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Arunachal Pradesh forgotten paradise

Arunachal Pradesh

When I received the gift voucher of 30,000 INR from makemytrip.com I wondered which destination in India should I travel to? The customer executive from Makemytrip suggested the touristy kind of trail like Kerala, Rajasthan. But I was keen to explore the unknown and the the unheard, where few have tread. After few rounds of contemplation I zeroed in on Arunachal Pradesh.

Kameng River

Kameng River

The Land of the rising sun with it’s raw appeal and beauty has been forgotten by many. This land on the north eastern frontier with its flowing rivers, mountainous roads ever changing topography and warm locals has a surreal appeal. My trip took me through the towns of Bhalukpong – Bomdila – Dirang- Tawang-Sela – Nuranang Falls.

The five day journey was bone rattling through the nearly non existent roads tiring but nevertheless refreshing. What with landscapes, waterfalls, rivers, wildlife and scenery to give you company and satiate the rancid soul.

Early morning view

Early morning view

Bomdila is a great place to move around with its monastery and huge market to keep you busy. Being close to Bhutan, Tibet and China the woolen wear, jackets are of great variety and cheap.

Bomdila Monastery

Bomdila Monastery

Pine Trees are found everywhere as you drive towards Dirang. Dirang is the base to head towards Tawang. Do not forget to visit Old Dirang with its tribal settlement. Corn is found drying in every house, Monpa women are seen doing household work with the infants tied around their back. A hardworking lot they are always seen working even in their spare time like knitting and weaving. The houses in this area are either made of wood and bamboo or stones.

Tribal Settlement in Dirang

Tribal Settlement in Dirang

The drive to Tawang via Sela Pass is very beautiful. Yaks walk along the snow drenched roads and the lakes that are peppered in this area are found frozen in the winters. You might dare to walk on them for that adrenaline kick.

Monpa Woman

Monpa Woman

 

A visit to Jaswant Singh Memorial erected in remembrance of the valiant hearts who laid their lives fighting for our country brings out the patriotic spirit in you. Tawang Monastery the second largest in the world holds great significance in Mahayana Buddhism.

Tawang was chilling and the drive to Shungetser Lake subfreezing. The drive takes you through snow clad mountains and the frozen lakes are picture perfect. As you head towards Shungetsar Lake or Madhuri Lake you wonder at the starkness of the region. Beauty has varied forms some sombre like the Madhuri Lake and some stimulating like the area near Bhalukpong with dense vegetation.

Shungetsar Lake

Shungetsar Lake

Arunachal has a mix of all forms of beauty that is blemish free and unscathed. This is just the tip of the iceberg and it has loads to offer to its explorers …have you put on your trekking boots?

 

 

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15 Comments on “Arunachal Pradesh forgotten paradise

  1. Now I am intrigued to know how did you win INR 30,000 with makemytrip? 😉 (Just curious). Without a doubt, AP is a paradise of natural beauty. It is on my wishlist too.

  2. Visiting first time your blog, and truely thinking where I was before… Awesome work and sply the pics looks marvelous… keep up the great work coming…

  3. Wow you are so lucky to have experienced the pristine beauty of Arunachal. I have been to Bhalukpong and was amazed by the scenary. Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  4. Tawang was an excellent place to pick. I visited 8 years ago, and looks like I missed a lot of places you have listed out then. Like Old Dirang and Shungetsar Lake. Did you also go to the higher region beyond Tawang?

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