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Places of Interest at Anjaw District

Hayuliang

Situated at a distance of 100 km from Tezu, the Headquarter of Lohit District, Hayuliang is the Sub-Divisional Headquarter. According to Mishmi dialect, "Hayuliang" means, 'the place of my liquor'. Ideally located at an altitude of 750 m above Mean Sea Level, Hayuliang enjoys a pleasant, cool and salubrious climate. The beautiful panaromic view of the confluence of Dalai and Lohit Rivers and scenic surrounding make the place worth visiting. It has a Government Inspection Bungalow, a Higher Secondary School, a State Bank of India branch, Telephone Exchange, TV Transmitter, and a Community Health Centre.

Hawai

Hawai, the young District Headquarter, is located on the left of the Lohit River at about 58 km southeast of Hayuliang by road. "Hawai" in Kaman Mishmi dialect means "Pond". This beautiful township is situated at an altitude of 1296 m above sea level. It is connected by a Cable Suspension Bridge, named as Anjaw, over the mighty Lohit River. Its pleasant climate, scenic landscape and unique ethnic culture make it one of the best places for visits.

Chaglogam

Another remote Circle Headquarter, Chaglogam is a picturesque place located on the left of Dalai River. It is 170 km and 107 km from Tezu and Hawai respectively. The surface communication to the place is soon likely to be connected by road under Border Road Organization. Situated at about 1258 m above Mean Sea Level, Chaglogam is a potential place for tracking, angling, and adventure sports like rafting, mountaineering, and similar sports. The place is a heaven for the nature lovers. The local Mishmis are hospitable and peace-loving and still maintain their beautiful ethnic culture.

Walong

It is situated at an altitude of about 1094 m above sea level and 200 km from Tezu, Walong is a Circle Headquarter with a tremendous tourism potential. The word "Walong" in Mishmi dialect means "a place with full of bamboos." Historically prominent because of it being the scene of gallant fight by Indian Soldiers and invading Chinese forces in 1962 and endowed with spectacular landscapes, Walong is a popular tourist destination in the district.

Namti Valley, commonly called as Namti Maidan, is placed above 7 KM from Walong on the way to Kibithoo. The fiercest battle of 1962 was fought in this valley. The beautiful age-old pines standing in witness of the supreme sacrifice made by the brave Indian Soldiers defending the borders of scarifice renders Namti Maidan a special tourist spot. To commemorate the exemplary sacrifice of our brave soldiers, a beautiful War Memorial has been built at Walong.

The climate is cool and salubrious. A hot spring beside the Lohit at a distance of 4 KMs from Walong is another attraction for all kinds of visitors.

Hot Spring

Besides the one near Walong, there is another hot spring located at a distance of 39 KM from the confluence of the Lohit and the Dichu River. It is 64 KM towards East from Kibithoo. The region is endowed with spectacular landscapes of picturesque plateaus and valleys and snow-clad hills.

Dong

Located on the left of Lohit River, Dong is a small but beautiful village of Meyor Communities. Surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and picturesque pine forests, the village welcomes earliest sunrise in in the country. Situated at a distance of seven KM from Walong, it is connected by a nice foot suspension bridge over the Lohit.

Kibithoo

Kibithoo is a small but beautiful Circle Headquarter located close to the Indo-China Border at an altitude of about 1305 m above sea level. Nestled on the right bank of the mighty Lohit, it is 140 KM away to the North of Hayuliang. The whispering pine forests, wild rash berries, beautiful flowers and majestic waterfalls from the surrounding hills set against tall blue hills add grandeur to it. Its climate is cool and salubrious. The place also witnessed some of the severest fights by Indian Soldiers against the Chinese in 1962. Kibithoo township is endowed with recently commissioned 30 KW Micro-Hydel Electricity Project. Further work on 5 KW Micro-Hydel for Kaho village is in advanced stage of completion.

Places of Interest at Changlang District

Namdapha National Park

Namdapha National Park is located in the Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh on the India Burmese border a few km from the entry point, Miau. It was designated as a National Park in 1983 under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The same year, it was also declared as tiger reserve under Project Tiger. With a total area of 1985 sq kms, this is the largest national park in the north-east and one of the larger protected areas in the country. In fact, this was among the earliest national parks established in the seven states of north-east India.

The park watered by the Noa- Dehing and the Namdapha rivers, is largely inaccessible, with diverse habitats of flora and fauna. The vegetation ranges from the wet evergreen tropical and sub-tropical forests to temperate and alpine forests. A variety of wild tree species and crop plants including banana, mango, citrus and medicinal and ornamental plants including wild orchids are found here. The inaccessibility has helped the forests to retain its pristine ness.

The fauna of the park comprises elephant, tiger, leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, golden cat, wild dog, endangered Hoolock gibbon, Namdapha Flying Squirrel, wild buffalo, guar, hog deer, sloth bear, bison, Himalayan Tahr, Bharal, python, King cobra, , the wild goats; takin peculiar to the Patkoi range, Serow and Goral etc. The park is rich in bird life. The important birds are Indian Horn bill, the state bird of Arunachal, white winged wood duck, cheer pheasants etc.

The park is unique in its altitude, which varies around 200 metres (nearly sea level) in the valleys to more than 4,500 metres of snow covered mountain peaks. Perhaps no other national park in the world can boast of such phenomenal altitudinal variation. The park is also ideal for trekking and hiking. From Miau the entry point, a forest road stretching over 28-km gives access to the protected area up to a place called Deban where accommodation is available. Beyond this there is no road and one has to go on foot. It is a challenging trek through dense forests and steep hill ranges with rivers flowing in between and the varying climatic conditions from tropical to cold and temperate conditions.

Where to stay

Accommodation is available at the Government Tourist Lodge, Miao; Rest House at Namchik and at the Forest Inspection Bungalow surrounded by evergreen forests overlooking river Noa-dihing. For reservation at the forest inspection Bungalow, Deban contact Deputy Commissioner, Tawang, Phone: 037824 - 22221 (O) 22222 (R)

How to get there

Air: The nearest airport is Dibrugarh, Assam (140 km).
Rail: The nearest rail-head is Ledo (56 km) and the nearest station is Margherita in Assam. Local train connects Margherita to Tinisukia which is connected with major cities of India.
Road: Good motorable roads connect Miao (entry point of the park) to Dibrugarh (140 kms), Tezu (182 kms), Sibsagar (199 kms), Guwahati (561 kms) etc. Miao can be reached by Jeep/Gypsy from Margherita (Assam)

For more information

Field Director,
Project Tiger,
P.O. Miao, Dist. Tirap,
Arunachal Pradesh.

Dy.Conservator of Forests,
Namdapha National Park,
PO, MIAO, District Tirap.

Assistant Director (Tourism),
O/o the D.I.P.R.,
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,
Naharlagun, Tel: (03781) 44115.

Govt. of India Tourist Office,
Sector- C, Naharlagun- 791 110.
Phone: (03781) 44328.

