Early riser, Arunachal, the land of the rising sun, is
the reniotest and one of the loveliest regions, yet most scantily
populated states in the entire North East. All this has added to
the allure of this mysterious land.
Its very isolation has been a blessing in many ways, having protected
it from the ills of over-development and its consequent problems.
And it is for this very reason that Arunachal is such a unique holiday
destination. Its haunting beauty has a magical charm that lures
the visitor to imbibe of its natural beauty, tribal culture, craft
traditions and splendid wildlife.
Arunachal shares borderlines with China (Tibet) in the north, Myanmar
(Burma) in the east, Bhutan in the west and the states of Nagaland
and Assam in the south. Its fertile lands are watered by 5 major
rivers, primary amongst them being the River Siang, the mighty Brahmaputra
Largest of all the North Eastern states (83,743 sq km), Arunachal
is blessed by a delightfully variegated climate - perfect for holidays
any time of the year. Almost 80 per cent of the state is under forest
cover, which varies from the sub-tropical to the alpine in the upper
regions of the northwest, where it is bordered by the Himalayan
ranges. This vast canopy of rain forest with its dynamic blend of
an amazing plethora of flora and fauna is one of the world's 17
bio-diveristy heritage sites. Its serried peaks, running from north
to south, are interspersed with rich valleys in whose hidden folds
live her ancient tribes in their picturesque villages.
The first to be kissed by the morning sun, Arunachal is all set
to blaze ahead on the tourist trail...
Rising from the tropically lush valleys of the Brahmaputra River,
the serried ridges and peaks of the Eastern Himalayas of Arunachal
Pradesh stand vigilant over one of the most compelling holiday destinations
in India. The remotest outpost of the North Eastern states, Arunachal's
mysterious, unspoiled loveliness entices the adventurer with its
verdant valleys, misty mountain peaks, swift rivers and the finest
sanctuary for some of India's most endangered flora and fauna. Its
virgin isolation, due to restricted entry regulations, has been
a blessing in disguise as Arunachal still retains intact its centuries
old pristine vistas, diverse tribal heritage and exotic geographical
features. Strung out along the misty hill tops and deep valleys,
its picturesque townships and villages are the first in the land
to be kissed by the rays of the morning sun giving Arunachal its
unique position as literally "the land of the rising sun."
Living in isolated splendour this exciting, new holiday destination
shares its remote borderlines with Myanmar, Bhutan and China (Tibet).
Plunging down from rugged peaks are emerald valleys fed by the intricate
cobweb of rivers and streams that criss-cross this vast land. The
mighty Siang River (starting as the Tsangpo in the Mansarovar in
Tibet) fed by thousands of rivers and streams en route through Arunachal
is the mighty Brahmaputra River of Assam. Other primary rivers are
the Kameng, Subansiri, Lohit and the Tirap and their numerous tributaries,
whose turbulent waters and lush regions, with their remote tribal
villages, offer tourists limitless opportunities for white river
rafting, angling, climbing, trekking and tribal tours.
Arunachal is huge and travelling around its vast and mountainous
tracts can be arduous. But for many this has been a challenge. The
tough terrain is a trekker's delight and its amazing range of flora
and fauna a naturalist's dream. Itineraries can be customised to
enjoy the full range of Arunachal's glorious assets to one's own
needs and the limit ations of the Inner Line Permits which can be
easily obtained from the Resident Commissioner / Deputy Resident
Commissioners at Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong, Guwahati or the Deputy
Commissioners of districts.
Hidden amongst its verdant valleys are Arunachal's tribal villages
offering a dynamic insight into the fashioning of this land and
its people. Discover the intriguing traditions of ancient lifestyles
lived out against one of the most diverse ecological settings in
the country. Uncover the myths and legends of this land and its
people. Marvel at its cultural and religious wealth and antiquity.
The stunning combination of its haunting beauty, the treasure house
of exotic flora and fauna and its rich tribal heritage make Arunachal
a fascinating journey for the discerning traveller.
Arunachal is vast- its terrain difficult. But vacationing in Arunachal
Pradesh is an adventure - an exciting, enlightening and incredible
adventure - reminding you again what a wonderful privilege it is
to savour the delights of wild beauty at its very best.
Arunachal Pradesh - India travel & tourism information