Often called the Land of the Rising Sun, Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India shares it’s borders with Bhutan, China and Myanmar and is unlike most of India. If you are looking for wildlife, adventure, and peace – then you’re going to love Arunachal Pradesh.
Northeast India is a region which consists of 7 small states or also known as 7 sisters: Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, and Mizoram. Not only this, the Northeastern region also has one brother named Sikkim. These states are a part of the Himalayan region and offer a plethora of options for travelers to explore. This region is known to be one of the most treasured and eco-friendly regions in India.
Whether you are a traveler who is looking to explore different and yet vibrant cultures, searching for beautiful vistas, or just looking for some mouth watering cuisine – Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India is the place to go. In this article, we will discuss 3 underrated and virgin places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh that are still out of tourist’s footsteps.
Offbeat Places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh –
1) Fly or Trek to Vijoynagar
With more than 1.324 billion people living in only 3.287 million km², it is very hard to find places which are yet not touched by tourists and not littered. However, there are some small hamlets which most of us have no idea about – and one of them is Vijoynagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
This is a small town or village, located just on the India – China border. This little town with a population of only about 45,00 is one of the remotest one in Changlang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Surrounded by hills and valleys, this region provides everything a traveler might look for.
How to reach Vijoynagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Reaching Vijoynagar is not that easy and is an adventure in itself. There are no roads which connect this village with the outer world. There are only two ways of reaching Vijoynagar. The first is by Helicopter Sorties Service from Miao, but even the air service is available only on Tuesday and Thursday.
The second way of reaching Vijoynagar is by trekking to it. The trek to Vijoynagar starts from Miao and passes through dense forests of Namdapha National Park. But keep in mind, this trek is not for novice hikers. As it would take you around 5 nights & 06 days, to reach this village. The total distance is around 156 km.
In terms of accommodation, you there are guest houses where you can plan your stay:
- Inspection Bungalow with 6 Rooms
- Eco-Tourist Forest Guest House with 4 Rooms
- Circuit house with 4 Rooms
2) Visit the Land of Oranges – Dambuk
Next on our list of places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh is Dambuk – the land of oranges. Just like Vijyonagar, reaching Dambuk too is an adventure in itself. You have to cross dense forests and various water bodies & rivers just to reach this beautiful town in Arunachal Pradesh. Known for its beautiful orange orchards and swollen rivers, Dambuk is one of the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh.
If you don’t like off-roading then this place is not for you. There are no paved roads and you will be driving on anything apart from roads.
If you are planning to visit this place during monsoon then the only way to cross this river is on elephant back – so be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime.
Dambuk was in news when the Arunachal government initiated Orange festival to promote tourism. And nowadays, people from all around the world visit this town to witness this amazing festival.
The Orange Festival is usually organized in December and one can not only enjoy various rock bands performing their heart out to fill the valley with their music but also witness off-roading vehicles, modified cars and jeeps engaging in a number of challenging tasks to try and win the off-roading tournament. There are various other events which run side by side like river rafting, bungee-jumping, paint ball and so on.
If you are looking for a peaceful time in Dambuk then it would be a good idea to not visit it during the Orange festival.
How to reach Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh
To reach Dambuk, you first have to reach Roing. From Roing you can either take a bus or can book a taxi for your onward journey. And there are hotels and guest houses where you can plan your overnight stay. But don’t expect of any luxurious hotels here.
3) Kiss the Clouds at Anini
Anini a small village where clouds come to kiss the land. Mystic air, unexplored terrain making a perfect place to rejuvenate yourself and experience pristine calmness. Located in Dibang valley of Arunachal, Anaini is marked by beautiful valleys and pleasant weather making it one of the sought after tourist place. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Northeast India.
Visiting Anini is altogether a different experience. It is surrounded by tribal villages from all sides like Hunli, New Anaya, Ranli, and a few more. You can actually explore these villages and can experience different types of Arunachali tribes and their culture.
Anini is a perfect destination to visit if you’re looking for some peace, as the land is virtually unexplored untouched and ripe for tourism. Anini is quite is secluded, not crowded, and serves as an excellent destination to unwind. You can also travel to Roing, in order to visit the places of interest present there.
Anini is very near to Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a popular tourist hotspot. You can also take a walk through the lush green forests while in Anini.
How to reach Anini, Arunachal Pradesh
The best way to reach Anini is from Roing. Roing is well connected to other cities of Assam and Arunachal. From Roing you can reach either by government buses or by booking a cab. And if you are looking to stay there then there are a number of budget hotels to serve tourists.
Hope you enjoyed this list of offbeat places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh. Reaching these destinations can be a hard task but rewarding nonetheless. If you have visited Arunachal Pradesh and have a few suggestions for places to visit, just let us know in the comments section.
Tirthankar Bose is a solo backpacker from India. He has been traveling for last 10 years and has covered almost all of India. Follow him at ThePoorNomad Indian Travel Guide.
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