Arunachal Pradesh – Arunachal Pradesh also known as the land of rising sun is situated in the eastern most border of India. Arunachal Pradesh is bordered with the Indian state of Assam in the south, Nagaland in the southeast, Burma / Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the west, and China in the north. The Himalayan ranges separate the state from China. Special permits called Inner Line Permits (ILP) are required to enter Arunachal Pradesh. Itanagar is the capital city. Arunachal Pradesh is a land of lush green forests, deep river valleys like the Kameng, the Subansiri, the Siang, the Lohit and the Tirap. The attractions include the Namdapha tiger project, Sela Lake near Bomdila, Malinithan in Lekhabali, Rukhmininagar near Roing, Parshuram Kund in Lohit district, etc. The places have wonderful scenic beauty.
Places of Interest – Tourist has a wide variety of options to pick from starting from places of worship, pilgrimage, wildlife, historical, natural, etc with options like trekking, hiking, birding, etc. Some of the places of tourist importance are
• Parashuram Kund
• Sela Pass
• Namdapha Wild Life Sanctuary
• Banggangjang Lake
Assam – Assam is a northeastern state of India known for Tea, Petroleum resource, wildlife and Tourism. Assam comprises the Brahmaputra, the Barak river valleys, the Karbi Anglong and the North Cachar Hills. Assam is surrounded by six of the seven sister states. After Guwahati, Silchar is the second largest and important city serving as gateway to the state of Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura. Assam shares international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh. The state is one of the bio-diversified regions in the world and consists of tropical rain-forests, deciduous forests, riverine grasslands, bamboo forest, orchards and numerous wetlands. The Kaziranga, home of the rare Indian Rhinoceros and Manas are two famous UNESCO World Heritage. It is also known for orchids and silk.
It is a tourist destination with lush greenery, the mighty river Brahmaputra and aesthetic environment. Ledo and Stilwell Road, Umrangshu hotwater spring, Surya Pahar Goalpara archaeological region, Tezpur archaeological region, Kapili Valley archaeological region, Dhansiri / Dhonxiri Valley archaeological region are some of the tourist hotspot of Assam.
Meghalaya – Meghalaya literally means Abode of Clouds in Sanskrit. It is situated in a hilly strip nearly 300 kilometers long running from east to west and nearly 100 kilometers wide, with its capital at Shillong. Meghalaya has one of the most beautiful landscapes in India with smoky hills and clouds and vast stretches of lush green forest. The wildlife of the state is notable for their biodiversity of mammals, birds, and plants. Nokrek biosphere reserve and the Balaphakram National Park in the West Garo Hills are considered to be the most biodiversity rich sites. There are three Wildlife Sanctuaries namely the Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary, the Siju Sanctuary and the Bhagmara Sanctuary. It is home of the insect eating pitcher plant Nepenthes khasiana. There are sacred groves which are ancient forest that have been preserved by the communities for hundreds of years due to religious and cultural beliefs. The limestone caves in Meghalaya, like the Siju cave are home to some of the rarest bat species. One interesting fact is that the tribal people of Meghalaya are the world’s largest surviving matrilineal culture i.e. the youngest daughter inherits all the property and acts as the caretaker of aged parents and any unmarried siblings. The town of Cherrapunji in the Khasi Hills south of Shillong holds the world record for most rain in a calendar month. The village of Mawsynram, near Cherrapunji, holds the distinction of seeing the heaviest yearly rains. Time to visit Meghalaya is during the months of March to July and from October to February. Another interesting fact is that there are 500 natural limestone and sandstone caves spread over the entire state including most of the longest and deepest caves in the sub-continent. Krem Liat Prah is the longest cave and Synrang Pamiang is the deepest cave in the Jantia hills.
Places of Interest
Balpakram National Park
Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary