Lohit is an administrative district in Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the untouched places in India. The area has a huge stretch of forests and river valleys, relatively undisturbed by human activity. The clear night sky lulls the area into a peaceful slumber every night and the crooning rooster wakes them up. The region has a vivid cultural history but the natural beauty surpasses all. Tributaries of the transnational river Brahmaputra drains the region. After all mother nature, still, cannot comprehend the invisible lines we have created.
Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is a typical beautiful little hill station. It has everything a hill station could possibly want to make it perfect. It has the tinkling flowing lakes, the white flecked hills, the quaint, calm, pretty monasteries and the gorgeous passes with tremendous geographical significance. All the beauty outside and chill would definitely make you want to sit back in the evenings inside your hotel, warm and gorging on spicy food, or maybe momos, I’m sure! The best time to visit Tawang would be from March to June each year, when summer visits the country to make a grand tour of it.
The “Orchid State of India” or the “Paradise of the Botanists”, Arunachal Pradesh sits landlocked by the states of Assam and Nagaland in the south, the countries of Bhutan and Myanmar to the east and west respectively, and China to the north. Rich in culture and diverse traditions, the name Arunachal Pradesh translates to the “land of the dawn lit mountains” and is also known for having the highest number of regional languages in the country. Most of the state’s topography is covered by the Himalayas. Some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas lie in this region like, Kangto, Nyegi Kangsang, the main Gorichen peak, the Eastern Gorichen peak etc. This mountainous terrain divides the state into five river valleys namely, the Subansiri, the Tirap, the Kameng, the Lohit and the Siang. Alive with a wide variety of exotic flora and fauna, Arunachal Pradesh is also classified as a biodiversity hotspot. Great for vacations, the state offers several adventure opportunities. The 5 treks listed here provide a refreshing and thrilling experience of Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh has the largest variety of cats which includes tigers, leopards, clouded leopards and snow leopards. The state has over seven different types of primates that include the slow loris, rhesus macaque and the capped langur. These beautiful animals are found across a range of national parks and wild sanctuaries in the State. Let us look at the top 5 national parks in Arunachal Pradesh.
Located in the Northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level, the Tawang Hill Station has much to offer any tourist who stops by here. Although it falls within the disputed land between India and China and shares its borders with Bhutan and Tibet, this hill station has the rich and vibrant culture and breathtaking natural beauty which is difficult to find anywhere else. Dotted with mountains, gorges, passes and majestic water bodies, this area is deeply religiously significant to the Buddhists, due to the presence of Tawang monastery, the second largest monastery in the world. It was here that the 6th Dalai Lama was born and here that the 14th Dalai Lama stayed initially after he had to flee Tibet. Tawang is a great learning center for Buddhist monks and the Dalai Lama visits this place often in order to hold a religious discourse.
The Dibang wildlife sanctuary lies nestled in the Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the eight wildlife sanctuaries, located in north east of Anini, in Arunachal Pradesh which occupies part of the Eastern Himalayas. Dibang valley district has been named after the Dibang River, a tributary of Brahmaputra River. The altitude ranges between 1800m and 5000m. Moreover, the topology of complex rugged terrain hill varies from steep to very steep. Stretched across an area of 4,149 sq km, the lofty mountains, snow covered peaks, deep gorges, forests and rivers make this place abundant in natural beauty, adventurous expeditions, flora and fauna.
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Himalayan foothills of West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh and stretches across 218 square kilometers. This scenic Sanctuary is perched at an altitude range of 500 meters to 3,250 meters and derives its name from the Red Eagle Division of the Indian Army, which was stationed in the area in the 1950’s. This Sanctuary forms a part of the Kameng Elephant Reserve. This beautiful Sanctuary is home to some newly discovered and rare species. The picturesque hills and the mountainous wildlife are immensely captivating and take your breath away.
The Pakhui Tiger Reserve stretches across 862 square kilometers and lies at a height of 150 meters to 2000 meters. This Reserve is located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh. This area was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1977. It was later declared a tiger reserve in 2002 as the 26th tiger reserve under Project Tiger of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. This Reserve promises an adventurous holiday and an opportunity to experience the serenity of watching animals in their natural habitats.
The mighty Himalayas has its own secret nooks of paradise scattered along the North-Eastern boundary of India. While some of these places are tourist centrals, the ones in the magical state of Arunachal Pradesh remain untouched. Arunachal Pradesh has boundaries with Assam on one side and Bhutan, Burma and China on the other. It is a beautiful and picturesque Himalayan delight that a traveller must visit at least once in his or her lifetime. Known for being home to India’s largest monastery and the world’s second largest monastery – Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Here are top five hill stations in Arunachal Pradesh one must visit:
“ ‘Tis the ‘right hand’ of India so to say; was discovered during the World War day”
Adorning the north-eastern tip of India, Namdapha National Park lies in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is spread across a huge area of 1985 sq. Km. making it the third largest national park in the country. It is also the largest protected area in the eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot and a haven for some of the rare and endangered species. Namdapha is said to be the perfect place for wildlife or nature enthusiasts. The unexplored biodiversity and the undulating terrain makes way for a mind blowing adventure trip filled with awe and amazement.