Places of Interest at East Kameng

East Kameng is a worthwhile place to visit. One of these is the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary, a place where it shows a wide range of wildlife. Seppa (formerly known as Salpa) is the headquarters of East Kameng district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It lies on the bank of Kameng River and lies 160km from Itanagar. Seppa, the capital, hosts beautiful tribal dance festivals that adds colors to the natural landscape. Cool and clear as they were, tourists can also take a good look at the view of the mighty Himalayas from the hill stations of Bameng, Chayangtajo and Pakke-Kessang.

Places of Interest at East siang

Pasighat

Pasighat is the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh. The town was established in 1911 by the British. It is the headquarter of the East Siang district. Due to its 'strategic' situation where the Siang leaves the mountains, Pasighat has been often called the gateway to the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Pasighat is situated on the banks of the river Siang and is at a height of 152 m. from the sea level with a Latitude 28.0667, 28° 4' 0" N and Longitude 95.3333, 95° 19' 60" E. It's population is almost 23,000. The climate is hot and humid in summers and temperate during winters. The average daytime temperature varies from around 32°C in summer to around 23°C in winter. At night the average winter temperature is around 8°C. The nearest airport is at Lilabari. Another option (and a more interesting one) is Mohanbari (Dibrugarh), from where you can take a ferry across the Brahmaputra to Oiramghat, which is a few kms from Pasighat. But, avoid it during the rainy season when the river is flooded. Pasighat can also be reached by bus from Guwahati (overnight journey), Lakhimpur and Itanagar. Pasighat is predominantly inhabited by the Minyong Adi people who are remembered for their colourful Ponung dance. Pasighat is also ideal for adventure sports activities. The Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary is 13km away and is worth visiting.

Kekar Monying, a mountain cliff near Rottung is an important historical place because it was here that the Adi put up a strong resistance against the British in 1911. The war was a part of a punitive expedition undertaken by the British for murdering Noel Williamson, a political officer in the previous year by Matmur Jamoh, a native of Yagrung village.

Komsing, a village on the left bank of the Siang is the place of Williamson's murder. A stone epitaph bearing the name of Noel. Williamson still lies near the Siang. GOMSI, a cultivation area near Rani village is another place of historical importance. In June'96 a team of archaeologists led by Shri T. Tada, Deputy Director, Archaeology of the Research Department conducted a trial excavation and survey in the site. They have found apart from broken pieces of different evidence of glorious past culture of early medieval period (probably Pre-Ahom). The site has a big rectangular Canal measuring 3.5 meters wide and a pond measuring 38x36 mts. in the site. A mound has been unearthed inside the Canal area from where 13 different sizes of bricks have been found from it's brick wall. Further excavation and extensive study is required to arrive at a definite idea about the 11.5 acres big settlement area.

The Daying Ering Wild Life Sanctury is located at a distance of 13 kms. from Pasighat and is one of the few sancturies located on an island. One has to cruise through River Siangby country boat to reach the place. During September - February, a variety of migratory birds like cranes, wild-ducks, storks, water-fowlsand hornbils come here from far-off places making it a paradise for the bird watchers. Deers, wild elephants, buffaloes and smaller predators are also abundant. The lucky visitors may also have a glimpse of tiger.

Besides above, the district is endowed with some exquisite scenic locations particularly on both sides of the Siang. There are also a number of rare plants and herbs which are of medicinal importance. Botanists amd Zoologists can have ample scope for study of the rich plant and wild-life resources. The locals still maintain their traditional Socio-cultural practices and observe different festival like Mopin, Solung, Unying-Aran, Etor, Pime, Ali-Aye Ligang etc. They use various colourful costumes and perform dances like Ponung, Delong, Gumrak Soman, Yakjong, Tapu and various other folk dances. They can be of additional aspects of interest specially for sociologists, anthropologists and other culture tourists. Other places of interest are Yambung, Boleng, Ranaghat at Pasighat, Rottung, Ayeng village on the left bank of the Siang, Balek, J.N. College, Craft centre, Pasighat and District Museum run by Research Department.

Places of Interest at Lohit District

Parasuram Kunda

Parasuram Kunda, a place of pilgrimage is situated in the lower reaches of the river Lohit at about 24 Kms. to the North-east (27 degree 51' IV and 96 degree 23'E) of Tezu. The other name of the Kunda is 'Prabhu Kuthar', the origin of the 'Kunda' viz. Parasuram Kunda is associated with Parasuram's matricide. The history goes in brief that one day Renuka, mother of Parasuram went to Ganga for having bath and bringing water. Delay in bringing water made the Rishi Jamadagni, the husband of Renuka very angry as it was already getting late for the mid day worship. He asked the sons to kill her. None of his six sons except Parasuram could oblige. Parasuram chopped off the head of his mother indeference to the wishes of his father, but as a result of crime handle with his axe got struck to his hand. Jamadagni was very pleased with him for carrying out his order and asked Parasuram to have for boon. He asked for bringing his mother back to life, then enquired as to how to get rid of the crime of matricide. Jamadagni granted it and his mother got her life back and told Parasuram to visit " Brahma Kund" to wash off the sin. Parasuram came to the Brahma Kund, in Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh for holy dip in the kunda. Religious people, saints come to this kund on Makarsakranti which falls on the 14th January every year. The Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh extend all possible arrangement/help to those pilgrimage.

Buddha-Vihar

There are several Buddha-Vihar locally called CHONG in the Khamtis area. The CHONG of Namsai, Sub.Division and Mon-mau, near the junction of Wakro-Tezu road is big and attractive. The world Peace Pagoda located in a river island at Chongkham is ideal for meditation in front of Buddha statues that surrounds in inner core of the vihar. The Khamti Raja's Chong at Guna Nagar at Chongkham is famouse for relics of Gautama Buddha. All the CHONGs and statues of Lord Buddha are made in the Thai-architectural style. There is no ban to visit these CHONGs.

Dong

"Dong" a small hamlet in the eastern most part of India had the privilege to have first sunrise of the millennium in India. It is located near Walong circle at distance of about 200 Km from Tezu connected with all weather roads. The spectacular view of snow-capped mountains and blue pine forest is worth watching besides having glimpse of first sunray.

Glow Lake

Glow Lake is located in Wakro circle. It is a beautiful spot with background of snow clad mountains and rich flora and fauna in and around the lake. It covers an area of about 8 Sq.Kms. at a height of about 5000' above sea level. The nearest road point is near Twam village on Chongkham-Wakro road from where one has to start trekking for the lake. Owing to absence of proper road, it becomes an adventure trips to the lake.

Hot Spring

There are not springs near Kibithoo circle as well as Walong circle. Visitors prefer to have a hot bath at the hot springs near Walong owing to easy communication. It is located at a distance of about 5 kms. from Walong.

District Museum/Craft Centres

The Museum and Craft centers are situated at the central place of Tezu township. The books, the crafts and handloom articles of different communities of the people of Arunachal Pradesh are available in these centers, to know them in depth.

Bhismak Nagar

A city of Bhismak Nagar, according to the Mahabharata and popular tradition, was established by a king named Bhismak. The story of Bhismak narrates how Shri. Krishna married Rukmini against the wishes of her father Bhismak. The ruin of the historical Bhismak Nagar is located at a distance of about 40 Kms. from Tezu near Sunpura circle.

