Arunachal Pradesh is the eastern most state of Northeast India and that of entire India. Arunachal Pradesh has been sharing international boundaries with Bhutan, China, Burma and Myanmar. The meaning of Arunachal Pradesh itself replicates the beauty it has in its store. Arunachal Pradesh means “Land of Dawn – Lit mountains”. Further, Arunachal Pradesh is also known as “Orchid State of India” and “Paradise of the Botanists”. The state has truly justified the name of the state. The state attained statehood from Union Territory in 1987. Enriched with rich natural beauties, the state captivates wide range of visitors by its abundant flora, fauna, snowy lakes, beautiful streams, artifacts, and above all the panoramic landscapes of Himalayas. Though the state is lacking in infrastructure yet the nature lovers never misses a chance to visit the places of Arunachal Pradesh in the pretext of one reason or the other.
The state has large number of tribes i.e. 101 tribes making it the most diversified state in Asia. Peoples from different religions like Christianity, Hinduism, Donyi-Polo, Tibetan Buddhism, Islam, Sikh, Jain etc. live in the state in peace and harmony, exemplifying a perfect blend of brotherhood.
The state has much less population in comparison to other Indian states, yet they use more than 12 languages to interact. Some of these languages are Nyishi, Adi, Bengali, Nepali, Hindi, Assamese, Monpa, Wancho, Tangsa, Mishmi, Mishing, Nocte etc.
For smooth functioning of the state, the state have been divided into nineteen districts viz. Anjaw, Changlong, East Kameng, East Siang, Kra Daadi, Kurung Kumey, Lohit, Longding, Lower Dibang Valley, Lower Subansiri, Namsai, Papum Pare, Tawang, Tirap, Upper Siang, Upper Subansiri, West Kameng, West Siang & Siang.
If Arunachal Pradesh finds a place in your itinerary then never forget to arrange Inner Line Permit which can be obtained from any of the following locations.
- Foreign Visitors : All foreign tourists are required to obtain Protected Area Permit (PAP) from All Missions abroad, All Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai, Home Ministry, Govt. of India and Home Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.
- Indian Visitors : Applicants are requested to keep handy any of these documents like Pan Card or Driving License or Passport or Voter Id alongwith Passport photograph. Indian visitors can obtain ILP online at http://arunachalilp.com. Online applicants may scan these documents to their actual size in *.jpg or *.png format with a size between 10 -40 Kb to upload. Indian citizens can also obtain ILP from offices listed here.
Some of the locations, in Arunachal Pradesh, that truly thrills and offers avenues for visitors to open up are.