Destinations

Assam

The "Nature Paradise" Assam is the central state in the North-East Region of India and serves as the gateway to the rest of the Seven Sister States. The land of red river and blue hills, Assam has enjoyed a reputation for unspoiled natural beauty, substantial biodiversity, amazing traditional cuisine, tea plantations, and friendly people. Assam shares its border with Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, West Bengal and it also shares international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh. Over the centuries, people of various ethnic, religious and linguistic backgrounds have been attracted by the fertile river valleys of Assam, and adopted them as their home. The people of Assam froms a range of racial backgrounds including Austro-Asiatic, Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Burman.

Catching the eyes of nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts, Assam is an absolute delight! The places to visit in Assam are listed below:

Guwahati

Guwahati is the largest cosmopolitan city in the North East India and it serves as the major gateway to the whole region. Situated on the bank of mighty Brahmaputra and touching the feet of the Shillong plateau, Guwahati has been blessed with immense natural beauty. The major tourist spots of Guwahati are Kamakhya Temple, Umananda Temple, Assam State Museum, Srimanta Shankardev Kalakshetra, Science Museum, Dighalipukhuri Historical Tank, Assam State Zoo Shilpagram etc. Sonapur, Madan Kamdev, Chandrapur are other famous spots outskirts the city.

Majuli

Majuli is the largest freshwater riverine island in the world and of Satriya Culture. Surrounded by mighty Brahmaputra, Majuli is famous for it's Vaisnavite Satras. Mahapurusa Srimanta Sankardeva first established a Satra or Neo Vaishnavite monastery in Majuli. Majuli also has exciting bio diversity and it's a birdwatcher's paradise.Cultural traditions of Mishings, Deoris and Sonowal Kacharis of Majuli islands are another main attractions for the tourists. Auniati Satra, Dakhinpat Satra, Garamurh satra, Kamalarbari Satra, Bengenati satra, Shamaguri Satra etc. are important Satras in Majuli. These Satras are the centre of Art, literature, culture and classical studies.

Tezpur

Tezpur is often called the City of Eternal Romance of Usha (King Baana's Daughter) and Anirudha (Grandson of Lord Krishna). Situated in Sonitpur district, Tezpur is located at the bank of the River Brahmaputra between the snow capped mountains of the Eastern Himalayas and verdant hills.For abounding archaelogocal sites, deep mythological connection and beauty Tezpur is referred as the cultural capital of Assam. Bamuni Hill, Agnigarh Hills, Mahabhairab Shiva Temple, Padum Pukhuri,Hazara Pukhuri, Kanaklata Udyan, British era Dak Bunglow (old post office) which now houses the district museum and Bhomoraguri are the major attractions in the city.

Sivasagar

Sivasagar has served as the seat of the Ahom Kingdom for over 6 centuries, which literally means "The Ocean of Lord Shiva" got its present name from Sivasagar Tank, literally, big lake, excavated by the Ahom queen Ambika. Sivasagar was reckoned as the Golden Land by the Ahoms, who by chance reached this gorgeous place and found it worthy enough to be their power seat. Sivasagar got its present name from Sivasagar Tank, literally, big lake, excavated by the Ahom queen Ambika. In Sivasagar Rang Ghar, Talatal Ghar, Sivadol, Kareng Ghar of Garhgaon, Joy Dol, Sivasagar Tank, Joysagar Tank, Joymati Maydam, Vishnu Dol, Devi Dol, Gourisagar Dol and Tank, Charaideo, Namdang Stone Bridge, Uttaran Museum etc. are the main attractions for the tourists.

Digboi

Asia's first oil refinery, which is the second in world is in Digboi. Situated in Tinsukia district in Asam, Digboi is also known as the 'Oil City' of India. The region in and around Digboi is home to a variety of flora and fauna and also become quite a popular bird watching destination for bird watchers.The place with misty blue hills offers various attractions including Digboi Oil Refinery,Ridge Point and Digboi Centenary Museum. From Ridge Point, you could have a stunning view of snow-clad mountains of eastern Himalayas. The War Memorial in Digboi is a chilling reminder of the Second World War and it has around 191 identified burials and a few unidentified ones, mostly of Indian and British soldiers.

Digboi

Asia's first oil refinery, which is the second in world is in Digboi. Situated in Tinsukia district in Asam, Digboi is also known as the 'Oil City' of India. The region in and around Digboi is home to a variety of flora and fauna and also become quite a popular bird watching destination for bird watchers.The place with misty blue hills offers various attractions including Digboi Oil Refinery,Ridge Point and Digboi Centenary Museum. From Ridge Point, you could have a stunning view of snow-clad mountains of eastern Himalayas. The War Memorial in Digboi is a chilling reminder of the Second World War and it has around 191 identified burials and a few unidentified ones, mostly of Indian and British soldiers.

Margherita

Margherita-a beautiful city situated inTinsukia district of Assam. The small sub-divisional town has mesmerizing scenic beauty as it's surrounded by hills, tea gardens, forest and the Dihing River. The communities of the area includes Ahoms, Sutiya, Moran, Motock, Nepali, Singpho, Muttock etc. and their cultures attracts the tourists.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park- a World Heritage Site situated in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam, which hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses. Kaziranga also boast the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world, and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006.The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo,and swamp deer. Kaziranga is recognized as an important Bird area by BirdLife International for conservation of avifaunal species. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest.Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility. Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, criss-crossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. In 1908, Kaziranga was designated a "Reserve Forest". In 1916, it was redesignated the "Kaziranga Game Sanctuary" and The Kaziranga Game Sanctuary was renamed the "Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary" in 1950 by P. D. Stracey, the forest conservationist, in order to rid the name of hunting connotations.In 1954, the government of Assam passed the Assam (Rhinoceros) Bill, which imposed heavy penalties for rhinoceros poaching.Fourteen years later, in 1968, the state government passed the Assam National Park Act of 1968, declaring Kaziranga a designated national park.The 430 km2 (166 sq mi) park was given official status by the central government on 11 February 1974. In 1985, Kaziranga was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique natural environment.

Manas National Park

Situated in the Western most part of Assam, with unique biodiversity and landscape is one of the first reserves included in the network of tiger reserve under Project Tiger in 1973. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. The Manas National Park was declared a sanctuary on 1 October 1928 with an area of 360 km2. Manas bioreserve was created in 1973. Prior to the declaration of the sanctuary it was a reserved forest called Manas R.F. and North Kamrup R.F. In 1951 and 1955 the area was increased to 391 km2. It was declared a World Heritage site in December 1985 by UNESCO. Kahitama R.F. the Kokilabari R.F. and the Panbari R.F. were added in the year 1990 to form the Manas National Park. In 2002, the Manas Park was designated as the core zone of the Buxa-Manas Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant The park is known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog. Manas is famous for its population of the wild water buffalo. Manas harbours the maximum number of endangered species from India as listed in the IUCN Red Book.

Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park is situated in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam and shares its northern boundary with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh. Together they constitute an area of over 1000 km2 of which Nameri has a total area of 200 km.The park was declared a reserve forest on 17 October 1978. It was set up as a Nameri Sanctuary on 18 September 1985 with an area of 137 km2 as a part of Naduar Forest Reserve. Until then the Nameri National Park was heavily used for logging. Another 75 km2 was added on 15 November 1998 when it was officially established as a National Park. The Jia Bhoroli river of Assam was famous since the time of British for the golden mahseer angling.This forest has over 600 species of trees and it is excellent elephant country and was considered to be an elephant reserve. It is an ideal habitat for a host of other animals including the tiger,leopard, sambar,dhole (the Asiatic wild dog), pygmy hog, Indian wild bison, clouded leopard, leopard cat, muntjac, gaur, wild boar, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, capped langur and Indian giant squirrel. Nameri is a birdwatcher's paradise with over 300 species. The white winged wood duck, great pied hornbill, wreathed hornbill, rufous necked hornbill, black stork, Ibisbill, Blue-bearded bee-eaters, Babblers, Plovers and many other birds make Nameri their home.

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

The Govt. has recognized Dibru-Saikhowa is a Reserve Forest (1890), a Sanctuary (1986), Important Birds Area (IBA) (2004), a National Park (1999) and a Biosphere Reserve (1997). However, its importance is not confined to that. In fact, Dibru- Saikhowa is endowed with such characteristics features and potential that it is likely to be one of the most important tourist spot in the world one day. It is a National Park on a river island which is the most famous wetland in India. It is the only National Park In India, where eight rivers flowing from various directions have met. On the other hand, many naturalists claim that Dibru- Saikhowa is the second largest river island National Park (340 sq. K.M.) in the world. Many channels from these rivers again intersect one another in the heart of the dense forest of Dibru-Saikhowa, adding o the natural beauty f this National Park. The kalomi Nullah is the main attraction among these channels. Kekjari Tree is the main attraction for all eco-tourists; in Dibru-Saikhowa. We demanding that it is the largest & immortal tree species in the world. The starting point of the Borluit or Brahmaputra proper at the lower part of this National Park which is the confluence of the Dibang, the Siang and the Luhit rivers, is the most attractive place for the tourists. Besides it's flora and fauna, especially Salix tree, Orchids, River Dolphins, Wild Horses, Marsh Babbler, Falcated Teal, Jerdon's Babbler, Black- Breasted Parrot Bill, White Winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Giant Chenga Fish etc.. In fact, Dibru-Saikhowa is a bird watcher's paradise. About 500 species of various migratory and local birds have been sighted here till now as per record. It needs to be mentioned that Dibru-Saikhowa is the only National Park in India which houses wild horses. Another attraction of Dibru-Saikhowa NationalP ark is two forest villages inside the National Park, viz. Laika and Dodhia - of the Mishing Tribe. The ethnic diversity , lifestyle and cultural tradition of other ethnic tribes such as the Mottocks, the Morans, the Sonowal Kacharis and the Nepalis are also quite attractive for interested tourists. Dibru-Saikhowa has immense potential as a flood tour spot since most of the area of this National Park remain under flood water during the rainy season. The number of picnickers that come to dibru-Saikhowa during winter is the highest in Assam.

Orang National Park

The Orang National Park is located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Darrang and Sonitpur districts of Assam, India, covers an area of 78.81 square kilometres (30.43 sq mi). It was established as a sanctuary in 1985 and declared a national park on 13 April 1999. It is also known as the mini Kaziranga National Park (IUCN site) since the two parks have a similar landscape made up of marshes, streams and grasslands. The park has a rich flora and fauna, including great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, pigmy hog, elephants, wild buffalo and tigers. The Orang National Park, encompassing an area of 78.81 square kilometres (30.43 sq mi)

West Kamrup Division

Kamrup Division was declared on 1872 as a forest division of Assam. In the year of 1874 most part of West Kamrup Division was declared by the British as Barduwar and Pantan Reserve Forest. There have six ranges viz., Loharghat, Kulsi, Bamunigaon, Boko, Bandapara and Nagarbera, This division is situated at the Kamrup District (rural) of Assam. It has many attractive spots and in future these spots may be famous as a tourist spots. The Chandubi Lake under Loharghat range has been very famous picnic spot since a long time. This Lake is situated in between the two hill of Assam and Meghalaya. Kulsi River under Kulsi Range is most attractive spots for eco tourists and it bears lot of River Dolphin, Dron River Water Fall (Balwari Water Fall) is the largest water fall in Assam. It can be provide highly satisfaction to any eco-tourists. It is under Boko Range. Kulsi IB has pristine scenic beauty . It is about 150 years old which was mabe by British. Dr. Bhupen Hajarika and many other famous person went to Kulsi for enjoy night stay at a time. It is under Kulsi Range. Ukiam is a very beautiful place under Bamunigaon Range near Meghalaya boarder. Lampi is the only place in Assam where snow-fall is common in December. Lampy is very beautiful hill place. Peoples call it : "Mini Shilong", "Moubhander", "Sagun Mela", "Gamena Shil" (Music Stone), "Raja Choki" and many attractive protentialfull tourist spots are located in several range under West Kamrup Division.