Hawa Camp

It is located at a distance of 33 Km. from Tezu towards Hayuliang. One can have panoramic eye-view of the magnificent Lohit Valley and sunrise and sun set view from this spot. An ideal picnic spot.

Places of Interest at District Tawang

Monasteries

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery or Gompa also known as the 'Galden Namgyal Lhatse', is a 400 year old Buddhist monastery of the Mahayana sect, built in the 17th century. It is situated at a height of 3500 meters or 10,000 ft at the Bhutan border. The monastery was founded by a monk, Mera Lama, a contemporary of the fifth Dalai Lama. It is a vast complex of 65 buildings - a treasure house of old scriptures, priceless images, painted tapestries, books and collection of gold lettered Buddhist scriptures. The 'Parkhang' hall of the monastery houses the library which holds the rare hand written and block-printed Thankas or manuscripts of revered books like 'Tangym', 'Kangyur' and 'Sungbhum'. The other rare works of Buddhist literature include 108 gold-embossed manuscripts of the 'Teaching of Lord Buddha' and 225 volumes of the explanations of Buddha's teachings covered with specially designed moth - proof silk adorned with paintings. There is a towering 18 ft high gilded statue of the Buddha in the monastery complex.

The Tawang Monastery is associated with the famous Torgva festival which is held in the eleventh Monpa month called the Dawa Chukchipah(i.e Dec-Jan as per the Buddhist). There is also a Craft Centre here producing fine woolen carpets of colourful designs.

Urgelling Monastery

About 5 km to the south of Tawang township stands the Urgelling monastery. It was first of the three monasteries built by Urgen Sangpo, the youngest brother of Terton Pempalingpa, the famous Treasure-Revealer. It was built sometime before the year 1489. It was here in 1683 Tsangyang Gyatso, the Sixth Dalai Lama was born. He was the son of Lama Tashi Tenzin of Urgelling, a descendant of Terton Pempalingpa. His mother was Tsewang Lhamo, a monpa girl hailing from a royal family of Bekhar Village. Royal mother experienced a few miracles before the birth of Tsangyang Gyamtso. One day in the first month of her pregnancy she was husking paddy in the stone mortar and to her surprise water started accumulating in the mortar. On another occasion, when she drank water at a near by place, milk started gushing out in place of water. Since then this stream came to known as Oma-tsikang ( milk-water). In the course of time, she gave birth to a boy who was named Sangey Tenzin by his grandfather and Nawang Norbu by his father. It is said he would not drink his mother's milk for these day after the birth. One day when his face began to swell with an infection and he could hardly open his eye, two local diviners were summoned. They prescribed purifactory rite and said his name should be changed to Ngawang Gyamtso. His recovery was credited by the regent to the intervention of the Dalai Lama's own guardian deity, Dorjee Dakpa. The grandfather dreamt that the child was constantly being protected by heavenly beings. The mother dreamt, as she took a rest from her weaving, that a great company had arrived to take him off. His parental grandmother dreamt of two suns shirring in the sky. It is also said that when the party from Tibet came to take him to Tibet, after establishing that he is the incarnation of the Dalai Lama, the boy was playing with his playmates at a place about a kilometer east of Urgelling Gompa. When he heard his mother shouting for his immediate return he with his finger wrote on a stone slab the words "Lama Kheno" (God Knows). These words got miraculously inscribed on the slab and are still standing on the slab.

After his enthronement, Desi Sangye Gyamtso, the regent entrusted Chong-gye Gonpo Rabten with the work of restoring and enlargement of the monastery in the year 1699. The new structure included a double storied main temple, and eight pillared assembly hall, a four pillared altar room, a two-pillared chapel of protective deities, a residential quarters for the sixth Dalai Lama, a Ka-gyur house, a chapel for the practice of new Tantra, a big courtyard with twenty pillars and twenty rooms for monks' quarters. Unfortunately Lajang Kham deposed the sixth Dalai Lama in 1706 ad in 1714 one of the Lajang Khan's forces sent against Bhutan invaded from the direction of Tawang. During this campaign, they destroyed the Dalai Lama's restored and enlarged monastery at Urgelling as an attempt to obliterate his memory. Another version has it that the destruction of all Nyingnapa Gompas including Urgelling was carried out by Sokpa Jomkhar, a Mongolian warrior who was averse to non-Gelugpa sect. Whatever the reason may be for its destruction, all valued possession of Urgelling monastery like scriptures, statues and other objects were made to Tawang Monastery. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur written out in gold and silver was received by Tawang monastery. Today there is only a modest temple at the site.

Gorsam Chorten

The largest Chorten (Stupa) of the area is the one at Gorsam near Zemithang, which is about 100kms away in the north of Tawang. Lama Pradhar, a Monpa monk, constructed it most probably in the early part of eighteenth century. The hemispherical dome rests upon a three-terraced plinth. Four miniature stupas are set on the four corners of the lower most terrace of the plinth. The base is square with each side about 170ft. in length, with a niche running all along its whole length and 120 manis are set in frames of wood in the niche of each of the base. A paved path goes all around for the pilgrims for circumambulation.

Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Den )

Tak-Tsang Gonpa, serenely situated about 50kms away from the Township, is believed to be hallowed by the visit of Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D. Beautiful hills snow-capped peaks surround the place. This is one of the oldest monastery of the district.

Oldbazar Gompa

It is situated at the heart of the Tawang Township. It is beleived that in the olden days the place where the present Gompa stands was popular known as "Massamg Key-ling Boothmey" which means a place where a strongman of a society used to play a melodious sounds with the flutes. With the passage of time a Gompa was built in that particular place

Rigyalling Gompa

It is situated at a distance of 1 Km from Tawang township. The Gompa is constructed by the former Rigya Rimpoche. After his death, chang-sey, the secretay took charge of the Gompa. The re-incarnated Rigya Rimpoche, Rev.Tenzin Tsedhar is presently in South-India, completing his education. This Gompa is surrounded by a thick plantation of tress planted by 'Changsey' under the guidance and supervision of forest department, Tawang. The 'Changsey' is probably the first architect of green landscaping in Tawang District. His efforts transformed the place into growing greenery. Driven by the love for nature, creation of new, he started his plantation from the year 1979. The species which dots his backyard are both the local as well as the exotic ones. Now every house hold looks for the crown species called Crytomeria Joponica, popularly known as Rigilling 'Sheng', introduced by the "Changsey". Other notable species planted by him are Blue Pine, fir, popular Salix, Oak, Thoza etc.

