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Things To Do In Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh is in the north-eastern part of India. It is at the foothills of Himalayas. Because of its location, it is home to many beautiful valleys, meandering rivers, and giant mountains. Unfortunately, it is one of the most underrated destination of India. But it is the most picturesque place in India too. You can rest assured that it will be one of the most magical experiences of your life if you visit this place. And what to do once you are there? Here are a few things to do when you visit Arunachal Pradesh.
Visit the Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National Park is the third largest protected area in India. It is home to many animals like the snow leopard, red panda, clouded leopard etc. The park is one of the 20 protected sanctuaries aimed at conserving red panda. The most ideal way to go about this visit is to hire a local guide from Deban, and take a rainforest hike till Lisu Village. This will ensure that you will encounter the rare opportunity to spot the species and also understand various cultural references through the local guide. Good time to visit the park is from April to October.
Trek to Talle Valley
If you are a nature lover then the best thing to do in Arunachal Pradesh is to trek to Talle valley where you will cover three breathtaking valleys - the Pangey Valley, Talley Valley and Ziro Valley. It will take you through the fascinating and beautiful terrains of mountain valleys, grasslands and forest streams. This is home to Apatanis people, who follow ancient tribal culture and customs that play an important role in maintaining the sanctity of the forests. Get the flavour of the place with the help of this trek.
Visit the largest monastery in India the Tawang Monastery
It is the second largest Buddhist monastery in Asia. It has a beautiful 8 meter Buddha statue. The hill station also has one of the highest cable cars in the world. The city of Tawang allows you to witness the Buddhist history in full glory. In Tibetan it is known as Galden Namgey Lhatse, meaning the celestial paradise on a clear night. This monastery is the largest in India and the second largest in the entire world.
River Rafting in the white water of Kameng River
If you are adventurous, then the best thing to do is go river rafting in the Kameng River in the monsoon season. But it is not for the beginners, because all the rapids in the Kameng River are of Grade 4. Not only that; in order to reach the rafting spot you have to trek through the hills which takes four days to reach the Seppa, from where the rafting begins. But it is worth the trek if you love rafting.
See the Sela Pass
One can see the world’s second highest pass, the Sela pass, on the way to Tawang. It is the highest mountain pass that is motorable. You can also see the picturesque paradise lake on the way to Sela pass. The Buddhists consider it as the sacred pass and it has around 101 lakes around it. Located at 13,700 ft, the religious Sela Lake nearby transforms into a wondrous beauty during the cold winters.
Go camping along the Daporijo Road
If you love adventure, then Arunachal Pradesh is the place for your holiday. Go camping in the remote town of Daporiji where you can explore the picturesque natural beauty. River Subansiri, which is a tributary of Brahmaputra, will take you on a tour of quietude and fun. Being the home to various tribes, you will get to see the lives of people with a different perspective in Arunachal Pradesh. You can also choose to be a part of many local festivals such as Losar festival or the Solung festival.