Chandubi Eco Tourism

The Chandubi Eco-Camp of Wave Ecotourism is situated at a distance of 42 K.M. from Borzer Airport of Guwahati.Only 2 hours journey from Guwahati city, Chandubi is truly a destinations for nature lovers. Located at the foot of Garo Hills, it is a quiet, calm, peaceful place covered by deep forests, small and distinct villages and attractive eco tourism destinations. The Chandubi lake, The Jaraimukh Rabha Tribal village, jungle trail, boating, Bird watching, Camp fire, night Camping are the main attractions. The local people has taken steps towards community based Eco Tourism initiative.

Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, formerly known as the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary or Hollongapar Reserve Forest is an isolated protected area of evergreen forest located in Jorhat District of Assam. It's a small sanctuary of 20.98 sq. kmms. With semi evergreen forests and evergreen patches amidst tea gardens and human settlements. The upper canopy of the forest is dominated by the Hollong tree (Dipterocarpus macrocarpus), while the Nahar (Mesua ferrea) dominates the middle canopy. The lower canopy consists of evergreen shrubs and herbs. The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary contains India's only gibbons- the hoolock gibbons, and Northeastern India's only nocturnal primate - the Bengal slow loris. It is the houses seven out of 15 species of Apes in India. Another mammals found in this sanctuary are- Stump Tailed Macaque, Pig Tailed Macaque, Capped Langur, Wild Boar, squirrel, Asian Elephant, Civet Cat, Bats etc. Birds like Hornbill, Green Pigeaon, Owl, Woodpecker, Black Headed Oriole etc. are found in this sanctuary.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is s a wildlife reserve in the Morigaon district of the state of Assam located only 60 km away from Guwahati city. The total notified area of the park is 38.80 square kilometers and. It covers flat flood plains and a hillock (Raja Mayong).Pobitora was declared a reserved forest in 1971 and a wildlife sanctuary in 1987. wildlife includes Asiatic Buffalo, Leopard, Wild Bear, ciovet cat etc and some migratory Birds are found in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

Pani-Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary

Pani-Dihing Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS) is located in Sivasagar district of Assam. It is approximately 25 km (15.53 miles) away from Sivasagar in Assam State of India. PWS has been renamed as Panidihing Bird Sanctuary (PBS) by the government of Assam. It is a 33.93-square-kilometre (13.10 sq mi) wildlife sanctuarylocated in Sivasagar district, Assam. It is 22 km (14 mi) away from Sivasagar town. This protected area was established as a Bird Sanctuary in August 1999 by the Government of Assam. The sanctuary is bordered by the Brahmaputra and the Dishang rivers in the north west and south respectively. As many as 267 species of birds including 70 species of migratory birds have been identified and recorded at Pani Dihing. The common birds seen here are bar-headed goose, greylag goose,spot-billed duck, mallards, gadwall, wigeon, garganey, shoveller, red crested pochard, common pochard, ferruginous duck, adjutant stork, kingfisher, lesser adjutant stork, open bill stork, The rare griffon and white-rumped vultures have also been spotted here.

Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary

Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located in Tinsukia district of Assam in India covering 7.22 km2. This wildlife sanctuary is spread across three blocks located in Tinsukia district of Upper Assam which consist of three separate forests, namely Bherjan, Borajan and Padumoni. It is a very important forest in terms of conservation and includes habitat for hoolock gibbon, capped langur, pig-tailed macaque, slow loris, rhesus macaque, leopard, etc.

Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary

Dehing Patkai, is the only rainforest in Assam having Assam valley tropical wet evergreen forest. It is a sanctuary with an area of 111.19 km2 located in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam. This sanctuary consists of three parts: Jeypore, upper Dihing River and Dirok rainforest. It was declared as sanctuary on 13 June 2004. This sanctuary is also a part of Dehing-Patkai Elephant Reserve. Being a completely virgin rainforest, this sanctuary is very rich in biodiversity. It is an ideal habitat for non-human primates. Till date, 47 species of mammals, 47 species of reptiles and 30 species of butterflies have been listed from here. The most common mammal species of this sanctuary are - hoolock gibbon, slow loris, pig-tailed macaque, stump-tailed macaque, capped langur, Asian elephant, tiger, black panther, leopard, gaur, Chinese pangolin, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan squirrel, leopard cat, clouded leopard, porcupine, crab eating mongoose, sambar, sun bear, binturong, barking deer, golden cat and marbled cat. Dehing Patkai Rain forest in Upper Assam is known to harbour about 293 bird species, belonging to 174 genera and 51 families. There are 13 globally threatened species here viz. the slender-billed vulture, white-winged duck, greater adjutant, greater spotted eagle, lesser adjutant, beautiful nuthatch, marsh babbler, tawny-breasted wren babbler, white-cheeked hill partridge, great hornbill, brown hornbill, Oriental darter and painted stork. The different trees of this four layered rainforest are laden with many exotic species of orchids.The Dehing Patkai Forest region not only boast rich biodiversity but also has a rich culture and heritage. There are more than a dozen different tribes and communities living in the area including Tai Phake, Khamyang, Khampti, Singpho, Nocte, Ahom, Nepali, Burmese, Tea-tribes etc.

