The land of dawn-lit mountains, Arunachal Pradesh is rich in biodiversity and is the perfect summer vacation destination to beat the heat. The state is also home to places that are not present in the common traveller’s thesaurus. Read on to learn about the hidden treasures of Arunachal, which can be the ideal destination for your next holiday! By Ishani Singh

1. Bhalukpong

Bhalukpong is a tiny town situated between the southern heights of the Himalayas, 52 km from Tezpur, neighbouring the stretch of the Kameng river. The borough is famous for fishing and river rafting, which amounts for the most exciting tourist activities. Sites like the Pakhui Game Sanctuary and Tipi Orchidariurm brandish the town’s sprawling flora and fauna. The cultural heritage of Bhalukpong is reflected in the annual festival Nyethidow, which is celebrated in January.

2. Bomdila

The mostly wet and cloudy town of Bomdila is 264 km away from the city of Guwahati. The place is relatively new to the tourism trend and largely undiscovered. It features the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bomdila pass offers views of Kangto and Gorichen Peaks, which are the highest viewpoints of Arunachal Pradesh. The GRL Tibetan Buddhist Monastery is an important heritage site of the town, alongside apple orchards and orchid farms, which remain in full bloom during summer.

3. Dirang

Dirang is a popular overnight destination for travellers moving further towards Tawang, a famous tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh. Since the travel time between Jorhat in Assam and Tawang spans up to 18 hours, tourists often halt at Dirang in between their journey. A popular tourist attraction in the town is the Dirang Dzong fort, which is over 150 years old. The hot spring is known to have exceptional medicinal properties and is also a common recreation spot where tourists can bathe to wash away their fatigue.

4. Mayodia

Located at a height of 2,655 m above sea level, Mayodia is rightly known as a land of snowfall, and is emerging as the perfect destination for tourists who love snowfall. It encounters the longest snowfall between the months of November and April, while July to September remain damp due to monsoons. Apart from the extremely cold climate during winters, the place offers some amazing trekking opportunities for adventure seekers.

5. Bhismaknagar

Bhismaknagar is a holy site located 100 km from the town of Tinsukia. The Bhismaknagar Fort, built in the eighth century, is the oldest of all the archaeological sites built around the area. The fort is revered and considered sacred by the Mishmi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The valley is surrounded by lush green forests and offers a mesmerising view of nature, November to February being the best months to plan a trip.

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