The thing about unexplored places is the mystery that surrounds them. But it is also true most of these places boast of surreal beauty and are must-visits. One such place in India is Arunachal Pradesh. Teetering on the far northeastern side of the Indian peninsula, Arunachal Pradesh shares its border with three international countries – Bhutan, Myanmar and Tibet.

One of the most underrated tourist destinations in India, a large part of Arunachal Pradesh still remains unexplored. Arunachal Pradesh has plenty of stunning attractions if you want to explore uncharted paths, take roads, and discover hidden gems. It is sure to give you the most magical holiday experience you have ever had in your life. 

If you are wondering which are the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, don’t worry! We will fill you up with all the necessary details you need. 

Namdapha National Park

A biodiversity hotspot in India, Namdapha is one of the only 20 places in the country where one of the most endangered species in the world, the Red Pandas live and thrive. At this national park, which is the third-largest one in India, apart from the incredibly cute Red Pandas, you can also spot the big cats like snow leopards, royal Bengal tigers, and clouded leopards.

While visiting this national park, it is best advised to go on a guided tour. You can hire a guide from Duban and hike through the incredibly thick and lush green rainforest until you reach Lisu village, which is the best spot to see Red Pandas and watch their gimmicks in their natural habitat. With so much natural beauty all around and brimming with wildlife, it is no surprise that it is rated among the top 5 Arunachal Pradesh sightseeing places. 

Tawang

When you talk about Arunachal Pradesh's famous places, you cannot possibly overlook Tawang. Its natural beauty is unparalleled. It is located high in the mountains; this hill town is the perfect place in Arunachal Pradesh to relax in the lap of Mother Nature and get an insight into the local culture. 

A paradise for all mountain lovers, the town is located at an altitude of about 10,000 feet and is home to many Buddhist monasteries, picturesque lakes and scenic passes that will surely leave you in awe of their beauty. Another important place you must visit here is the Tawang War memorial; it is a beautiful stupa which honours the brave soldiers who were martyred during the 1962 India-China war. 

Dirang

You may have heard of the popular phrase, ‘big things come in small packages.’ Dirang is the perfect testimony to it. A small and quaint town nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayan Mountain ranges, Dirang holds many big surprises for you. 

Touted as one of the most scenic Arunachal Pradesh destinations, Dirang has something to offer to all kinds of travellers. Here, you can be sure to have wonderful experiences, like dipping your feet in the natural hot water springs, going on a Yak safari, tasting the local delicacy, i.e., dried Yak milk, and interacting with the local tribal communities, and knowing their traditions and culture. 

Sangti

Sangti can be best described as 'a slice of heaven on earth.' Located just about 15 km from Dirang lies this most amazing town and valley in the lap of the Eastern Himalayas. One of the popular Arunachal Pradesh destinations among the tourists coming to the northeast, Sangti Valley's landscape is made of crystal-clear rivers, lush green mountains, and a wide variety of flora and fauna that will captivate your senses. 

If you are looking to escape the city hustle and bustle, disconnect from the outside world, and connect with your inner self, this is the place to be. Just the calm, pure and fresh air in the region will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. It is a place where you can feel connected to Mother Nature and get rid of all the stress. 

While nature heals and nurtures your mind, body and soul, while you are here, don't forget to click some stunning pictures of the surroundings for your social media!

Sela Pass

Nestled high in the mountains at about 13,700 feet above ground level, Sela Pass is a place that comes straight out of a fairy tale! One of the most serene places in India, it is also rated as Arunachal Pradesh's best place to visit for all nature lovers and spiritual travellers. 

This pass is considered sacred by the Buddhist communities worldwide, and it is believed to have 101 lakes around it. The most picturesque of these lakes is the Sela Lake. While the ethereal beauty of Sela Pass is inexplicable, the journey to the pass is an experience in itself.

As you make your way up to the pass, you can see stunning mountain ranges covered in cotton-like snow. Also, the roads leading to the pass have steep turns that only add to the fun and adventure of the trip.

Tezu

Recently, as many people have started travelling to the northeast to explore the beauty of this region, Tezu has become one of the most popular Arunachal Pradesh sightseeing places. Located in the heart of the picturesque Mishmi Hills, this stunning hill town offers you a chance to indulge in a wide range of fun and adventurous activities. 

If you like nature or are interested in flowers, you would love to explore the botanical gardens here that house many exotic flowers and orchids. Another important place that you must definitely visit in Tezu is Glaw Lake, which is located high in the snow-capped mountains. 

You can reach here only by trekking, and while the trek may feel tiring, once you reach the destination, the beauty of the lake will make you forget all the pain and tiredness instantly. Spread over an area of 8 sq. km, the lake holds great importance for the locals, and they consider it sacred. 

Pasighat

You can pick any northeast travel guide, and Pasighat will definitely find its place among the best Arunachal Pradesh attractions. Located on the banks of the stunning Siang River Valley, Pasighat has a reputation for offering visitors the most scenic view they have ever seen. 

Often termed as the ‘Gateway of Arunachal Pradesh,’ Pasighat is one of the oldest towns in the state. It is a perfect place to get the best of both worlds – nature and the local culture, traditions and lifestyle. You can also enjoy doing a range of adventure activities like surfing, fishing, and going on a wildlife safari and get a chance to meet the local wildlife species. 

Also, while you are in this magnificent town, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Pasighat Buddhist temple. A sacred and important place of worship for the locals, the temple has a very soothing and calming vibe that is worth experiencing. 

Bumla Pass

We have saved the best for the last. Situated close to the India-China border, the Bumla Pass is at an elevation of 15,200 feet, and the place is known for its surreal beauty. Since it is located so high, the entire region is covered in a thick blanket of snow almost all through the year. 

So, if you love snow, this place is your Mecca. Also, while you are here, you get a chance to see the India-China border personnel meeting, which is an experience you cannot have anywhere in India. Another hidden gem in the past is the Sangestar Tso; its bewitching beauty will remain etched in your memory, so don't miss seeing this lake. 

There, you have a list of some of the best places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh. So, plan your itinerary accordingly. Each of these places has something unique and fun to offer, and you can bet to have a gala time in this stunning northeastern land.

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