Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh on the map of Republic of India

Arunachal Pradesh is one of the northeastern states of India. It is bordered by Bhutan in the east, China in the north and northeast, Myanmar (Burma) in the southeast, and the states of Assam and Nagaland in the south.

Arunachal Pradesh


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The region is also claimed as "South Tibet" by China.


People of Arunachal Pradesh understand Hindi, English and Arunachali. There are more than 36 major tribes and more than 306 sub tribes, but most of them know Hindi.

Get in

All tourists including Indians require ILP (Inner Line Permit) which can be acquired from any of the AP Houses situated in New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. The ILP is provided for each of the sectors (1. Bomdila, Dirang, Tawang; 2. Itanagar, Ziro; 3. Namdapha, Changlang). One can get the ILP for any one of the above sectors.

If you are visiting Bomdila sector, then the easiest way to reach there is by road from Tezpur (Assam). The nearest airport is Guwahati. One can then go to Tezpur by state transport buses. From Tezpur, shared vehicles are available every morning from 5:30 am. Make sure you book a nice seat with a reputed travel agency. Don't forget to request your driver to halt at Sela pass. It's covered with snow during the winter, with a picturesque view. Although the roads are good and maintained by Border Road Organization (BRO), there are landslides in the rainy season.

If you are visiting Namdapha, then the nearest airport is in Dibrugarh (Assam). There are no direct flights to Itanagar, and the nearest airport is Tezpur. There is a helicopter service available from Gauhati to various destinations like Pasighat and Tawang. The service is operated weather permitting. The fares are reasonably priced. There are no public taxis operating at the helipad in Tawang. Lest you want to trek from the helipad to Tawang town, make prior arrangements for road transport before boarding the flight.


Places to visit around Tawang include:



Tibetan delicacies like Thupka , momos or simple and delicious Paratha- Sabzi eaten hot from the roadside shacks on cold misty days are a treat! Most restaurants in Tawang serve these. A small shack called Annapurna serves delicious alu ( potato) chips. The traditional Monpa cuisine uses a generous amount of chillies and fermented cheese which has a strong flavour and is not for the fainthearted. Some traditional Arunachal dishes are as follows:


You can Drink (Saraku)

Stay safe

Arunachal Pradesh is the safest state in north east India.

The people of Arunachal Pradesh are not very religious and stay away from any kind of vices. They are very friendly and ready to help you.

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