As you stand on this hallowed ground and remember those who fought for India’s honor, we ask you to join us in this pledge:
“WALONG WILL NEVER FALL AGAIN” – Courtesy Lohit Brigade
These are the strong words of the Lohit Brigade of the Indian Army who were the ones that put a strong resistance to the Chinese Army in the Indo China war of 1962. Battling under the most treacherous conditions like cold weather, uncertain terrain, outnumbered troops, ‘orders’ that never reached and a slimy enemy the Indian Troops had finally fallen at the hands of the Chinese at the “Battle of Walong”. But Walong was retaken by the Indians and this place has a story to narrate that would put the hearts of all the patriots of Mother India to a soulful cry. Although long forgotten now, the brave and gallant Soldiers of the Indian Army had put in their best efforts even knowing that they couldn’t win this War. No one dared to flee and they stood grounds ’til their last breath in protecting their Motherland. The War memorial at Walong has these words inscribed on its walls that narrate their gallantry:
“The sentinel hills that round us stand
bear witness that we loved our land.
Amidst shattered rocks and flaming pine
we fought and died on Namti Plain.
O Lohit gently by us glide
pale stars above us softly shine
as we sleep here in sun and rain.”
Walong is located on a the beautiful mountains of the Eastern Himalayas and is a prime location that connects India and China with the beautiful River Lohit flowing across he heart of the town. Walong is also the easternmost town in India. The forest around Walong is rich in wildlife. Rare mammals such as Mishmi takin, Red goral and Leaf muntjac occurs while among birds there is the rare Sclater’s Monal.A flying squirrel, new to science, i.e., Mishmi Hills Giant Flying Squirrel also can be spotted here at Walong. Walong is also one of the strategic locations of the Indian Air Force that has an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) to facilitate movement of the troops across the border. Walong can be visited after you see the Grandeur of an Architecture at the Golden Pagoda Temple at Choukham near Tengapani. You will also cross the holy land of Parashuram Kund where you can see the spectacle of a river in the form of Lohit that arguably has the cleanest waters in India.
Just a 90 minute climb from Walong will reach you to Dong – the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ in India. Dong is the eastern most village in India. The Dong valley is unspoiled and has great natural beauty with a village that has just three huts.
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to tread along the River Lohit to reach the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ in India and the Soil where India fought China – Dong and Walong, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!
What would you picture when you see an army of 300 architects working on one single project? Yes! True! An amazing wonder of a Construction that will surely be a breathtaking spectacle to your eyes! This wonder of a project is located in the tinsel town of Tengapani at the State of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Better known to the locals, a population of the Legendary Tai-Khamti Tribal people of North East India, as the ‘Kongmu-kham’ that we would prefer to call as the ‘Golden Pagoda Temple’.
The Golden Pagoda is located at Tengapani (also known as Chongkham), a town of an irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty,inspiring pagodas,temples and a robust cuisine.The vast expanse of Chongkham-Namsai area have a lush green forest, rich and colorful flora and fauna,exotic orchids and is criss-crossed by dozens of rivers and rivulets and tributaries of Lohit river. Chongkham is bounded in the north by the commanding snow ranges of the last fringes of ‘Himalayan Hump’ and the descending misty mountains of Patkai range to its east while its South and West opens and stretches upto the Brahmaputra valley in Assam. The Patkai range has numerous passes through which the Ahoms poured into Assam from Burma and established Ahom rule in Assam which lasted upto 600 years.The Ahoms were followed by Tai Khamtis centuries later who again established their dominance in Sadiya and Tengapani area. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book landscapes, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Chongkham a unique experience. Chongkham is essentially a tea town.
