Arunachal Pradesh for Travel Agents
Arunachal means the land of the rising sun. Quite literally this is the land that sees the first ray of sunlight in India. Arunachal is one of the easternmost states of India and also the largest among the north eastern states of India.
Till very recently Arunachal was known as NEFA (North East Frontier Area) and it used to be administered by the central government. In the year 1986 it became a separate state of India. Tourism in Arunachal is still at a nascent stage but with excellent potential.
The most common tourist circuit in Arunachal is the Tawang – Bomdila circuit. This circuit could be reached earlier simply by flying to Tawang from Guwahati in helicopter. The Helicopter service is not operational now and the only way to travel to this part of Arunachal is by road.
The road access to Tawang Bomdila circuit in Western Arunachal is through a small boarder town called Bhalukpong. The Bhalukpong town is on the boarder of Assam and Arunachal and close to river Jia Bharali (known as Kameng river in Arunachal). Bhalukpong can be reached from Guwahati (4 hours drive). The nearest large town is Tezpur (45 minutes drive).
From Bhalukpong the tourist has to pass through Bomdila and Dirang before reaching Tawang. The Tawang town is the ultimate destination of this circuit. The town is famous for its local people known as the Monpas, the local monastery is the second largest in Asia and the natural surrounding at an altitude of close to 11000 ft is amazing.
Most tourists to this part of Arunachal travel further north towards the Tibetan boarder on a day visit from Tawang. The day tour takes your guests to high altitude lakes of Arunachal. The terrain here is similar to Tibetan platue and the beauty of the mountain and the lakes is breathtaking.
The tourists has to return via the same route to reach Guwahati before moving onwards.
Combining Other Destinations
After the Guwahati – Kaziranga – Shillong circuit, this is arguably the most popular tourist circuit in North East India. The two circuits can be combined together where a travel agents guests may be taken to all the destinations as Guwahati-Shillong-Kaziranga-Bomdila-Tawnag-Dirang-Guwahti.
If a combination is to be made that would be less lengthy in duration, Kaziranga may be added to the Tawang Bomdila circuit as the National Park is just a couple of hours drive from Bhalukpong town.
Typical duration of a tour to Tawang-Bomdila area of Arunachal Pradesh would be of 6 to 8 nights on a Guwahati to Guwahati basis. Adding other destinations would increase the duration accordingly.
Tourist facilities are not very highly developed in this part of the country. You can expect descent but basic accommodation and food. The number of hotel option is also quite limited. The road condition is also not very good but all of these are fast improving. The physical discomfort of travelling through a less trodden path is well compensated by the unspoiled natural beauty of the mountain.