Aalo – In The Lap of The Sun

Today the #XploreBharat Blog Train has come to Aalo (https://musingsite.wordpress.com) from (Coorg) https://firsttimemommy.net/a-memorable-monsoon-holiday-in-coorg/). The next stop of this #XploreBharat Blog Train is (Kovalam) (https://indiesunrise.blogspot.com/2019/02/kovalam-quaint-town-with-pristine.html).

Hello friends, welcome to the Land of the Rising Sun, Arunachal Pradesh (The Land In The Lap Of The Sun). Aalo, or Along as it was formerly known, is a town nestled in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, with immersive scenery and beauty all around. Today, coincidentally, is Arunachal’s 33rd Statehood Day.

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For some people from the non-NEIndia parts, it can be quite difficult to even point out where Arunachal Pradesh is on the map. Nevertheless, I can guarantee you that once you visit the state, you’d never be able to forget it. Orange and pineapple orchards, waterfalls at every other turn of the winding, serpentine roads, diverse tribes, nature-based cuisines, the list really goes on and on. Pardon me for going on about the state when the post is about a particular town, but I believe more people must look at the state at their destination for a trip, going beyond the usual recommendations.

Images courtesy, unless otherwise stated : Dr. Doorick Ete

What do you look for in a tourist destination?

Scenic locales? Check.

The Yomgo river.

A chance to peer into another way of living? Check.

A village near Aalo.

Maybe having a little bit of acrophobia when you’re walking on a hanging bridge? Check.

Bamboo bridge over Siang River (Siang Dist.)

Hanging bamboo and cane bridge, Kabu Village.

Above and below : Hanging Bridge, Paya village. Credits : (top) amazingarunachal.

Sports fan? Football? Check.

Aalo football ground.

You like something watery? Check.

Temporary bridge made over Yomgo river

Rowing, Yomgo River Festival. Image Credit : Ms. Seema Pari

Music fan? Enjoy the Yomgo River Festival, where Sonu Nigam performed this year.

Arunachal Pradesh has 25 districts, and a different major tribe in almost each one of them. The major tribe in Aalo, the headquarters of the West Siang district, is the Galo. They worship Donyi-Polo, the Sun and the Moon. Here’s the Donyi-Polo Gangi (temple) in Aalo :

Credit : Ms. Seema Pari

Best Time To Visit:

Any time other than the monsoon months, which stretch from early June to late September, is fine, primarily because heavy rains regularly lead to landslides, breaking roads and blocking off even essential supplies.

How To Get There?

Aalo is accessible by road, but not by train or air. The primary route to visit is via the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border at Silapathar (Assam) and Likabali (Arunachal Pradesh). Buses ply for Silapathar from almost all major nearby centres, including Guwahati and Itanagar. Bear in mind that people from other states of the country need to procure Inner Line Permits (ILP) to visit the state. You can either apply for ILP online/physically/search for ILP-on-Arrival here. If you are a foreigner planning on visiting Arunachal Pradesh, refer to this blog post.

So, please visit this rain- and sun-kissed mini-paradise, and regain yourself in the arms of the nature.

Do share in the comments if you’ve been to Arunachal in general or Aalo in particular.

This post is a part of the #XploreBharat Blog Train hosted by
Aditi, Esha, Maheshwaran, Preeti, Saba, Pragun, Sanjota, Sonia, Sudip, Suhasini, and Supriya

#XploreBharat

My special and heartfelt thanks to my friends, Dr. Doorick Ete, Ms. Seema Pari, and Mr. Ngajum Tato. This post would have been far poorer without their support.

A huge shout out to our sponsors Fabzania and Kaiv.

Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

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68 Comments

  1. I have visited Tawang in Arunachal much before I visited Shillong in Meghalaya. But Aalo indeed is a delight for sore eyes. Well captured, well written and definitely successful in making a wanderer like me want to explore this soon.

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  2. Absolutely delightful post! And such beautiful pictures…am amazed at the beauty of the place. NE is certainly a highly ignore beauty which must be explored by one and all. Thank you so much.

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  3. Like many others here, I had never heard of Aalo. Thank you for presenting it to us so beautifully!
    Aalo seems like an undiscovered treasure, and your post has shown us the path to find it.
    One of he best posts, and discoveries, in this series so far. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You’re quite generous with your praise. Thanks so much. πŸ™‚

      I hope you’ll find time one day to visit the place, and tell others about the beauty that they should also experience. πŸ™‚

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  4. I have never visited the North East and the more I read about it the more enchanting it sounds. Aalo seems to be a really beautiful placed with picturesque scenery. The image of the Yomgo river is really bewitching and I would definitely like to go across that bridge. Wonderful post with some lovely images.

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    1. Enchanting is just about right. πŸ™‚

      Do plan your trip around the late January-early February period next year to take part in the Yomgo River Festival. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the warm words.

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  5. Wow, such a great post on Aalo/ Along, I had crossed Dibrugarh and had been to Tawang, but seriously didn’t know I missed going to Aalo. Picture story is such a creative presentation, loved it. AP is simply breathtaking.

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  6. This is such a spectacular post ajit and the pictures so breathtaking. You are right not many can point arunachal on the map and that’s our loss, such a beautiful place and not enough explored. The seven sister states are on my travel list and one day I shall visit them.

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    1. Thanks for the warm words.

      Cane and bamboo bridges are something of a speciality across the remote expanses of the NE, although most of the major ones have been replaced by metal suspension type ones now. Do have a trip there! πŸ™‚

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  7. being a travel freak, love to cover the lesser known place. This place seems to be of my interest. Bamboo and hanging bridges look very nice and perfect for insta pics. This monsoon its for sure is going to be on my list.

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  8. Travelling the north east is on my travel goals and the timeline is next five years. Yes, five years, because, I want to wait for my kids to grow up a little so that they can also enjoy the serene places such as Arunachal.

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