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State of India - Arunachal Pradesh
QUICK FACTS Climate (Degree C.): Summer - Max: 40, Min: 18. Winter - Max: 12, Min: 5 Best Season: october - April | Languages Spoken: Indigenous languages, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali & English |Capital: Itanagar

Arunachal Pradesh one of the most sparsely populated state of India, is a hideaway land tucked away far in the northeastern tip of India. Arunachal Pradesh entices the adventurer with its picturesque mountain peaks, swift rivers, lush green forests and verdant valleys. Also terms as the 'Land of the Dawn-lit-Mountains', Arunachal is the first Indian soil to greet the morning sun. It is also the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama. Come and experience the grandeur of this untouched beauty and mingle with the fascinating tribes that call it home.

Geography of Arunachal Pradesh:
Surrounded majorly by the Himalayas, Arunachal Pradesh is tucked away in the extreme North East part of India. It is located at Latitude of 26º28' North and Longitude - 91º30' East. It covers an area of 83,573 square kilometers. Arunachal Pradesh is divided into fifteen districts. The major rivers flowing in the state are Brahmaputra and its tributaries It shares it's boundary with Assam and Nagaland in India and international borders with Bhutan, Tibet, China and Myanar.

History of Arunachal Pradesh:
The origin of Arunachal Pradesh can be traced back to the grand Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is believed that historical characters like Princess Rukmini, King Bhismaka and Lord Parashuram belonged to this region itself. Excluding the northwestern parts of Arunachal Pradesh, major part of Arunachal history, till date remains a mystery. The northwestern parts of Arunachal were controlled by Monpa kingdom of Monyul, which flourished between 500 B.C. and 600 A.D. Later, the northern part of region came moderately under the control of Tibet and Bhutan. The Ahom and the Assamese got the control over remaining parts of the state, particularly the ones adjoining Myanmar. They ruled until India was taken over by the British in 1858.

Tourist Places of Arunachal Pradesh:
There are a number of historical sites, national parks, museums, monasteries and sacred pilgrimage sites that Arunachal Pradesh offers to the tourists. Some of the major travel attractions of Arunachal include Parashuram Kund, Tawang Monastery, Bomdila, Ita fort, Buddha Vihar, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum, Ganaga Lake, Ziro, Daporijo, Malinithan temple, Pasighat.

Fairs and Festivals of Arunachal Pradesh:
Agriculture being the main occupation in Arunachal Pradesh, most of the festivals are directed towards pray for harvest or to thank God for the providence. Animal sacrifices are a common ritual in most of the festivals, particularly in the Non-Bodic tribes. Some of the festivals are Solung, Mopin, Losar, Boori Boot, Dree, Nechi Dau, Khan, Kshyatsowai, Loku, Longte Yullo, Moi, Nyokum, Ojiale, Reh, Sanken, Si-Donyi and Tamladu. Dances form an essential part of most of the festivals and are performed to express their joy of life.

Cuisine in Arunachal Pradesh:
Arunachal Pradesh cuisine is predominantly influenced by the tribal culture existing in the state. Their cuisine is quite different from the typical Indian food. It is simple and not very elaborate. Non vegetarian food dominates a typical Arunachal Pradesh platter. The traditional Monpa cuisine is the most popular in Arunachal Pradesh. It involves a generous use of chilly and fermented cheese. The smooth and soothing butter tea is their traditional beverage. The mouth watering delicacies include Momos, Zan, Khura, Thukpa, Gyapa-Khazi. Other dishes that you can try out are Khatzi, Pua, Kyola, Kharang.Bak-Tza Margu.

Shopping in Arunachal Pradesh:
Arunachal Pradesh has a lot of handicraft items which are exquisite and rare to find. During your tour to Arunachal, you will be left with a wide range of choices. Crafts such as weaving, painting, pottery, smith work, basketry, woodcarving, cane & bamboo work, carpet making etc. are found among the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Popular purchases include ornaments made of silver or gold, bamboo bangles crafted by Akas and decorated with beads, beautiful dishes, cups and fruit bowls carved from wood, exotic masks similar to the real faces, weaved clothing items and locally made carpets by the women of Monpas tribe.