Kongmu-kham or the Golden Pagoda is a temple complex spread over 20 hectares of land built in a Burmese architectural design with a beautiful garden around it. The temple complex has a shrine hall which has a huge Buddha statue in meditating pose inside it. The shrine hall has four entrances on east,north,west and south directions. Main entrance to the hall faces north. The Buddha image inside faces north. The main entrance to the Golden Pagoda complex faces east, the direction that Buddha achieved Enlightenment. The Buddha statue was donated by Ven Prakhu Pabhavana, Chief monk of Wat Aranjikavas temple of Thailand.Each of the four entrances of the shrine hall is guarded by a pair of mythical lions. On four corners of the outer base of the main shrine are a bell, Vasundri or the witness to the offerings made in the temple, a monk and four deities. A pond near the entrance gate and a Ashoka pillar on the eastern side of the main shrine are some of the main features of the Golden Pagoda complex. The Golden Pagoda complex houses a spacious shrine hall, a meditation hall, a multipurpose hall, a guest house, a library, a monastery to accommodate around 100 Bhikkhus and living quarter for the monks.
A head start from the National Park of Dibru-Saikhowa at Tinsukia and an hour long drive across majestic tea gardens crossing the town of Doom Dooma will lead you to this grandeur of a place, a memoir that will surely fit this quote into it perfectly:
“It is better to travel well than to arrive” ~ Gautam Buddha
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness your one stop destination for Spiritual Tourism – the Golden Pagoda Temple, Tengapani, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!
The State of Assam is the central state in the North-East Region of India and serves as the gateway to North East India and is a jewel in the crown of the Seven Sister States. The land of red river, blue hills & lush green tea gardens, Assam comprises of three main geographical areas: the Brahmaputra Valley, the Barak Valley and the intervening Karbi Plateau and North Cachar Hills. Famous for its freshening world class tea, the Muga (Golden) and Eri (Ahimsa) silk, Natural resources like Coal, Petroleum products and minerals, Assam can truly be described as a state bestowed with breathtaking natural beauty, vast reserves of natural resources and a rich bio diversity.
But for some reasons this State had been ignored by the Republic of India as has been the other States of North East India since India’s Independence. Lack of Industries, jobs for the youth, no proper infrastructure and many other reasons have not allowed this State to be able to compete with the other developed States of India. But with recent movements of neighboring countries along the International borders near the State of Arunachal Pradesh has changed the attitude of the Government in India and major initiatives have been taken up to improve the Infrastructure of the State to facilitate the movement of people along the States of North East India and the troops of the Indian Military along the International Borders.
One example of this initiative to improve the Infrastructure in North East India is the ‘Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge’ aka ‘Dhola-Sadiya’ Bridge on the River Brahmaputra. About an hours drive by road from the commercial capital of Assam at Tinsukia will lead you to a small town of Dholla in the extreme North Eastern part of India. This is where a bridge of Strategic National Security Interest – the ‘Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge’ aka the ‘Dhola-Sadiya’ bridge is located. Scheduled to be operational on May 26th 2017 (to be inaugurated by the Hon. Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi) this bridge will connect the State of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh cutting down the travel time across these States by four (4) hours. Standing tall and long at 9.15 kilometers (5.69 miles) in length this bridge will also help the people of Assam and Arunchal Pradesh to move freely across the mighty River Brahmaputra thereby leading to a gradual improvement of a much needed trade route. The Sadiya Ghat (Sadiya Port) as the locals call it, at present serves as the only means of communication across these States where Steamers ferry passengers and transport across the River Brahmaputra. The Brahmaputra known for its peril of causing immense destruction across the State of Assam by flooding its waters during monsoon brings this transport means to a complete halt thereby depriving people of getting access to their basic amnesties during the rainy season. This bridge will prove as a savior to all and bring back the State of Assam as well as the other States of North East India on the Indian map as a place of prime National Interest!
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Grandeur of the Longest Bridge in India – the ‘Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Bridge’ aka the ‘Dhola-Sadiya Bridge ‘ on the River Brahmaputra, Sadiya Ghat, the State of Assam, Incredible India!
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The Namdapha National Park is the largest protected ecological area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot. It is located at the Changlang district in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. The Namdapha National Park is the third largest National Park in India in terms of its area. The park has extensive bamboo forests and secondary forests in addition to the primary forestland is just the place for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers with its breathtaking natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. The Namdapha National Park, which also hosts a Tiger Reserve, gets its name from the Namdapha River, a tributary of the Nao-Dehing river that flows through Deban and a major portion of the Changlang District in Arunachal Pradesh.