Disangmukh

Disangmukh is situated almost 10 km from Sivasagar town where Mighty Brahmaputra and Disang joining together. The Beautiful Disang river is a tributary of the Mighty Brahmaputra and Disangmukh is mouth of this tributary. "Disang-Chapori" surrounded by flowing water of Disang river is a popular picnic spot having mesmerizing scenic beauty. Disang river was supposed to be one of the border of Ahom's capital "Rangpur". One can enjoy the rich and colorful cultural traditions of the Mishing people in Disangmukh.

Sadia

Sadiya - located in the Tinsukia district of the North-eastern Indian state of Assam was the third capital of Sutiya Kingdom established by the second Sutiya ruler Ratnadhwajpal in 1248. Extensive remains of buildings and fortifications built during the rule of the Sutiyas near about Sadiya still point to the importance of the region in the past. Its stands on a grassy plain, nearly surrounded by forested Himalayanmountains, on the right bank of what is locally (but erroneously considered the main stream of the Brahmaputra river. Sadiya is famous for a flower named sotful (the word means "blessing" or a "desert flower"), which is much like Jasmin. Sadiya is considered by some people as the widest point of any river all over the world at the point of creation of mighty river Brahmaputra with the joining of three rivers namely-Dihang River (Tsangpo, Siang, the main stream of Brahmaputra), Dibang River, and Lohit River.

Stillwell Road

The Ledo Road (from Ledo, Assam, India to Kunming, Yunnan, China) was built during World War II so that the Western Allies could supply the Chinese as an alternative to the Burma Road (which had been cut by the Japanese in 1942). It was renamed the Stilwell Road, after General Joseph Stilwell of the U.S. Army, in early 1945 at the suggestion of Chiang Kai-shek. It passes through the Burmese towns of Shingbwiyang, Myitkyina and Bhamo in Kachin state. In the 19th century, British railway builders had surveyed the Pangsau Pass, which is 1,136 metres (3,727 feet) high on the India-Burma border, on the Patkai crest, above Nampong, Arunachal Pradesh (then part of Assam). They concluded that a track could be pushed through to Burma and down the Hukawng Valley. Although the proposal was dropped, the British prospected the Patkai Range for a road from Assam into northern Burma. British engineers had surveyed the route for a road for the first 130 kilometres (80 miles). After the British had been pushed back out of most of Burma by the Japanese, building this road became a priority for the United States. After Rangoon was captured by the Japanese and before the Ledo Road was finished, the majority of supplies to the Chinese were delivered via airlift over the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains known as the Hump.

Arunachal Pradesh

The "land of rising sun" Arunachal Pradesh located in the easternmost part of the Indian Territory is the largest state in the North East India covering an area of 83,743 sq kms with evergreen forests covering more than 82% percent of the state and it has a very long international border with Bhutan to the west, China in the north and Myanmar in the east. Inhabited by 26 major tribes and many sub tribes Arunachal Pradesh is home to verdurous valleys, and unprecedented aestheticism. With tranquil environment and salubrious climate Arunachal Pradesh is full of unique ethnic cultural traditions of its inhabited tribes. Gushing waterfalls, tranquil lakes, Snowy mist and picturesque hill tops enhance the astounding scenic beauty of this veritable treasure trove of nature. The places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh are listed below:

Roing

You can get ultimate pleasure in Roing, which is located in Lower Dibang Valley. The picturesque beauty of the place attracts tourists from all parts of the world. Nature lovers, archeologists and adventure seekers will find the place engaging, educative and interesting. The place has many lakes and waterfalls and here you will find yourself at peace. Van Udyan is a breath-taking forest park set on the riverbank at Deopani. While going from Roing to Bismaknagar, you can see the vibrant orange orchards.

Mayudia

This unique hill resort is 56 km from Roing and is situated at an altitude of about 8000 ft amidst lofty hills, lush green forests and breathtaking landscapes which provide a panoramic view of the surrounding snow capped mountains and the landscape. The ascending drive from Roing to Mayudia along the winding twelve-necked point (Baro Golai) of the road provides a sense of adventure as well as close encounter with nature.

Bhismaknagar

Bhismaknagar which is 30 km from Roing is the oldest archaeological and mythological site in Arunachal Pradesh with a rich and ancient history. The ruins of the 'Hill Fort' made up of burnt bricks dates back to 12th century A.D. The fort which extends over an area of 10 sq. km., was excavated during 1969-1973 which yielded terracotta plaques, decorative tiles, potteries, terracotta figurines etc. Bhismaknagar finds reference in Bhagawad-gita and the Mahabharata. The Idu Mishmi tribe is associated with the legend of Rukmini Devi, King Bhismaka's daughter and Lord Krishna's consort. It is believed that she was from this tribe. Popular legends and traditions identify the ruins of the fort as the site of the capital of King Bhismaka.

Hunli

This small town is 90 km from Roing on the way to Anini and is situated in a picturesque scenic valley. The cave temple at Kupuli near Hunli is a sacred place of worship for the tribes of the region. The drive from Roing to Hunli through the well maintained black topped road provides thrill and eye catching scenic beauty.

Etalin

Etalin is a small village in the Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a rest stop used by those taking the route to Anini or Malinye. Etalin is approximately 52 KM from Anini and approximately 42 KM from Malinye. The nearest hospital is the Anini General Hospital.There is one middle school in etalin and for further study they have to move to Anini High secondary School or Roing High Secondary School, the nearest airport is in Assam (Mohanbari).There are about 36 villages in Etalin block. It's a village of Idu(Mishimi) tribe and midpoint of both the river Dri and Tanloh .

