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The most accessible of the four permit-only states in India’s rugged Northeast, Arunachal Pradesh remains a wild frontier. Crossed by just a handful of roads, its jungle-cloaked hills and snow-capped mountains provide a haven for a fascinating array of tribal peoples - Tibetan Buddhist Monpas, animist Adis, Theravada Buddhist Singpho and Hindu Mishing, to name just a few. Bordering Bhutan, Myanmar and Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh takes its cultural and religious cues from its neighbors to the north and west - the western part of the state, centered on the famous monastery at Tawang, follows Tibetan Buddhism, while central and eastern Arunachal ...

The most accessible of the four permit-only states in India’s rugged Northeast, Arunachal Pradesh remains a wild frontier. Crossed by just a handful of roads, its jungle-cloaked hills and snow-capped mountains provide a haven for a fascinating array of tribal peoples - Tibetan Buddhist Monpas, animist Adis, Theravada Buddhist Singpho and Hindu Mishing, to name just a few. Bordering Bhutan, Myanmar and Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh takes its cultural and religious cues from its neighbors to the north and west - the western part of the state, centered on the famous monastery at Tawang, follows Tibetan Buddhism, while central and eastern Arunachal Pradesh are a patchwork of tribal homelands, where people follow a kaleidoscope of different religions. Arunachal Pradesh is open to foreign tourists in groups of two or more, but applying for a permit is complicated and most people visit on jeep tours arranged in Guwahati or Kolkata, traveling into the state overland from Assam. Rebel violence is usually restricted to the far west of the state, which is frequently off-limits to visitors.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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  • Location: Arunachal Pradesh is the easternmost state of India, bordering Tibet, Myanmar and Bhutan.
  • Language: Hindi, Deori, Assamese, English
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    October to April, though roads can be damaged at the start of season by the summer monsoon rains.