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ROAD TRIP ACROSS TRANS-ARUNACHAL
Arunachal Pradesh ambitious project has finally taken shape, the Trans-Arunchal Highway along the “East to West of India-Tibet border” for facilitating and promoting local tourism. This is definitely a step further in connecting parts of the state for faster movement, with some astonishing landscape, cultural diversity, and promoting local cuisine.
Under the leadership of Mr. Pema Khandu, Honl. Chief Minister, and his cabinet of ministers like Mr. Nakap Nalo, Secretary Tourism, Smt Sadhana Deori, and Director Tourism, Abu Tayeng, extra focus has been on promoting local tourism, bringing employment to young, as we see many lovely cafés and BnB have come up. It has been captured by Hindustan Time (link), The Hindu (link), The Economic Times (link), and Business Standard (link), emphasizing the importance of tourism for the state and its rich cultural heritage.
The Trans-Arunachal Highway is a two-lane highway project underway in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a 2,407 km (1,496 mi) long network entailing several spurs with 1,559 km (969 mi) alone formed by NH13 trunk route which has already been completed.
The highway system beginning in northwest from Tawang ends in at Wakro in Arunachal Pradesh state. The existing NH13 highway 12 of the existing 16 district headquarters, the remaining 4 districts and the state capital will be connected by 848 km long upgraded 2-lane spur highways.
The ₹100,000 million (US$1.4 billion) project between the strategic Tawang area to near Dibrugarh in Assam passes through Bomdila, Nechipur, Seppa, Sagalee, Ziro, Daporijo, Along, Pasighat, Roing Teju, Mahadevpur, Namchik, Changlang and Khonsa (on Nagaland border) and Kanubari enroute.
Tawang to Wakro portion of NH13 route became operational in 2018 when 6.2 km long Dibang River Bridge was completed across Dibang River. Sela Tunnel, a shorter alternative route with target completion by Jan/Feb 2022, will provide further road connectivity reducing the travel time even further.
Trans-Arunachal Drive 2021
A drive organised by Arunachal Pradesh Tourism, in partnership with Mahindra Adventure and JK Tyre to discover the lesser-known areas of this beautiful state.
Nestled in the Himalayas, Tawang is a charming hill station located at a height of about
3048m. Tawang is known for many important and beautiful monasteries and is famous for
being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso. It houses India’s largest
monastery and boasts of rich culture and history apart from mesmerizing landscapes and
Places to visit: Tawang Monastery, Sela Pass, Nuranang Falls, Tawang War Memorial,
Zemithang, Sangetsar Lake, Bumla Pass, Jaswant Garh War Memorial, Urgelling
Monastery and PTSO Lake. (Link source Trip Advisor)
Dirang is a small town on the bank of river Kameng situated 42 km from Bomdila. It serves
as the gateway to the city of Tawang. With the spectacular landscape pleasing your eyes
and pleasant weather throughout the year, Dirang is a paradise for nature lovers,
photographers, and trekkers.
Places to visit: Hot water springs, Apple and Kiwi orchards, National Yak Research and
Breeding Centre at Nigmadung, Sheep Breeding Farm and Sangti Valley, Thembang and
Dirang Dzong (Link source Yatra.com)
It’s the homeland of the Shertukpen people. Shergaon is a village by the side of the
highway surrounded by a forest of green oaks, blue pines, and rhododendrons. DelhiDiary’s personal favorite place.
Places to visit: Zengbu Gompa, Choskorong Waterfall, Mandala, Phudung, and apple
Pakke Kesang is home to the spectacular Pakke Tiger Reserve. Situated in the foothills of
the Eastern Himalayas with an undulating and hilly terrain in the south and mountainous
ranges in the north, Pakke makes for a superb getaway from the hustle-bustle of city life. If you fancy adventure sport, look for the paragliding schedule.
Places to visit: Papu Valley, Pakke Valley, Passa Valley
Tucked away in the enchanting mountain-scape of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro Valley is an entrancing holiday destination with attractive sprawling rice fields, quaint villages, and rolling green hills veiled under thick layers of vibrant flora. The place is a picturesque paradise for adventure seekers too; whether one is looking forward to a soul-captivating trekking experience, a jungle camping fun or wildlife exploration, Ziro has it for all.
Places to visit: Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Meghna Cave, Siikhe Lake, Maniipolyang,
Paddy fields, Hong Village, Ziro Puto, Roto Pani Organic Farm
Located in the West Siang district, Basar is a lesser explored destination in the amazing Arunachal Pradesh. Filled with pristine scenery, verdant forests, lush paddy fields, gorgeous orange, and pineapple orchards, and breath-taking waterfalls, Basar is truly an escape for all nature lovers and photographers. Basar is also a great host for adventure seekers; it is peppered with plenty of hiking trails, mysterious caves, and fascinating jungles.
Geku is a tiny village located on the Siang River in the Upper Siang district where nature is at its bountiful best. Mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes you name it it’s here. The abundance of nature makes this town an ideal place for adventure activities such as trekking, hiking, angling, and camping in its rawest form. If adventure is your thing, then Yingkiong is your calling.
A small village near the 6.2 km long Dibang bridge, Bomjir is located in between Dambuk (16 km) and Roing (22 km) in Lower Dibang Valley district. The major tribes inhabiting the region are the Adi community. Filled with picnic spots, luscious green cover, and the mighty Dibang river, the sleepy Bomjir village makes for an ideal getaway. If you love sunrise and sunset, then Bomjir offers you a spectacular view of the sun rising over the Dibang and Mishmi Hills and the rays dazzling on the surface of the Dibang river. A picture-perfect getaway.
100 km from Tezu, Hayuliang is home to both Tawrah Mishmi also known as Digaru Mishmi, and Kaman Mishmi also known as Miju Mishmi. Hayuliang in the local dialect means ‘place of respite’. And it surely serves as a respite to the visitors. It is situated at 750 meters above sea level and has a cool and pleasant climate. The place offers a splendid view of the confluence of Lohit and Dalai Rivers and is adorned with mesmerizing natural beauty. Places of visit: Walong, Kibithoo, Dong, Walong War Memorial, Helmet top, Namti Valley.
Kaho is the first border village on the Indo-China border. It is a small village inhabited by the Meyor Community. It has a very old Gompa denoting the Buddhist faith practice by the Meyors.
Dong is a small picturesque village inhabited by the Meyors just 7 km away from Walong. The village is situated on the left bank of Lohit River amidst a scenic valley. Dong is the first village in the country to receive the sun rays every morning. This is where the state gets its name – “India’s Land of Rising Sun”. At an altitude of 1,240 meters, Dong offers scope for trekking amidst spectacular views, snow-capped mountains, and beautiful pine forests. The place is enriched with unspoiled natural beauty and is a photographer’s paradise. Trekking is the best way to explore this gorgeous destination
Surrounded by hills of the Kamlang reserve forest and the southern reaches of the Lohit river, the Picturesque Parasuram Kund is a site of great religious importance. It is a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to sage Parashuram. The holy waters of Parasuram Kund, It is believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of Parasuram Kund cleanse sins. The kund is some 48 km away from the headquarter Tezu.
Home to the Tai Khampti and Singpho tribe, Namsai’s charm lies in its enchanting landscapes and its warm and hospitable people. Also known as the land of the pagodas, Namsai displays splendid views of the many paddy fields, gentle rivers, sprawling tea plantations, clean wide roads, grand pagodas, and enticing water resorts. Namsai is a place of great spiritual importance, a place to connect with your inner self.
Places to visit: Golden Pagoda, Tenga Pani, Lal Pahar, Empong Monastery, Momong
Chong, Noa – Dihing river, Namsai Forest Reserve, Chowkham
Pangsau Pass or Pan Saung Pass, 3,727 feet in altitude, lies on the crest of the Patkai Hills on the India–Myanmar border. The pass offers one of the easiest routes into Burma from the Assam plains. It is named after the closest Burmese village, Pangsau, which lies 2 km beyond the pass to the east.
Visit – https://www.arunachaltourism.com/index.php for further information and latest updates.
Go ahead block your dates and make that trip.