Anini

Anini is the headquarters of the Dibang Valley district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. Anini was also the district headquarters of the undivided Dibang Valley district. It is a small underdeveloped town, mainly because of its remoteness. Yet, it still has basic road and air links to the rest of India. The Idu Mishmi tribal people constitute a majority here. The town is fully dependent on the nearest major settlement, Roing, which is in the Lower Dibang Valley District, for most commercial needs. Most of Annini is located on a miniature plateau between two tributaries of the Brahmaputra, the Dri Streams and Mathun rivers. Its location just south of the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary makes Anini the northernmost district headquarters in Northeast India. Anini's name may have come from Inini or Innini. Historical maps of Arunachal Pradesh from times before the Lower Dibang Valley district was carved out of the Dibang Valley District in 2001, and before Roing was established, indicate the capital of the Dibang Valley District being "Inini". That name may have come from the Idu word "inni". Inni is the Idu Mishmi's supreme deity or god. Anini's importance grew during World War II, when supplies and troops needed to be sent to China through the Ledo Road in Assam. In 1947, Anini became a part of the Union of India like the rest of India. At this point the Republic of China was free to claim most of Arunachal, making it and Aksai Chin under dispute. The People's Republic of China emerged in 1949, and once the British left in 1950, Arunachal and Aksai China were under dispute. Since then, they remained under dispute. In June 1980, the Dibang Valley district was finally carved out of the Lohit District, and Anini was pronounced capital. Since then, Anini has been the only district headquarters without proper road links to the rest of India.

Maliney

Maliney village is located in Etalin Tehsil of Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is situated 42km away from sub-district headquarter Etalin and 94km away from district headquarter Anini. Maliney has a total population of 127 peoples. There are about 27 houses in Maliney village. Etalin is nearest town to Maliney. Nearby cities: Hunli, Hayuliang, Tezu Town

Walong

Walong is a small cantonment and administrative town in the Anjaw District of the state of Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India. Walong is also the easternmost town in India. Anjaw was carved out of Lohit District in 2004. Walong's approximate position is 28 degrees 06 minutes North, 97 degrees East. It lies on the west bank of the Lohit River (a tributary of the Brahmaputra), approximately 20 kilometres south of the Chinese border. Just north of the border lies the Tibetan trading town of Rima. The forest around Walong is rich in wildlife. Rare mammals such as Mishmi takin, Red goral and Leaf muntjac occurs while among birds there is the rare Sclater's Monal. A flying squirrel, new to science, i.e., Mishmi Hills Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista mishmiensis also occurs in this district (site of a paratype). Walong is approximately 200 km. by road from the district headquarters town of Tezu. It had an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) which was capable of taking Otters and Caribous during 1962 Chinese aggression. Thereafter, it remained abandoned for a long time till 2013 when reconstruction of ALG began. The reconstructed ALG was inaugurated on 23 October 2015. There is an operational helipad.

Kibithu

Kibithu is a town in Arunachal Pradesh in Anjaw district. It is one of the easternmost permanently populated town of India, located on the LAC (line of actual control) at 28'16'49'N 97'01'04'E. It is located on the last road head of extreme northeast of northeastern India. The Lohit River enters India at Kibithu. It is uniquely located on the trijunction, with China to the north and Myanmar to the east. The people of Kibithu township and its adjoining villages are hardworking, simple and very cooperative. The town is dominated by Meyor tribe. However, some people of Nepali origin have also settled there. Major source of income includes business and tourism. Squash, Rice, garlic, onion, potato, etc. are grown in abundance here. The people of Kibithu township and its adjoining villages are hardworking, simple and very cooperative. The town is dominated by Meyor tribe. However, some people of Nepali origin have also settled there. Major source of income includes business and tourism. Squash, Rice, garlic, onion, potato, etc. are grown in abundance here. Trekking from Kibithu to Taluk pass on the Myanmar border is most demanding as one has to encounter many natural hurdles. Along this route one finds many useful herbs (some almost magical), orchids, wild life, hotsprings and remains of a crashed vintage 1950s aircraft hanging precariously above the pass. Kibithu also serves as starting point for white water rafting (level 5). The mountain peaks around Kibthu range from 10,000 ft to 16,000 ft. These mountains are hard to climb because of their steep sides. Nature lovers would find kibithu, the mecca of adventure sports. The major attractions being rock climbing, bunjee jumping and trekking through moist deciduous forest. One of the hanging bridges at Kibithu is situated high above the Lohit River and requires strong nerves to cross during the high winds. The bridge is a major challenge for the persons seeking adventure, conquering the fear to move to the middle of the bridge while it sways dangerously sideways. However, permission is required to get access to the bridge. Going till the middle of the bridge and clicking selfies is worth the trouble.

Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary and Lake

This sanctuary is 17 Km from Roing and is spread over an area of 281.5 sq km with varying altitude from 400 m to 3368 m above msl. Rare species of animals like wild duck, takin, hollock gibbon, tiger, leopard, red panda, and elephant etc are found here. A vast lake with crystal clear water and covering an area of about 4 Sq. Km forms a part of the sanctuary. The surroundings of the lake are extremely rich in flora and fauna. A walk around this natural lake is a divine pleasure.

Miao

Miao is a sub-divisional headquarters with splendid natural beauty of Noa-Dihing River and natural surroundings. There is a mini zoo where some important faunal species are housed representing the local diversity. The forest museum here is a store house of information on forest resources of the state and the region. It has a wildlife library that has an excellent collection of books, documents and records on wildlife of the State. The Tibetan Refugee Camp is worth a visit and where colourful woollen carpets of various designs are produced.

