Arunachal Pradesh: The land of the rising Sun beckons global tourists


Tawang Monastery is the largest monastery in India

A webinar was conducted by the Consulate General of India, New York showcasing Arunachal Pradesh in its full glory to a worldwide audience.

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New Delhi

The land of the ‘rising Sun’, Arunachal Pradesh one of the Seven Sister States of Northeast India is endowed with unbelievable natural beauty, unique tradition and culture. With increased connectivity, the hidden gems of Arunachal Pradesh can be explored well. A webinar was conducted by the Consulate General of India, New York showcasing Arunachal Pradesh in its full glory to a worldwide audience.

“For the first time, we are bringing this part of India that needs exploration from tourists across the globe. From rafting, paragliding to many other activities, the beauty and the culture of this unique place, is waiting to be explored,” said Mr Randhir Jaiswal, Consul General of India, New York.

Deputy Consul General, Dr Varun Jeph, moderated the event introducing Mr Tsering Wange, founder and CEO, Himalayan Holidays, and vice president of North East India Tourism Confederation (NEITC). Mr Wange, a tourist veteran and the first Indian to do world’s highest sky jump, took the participants through the wonderful and picturesque Arunachal Pradesh and its various highlights.

Arunachal Pradesh is India’s remotest state and the first Indian soil to greet the rising sun. Located on the north-eastern tip of India with its borders touching Tibet, Bhutan and Burma (Myanmar), this beautiful land is endowed with dazzling array of flora and fauna that is sure to allure any tourist. More than 500 rare species of Orchids are found in the dense jungles of Arunachal Pradesh. The misty hills, sparkling rivers, gurgling waterfalls add charm to the beauty of this incredible land.

Tawang Monastery

The Monastery is the second biggest and oldest in Asia. The 8 m high gilded statue of Lord Buddha dominates the sanctum. The great rotating prayer wheels, priceless thangkas, the drone of monks in prayer, and sputtering butter lamps are an evocative vision. Guwahati-Tawang road takes around 14-16 hours whereas the Arunachal Pradesh Helicopter Service is operational from Guwahati Airport to Tawang.

Namsai Pagoda

The Golden Pagoda of Namsai, is a Burmese-style Buddhist temple that was opened in 2010. The magnificent monastery in Namsai stands proud in all its glory as the first prominent Buddhist structure of Namsai. Stunning temples and interesting structures dot its vast compound. 

The Golden Namsai Pagoda

Thembang Heritage Site

Thembang, the settlement of the Monpas, is a village within a fortified area and a host to several ancient and historical structures which has drawn the maximum attention for the fortified Dzong constructed using traditional techniques of the region. Thembang village and Dzong are surrounded by the majestic beauty of lush green hills, steep gorges, and snow clad peaks.

Tawang War Memorial

The War Memorial is at a distance of 1 Km from the town. A beautiful stupa is built in memory of the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives in 1962 Sino-Indian war.

Mr Wange continued to give a glimpse of the rich and unique culture and traditions of India.

Wancho Dance

The very graceful Wancho Dance is performed during festivals

The Wancho dance is a folk-dance of Arunachal Pradesh, performed during major festivities, it is a vital part of the celebrations. It is done for recreational purposes and has quite a novel touch to it. Apart from this, there are many dances performed like Adi war Tapu dance, Torgya dance, Nyishi dance.

Arunachal – A green oasis

Arunachal Pradesh is home to diverse flora and fauna. The picturesque, lush mountains are a sight to behold. For trekkers, Arunachal can prove to be a heavenly experience.  Namdapha jungle camp are quaint and beautiful cottages. Surrounded by Sessa Orchid Sanctuary to the northeast and Pakhui Tiger Reserve to the east, Eaglenest is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries, which is a birder’s paradise. Pakke Tiger Reserve harbors at least 500 species out of the 1500 butterfly species found in India. The Assam roofed turtle, a highly endangered species, is commonly sighted.

Cottages at the Namdapha National Park

Arunachal is an excellent place for paragliding, mountaineering and biking. Endowed with abundant natural beauty, the largest amongst the 7 sister states of north east is a jewel for tourists to explore heavenly mountains, rich culture and traditions and adventurous activities including trekking. For global tourists, a permit is required which can be easily obtained. This gem at the north east tip of India is waiting to be explored!

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