Ziro Valley : The Hidden Paradise in Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Valley : The Hidden Paradise in Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro Valley  Ziro valley is a picturesque eastern Himalayan town in Arunachal Pradesh offering stunning landscape surrounded by deep green forests and hills. Calmness of this little town makes it a peace seekers and nature lovers paradise. Ziro is located in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is around 115 Km from the state capital Itanagar & is situated 1500 m above the sea level. Ziro is the home of Apatani tribe. They are friendly people with an interesting culture and legacy. Apatani women were considered to be the most beautiful among the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. And to protect them from the men of the other tribes, Apatanis started a custom of tattooing woman’s faces and made them wear large nasal plug to make them unattractive. One of the major Apatani village is Hong vilalge. Houses in these villages are made of bamboo. Each house has a huge stove in the middle; they sleep just near it to keep themselves warm. To visit these villages one should take a local guide. Paddy cum fish cultivation is another attraction in Ziro. The sowing begins in the month of February and the harvesting is done in October. And the rearing of fish starts in May and is harvested in July to September. In April 2014, Apatani Cultural Landscape has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of the other famous places in Ziro are Tarin Fish Farm, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Kile pakho, Dolo Mando, Shiva Linga at Siddheswarnath Temple etc. How to reach Ziro: The nearest railway station is Naharlagun and North Lakhimpur. From...
অরুণাচলের পথে

অরুণাচলের পথে

 শুনছ, এবারে পুজোয় অরুণাচল যাবে? উত্তর এল : গেলেই হয়। আন্দামান থেকে সবে ফ্লাইট রওনা দিয়েছে কলকাতার উদ্দেশ্যে, একটা ট্রিপ শেষ হতে না হতেই আরেকটা ট্রিপের প্ল্যান শুরু হয়ে গেল। এটাই ছিল শুরু। মে (যাত্রা শুরুর চারমাস আগে): টিকিট কাটা হয়ে গেল। জুলাই-আগস্ট: হোটেল বুকিং হয়ে গেল। সেপ্টেম্বর (যাত্রা শুরুর একমাস আগে) : আসাম, অরুণাচল এবং সমগ্র নর্থ বেঙ্গল জুড়ে প্রবল বর্ষণ, ফলস্বরূপ ভয়াবহ বন্যা ও ট্রেন লাইন ভেঙে যাওয়া। সেপ্টেম্বর (যাত্রা শুরুর দশ দিন আগে): সবে মাত্র ট্রেন চলাচল শুরু। আপ-ডাউনে 7-14 ঘন্টা লেট। সেপ্টেম্বর (যাত্রা শুরুর একদিন আগে): ডাউন ট্রেনটা রাইট টাইমে গুয়াহাটি ছাড়লো। আপ ট্রেন এখনো 7ঘন্টা দেরিতে চলছে। সেপ্টেম্বর: সকাল থেকেই ঝিরঝিরে বৃষ্টি, দুপুর দুপুর বৃষ্টি মাথায় নিয়েই হাওড়া স্টেশনে পৌঁছলাম, বাড়ির সবাই একত্রিত মিলিত হয়ে যথা সময়ে সারাইঘাট এক্সপ্রেস এ চেপে বসলাম। ট্রেন অন টাইম ছাড়লো। সারারাত বৃষ্টির টুপটাপ আর কু ঝিক ঝিক শব্দের কোলাজ শুনতে শুনতে সকালে অন টাইমে গুয়াহাটি পৌঁছলাম। গাড়ি আগে থেকেই বুক করা ছিল,মালপত্র সব সেট করে সোজা রওনা দিলাম ভালুকপঙ এর উদ্দেশ্যে। গুয়াহাটি থেকে তেজপুর হয়ে কালীভোমরা ব্রীজ পেরিয়ে ভালুকপঙ পৌঁছতে হয়, সময় লাগে প্রায় 6-7 ঘন্টা। তেজপুর আসামের সুন্দর একটি শহর। এখানে এয়ারপোর্ট ও আছে। কালীভোমরা ব্রিজের নিচদিয়ে বয়ে গেছে ব্রহ্মাপুত্র নদ, যেমনি তার রূপ,তেমনি কলেবর। এরপর কিছুটা এগিয়েই নামেরি অভয়ারণ্য। আবার বৃষ্টি শুরু হল। জঙ্গলের প্রতিটা পাতা যেন চির যৌবন পেয়েছে, চরাচর যেন সবুজ রং মেখে নিয়েছে, দূরে নীলচে পাহাড়ের কোলে সাদা মেঘ আদর খাচ্ছে। মোহময়ী জিয়াভরলি যেন অষ্টাদশী যুবতী। পৌঁছলাম অরুনাচলের চেকপোস্ট এ। কলকাতা থেকে প্রিন্ট করে আনা ইনার লাইন পারমিট ও পরিচয় পত্র দেখিয়ে অরুনাচলে ঢোকার অনুমতি মিলল। বৃষ্টিটা ধরে এসেছে, আমরা হোটেল এ ঢুকলাম। ঘরের কাঁচের জানালা দিয়ে পাহাড় ও জিয়াভরলি দেখা যাচ্ছে, এযেন...
Things to remember before entering Arunachal Pradesh

