Arunachal Pradesh is the all alone one which cherishes the honor of receiving the first kiss by the rising sun in the country. This exotic land has been the attraction of tourists from all over the world because of its beauty consisted of the great five branches of the Brahmaputra; the snow capped mountains, the dense forests as well as its charming men-folk. Besides, along with the geographical status and climate, what has to be included in the Tourist information on Arunachal Pradesh is the mythology behind the land. This land of the rising sun finds mention in the literature of Kalika Purana and Mahabharata. It was here that saint Parashuram washed away his sin of matricide, Mahamuni Vedavyasa meditated, King Bhishmaka set up his kingdom and Vasudev Krishna married his consort Rukmini.
How to reach Arunachal Pradesh
By Road: Distance between Itanagar and Naharlagun is 10 kms
Itanagar is connected by road to:
1. Guwahati - 381 km (Gohpur 79 -Ballipara 110 -Mission Charali 17 -Orang 53 -Baihata Charali 90 -Guwahati 32)
2. Shillong - 481 km ( Guwahati 381 -Shillong 100 )
3. Agartala - 980 km (Shillong 481 -Badarpur 211 -Agartala 288)
4. Aizawal - 901 km (Badarpur 692 - Silchar 29 - Aizawl 180)
5. Kohima - 350 km (North Lakhimpur 73 - Jorhat 69 - Dimapur 134 -Kohima 74)
6. Imphal - 495 km (Kohima 350 - Imphal 145).
Itanagar is 1,539 kms away from Calcutta.
By Rail: Nearest railway station -- Harmuty (23 km from Naharlagun & 33 km from Itanagar)
Nearest convenient railhead -- North Lakhimpur in Assam(50 km from Naharlagun & 60 km from Itanagar)
Stations are served by No.9 and No.10 Arunachal Fast Passenger Trains and other local services.
By Air: Nearest airport -- Lilabari (in Assam, 57 kms from Naharlagun and 67 kms from Itanagar, served by Vayudoot)
Indian Airlines operates direct flight from Calcutta to Tezpur (216 kms from Itanagar ) on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The History of Arunachal Pradesh
One has to grasp the history of this area after going through some oral literature and visiting many a ruin discovered mainly in the foot hills, since practically there are no such records of Arunachal.
1826: British exercised their control in Assam
Before 1962: Arunachal was popularly called North Eastern Frontier Agency
1962 to 1965: Administered by the Ministry of External Affairs
1965 to 1972: Administered by the Ministry of Home Affairs through the Governor of Assam
1972: Constituted as a Union Territory and renamed Arunachal Pradesh
On 20th February in 1987: Became the 24th state of the Indian Union
Special features of Arunachal Pradesh
The mythology behind this mystic place adds an undaunted charm to its grandeur. Quoted in Kalika Purana and Mahabharata, the myth of this ancient city deals with Tapaswi Parashurama, Mahamuni Vedavyasa and the central figure of the Mahabharata, Vasudev Sreekrishna.
A valuable resource for regional economic development in the tropics is the medicinal plants mainly found in the Himalayan foot hills.
There are 7 Wild Life Sanctuaries and 4 National Parks in Arunachal.
5 major branches of the mighty Brahmaputra namely Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap crisscross the whole land.
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