Tawang Monastery

The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in the year 1680-81. The monastery stands on the spur of a hill, about 10,000 feet above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and a gradual slope on the east. It offers a commanding and picturesque view of the Tawang-chu valley. From a distance it appears like a fort as if guarding the votaries in the wide valley below. Tawang monastery is the largest of its kind in the country and is one of the largest monasteries in Asia. Though it has the capacity for housing about seven hundred monks, the actual number of resident lamas(monks) at present is a little more than 450. This monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the people of this region. The approach to the monastery is from the north along the ridge. Just near the entrance to the monastery there is a building housing the dung-gyur mani from where the water is fetched for use in the monastery. To the south of it is the kakaling, the entrance gate. The kakaling is a hut-like structure with its two lateral walls made of stone. It serves as a gate. The ceiling of the kakaling is painted with Kying-khors (Mandalas). The inner walls are painted with mural of divinities and saints. After passing through the kakaling there is a big gate further south which is without any door.

Further south stands the main gate of the monastery, which is fitted with huge doors and is set in the northern wall of the monastery. The eastern wall starts from the open outer gate and encloses the entire eastern side of the monastery. It is about 925 feet long and the height varies from about ten to twenty feet. There is another gate near the southern and of this wall. It is fitted with a huge door. Near it there are two slits in the wall to see out through and for placing muzzle loaded gun to fire upon the approaching enemy. A narrow path runs all along the outer side of the eastern wall connecting this gate with the kakaling. It is said that the yarn given by the Vth Dalai Lama to Merak Lama enclosed the area bounded by the four walls. A paved path runs from the main gate toward rear of the monastery and leads to a stone slabs court. Religious dances and outdoor ceremonies are held in this court. The entire eastern half of the monastery is covered with sixty residential quarters called "sha"(hut) for housing the resident monks. Each of these dormitories has been constructed by a group of villagers on voluntary basis. They also carry out the repairs and are responsible for its maintenance.A three storied building stands on the western side of the court. It is the par-khang (Library). All the Holy Scriptures including. A long two-storied building flanks the southern side of the court. A part of this building is used as store for the provisions of the monks. The other part is occupied by the Dra-tsang buk and his entourage. A two storied building, on the eastern side of the court is called Rhum-khang which is used for cooking the food-offerings for the rituals as well as refreshments for the monks on ritual days.The most imposing building of the monastery is the assembly hall known as Dukhang. It is a three-storied building standing on the northern side of the court and houses the temple and the Labrang (The establishment of the Abbot).

Nunneries

Singsur Ani Gompa

This Gompa is one beautiful nunneries of Tawang district. It is situated at a distance of around 28 Kms west from the Tawang HQ towards the Geshila road . It houses around 30(thirty) Anis (Nuns). The new Singsur anie Gompa was built by the previous Rev. Gonpatse Rimpoche in 1960. The old Singsur ani gonpa is also in existence and is situated in the midst of the shaa (huts) of the anies. It has a beautiful land scape around it. It is worth visiting it as it is not far away from main road. It is just above Lhou village.

Gyangong Ani Gompa

Gyangong Ani Gonpa is a beautiful Nunnery, having about 50 Bhuddist Nuns, located on top of a beautiful hillock about five km away in the north of Tawang founded by Mera Lam Lodre Gyamtso and was subsequently offered by him to his elder sisiter. Thus the Gyangong Ani gonpa came into existence. This Ani Gonpa is under the administration of Tawang Monastery. Location of nunnery and the customs being followed by nuns remind visitors of the period of Maurya Dynasty, when the Buddhism was preached in remote hilly areas under the shade of green trees. As this ani gonpa is under the administration of Tawang monastery, the nuns of this monastery get provision from the Tawang monastery. But the scale of ration is very low i.e. about 10 containers ( about 250 gms each) of foodgrains per month or about two and half kg of food grains per month.

Brama Dung Chung Ani Gompa

Tawang district has a long tradition of nunneries called "Ani Gonpas", which are the abode of nuns. Unlike the monks (Lamas), the girls become nuns and join the nunnery on their own and there is no social pressure or tradition making the practice compulsory.Brama dung chung Ani gonpa (nunnery) is the oldest Ani Gompa (Nunnery) in Tawang District . It is situated in the lap of a far off mountain laced with natural scenery. It is located at a distance of 9 Kms. from the main town. This nunnery was constructed by a Lama named Karchen Yeshi Gelek from Tsang province of Tibet in the year 1595 A.D. Presently there are forty five (Anis) nuns in this Monastery. Being very poor, the inhabitants of Brahmadungchung Ani Gonpa depend on begging for sustaining themselves.

Other Places of Interest

Jaswant Garh

In journey towards Tawang township from Bomdila, one reaches Jaswant Garh after about half an hour drive from the Sela Pass. The Place was given name after the death of a great Indian Warrior Jaswant Singh Rana, who had fought alone against Chinese soldiers continuously for 72 hours in 1962 Indo- China War and made supreme sacrifice for the country. Who would not like to visit this place to pay tribute to this great Son of India who is immortal among us.

Tawang War Memorial

It is a beautiful Stupa, dedicated to the memory of those brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice defending the frontiers of the Mother Land during 1962 Indo-China War.

Manjushree Vidyapeeth

This is the only orphanage of its kind in Tawang District. It is situated at a distance of 5 km from Tawang town-ship. For visitor it may be a pleasure with a different experience to meet the inmate orphan children and their caretakers in the orphanage.

Craft Centre

It is a centre for mask making and weaving clothes in tradition style of Monpas. It is a govt-sponsored organization. There is also a sales emporium in the centre. It is located within the township.

Lakes

P.T.Tso Lake( Pankang Teng Tso)

It is a fetching heaven for tourist only 17 KM away from maddening crowd of township. It is a beautiful natural site and provide tourist a lucky chance for deep communion with nature.

Sangetser Lake Jo-Nga-Tseir)

It is a lake where observation of nature's beauty, serenity and sanctity gets a peaceful rest. Visiting this place, tourist can never control themselves in showing Hula-Hula as so beautiful appearance of nature is here. It is only 42 KM away from Tawang. The lake emerged during 1950 earthquake.

Banggachang Lake

It is an anecdotal lake, very attractive for such tourist who would like to travel 101 KM from the township. Many mystical stories, like seeing Gompa, candle light. Jewels and Coins and many other mysterious and nerve stimulating sites are woven around it. It has interior location and go to in very verge of it is challenging for tourist. It invites young and enthusiastic tourist to experience it personally in depth.

Peaks

Sela Peak

In search of the hidden paradise of Tawang, the Peak of Sela naturally come in the way as a gigantic mountain of mountains. It entices visitors' keen to imagine what would be the demographically shape and colour of Tawang on the other side of the peak. The Sela Pass is the gateway of Tawang district. It is at a height of 13714 ft. and proper Tawang main town is 92 km away from Sela. There are two beautiful lakes at Sela which have been always alluring the visitors for memorable snapshots.

Gorichen Peak

It is the highest peak in Tawang and is 22500 ft. in height. The snow caped ,sky touching peak of Gorichen is 164 KM away from Tawang township. It has been always a challenging game of stamina for mountaineers Zeal and determination. Many back packers attempted for successful climbing of its steeply and dizzy heights, but a few could enjoy success.

Geshila Peak

This beautiful peak is the nearest one to Tawang township at a distance of 25 KM via a place called Khrimu. At the top of this peak one can enjoy a deep solitude. The top of gesela peak offers a unique angle for over viewing the whole district.

Hot Springs

Thingbu Hot Spring

This hot spring is situated 68 km away from Tawang township. It can be approached from Jang on foot journey or by a pony ride. From time immemorial this hot spring has been of utmost use to the local population. This hot spring is known for its medical and therapeutic value.

Tsachu Hot Spring

A part from hot spring,this site is also suitable for hard trekking. The route of Tsachu has very attractive land scape and beautiful site. The place can be approached from Tawang after travelling 4 hours by light vehicle and further 4 hours by foot march.

Places of Interest at District Upper Siang

Mariyang & Pekimodi Circuit

Mariyang is the homeland of Padam, Pasi and Millang Communities located at 52 KMs from the district Headquarter, Yingkiong. It is also accessible via Pasighat - Ranaghat road, crossing the river Siang by boat. It is situated at a hillock overlooking the confluence of the river Yammeng and Yamne. Apart from scenic beauty, one can go and see the Damro village, which is known to be the largest village of Upper Siang District (10 KMs from Mariyang). Pekimodi, which is famous in Adi folklore is 34 KMs away from Mariyang. The Padams, Millangs and Pasis are having a rich traditional culture. Solung a festival is celebrated in the month of September. During this festival, a traditional dance form namely Ponung is performed by the village belle. Best time to Visit Throughout the year Main Tourist Attraction Scenic Beauty, Trekking, Angling, Picnic Spot, etc.

Tuting - Gelling Circuit

Gelling is the last Circle HQ, which is attached to the International Boundary of China. The famous MacMohan Line touches this circle. It is 34 KMs from Tuting. Half of the road has been converted into all weather road by BRTF and rest half is to be covered by foot track. River Tsangpo enters here from Tibet and is locally named Tsang Chu, which is further named river Siang in the South and Bramhaputra in Assam. Memba, a Nyingma Sect. of Mahayana Buddhist inhabits Gelling Cricle. Lossar, Torgya, Dhruba and Tsobum are the main festivals of Memba's. The festivals are celebrated according to the Buddhist Calendar. During these festivals, BARDOH CHAAM popularly known as Mask Dance is performed at the Gonpas. Dancers wear the mask of animals. The prime theme of the dance is to depict victory of good over evil and also to show the importance and preservation of all living creatures. There is a 3 hours trekking from Gelling to Bishing where a series of beautiful cataract falls down from mountain above 300 feet. The remnants of Kapangla Pass is still present near Gelling. Earlier, this pass was the main trade route for Adis and Tibet.

Best time to Visit
September to February

Main Tourist Attraction
i) Dompo Tso Lake near Gelling
ii) Sibe-Re Waterfall at Bishing
iii) Kapangla Pass
iv) Trekking & Scenery.

Yingkiong - Ekodumbing - Riutala Circuit

Ekodumbing (Riutala) is under Simong territory. During the month of October and November the people of Simong arrive here in group to collect EMO (Aconite), which is used for hunting. Many rare species of animals like Takins, Muskdeer (Sikung), birds like PEDE, TANE, SIKO (all local names) can be seen here, medicinal plants like NYODO (Coptis tita), TALAP (a type of wild garlic), etc. are found here. Now a days the place has acquired religious importance for the Buddhists. They call Eko Dumbing as Riutala and regard it as a paradise of AWALOKESHWARA, which means the paradise of CHENRISI, the Dalai Lama. It is three days foot march via Simong village and 6 days via Tuting - Tashigaon and Singha. The Buddhists Pilgrims from far flung areas arrive here in the month of August and September to offer their prayers.
Riutala is a hill which is interspersed by many lakes. From this river Sipit, Yammeng, Simong Patang, Tangam Patang have originated. Around this place there are many caves which give shelter to pilgrims. The scenic beauty of Eko-Dumbing is breathtaking.

How to Reach

- Via Simong 3 days trekking.
- Via Tuting 7 days trekking.

Best time to Visit:

August to November.

Main Tourist Attraction

Sipit Lake, Yammeng Lake, Komji Lipik (Caves), Simong & Tangam Patang caves.

Yingkiong - Tuting - Dewakota Circuit

Nay Dewakota, Nay means holy place / shrine and Dewakota means abode of God derived from Sanskrit. It is surrounded by Nyigong (Yangshang Chu) river and is located on a plateau. It is 40 KM (Approx.) from Tuting and accessible only by porter track. The natives believe that Guru Rimpoche has kept many sacred treasure / script (TER) at Dewakota, which are yet to be revealed and deciphered. There are many holy spots like SINDURA, Guru Durpuk and numerous caves which were said to have been used by Guru PADMA SABBAWA. The caves can accomodate more than 100 pilgrims at a time. They are opened only during winter season, during rest of the year, the caves remain submerged under Yangshang Chu river. It is believed that those who visit Dewakota for 3 times will attain heaven and also wipe off all past sins.

The Membas of Gelling and Khambas of Singha believe that the present pilgrim places like Dewakota, Riutala, Pema Shree, Dakar Tashi and Jachung were engraved by Lord Guru Rimpoche or Guru Padma Sabbawa - the Second Buddha. These holy spots were later discovered and unravelled by His Holiness TERTON NYANGGOE.

How to Reach

2 days trekking from Tuting. One night halt at Nyukong enroute to Dewakota.

Main Tourist Attraction

Holy Shrines, caves, lakes, Gompa and Chorten.

Yingkiong - Tuting - Tsitapuri Circuit

Tsitapuri is yet another pilgrimage centre under Yingkiong - Tuting Circuit of Singha Circle. Tsitapuri is believed to be the paradise of Lord Guru Rimpoche. A spectacular sight of this place is that there are more than 108 lakes in it. Lake Danakhosa is one of them, from where river Nyigong (Yangshang Chu) and Jeying Chu originate. Buddhist people believe that those who are fortunate or have pure heart witness different wild animals and a Gompa with a queue of Lamas with their prayer wheel and beads in their hands on the island. The lake is surrounded by barren mountain valleys covered with snow throughout the year. The scenic beauty is so breathtaking that people hardly want to go back.

How to Reach

6 days by trekking (Tuting to Nyukong, Nyukong to Tashigaon, Tashigaon to Singha, Singha to Shibrang, Shibrang to Tsitapuri).

Best Season to Visit

June to August.

Mouling National Wildlife Sanctuary

Mouling National Park was established in 1982 with an objective to create a favourable habitat for plants and animals. It is located in the right bank of river Siang covering an area of 483 Sq. KM. This park is a reserved house for diverse flora and fauna. The vegetation of the area varies according to the altitude. Temperate alpine and coniferous forest at the upper reaches whereas the lower area is covered with tropical evergreen forest. Ornamental plants like foxtail, orchids are abundant in this area. The park has also an impressive area of animals and birds. Many endangered species like takins, snowclouded leopard, golden languor, hornbill, monal scalater, serrow are spotted here. And many more species are there which are yet to be identified and recorded. One can venture into this park during winter season by seasonal trekking path from Bomdo and Ramsing villages. Inside the sanctuary, there are many attractive waterfalls. Dabung Waterfall and Nirbung Waterfall are two of them. This park is thoroughly a dreamland for trekkers and animal & bird lovers.

