- Off the beaten track – the most remote part of NE India
- Tribes – over 26 recognised tribes and 100 sub-tribes
- UNESCO recognised sustainable agriculture
- Wildlife – the Namdapha National Park has four big cat species and the Eagle’s nest for bird watching
- Trekking, rafting, picnics
Sharing a border with China, Arunachal Pradesh is at the tip of northeastern India. You can drive many miles without spotting a soul here. Inhabited by over 26 major tribes and 100 sub-tribes, many of whom live a life that is relatively untouched by modern technology, interacting with locals is an unconventional experience.
The Monpa tribe lives in the western part of this state and the most popular destination here is Tawang, once a part of Tibet. Their religion is Buddhist and the monasteries are worth a visit, especially the female ones or nunneries called Ani Gompas. Tsangyang Gyatso, the VI Dalai Lama was born near Tawang.
Namdapha National Park, spread over 1985 sq kms of dense forest, is home to a mind-boggling array of animal and plant species including four big-cat species (leopard, tiger, clouded leopard and snow leopard). In contrast, Sela Pass (at an elevation of 13,700 ft) is snowed under for large parts of the year.
The roads in this state are in poor condition due to landslides during the monsoon months and there are long rides between destinations. Inner line permit is required to visit this state and an experienced guide to accompany is recommended. Accommodation ranges from very basic to 3 star in only a few places. A trip to this state is not for the fainthearted!