Location: Arunachal Pradesh is the most north-eastern position among the states in the north-east region of India. It has border with Nagaland and Assam on the south, with Bhutan to the west, China to the north, and Burma to the east.
Climate: Arunachal Pradesh is a large state and it has topographical diversity, the climate in Arunachal Pradesh ranges from sub-tropical to temperate depending upon the altitude. In the plains temperature can reach in the 40s and can be hot and humid.
Arunachal Pradesh gets a good rainfall from May to September. It also gets snowfall in the higher regions, closer to Tibet border. Climate is almost alpine in these regions with. In the lower reaches temperature during winters do remain between 10 to 15 degrees.
Cuisine: Arunachal Pradesh is a state of different tribes and their food habit vary from each other. Despite this, there are broad similarities. Staple food throughout the state is rice along with fish, meat and many green vegetables. Different varieties of rice are available in the state. Lettuce is the most common and preferred vegetable of all. This is generally prepared by boiling it with ginger, coriander and green chilies.
Boiled rice cakes wrapped in leaves is a famous snack. Momos are also quite popular. Rice beer is also an essential part of Arunachal cuisine, even though the methods of making rice beer vary from tribes to tribes. Thupka, a noodle based soup with vegetables or mined meat, is also popular with a few tribes like Monpa.
Things to Do: Arunachal Pradesh is endowed by nature like no other state. It is spread from the lower plains to high altitudes. There are forests, birds, flora and fauna of various kinds, rivers, valleys, snowfall, suspension bridges, tribal villages, different kinds of cuisines, and culture of their own. Explore all these and see how the customs and traditions of different tribes differ from each other, even though they look similar to someone from outside. There are several monasteries and gompas throughout the state. Visit some prominent ones and look and try to understand how Buddhism is practiced in the state.
Explore the ancient forts and their remains. Do make it a point to discover the historical treasures hidden in different state museums. Do not forget to appreciate the rich arts and crafts of the tribes’ people. You can buy souvenirs from different regions. If you are into trekking, there can hardly be any other state better than Arunachal Pradesh. Explore the various trekking opportunities the state has on offer.
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