Amazing Arunachal, the ‘Land of the Dawn-lit-Mountains’ is gloriously perched at the top of the north-eastern India, crowning its six sisters like a protective helmet. This largest and the remotest north-eastern state is the first place to greet the golden sun rays into our country. It shares a long international border with China in the north-east, while to its west is Bhutan and to its east is Myanmar. There are over twenty six major tribes and number of sub-tribes flourishing in the state with their distinct identities, culture and customs. This ‘nature’s treasure trove’ has over 60% of its area covered with evergreen forests interspersed with rivers, streams, gorges and snowy peaks. The mountainous tracts are a trekker’s delight and its rivers are just perfect for angling, rafting and boating. Arunachal Pradesh, a ‘naturalist dream’ has an amazing assortment of exotic flora and fauna. Its two National Parks, eight Wildlife Sanctuaries, one Orchid Sanctuary and one Biosphere Reserve has over 5000 plants, about 85 terrestrial mammals, over 500 birds and a large number of butterflies, insects and reptiles. The state is also known as an ‘Orchid Paradise’ with over 500 species of rare orchids.
Main languages: Dozens, English, Hindi
When to go: March to May, October to December
Getting There & Away: How to reach Arunachal Pradesh
Road: Road network connects Itanagar to Guwahati, Shillong, Agartala and Kolkata.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Harmuty which is 33 kms from Itanagar. Most convenient railhead is North Lakhimpur in Assam.
Air: The nearest airport is Lilabari in Assam at a distance of 67 kms from Itanagar. The most convenient airport is Tezpur (Assam) at a distance of 216 kms from Itanagar. Tezpur is well connected to Kolkata.