Situated in the northeast of India, Arunachal Pradesh is home to snow-capped mountains, valleys, clear lakes, gushing waterfalls, endangered species of plants and animals, holy monasteries, and rich flora and fauna. It is the perfect holiday destination for solo travelers, honeymooners, and families. However, Arunachal Pradesh is not exploited with tourism as you need a permit to visit the tourist attractions in the state. Arunachal Pradesh falls under restricted areas, and hence, it keeps many travelers away from visiting the state. But despite this hindrance, Arunachal Pradesh sees a lot of tourists every year to soak in the beauty of the state. Arunachal Pradesh is also famous for its adventure activities such as river rafting, trekking, mountaineering, and skating. It is also popular for its rich culture and traditions and hosts the happening Ziro Music Festival. So, here are the best sightseeing places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh.
Tawang is one of the popular tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh. The hill station is famous for its beautiful landscape, waterfalls, and many spiritual places. Tawang Buddhist Monastery is one of the popular sightseeing places here. Located in the Tawang Chu valley, Tawang Buddhist Monastery is the largest monastery in India. It is surrounded by a 1000-feet long compound wall and houses as many as 65 residential buildings. The monastery is 3-stories tall, and also has a library that stores old scriptures. An 18-feet tall Buddha statue is located in the main temple of the monastery. The glacial lakes of Sangetsar and Sela are few other important sight-seeing places in Tawang. Once they are frozen during winter, it becomes perfect for skating. Bap Teng Kang Waterfalls and Nuranang Falls are other important tourist attractions here. Jaswant Garh Tawang War Memorial and Tawang Craft Centre are also quite popular here. Tourists can also hike the Gorichen Peak here.
The state capital Itanagar should be a part of your Arunachal Pradesh tour as it is host to many sight-seeing places that will leave you spoilt for choices. It is known for its architectural wonders as it is home to many historical buildings. Ita Fort is a popular sightseeing place in Itanagar. It is said to be built with bricks that belong to the era of the 14th and 15th centuries. It was built by the kings of the Chutia dynasty. Another important sightseeing place in Itanagar is the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum that tells the culture of the state through its various collections. Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary and Namdapha National Park are other important tourist attractions that are home to various species of birds and animals. The Namdapha National Park is home to four big cats including the tiger, and leopard. Ganga Lake is another important tourist attraction that is popular for picnic and recreational activities.
Ziro is quite a popular tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh for various reasons such as its beautiful scenic landscape, a hotspot for trekking, its style of cooking using bamboo, and its rich culture hosting popular music festivals. And most importantly, it is known for its popular sight-seeing places such as the Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to various endangered species and rich flora and fauna. Some of the trees found here include silver fir, orchids, and various varieties of bamboo. Meghana Cave Temple, which is said to be 5000 years old, is another star attraction here. Talley Valley offers the best trekking trail through a forest that is home to bamboos, orchids, and ferns. Kardo Hills, which is home to a 25-feet tall Shivalinga, is another important sight-seeing place here. The Ziro Music Festival is quite popular here. You must feast on the tribal preparation of bamboo chicken here as part of your Arunachal Pradesh tour.
It is another important tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh that offers varieties of sight-seeing places such as museums, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, among others. But the most important sightseeing place in Tezu is Glow Lake, which is located 5000 feet above sea level in the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and lush greenery. The breathtaking view of the lake makes for an unforgettable experience. Other important sight-seeing places in Tezu include D’Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to the Sambar deer, and 150 species of birds; Tezu Botanical Garden that is spread over 23 hectares of land and is home to various varieties of plants; Tezu District Museum and Craft Centre that houses various paintings, weapons, and costumes of the local tribals; Hawa Camp that offers a mesmerizing view of Lohit Valley; and Tezu Park that is popular for its evening stroll. Mountaineering, rafting, angling, and hitchhiking are popular adventure activities here.
You must add Bomdila to your Arunachal Pradesh tour as it would leave you spoilt for choices in terms of sightseeing places, and fun and adventure activities. Located about 2500m above sea level, Bomdila is a popular tourist attraction in Arunachal Pradesh. Some of the major tourist attractions here include Bomdila Viewpoint – the highest point in Bomdila – that gives you the unforgettable sight of the snow-capped mountains; Bomdila Monastery – a popular spiritual place featuring a Buddha temple and a prayer hall; Sessa Orchid Sanctuary that is home to about 200 exotic species of orchids; and Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to 700 different species of birds, and wild animals such as Asian elephant, capped langur, Asiatic black bear, and various varieties of plants such as bamboos and conifers. The Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary has earned the title of India’s top bird-watching destination. Thrillophilia Reviews Bomdila is a must-visit place on your Arunachal Pradesh trip.