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~Chahat Kanchan

India has always been a sight of marvel in the world. People from all over the world come here to see its marvel with their own eyes. It is a country known for its mysterious paradoxes, its myths and legends and the stories of the Gods, its kings. Thus the scenic beauty is what pulls the people to India. 

There are so many places to see that if a person starts visiting every place of cultural importance, it would take that person more than a year to explore them all. The East hold great importance to our country. The uniqueness of the people, their traditions, their culture, the heritage of the states, the tea gardens among other things are what differentiates these states from the others. 

This week’s choice of the state is Arunachal Pradesh, The Land of The Rising Sun. Located on the northeastern tip of India, Arunachal Pradesh is India’s remotest state and the first to greet the rising sun, hence its other name. 

If you ever want to be one with Mother Nature, then visiting Arunachal Pradesh is what you should do. You’ll wonder if she has been biased while distributing beauty to her children. Such is the charm of Arunachal Pradesh. Its scenic beauty, breathtaking views, the fresh air, the aura of peace and tranquillity of that place is what everyone should feel at least once in their life.

The Top Destinations-

  • SELA PASS- According to the legend, an Indian sepoy, single-handedly, fought the Chinese soldiers near this pass in 1962 during the Sino-Indian War. He was then awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for his courage and bravery and passion. Covered in snow throughout the year, the scenic beauty of this place attracts a lot of tourists to this place.

Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh 

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  • GLOW LAKE- One of the most beautiful and enchanting places, especially for those who love an adventurous journey and wouldn’t mind a little trekking before reaching their destination.
  • NURANANG FALLS- Unknown to many travellers, nuranang falls is one of the most spectacular parts of the state. It came to notice in the eyes of people when a Bollywood song starring Madhuri Dixit was shot here. The scenic beauty and the serene atmosphere would make anyone fall in love with this place.
  • AALO VALLEY- Located at the border of Assam, Aalo is a picturesque valley, surrounded by hills and orchards.  For sightseeing or nature walks, there are places like Ramakrishna Mission Campus, Patum Bridge, Bagra Village, Donyi Polo Temple, etc.

Just like these, various other places are worth seeing, that would bring peace and tranquillity to your mind.

The Food of Arunachal Pradesh

The food of Arunachal Pradesh draws a lot of attention. But the main thing to be noted here is that the food varies from tribe to tribe, that is, different tribes have different types of cuisines. But the staple diet usually consists of:

  • Bamboo Shoot- Widely eaten throughout Arunachal Pradesh, bamboo shoots have a delicate flavour, and are thus very famous.
  • Pika Pila- This is a pickle which is usually accompanied with bamboo shoot, which is known for its intricate and fine taste.
  • Pehak- A side delicacy which is a combination of fermented soya bean and chilli, which renders a unique taste to the food.
  • Momos- Known in many places as Dumplings, this is one of those delicacies that are famous throughout India, and the momos of the East are worth trying.

The food of Arunachal Pradesh 

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Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh has 26 major tribes, with more than 100 sub-tribes. The most significantly known tribes include Aka, Apatani, Nyishi, Tagin, Galo, Khampti, Mishmi, Naga, Momba, Singpho, etc. These tribes have their own culture, their heritage, their cuisine, their literature, but they’re living in harmony with each other, representing unity in diversity to all the people out there. 

Arunachal Pradesh is a place that is brimming with cultural heritage and the presence of the various tribes makes it even more important. The three main cultural groups of Arunachal Pradesh are as follows:

  • The Monpas and Sherdukpens of Tawang and West Kameng Districts follow Mahayana Buddhism.
  • The Adis, Apatanis, Mijis and Nishi’s worship the Sun and Moon God.
  • The Octes and Wanchos follow basic Vaishnavism and maintain a strict village society.

Tribes are an integral part of the community of Arunachal Pradesh 

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Due to the presence of several tribes and sub-tribes in the state, it is one of the most linguistically diverse states in India. The various tribes have their native language, other than the common language spoken by the people there.

To conclude, Arunachal Pradesh is a culturally diverse state, with great historical importance. Not only that but the scenic beauty and tranquillity is what draws eyeballs to it.

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