Best time to Visit

October to 1st week of January.

Main Tourist Attraction

Rare birds, animals, orchids, waterfalls, etc.

Places of interest at West Kameng District

Rupa

Rupa, a town that is mainly inhabited by the Sherdukpen (with some Monpa and Tibetan refugees), it is located at an elevation of 1400m. Because it is located in the middle of four mountains, it boasts beautiful scenery in Summer with the Ziding Kho and Dinik Kho rivers that run on the both side of the village and join at the very edge of the valley.

The main attraction centers are the Rupa Gompa of the Gelugpa sect, which is constructed shortly after the construction of the Tawang Gompa. Beautiful orchids and fruits planted by the natives are found everywhere.

Bomdila

The district's headquarters, Bomdila, boasts of a beautiful collection of Gompas, orchids, fruits and flowers. The main attractions are the Gompas, craft centres, the district museum, and the sports complex. Bomdila acts as a center to unify all the tribes from the entire district to live in harmony. Over time, the local Buddhist culture have interwined with magico-spiritual beliefs, mainly thriugh the frequent contact. Today, people celebrate festivals from different religions such as Losar (the Tibetan New Year), Wang, Neichidow, and Choskar. Groups of Tibetan refugees can be found in Bomdila.

Dirang

The Altitude of Dirang is 1497m / 4910ft. The Regional Apple Nursery, Kiwi Farm, Angling,Yak Research Centre, Gonpa, Dirang Jong (Fort), Base camp for trekking, Sight Seeing & Hot Water Spring are the main attractions at Dirang. Distance is 45 KM from Bomdila. Bus and Taxis are readily available.

Sangti

The sheep breeding farm, Scenic Beauty spots & picnic spots are the main attractions here. istance is 12 KM from Dirang. Bus & Taxi services are readily available.

Sela Pass

The altitude is 4114m / 13494 ft. Its famous for high altitude lakes& scenic beauty & is ideal for ice skating during winter. Bangajung Gonpa is the main budhist cultural centre here. Distance is 100 km from Bomdila. Bus services & Taxis are available from Bomdila & Dirang. Accommodation is provided at a Rest House. Weather is cold in summer & snow falls during winter

Sange

Sange is famous for its scenic beauty and is the base camp for going to Sela Pass. Distance is 80 km from Bomdila. Bus&Taxis services are available from Bomdila & Dirang. Accommodation is provided at Inspection of Bungalow (PWD) at a Rs 100 a day. Tourist Lodge is being constructed by the State Tourism Department and is nearing completion. Climate is warm in summer andcold in winter. Snow falls during winter.

Bhalukpong

The Altitude is 213m / 699 ft. The Cane House, Angling, Wild Life, View Points River rafting, Burn Rice (Dizling) and picnic spots. Distance is 40 km. from Tezpur. Buses & Taxis readily available from Tezpur & Bomdila are also locally available.

Tippi

Tipi Orchidarium & Bhalukpong

There is an Orchidarium at Tipi near the banks of the Bharali River in the West Kameng District, west of Tawang district. It houses 500 or more varieties of orchids which grow abundantly in different parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Some of the rarest species of Orchids are on display. In the Orchid research centre, scientists create new hybrid varieties of orchids using the latest techniques of biotechnology. The place is also ideal for rafting and angling in river Kameng. The river is a perfect rafting spot and a fishing heaven, perfect for mahseer fish which can be found on the Jia Bhorali river that branches off from the Kameng river. Buses are available from Bomdila the headquarters of West Kameng district and Bhalukpong, the entry point only 3km from Tipi. Bhalukpong on the Assam- Arunachal border straddles the edge of the Kameng river and is surrounded by the evergreen forests of the Pakhui Game Sanctuary. Pakhoi sanctuary can be reached by crossing the Kameng river in a dug out canoe and is a lush rain forest of tangled moss, lichen and ferns. Nearest airport is Tezpur (52km) and the nearest railway station is Rangapara. Waterfall, Distillery, Bottling Plant, Cold Storage, Resin Factory (Nafra Chemicals)& Citronella Factory are the other attractions here.

Nechiphu (Zero Point)

The altitude is 1708m / 5602 ft. Paragliding & View Points are the main features. Distance is 52 km from Bhalukpong. Bus & taxi sevices are available from Bomdila, Tezpur & Bhalukpong. However there is no accommodation.

Jamiri

Fishing, Picnic spots, Megalithic stone& Rock climbing are the main attractions. Distance is 67 km from Bhalukpong.

Shergaon

The altitude is 1954m / 6409 ft. Angling, Fish Farm, Apple Orchard, View of natural valley & rockclimbing are the main attractions. Distance is 60 m from Bomdila. Bus services and Taxis are available.

Morshing

Morshing has one of the oldest Gompa, The Lhagayala Gonpa built in the 7th Century AD. It has breathe taking view of the natural valley. Various track and routes here are as old as even 400 years. Distance is 87 km from Bomdila. Bus services & Taxis available from Bomdila & Rupa.

Tenzingang

The Tibetan Settlement area owes its attractions to The Tantric University, Carpet Industries & The Gyuto Monastery. Distance is about 80 km from Bomdila. Bus services & Taxis are available from Bomdila & Rupa. Places of Interest at West Siang

Along

Along is the headquarters of West Siang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It is located about 150 kilometers from Likabali which is at the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Along is a valley and is extremely beautiful as far the scenic grandeur of this place is concerned. It has mountains all around with two rivers flowing through it - the Sipu and Siyom. Both these rivers converge at Belun Ghat and ultimately meet the Siang which is one of the biggest rivers in Arunachal Pradesh.

Malinithan

Among all the archaeological sites in Arunachal Pradesh, Malinithan, a place of high sanctity, is the most ornamental and sublime. Set on a mound of about 60 metres high, overlooking the vast stretch of the Brahmaputra Valley, Malinithan is situated near the Assam-Arunachal border at a point where the plains end and the hills begin. It is only one kilometre east of the circle headquarter Likabali and about 8 Km from Silapathar in Assam. Linked by road and rail communications Malinithan is easily approachable.

Like many other sacred places in the north-eastern region, Malinithan is also associated with the Krishna legends. According to the tradition, Krishna and Rukmini, daughter of King Bhishmak, took a rest at this place on their way to Dwaraka from Bhishmaknagar. They were received cordially by Siva and his consort Durga (Parvati) as guests. Durga garlanded them with choicest flowers. At this, Krishna, in praise, addressed her as Malini (mistress of the garden). Since then, the place ceme to be known as Malinithan or Malinisthan - the seat of Malini.

Relics of stone images of Malinithan littered all over the mound came to notice from the early twenties of the present century. In course of a series of excavations beginning from 1968 and ending in 1971, ruins of temples and valuable sculptures were unearthed at this site. Beautifully designed and decorated basement of a temple, divine images, icons of Hindu deities, fine sculptures with animal motifs and floral designs, broken columns and panels with carvings were among the huge mass of stony remains, which were dug out as if from a buried treasure.

The fame of Malinithan as a holy place must have spread far and wide in early times. It is still a place of worship, and draws a large number of visitors and pilgrims.

Best season Throughout the year
Languages Spoken Adi, Hindi, Assamese & English.
How to Reach

By bus and car from Silapathar

Location Likabali, 8 Km from Silapathar
Nearest Railhead

Silapathar by Arunachal Express from New Bongaigaon

Nearest Airport Lilabari (By Vayudoot)
Where to Stay Circuit House, Inspection Bungalow
What to See

Ruins of a big temple belonging to 14th - 15th century. The Brahmical images, namely Indira on Airavata, Kartikeya on peacock, Surya on chariot, Ganesha with mouse and huge Nandi Bull can be seen on the site.


Akashiganga

On the way to Along from Likabali, there exists a sacred place, about 25 km from the nearest railhead at Silapathar in Assam, hallowed as Akashiganga. The name Akashiganga is suggestive of a water channel in the hill. It is believed that this place is associated with the legend narrated in the Kalika Purana (8th Century A.D.) that where the corpse of Sati (Parvati) was cut into pieces by Vishnu with his discus at the refusal of Siva to part away with it, her head fell somewhere near Akashiganga. The place is, therefore, held high in esteem as a pithasthan where the devoted Hindus on pilgrimage take a holy dip in a nearby water-pool formed by the falls.

The place provides a magnificent bird's eye view of the river Brahmaputra glimmering far below.

Best season Throughout the year
Languages Spoken Adi, Hindi, Assamese & English.
How to Reach

By bus and car from Silapathar

Location 12 Km from Likabali
Nearest Railhead

Silapathar by Arunachal Express from New Bongaigaon

Nearest Airport Lilabari (By Vayudoot)
Where to Stay Circuit House, Inspection Bungalow
What to See

The Sacred Kund


Gompa at Mechuka

The Gompa at Mechuka is one of the oldest monasteries called Samten Yongcha of Mehayana sect located at a hilltop in the western most part of Mechuka, a place of tourist interest in the district of West Siang. This Gompa as per oral history of Membas is a contemporary of the great Tawang monastery.

Best season Throughout the year
Languages Spoken Memba, Adi, Hindi, English.
How to Reach

Aircraft from Mohanbari (Assam) or roadways via Along

Location Mechuka
Nearest Railhead

Silapathar

Nearest Airport Mohanbari (By N-32)
Where to Stay Circuit House, Inspection Bungalow
What to See

Numerous ancient statues, literature, etc


Mouling National Park

Place: Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh
Nearest town: Along 30km
Best time to visit: November to April
Main Attraction: Takin, Coral and Serow

This park is located in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. It covers an area of about 500 Sq.Km. The forest of the park is semi evergreen type. The area is famous for three varieties of goat -antelopes, locally known as takin, coral and serow. The other fauna found in the park are wild buffalo, tiger, panther, red panda, elephant, hog dear, barking deer, sambar, python etc. Besides it, the park has many birds including different types of Pheasants. Ideal for trekking, hiking and angling at river Siyom.

Where to stay

Circuit Houses, Inspection Bungalow and well furnished hotels are available in Along, headquarters of the West Siam district, 20km from the park. Contact Deputy Commissioner, Along Ph: 037832 - 22221(O) 22220 (R) for reservations.

How to reach

By Air

The nearest airport from the park is Lilabari, Tezpur about 230km

By Train

The nearest rail head is Morkongselak about 40km from the park and the nearest railway station is North Lakhimpur and Silapathar.

By Road

Bus/Taxi are available from North Lakhimpur or Itanagar and from Likabali and Pasighat to Along.

For more information :

Dy.Conservator of Forests,
Mauling National Park,
Pasighat, District Siang.

The Divisional Forest Officer,
Mouling National Park,
P.O.: Jengging,
Upper Siang District
Arunachal Pradesh, India

Places of Interest at Upper Subansiri district

Daporijo

Daporijo is the headquarters of Upper Subansiri district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It is located at an elevation of 600m above sea level. Inhabitants of Daporijo belong to the Tagin, Hill Miri and the Adi people Gallong tribe. It is a beautiful place on the right bank of Subansiri river with picturesque villages. Located a few kms away from here are some caves. Languages spoken here are Tagin, Hill Miri, Adi(Gallong), Hindi, Assamese and English. It is an ideal place for Trekking and angling on river Subansiri

Best Season October to April.

How to reach

Nearest airport is at Lilabari. Nearest railway stations would be North Lakhimpur and Silapathar. One can reach Daporijo by bus from Itanagar via Ziro and from Likabali via Bazaar.

Places of Interest in Dibang Valley

Bhishmaknagar Fort, Roing

Roing in Dibang valley district is known for the historical fort of Bhishmaknagar named after the king Bhismaka located at the foot of the mountains between the Dikrong and the Dibang rivers. The Bhishmaknagar Fort which was first excavated in 1996-97, testifies to the penetration of the Aryan culture into Arunachal in the 4th century A.D. The fort built with clay bricks and embellished with pottery has an elongated semi circle shape extending over an area of about 10 sq. km. Accommodation is available at the circuit house and Inspection Bungalow at Roing. The nearest airport is in Dibrugarh ( Assam) and the nearest railway station is Tinsukia. Buses are available from Sadiya (24 miles).

Places of Interest at District Lower Subansiri

Zero

One of the most beautiful hill station of Arunachal Pradesh, located at about1500 metres above mean sea level in the midst of the pine clad mountains, a Hidden land by Ursula G. Bowler, Ziro is the headquarter of Lower Subansiri District inhabited by more than have 30,000 friendly Apatani's people. The land of Apatani's is a valley, uneven and dotted with a number of hillocks beneath the lust paddy field. On the east, a high ridge, which demarcates the plateau from the wooded hills of the lower region. The ridge is having some important peaks. The Salin peak is on the old Apatani trade route to North Lakhimpur. Often these ranges remain with thick clouds. A small river, the Kele, drains the plain of the Apatani valley. It flows to the south for some 40 km before it meets the Panior River near Yazali. The Apatani people, who worship nature God, extend hospitality more so during festivals like Myoko, Murung and Dree. They design beautiful Handloom and Handicrafts, besides, practicing famous paddy - fish cultivation. The area is rich in biological diversity having varied flora and fauna as per altitudinal zonation from sub tropical to alpine forest

Kile Pakho

A ridge located at 7 km. from old Ziro. In a fine morning, one can have clear bird's views of Ziro plateau on one side and snow range of Himalayas called "NYIME PEMBU" in the other.

Pine Groove

Pine clad area about 3 km. from old Ziro. GREF (Border Road organization) established in December 1961 is located around this scenic grandeur.

