Explore Arunachal Pradesh: Your Comprehensive 10-Day Guide to India's Hidden Gem

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.

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.

Day 1: Guwahati  Gateway to Arunachal

Explore the Place

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.

Where to Stay

 Guwahati offers a range of accommodation options, from budget hotels to luxurious resorts. Some popular choices include

  • Hotel Dynasty

  • Vivanta Guwahati

  • Hotel Kiranshree Portico

What to Eat

 Savour Assamese cuisine at Khorikaa, Paradise, and Gam's Delicacy. Don't forget to try Assam's famous tea.

 Day 2: Itanagar  Capital City

Explore the Place

 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.

Where to Stay

 Options for accommodation in Itanagar include the

  • Itanagar Capital O Hotel

  • Hotel Pybss

  • Hotel Todo.

What to Eat

 Taste local Arunachali dishes at restaurants like Taste of Arunachal and The Pavilion. Don't miss the opportunity to try momos and thukpa.

 Day 3: Tawang  Spiritual Haven

Explore the Place

 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.

Where to Stay

 Tawang offers various options for accommodation, including

  • Hotel Tawang View

  • Hotel Mon Paradise

  • Zax Star Hotel.

What to Eat

 Relish local cuisine at places like Hotel Mon Paradise Restaurant and Thukje Restaurant. Don't forget to try butter tea.

 Day 4: Tawang Day2  Natural Wonders

Explore the Place

 Explore

  • 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.

Where to Stay

 Stay in Tawang for another night or opt for accommodation in nearby areas like

  • Zemithang or Bomdila.

What to Eat

 Enjoy local delicacies at the same restaurants as the previous day or explore other dining options in Tawang.

Day 5: Dirang  Hidden Gem

Explore the Place

 Drive to Dirang, a lesser-known destination with stunning landscapes.

 Explore

  • apple orchards

  • Dirang Dzong, and unwind at the Hot Water Springs.

Where to Stay

 Dirang offers limited but comfortable stay options like

  • Hotel Pemaling or Ri Kynjing Guest House.

What to Eat

 Local eateries serve simple yet delicious food. Enjoy Arunachali dishes and Tibetan cuisine.

 Day 6: Sangti Valley  Nature Retreat

Explore the Place

  •  Head to Sangti Valley, a nature lover's paradise

  •  Engage in bird-watching

  • short treks, or simply relax amidst the serene surroundings

Where to Stay

 Stay in cozy homestays like

  • Dondrub Homestay

  • Dirang Boutique Cottages for an authentic experience.

What to Eat

 Homestays often provide traditional meals. You can also explore local restaurants for regional cuisine.

 Day 7: Ziro  Cultural Extravaganza

Explore the Place

 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.

Where to Stay

 Stay in comfortable lodges like

  • Ziro Valley Resort or Siiro Resort for an immersive experience.

What to Eat

 Savour traditional Apatani cuisine at local eateries and explore the markets for local snacks and dishes.

 Day 8: Ziro Day2  Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore the Place

  • Discover the rich biodiversity of Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

  •  If your visit coincides, attend the Ziro Music Festival for live music and cultural performances.

Where to Stay

 Extend your stay in the same lodges as the previous day or explore additional options.

What to Eat

 Continue to explore the local culinary scene or enjoy meals at your lodge.

 Day 9: Aalo  Riverside Retreat

Explore the Place

 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.

Where to Stay

 Accommodation options in Aalo include

  • Siang Village

  • Hotel Siang

  • Siang Regency.

What to Eat

 Savour delicious Assamese and Arunachali cuisine at local restaurants along the riverfront.

 Day 10: Pasighat  Final Stop

Explore the Place

 Drive to Pasighat, known as the gateway to Arunachal Pradesh.

  •  Explore the town and take in the beauty of the Brahmaputra Valley.

Where to Stay

 Options for accommodation in Pasighat include

  • Hotel Siang

  • Hotel Pangin

  • Hotel Sipar Ghar.

What to Eat

 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.

By Yashas

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