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Take a step into the past, welcome to the land of the Dawnlit mountains.

Arunachal Pradesh - the habitat of the most splendid, variegated, multilingual tribal people of the world.

The frontier state of India, Arunachal Pradesh shares its border with Tibet (China), Bhutan and Myanmar (Burma). A unique habitat with glaciers, high altitude meadows, sub-tropical forests and an amazing array of flora and fauna, all this and more strewn generously with glistening water bodies and gushing rivers.

Its dense forests, snow clad peaks,
towering mountains and roaring rivers offer numerous opportunities for rafting, hiking, mountaineering or simply basking- in all it's beauty

Arunachal Pradesh has more than 550 rare species of orchids and hundreds of species of rare plants, covering more than 60% of the total area.

The wildlife is equally rich and varied, which includes elephants, tigers, leopards, jungle cats and also white gibbons, red pandas, the musk and the "Mithun" (BOS FRONTALIS).

Arunachal Pradesh also finds mention in literature such as the Kalika Puran and epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is believed that sage Vyasa was here to do penance. One more interesting feature is the remains of a brick structure scattered around two villages in the hills north of Roing, believed to be the palace of Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna.

The people with a glorious past have a deep sense of beauty that finds delightful expression in their songs, dances and crafts.

Capital Itanagar
Area 83,743 sq km
Latitude Between 26 30' N and 29 30 ' N
Longitude Between 91 30' E and 97 30' E
Population 10,96,702 (Census 2001)
Religion The Donyi-polo is the ancient religion of these people, still followed by many; Buddhism & Christianity are the other major religions. There are also a minority of Hindus in the state.
Languages Many tribal languages are spoken in the state. English, Assamese, Bengali and Hindi are also spoken by a large section of the people.
Literacy rate 41.59%
Best Time To Visit All year around
Rainfall 1000mm in the higher reaches to 5750mm in the foothills, spread over 8 to 9 months of the year.
State Bird Hornbill
State Animal Mithun
State Flower Rhynchostylis retusa. (Fox-Tail orchid)

Education
It has 55 higher secondary schools and 1174 primary schools, 274 middle schools. The expansion of educational facilities over this vast area is impressive. Arunachal Pradesh has its own university now, with around 7 colleges offering up to graduation.


Religion and Language
Many tribal languages are spoken in the state. English, Assamese, Bengali and Hindi are also spoken by a large section of the people. The Donyi-polo is the ancient religion of these people, still followed by many; Buddhism & Christianity are the other major religions. There are also a minority of Hindus in the state.

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