Dambuk in Arunachal Pradesh witnessed a footfall of thousands last weekend at the Orange Festival in spite of it being one of the most far flung festivals in the country. Find out why you should visit next year. By Pallavi Mehra
Dambuk is a small tehsil in Arunachal Pradesh which remains cut off from the mainland for most of the year. Until two years back, this remote town did not even have electricity or mobile connectivity. However, beating all the odds, it plays host to thousands of adventure and music lovers every year for the Orange Festival (Dec 15-18, 2017).
The festival gets its name from its location, Dambuk, which is popular for producing India’s sweetest oranges. One has to drive through dirt tracks and cross orange orchards to reach here, making the journey one-of-a-kind experience for its participants.
The highlight of the event is the off-road racing event, JK Tyre Orange 4X4 Fury, which pits man against one of nature’s toughest terrains and carries a winner’s prize of INR 25 lacs. Other adventure sports include dirt biking, ATV rides, river rafting, zip lining, and a host of tribal sports such as archery, and angling.
Adventure sports apart, the festival also brings on board some of the tallest figures on the global music circuit. This year’s line-up included seven-time, Grammy-nominated German electronic band Tangerine Dream, Winery Dogs’ Richie Kotzen, and alternative rock band Five Eight from the US, among others. The festival also showcased Indian artists and bands such as Avora Records, Aarifah Rebello, and Paperboat.
How to Reach
By Air: Land in Dibrugarh or Guwahati airport and take a cab for onward journey.
By Train: Dibrugarh and Guwahati are the closest rail junctions.
Book your tickets at orangefestivaldambuk.in