Arunachal Pradesh promotes adventure tourism with an aim to attract more international and domestic travellers.
In its efforts to boost domestic and international tourist inflow in the state, Arunachal Pradesh, in north-eastern India, is keen to unlock its geographical attributes to promote the state as an adventure destination.
Dr Joram Beda, Tourism Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh, stated that tourism in the state is at a growing stage and there is an intention to develop it as a premium tourism destination in the lines of Bhutan, by preserving the unspoiled nature and the rich tribal culture.
“Arunachal Pradesh is investing to become the adventure and exotic tourism hub of India. We have been organising theme-based events like the Tawang festival, Ziro festival of music, Arunachal spring carnival, adventure at Mechuka and the Kameng river festival. The role of tourism partners in building awareness and encouraging the unique attractions this state offers is paramount. In 2017, we expect the number of tourist arrivals to grow exponentially. We thank our tourism partners and urge them to continue promoting the rich biodiversity and ecotourism attractions that Arunachal Pradesh offers,” said Dr Beda.
There are five major rivers which are open for white water rafting and kayaking adventures. There are three peaks above 6,000 metres which are unconquered. Also, there are eight wildlife sanctuaries and two national parks in the state suitable for ecotourism. Arunachal Pradesh is home of over 25 tribes and 100 sub-tribes with distinct cultures.
A major part of Arunachal Pradesh is covered with lush evergreen forests. Tourists, both domestic and international, come here to explore the numerous trekking routes located in the mountains. For trekkers, the Bomdila-Tawang area offers massive scope. The area around Tawang Chu is both interesting and challenging for trekkers. Starting from Jong, one can trek to Mago, passing through a breathtaking jungle where one can see some stupendous waterfalls. May and October are the best months for trekking. Some more fascinating trekking routes are Bomdila-Seppa, Along-Mechuka, Daporijo-Taksing, Pasighat-Tuting, Pasighat-Mariang, Daporijo-Along and Bomdila-Daimara-via-Ramlingam and Chakku.
Arunachal Pradesh offers great opportunities for adventure sports like trekking, angling, boating and rafting. One can indulge in rafting on the Siang River. Geographical explorers of the past used to address this river as the ‘Missing Link’ while trying to unravel the link between the Brahmaputra of Assam and Tibet’s Tsangpo River. Other interesting river rafting routes include Kameng (Seppa-Bhalukpung), Subansiri (Taliha-North of Daporijo) and Dibang (Anini- Assam Border).