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How to reach Arunachal Pradesh-The Land of Rising Sun


If you want to relax in the beauty of the mountains, Arunachal Pradesh is a destination that will not disappoint you. Surrounded by lakes, monasteries, scenic landscapes and adventure activities, the state is a must-do for any nature or adventure lover. With a range of varied cultures, flora and fauna, you can choose what you want to do during your visit to the state. Given its untouched tranquility, be prepared to be mesmerized by its pure nature and spiritual offerings. Here is how to reach Arunachal Pradesh.

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Arunachal Pradesh mentioned in the literature of Kalika Purana and Mahabharata. This place is meant to be the Prabhu Mountains of the Puranas. It was here that sage Parashuram relieved from his sin, sage Vyasa meditated, King Bhishmaka founded his kingdom and Lord Krishna married his partner Rukmini.

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The traveller includes a wide range of choices to select from. There are places of worship like Parasuramkund and four hundred years old Tawang monastery, or the historical sites of like Malinithan and Itanagar, the serene beauty of lakes like Ganga lake or Sela lake or the various variations of scenic thing about the snow clad silver mountain peaks and lush inexperienced meadows wherever thousands of species of flora and fauna prosper. Besides, there are variety of untamed life sanctuaries and national parks wherever rare animals, birds and plants will fascinate the visitor.

Nature has provided the people with a deep sense of beauty which finds pleasant expression in their songs, dances and crafts. The climate varies from hot and wet to significant downfall in the Shivalik range. It becomes increasingly cold as one move north to higher altitudes.

Travelling to Arunachal Pradesh isn’t a big deal, as you can conveniently reach here by all modes of transportation. The state is well-connected to all major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The state is well-connected and thus, reaching there is not at all a problem.

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How we reached Arunachal Pradesh and came back

We Started from Sealdah by 13141 UP Teesta Torsha Exp and got down at New Jalpaiguri (NJP) took rest for 12 hours in an online pre booked AC retiring room. In evening around 8 pm we caught 22412/ New Delhi-Naharlagun AC SF Express. The train was late for approx. 2 hours. We reached Naharlagun (Itanagar) around 7 am (on time). 22412/ New Delhi-Naharlagun AC SF Express runs from Delhi Anand Vihar Terminal twice in a week (Sunday & Thursday).

At the time of coming back we started from Rangapara North Jn Station by 15618/Naharlagun – Guwahati Donyi Polo Express at around 10.30 pm and reached Guwahati station at 5 am. From Guwahati we came back by Air Asia flight which took 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Kolkata Netaji Subhash Ch Bose airport.

How to reach Arunachal Pradesh

By Air

Arunachal Pradesh now has its only one functional airport at Pasighat. Pasighat receives flights from Kolkata and Guwahati only once in a week (Thursday) and also from Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Patna on different days. However, Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh will soon getting its own airport which is under construction. Itanagar airport started construction at Holongi, 14 kilometers south of  Itanagar of Arunachal Pradesh. It is being engineered by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) over an area of 320 hectares. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project on 9 February 2019. Pasighat to Itanagar distance is 270 kms.

how to reach Arunachal Pradesh

Nearest airport to Itanagar is Lilabari(North Lakhimpur) in Assam(72 km), which receives flights on five days in a week (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) from Guwahati, and Kolkata. Lilabari receives flights from Delhi and Mumbai on Sundays. From Chennai on Saturdays. The distance between Lilabari airport and Itanagar are often covered in 2 hours by bus or a taxi. Guwahati has an international airport from where you can get a flight for all the major hubs of India. You can even consider a helicopter ride. Many Pawan Hans Helicopter operates from Guwahati, and run within Tawang and Naharlagun of Arunachal Pradesh. For booking of helicopter seats call- 90857 38939.

Arrival time Departure time

Naharlagun – Guwahati-9.50 am Guwahati-Naharlagun-1.50 pm

Tawang-Guwahati-1.10 pm Guwahati –Tawang-10.30 am

how to reach Arunachal Pradesh

ILP is mandatory for domestic tourist and PAP is mandatory for foreign tourist in this helicopter ride. One way fare is approximately Rs. 3500.

Please click for online ILP for Arunachal Pradesh

By Train

On 22nd February 2015, the first train to Naharlagun was started from Delhi. Naharlagun railway station is located in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is about 15 kilometers to the state capital Itanagar. Many trains are running from Naharlagun Station at the present. First is Naharlagun – Guwahati Donyi Polo express on every day, second is 22411/Naharlagun – New Delhi AC SF Express , third is Naharlagun−Guwahati Shatabdi Express and fourth is 15907/ Naharlagun- Tinsukia Shatabdi express.

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13181 Kaziranga exp departs Kolkata station on Monday runs upto Silaghat town (Assam). Silaghat town to Dirang is 105 km which takes approx. 5 hours usually. From other major cities you have to change train at Guwahati to reach Arunachal Pradesh.

By Road

The state is well accessible by road from all prime cities and nearby states. There are sufficient number of inter bus services available from all major towns of Arunachal Pradesh to Meghalaya (around 790 km), Assam (560 km) and Nagaland (456 km). Arunachal Pradesh is easily accessible by roads. From the various neighboring cities, and towns like Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukhia, Tezpur and Nagaon, one can easily get direct buses to reach Arunachal Pradesh.

From Guwahati, Tezpur, Rangapara North or Balipara you will get tourist taxi/ SUV/MUV to travel Arunachal Pradesh. One SUV will charge approx. Rs.4000-4500 per day inclusive of all. Select driver and cab from Assam which is cost effective.


Last updated on 11.01.21


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