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In the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, surrounded by the sun, clouds and earth, there is a sense of calm; calm that the eyes can see, the body can feel and the mind can transcend. This image of Sangti Valley holds secrets, secrets that unravel themselves a little more each time I look and recollect the feeling of transcendence I feel amidst these mountains. Like the best love affairs, the best trips… Read More

Think of bananas and tropical images may first spring to mind. But bananas also grow in Bomdila, at an altitude of 2200 meters, and cooks here have devised a clever way of using their huge leaves. These have a light grassy scent and cooking food wrapped in fresh banana leaves infuses it with some of that subtle flavor while sealing in delicious juices. There is no fat added making this a very… Read More

Every year, during the first five days of April, the Adi Galo tribe celebrates the Mopin festival. Mopin is thought to bring wealth and prosperity to households and to the Gallong community as a whole. It is also believed that the festival drives away evil shadows and spreads God’s blessing of universal happiness. During Mopin, Adi Galo villages come alive with dancing and chanting of rhythmic songs. The village folk don their… Read More

The Siang River has its source on the Tibetan plateau and enters Arunachal Pradesh in Upper Siang District. Its valleys and tributaries are home to the inventive Adi tribe whose villages are sometimes connected by hanging bridges that span the mighty waterway. Several of these remarkable architectural achievements can be found along the 110 kilometer route from Pasighat to Boleng. Suspended by cables up to 70 meters in length and with a… Read More

Located 15 kilometres from Rupa village in West Kameng District, the Sang-Ngag Choekar Dargyeling Monastery is built on a promontory which offers spectacular 270 degree views of the surrounding Eastern Himalayan valleys. More commonly known as Chillipam Gompa, the secluded sanctuary is adorned with some of the region’s most magnificent Buddhist art. It was an afternoon in late April and staccatos of fat raindrops plunked on our windscreen as we wound our… Read More

The greatest culinary gift of the streams, pastures and forests of Arunachal Pradesh is an abundance of fresh produce. The Monpa people of West Kameng district live in close connection with nature and have a deep knowledge of both farmed crops and wild edible food resources. Being non-vegetarian, the meat of both wild and domesticated animals like fish, yak and chicken is also used in the preparation of traditional Monpa cuisine. The… Read More

Amid sweeping views of pine-clad mountains and glacier-blue skies, the road from Dirang to Tawang climbed steadily upward away from civilization. After several switchbacks, a small grey milestone pointed to a steep and bumpy track which we followed at foot speed for several minutes until Nyukmadung village came into sight. The rough road ended, lest cars break the magical atmosphere of backwoods simplicity, swaying grain fields strewn with flowers and picturesque stone… Read More

This majestic view, captured on the road to Tawang just after crossing Sela Pass, filled me with longing for mountains I had not yet seen. The same zephyr in the sky which played with the shape of the clouds had kindled my Sehnsucht irreversibly. And at that moment I knew that I would not get over the pull I felt to this place. I would be returning.

Surrounded by undulating hills and punctuated by streams, the Ziro valley is a highly fertile landscape which is home to the Apatani, an ethnically distinct tribe whose relationship with nature lies at the heart of its cultural identity. The livelihood of the Apatani people is based on agriculture, specifically paddy cultivation, where every centimetre is prudently utilized to maximize the yield of three crops: millet is planted on the inside walls of… Read More

Did you know? Arunachal Pradesh is one of only four states in India which has yaks. The roughly 7000 animals are reared and herded by semi-nomadic Brokpas at altitudes above 2000 meters. In high alpine communities, the yak is a multipurpose animal of high economic significance delivering hide, dung, meat and milk. Cheese made from the raw milk of yaks grazing on verdant pastures dotted with herbs, roots and wildflowers is simply… Read More