Top things to do in Arunachal Pradesh

Top Choice Monastery in Tawang Valley

Tawang Gompa

Tawang’s biggest attraction is the magical Tawang Gompa, founded in 1681. Reputedly the world’s second-largest Buddhist-monastery complex after Drepung Monastery (in Lhasa, Tibet), Tawang is famed in Buddhist circle…
Monastery in Tawang Valley

Urgeyling Gompa

The ancient if modest Urgeyling Gompa is where the sixth Dalai Lama was born. Before he left for Lhasa, it's said that he stuck his walking stick into the ground and it eventually grew into a giant oak tree that fla…
Music in Ziro Valley & Around

Ziro Music Festival

For four days in September, Ziro is invaded by thousands of music lovers during this festival, which showcases the best of regional music as well as a great selection of bands from across India.
Nature Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh

Namdapha National Park

The staggering Namdapha National Park, spread over 1985 sq km of dense forest in far eastern Arunachal Pradesh, is an ecological hot spot with a mind-boggling array of animal and plant species, and habitats ranging …
Chinese in Tawang Valley

Dragon Restaurant

The cosy Dragon Restaurant is Tawang’s best eatery, serving freshly made local dishes such as churpa (delicious fermented-cheese broth with fungi and vegetables), momos (Tibetan dumplings), fiery chilli chicken and …
Museum in Itanagar

Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum

The spruced-up and well-maintained Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum has a decent representation of Arunachal Pradesh's tribal and natural heritage. The brightly coloured gompa of the Centre for Buddhist Culture is set …
Multicuisine in Itanagar

Fire & Ice

Sporting tasteful woodwork and smart maroon-and-white table linen, this eatery serves a good range of Indian and Chinese fare and vies for the moniker of Itanagar's prime fine-dining spot. It doubles as a lounge bar…
Bar in Tawang Valley

Orange Restaurant & Lounge Bar

Located along Tawang's main drag, this convivial bar comes alive in the evenings with chilled beers, pleasant company, fairy lights on the walls, loud music and TV. Entry is from the side of the building, across a p…
Multicuisine in Tawang Valley

Se La Restaurant

In the heart of town, Se La Restaurant has a standard range of tasty Indian, Chinese and Tibetan dishes. It's located on the 1st floor, above a row of clothing and ration stores.
Religious in Tawang Valley


For a few days in February, Tawang hosts the dazzling Tibetan New Year festival of Losar, marked by prayer sessions and colourful masked dances at the Tawang Gompa.