You must have come across the terms ‘Seven Sisters of India’ or simply ‘The Seven Sisters’. They lie in the extreme East of Northeast India sharing an international border with China and Myanmar. The sister states comprise of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, and Nagaland. Out of these, the largest is Arunachal Pradesh. ‘The Land of Dawn-Lit Mountains’ is a less explored destination in India that indeed has a rich and diverse culture and ethos. The state hosts some highest peaks of the sturdy ice capped Himalayas along with dense oak forests and wide river valleys. It is also famous for its biodiversity and is home to innumerable species of flora and fauna. The tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh include and are not limited to hill stations, secluded waterfalls, old monasteries, national parks, and opulent valleys. River rafting, bird watching, trekking, and hiking are some of the other things to do in Arunachal Pradesh. Though the place is a paradise all throughout the year, monsoons are the most affluent part of the year. With lakes and rivers till the brim and the hills greener, Arunachal in monsoon is a true ‘Heaven on Earth’. Here are some of the top destinations and things to do in Arunachal Pradesh if you plan to visit the state this monsoon.
- Namdahpa National Park
As Google says Namdahpa National Park is the rainforest reserve known for its tiger and leopard species, birds and ancient trees. The enormous protected area is home to animals like red panda, wolves, black bears, musk deer, wild boar, and sambar. The diverse rainforest also homes many endangered plant species which can only be found in Arunachal Pradesh and nowhere else. With the onset of monsoon, different bird species also show up in the woods which are else and otherwise not visible during other parts of the year.
The confluence of history and natural beauty can only be found in Tawang. The aged monasteries, gompas, and memorials make Tawang a historic attraction besides being an opulent beauty of lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. The tributary and distributaries of Brahmaputra flow with all its vigor during this season making Tawang a top choice during the rains. With its secluded waterfalls being more majestic, the region becomes more enchanting during monsoons.
Ziro valley is a trekker’s paradise. Let the silvery smoke settle over the lofty peaks while you indulge yourself in the stunning beauty of Ziro. Some other attractions near Ziro are the Talley valley, Kardo Hills and Ziro Putu. Rains and drizzles at the misty peaks of Himalayas render the trekkers a blissful and rewarding view of the wide valleys. But one must be extra cautious while trekking during monsoons as the turns and fissures get more slippery due to moisture.
Roing is a true ecstasy during monsoons. It is the last major township in Eastern India. The junction is a major tourist attraction as its lakes, hilltops, and valleys render some of the jaw-dropping grasps of the cosmos. Dihang Biosphere Reserve, Sally Lake, and Mehao Lake are some of the prime attractions of Roing during rainfall. With the onset of monsoons, the biosphere reserves get fresh flora and the cosmos becomes more serene and attractive. It also becomes a home of a variety of bird species that makes it an ideal spot for bird watching.
Being the capital of the state, Itanagar derives its name from the old fort, Ita. It is home to various tribes like Adi, Tagin, and Galo. Besides the historical fort Ita, other attractions include Jawaharlal Museum and Ganga Lake. Gompa Temple which is constructed by the great Dalai Lama himself is another major attraction of the visitors. The city turns more gorgeous during monsoons. Though the temperature may lower down to 20 degrees, the unruffled breeze and drops of rain sprinkling on your face is surely an experience to die for.
Things to do in Arunachal Pradesh during monsoons
- River Rafting
Brahmaputra, Subansari, and Lohit are the main river streams that flush Arunachal Pradesh, the Brahmaputra being the mightiest. The robust and whirling waves attract adventure lovers all around the globe to experience the sport. The river trail renders some incredible views of the valleys and thick jungles and often stages some tribal hamlets.
- Trekking and Hiking
The sky touching crests of the Himalayas offers a flawless gradient for the daring trekkers and hikers who are always eager to explore the unknown. The hidden nooks and corners of the hills are shielded with the rainforests and gifts some magnificent views of the ether. Some of the popular trekking routes include Bomdila-Seppa, Daporijo-Taksing, Pasighat-Tuting, Pasighat-Mariang, Daporijo-Along, Mechuka trek, Bailey Trail, and Talley Valley Trek.
- Bird Watching
One of the exclusive things to do in Arunachal Pradesh during monsoon is bird watching. The state is endowed with more than seven hundred species of birds that contribute to its natural heritage. There are many protected areas in the state which are only dedicated to this activity. Species like Gould’s Shortwing, Red Crossbill, Kessler’s Thrush, and White-bellied Redstart are very commonly observed in areas like Zemithang, Sangti Valley, Tawang area, Nameri, Dirang, Sela pass, and Bhalukpong.
How to reach
Tezpur and Harmuti are the nearest airport and railway station respectively (both in Assam), to reach Arunachal Pradesh. There on, you have to take a bus or a taxi to reach Arunachal Pradesh. Buses are also available from nearby states like Assam, Nagaland, and Meghalaya that frequently run to and fro.
Points to remember:
- Monsoon is the ideal time to visit the state only if you are interested to victim the prosperous rivers, olive valleys, and fresh floras. If any of these does not suit you, avoid the season.
- Take extra precautions if you are planning to hike to the peaks. Extra raincoats, umbrellas, waterproof boots and jackets, plastic bags, and antiseptic lotions are few of the many other items which are exclusively required during this season.
- Not all trekking routes may be open during rain. Do check before you plan for a trek during monsoons.
- Roads are much slippery and shabby this time. There are chances of road blockage due to landslide as well.
- River rafting may not always be open as it entirely depends on the amount of rainfall it receives. In case of heavy rainfall, authorities may secure them down temporarily.