Midey

A place famous for gigantic SAT-NII PIISHA and SAMENII, a Blue pine tree (Pinus wallichina) being biggest and tallest tree in the Apatani valley measuring about 7 (seven) metre at GBH ( girth at breast height). One can trek through bamboo groove beneath the paddy field to see this gigantic blue pine trees which is 2 Km from old Ziro.

Ziro Putu

Sometime called ARMY PUTU is a Hillock at old Ziro where first administrative centre was set up after India's independence and ARMY cantonment was located in sixties. From this hillock one can have bird's eye view of Apatani plateau. The Airport is also located beneath this hillock in the midst of the scenic paddy field.

Dolo Mando

A hillock of legendary love affairs between DOLO & MANDO. It is located at 2 KM from Hapoli towards Old Ziro on the western side of ZIRO - Daporijo Road. One can trek to the top to see the Hapoli Town in one side and old Ziro on other side.

D.I.C.

District Industries Centre located at 1 km. from Distt. Hq. Ziro(Hapoli), where traditional handlooms & handicrafts and others traditional items are displayed and also available for sale at competitive rate.

Paapu

First administrative centre established before independence in 1944-45 by a foreigner Mr. F. Heimendrof famous anthropologist, author of "Himalayan Barbary", "Apatani and their Neighbours" and "A Himalayan Tribe: From cattle to cash", as a Special Officer appointed by British Administration.

Hapoli

Headquarter of Lower Subansiri District Administration. The Deputy Commissioner's residence and Circuit House are located at a hillock from where one can have clear view of Hapoli Township.

Tarin Fish Farm

About 3.5 km from Hapoli Town, one can see beautiful high altitude fish farm where breeding of high altitude fishes is done. The fingerlings are sold during paddy cultivation season.

Paddy Cum Fish Cultivation

A famous innovative cultivation practices followed in Apatani plateau, now a day, where fishes are rear alongwith paddy cultivation. After transplanting of paddy from the nursery in wet rice cultivation field (W.R.C.), the fish fingerlings are put in MUGO (channels in paddy field for drainage of water) at knee-deep height that are kept for 2-3 months before harvesting of fish.

Bamboo Groove

One stem monopodial Bamboo, (Phyllotachys bamboosoides) grown with blue clad pine, is one of expert practices of farm forestry followed in this part of the world. One will appreciate their expertise when one venture inside in this groove in conjunction with hiking and picnicking.

Taley Wild Life Sanctuary

Most beautiful and virgin forests having diverse flora and fauna ranging from sub-tropical to alpine forests. It is covered with impenetrable vegetations marked by giant silver fir trees, a variety of rhodendron, orchids, ferns and varieties of bamboo. One should not leave Ziro without visiting this biodiversity hot spot of this plateau, which is lies nearly 32 KM north east of ZIRO.

Dilopolyang -Maniipolyang

A twin hillock on the way to Talley Valley after crossing Siiro village is a scenic grassland land beneath the natural forests catches the spectacle of eye. Further, the area is part of extension of Hapoli Township.

Orchid and Flowers

Ziro is famous for rare orchids and other flowers like Rhododendron arboreum (SANJI APU), Hedychium ellipticum (PAPPI APU), Hedychium densiflorum, etc. The climate of the area is congenial for cultivation of orchids and varieties of flowers. At present one local entrepreneur has developed an orchid farm in which large variety of rare and exotic orchids are cultivated for sale and research pupose. The farm, M/s Nanakoo Orchid Farm, half a kilometre from Hapoli on Hapoli-Talley Valley road is a place worth visiting to.

Shiva Linga At Kardo Forest

It is about 4 Km from Hapoli township. The height of Shiv Linga is 25ft. Lots of visitors come daily to the place for seeking blessings from the image of Lord Shiva.

Ranganadi Hydel Project(Neepco) At Yazali

45 Km away from District Hq., Ziro. Its capacity is 405 MW.

Places of Interest at Papum Pare

Itanagar

Itanagar in Papum pare district also known as the ' Land of the Dawnlit Mountains' is the beautiful capital of Arunachal. The historical city identified with the ancient Mayapur of the 14th and 15th century A. D. is scattered with light, earthquake-proof, wooden-framed buildings rising up the slopes of green hills. The residence of the Governor is situated on one peak while a new Buddhist Temple crowns the other. Between these two building lie administrative officers, shops, daily bazars and thatched houses. The nearest airport is 67km away at Lilabari in Assam. The nearest railway station is Harmuty in Assam (near Banderdewa check gate) only 23 km from Naharlagun & 33 km from Itanagar.

Ita Fort

This historical fort of an irregular shape, built mainly with bricks is situated at the heart of the capital complex in Papum Pare district. There are three gates on three sides viz; Eastern, Western and Southern, which is said to be built by Ahom rulers. It is estimated that more than 80 lakhs of bricks, 45 cubic metres of stone and 46,300 man-days were required to build the fort.

The Buddhist Temple

This temple which is located on the top of a hill amidst gorgeous green gardens with yellow roof reflects the extensive Tibetan influence. There is a stupa erected in front of the shrine. The Dalai Lama planted a tree by the side of the shrine. The grounds of the temple afford a good view of Itanagar Town.

Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum

Visit : Daily, expect Mondays. The ground floor covers the images of tribal people. Collections include art, musical instruments, religious articles and wood carvings. The first floor contains the archaeological finds from Itafort, Noksaparbat and Malinithan in Lower Siang district. The textiles, weapons, ornaments are also kept on this floor. There is also a library and a handicraft centre which specialises in traditional Cane manufacture.

Ganga Lake (Gyaker Sinyi)

Ganga a natural Lake locally known as Gyaker Sinyi (confined water), 6km away from Itanagar situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, is a beautiful spot for outings, boating and picnics. This green forest lake surrounded by primeval vegetation, orchids masses on tall trees, tree ferns provides an insight to the magnificent forests of the state.

Itanagar Sanctuary

Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over an area of about 140.30 sq. km was established in 1978 and is situated in the Lower Subansiri district. With evergreen forests, the wild life present here are elephant, barking deer, tiger, leopard, serow, birds & orchids.

Polo Park

Situated on a small ridge, this park is in Naharlagun and has interesting botanical specimens. There is also a small zoo housed in the park. Handicrafts Centre run by the Industries Department offers a good range of shawls, carpets, carved caskets and the beautiful cane & bamboo work.

Naharlagun is a picturesque town situated in the foothills of Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh, 10km the capital city of Itanagar, it is at an altitude of 200 metres from sea level. Surrounded by mountains, Naharlagun is a small town which sees annual long monsoon rains.

Itanagar at a glance
Best time to visit Throughout the year
How to reach

By bus from Banderdewa, North Lakhimpur(Asssam), Tezpur(Asssam) and Guwahati(Asssam)

Nearest Airport

Tezpur(Asssam), Lilabari (Asssam)(71 Kms).

Nearest Bus stand

Tezpur(Asssam), Banderdewa, Guwahati(394Kms) (Asssam), North Lakhimpur(Asssam)

Nearest Railway Stn

Harmuti.(32 Kms)(Asssam)

What to see

Itafort, Buddhist Monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum, Ganga Lake, Indira Gandhi Park.