🏕️ Do You Know This Place in Arunachal Pradesh?

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Hey explorer,

A few days ago, I couldn't give myself a good sleep, not because I did that intentionally but due to the construction works in the next building to ours. And this isn't the first time, I promise.

Fed up with all this chaos, I started looking for a place that's a complete transition to the town or city life. Believe what, Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh happened to be it.

How? Let's see!

Why Dirang?

In the heart of the Eastern Himalayas lies a hidden gem. It's a place where time stands still amidst nature's beauty. Imagine waking up to the gentle whispers of the Kameng River. As you step out, the majestic Dirang Dzong greets you, standing tall as a guardian of ancient tales and timeless wisdom.

Dirang is a whole transition to where we live. You wake up to tall buildings, but here, nature does that. You wake up to loud horns and bustling vehicles, but here, birds chirping and a rushing river do. You wake up to social media, but here, the ancient roots do.

Likewise, there are so many, and one can only feel this in person.

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With a history as a trading post on the ancient trade routes connecting Tibet, Bhutan, and the Indian subcontinent, Dirang is a beautiful village in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. Sources say that people lived here since ancient times, with evidence of early human colonies dating back thousands of years. 

Sitting on top of the Himalayan mountains, the lush forests, the Kameng River rushing in the middle of the village, waterfalls, lands with alpine, and more possibilities for outdoor activities make Dirang more attractive and a hidden gem.

The natives here belong to the Monpa tribe, and their dressing sense, cultures and traditions just let you say 'WOW!"

While Losar and the Tibetan New Year are a few notable festivals people here celebrate widely, the dominating language is Monpa, a Tibeto-Burman language belonging to the Sino-Tibetan language family. The best part is most people here can also understand Tibetan, Hindi, and English. 

Here are a few local phrases you must learn for an effective trip. Note that Monpa is a complex language with variations in dialects and how we say them. So, these phrases might vary slightly depending on the specific region.

- Hello: ཤེས་པར་བདེ་ལེགས་ (shespardelak)
- Good morning: ཉི་མ་བྱང་བ་ (nyi mayangba)
- Thank you: རེ་བསྒྲུབ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་ (rebsgrubkashis)
- How are you?: བདེན་སྤེལ་ཆ་ལ་ (dengpelcha la)
- Goodbye: ཨིང་སྲིད་དང་ཤེས་པ་ནི་ (ingsrid dang shepa ni)
- I'm fine, thank you: ངའི་སྐུགས་འདུག་མེད་པའི་རེ་བསྒྲུབ་འདིར་སྐོར་བའི་ལུགས་འབུལ་ (ngai kugdu mepe irkowabe lugbul)
- What is your name?: ཁྱོད་རེང་སློབ་གྲངས་ཀྱི་མིང་གཏོགས་པའི་ནང་བཟང་བ་ (chorenglø drangki mingtokpae nangzangba)
- My name is __: ངའི་མིང་གཏོགས་པ་ནང་བཟང་པའི་ (ngai mingtokpa nangzangpae)

Just like its language, the climate of Monpa is also complex. From April to June, summer will be good with pleasant weather. From November to February, winter can drop temperatures below freezing point. From July to September, the monsoon brings heavy rainfall.

Therefore, the best time to visit Dirang is summer when the temperatures are between 10°C and 25°C.

Discovery Checklist

Dirang might be similar to most other hidden gems in the northeastern states of India. But the climatic conditions here make Dirang stand out amongst all, and there are certain things you must do to make the most out of your trip here. Some such must-do things include:

- Explore Sangti Valley
- Visit Dirang Dzong
- Trek to Hot Water Springs
- Attend Monpa Festivals
- Visit Orchid Research Centre

While some must-visit nearby places are:

- Bomdila (around 37.4 km)
- Sela Pass (about 66.4 km)
- Tawang (approx 139.2 km)
- Dirang Dzong Valley (10 min away)

And do not forget to support the local artisans and farmers by buying handwoven carpets, bamboo artefacts, Thangka paintings, or organic products like honey, tea, and medicinal herbs. 

Travel Itinerary

Note: This is a general itinerary, combining cultural experiences and adventure. It provides a well-rounded exploration of this hidden gem. You can make adjustments as per your preferences, local events, and weather conditions.

A Guide to WH Questions


You can access Dirang by road from the nearest town at 42 km, Bomdia. The closest major airport is in Tezpur, Assam, approximately 170 km away, and the nearest railway station is in Bhalukpong, Assam, around 140 km away. You can use public buses or hire taxis to reach Dirang from these points. 


  • Accommodation

Check out one of these hotels for your stay while the prices aren't open yet, and you might have to contact the landlord, or there are several prices from different sellers that you might want to ponder over. 

Gonpalok Homestay - It's a 4.7-star rating hotel.
Norphel Retreat - It's a 4.2-star rating hotel.
Dirang Boutique Cottages - It's a 4.6-star rating hotel. 

  • Eateries 

Flying Dragon Cafeteria - Best for Pan-Indian foods. 
Seven Eleven - Best for northeastern Indian food. 
Skrell cafe&restro - Best for northeastern Indian food. 

In addition to traditional Monpa cuisine, Dirang is known for its diverse culinary mixtures influenced by Tibetan, Bhutanese, and Assamese flavours. Some popular dishes you must try include:

- Momos: Steamed or fried dumplings filled with meat or vegetables, served with spicy dipping sauce.
- Thukpa: A hearty noodle soup made with vegetables, meat, or tofu seasoned with aromatic spices.
- Ema Datsi: A spicy Bhutanese dish made with chilli peppers and cheese, served with rice.
- Marua: A traditional Monpa dish made from roasted barley flour, often eaten as a snack or breakfast.

Travel Tips

- Pack layers of clothing due to the fluctuating weather conditions. 
- Always stay hydrated because high altitude can lead to dehydration.
- Be mindful of local customs and traditions when visiting religious sites. 
- Due to the remote area, ensure you carry all your medicines and creams. 
- Due to the remote area, take cash as ATMs or card payments may be limited. 

Safety Tips

- Follow safety guidelines while trekking or engaging in adventure activities.
- Stay informed about local weather, road conditions, and travel advisories. 
- Be careful on mountain roads, especially in adverse weather or at night.
- Respect wildlife and refrain from disturbing or feeding animals. 

Travel Expenses

The overall travel expenses in Dirang can vary depending on factors such as accommodation, transportation, food, activities, and duration of stay. On average, a budget-friendly traveller might need ₹2,000 to ₹4,000 a day per person


From exploring ancient forts and calm valleys to enjoying delicious cuisine and experiencing rich festivals, Dirang lures you with its countless attractions. Whether seeking adventure in the rugged terrain or peace amidst the Himalayan serenity, this hidden gem never fails to delight you.

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