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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, located at the eastern most part of India, provides many a destinations of tourist importance. Surrounded by the snow clad Himalayas, the state offers a wide range of tourist attractions.

                The capital is Itanagar. The city boasts of the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, The Buddhist Temple, the Ganga Lake (Gyaker Sinyi), The State Museum and Polo Park. Naharlagun, a small town situated just 10 kms from Itanagar is also a tourist destination.

                 Almost everyone has heard about Tawang. Bordering China, Tawang is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. The monastery also called the Galden Namgyal Lhatse is one of the oldest and the center of Buddhist pilgrimage.  

    There are a couple of other tourist locations situated at Basar, Ziro, Malinithan, Bhalukpong, Tipi and Bomdila. Bhalukpong and Tipi is home to nearly 600 species of rare orchids which is a botanical delight. At Bomdila, a tourist can visit the Crafts Market, where one can buy the traditional handicraft items.

                    For wildlife enthusiasts, there are numerous wildlife sanctuaries such as the Namdhapa National Park, Pakhui Sanctuary, Itanagar Sanctuary, Daying Ering Sanctuary, Mehao Sanctuary and many more. These parks contain animals as rare as Hoolock Gibbon and Musk Deer. For adventure tourists, numerous adventure spots have been created. Trekking, white water rafting, rock climbing, you name it and you’ll get it. Various fairs and festivals are held round the year and a tourist can visit the state during the Solung, Mopin and Losar festivals to view the rich heritage and traditional customs of the state.

                     The state is well connected with the rest of India. The nearest railway station is situated at Harmuty while Lilabari airport in Assam is the nearest airport. Buses from all major cities connect the state. The best time to visit the State is from October to April.

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