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Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh

If you planned to visit in Arunachal Pradesh then you should make a road map; otherwise you will be lack of time and may spend huge money but you miss to cover most of the destinations. So, make a tour route and enjoy a mysterious and adventurous holiday in the state.

The state Arunachal Pradesh is a perfect destination for nature lover. You will discover a variety of hilly beauty including hundreds of forests. You also be familiar with the unique cultures of various tribes in the state. Itanagar, the capital city of the state, is one of the main destinations for tourist.

There have seven Wildlife Sanctuaries and four National Parks in Arunachal Pradesh. These are the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary located at Seijosa, Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary at Naharlagun, D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary at Pasighat, Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary at Roing, Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary at Miao, Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary at Seijosa , Kane Wild life Sanctuary at Along city, Namdhapa National Park at Miao, Mouling National Park at Jengging, Sessa Orchid Sanctuary at Tipi and Dihang-Debang Biosphere Reserve at Dibang Valley.

Some other tourist destinations of Arunachal Pradesh are discussed below by destination cities.

Itanagar : Itanagar is the capital town of Arunachal Pradesh placed on the heart of the state. Major attractions in the city are the Rajbhawan, Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum and the Ganga Lake.

Bomdila : It is a beautiful village located 8500 ft above the sea level on greater Himalaya’s ranges. Bomdila is a destination of several colorful tribes like Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka, Miji and Begun.

Tawang : This town is one of most visited tourist spots in Arunachal Pradesh. This is a Buddhist pilgrimage site including Tawang monastery, which is the birth place of 6th Dalai Lama.

Besides of these you will discover some more other tour spots around the state. Some important of these are Parashuram Kund, Malinithan and Akashiganga.

The state provides abundant scope for angling, boating, rafting, trekking and hiking. Rafting and trekking are common activities.

Arunachal Pradesh has 12 tourist circuits across the state and each tourist circuit is distinctive in character with different and diverse ethnic culture, topography and vegetation retains a great tourism potential.

Tourist Circuits across Arunachal Pradesh

  1. Tezpur-Bhalukpong-Tipi-Bomdila -Sela Pass-Tawang
    The circuit covers a distance of 360 km starting from Tezpur in Assam to Bum La Pass, at Sino-Indian border. It is one of the best and preferable tourist circuits in Arunachal Pradesh, cover with Bhaluklpong, Tipi, Sessa, Bomdila, Dirang, Se La Pass, Tawang, Bum La Pass , Zimithang and other destinations of Tawang and West Kameng district of the state, which is mostly enrich with Orchid sanctuary, Buddhist Gompa, Monasteries and several waterfalls.
  2. Itanagar-Ziro-Daporijo-Aalo-Pasighat
    Another highly recommended tourist circuit in Arunachal Pradesh. This circuit lets you experience a bit of rich mixture of tribal socio-cultural and archaeological sites of historical value. It also discovers all the wonder of Arunachal Pradesh - city life, expensive nature and wildlife, adventure and many more.
  3. Pasighat-Jengging-Yingkiong-Tuting
    It is another well-known tourist circuit in Arunachal Pradesh and mostly famous for its adventures trekking route and wildlife. The circuit belongs into the East Siang and Upper Siang districts of Arunachal. The travel route starts from Pasighat of East Siang about 270 kms away from Itanagar and covers Siang River, Sirki waterfall, Kekar Monying, Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, Yingkiong, Gekar Sinyi (Ganga Lake), Dehang forest reserves, Mouling National Park (Jengging), Kekar Monying(Black Rock), Komsing etc.
  4. Tinsukia-Tezu –Hayuliang- Parasuram Kund
    This circuit starts from Tinsukia in Assam to Namsai and Tezu in Lohit district and Hayuliang in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh. The entry point in Arunachal is at Dirak. Some other important destinations of this tour circuit are Parasuram Kund, Dong and Bhishmak Nagar. Dong is the easternmost place in India, and consider as the first sunrise point in India.
  5. Margherita-Miao-Namdhapa-Vijoynagar
    This circuit begins from Margherita in Assam and entry point in Arunachal is Namchik. The travel route covers Changalang and Myanmat district in Arunachal Pradesh. Places of interest in this circuit are Mini Zoo, Forest Museum, Wildlife Library and Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp of Miao, beauty of Noa-Dihing river and green surroundings at Miao, World War II Cemetery, Ledo Road (Still-well Road), Vijoynagar and Namdhapa National Park.
  6. Roing-Mayudia-Anini
    This circuit surrounded between Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts. And the travel route starts at Roing of Lower Dibang Valley district, which is a picturesque town in a valley by the side of the Dibang River. This tourist circuit famous for the Eco Tourism.
  7. Tezpur-Seijosan(Pakhui)-Bhalukpong
    This circuit mostly concentrates on the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Main tourist attraction of this route is the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary one of the largest sanctuaries of Arunachal Pradesh, which is spread over an area of 861.95 sq km and has been declared as a Project Tiger Reserve (Pakke Tiger Reserve). Seijosa, a small but beautiful town on the banks of river Pakhui (Pakke) is another attraction to the tourist.
  8. Ziro-Palin-Nyapin-Sangram-Koloriang
    This route tends between Ziro and Koloriang. Palin & Nyapin are beautiful hill stations situated on this route. The culture of the Nyishi community and their tradition are the most valuable experience for the tourists.
  9. Doimukh-Sagalee-Pake Kessang-Seppa
    This tour circuit starts at Doimukh, about 25 km from Itanagar and end at Seppa, around 412 km from Itanagar. This travel route famous for Flora & Fauna, Natural Landscape and the traditional culture of Nyishi Tribe. Best time to visit this route between September and May.
  10. Aalo-Mechuka- Yomcha
    This circuit mostly concentrates on the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Throughout the year. One can visit at West Siang. Important destinations of this tourist route are Akashi Ganga, Benji-Line for Shiva temple, Siko Dido waterfalls, Machuka Valley (famous for Monasteries, Gurudwara, trekking, pine trees, suspension bridge and natural sceneries) and Siru-Rijo Tea garden at Yomcha.
  11. Daporijo-Taliha-Siyum-Nacho
    Taliha, Siyum & Nacho are three destinations on this circuit, situated along sides of the river Subansiri. And the tour starts from Daporijo, the administrative head-quarters of the Upper Subansiri district. It is a small but adventures tour destination.
  12. Jairampur - Manmao- Nampong – Pangsau Pass
    Another well-known tourist circuit in Arunachal Pradesh. Dibrugarh airport and Tinsukia rail station in Assam are the nearest points to Jairampur. Some other notable destination in this circuit are Second World War Cemetery, Stilwell Road (Ledo Road), Nampong, Pangsau Pass, Manmao, etc.

