Into the Indian Unknown

Arunachal Pradesh, India Footnotes

Vital Statistics

State capital: Itanagar


State population: 1.4 million

Language: Hindi, English, other Arunchali languages

Time: GMT+5.5

International dialling code: +91

Money: Indian rupee (Rs). Arunachal has some ATMs but it’s better to rely on cash.

When to Go:

December – January – February: Bitterly cold at Tawang; the Se La pass might close temporarily after snowfall; most of the rest of Arunachal is fairly dry and sunny with cool nights.

March – April / October – November: Ideal months for Arunachal: warm-to-hot days; note, Tawang is always chilly at night and often cool during the day.

May – September: Monsoon season. Frequent torrential rain causes landslides and road blockages, travel is often unpredictable.

Health & safety. The usual vaccinations are advisable. There is a moderate risk of altitude sickness crossing the Se La Pass and at Tawang. Those prone to carsickness should think carefully before visiting.

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