Things to remember before entering Arunachal Pradesh

Things to remember before entering Arunachal Pradesh: Inner Line Permit (ILP): Every Indian citizen living outside Arunachal Pradesh needs ILP to enter in Arunachal Pradesh. Recently Govt. Of Arunachal implemented electronic ILP (e-ILP) through their website: http://www.arunachalilp.com/index.jsp   How to obtain e-ILP:  TO obtain e-ilp one need to have a genuine email id and a mobile phone number in working condition. Follow this link for required documents:  http://www.arunachalilp.com/index.jsp#doc_div   Note: Presently ILP can be obtain within 6-8 hours from the time of applying. 2.Road Condition: Road is the only convenient way to Travel Arunachal Pradesh but sorry to say the road condition in Arunachal is in a bad shape. It will take much more time than one can expect for a particular distance. So, one need to be mentally prepares before going to Arunachal Pradesh.   Distance Chart with Expected time: From                                    To                         Distance(KM)          Expected time      Road Condition Guwahati                            Tezpur                                 184                        4-5 hours                  Good to Average Tezpur                                 Bhalukpong                       60                           2-3 hours                  Average Bhalukpong                       Bomdila                              97                           4-5 hours                  Average Bomdila                              Dirang                                 43                           2-2.5 hours              Average Dirang                                  Sela Pass                           62                           2.5 -3 hours             Average Sela Pass                             Jaswantgarh                      7                             1-1.5 hours               Poor Jaswantgarh                      Tawang                               62                           2.5 -3 hours             Poor to Average Tawang                               Zemithang                          75                           4-5 hours                  Average to Poor Tawang             ...
Tawang Travel Guide

Tawang Travel Guide

Tawang: Tawang is a beautiful town situated between the border of Bhutan and China (China occupied Tibet). This beautiful town is surrounded by high hills, the glimpses view of Tawang Monastery can be seen all over the town. Tawang Local Sightseeing:   Tawang Monastery: This is the largest monastery of India and 2nd second largest monastery in the world after the Potala Palace in Lasha, Tibet. This monastery is the collage of 17 gompas and 65 residential building. In Tibetan Tawang monastery is known as Golden Namgey Lhatse, which translate to Celestial Paradise in a clear night. It was founded in 1680-1681. Distance: 3km from Taxi Stand. Ideal for: Family trip, Nature lover and Backpackers.               Urgelling Gompa: This is the birth place of sixth Dalai Lama. This place is totally quite and deserted. The building has only stupas inside. Evidence of miraculous deeds and performance attributed to Tsangyang Gyastso (Sixth Dalai Lama) can be seen here even today. Distance: 5km from Taxi Stand. Ideal for: Family trip, Nature lover and Backpackers.   Tawang War Memorial: This 40 feet high memorial is dedicated to the martyrs of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. This memorial locally referred to as the ‘Namgyal Chorten’ has names of 2420 dead soldiers’ written in golden coloured on 32 black granite plaques. This scenic location ensures that the tourists get a chance to soak in the pristine nature while admiring the deeds of Indian soldiers. There is a space for amphitheatre, where light and sounds show performed every evening. Inside the war memorial one army personal describes the strategy of...
Chilipam Travel Guide

Chilipam Travel Guide

Chillipam Monastery: This is the only monastery built by Chinese architect. So the Chinese architecture reflects throughout the monastery. The beautiful Chillipam monastery is on a hillock near to Rupa town. One has to take deviation from Rupa to go upwards the hill to reach this picturesque hillock. The view of monastery during sunset time is a treat for eyes. The hide and seek of clouds will amaze any of the nature lovers. Many travellers trends to skip Chillipam considering they are visiting Tawang Monastery but the natural beauty of this monastery is unbeatable.                       Rout to take: Visit Tenga on the way to Bomdila from Bhalukpong. Just after Tenga market towards Bomdila,there is a bridge towards Roopa. Take left and follow the rout to Roopa valley and then ask people for the road towards Chillipam, they will guide you. There is only one road going upwards to the Chillipam,no diversion is there. Special Note: Search Sangngang Choekhor Dargyeling Monastery in google map, rest let the map to direct you towards Chillipam. There is no staying option at Chilipam, one can stay at nearby town Bomdila. Advertisement   Related Posts:    Bhalukpong Travel Guide Bomdila Travel Guide Tawang Travel Guide Chilipam travel Guide...
Bomdila Travel Guide

Bomdila Travel Guide

Bomdila : Bomdila is a small town and walking is the best way to get around the town but if one is planning to visit Bomdila Monastery then a hire car is advisable. What to see: Upper Monastery Gompa or Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Ling Monastery: This was built in 1965 by twelfth incarnation of Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. This is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from it religious significance this Monastery is popular for its natural beauty. One will get bird’s eye view of Bomdila town from here. It is advisable to visit during sunset to enjoy fabulous and breath taking views of stunning vistas. There is a main monster, a big payer wheel, a temple of Lord Buddha and a quarter for monks. Distance: 5km uphill from main market. Ideal for: Nature lover, family trip.   Middle Monastery: This small but beautiful Monastery is situated near Bomdila stadium. Lower Monastery: This monastery is situated just beyond the main market. This is a very simple monastery. One can give it a miss if he has very short time. Buddha Stadium: This stadium is situated near the main market. One should visit there in evening for the stunning view of hills & clouds together. Distance: 200mtr. from main market. Ideal for: Nature lover, family trip, spending leisure time. Where to stay at Bomdila: There are some Hotels in Bomdila. Most of them are situated near market area. Here is a list of hotels, you may directly call them and ask about tariff. Some of the enlisted numbers may not work in one try, so try them again and again. Govt....