Arunachal Pradesh a land of Rising Sun. A first state to greet the morning sun in the country. A far off state in the Northeastern part of India. It lies in the extreme Northeastern Himalayan Range. It shares international boundaries with Bhutan, Tibet, and Myanmar. It shares an internal border with Assam and Nagaland. It is one of the largest states amongst the eight northeastern sisters states.
Map of Arunachal Pradesh
A virgin destination less traveled waiting to be explored, discovered and experienced.
When we think about Arunachal as a destination we talk about Tawang Monastery and Ziro Festival but Arunachal has much more in its platter to offer.
I have been living in Arunachal since my birth. I have been witnessing the place, people, culture and its glamour. Still, it fascinates and shakes me up with its charm.
If you’re a nature enthusiast, a wildlife lover, an adventure fanatic, off the beat traveller wish to explore, discover and experience unknown or a peace seeker love to spend time with nature. I promise Arunachal is the perfect destination for you.
Places To Visit :
There are numerous reasons to visit a wonderful evergreen unspoiled state other than Tawang Monastery and Ziro Festival though I want to share my Top 10 reasons why you should visit Arunachal in 2020.
Splendid Beauty :
Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most stunning and mysterious states of India. It has the most diverse landforms ranging from the deep valley, magnanimous cliff and mesmerizing plains.
An array of the spectacular landscape includes steep gorges, snow-clad mountains, zig-zag terrain, lush green tropical forest, rustling rivers, and streams, beaming waterfalls, serene lakes, tranquil valleys, hushed hill station and the lovely paddy fields in the plains, lure the Wanderer with it’s the charm.
My words are inadequate to justify the beauty of awesome Arunachal. To really explore and experience the jinx of this place you have to literary drop in here. I bet you won’t be disappointed at all. Visiting Arunachal is like a once in a lifetime experience.
Vibrant Culture And Heritage :
Arunachal has rich age-old ancient culture and heritage that is passed on from generation to generation. Arunachal is a pad of 26 major ethnic tribes and 125 sub-tribes.
This state is a living example of diversity at it’s best. Each and every tribe has it’s own unique way of lifestyles whether it is the dialect they speak, attire they wear, rituals they perform, customs they follow, festivals they celebrate and the food they eat are entirely different from the rest of them.
I may not be wrong if I say every few kilometers as you move you will be surprised by its diversity. What I like most about the place is the way they embrace diversity and live in sync with each other.
The most extraordinary thing about them is their eco-friendly lifestyle and enriching tribal history.As far as I know, having been lived in close vicinity with them. There are three major cultural groups:
- Sherdukpens, Monpas, and Akas who follow Mahayana Buddism greatly influenced by the Tibet religion and culture.
- Galo, Adi, Nyshis, Tagins and Apatani worship ” Doli-Polo” which in local dialect means the sun and the moon. They worship mother nature too.
- Nocte, Khamti, Tanksha, and Mishmi are the believer of Vaishnavism and Hinayana Buddhism.
Festivals held massive importance in tribal life. Various tribe celebrates agricultural, religious and socio-culture festivals. Observing the celebration is a treat to our eyes. They celebrate the festivals with much gaiety and pompous. Every festival is strongly connected to its deep-rooted customs and religious belief. Few festivals are harvest festivals related to agriculture as they mostly do farming.
During the festival, ladies wear vibrant handwoven clothes and authentic accessories consisting of precious stones and beads, and necklaces made up silver and bronze, which passed on from the generation. Men too wear handwoven and lavishly embroidered jackets and clothes on the top of them a distinctive headgear.
Men and women sing folk songs, hymns, and dance together and offer prayer to their deities and mother nature. The head priest performs all the rituals.
You will be amazed to see a unique blend of contemporary and ancient tribal customs and traditions. I would recommend to visit Arunachal during the festival to see how glorious is their customs and tradition
People of Arunachal are the most hospitable, cordial and welcoming, I can vouch on that as I have been living here for the longest time.
- Dambuk Orange Festival ( January).
- Tawang Festival.
- Ziro Music Festival.
- Pangsau Winter Festival ( January).
- Ojiyale Festival ( March- April ).
- Tawang Torgya Festival ( January/ February ).
- Kshyat- Sowai Festival of Khowas ( December – January ).
- Solung Festival ( July/ August ).
- Reh Festival ( February / March ).
- Myokoh- Apatani Festival ( March ).