Effective conservation of the big cats have helped to increase their numbers significantly at the Namdapha National Park. This biodiversity hotspot is home to the rare and endangered species of Clouded Leopards, its also home to the species of Red Panda and one can even perhaps get a glimpse of the elusive Snow Leopard in this park. This park is also home to the four big cat species: Snow leopards, Clouded leopards, Common leopards and Tigers. Some of the other rare and endangered animals of this park are Asiatic black bears, Red fox, Yellow-throated marten, Eurasian otter, Oriental small-clawed otter, Spotted linsang, Binturong, Common palm civet, Small indian civet, Large indian civet, Masked palm civet, Marbled cat, Fishing cat, Asiatic golden cat, etc.
The Namdapha is the only forest in India where Apes are found. It is also home to reptiles including snakes like cobra, viper, krait and python. Various species of Amphibians and Fishes can also be spotted here and at the site of the beautiful Anamika Falls near the National Park.
The National Park of Namdapha is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 400 species of birds. Laughing thrushes, Parrotbills, Fulvettas, Shrike babblers, Rufous necked Hornbill, Green cochoa, Purple cochoa, Nuthatch, Ward’s trogon, Ruddy kingfisher, Blue eared kingfisher, White tailed fish eagle, Eurasian hobby, Pied falconet, White-winged wood duck, Himalayan wood-owl, Rufous-throated hill-partridge and many other birds can be spotted at this National Park.
During your stay at the Park:
Enjoy the trek into the Namdapha National Park and get an opportunity to camp inside the park at the ‘Bulbulia’ Camping Site
Visit the Hornbill Camp that is the homing ground of the majestic species of Hornbill at Namdapha
Trek to Haldibari to witness majestic bird species
Sing to the tunes of the beautiful birds at the Namdapha National Park
Be a part of the Wildlife Wilderness Journey at the National Park of Namdapha powered by Jungleideas
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to be a part of the ‘Adventure Trek with the Tigers and the Four Big Cat Species’ – the Namdapha National Park, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!
To what is described as India’s Greatest outdoor Music Festival, the Ziro festival of Music is held every year in the month of September at the tinsel town of Ziro in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at around 115 kms from the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is the small town of Ziro. Even though this town is far atop the hills but people from across the world know Ziro as the place the hosts India’s largest outdoor Music Festival – ‘the Ziro Festival of Music’. Although this may suggest Ziro as a modern place where the parties and festivities cease to come to an end but it’s completely the other way around. Ziro is a quaint and silent place that is home to the ‘Apatani’ tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It is only during September when the festival is held you see people from across the world coming to dance to the tunes of the renowned artists both local and global to an atmosphere very similar to ‘Sunburn Festival’ across the various Tier I cities of India!
The Ziro Festival of Music showcases the independent music scene in India. The festival was founded in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty, and has featured artists like Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Louw Majaw, Sha’air n Func, Indus Creed, Peter Cat Recording Co, Menwhopause, Guru Rewben Mashangva, and Barmer Boys among others. The festival is spread over four days and is hosted by members of the Apatani people in Ziro.
Ziro is primarily home to the ‘Apatani’ Tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh –friendly, simple and hospitable people with an interesting culture and legacy. They are a non-nomadic, agrarian tribe who share a responsible relationship with nature. ‘Apatani’ people cultivate permanent wet land cultivation instead of dry land cultivation which involves burning forests. Ziro valley is lush with paddy farms and is known for its unique paddy cum fi sh cultivation where using traditional irrigation methods, farmers rear fish in the knee-deep water. Keeping them company are the adorable, shy, and harmless Indian Bison. Around here, they are called ‘Mithun’ and considered auspicious and are very tasty too!
Back in the olden days, there was a strange custom of facial tattoos for ‘Apatani’ women and you can still see a few old women with tattoos. A highlight of this place and people and shy to pose for a picture and hence do ask for their permission before you take pictures.
