What do the people of Arunachal Pradesh eat
Arunachal Pradesh, India - 5 experiences you will love
Rachel Jones of Hippie in Heels shares the very best reasons to travel to Arunachal Pradesh in northeastern India.
Northeast India is a region that has been little-traveled in India for a variety of reasons, including poor infrastructure, security concerns, and the difficulty of getting to them.
Arunachal Pradesh, India
All of this is changing as tourism in the northeast slowly comes alive, hotels emerge and roads are built. There are 7 states here and Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Assam are the most popular.
In terms of location, northeast India is not just Calcutta or Darjeeling, but actually much further away, except for the other side of Bangladesh, which borders Bhutan and China. On a map, you wouldn't believe that it is part of India at all.
When I first came to India 4 years ago, there wasn't even much information about it on Lonely Planet. Travel guides warned not to travel to this area at all. Not all 7 are safe to visit at this point.
"Arunachal Pradesh is my favorite state here and is very different from the rest of India."
One of the locals
There are many tribes in northeast India that used to fight (there were even headhunter tribes or cannibals).
They were difficult to rule or so the Indian government declared and often forgot. Until recently, there were many places here that no tourist had seen and where there were no real roads.
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There are many reasons to visit this region of the world and now is the time to do so as tourism for people outside of India is just beginning.
You need a permit to visit the “Seven Sister States” here in northeast India. The permits are different for each state. The Holiday Scout tour group is the one through whom I have toured this region and Arunachal Pradesh and for whom I can vouch personally.
You will feel like you are in Tibet
Arunachal Pradesh is my favorite state here and is very different from the rest of India. If you just passed here without knowing where you are you would think you were in Tibet.
Most of the people are of Tibetan descent but come from different tribes and eat, speak and pray like Tibetans.
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5 love experiences in Arunachal Pradesh
1. Visit Tawang
Tawang Monastery is one of the best cultural experiences not only in Arunachal Pradesh but in all of India. While in Tawang, you are only 30 km from Bhutan and China.
Tibetan Buddhism (and even the Dalai Lama's name) is illegal in China. Here you can watch people worship in peace and speak their national language.
Many Tibetans had to flee to India to places like Arunachal, Dharamsala and even south in the jungles of Bylakuppe. Tawang is too
Many Tibetans had to flee to India to places like Arunachal, Dharamsala and even south in the jungles of Bylakuppe. Tawang is also incredibly high in the mountains and the drive itself is an adventure.
2. Hang out with monks in Bomdila
Less than 10,000 people live in this high-altitude city. There are many tribes like the Monpa and Aka.
Hanging beautiful flags
You have to pass through Bomdila to reach Tawang and a lot of people don't stop ... but you should! There are only two hotels here and the people are so kind to strangers who pass by.
Visit the local markets and Bomdila Monastery (GRL).
See a mandala in person and, if you're lucky, ask about the fortune teller monk (good luck!)
3. Eat ALL momos
Tibet is in the blood of many people here in Arunachal Pradesh and that means MOMOS! This is the greatest food invention of all time.
Steamed or fried, pure or with chilli sauce, you can't go wrong.
A delicious meal
Ask about momoloco, the Tibetan bread, and thupka, a Tibetan noodle soup. You won't do well here if you diet.
It's carbohydrate on carbohydrate on carbohydrate ... but it's all so worth it.
4. Stay with local people in host families
There are few hotels here and they are not what you are used to.
Host family is a great experience
You can request things like a boiled kettle for your shower bucket or a space heater that you can only leave (or seem to die from the fumes) for a few hours.
But which is better? Stay with a host family. Sleep by the fire with a local family.
Have dinner with your mom instead of ordering room service. Learning how to make momos.
All the personal details are worth taking a cold bucket bath in their annex at -5 degrees, because after you can snuggle up with their large blankets and cuddle one of the many cats!
5. Encounter with the Apatani tribe of the Ziro Valley
I saved the best of Arunachal Pradesh for last! The Ziro Valley is home to the Apatani, and you can meet them.
They worship the sun and moon, make animal sacrifices, and have face tattoos and nose plugs. You can stay with them at home or just spend the day.
About the Apatami tribe
Lunch consisted of chicken and egg stuffed with a bamboo stick, cooked over a fire in the kitchen / living room / bedroom.
You want to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you are on the right track. Because of this, they know that tourism is important and are very open to visitors.
Many of the things that they have done are not illegal and when these people die their children will not continue their customs.
In fact, the little kids here speak Korean, have Korean-style hair, and listen to K-pop!
Skinny jeans and highlighted hair take command, but rats are still barbecued over the fire for dinner, and Mithun sacrifices are still being made.
You won't see anything like it anywhere else in the world.
This is one of my favorite places
There are some difficulties encountered when traveling in Arunachal Pradesh such as: B. no heat in most hotels, no showers (only cold buckets), "interesting" toilet situations and long bumpy, winding journeys.
But it's worth a visit. You should go to Arunachal Predesh now before the whole world finds out!
Hope you add this to your India Bucket List as it is one of my favorite places in the world!
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About the author
Rachel Jones is an American who gave up her nursing career over three years ago to live on the beaches of Goa, India. Her website gives advice on the 35 countries she has been to and has become the go-to place for travel to India.
The blog, as its name suggests, is a contradiction that combines unusual adventurous places with glamorous and girlish travel. Hippie in Heels was featured in ELLE, Thomas Cook and Grazia UK magazines and was voted one of the 25 best female bloggers to follow this year by Flipkey.
She is a writer for Bravo TV.
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