Arunachal Pradesh, one of the most sparsely populated states of India, covers an area of 83743 sq. Kms. Being situated in the North-Eastern part of India with 83743 sq. kms area, Arunachal has a long international border with Bhutan to the west (160 km), China to the north and north-east (1,080 km) and Myanmar to the east (440 km). It stretches from snow-capped mountains in the north to the plains of Brahmaputra valley in the south.
Its virgin isolation, due to restricted entry regulations has been a blessing in disguise as Arunachal still retains its centuries old pristine vistas, diverse tribal heritage and unpolluted geographical features.
Strung out along the misty hill tops and deep valleys, Arunachal’s picturesque townships and villages are the first in the land to be kissed by the rays of the morning sun giving Arunachal its unique position as literally ‘the land of the rising sun’.
Suggested Itinerary East Arunachal
Tezu East Arunachal
Tezu is in southern part of Lohit District, which lies in the plains. The area interspersed with paddy fields and a few tea estates. North of Tezu lie the Mishmi Hills, which are entirely covered in lush vegetation, tropical evergreen in the foothills and pine forests in upper reaches. The indigenous Mishmi peoples live for the most part as they have for centuries in small biodegradable settlements constructed almost entirely of bamboo. They practise shifting jhum cultivation, grow a substantial crop of opium poppy and devote their lives to the acquisition of large herds of mithun. They dote on the beast but also sacrifice them in large numbers.
This area is also populated by the Tai Khampti people, whose culture is remarkable in different ways. The Khampti people migrated to this region from Northern Burma in the eighteenth century and retain links with their confreres in that country as well as in Thailand. They have retained their language – a curlicued South-East Asian script and their Theravada Buddhist religion.
Parshuram Kund is approximately 25 km from Tezu. Parasuram Kund is not just beautifully located, it is also steeped in tribal legend and is much venerated by Hindus. The holy sage Parasuram is said to have wandered all over India to atone for the sin of matricide initiated by his father. On the advice of some sages he came to bathe in the kund in this remote land. The axe that was stuck to his hand, fell away cleaving the mountain from which sprang the Lohit River.
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