Arunachal Pradesh

Preservation of the past: Must visit places in Arunachal Pradesh

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-03-26

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Arunachal Pradesh is one of the beautiful states in India; home to picturesque mountains, unexplored passes, tranquil lakes and famous monasteries. Most of the parts of Arunachal Pradesh are covered with serene mountains that offer breathtaking views. This Northeastern state Arunachal Pradesh in Indian map is covered with a patch of green that shows greenery and prosperity in the state. Like other states in Northeast India, Arunachal Pradesh can be visited and explored easily. This state has places you had never imagined of; visit Arunachal Pradesh and explore the tribal culture and the simplicity of their exquisite beauty. Consisting of a variety of amazing array of flora and fauna, in a unique habitat with glaciers, high altitude meadows and sub-tropical forests add on to the charm of this beautiful state. This state in India is an amazing holiday destination with many places to visit and wander around. Every district in Arunachal Pradesh has places that are flooded at certain times of the year with visitors. People from rest of the country and also from all around the globe come to this mountainous state to spend their holidays, visit places, explore and also with the idea of understanding the state and its history.

Beautiful valleys of Arunachal Pradesh

Beautiful valleys of Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is rich in socio-cultural heritage with many tribal groups; with unique ethics that have been followed from time immemorial and are continued till now. The old traditions are respected immensely by the locals and the visitors as well. Tribal groups are found in most of the places in Arunachal Pradesh and each contributes one thing or the other to society. Some very old traditions that people do not find necessary today are not followed. They are not forgotten but preserved; like wearing large nose plugs and tattoos on face by the Apatani tribal women are not followed by the women of new generation. But these tribal customs are still given importance and are preserved. Arunachal Pradesh has many museums at many places in the whole state where ancient materials, customs and traditions are kept safe for visitors and new generations to visit, see and understand them.

Jawaharlal Nehru Museum

Jawaharlal Nehru Museum – One of the must-visit places in Arunachal Pradesh

The museums in Arunachal Pradesh are ethnographic and the first one was established in 1956. When you visit this state, do not forget to visit these places too. The museums in Arunachal Pradesh have altogether a little over seven thousand specimens that include pottery, woodcarving, textiles, basketry, headgears, etc. Visit these places in Arunachal Pradesh to witness the important ancient weapons of wars, chase, fishing implements, agricultural tools, scroll paintings, household articles and so on. Arunachal Pradesh can blow you away with its mesmerizing natural beauty and bewitching places that you can visit. Visitors are also magnetized towards this culturally rich state due to the curiosity and the thirst for understanding the culture and tradition of the locals. These traditions are passed down to them by generations and you must visit museums in Arunachal Pradesh to witness ancient beauties like traditional masks of different tribes, heirlooms and musical instruments.

An art piece at the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum

Visit Jawaharlal Nehru Museum in Itanagar to see the Sherdukpen men portrait

Museums in Arunachal Pradesh are spread across different districts of the state and while wandering through the famous places you may find museums not very far away. Do visit them and put these museums in your list of places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh. Now, the museums have also added new articles for visitors to see. They have added things like display maps of fine arts work on different subjects including the lifestyle of Arunachal Pradesh, the people, type of houses they have, dances, festivals, archaeological sites, etc. through visual media. Arunachal Pradesh is famous for so many things like the many stunning places to visit, delicious Arunachal Pradesh cuisines and diverse tribes, etc. But one of the many reasons for this state being famous is the skilled craftsmanship of the locals. The people of Arunachal Pradesh make appealing arts and crafts, handlooms, handicrafts with cane and bamboos, and these are sold in many places in the state. In museums of Arunachal Pradesh these have also been recently added for visitors to see.

The district museums of Arunachal Pradesh have been enhanced with portable miniature diorama. One of the famous places to visit in Arunachal Pradesh is the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum in the capital city of the state, Itanagar. This museum is enriched with life-size diorama focusing on various aspects of life and culture of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Places like this also focus on various socio-economic activities on its enchanting social and ecological environment for visitors to see. This famous museum is in the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh and to facilitate easy access to the visitors, other museums of this state are established in the central places of all places of the district headquarters. Hence, you can visit these museums easily in any district you go in Arunachal Pradesh. Some new districts have been established in Arunachal Pradesh and efforts are put to establish museums in each of the headquarters in these places.

Tai Khampti Tribe Diroma of Arunachal Pradesh

Tai Khampti Tribe Diroma of Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh offers immensely pleasing scenarios, snowcapped mountains in winter, freshwater bodies, a wide variety of wildlife, and a vibrant array of flowers. It is an opportunity to be able to visit these places in Arunachal Pradesh and explore them. You will be able to witness a glimpse of everything precious in Arunachal Pradesh in these museums and consider these museums as must visit places in Arunachal Pradesh.

A representation on the Monpa Tribe at Arunachal Pradesh at a musuem

Visit museums to witness the representation of Monpa Tribe at Arunachal Pradesh

Currently, Arunachal Pradesh has twelve ethnographic museums. Out of these museums, one of them is yet to be functional. Apart from these museums spread across different places in Arunachal Pradesh is one more museum named as Arunachal Pavilion which is located in Guwahati, Assam. This museum is set up by the Directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh in January 2009. Like the museums in different places in Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pavilion exposes the culture of various ethnic tribes of the state and important historical archaeological sites as well. This is done not just by the Arunachal Pradesh Govt. but by the collaboration of the Directorate of Art & Culture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh under the direct supervision of the North East Zone Cultural Center, whose headquarter is located at Dimapur, Nagaland.