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Arunachal Pradesh Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Arunachal Pradesh

The Land of the Rising Sun, Arunachal Pradesh has treasures of Buddhist monasteries, hills, lakes, bamboo bridges and scenic beauty waiting to be explored.

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Arunachal Pradesh At a Glance
  • Capital City:Itanagar
  • Average Climate:18°C - 28°C
  • Best Time to Visit:October - April

Arunachal Pradesh Tourism | Arunachal Pradesh Travel Guide

Settled in the northeastern part of India, Arunachal Pradesh is well-known for its different religions and languages. From magnificent mountains to beautiful monasteries, Arunachal Pradesh boasts several attractions, including unexplored passes and tranquil lakes.

The most popular tourist attractions that make Arunachal Pradesh tourism special include Tawang (a town with the second largest Buddhist monastery controlling 17 Gompas of the region), Ziro (a picturesque valley famous for its Ziro music festival and unique handloom and craft items), and pristine Sela Lake near Bomdila with its bamboo bridges overhanging the rivers. The state has all that a traveler requires for a perfect holiday.

Here is our comprehensively curated guide on Arunachal Pradesh Tourism

Wildlife Tourism  in Arunachal Pradesh

Wildlife enthusiasts will be in for a treat in Arunachal Pradesh. This northeastern Indian state has many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that flourish with abundant flora and fauna. Over 500 species can be seen in Arunachal Pradesh’s wildlife places, making it apt for wildlife tourism.

There are eight wildlife reserves in the state. The most renowned ones are Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, Mouling National Park, Kane Wildlife Sanctuary, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Mehao Dihang-Debang Biosphere Reserve, Dr. D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, and Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary.

Heritage Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh

Heritage sites play a significant role in Arunachal Pradesh tourism. Every year, the ancient monasteries visited by thousands of devotees and tourists are a massive part of Arunachal Pradesh culture. For example, Tawang Monastery is the largest in India and is also the second-largest Buddhist monastery in the world. This makes heritage tourism in Arunachal Pradesh significant.

One of the most important places for heritage tourism is Malinithan, renowned for its temple ruins dating back to the 10th and 14th centuries AD. Other attractions are Tuting Tehsil, World War II Cemetery, and Parasuram Kund.

Adventure Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh

Adventure activities are a significant part of many tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh. Adventure tourism in Arunachal invited many adventure-seeking souls to get the best of what the state offers. Daredevils can put their strength to the test at many activities like white water rafting, motorbiking, angling, and trekking.

There are a lot of trekking routes you can go through, namely- Tezpur- Tipi- Bomdila-Tawang-se la pass, Tinsukia- Tezu- Parasuramkund, and Itanagar- Ziro- Daporijo- Along- Pasighat. Light-hearted activities are also available for families and couples for a memorable time.

Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh

Tourists who are keen to know more about the tribal culture, Arunachal Pradesh has plenty of them. Although Arunachal Pradesh has 26 major tribes, there are over 100 sub-tribes. Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh will help you learn more about tribes like Adis, Apatanis, Hrusso, Mishmis, Monpas, Nyishi, Sherdukpens, Khamtis, Wanchos, Yobin, Khambas, and more.

The tribal people are skilled artists and specialize in making baskets, weaving, pottery, wood carving, paintings, etc. Women play a vital role in the artwork while men are field workers. Each tribe is different in terms of culture and traditions, and only a few features are the same among the principal tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.

Pilgrimage in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is dotted with stunning holy attractions, monasteries being the most popular. Arunachal Pradesh tourism majorly includes Buddhist monasteries that must be included in your trip. Praying at the shrines like Chillipam Hompa, Golden Pagoda, Tawang Monastery, Urgelling Gompa, Dangoria Baba Mandir, Malinithan, etc., make all your sins cleanse away.

They are the top tourist sites in Arunachal and make you feel connected to the divine. So you can immerse yourself and experience the spiritual side of the state. So plan your pilgrimage holiday and see these pilgrimage sites of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Arunachal Pradesh Tourism

Q: What is Arunachal Pradesh famous for tourism?

Ans. Arunachal Pradesh is widely known for its adventure tourism, pilgrimage tourism, heritage tourism, and wildlife tourism.

Q: What is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh.

Q: What is the culture of Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Arunachal Pradesh is home to many groups of indigenous people. They are divided into three cultural groups - the Monpas, Sherdukpen of Tawang, and West Kameng districts who follow the tradition of Mahayana Buddhism. These people have great knowledge of traditional craftsmen skills and are skilled in carpet making, wood carving, pottery, ornament making, weaving, etc.

Q: What is the lifestyle of Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Arunachal Pradesh’s lifestyle mainly includes agriculture and wetland cultivation. The tradition of craftsmanship like bamboo work and cane work along with weaving and basket making is also famous.

Q: What is the famous festival of Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. The major Arunachal Pradesh festivals include Losar Festival, Ziro Music Festival, Siang River Festival, the Mopin Festival, etc.

Q: What is the famous food of Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Rice, Bamboo Shoot, Pika Pila, Pehak, Apong, Lukter, and Marua are the famous Arunachal Pradesh foods.

Q: What language is spoken in Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Hindi and English are the most widely spoken languages in Arunachal Pradesh.

Q: Which is the famous dance of Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Some popular folk dances in Arunachal Pradesh are Popir, Ponung, Pasi Kongki, Aji Lamu, Chalo, Hiirii Khaniing, Rekham Pada, Roppi, Lion and Peacock dance.

Q: What is the traditional dress of Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Traditionally, women wear sleeves chemises with embroidered jackets along with a petticoat or skirt. ‘Mushaiks’ or waistcoats are tied around and a skull-cap of Yak hair called ‘Gurdam’ adds elegance to the outfit. Sherdukpan males wear sleeveless silk cloth with edges attached to the shoulder. It is a knee-length costume and is completed with a skull cap of yak hair.

Q: Which are the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Some of the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh are -

  • Bomdila Monastery
  • Tawang Monastery
  • Nuranang Falls
  • Ziro Valley
  • Namdapha National Park
  • Dirang Fort
  • Itanagar
  • Bhalukpong
  • Gorichen Peak
Q: What is a famous national park in Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Namdapha National Park, located in Changlang District is one of the famous national parks in Arunachal Pradesh.

Q: What is the major Arunachal Pradesh airport?

Ans. There are many regional airports in Arunachal Pradesh at Tezu, Pasighat, and more. The major nearest airport to Arunachal Pradesh is Lilabari Airport in Assam, which receives direct flights from Guwahati and Kolkata.

Q: How many tribes are there in Arunachal?

Ans. Arunachal Pradesh has 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub-tribes. Some of the most notable tribes include Adi (Abor), Aka, Apatani, Nyishi, Galo, Khampti, Mishmi, Tagin, and Momba (Monpa).

Q: Do we need a permit to visit Arunachal?

Ans. Yes. As Arunachal Pradesh is located close to international borders, you are required to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter the state.

Q: How is the weather in Arunachal Pradesh?

Ans. Arunachal Pradesh weather is hot and humid. The maximum temperature in the foothills rises up to 40°C in summer. In winters, it cools down and drops to 15°C to 21°C.