How and where to go?

Travel by Air: The airline services of the state are not so good. If you planned to travel by airways then the airports of neighboring state Assam would be suitable for you. The nearest airport is located at Lilabari 67 km away from Itanagar and another airport of Assam is located at Tezpur 216 km away from Itanagar. There have some domestic airports in Arunachal Pradesh located at Daparjio, Ziro, Along, Tezu and Pasighat. These airports are perfect for Helicopter services.

Travel by Road: Arunachal Pradesh government maintained a well-connected road network throughout the state. The main destination city of the state, Itanagar is directly connected to Guwahati (381 km), Shillong (481km), Agartala (980km) and Kolkata (1,539km) by several National Highways namely NH-52, NH-229, NH-153, etc.

Travel by Rail: The Railway network of the state is also good. Major railway station of Arunachal Pradesh is located at Harmuty which is just 32 km away from the capital town Itanagar. Railway network of the state is connected to the neighboring state Assam.

Distance between Itanagar to Other Indian Cities

There is a table of approximate distance between Itanagar (capital Town of Arunachal Pradesh) to other major cities of India. These table data provides you an idia of road distance in the scales of Kilometer (km) from Itanagar to Indian major towns. Its neighboring country city Dhaka (capital town of Bangladesh) is 484 km away from Itanagar.

Distance Itanagar to -
Major CitiesKilometer (km)Major CitiesKilometer (km)
North Lakhimpur 52 Jorhat 72
Tinsukia 88 Sibsagar 103
Nagaon 128 Dimapur 135
Dibrugarh 137 Kohima 169
Guwahati 215 Dispur 215
Nalbari 233 Shillong 247
Imphal 259 Silchar 270
Cherrapunji 281 Aizawl 389
Kolkata 737 Patna 864
Gorakhpur 1029 Varanasi 1089
Bhubaneshwar 1108 Lucknow 1273
Kanpur 1344 Visakhapatnam 1490
Agra 1560 Nagpur 1605
Delhi 1635 New Delhi 1637
Jaipur 1784 Ludhiana 1799
Indore 1874 Hyderabad 1920
Chennai 2102 Ahmedabad 2178
Surat 2223 Pune 2256
Bangalore 2311 Mumbai 2329
Madurai 2524 Thiruvananthapuram 2726