Enchanting Sangti Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, NE India
Of all the places I have travelled in the past 3-4 years, there are some places that I really want to visit once again. Maybe not just once but if given me a chance then I can visit multiple times. Those places have left behind a deep imprint in my heart and soul. And yes those places are in NorthEast India. The difficult terrain, the unpredictable weather, the bad road condition and whatever challenges it brings forth NorthEast is and will be my favourite place to explore. Over the past few years, I have visited some of the most beautiful locations in Northeast India and of all that beautiful places Sangti Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is one such place I felt I wish I could have spent a few hours more.
How To Reach Arunachal Pradesh-
You can reach Arunachal Pradesh via Tezpur if you are in Lower Assam. There are many ways to enter Arunachal Pradesh. You can enter via Upper Assam too. But if you are travelling towards Tawang than you need to need to enter via Tezpur. You can easily reach Tezpur from Guwahati by bus. To reach Arunachal Pradesh you need to get the Inner Line Permit from ILP issuing offices at Guwahati, Delhi, Kolkata, Tezpur, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Jorhat. You can also get the ILP online from this Official Website HERE. To reach Sangti Valley there is a diversion between Dirang and Dirang Dzong Village, 9km from Dirang town. All you need to is take the road that goes just outside the town and follow the river that goes down, there is a bridge and you need to cross it till it takes you to Sangti.
The journey dates back to the month of October in the year 2017. Dirang was in our itinerary on way to Guwahati from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. Initially, I had no idea about Sangti Valley in Arunachal Pradesh but the guy who was arranging our trip suggested that we should explore this hidden paradise. It’s not that frequented by tourists and still lay untouched by the outside world. He also sent us some pictures and immediately we asked him to include this place in our itinerary.
After completing my trip to Tawang we started the return journey early morning, we had our own reserved car which we took to Tawang. The road was absolutely unknown as it was also the driver’s first journey to Dirang Valley. So we asked passersby, the local shops and after losing the way twice finally took the correct route.
Lying between Bomdila and Tawang, Sangti is situated about 15 km away from the main township of Dirang in West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh. The Sangti Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is situated beneath the Sela Peak of the Eastern Himalayan range and is famous for its picturesque mountains, the flowing Sangti river, colourful flowers, birds, pine forests and it’s warm-hearted village people. Since the valley falls at a corner it doesn’t attract many tourists.
There are many interesting things that you can do in Sangti Valley but all that I did was breathe plenty of fresh air. The Sangti Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is also the famous breeding ground of a variety of avian species. Of all the Black-necked crane is the most important migratory bird that visits the Sangti Valley and it is considered auspicious by the locals as they believe these birds are the incarnation of the Sixth Dalai Lama. And they visit to convey a message from Him. The absence of these birds is considered a symbol of misfortune.
After reaching the village I and my husband were taking a stroll when we noticed a lot of sheep grazing on enclosed pasture land. On further enquiry, we came to know these belonged to The Regional Sheep Breeding Farm estd in 1974. Here sheep are imported from Russia to crossbreed with the local sheep population and develop the local breed. It is marvellous to watch the sheep grazing in that beautiful setting. They leave the sheep for grazing along with sunrise which is quite a sight I tell you! I haven’t travelled to every nook and corner of Northeast but whichever place I have visited I brought back memories to cherish for life.
There are a lot of places left unexplored in the NorthEast. Nowadays there are a lot of homestays coming up in the village near Sangti Valley as such tourist flow has increased. I am always in search of these offbeat destinations in Northeast. There a lot of places in North East India which we don’t have much information about as these places are neither explored by tourists nor anything is found on the internet. Some places are unreachable due to bad road condition or maybe the unwillingness of the locals towards welcoming strangers in their territory.
Also, you can read about my trip to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh Here-
ROADTRIP TO TAWANG IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH- A TRAVELOGUE PART I
ROADTRIP TO TAWANG IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH- A TRAVELOGUE PART II
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so beautiful !