Famed as ‘the land of the dawn-lit mountains’, Arunachal Pradesh is the last frontier of India, as well as the largest of the Seven Sisters states. It also goes by the name of the “Orchid State” as it is home to about 50 percent of the orchid species found in India.
Arunachal Pradesh is rich in flora, fauna, as well as culture and heritage. It comprises a unique blend of tribes and sub-tribes, which bring their own legacy in terms of language, customs, festivals, cuisines and art forms. Buddhism and the animist traditions of Donyi Polo, worship of the Sun and Moon, have a strong influence on the local cultures and traditions.
The land is mostly mountainous with the Himalayan ranges running through most of the state. The state is divided into five river valleys – the Kameng, the Subansiri, the Siang, the Lohit and the Tirap. The temperate climate engendering lush forest cover, along with the sprawling ranges of the eastern Himalayas, are a paradise for nature lovers. The state is home to countless species of rare vegetation, as well as animals and birds.
Arunachal Pradesh has a number of unforgettable offbeat destinations to choose from. Travellers interested in learning about Mahayana Buddhism could travel to Tawang, which has the second largest monastery in the world after the Potola Palace of Lhasa, or those interested learning about tribal culture could visit Ziro valley, where they can interact with the local Apatanis who are famed for their pagan culture, nose stubs and facial tattoos. Wildlife enthusiast can venture into the jungles of Namdapha National Park in search of the elusive Red Panda and the Snow Leopard. There is a lot more on offer, you only have to take your pick.