Namdapha National Park

This Park is the 15th Tiger Reserve of the country that is spread over an area of 1985 sq km. It is the only National Park in the country where four of the felines (tiger, the leopard, the snow leopard and clouded leopard) are found. Bison, sambar, barking deer and a variety of snakes are the other inhabitants of the park.Moreover, the Noa-Dihing River meanders through the forest and has a rich variety of aquatic life. Another unique feature of this park is that it covers a wide range of altitude from 200m to 4500m. The upper reaches remains covered with snow during most part of the year. The park also has a large variety of butterflies, over 150 timber species and some rare species of medicinal plants like Mishmi Teeta.

Wakro

Located within the Kamlang Reserve Forest and Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary, it has dense forests and wide floral and faunal diversity. Animals like hollock gibbon, tiger,takin etc, are found here. The Glow Lake is a unique example of high altitude lake with breathtaking scenic beauty and is a perfect place for adventure tourism.

Parasuram Kund

This holy kund is situated within the Kamlang Reserve Forest area and is surrounded by dense forest of Ruddhraksha trees which is considered sacred to Hindus. It is a sacred place where according to Kalika Purana, Srimat Bhagawata and the Mahabharata, sage Parasuram (one of Lord Vishnu's incarnations) took a dip in the waters of Lohit at Brahma Kund to cleanse his sin (he had killed his mother on the instruction of his father). Every year on Makar Sankranti (first day of the month Magh) thousands of pilgrims converge here to take a dip in the water to wash away their sins. A fair (mela) is held during this period.

Hawa Camp

Is on the way to Tezu where one can enjoy the panoramic view of the magnificent Lohit valley as well as sunrise and sun set views.

Itanagar

Itanagar is one of the well-known tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh and also the capital city. It has diverse architectural landmarks like Ita Fort which is built with special bricks. The iconic Ganga Lake is also located here. Itanagar has various attractions to offer which include Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Ita Fort, The State Museum, Ganga Lake, Polo Park and a lot more. Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary is a sprawling sanctuary that houses various species including langur, antelopes, Himalayan black bear, porcupines, goral and many more.

Tawang

In Tawang, one can get the glimpse of historical landmarks strategically set on the emerald green meadows. The entire Tawang region is nestled amidst Gudpi and Chong Chugmi ranges and bathed by the water of Tawang Chu River. Tawang Monastery is an around 113 feet long and 80 feet wide edifice which is a famous Buddhist temple. Some attractive tourist spots in Tawang are Indo-China border, Jaswant Garh, Tawang War Memorial, Tawang Craft Centre, Brahma-dung-chung Ani Gompa, Urgelling Gompa , Madhuri Lake and Pangateng Tso Lake etc.

Bomdila

At the altitude of around 8000 feet, Bomdila is an appealing getaway destination for family having a stunning view of snow clad Himalayan mountain ranges. Bomdila, the district headquarter of West Kameng District is situated in the heart of Western Arunachal Pradesh .The cool climate is enjoyable and so are the apple orchards and the beautiful surroundings. Here you can stroll along and capture the shots of snow-capped mountains and uninterrupted views of Gorichen and Kangto Peaks. The main attractions are Upper Gompa, Middle Gompa, Lower Gompa and local market.

Ziro

Ziro is famously known as Apatani Plateau. Declared as a World Heritage Site, Ziro offers some of the best attractions in Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro, situated in the Central Arunachal Pradesh and a headquarter of Lower Subansiri District is a quaint old town in Arunachal Pradesh, it is situated at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. One of the most advanced tribal groups in Arunchal Pradesh state, they are famous for the conservation and Paddy-cum-Fish culture which is unique among the Arunachal tribals. Talley Valley, fish farm Wild Life Sanctuary and Pine Bamboo groves found here look enchanting.

Bhalukpong

This historical site is the gateway to the state. Here you can get the glimpse of the era of Mahabharata. It is the well-known picnic spot and has a lot of sights to explore for adventure lovers. Situated at 213 metres above sea level, Bhalukpong is the entry point to Arunachal and is 56 kms from Tezpur. The place is famous for archaeological ruins of King Bhaluka who was the grandfather of King Bana of Mahabharata fame and an ancient ruler of the region. A historical fort of 10th-12th Century AD is situated in the foothills of the region and one can see the stone remains of the fort. Some important remains of King Bahluk's capital and his grandson Bana are preserved here. The Kameng River flows through Bhalukpong providing ample scope for adventure tourism. It is also a beautiful picnic spot.

Daporijo

It is 327 km from Itanagar and 160 km from Ziro and is the headquarters of Upper Subansiri district situated by the side of the Subansiri River. Daporijo is a small scenic town where one can see suspension bridges over Subansiri River made from bamboo and cane - a testimony of rich tribal craftsmanship. The Sigem-Daporijo Reserve forest and Kamala Reserve forest with its rich avi-fauna diversity are worth seeing. Subansiri River is also ideal for river rafting, angling and picnic. Museum and Craft Centre are other places which could hold your interest.

Aalo

It is 297 km from Itanagar and is the headquarters of West Siang District. Aalo is situated in a picturesque valley at the confluence of Sipu and Siyom rivers against the backdrop of verdant hills and is one of the oldest towns with a strong educational setup. Some places of tourist attraction here are the Patum Bridge over Yomgo River, Museum and Donyi-Polo Dere. The place is also popular for trekking, hiking and angling.

Pasighat

Pasighat is the heaven for nature lovers as it has diversity of flora and fauna, snow-covered peaks and Siang River to enjoy several water sports like rafting. Pasighat which is 270 kms from Itanagar is the headquarters of East Siang district and the oldest administrative center of erstwhile NEFA. It is situated on the banks of the Siang River, the main tributary of Brahmaputra. The snowclad peaks, rocky mountains and a variety of flora and fauna offer nature lovers ample opportunity to explore natural wonders.

