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Visiting Dibang Valley – A Hidden Gem in Arunachal Pradesh

Now that the monsoon season is almost over, how about taking a trip to Dibang Valley—an unexplored gem in Arunachal Pradesh?

Named after the Dibang River that flows through Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, this heavenly district will leave you astonished with its unparalleled beauty. 

The picturesque valley is situated near the Indo-China border and surrounded by significant mountain passes like Yonggyab La and Kaya.

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You can discover pristine water lakes like Mehao, spot rare mammals, Red goral and Mishmi takin, and get a glimpse of Sclater’s Monal—an occasional Himalayan pheasant. Home to different tribal groups, the Dibang Valley has preserved the cultural roots of Arunachal Pradesh. 

So this year, ditch the overpopulated and overrated hill stations and discover the least popular district in India. 

How to Reach Dibang Valley?

You can reach Dibang Valley via road, train, and airways. 

How to reach Dibang Valley by air?

Dibrugarh Airport (DIB) is the nearest airport to Dibang Valley. It is located at a distance of 148 km from Roing, the district headquarter of Lower Dibang Valley.

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Moreover, the airport is well connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. You can hire a cab/taxi from the airport, which will take you directly to the central Dibang Valley. 

Time required to reach Dibang Valley from Dibrugarh Airport: 6 hours

How to reach Dibang Valley by road?

Several towns and cities like Guwahati, Tinsukia, Itanagar, and Siliguri are well connected to Dibang Valley by state and roadways buses. Upon reaching Roing, you can hire a taxi to explore nearby towns and villages like Achengo, Achali, Pasighat, and Tezu. 

Time required to reach Dibang Valley via road: It depends on the city you are traveling from. For example, the distance between Tinsukia to Dibang Valley is 230 km which takes around 6 hours to cover. 

How to reach Dibang Valley by train?

New Tinsukia Junction is the nearest railway station, located 138 km from Roing. Upon reaching its headquarters, you can take a bus or hire a cab to reach Dibang Valley. 

Time required to reach Dibang Valley by train: Upon reaching New Tinsukia Junction railway station, it’ll take you around 3 hours to reach Dibang Valley.

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Things to Do in Dibang Valley

Explore the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled in Anini, the headquarters of the main Dibang Valley district, Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its rich wildlife. You may catch a glimpse of a tiger or spot rare mammals like Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear, and Gongshan Muntjac.

Many tourists in the past have also come across reptiles like the Indian Rock Python and King Cobra. Furthermore, several wildlife photographers visit this Sanctuary to capture rare Fauna and walk through the majestic Rhododendra and Tsuga trees.

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Trek to Mehao Lake

How about finding solace near a pristine water lake surrounded by virgin forests? On your visit to Dibang Valley, take a trek to this hidden lake and get lost in the magic of nature.

Located in the Lower Dibang Valley at an altitude of 3000 ft, Mehao Lake is the most mesmerizing spot in Dibang Valley. You can hop on a boat ride and witness an unforgettable sunset and see wild ducks and rare flora like Cryptomeria. 

Trek time: 7 hours

Trek distance: 5 km

Visit Mayodiya Pass

A tourist hotspot that turns into a paradise during winters, Mayodiya Pass can be found at a distance of 67 km from Dibang Valley and 56 km from Roing.

This tranquil mountain peak gets covered in a blanket of snow in the winter season, making it a go-to place for those who love getting pictures.

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Picnic at Sally Lake

A popular picnic spot surrounded by lush green meadows and scenic views, this natural lake overlooks the breathtaking Dibang Valley. Those visiting Mayodiya Pass can relax at Sally Lake or have a lakeside picnic with their friends or family. 

Connect with the Local Tribe

Representative Image of the Miju Mishmi Tribe

Dibang Valley is home to several ancient tribes like Digaro, Miju Mishmi, and Idu Mishmi. Mostly, these tribes reside in the villages of the Lower Dibang Valley region. You can spend time in such villages and experience their way of life.   

Try the Local Delicacies

Arunachal Pradesh is known for its exotic regional cuisines, and Dibang Valley is the perfect place to try them. From authentic Tibetan food to Chinese dishes, this place offers several treats you can savor.

Popular local foods include lukter, pika pila, chura sabji, and pehak. Dibang Valley is also famous for its homemade alcohol like apong and marua.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Dibang Valley?

The most preferred time to visit Dibang Valley is during the winter season (November to March). You can witness fresh snowfall near Mayodiya Pass and indulge in exciting snow activities.

Those who want to attend the famous Behdeinkhlam Festival of Dibang Valley should visit this district in July. 

If you’re someone who is intrigued by trekking and exploring hidden landmarks during the monsoons, I suggest you visit this district during the months of May-August. 

How Much Money is Needed to Travel to Dibang Valley?

The budget for a trip to Dibang Valley depends on your mode of transportation, type of accommodation, and trip duration. On average, a holiday in Dibang Valley can cost INR 10,000-15,000 per person. 

Final Takeaway

India is a land full of pleasant surprises. Once you start exploring this country, you will discover such beautiful towns, valleys, and cities that are not popular amongst most tourists but are not less than a paradise.

Apart from Dibang Valley, there are other undiscovered destinations in Arunachal Pradesh like Ziro Valley, Shergaon, Sangti valley, and Namsai, among others. If you’re a traveler who loves exploring new destinations, these places should definitely be on your list.  

So start making your itinerary for Dibang Valley and head to this fascinating destination that will give you a memorable experience for life. 

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