About the State
Arunachal Pradesh, the erstwhile North East Frontier Agency (NEFA), is situated in the northeastern part of India. It is the largest state in terms of geographical area among the North Eastern States. Though in common perception Assam is the largest state in North East, actually, Arunachal has a total area of 84 thousand square km whereas the area of Assam is about 78 thousand square km. It is the homeland of 25 major tribal communities further divided into a number of smaller sub-group. The total population of the state is about 13 lakhs. Arunachal Pradesh has one of the lowest population densities in India with only 17 persons per square Kilometer.
The entire state of Arunachal Pradesh is mountainous, in fact, the hills are in most places the natural border with Assam, as you get down from the hills, you mostly enter the state of Assam.
Surrounded by China, Bhutan, and Myanmar on its three sides, Arunachal Pradesh is a land of rugged grandeur whose snowy peaks like Kangto (7090 meters), Nyegi Kangsang (7050 meters), Gorichen (6488 meters), Chomo (6000 meters), etc are gorged through roaring rivers and swift streams. It offers a breathtaking spectacle of Nature’s glory in a wild profusion of flora, fauna and people abounding in a variety of tribal customs, cultures, languages and dresses.
The state is divided into twenty districts with the state's capital town of Itanagar in the Papum Pare district.
Endowed with unsurpassed beauty, Arunachal Pradesh was, until recently, the hidden frontier, existing in splendid isolation. The magnificent landscape in its unspoilt glory is now accessible and open to tourists, travellers and adventure lovers.
Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh
Tourism in the state has been popular for its unique biodiversity and natural beauty, however traditionally tourism in the state has been restricted due to the lack of a road network and other tourism infrastructure.
The total number of tourists travelling to Arunachal Pradesh in a year hovers at just about one lakh. This is a very small number considering the potential of tourism in the state. The most popular tourist destination is Tawang. Typically tourists travel from Assam through Bomdila and reach Tawang after 2 days road journey. The return also is a two-day journey.
The Aalo – Mechuka valley route is also gaining popularity at present. Further east, Dibang valley and surrounding area tours are also gaining in popularity now. The tourist infrastructure in the entire state is fast improving. With new and better roads and bridges such as the Bhupen Hazarika bridge, much of the state is now accessible to tourists. Accommodation options are also improving though it still remains limited in most parts of the state.
Indian tourists require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter Arunachal Pradesh. It can be obtained from the Guwahati, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Kolkata or Delhi office of the state government. Foreign nationals require a permit known as Restricted Area Permit (RAP). This can be obtained from the different FRRO offices located in major cities of India. At HUMRO TOUR, we arrange for the permit for our guests who visit Arunachal with us. For further details, you may contact the phone number given here.
Bhalukpong Travel Information Bhalukpong is the most important entry point of Western Arunachal Pradesh. If you plan to travel to the Tawang - Bomdila circuit, you have to travel through Bhalukpong. How to reach The small town on the Arunachal ... [+]
Bomdila District Head Quarter of Kameng Any tour in Western Arunachal Pradesh would include a night's stay in Bomdila. The place is about 100 km from Bhalukpong, the entry point of Western Arunachal Pradesh. The drive time, depending on ... [+]
Dirang If you are looking for information about Dirang, probably you are planning a tour of Tawang. Dirang is mostly an overnight tourist destination for visitors going to Tawang in Western Arunachal Pradesh. You can contact our team for organizing ... [+]
Namdapha National Park Orientation Namdapha is one of the easternmost forests in India. The forest of Namdapha is spread over a large area of about 2000 square kilometres. It is situated between Assam to its West, Nagaland to its South, Myanmar ... [+]
Tawang Tawang is a district as well as a town in western Arunachal Pradesh. The town is located at an altitude of 11,500 ft at the extreme North West corner of Arunachal Pradesh surrounded on three sides by Bhutan and China. This makes Tawang ... [+]
Anini Anini is a small village in the North-Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. It is part of what is known as Dibang Valley and is also the capital of the Dibang Valley district. It is one of the new and upcoming tourist destinations of North ... [+]
Parshuram Kund This is an important religious destination for Hindus. The Parshuram Kund is situated in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh and is a relatively inaccessible tourist destination. The Kund and its surrounding area are also rich ... [+]
Ziro Valley Ziro valley is a popular tourist destination in the central part of Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro is famous for its natural beauty and Hills. Ziro is situated on the Apatani Plateau and is declared a World Heritage Site by the UN as it ... [+]
Roing Roing is an important town in the Himalayan foothills of eastern Arunachal Pradesh. It is the headquarter of the Lower Dibang Valley district and is the base for your travel to Anini and Dibang valley. The small town of about 12000 population ... [+]
Pasighat Pasighat is one of the oldest towns of Arunachal Pradesh situated in the eastern Siang district bordering Assam. With an average elevation of about 156 meters above sea level, Pasighat is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. ... [+]
Aalo (Along) Aalo, previously known as Along, is a small picturesque town situated at the meeting point of two rivers Sipu & Yamgo in the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the district headquarter and a popular tourist destination. ... [+]
Daporijo Daporijo is a small town in the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. River Subansiri (a tributary of the Brahmaputra River) flows through Daporijo giving a panoramic view of nature. Daporijo is situated 600 meters above sea ... [+]
Mechuka (Menchuka) Covered by lush green pine trees & forest with snow-peaked mountains Mechuka, at 1250 meters, is a picturesque small town in the Shi-Yomi District of Arunachal Pradesh. Just about 30 Km from the Indo-China border this ... [+]
Tezu Tezu is a town in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the more developed towns in the Lohit district and also the district headquarter. Tezu is famous for its scenic beauty and lush greenery and beautiful valleys. Parshuram ... [+]
Pakhui Tiger Reserve Pakhui Tiger reserve (also known as Pakke Tiger Reserve) is situated in the Pakke Kessang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The total area the reserve covers is approximately 862 Km Square and is protected by the Environment ... [+]
Itanagar Orientation Itanagar is one of the far eastern cities in India and is located in the Papum Pare district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Itanagar is a very beautiful hill station and is also the capital of Arunachal Pradesh ... [+]