When it comes to travelling to north-east India, Arunachal Pradesh doesn’t disappoint at all. Blessed by nature’s bounty, this extraordinary travel destination offers a plethora of options to spent a leisure-filled holiday amidst the mighty Himalayas. Secluded from rest of the country, the lush green surroundings and untouched beauty of Arunachal Pradesh will give you an unforgettable travel experience.
Not just the natural attractions but also the spiritual aspect of this heavenly beautiful state makes it an ideal destination for nature lovers, photographers and peace seekers. There so many hidden treasures to explore in Arunachal. From pristine waterfalls to verdant valleys, crystal clear lakes to religious sites; this ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ has something for every type of traveller.
So, visit these less travelled places in Arunachal if you call yourself an avid traveller.
- Dirang Valley – Located in the north of Bomdila amidst lofty mountains, Dirang Valley is one of the hidden gems in Arunachal Pradesh. Blessed with virgin natural beauty this picturesque Himalayan valley is less visited by people. The lush green grassland and pristine cool river flowing through the valley will take your breath away. A tribal area known as ’Dirang Dzong’ is home to a 9th century prison. Just next to this old structure lies a Buddhist Monastery. The Dirang village still maintains its old world charm.
- Sangti Valley – Located at 30 minutes away from Dirang, Sangti Valley is blessed with a charming landscape. This less-explored place in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the best place for peace seekers. The road to Sangti Valley is a bit bumpy but the splendid beauty of nature will make your journey an unforgettable one. Take a walk around the village, meet local people, capture their innocent smile and heart warming hospitality.
- Sela Pass – Sela Pass is another less talked about gem located in Arunachal Pradesh but truly a paradise for backpackers. Nestled at 13700 ft above sea level, this high altitude pass was used for trade purpose between India and China in ancient times. Here temperature can go down upto -100 degree celsius. Sela Pass is the only pass in the world which has a lake by the name Sela Lake. Also, it is believed by the Buddhists that there are 101 sacred lakes lies in and around the pass. These lakes are of great religious importance. Capture the virgin landscape views offered by this mountain pass amidst Himalayas.
- Kalachakra Buddhist Gompa – Cradled in the lap of Dirang Valley, Kalachakra Gompa is believed to be 500 years old and therefore highly revered by the Buddhism followers. This sacred Buddhist monastery is beautifully built and offers breathtaking views of lush green hills in the surrounding. Located in Namesake Village, Kalachakra Buddhist Gompa is not visited by many people, except local Buddhists and thus one of the unexplored place in Arunachal. One of the best time to visit this holy Buddhist monastery is between the months of November and February.
- Roing – Are you visiting Arunachal Pradesh for a family vacation or honeymoon? If yes, then plan to stay at Roing. This heavenly beautiful retreat is blessed with stunning vistas of snow-clad mountain peaks, roaring rivers flowing down the hills, pristine lakes, waterfalls and much more. Roing is the home to some amazing historical sites as well. The warm hospitality of the locals makes this quaint hamlet amidst Himalayas a perfect place for nature lovers and peace seekers. Some sightseeing options in Roing are Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mehao Lake, Rukmini Nati, Nehru Van Udyan, Sally and Bhishmakar. So, plan a visit to this hidden gem on your next trip to Arunachal.
- Mechuka – Mechuka is a small hamlet nestled at an elevation of 600 ft above sea level. This unexplored beauty of Arunachal Pradesh is also called Menchuka. This word is a combination of three words – Men which means medicinal, Chu means water and Kha means ice. As per the locals it is believed that the melted ice which flows down from the mountains comprises various medicinal properties. The pristine Siyom River, virgin beauty of snow-peaked mountains and serene lakes, Mechuka is truly blessed by almighty’s wonderful creations.
- Tenga Valley – A small sleepy town situated on the banks of Tenga River, Tenga is an important army check post that played a pivotal role during Indo-China war in 1962. A war memorial – dedicated to all the brave soldiers who gave up their life for the sake of the nation – is located in Tenga Valley. If you are an adventure seeker, then Tenga Valley is a good option for trekking, camping, river crossing and river rafting. Take out some time to visit the main market selling traditional jewellery, stones and dresses.
Arunachal is truly a paradise for a backpacker who want to learn from the experiences. The mesmerizing beauty offered by this Himalayan state cannot be described in words. So, plan your week long trip to this awesome travel destination in North-East India.
Contributed By: Sahil Singh