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State of India

Arunachal Pradesh

Area 83,743 Sq. km
Population 1,382,611
Altitude 530 mts above MSL
District 16
Capital Itanagar
Climate Warm summers & cold winter
Best time to visit ILP & PAP/RAP required
Entry Formalities Igu dance festival (January), Makar Sankranti (January)
Languages Tani, Adi, Mompa, Assamese, Bengali,  Hindi & English

The ‘state of rising sun of India’, Arunachal Pradesh, is situated in the North eastern part of the country. Set away in the north eastern tip of the country, Arunachal Pradesh is home to fascinating mountains, unknown passes, serene lakes, well-known monasteries and interesting tribal culture .This Himalayan paradise is bordered by Assam and Nagaland in the south, and shares international borders with the People's Republic of China in the north, Kingdom of Bhutan in the west and Myanmar in the east. The capital of Arunachal Pradesh is Itanagar.
Arunachal Pradesh is a nature lovers’ delight. Its wide-ranging geographical diversity, climatic conditions and variety of wildlife proves that it is one of the richest biodiversity spot of India and thus attracts a huge number of tourists every year. It is the only state in India that can claim to have four key varieties of the big-cats in its forest- leopard, clouded leopard, snow leopard and tiger. Arunachal Pradesh records more than 500 species of rare and endangered birds found in the state.Tipi Orchid research Centre in Arunachal Pradesh is one of Asia’s largest Orchidarium where exclusive and rare variety of orchids are to be seen.
India’s largest monastery, Tawang Monastry , is also located in Arunachal Pradesh. It is the 2nd largest monastery in Asia. The state also boasts of a rich tribal culture with their own distinct & native customs.

  • Accessibility

    By Air
    The nearest airport for Itanagar is Lilabari (Assam) . The capital town Itanagar & major town Tawang is daily connected by Pawan Hans Helicopter services from Guwahati(Assam)

    By Rail
    The state capital Itanagar is 10 km from the new railhead Naharlagun.

    By Road
    Every town & village of the state is well linked by road and every town has its own bus terminals with regular bus services. All places are well connected to its bordering Indian state. Entry formalities
    Protected Area Permit (PAP) for foreign tourist & Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Indian tourist is required to enter the state. These permits can be easily available from All India Missions abroad, All Foreigners Regional Registration Officers at all major cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chief Immigration Officers, Chennai , Home Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar, Office of Resident Commissioners in New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jorhat, etc

  • Society & Culture

    The cultural background of Arunachal Pradesh is truly diverse in the sense that the state has 26 major tribes and every tribe has their own matchless set of traditions and ethnicity. The state can be roughly divided into a set of semi-distinct cultural spheres, on the basis of tribal individuality, faith, customs, language and traditions. Aka, Adi, Galo, Apatani, Nyishi, Tagins, Bori, Bokar etc. are the major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.

    One of the linguistically richest and most diverse sections in Asia, Arunachal Pradesh is the home to atleast 30- 50 distinct languages.

  • Cuisine

    The cuisine of Arunachal Pradesh vary from region and its tribal influence. Rice is the staple food. They eat various types of fruits, vegetables , meat, etc

    Apang, rice beer, is a very popular alcoholic drink of the state. Other popular food items found here is thupka, momo, churpi etc.

  • Arts and crafts

    The tribal art and craft of Arunachal Pradesh is very popular.The ethnic handloom is world famous for its unusual designs and use of native organic materials in making it. The handloom products include jackets, shirts, skirts, scarf, bags etc.

    In Arunachal Pradesh, the most used material for craft is bamboo and cane. Furniture, baskets, canes container, cane belts (woven and plain), hat, bamboo mugs , ornaments and jewellery items are all crafted by workmen .Other handicrafts which famous in the state are mask making, metal craft, pottery, paper making ,woodcarving, carpentry, ivory craft, and black smith

  • Fairs & festivals

    Fairs and festivals is a mirror of a state’s socio cultural life. Arunachal Pradesh being an agricultural state, most of its festivals is related to agricultural celebrations. Throughout the year, festivals are celebrated by one tribe or the other to prayer to god pre-harvest or to thank god for a good harvest. Tamladu, Mopin, Losar, Boori Boot, Dree, Nechi Dau, Nyokum, Ojiale, Reh, Sanken, Kshyat-Sowai, Loku, Longte Yullo, and Si-Donyi are few of the chief festivals of Arunachal Pradesh.

    The Dungyur festival is held in every three years of the Torgya in the Tawang monastery. Both the Dungyur and Torgya festivals are celebrated at the Monastery with customary fun and passion. It is celebrated to protect them from the evil forces and save them from any natural calamity so that the people have a safe and a happy life

  • Shopping

    Arunachal Pradesh is a land of rich handicraft and varied handiworks. The locals are majorly artisan of high creative craftsmanship. Thus one can shop a wide range of local tribal handloom & handicrafts such as metal ware, mask, dress materials, woven shawls and jackets, tribal jewellary, banboo articles. etc.

  • Places of interests

    • • Itanagar: the state capital is sprinkled with numerous archeological spots of great ancient value and significance.
    • • Tawang: Situated at an altitude of 3500 metres above sea level, the picturesque town of Tawang houses the Asia’s 2nd largest monastery.
    • • Along: The beautiful valley of along is the headquarters of West Siang District The place is popular among adventure lovers.
    • • Namdapha National Park: The rich bio diversity hotspot is a famous tourist attraction
    • • Roing: The valley is famous among travellers for its natural and cultural importance
    • • Bomdila: Located at an elevation of 2217 m above sea level , Bomdila, is the headquarters of West Kameng districts.
    • • Bhalukpong: A bordering town with Assam, Bhalukpong ,is an ideal place for rafting, fishing and hiking.

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