Top things to do in Arunachal Pradesh

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Tawang Valley

Tawang Gompa

The magical Tawang Gompa, founded in 1681 in what was then a Monpa royal palace, overlooks the town from its ridgetop site. Reputedly the world’s second-largest Buddhist monastery complex after Drepung Monastery (in…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Mechuka

Samten Yongcha Gompa

Thought to be about 400 years old, the charming wooden Samten Yongcha Gompa stands on a breezy hilltop 6km (as the crow flies) west of Mechuka, fronted by a forest of prayer flags and with wonderful panoramas over t…
Top Choice Cafe in Tawang Valley

Dharma Coffee House

A stunning find on the road to Tawang Gompa, this alpine-style wood-and-brick cafe brews proper cappuccino, a range of teas and delicious cakes (banana-walnut, pineapple upside-down) as well as other comfort foods. …
Tibetan in Tawang Valley

Tawang Food Court

Happily this is not a food court, but a relaxed gathering place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy wine (from ₹80 a glass), whisky or rum alongside tasty preparations like momos (Tibetan dumplings), egg bhuji…
National Park in Arunachal Pradesh

Namdapha National Park

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 from warm tropi…
Buddhist Monastery in Tawang Valley

Khinmey Gompa

This beautiful monastery in a tiny village east of Tawang (9km by vehicle, 6km on foot) is well worth a visit. Its current head, the Thegtse Rinpoche, is the 14th reincarnation of the guru who founded it in 1440. Th…
Temple in Aalo

Donyi-Polo Dere

Around a quarter of Arunachal's population follows the Donyi-Polo (Sun-Moon) religion, an institutionalised form of traditional animist beliefs developed in the 1970s in response to the spread of Christianity (which…
Buddhist Monastery in Tawang Valley

Urgelling Gompa

The ancient if modest Urgelling Gompa, a 3km walk below Tawang town, is where the sixth Dalai Lama, a Monpa, was born in 1683. Before he left for Lhasa, it's said that he stuck his walking stick into the ground just…
Indian in Ziro Valley

Sela Restaurant

Nepali-run Sela is the valley's best standalone restaurant, with satisfying fried rice, momos (Tibetan dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), chow mein, omelettes and egg bhujia (eggs scrambled with chilli, onion and tom…
Multicuisine in Itanagar

Fire & Ice

Sporting tasteful woodwork and smart purple-and-turquoise upholstery, this hotel restaurant serves well-prepared Indian and Chinese fare and vies for the title of Itanagar's prime fine-dining spot. On our last visit…