Arunachal Pradesh, one of the most sparsely populated states of India, covers an area of 83743 sq. Kms. Being situated in the North-Eastern part of India with 83743 sq. kms area, Arunachal 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). It stretches from snow-capped mountains in the north to the plains of Brahmaputra valley in the south.

Its virgin isolation, due to restricted entry regulations has been a blessing in disguise as Arunachal still retains its centuries old pristine vistas, diverse tribal heritage and unpolluted geographical features.

Strung out along the misty hill tops and deep valleys, Arunachal’s picturesque townships and villages are the first in the land to be kissed by the rays of the morning sun giving Arunachal its unique position as literally ‘the land of the rising sun’.

Suggested Itinerary Central and East Arunachal

Central and East Arunachal Tour Itinerary
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Important Places

Itanagar Central and East Arunachal

The land of the dawnlit mountains, Itanagar, Arunachal’s capital is also its biggest town. The Jawaharlal Nehru Museum has archaeological finds from Ita Fort to which you can trek up. Housed here is also an interesting collection of arts and crafts, jewellery, textiles and a variety of tribal headgear, which gives you an insight into Arunachal’s tribal culture. You might stumble upon some of the Nyishi tribals who live around here. You’ll recognize them by their massive knot of hair rolled into a bun over their forehead. In their headdress they wear feathers of the great hornbill, Arunachal’s signature bird. 6 km away is the picturesque setting of Ganga Lake ( Gekar Sinyi).

Ziro Central and East Arunachal

Picturesque Ziro is 200 km from Itanagar. Situated on thee Apatani Plateau (in the lower Subansiri region) and surrounded by pine mantled hills all around, it is spectacular. Ziro, the district headquarter of upper Subansiri, is a tourist’s delight with its dazzling landscapes and tribal culture. Make a point to visit Tarin, the high-altitude fish farm, the famous whispering pine grove and the craft center. Ziro is the home of Apatani Tribes. The Apatanis are one of most advanced and intriguing of Arunachal’s tribal people. Both men and women tattoo themselves and the women are distinctive with their great nose plugs (dat) made of bamboo and face tattoos. It has now been banned. The Apatanis grow rice by terrace farming; they also have created an indigenous irrigation system which is unique amongst the Arunachal tribals. The Apatani village comprises of long rows of houses with a fertility totem in front of each one. In their cooking, they use an indigenous herbal salt that’s rich in iodine. Living in perfect harmony with nature, for every tree they fell, five fresh saplings are planted. The weaving skills of their women are legendary as can be seen from the wonderful Jikhe pattern, woven jackets and intricately patterned Jilang shawls. The men are skilled in metallurgy and bamboo craft.

Daporijo Central and East Arunachal

Home to the Tagin, Hill Miri and Adi tribes, Daporijo is a fairly large village town located at the confluence of the Sippi and Subansiri rivers. The 160 km ride to Daporijo takes anywhere from six to eight hours.

Along Central and East Arunachal

Along is a small town surrounded with small beautiful villages. Along located at a distance of 178 km from Daporijo is the district heatquarters of West Siang district. Its situated on the south bank of the river Yongo and an ideal place for trekking, hiking and angling. Patum bridge over Yongo river, Museum are the places of tourist interest.


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