year and were planning on exploring some of these places. But Covid hit us hard 😦

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