Mechuka

Mechuka is a small town (sub-divisional headquarter) located in a picturesque valley near the Indo-Tibet border. During winters, one can get great views of the snow-clad mountains and snow fall. It is a natural lake situated at a high altitude with pristine and scenic surroundings. One of the oldest Buddhist monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh named Samtem Yongcha of the Mahayana sect is situated here atop a hill top overlooking the valley.

Meghalaya

Meghalaya is a state in northeast India which means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. The state is bounded to the south by the Bangladeshi divisions of Mymensingh and Sylhet, to the west by the Bangladeshi division of Rangpur, and to the east by India's State of Assam. The capital of Meghalaya is Shillong. During the British occupation of India, the British imperialist authorities nicknamed it the "Scotland of the East". Meghalaya was previously part of Assam, but on 21 January 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills became the new state of Meghalaya About 70% of the state is forested, of which 9,496 km2 (3,666 sq mi) is dense primary subtropical forest. The Meghalayan forests are considered to be among the richest botanical habitats of Asia. These forests receive abundant rainfall and support a vast variety of floral and faunal biodiversity. A small portion of the forest area in Meghalaya is under what are known as "sacred groves" Meghalaya's forests host 660 species of birds and numerous species of other wildlife. Peacock pheasant (top) and hoolock gibbon (bottom) are found in Meghalaya.Tribal people make up the majority of Meghalaya's population. The Khasis are the largest group, followed by the Garos then The Jaintias. Other groups include the Koch, the Biates of Saipung Constituency and Jowai, the related Rajbongshi, the Boro, Hajong, Dimasa, Kuki, Hmar, Lakhar, Karbi, Rabha and Nepali. The places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh are listed below:

Shillong

Shillong, the capital city, is famous for its spectacular beauty. Popularly known as the 'Scotland of the East' as it resembles the Scottish lands, Shillong's landscape has to be seen to be believed. It is the only hill station in India that has accessible routes from all sides. also known as "The Abode of Clouds", one of the smallest states in India. It is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district and is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet (1,496 m) above sea level, with the highest point being Shillong Peak at 6,449 feet (1,966 m). Shillong has steadily grown in size since it was made the civil station of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills in 1864 by the British. Shillong has convenient location between the Brahmaputra and Surma valleys and the climate of Shillong is much cooler than tropical India. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is the home to numerous waterfalls, the exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and the zoo are the key reasons why people visit Shillong.The leading attractions in Shillong are- Police Bazar - lying in the heart of the city, Ward's Lake-in the centre of the city, Lady Hydari Park, Lailum Canyons-just 45 minutes drive from Shillong city, Shillong Golf Course- the third oldest of its kind in India, Don Bosco for Indigenous culture -its a institution of a Museum, research center and a publication center, Elephant Falls-just outside of Shillong city, Shillong peak- the highest point in Shillong which offers magnificent views of Shillong city, Smit Village - just 14 kms away from the city this village makes for an enlighting experience for those looking to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Khasi tribe of Shillong, Umium Lake- set amidst sylvan hills that stretch till the horizon Umium is a paradise for angling and nature lover.

Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India. It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of 'Cleanest Village in Asia' in 2003 by Discover India Magazine. Mawlynnong is located 90 km from Shillong, along the India-Bangladesh border. As of 2014, there are about 95 households in Mawlynnong. The literacy rate is 100%. The people residing in the community are Khasi people. The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure. A community initiative mandates that all residents should participate in cleaning up the village. Smoking and use of polythene is banned while rainwater harvesting is encouraged.

Cherrapunji or Sohra

The historic name Sohra is more commonly used, and alternative spellings are Cherrapunjee and Charrapunji is a subdivisional town in the East Khasi Hills district in the Indian state of Meghalaya. It is credited as being the wettest place on Earth, but nearby Mawsynram currently holds that record. Cherrapunji still holds the all-time record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and in a year: it received 9,300 mm (366 in) in July 1861 and 26,461 mm (1,041.75 in) between 1 August 1860 and 31 July 1861. Cherrapunji is the traditional capital of the Nongkhlaw hima (Khasi tribal chieftainship constituting a petty state) known as Sohra or Churra. During the Winter, it is seen brown meadows stretching as far as the eyes can see with some small wooden houses but in rainy season or monsoon, the barren landscape turns into a brilliant shade of green. The main attractions of Cherrapunnji are Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Mawmluh Cave, Krem Phyllut Cave, Dain-Thlen Falls, Kynrem Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls, Eco Park, Cherrapunji Theological College at Nongsawlia, Thangkharang Park etc.

Nagaland

Nagaland borders the state of Assam to the west, Arunachal Pradesh and part of Assam to the north, Burma to the east, and Manipur to the south. The state capital is Kohima, and the largest city is Dimapur. It has an area of 16,579 square kilometres (6,401 sq mi) . The state is inhabited by 17 major tribes-Ao, Angami, Chang, Konyak, Lotha, Sumi, Chakhesang, Khiamniungan, Dimasa Kachari, Phom, Rengma, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Kuki, Zeme-Liangmai (Zeliang) Pochury and Rongmei as well as sub-tribes. Each tribe is unique in character with its own distinct customs, language and dress. About one-sixth of Nagaland is covered by tropical and sub-tropical evergreen forests-including palms, bamboo, rattan as well as timber and mahogany forests. While some forest areas have been cleared for jhum cultivation, many scrub forests, high grass, reeds; secondary dogs, pangolins, porcupines, elephants, leopards, bears, many species of monkeys, sambar, harts, oxen, and buffaloes thrive across the state's forests. The great Indian hornbill is one of the most famous birds found in the state. Blyth's tragopan, a vulnerable species of pheasant, is the state bird of Nagaland. A colourful land of impeccable culture and unprecedented traditions, this lesser known state is certainly an enticing destination to explore. Little do we know that on each turn in Nagaland there is a surprise waiting for us; the unexpected influence of Hinduism, the indelible marks of Christianity and the legends that are known beyond Indian borders, makes Nagaland truly a fascinating land that needs to be explored.

