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Monpa, Miji, Aka, Sherdukpen, Hindi, Adi, Assamese, Bengali
Buddhism is the major religion in the state.
Best time to visit
October to April
Summer: 40 - 18 degrees
Winter: 12 - 5 degrees
Arunachal Pradesh is bordered on the south by Assam state, on the west
by Bhutan, on the north and northeast by China and on the east by Myanmar.
Is a sparsely populated mountainous area in the extreme northeastern part
of the subcontinent.
Once described as the "Hidden Land" it has now opened its doors
to outsides. This ancient land is mentioned in the early literature such
as the Kalika Purana, the Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was here that Parasuram
washed away his sins, Vyasa meditated, Bhismaka founded his kingdom, lord
Krishna married his consort, Rukmini. The 6th Dalai Lama was born in Arunachal
How to get here
The nearest airport is Lilabari (North Lakhimpur) in Assam, 57 kms from
Naharlagun and 67 kms from Itanagar, served by Vayudoot. Indian Airlines
operates direct flight from Calcutta to Tezpur
The nearest railway station is Harmuty (near Banderdewa check gate) only
23 km from Naharlagun & 33 km from Itanagar. However nearest convenient
railhead is North Lakhimpur in Assam, 50 km from Naharlagun & 60 km
Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Corpn. operates regular bus services
to various places in Arunachal Pradesh and its neighbouring states.
Places to visit
Itanagar - Bhismaknagar - Malinithan - Parashuram
Kund - Tawang Monastery - Namdapha Wild life Sanctury - Tippi Orchid Centre
It is located to the east of Tawang and has been identified with Mayapur,
a city of the 14th or 15th century A.D. It's India's largest northeastern
state and also the most remote. And this is the beauty and the wonder
and the compelling fascination of unknown Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh is the land of 'Dawn-lit-Mountains'
Bhismaknagar fort, located nearly 30 km from Roing is tentatively dated
to 8 century and is recorded as the oldest archaeological site in the
region. It lies in Dibang Valley district. Asacred heritage of the Idu
Mishmis. It is a symbol of past glory and indicate the high standard of
civilisation that once prevailed around Bhismaknagar. Bhismaknagar must
have been a strong hold of the Chutiyas, but the excavations has been
throwing new light on its much earlier antiquities.
Situated at Likabali is a place of great devotement, associated with the
legend of Lord Krishna. The legend behind the place is that Krishna and
Rukmini rested here on their way from Bhismakanagar to Dwarka and they
were offered very fine flowers by Parvati.Krishna pleased with the offering
praised Parvati and addressed her as Malini-Mistress of Garland. It is
believed that, the place came to be known as Malinithan since then. It
is a temple site in ruins.
A series of diggings from 1968 until 1971, unearthed the beautifully
designed basement of the temple, valuable sculptures of Indra and Airavata,
Surya, Nandi Bull and other divine images, animal motifs and floral designs,
carved columns and panels.The fame of Malinithan as a holy place of worship
draws a large number of visitors and piligrims.
.: Parashuram Kund
A a famous pilgrimage centre 21km north east of Tezu. It is a shrine of
all-India importance located in the lower reaches of the river Lohit.
Thousands of pilgrims, visit the place in winter every year, especially
on the Makara Sankranti day for a holy dip in the sacred kund which is
believed to wash away one's sins.
.: Tawang Monastery
Famous for its 400 year old Buddhist monastery.The monastery was founded
by a monk, Mera Lama, a contemporary of the fifth Dalai Lama. Before the
establishment of the Monastery, Tawang was a centre of Tantric religion.
The Tawang Monastery is also known as the ‘Galden Namgyal Lhatse’.
Tawang predominantly a Buddhist centre appears as the last link with
the civilization with its modern sloped houses, a thriving bazaar, satellite
communication and all the other amenities of modern life.Beyond it lies
the forbidden land of Tibet to the north, connected by the Bum La and
Tulung La passes.
.: Namdapha Wild life Sanctury
Situated in the Changlang district, the park covers a range of altitudes
from 200 to 4500 metres. It is the home of the rare Hoolock Gibbon. An
unique feature of the park is that it is the only one park in the world
in which four of the great felines are found viz., the tiger, the leopard,
the snow leopard and the clouded leopard. It is also an ideal for trekking
.: Tippi Orchid Centre
On the banks of the Bharali river at an altitude of 190 meters is Tipi,
an orchidarium with more than 7500 orchids, such as the Dainty Lady's
Slipper or Dendrobium. Scientists here are creating new hybrid species
employing the latest techniques of biotechnology.Tipi is ideal for angling
and rafting on the river Kameng.
Akashiganga is believed to be associated with the legend of Parvati narrated
in the 8th century Kalika Purana. It is said that Lord Shankar roamed
in the sky with the dead body of Parvati (Sati). To bring him out of attachment
for the dead body Lord Vishnu using his 'Sudarshan Chakra' cut the body
into pieces. During this process it is said that her head fell somewhere
in the area which is 12 Km from Malinithan towards Along in West Siang
District. This place is called Akashiganga and is very popular as a sacred
place. There is a temple near the road. From there one has to go down
100 meters down through a spiral path, where a sparkling object can be
seen in the 'Kund' but on going more down the object is invisible. Devotees
take bath in this kund.