The sun is the source of all energies. Life in any form cannot exist without sun. Therefore, from the time immemorial, sun has been worshipped as god. The working day of every living being starts with the ‘rising of the sun’ and ends with its setting. Lexically, ‘Arun’ means dawn that signifies the time just before the sun rises. Arunachal Pradesh, located on the northeastern tip of India is considered the first to greet the sun.
Arunachal Pradesh draws tourists for being associated with a number of mythological legends. It is here that sage Parshuram washed away his sin, Lord Shri Krishna married his consort Rukmini, sage Vyasha meditated and king Bhismaka founded his kingdom. Besides its mythological significance, Arunachal Pradesh draws attraction of tourists for its rich cultural heritage, historical monuments and facilities for adventure.
Arunachal Pradesh has Itanagar as its capital and other urban areas such as Bomdial, DEomali, Dirang, Pasighat, Rupa, Tawang and Valukpong. It borders to Tibet, China, Bhutan and Myanmar. It is home to more than 60 aboriginal tribal groups and sub-groups. There are five rivers namely Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap which form the Brahmaputra.
There are a number of snow-capped mountain peaks that hold the visitors amazed. Gorichen, Kangto and Takpa Shri are few of the most famous.
Admirers of adventure find Bomdila as the most ideal place because it provides ample facilities for trekking, rafting, angling and other adventure sports. October to February is the best time for visiting Arunachal Pradesh.
Pashighat is recognized as one of the oldest educational hub of Arunachal Pradesh. Nature has showered its bounty on this place and is therefore considered the haven for loversof nature and photographers.
Tawang has many sights to offer to the tourists. They can visit the Buddhist monastery run by nuns, at Anni Gompa. One of the largest water falls can be viewed at Tawang. The imprints of Chinese intrusion during 1962 could be seen at the War Memorials maintained by the Indian Army. Tourists believing in non-traditional medicinal treatment can visit the Tibetan Medical Dispensary for consulting and getting medicines prescribed by Tibetan doctors.
Rafting in the river Brahmaputra is the most exciting and thrilling experience that every adventure lover longs for. It offers great challenges and those who accomplish it store a lifetime memoir for themselves. The Tsang Po River flows in the east of Tibet, passing through the great Himalayas. This river reaches Arunachal Pradesh after passing through Namche Barwa, the highest unclimbed mountain. Zebra ock and Roaring Rikor are the special features of rafting that tourists can experience.
Rafting can also be taken up on river Subansari, a tributary of Brahmaputra. This river originates from Tibet and flows for more than 500 km along before joining the Brahmaputra. Kameng is another river in Arunachal Pradesh that provides challenging rafting experiences to the tourists.
Other places of tourist interest are Ita Fort, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Garden, Ganga Lake, Ziro, Daporijo, Malinithan Temple.
A visit to Arunachal Pradesh only can convince a tourist that this land of the rising sun has everything to offer to carter to the needs of tourists.