Arunachal Pradesh, one of the 12 biodiversity hotspots of the world to earn numerous sobriquets like Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains, Orchid State of India and Paradise of the Botanists, offers a considerable scope for tourism development.
There are 11 approved tourists circuits, namely Tezupur-Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang, Itanagar-Ziro-Daporijo-Aalo-Pasighat, Pasighat-Jengging-Yingkiong-Tuting, Tinsukia-Tezu-Hayuliang, Margherita-Miao-Namdapha-Vijoynagar, Roing-Mayudia-Anini, Ziro-Palin-Nyapin-Sangram-Koloriang, Daporijo-Siyum-Daporijo-Taliha-Siyum-Nacho, Aalo-Mechuka, Dibrugarh-Roing-Mayudia-Anini and Margherita-Miao-Namdapha while few new circuits have been recommended for the Union Tourism Ministry to notify.
Regrettably, this Himalayan state is still undiscovered. Many socio cultural, religious and historical monuments found in this state are unparalleled but still not known to the rest of India. While the Tawang Monastery, which means 'celestial paradise in a clear night' founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-1681 is globally famous, the Buddhist temple 'Golden Pagoda' (Kongmu Kham in the Tai-Khampti language) built by the present Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein at Namsai in 2010 is equally splendid. BRO recently built the memorial of a great solider from 2 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles Shere Thapa, who had killed 160 jawans of the People's Liberation Army while hiding in Tama Chung ridge in the Upper Subansiri district on 18.10.1962. This feat was vouched for in a letter written by his commanding officer Amar Patil, who had retired as colonel, to this author recently.
In the 700 year old Tserteng Gompa, located in Lumpo village close to the Sino-India border there is a 15 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha, made up of brass and coated with gold.
Large number of tourists, researchers, botanists, historians and adventure lovers would make a beeline for the state once proper communication is developedWith communication being the greatest hurdle in terms of the growth of the tourism sector, the state government has put road, rail and air connectivity on its priority agenda. Construction of the 2,407 km double-lane Trans Arunachal Highway, construction of the Sela Tunnel to offer an alternative but round-the-year short road to Tawang along with the process of converting advanced landing grounds to airports has been accelerated.
Indians need Inner-line permit, (ILP) for entering Arunachal Pradesh. ILPs are issued online. A system is also in place to issue Protected Area Permit to foreign tourists and Inner Line Permit for domestic tourists.
The present tourism minister, Nakap Nalo has been taking bold steps to give a new thrust to the tourism sector whilst the central government has been giving equal importance to develop the north-eastern region. Large number of tourists, researchers, botanists, historians and adventure lovers would make a beeline for the state once proper communication is developed.