Arunachal Pradesh - Gateway to Serenity of Virgin Sun Rays!
Welcome to the Indian abode of virgin sun rays! To introduce you to the breathtaking beauty of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh attained its statehood on 20th February 1987. It is situated in the North-Eastern part of India with 83743 sq. kms area and has a long international border with Bhutan to the west (160 km), China to the north and north-east (1,080 km) and Myanmar to the east (440 km).
The literal meaning of Arunachal Pradesh is a "land of the dawn-lit mountains". Located in the easternmost part of the Indian Territory, this wonderful holiday getaway is home to verdurous valleys, and unprecedented aestheticism. Gushing waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, and picturesque mountain tops enhance the astounding scenic beauty of this treasure trove of unmatched allure.
Arunachal Pradesh Entry Formalities -
As Arunachal Pradesh falls under restricted area, official permission is required to enter the state. There are two kinds of official permits prescribed by Government for entering into any area within Arunachal Pradesh. They are :
The Inner Line Permits are required by Indians other than natives of Arunachal Pradesh for entering into any place in Arunachal Pradesh. The ILPs are issued by the Issuing authorities of Government of Arunachal Pradesh with offices at Delhi, Kolkata, Tezpur, Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Jorhat.
All the foreigners are required have the Protection Area Permit or PAP for entering into Arunachal Pradesh. They can obtain the Protected Area Permit from, All Indian Missions abroad, All Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai, Home Ministry, Govt. of India and Home Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.
Any Domestic tourist coming to Arunachal Pradesh has to obtain an Inner Line Permit. The Permit is granted as a routine for the tourists and so it should not deter any tourist from coming to Arunachal Pradesh.
Civilization - Arunchal has 20 class of tibes namely which broadly categorized into three cultural groups on the basis of their socio-religious affinities -
Group of Tribes-Adi, nyishi (including Bangru & Puroik), Apatani, Bugun, Galo, Hrusso, Koro, Meyor, Monpa, Tagin, Mishmi (including Idu, Taroan & Kamman), Sajolang, Sartang, Tai Khamti (including Khamyang), Tangshang (including Muklom, Lonchang, Tutsa, Tikhak, Hawoi, Longri, Mungrey, Mushaung, Lungphi, Joglai, Ngaimong, Ponthai, Khalak, Lunghai, Halley, Chellim, Shechu, Shiangwal, Rera, Shiangtee, Dohe, Moital, Hatseng, Gajee, Gaja, Kochong, Lowchang, Laki, Gallon, Chamchang, Ringkhu, Shohra, Bowngtai, Rongrang etc. of Changlang District and Nocte, Wanchoo and Tutsa of Tirap District), Yobin, Singpho, Sherdukpen, Khamba, Memba.
Languages - Modern-day Arunachal Pradesh is one of the linguistically richest and most diverse regions in all of Asia, being home to at least 30 and possibly as many as 50 distinct languages in addition to innumerable dialects and subdialects. Aabhu Thanyi , Idu, Digaru and Miju, Singpho (Kachin), Nocte and Wancho languages, Bodic, Dakpa and Tshanglalanguage, Sherdukpen, Bugun, Aka/Hruso, Koro, Miji, Bangru and Puroik/Sulung, Tai and the Indo-European languages Assamese, Bengali, English, Nepali and especially Hindi are making strong inroads into Arunachal Pradesh.
Festivals - Festivals form an essential aspect of Socio-Cultural life of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. As a matter of fact festivals are the mirrors of the people's culture.
Festivals are like - Siang River Festival, Pangsau Pass Winter Festival, Ziro Festival of Music, Solung, Nyokum, Lossar Festival, Dree Festival, Boori Boot festival, Loku festival, Sanken festival.
Special Interest for Travelers focuses - Arunachal Pradesh is considered to be the nature's treasure trove and home to orchids, known for their exquisitely beautiful blooms, from one of the dominant taxa with more than six hundred species, occurring in varying elevations and climatic conditions throughout the State.Places of Historical & Tourist Interest Bhismaknagar, Malinithan, Parashuram Kund, Itanagar, Tawang Monastery, Namdapha Wild life Sanctury, Tippi Orchid Centre, Akashiganga are worth mentioning.
Destinations - Arunachal Pradesh, a serene land tucked into the North Eastern tip of India, invites you to relax in its picturesque hills and valleys, enjoy its salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people, with their glorious heritage of arts and crafts and colourful festivals that reflect their ancient faith in the inexorable power of nature. Worth Viewing places are Tawang, Parashuram Kund, Bhismaknagar, Malinithan, Akashiganga, Namdapha, Itanagar, Bomdila.
Traditional shopping - A land of rich cultural heritage, Arunachal Pradesh is a shopper's paradise as the state offers a diverse shopping experience to its visitors. The markets of Pasighat and Itanagar are the main destinations for shopping in Arunachal Pradesh. The Arunachal Pradesh State Government Emporia offer a range of decorative items and souvenirs reflecting a culture rich in cane and bamboo handicrafts, wood carvings and woven carpets. Traditional wood carvings depicting male and female figures, mother and child or hunters are common. Masks made of papier mache or wood are other favourite items among tourists. Bead ornaments and woven grass necklaces, acrylic and cotton bags. are unique to the region.Products of utility include cane murhas (stools), bamboo headgear and carry bags apart from other furniture. Arunachal Pradesh have their own handloom designs, which is evident in their skirts (Gale), shirts (Galuk) and Mishmi cotton shawls. Do look out for Monpa wood dishes, Sherdukpen shawls, Apatani Jackets, scarves and Adi skirts as well.
The most beautiful souvenir to carry back home though would be the richly-coloured Thangkas of various Buddhist deities, adorning the monasteries and Lhagangs or family chapels of Arunachal Pradesh.
Best time to Visit - Arunachal Pradesh has good weather between October and April, when the temperatures are cool in the plains with it getting colder in the higher regions of the state. In fact if you are planning on visiting Bomdila or Tawang this is definitely the best time to visit. It would be best to avoid the rainy season which lasts from June to September when the rains really come down hard and roads get washed away with communications getting disrupted.
Hence Gateway to Serenity of Virgin Sun Rays is the Arunachal Pradesh.