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Land of the Rising Sun- Arunachal Pradesh

The largest state amidst the Seven Sisters, Arunachal Pradesh is the first to be kissed by the golden rays of the morning sun, and ready to blaze ahead on the tourist trail. Bordered by Myanmar, China, Bhutan and Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh is home to the people of over 100 tribes. Its fertile lands are watered by five rivers, the most well known being the mighty Brahmaputra.

The highest peak is Kangto even as several other Himalayan peaks gently kiss the blushing skies. The state is home to Asian elephants, giant flying squirrels, snow leopard, sambhar deer, gaur, tigers, Marbled cat and sloth bear. Colourful dwarf rhododendrons nod in the breeze amidst the soft whispers of fir, pine and maple trees. Medicinal plants are also cultivated on the slopes and in the meadows.

Arunachal Pradesh is an experience. To savour the beauty of the state, we recommend you include the following places of interest in your itinerary…

· Tawang is the second biggest and the oldest monastery in Asia, almost 400 years old. An important site of pilgrimage for Buddhists, the monastery is surrounded by exquisite natural beauty, serene mountains and glacial lakes.

· Sela Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass that serves as the gateway to Tawang. The twin sela lakes stand atop the pass.

· Sela Lake is a sacred site for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. The crystal-clear waters of twin lakes shimmer in jewel tones of sapphire, amethyst and emerald.

· Dirang is a hill station and a poem in natural beauty with gushing streams, mighty snow-capped mountains and lush foliage. Stop by at Dzong fort, Kalachakra Gompa, Sangti valley, Bomdila war memorial and the hot water springs.

· Thupsung Dhargye Ling monastery overlooks Dirang Valley. It is the temple of learning for Tibetan Buddhism.

· 108 Mandala Top is a must visit, for tourists and soul-searchers alike! Poised at a stupendous 10000ft it is also known as 108 Mani, wherein the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is inscribed on each of the 108 stupas, each stupa having been donated by different families. It is about a one hour drive from Dirang.

Handy Pointers:

· The best time to visit is between September to May.

· Getting there: Land in Guwahati, take a train to Itanagar. Alternately take a taxi / private car. Break journey at Bhalukpong.

· Protected Area Permit (for foreign tourists) and Inner Line Permit (for domestic tourists) are required to visit the entire region of Arunachal Pradesh.

· The State is known for its many fairs and festivals. Being an agrarian society, most of these are associated with agricultural rituals and harvest season. Indeed, a visual treat in terms of colour, music, dance and gaiety.

We could lend you a helping hand in designing a suitable experience in Arunachal Pradesh. Discover the mesmerizing beauty of local culture, scenery, lakes and monasteries! www.troteasy.in


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