ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Known as the Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains, Arunachal Pradesh is located in the mountainous region of Northeast India. Living in isolated splendour, this state shares international borders with Tibet, Myanmar and Bhutan.

 

Almost 80% of the state is covered by impenetrable forest and new species of both flora and fauna are regularly discovered. Namdapha National Park and Eagle's Nest Wildlife Sanctuary are two standout hotspots for wildlife and birding enthusiasts.

Arunachal Pradesh is home to 27 different tribes, each of which flaunt their own rich tribal culture, customs, belief, dress and language. Festivals are an integral part of tribal culture in this state, displaying the artistic acumen of the tribes and offering travellers a chance to partake in the song and dance extravaganza.

 

A large region of this state also has a strong Tibetan-Buddhist influence, with Tawang Monastery earning the distinction of being the world's second-largest monastery (after Potala Palace in Tibet).

Arunachal Pradesh is also an exciting destination for adventure-seekers, with plenty of opportunities for bicycling, rafting and motorcycling.

Featured tours

Dalai Lama's Trail

16 days | Kolkata - Nameri National Park - Bomdila - Tawang - Dirang - Wild Mahseer - Kohima 

The Dalai Lama's Trail provides travellers with a fascinating insight into the melting pot of cultures in East India, with a focus on the Buddhist influence of Arunachal Pradesh, tribes of Nagaland, wildlife of Nameri National Park and tea gardens of Assam.

Photography tour: Dree Tribal Festival and Monks of Majuli

9 days | Guwahati - Nameri National Park - Ziro - Majuli - Jorhat

During this festival and photography tour of Ziro and Majuli, expect to capture stunning images of lush landscapes, interesting portraits and village life in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, with Teiso Yhoka, your lead photographer and guide.

Best of East Indian Birding

18 Days | Dibrugarh - Roing - Tinsukia - Kaziranga National Park - Nameri National Park - Dirang - Santi Valley - Eagles Nest - Tezpur

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are a birder's paradise – expect to see exotic bird species and go on boat rides, hikes, tribal village visits, and elephant and jeep safaris so buckle up for a great trip into birding country.

Myoko festival of Arunachal Pradesh

10 Days | Guwahati - Balipara - Ziro - Majuli - Jorhat

Somewhere above the clouds in Arunachal Pradesh lies Ziro, the home of the Apatani tribe where the Myoko festival is a time to pray to ensure better cultivation, protection of the grains from the elements, and the well-being of villagers and livestock. Discover this unique culture; visit the tea gardens of Assam; and go back in time in the idyllic island of Majuli, one of the world's largest river islands.

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