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Arunachal Pradesh - Gateway to Serenity

Arunachal Pradesh... Come & Explore 

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Arunachal Pradesh, a veritable treasure house of nature, tucked away in the north eastern tip of India, invites you to relax in its picturesque hills and vales encircled on three sides by Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Come to Arunachal Pradesh to revel in nature in its full splendour. Enjoy the salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people. Snowy mist, famous monasteries, unexplored passes and tranquil lakes come together to form some of the prettiest mountain spots in Arunachal Pradesh. For a tourist the options are varied, each more tempting than the other.

Visit places of worship and pilgrimage such as Parasuram Kund and the 400 year old Buddhist Monastery at Tawang or take a trip to the sites of archeological excavations like Malinithan and Itafort (Itanagar) and Bhismaknagar or simply laze around gazing at the snow- clad mountain peaks and lush green meadows of rare species of flora and fauna.

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A part of the eastern Himalaya range and situated in the north eastern tip of India bounded by Myanmar on its east, Bhutan on the west, china on the north and north east, Arunachal Pradesh is: O The largest state in the north east that covers an area of 83,743 sq.km with evergreen forests covering more than 82 percent of the state. O Average rainfall of above 3000 mm per year and climate variation from the sub- tropical in the south to Alpine in the north. O Inhabited by 26 major tribes and a number of sub-tribes. e Thinnest population density in the country with only 13 persons per sq. km. © Home to more than 500 varieties of orchids.

An invitation by nature

People in Arunachal Pradesh are unique and its natural beauty unparalleled. This land, encompassing extensive geographical diversity and corresponding climate conditions varying from the tropical to the temperate and Alpine with a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna has now started gaining acclaim the world over as one of the richest biodiversity and heritage spots. The variation in altitude and climatic conditions account for four different types of forests whose natural shelter and food harbour a range of flora and fauna, some of which are found only in Arunachal Pradesh.

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It is the only state that can claim to have four major varieties of the big cats in its jungles- tiger, leopard, clouded leopard and snow leopard. Then there are the lesser feline species like the golden cat and marbled cat. More than 500 species of birds have been recorded, many of which are highly endangered and restricted to this state, such as the white-winged duck, scatter, monal bangal florian etc. Besides, there are seven species of primates that include the takin which is found in Arunachal Pradesh only. A large mammal called " Mithun" is a majestic animal, which is indigenous to Each district of Arunachal Pradesh has its own exclusive and rare variety the state,. of orchids. One of Asia's largest Orchidarium is in Arunachal Pradesh, located at Tipi. 

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In an effort to preserve the natural habitat, a number of Wild Life Sanctuaries and National Parks have been identified:- Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Kane Wildlife Sanctuary, Mouling National Park, Dr,D.Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary, Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, Dihang-Debang Biosphere Reserve and Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary. So, if vou love nature in its pristine glory, Arunachal Pradesh is the destination you are looking for.

A delight for adventure seekers
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Since Arunachal Pradesh is endowed with thick evergreen forests covering more than 80 percent of its total area and has five major rivers- Kameng, Subansiri , Lohit, Siang and Tirap winding their way through the sylvan hills, it is an ideal place for trekking angling boating and rafting. The upper reaches offer an ideal landscape for adventure tourism. 

There are many mountainous trekking routes which are constantly drawing tourists, especially foreigners, for their adventurous endeavours. Rafting on the river Siang is an unforgettable experience. In the early days of geographical exploration the Siang River was referred to as the 'Missing link' the unexplored channel that formed the link between the Tsangpo of Tibet and the Brahmaputra of Assam. It is a mighty river turning into Indian Territory at a point near Gelling in Upper Siang district near the indo-china border. In che Tibetan cosmogony it is che horse mouth river with sands of emerald flowing east , and there is a belief that those who drink its water will become 5 sturdy as horses.

A legacy of colourful culture
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Arunachal Pradesh is home to at least 26 major and sub - tribes, each with its distinct tradition and customs. The majority of the population, that consists of tribes like Adi, Galo, Aka, Apatani, Nyishi, Tagins, Bori, Bokar etc. still continue with their ancient beliefs and indigenous practices of worshipping the sun and the moon. 

This religion is known as Donyi-Polo (which literally means sun and Moon). 

Monpas and Sherdukpens in West Kameng and Tawang Districts, who came in contact with the Tibetans in the north, adopted Mahayana form of the Buddhist faith, while the Khamptis in Lohit district and Singphos practice Hinayana Buddhism. Mishmis in Lohit, Upper and Lower Dibang Valley,Noctes and Wanchos in Tirap and Changlang districts also still continue with their ancient beliefs and indigenous practices of worship, which is animistic in nature.

Arunachal Pradesh is the right destination for you

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Being a distinctly tribal state, festival is an essential & integral part of the social-cultural life of the people in Arunachal Pradesh. Most of these festivals are connected with agriculture and celebrated with ritualistic gaiety either to thank god for his providence or to pray for a bumper harvest. The festivities mirror the culture, the artistry and skills of the people in music and dance.

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Come and take a look at this exotic way of life of the people. If you are interested in studying different people and tribes and their culture. 

Tawang, a tantalizing hill resort of Arunachal Pradesh at a height of above 10,000 feet has a fairy tale quality about it and is just che place for a dream holiday destination. Towering snow capped peaks feeding the horizon, long invigorating walks and quaint mysticism and much more .

A treasure trove of heritage

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Arunachal Pradesh is home to many monuments and archeological sites, which for long, have been acting as sources of inspiration for many historians. These places of worship and pilgrimages such as Parasuram Kund , 400 years old Tawang Monastery, Gorsham Chorten are drawing large number of pilgrims every year. The archaeological excavations in Malinichan, Itafort, Bhismaknagar Vijayanagar and Nakshaprabhat etc., are a historian's delight. 

Perched atop a hill, overlooking the ridge and surrounded by thick clouds, the legendary 17ch century Tawang Monastery is the fountainhead of spiritual life for the followers of the Gelukpa sect of the Mahayana School of Buddhism. The building is about 113 feet long and 80 feet wide and houses valuable antiquities, books and manuscripts -handwritten and printed. 

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Malinithan, home to relics of stone ruins of temples and valuable sculptures, is associated with the legend of Lord Krishna. It is believed that on the way to Dwarka from Bhismaknagar, Krishna & Rukmini rested here and Goddess Parvati in che form of Malini offered them the choicest flowers.

Bhismaknagar is a hill fort made of burnt bricks situated in lower Dibang Valley district. The ruins of the hill fort dates back to circa 1nth century A.D. It is related to the Mahabharata period when its king Bhismak had a very beautiful daughter named Rukmini, who later became wife of Lord Krishna.


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