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Arunachal Pradesh

Raj Bhawan, Arunachal PradeshLocated at the northeastern tip of India, the state of Arunachal Pradesh has the eminence of being among the most picturesque holiday retreats of India. For a traveller or a holidaymaker, it's both mysterious and magical. The scenic peaks, rambling rivers, lush green forests and the beautiful plateaus are equally enchanting both for adventure enthusiasts and nature-lovers. Once here, you will always find abundant options to keep your days adventurous and flavoursome.

The climatic conditions of the state show variance with change of altitude. Areas lying close to the Tibetan border experience an alpine climate. The middle Himalayas have a temperate climate while the areas of the sub-Himalayan region experience a humid sub-tropical climate. The annual rainfall in the state ranges between 2,000 and 4,000 mm. Most of the state's rainfall occur between May and September.

Important Cities & Towns
Itanagar, the capital of the state, is one of the most prominent places in the state. Named after a centuries-old fort, it is also a must-visit destination for tourists. The state comprises of 16 districts in all. Its important towns include names like Naharlagun, Tawang, Bomdila, Rupa, Bhalukpong, Seppa, Ziro, Daporijo, Along, Pasighat, Yingkiong, Roing, Tezu, Namsai and Khonsa.

People & Culture
Tribal People, Anunachal PradeshOn the ground of socio-religious affinities, the people of the state can be classified into three cultural groups. The Monpas and Sherdukpens believe in the traditions and disciplines of the Mahayana Buddhism. Therefore, you will observe a number gompas (Buddhist temples) in the villages where these tribes reside. The Membas and Khambas, inhabiting the high mountains, are also known to follow the same traditions mentioned earlier. The Khamptis and the Singphos, however, follow the traditions of the Hinayana sect of Buddhism. The worshippers of Sun and Moon God make up the second cultural group. The group includes Adis, Akas, Apatanis, Bangnis, Nishis, Mishmis etc. The third group includes the Noctes and Wanchos. The state folks have also proved to be good craftsmen and household industry has enough significance here. So, before you get back home, you can load your bags with countless items of art and craft as souvenirs.

Famous Travel Attractions
One will always find a plentiful supply of attractions in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. You can start your sightseeing at Itanagar itself, with attractions like Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, the legendary Ganga Lake, the Raj Bhawan etc. Bomdila, hidden away at an altitude of 8,500 ft, is home to a number of colurful gompas set against magnificent backdrop of the Himalayas. At Tawang, you would like to visit the 400-year-old monastery which is also the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. Parashuram Kund, Bhismaknagar, Malinithan and Akashiganga are important sites in terms of Hindu mythology. Wildlife lovers too have a lot of options of spotting numerous species of mammals, birds and reptiles at the sanctuaries and national parks of the state.

Air/ Rail/ Road Links
Tezpur (190 km from Bomdila) and Lilabari (67 km from Itanagar) in Assam serve as the closest convenient airports. There are regular flight services from Kolkata to Tezpur. Rangapara and Harmuti (33 km from Itanagar) are the important railheads connecting to the different key destinations of the state and outside. The Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Corporation runs regular buses connecting to different parts of the state and its neighbouring states.

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