Travel Guide

Yak and Sheep Grazing grassland in Mandala
Yak and Sheep Grazing grassland in Mandala

Travel Guide

About Dirang

Dirang is a small and splendid looking hill station situated in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of about 5000 ft. Its spectacular surroundings make the travelers fall for it, and its flora and fauna are so diverse, that visitors find a real treat for themselves. The weather of Dirang is cool and pleasant throughout the year.

Places to visit

 

 

Hot Water Spring

Hot Water Spring is located around 3 km from Dirang town. According to the locals, this place is beneficial for curing certain diseases due to the rich Sulphur containing in itself. The renewed Hot Water Spring is more relaxing to take a dip and revive yourself.

Activities you can perform: sight seeing, Nature walk

Sangti Valley

The Sangti Valley puts a touch of natural splendor to every visitor with its superb surroundings. The valley is a symbol of heavenly peace, and this area congregates variety of wildlife, out of which, the most prominent is the black necked crane that migrates from China during the winters.  Other attractions are the sheep breeding farm, fruit orchards, and rice field cultivation.

Activities you can perform: sightseeing, ,nature walk, trekking, bird watching.

Mandala

Mandala is a birding hotspot, where bird watchers are found visiting & looking for some rare birds. Located around 30 km from Dirang, this place is a home to around 300 species of birds and other wildlife. You will find rare & elusive birds such as Wards Trogan, Temmicks Tragopan, Golden Naped Finch, Fire Tailed Myzornis, Red Crossbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Himalayan Cutia, Spotted Laughingthrush, Blandford’s Rosefinch and many more.

 

Activities you can perform: sightseeing, birdwatching.

Sela Pass

Sela Pass is a high altitude mountain pass where visitors can enjoy the fascinating beauty of the snow-covered mountains. This place is usually covered with snow around the winters and early spring. Sela Pass is located around 60 km from Dirang, and its elevation is about 13, 700 ft, which is also the home to Sela Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes of Arunachal Pradesh, and is the gateway to Tawang district.

 Activities you can perform:   sightseeing, bird watching

ThembangDzong

Thembang is the fortified heritage of the Monpa village and a gateway to several ancient and historical structures. It draws most of the attention for the fortified Dzongbuilt using the traditional techniques of the region. Thembang village is itself a monument due to its richness of heritage structures. This place is located about 2300m altitude and is located around 20 km from Dirang.

Activities you can perform:sightseeing, village and nature walks, trekking.

How to get to Dirang?

Nearest Railway Station – Tezpur Railway Station, Tezpur (190 km)

Nearest International Airport – LokpriyaGopinathBordoloi Airport, Guwahati (350 km)

 

To enter Arunachal Pradesh Indian tourists requires ILP (Inner Line Permit) which can be obtained online via the following website http://www.arunachalilp.com.

OR

ILP applications are also received and issued by the following offices:

Delhi The Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. 011-23013915/ 23013956
Kolkata The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, CE-109, Sector-1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata. 033-23341243/ 23589865
Guwahati The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, GS Road Rukminigaon opposite ManasaMandir, Dispur, Guwahati -781021. - 0361- 2412859/2416720/ 2412859
Shillong The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Shillong. -0364- 2224247/ 2224476.
Tezpur The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh ParvatiNagar, Tezpur,Assam - 03712-260173
Dibrugarh The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Mohanbari, Dibrugarh, Assam 0373- 2382560/2382738.
North Lakhimpur The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Lilabari, North Lakhimpur, Assam -03752-22186.
Jorhat The Deputy Resident Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Jorhat, Assam 0376- 2340173.

 

Or

From the office of all the Deputy Commissioners of 16 Districts of the state.

**Foreign tourists will require Protected Area Permit for 30 days for a group consisting of two or more persons, which can be obtained from,

Home Commissioner
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar
Phone: +91 - 360-2212339

Or

Ministry of Home Affairs
Govt. of India, New Delhi-110001

The application giving the details like Name, passport number, its issuing authority and the expiry date, place of birth, profession, proposed duration of stay and the purpose of the visit should be made to the above-mentioned addresses.

Foreign Tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh will have to pay US$ 50 per head to Government of Arunachal Pradesh and application for PAP should be applied through a local approved tour operator.

Thembang Dzong

Sangti Valley

Breathtaking Views from Mandala