Jungleideaswelcomes you to the North East India and be a part ofthe ‘Ziro Festival of Music – India’s Greatest Outdoor Music Festival’ at the Land of the Legendary Apatani Tribes, Ziro Valley, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!
Situated at around 115 kms from the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is the small town of Ziro. Even though this town is far atop the hills but people from across the world know Ziro as the place the hosts India’s largest outdoor Music Festival – ‘the Ziro Festival of Music’. Although this may suggest Ziro as a modern place where the parties and festivities cease to come to an end but it’s completely the other way around. Ziro is a quaint and silent place that is home to the ‘Apatani’ tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It is only during September when the festival is held you see people from across the world coming to dance to the tunes of the renowned artists both local and global to an atmosphere very similar to ‘Sunburn Festival’ across the various Tier I cities of India!
The ‘Dree Festival’ is an ‘Apatani’ agricultural rite. It involves the sacrifice of fowls, eggs and animals to the Gods – ‘Tamu’, ‘Metii’ and ‘Danyi Pilo’ (Sun and Moon God). The purpose of the festival is to appease these Gods so that famine could be avoided. This rite is observed by the ‘Apatanis’ in Arunachal Pradesh, the ‘Apatanis’, who inhabit a tranquil pine clad valley called Ziro at the core of Lower Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh, are famous for their unique practice of wet rice cultivation. One would wonder as to how the early ‘Apatanis’ had brilliantly discovered the magnificent irrigated rice cultivation without help of scientific technologies. Rice is the staple food of the ‘Apatanis’, as such for its bumper harvest the nature God and goddesses are prayed during the ‘Dree’ Festival from 4 to 7 July of each year.
Although ‘Dree’ is the festival of the ‘Apatani’ Tribe, it has gained in popularity amongst other tribes in Arunachal Pradesh as well. The festival takes place on July 5 each year; however celebrations associated with the festival begin from July 4 itself. ‘Dree’ is the biggest festival of the Ziro Valley and is celebrated to ensure a good harvest. During the festival, people offer prayers to their Gods and seek the blessings of the four mighty Gods who are thought to bring in peace, prosperity and fruitful harvest to the Ziro Valley. Traditional dance is performed and as a symbol of good harvest cucumber is distributed to all. Women brew wine and people also savor various delicacies and rice/millet beer.
Jungleideas welcomes you to the North East of India toCelebrate and Dine with the Legendary Aptani Tribes – the Dree Festival, Ziro Valley, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!
The festival of ‘Losar’ is celebrated in the beautiful and picturesque state of Arunachal Pradesh in India during the month of February. This is really a major extravaganza in the Tawang town of Arunachal as it signifies the start of a new year for Tibetian Buddhists. The Town of Tawang is home to the second largest Buddhist Monestary in the World and is home to the Monpa Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Belonging to the Mongoloid stock, the Monpas are mainly into agriculture and animal husbandry. It must also be mentioned that ‘Losar’ is the most important festival of the ‘Monpas’ at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.
The ‘Losar’ Festival happens every year on the eleventh (11 th) of February and the first day begins with the junior priests offering the ‘Dharmapala’ obeisance. Commemorating the advent of the New Year, Losar is the occasion when the Monpas feast, drink and make merry. Relatives and friends get together and celebrate this festival in a very pompous manner. Indeed, the pomp and festivity that characterizes this festival is simply fascinating.
Before the advent of the ‘Losar’ festival at Tawang, people can be seen cleaning their homes and discarding all unused and old items. It is believed that by doing so one can usher in good health, peace and prosperity to the house.
The streets are filled with ‘Monpa’ tribal people wearing colorful clothes and wishing each other ‘Tashi Delek’. Offerings of roast buttered Barley is given to the deities and everybody prays for good harvest. The national leaders and country heroes are also honored on the second day. On the third day, the ‘Dharmapala’ is honored and red prayer flags are mounted on every house. This celebratory mood continues for as long as two weeks.
Jungleideaswelcomes you to India’s North East to witnessthe Losar Festival – Celebrating the Tibetian New Year, Tawang, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!