Located in the northeastern corner of India, Arunachal Pradesh is a treasure trove of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and serene landscapes waiting to be discovered.
With its pristine valleys, monasteries, and vibrant indigenous cultures, Arunachal Pradesh offers a unique and offbeat travel experience.
In this 10-day guide, we'll take you through the must-visit places in Arunachal Pradesh, providing insights on what to explore, where to stay, and where to relish the local cuisine.
Before we get started with the places, keep in mind the requirements of travel permits.
Indian citizens from certain states require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit certain areas of Himachal Pradesh, including Lahaul, Spiti Valley, Kinnaur Valley, and parts of Chamba district. ILPs can be obtained from the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts or from the Department of Tourism website.
Arrive in Guwahati, the gateway to the Northeast, and explore the
Kamakhya Temple - An ancient and revered Hindu pilgrimage site.
Take a sunset cruise on the Brahmaputra River to witness the stunning views of the riverbanks.
Guwahati offers a range of accommodation options, from budget hotels to luxurious resorts. Some popular choices include
Hotel Kiranshree Portico
Savour Assamese cuisine at Khorikaa, Paradise, and Gam's Delicacy. Don't forget to try Assam's famous tea.
Drive to Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, and visit
the Ita Fort, known for its historical significance and unique architecture.
Explore the State Museum to learn about the state's rich cultural heritage.
Options for accommodation in Itanagar include the
Itanagar Capital O Hotel
Taste local Arunachali dishes at restaurants like Taste of Arunachal and The Pavilion. Don't miss the opportunity to try momos and thukpa.
Start your journey towards Tawang and enjoy the scenic drive through the Himalayan landscapes.
Visit Tawang Monastery, one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries outside Tibet, and immerse yourself in its serenity.
Tawang offers various options for accommodation, including
Hotel Tawang View
Hotel Mon Paradise
Zax Star Hotel.
Relish local cuisine at places like Hotel Mon Paradise Restaurant and Thukje Restaurant. Don't forget to try butter tea.
Pankang Teng Tso Lake, also known as PT Tso Lake, and soak in its tranquil surroundings.
Visit Nuranang Waterfall (Jang Falls) and if permitted, head to Bum La Pass for breathtaking views of the Indo-China border.
Stay in Tawang for another night or opt for accommodation in nearby areas like
Zemithang or Bomdila.
Enjoy local delicacies at the same restaurants as the previous day or explore other dining options in Tawang.
Drive to Dirang, a lesser-known destination with stunning landscapes.
Dirang Dzong, and unwind at the Hot Water Springs.
Dirang offers limited but comfortable stay options like
Hotel Pemaling or Ri Kynjing Guest House.
Local eateries serve simple yet delicious food. Enjoy Arunachali dishes and Tibetan cuisine.
Head to Sangti Valley, a nature lover's paradise
Engage in bird-watching
short treks, or simply relax amidst the serene surroundings
Stay in cozy homestays like
Dirang Boutique Cottages for an authentic experience.
Homestays often provide traditional meals. You can also explore local restaurants for regional cuisine.
Drive to Ziro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Apatani culture.
Apatani villages, their unique customs, and enjoy the pine groves and rice fields.
Stay in comfortable lodges like
Ziro Valley Resort or Siiro Resort for an immersive experience.
Savour traditional Apatani cuisine at local eateries and explore the markets for local snacks and dishes.
Discover the rich biodiversity of Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
If your visit coincides, attend the Ziro Music Festival for live music and cultural performances.
Extend your stay in the same lodges as the previous day or explore additional options.
Continue to explore the local culinary scene or enjoy meals at your lodge.
Travel to Aalo (Along), a picturesque town on the banks of the Siang River.
Enjoy a boat ride on the river and witness the stunning sunset over the water.
Accommodation options in Aalo include
Savour delicious Assamese and Arunachali cuisine at local restaurants along the riverfront.
Drive to Pasighat, known as the gateway to Arunachal Pradesh.
Explore the town and take in the beauty of the Brahmaputra Valley.
Options for accommodation in Pasighat include
Hotel Sipar Ghar.
Taste local flavours at Pasighat's eateries, which offer a blend of Assamese and Arunachali dishes.
Arunachal Pradesh, with its rich cultural tapestry and breathtaking landscapes, promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Northeast. This 10-day guide ensures you experience the best of this hidden gem in India, leaving you with cherished memories of Arunachal Pradesh's beauty and hospitality.
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