Travel allows individuals to explore sides of their personalities that they didn’t know existed. Travel offers a chance to grow emotionally and come to terms with one’s own identity, while being able to explore the world around.
In India going to various leisure travel destinations is always an affordable option, but travelling to remote parts of the country, to unexplored places remains high on the agenda for many individuals. Here are two places in the state of Arunachal Pradesh that should definitely be on the list of hidden destinations.
Situated in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, Bhalukpong is a gorgeous town in the southern reaches of the Himalayas. The strong currents of the Kameng River offer an incredible river-rafting experience to adventure enthusiasts. The Pakhui Tiger Reserve allows individuals to see majestic tigers as well as a variety of birds in their natural surroundings.
While life might seem idyllic here, Arunachal Pradesh still faces challenges in terms of connectivity from the Indian mainland. Hikes through the reserve allow individuals to travel a part of the country that is seldom explored. The Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary can prove to be a blessing, as camping and wandering through endless trails in the mountains are the norm.
Arunachal Pradesh is also at the eastern border of the country. The Bum La Pass is an incredible setting at 15,200 feet above sea level. Located about 37 kilometres from the city of Tawang, it is a part of the country that's almost perennially covered with snow. Bum La might seem inhospitable and unforgiving, but presents an incredible view, as the sky meet snow almost seamlessly every day.
Tawang is also known for the various monasteries that are sprinkled around the city, having special religious significance for Buddhists as the 14th Dalai Lama escaped from China to India through the Bum La Pass. The Tawang monastery is the largest Buddhist monastery in India and the second biggest in the world after the monastery in Lhasa, Tibet. For the modern traveller, Tawang’s quaint streets, cafes, and its idyllic setting make it an incredibly appealing proposition.
Getting to both these places though is fraught with difficulty. As Arunachal Pradesh is yet to be connected via the rail network in India, there is a dependence on transport via roads. As the highways experience frequent landslides, people who attempt to make the trip should be equipped with travel insurance for just in case. Even with the challenges that may present themselves on the way, the opportunity to overcome those challenges, along with the thrill of exploring a new place can make the trip worthwhile for anybody.