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.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading. 🙂