Dimapur

Dimapur is the largest city in Nagaland. Situated on the banks of the Dhansiri, (originally known as Dong-siri meaning a ravine of peaceful habitation) Dimapur, often described as the 'Brick City' by European scholars and also by the Ahoms, was the ancient capital of a ruling nation, the Dimasa, who were once a powerful and predominant race in the Entire North-East India region particularly the Brahmaputra Valley.Major attractions & sightseeing places of Dimapur are- Kachari Ruins, Diezephe Craft Village, Rangapahar Reserve Forest / Zoological Park, Chumukedima Village, Dimapur Ao Baptist Church, Diphupar, Nichuguard, Kuki Dolong Village, Green Park, Nagaland Science Centre, Medziphema , Ruzaphema etc.

Kohima

It is the hilly capital of Nagaland which shares its borders with Burma. Kohima is the land of the Angami Naga tribe. The name, Kohima, was officially given by the British as they could not pronounce the Angami name Kewhima or Kewhira (Tenyidie for "the land where the flower Kewhi grows"). It is called after the wild flowering plant Kewhi, found in the mountains. Earlier, Kohima was also known as Thigoma. The town of Kohima is located on the top of a high ridge and the town serpentines along the top of the mountain ranges as is typical of most Naga settlements.Major attractions & sightseeing places of Kohima are Dzukou Valley, Japfu Peak, Pulebadze Peak, Kohima War Cemetery, Deputy Commissioner's Bungalow, Kohima State Museum, Kohima Zoo, Naga Bazar, Dzuleke, Tseminyu etc.

Mokukchung

Mokokchung is the cultural nervecentre of the Ao people and is economically and politically the most important urban centre in northern Nagaland. In fact it is third most important urban hub in all of Nagaland after Dimapur and Kohima. Besides this the Government of Nagaland has also recognised Mokokchung district as 'Land of Pioneers' because this place has produced a great number of luminaries in many fields. The town is made up of 16 wards of which Kumlong, Sangtemla, Alempang and Yimyu are the largest. Mokokchung is particularly noted for its extravagant Christmas, New Year, Moatsu and Tsungremong celebrations. Its tradition of celebrating Christmas and New Year midnight celebrations in the main town square is regarded as one of the unique features of Mokokchung. Major attractions & sightseeing Places of Mokukuchung are Changtongya, Mokokchung Park, Mokokchung Village, Longkhum, Ungma, Chuchuyimlang, etc.

Mon

This district (Mon) is also known for Headhunting as it was practised in historic times. Now a denoted name is given as "Land of Anghs" (Which means land ruled by Kings). t is situated at an altitude of 2,945 ft (898 m) above sea level. It is at a distance of 357 km from Kohima via Dimapur and 280 km from Dimapur, 275 km from Kohima via Mokokchung, Tamlu and Wakching. Home of the Konyaks, the town was established at the land of Chen and Mon villages. It is centrally located for the coronation of Anghs (chiefs). Major Attractions & Sightseeing Places of Mon are Longwa Village, Veda Peak, Chui Village (Basti), Shangnyu Village etc.

Wokha

Wokha literally means "head count" or "census" in Lotha dialect dominantly inhabited by the Lotha tribe .Wokha district, declared as 'the land of plenty' by the state government of Nagaland, due to her rich mineral resources, soil fertility and abounding flora and fauna. The district is situated at an economically strategic location sharing borders with Assam in the West and North, Kohima and Dimapur in the South, Zunheboto in the East and Mokokchung in the North East. It has a geographical area of 1628 Square kms having 125 recognized village. Major attractions & sightseeing places of Wokha are Doyang Hydro Project, Liphanyan Governor's camp, Mount Tiyi, Doyang River, Water Pool, Totsu Cliff, Vankhosung etc.

Dzukou Valley

Dzukou derives its meaning from the Angami/Mao word which translates to "Cold Water" referring to the ice cold stream that flows through the valley.The Dzukou Valley is located at the border of the states of Nagaland and Manipur. There is two ways of reaching the valley. The entry is from the foothills of Viswema Village and the exit is to the foothills of Jakhama Village both in Nagaland. It can also be reached in five hours of trek from Mt. Isu(Tempu) of Senapati district of Manipur. The new five-hour trek route was opened by MMTA (Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association). This valley is well known for its natural beauty, seasonal flowers and the overall flora and fauna. The valley is famous for its wide range of flower in every season. But the most famous one is the Dzukou lily. Khonoma and Japfu Peak are the major attractions of Dzukou Valley.

Khonoma Green Village

Khonoma village is located about 20 km from the state capital, Kohima. The village, referred to as Khwunoria (named after the Angami term for a local plant, Glouthera fragrantisima), is estimated to be around 700 years old and is spread over an area of 123sq.km. The total population of the village is about 3000, settled in 600 households. Khonoma is famous for its forests and a unique form of agriculture, including some of the oldest terraced cultivation in the region. The terrain of the village is hilly, ranging from gentle slopes to steep and rugged hillsides. The hills are covered with lush forestland, rich in various species of flora and fauna. The state bird, Blyth's tragopan, a pheasant now nationally endangered, is reprtedly found here. Major attractions & sightseeing placesh of Khonoma Green Village are Dzulekie, Ruzaphema, Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.

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