Nearly every group has once decided to go on a road trip to the hilly areas and mountainous roads of the Northeast. Then, if you and your group fall in the same category of desire, then Arunachal Pradesh is your paradise. The state is full of adventurous paths, rumbling bridges and nail biting excitement. Every trip by every road here is bound to give your adrenaline a rush for your life.
When we think of hill stations in India, the names that come to our mind instantly are those of the clichéd ones of Shimla, Manali, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Leh, etc. Not to say that these are bad, but Arunachal is an underdog which actually deserves a mention on that list.
If one starts naming each place of magnificence present there, it would then take a really really long time! So this article would provide you with insights to few of the many such places and give you a small, virtual tour.
TAWANG is, to be honest, the most well known place in Arunchal. The word essentially mean Chosen Horse. Tawang is also famous from China’s controversial stance claiming it to be a part of Tibet, which is governed by mainland China. Also, it is the place where India shares its international border with China. Therefore, do not get much surprised if your cellphone gets hooked on to a Chinese network on your visit. LOL. Tawang is also pretty famous for the ‘Tawang Monastery’ where his highness Dalai Lama, the fourteenth took shelter when he fled from Tibet after the Chinese acquisition. A visit to the Tawang War memorial is also worth the same.
The Parshuram Kund is also an extremely beautiful sight to behold. If you are travelling there during the month of January and especially during Makar Sankranti then you will be a witness of the biggest festival when nearly 70,000 devotees come from all over the world to take a dip in the river which they believe will wash away their sins. This site actually has a mythological story attached to it. Parshuram was once a murderer who hadn’t even spared his own mother and due to a particular reason he decided to change his mind and himself. So he is believed to have washed his axe in the brahmaputra river and the river turned red from the blood stains in the axe. Since then, the river there is known as ‘Lohit’ which means ‘bloody’. This story makes the people believe that the river will also wash away their sins. Hope that’s true!
Also if you’re an individual who is awed by scenic landscapes then, Pangsau Pass, is the place for you. This is a historical pass through which first the Ahoms, then the British traveled to Burma.
And if you are a person who is mesmerized by the wilderness, then, Namdapha National Park is the place for you to go. It is the third largest national park in the country in terms of area. The park is also one of the Tiger reserves formed under the Project Tiger scheme, 1983.
Mechukha is a town located in the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The name Men-chu-kha means medicinal water of snow where men is medicine, chu is water and kha is snow though kha also means mouth. The popular name for Menchukha is Mechukha. It has become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the state owing to its amazingly beautiful landscapes, snow-capped mountains and of course the river Siyom. Along with this, Mechukha also houses a 400-year old Buddhist Samten Yongcha monastery which is a contemporary of the Tawang monastery.
The ‘land of the rising sun’ has a lot more tourist spots other than the ones mentioned in the above lines. Do make sure to visit this paradise on your next trip because I am sure you already feel like packing your bags and rushing there after reading the article and if not then do watch this video: